Monthly Archives: May 2003

My Burgeoning Culinary Skills

My Burgeoning Culinary Skills
Anyone who knows me can testify that I’m a terrible cook. Or actually, it’s much worse than that: I don’t cook. I simply don’t do it.

But things’ve changed. With no TV or Web connection in my apartment, I’ve been forced to find new sources of amusement. Thus, my culinary skills are burgeoning of late. My friend Chris. D., who really knows his way around a kitchen, visited last month and showed me a thing or two. And I’ve been experimenting on my own, as well.

My most recent masterpieces include guacamole; a salad featuing tomatoes and cucumbers and onions and olive oil and balsamic vinagrette; pasta sauce from scratch (shocker: not from a bottle!); a burrito containing rice and beans and green and red peppers and other good stuff; and the other night, I delved into the world of puddings. Believe it. Up next: gardening. And then possibly knitting. I am truly a Twenty-First Century Man.

More on Iraqi WMDs–and Dissent from the US Intelligence Community

More on Iraqi WMDs–and Dissent from the US Intelligence Community
The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof writes: “‘The Al Qaeda connection and nuclear weapons issue were the only two ways that you could link Iraq to an imminent security threat to the U.S.,” notes Greg Thielmann, who retired in September after 25 years in the State Department, the last four in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. ‘And the administration was grossly distorting the intelligence on both things.'”

And this Reuters report says that “a growing number of U.S. national security professionals are accusing the Bush administration of slanting the facts and hijacking the $30 billion intelligence apparatus to justify its rush to war in Iraq.”

Now, of course, the question is this: if these accusations turn out to be true, will the American public even care? With 41% of US citizens saying they think WMDs have already been found in Iraq, or that they’re not sure if they’ve been discovered or not (poll results, in PDF format, here), the point is probably moot.

Deportivo Cuenca 1, Barcelona de Guayaquil 0

Deportivo Cuenca 1, Barcelona de Guayaquil 0
I witnessed a great soccer game last night. Or actually, I witnessed a somewhat dull game last night–but one that was played in an electric atmosphere.

Deportivo Cuenca, currently 4th in the table, shocked the first-placed Barcelona de Guayaquil by the score of 1-0. The stadium was way oversold; my friend and I stood and watched the action from behind a tall, barbed wire-rimmed fence, right next to a bunch of camouflage-clad Ecuadorian soldiers. A good time was had by all.

Will Congo be the Next Rwanda?

Will Congo Be the Next Rwanda?
Thousands of innocent people are getting slaughtered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (In fact, 3.3 million Congolese have been killed in wars in the last five years.) And the UN isn’t doing anything about it. (And obviously the US isn’t, either. There’s nothing to be gained from committing troops to save Africans.) Nicholas Kristof says our “children and grandchildren may fairly ask, ‘So, what did you do during the African holocaust?'”

For Rent: My Writing Skills

For Rent: My Writing Skills
A quick note to let everyone know that my writing skills are for rent (or for sale, depending on what’s being offered).

I’m looking for freelance writing gigs; following are my areas of expertise: travel, sports (specifically soccer), Internet strategies and Web marketing, TEFL/ESL (teaching English to non-native speakers), book publishing, and Latin America (especially Ecuador and other Andean nations). I’ve also done some book reviews on a wide variety of topics in the past; I’d be happy to do more. And I’m also open, naturally, to subjects I’m less familiar with.

If you know of anyone who needs writing services that might be a good match for me, please let me know.