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Archive for September 4th, 2011

Amazon.com 5th edition entry complete

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Whew. Oofta. Finally. Now I can stop trying to make it happen by staying tense and trying to use my own willpower. It looks pretty good, I think.

It’s too late for Labor Day, but order your Columbus Day copies now. 🙂

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4 September 2011 at 4:04 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life, Shaving

Fonts fascinate, do they not?

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I’m ordering the book discussed in this NPR story.

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4 September 2011 at 1:19 pm

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Learning styles: Possibly hooey, certainly unproven

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Very interesting article by Patti Neighmond at NPR:

We’ve all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement.

But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students’ strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some “evidence-based” teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use “evidence-based medicine.”

Psychologist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia, who studies how our brains learn, says teachers should not tailor instruction to different kinds of learners. He says we’re on more equal footing than we may think when it comes to how our brains learn. And it’s a mistake to assume students will respond and remember information better depending on how it’s presented.

For example, . . .

Continue reading. He does mention some things that have actually been proven to work.

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4 September 2011 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Daily life, Education

Big Friendly Jazz Orchestra

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These guys are great.

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4 September 2011 at 1:09 pm

Posted in Jazz, Video

Cool ideas

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Note that there are 7 previous collections of things like these.

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4 September 2011 at 12:39 pm

Posted in Daily life

More on the extraordinary-rendition (illegal kidnapping) lawsuit

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Alex Pareene looks at the story and provides more links. Though, as Nick pointed out, the real story is why there is a story at all, and that’s not reported.

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4 September 2011 at 10:20 am

Worcestershire sauce on the stove

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I’m making up a fresh batch of Worcestershire sauce, minus the high-fructose corn syrup that’s now a part of (it seems) every American prepared food. I follow this recipe from Saveur, with a few changes:

Malt vinegar rather than white vinegar: Wikipedia article suggests that this is the original.
Molasses: they don’t specify, so I used Barbados rather than Blackstrap
Curry powder: a teaspoon, combining Penzeys Hot Curry Powder and Penzeys Maharajah curry powder
8 cardamom pods instead of 5 – I used green cardamom pods from Penzeys
7 chilis de árbol instead of 4
6 large cloves garlic instead of 2
2″ stick cinnamon instead of 1″
5 anchovies chopped instead of 1

My advice: put a 2-qt sauce pan on the stove and simply add the ingredients in order. (First make sure you have all the ingredients, of course: I had to order the malt vinegar special, and the tamarind concentrate/paste had to be tracked down. (Gourmet grocery stores are probably your best bet.))

That way, by the time you reach the Intimidating Step, you’re in too far to back out. And the Intimidating Step, as is so often the case, not intimidating at all once you set about it.

Now my new batch of Worcestershire sauce will have to age, and then I’ll be restocked.

Getting time to make more pepper sauce, too.

UPDATE: Here’s a variation that includes horseradish, lemon, jalapeños, olive oil, etc.

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4 September 2011 at 10:03 am

Posted in Daily life, Food

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