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Outdoor Girl:

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--- Quote from: Slartibartfast on June 17, 2013, 01:25:38 AM ---What exactly is tahini?  I figured I like hummus enough to try to make my own, and I know the recipe calls for tahini, but I couldn't find any at the store because I don't even know whether I'm looking for a solid, liquid, powder, bottle, jar, can, box, or what.

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Its sesame seed butter (like peanut butter or almond butter). In my experience its sold near the peanut butter. Its usually in a can or jar. If you do a google image search for tahini you can see several jars, so you know what you are looking for. Personally I like Joyva brand.

ETA: FYI, much like "natural" peanut butter, often it separates and needs to be well stirred the first time. If you keep it in the fridge after that, you won't have to stir as well the next time.

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You might also find it in the international aisle. My grocery store keeps it there. I've also seen it at my local Target near the peanut butter.

Oh, and I second Joyva. That's the brand I use, too.

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It's usually in the ethnic/international food section where I live.  I know plenty of people though that just use natural peanut butter as a substitution since it doesn't call for a whole lot of it anyway.  I third Joyva, though the smallest container you can get is 15oz I think.

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It's in the healthfood aisle at my grocery store.  If you don't want to buy something you may not end up using, you can always use natural peanut butter as a substitute.  I've been told it works quite well.

Virg:
Mental Magpie wrote:

"Thank you!  I know what HDMI is but I didn't know you could turn off just the audio; I figured it was all integrated and that I would be out of luck in that department.  I shall give it a try."

Even if for some reason you can't turn off the HDMI audio, you can still likely have the audio transmit through the sound card simultaneously, and then just turn down the volume on the TV.

Virg

hobish:

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--- Quote from: Liliane on June 14, 2013, 01:10:45 AM ---Emo is literally short for "emotional" - think unhappy goth who thinks the world wants them to Die Die Die. Unfortunately, most people use the term for just about any display of negative emotion, so it's gotten skewed.

Brony - a male fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A portmanteau of "bro" and "pony". They think they're extra-special because they're fans of a kids' cartoon. Not all of them are bad, but most of them think they're seriously entitled to fandom bowing at their feet because they're MANLY MEN who watch a cute little children's show...

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I'd put a slightly different spin on those:

Teens (and it's almost always teens) who consider themselves "emo" aren't necessarily depressed, but generally take that "teenage angst" thing to the extreme.  It's a subculture which glorifies suicide and "cutting" (a self-harming activity some people do, either with or without the intention of actually committing suicide).  In my experience there are just as many emo guys as there are girls and the fashions usually present in similar ways - lots of black, unusually colored/styled hair (often also black), black painted nails for both genders.  Self-identifying as "emo" is a risk sign for depression and suicide, but isn't necessarily an indicator - some kids just enjoy finding an identity.

"Bronies" are guys (teens or adults) who are fans of the show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," which is a re-make of the 1980's cartoons.  It's actually a very good show and I'd recommend anyone who has Netflix to give it a try even if you don't have kids.  I don't know where any of Liliane's "entitled" aspect comes from, honestly - several of my friends consider themselves bronies and it's mostly done in good fun.  (There's a definite aspect of "I know I'm not the demographic for this show but I'm embracing it anyway and there's irony in that", but also they just like the show!)

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I'd like to add that a good number of female fans of MLP:FiM are identifying as bronies as well. Mostly because "pegasisters" just doesn't sound right. I'm proud to be a brony, and it's actually helped with my anxiety. I carried around a stuffed pony at a convention and the random people who came up to talk to me about it were some of the nicest strangers I've ever had the chance to come across. One of the biggest things that I've learned from the brony subculture is spreading love and tolerance, often a bit forcefully. As in "I will love and tolerate the s**t out of you!"

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Oh, wow, thanks! ;D ;D

My thinking of what emo is about was close. And a brony is a new one for me. But cool, like the saying goes, you learn something new every day! I guess I can consider myself to be somewhat a brony for I always enjoyed MLP and used to collect the little pony dolls. I still have one of each (pony/unicorn/pegasis).

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I would not go so far as to associate emo kids with depression and cutting. That's just too armchair psychologist and kind of a dangerous assumption  :-\ Emo is short for emotional ... it's really just melodramatic punk light and the kids who listen to it. Please don't ascribe medical issues to a genre of music and clothing, hey? I'm guessing that's not how you meant it, but it in black and white it looks that way. Listenging to Dashboard Confessional and dyeing your hair black does not turn one into a depressed cutter, nor does emo glorify that.


Liliane:

--- Quote from: hobish on June 17, 2013, 07:54:17 PM ---I would not go so far as to associate emo kids with depression and cutting. That's just too armchair psychologist and kind of a dangerous assumption  :-\ Emo is short for emotional ... it's really just melodramatic punk light and the kids who listen to it. Please don't ascribe medical issues to a genre of music and clothing, hey? I'm guessing that's not how you meant it, but it in black and white it looks that way. Listenging to Dashboard Confessional and dyeing your hair black does not turn one into a depressed cutter, nor does emo glorify that.

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You're right, hobish, that's not how I meant it at all. Reading back on that, I must have been awful tired. I'm not usually so snarky. :( I'm sorry!

Mental Magpie:
Unfortunately, what used to be emo and now what people see as emo are two completely different things. 

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