Creamy Rigatoni Puttanesca: VEGETARIAN (Sort Of)!!11!!!

half pound rigatoni
olive oil
fuckeloade of garlic
Brooklyn Wok Shoppe Chili Oil (has anchovies in it)
sliced olives
capers (drained)
splash of dry white wine
dried oregano
dried basil
fresh-ground black pepper
one large can crushed san marzanos
quarter cup heavy cream
parmigiano reggiano


Sautee garlic in oil and, when they are starting to soften, add a healthy dollop of chili oil, basil, oregano, and black pepper. Continue to sautee until the garlic is starting to turn golden.


Add the olives and capers, and continue to sautee until the olives are starting to shrink a bit.


Turn up the heat and deglaze with the wine.


Add the tomatoes and keep at a lively simmer for about twenty minutes or so, stirring occasionally and salting to taste near the end.


Add the cream when you throw the rigs into the salted boiling water and continue to cook on a low heat with stirring.


Sauce looks done.


When the rigs are very molto al dente, add some pasta water to the sauce, turn up the heat, throw in the rigs, and finish for about two minutes with gentle stirring.



Human Experimentation By Faceshitte Without Institutional Review Board Approval

Any IRB experts care to weigh in on whether it is acceptable that PNAS published this paper describing Faceshitte’s psychological experiments on its users without any IRB review (at least that was referred to in the paper)?

Here is PNAS’s policy on human experimentation:

(vii) Research involving Human and Animal Participants and Clinical Trials must have been approved by the author’s institutional review board. Authors must follow the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ policy and deposit trial information and design into an accepted clinical trial registry before the onset of patient enrollment. Authors must include in the Methods section a brief statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the experiments. For experiments involving human participants, authors must also include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from all participants. All experiments must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki.

Looks pretty unambiguous that PNAS did not follow its own policies, and should retract this paper, right?

Phase Change

People really are resistant to the idea that there is a qualitative phase change associated with having the entire fucken kajillobyte universe of media in your fucken pocket all the fucken time, and with the providers of that universe having designed the systems of access to be as intrusive, manipulative, and addictive as possible. This is qualitatively different than what has gone before, with fundamentally different social, psychological, and medical implications.