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Hollyhock dressing reprised and revised, with modest lunch

I do like Hollyhock salad dressing, but of course I must tinker with it. This time I added to the original recipe: • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • about 1/2″ ginger root, sliced thin and julienned The ginger root is blended, but I wanted to give the blender a head start. I thought of adding […]

Things that help with rehab and recovery: Art therapy and Music therapy

Rehabilitation and recovery from drug addiction requires addressing issues of physical dependency and physical health, but to recover from any addiction — or even just to change a deeply ingrained destructive habit (like poor dietary habits, poor money management, poor anger management) —  one also must change their paradigm or worldview. This may involve reconstructing […]

How Big Sugar Undermines Dietary Guidelines

In the video, Dr. Greger references an article in the NY Times, “A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World” (gift link, no paywall). That article (from three years ago) begins: When the Indian government bowed to powerful food companies last year and postponed its decision to put red warning labels on unhealthy packaged food, officials also […]

Eros and Strong ‘n Scottish

If you don’t have an Omega Pro 48 (10048), consider getting one. It’s an amazingly good brush once you learn to use it — and once it’s broken in: for a week, soak it in hot water for a few minutes (easily done by wetting the knot thoroughly under the hot water tap and then […]

Tempeh progress and a note on tastes

The new batch of tempeh is coming along. Rhizopus is clearly at work, but I’m giving it six more hours in the incubator before I remove it to a raised rack on the table. The density from using such small pulse  and grains may be slowing the mycelium a bit, but that same density makes […]

Wholly Kaw King of Bourbon with Ginger’s Garden Havana Cognac

I did not load my brush, the excellent Monarch from Wet Shaving Products, sufficiently well, so the third-pass lather was not all it could have been, but it was certainly enough. Wholly Kaw’s King of Bourbon — here in his tallow formula — has a fine fragrance: “Tobacco, Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar, Ginger, Vetiver, Cypriol, […]

A new tempeh-bacon recipe

Tempeh accepts a variety of marinades with style and grace, and some marinades are used with thin slices of tempeh to push the taste in a bacon direction (sans saturated fat and nitrates). I’ve made a version of tempeh bacon previously, but on Facebook, I came across a post by Eat Clean Mate that linked […]

Stranger Things: A Reading List of Unsolved Mysteries

Lisa Bubert has an intriguing annotated list of articles about mysteries still unresolved. It begins: The first novel I ever wrote had a mystery at its heart: a disappearance. It was never explained. It didn’t involve any kind of crime. The disappeared never reappeared. The mystery just … was. It was a storyline I was […]

NASA’s early years: A death cult

Eleanor Konik’s newsletter, Eleanor’s Iceberg, has a very interesting idea in the piece “A Good Host.” After the fiction section, she writes: . . . Before, whenever I would read something about a “death cult,” I know I’m supposed to think of stuff like the Jonestown suicides, but my head usually goes to fantasy novels like The […]

Don’t be stoic: Roman Stoicism’s origins show its perniciousness

Henry Gruber, a historian and archaeologist currently pursuing a PhD at Harvard University, writes in Psyche: Over the past decade, and especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more Americans have reoriented their lives in accordance with Stoicism. Stoicism sought what the Greeks called eudaimonia: wellness of being, or ‘the good life’. These philosophies taught that […]

Beluga lentils and foxtail millet tempeh

I just started a new batch of tempeh, going for a B&W theme: beluga lentils (black) and foxtail millet (whitish). The millet is unpolished, since I follow a whole-food diet — plus polished millet tends to be sticky and would not work so well in tempeh. In fact, I am somewhat trepidatious about this batch: […]

A strongly fragranced shave — and a great iced tea

Meißner Tremonia’s Black Beer No. 1 has a nose-gripping fragrance and a lather that’s hard to beat — and for that a special shout-out to RazoRock’s Keyhole shaving brush, a brush I like more every time I use it. Its quality is far above its price class ($10). The razor this morning is an Edwin […]

Beets & Leeks in two weeks: A new ferment

I found some nice-looking leeks (at long last), so I’m finally going to make a Beets & Leeks ferment. Here’s what I planned: • 3 large leeks with long stems, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced• 3 good sized red beets, grated [bought 4, decided to use only 3]• 1 large red onion, halved then thinly […]

Pink Grapefruit and iKon Shavecraft Short Comb

The pictured tub of Meißner Tremonia Pink Grapefruit is shaving paste — like a stiff shaving cream —And with my Plisson horn-handled HMW 12, I easily got a wonderful lather. The grapefruit fragrance is modified by eucalyptus, and the combination works very well. My iKon Shavecraft Short Comb gave me a little trouble until I […]

Glimpses of almost-humans from prehistory

Matt Webb has a fascinating post at Interconnected. It consists of multiple parts. Here’s the first and part of the second: 1. Cave art may be inaccessible to today’s brain: A recent article argued that superior visual perception was necessary for the creation of Paleolithic cave paintings because of the level of correct anatomical details and […]

Generalizing “cook once, eat multiple times” — Kale and companions

.While one-ingredient dishes have their place, in general I like to have multiple players when I cook vegetables. So when I cook something, I go both for multiple meals (quantity) and for multiple ingredients (nutritive quality). I got some red kale yesterday, and this morning thought I’d cook it to have as Greens for a […]

Weirdness in daily life

Occasionally one is struck by coincidental instances of minor weirdness. Sometimes an explanation suggests itself — various changes in my body and its functioning that I’ve been experiencing over the past week seem pretty clearly due to better circulation of oxygenated blood. (Example: my average fasting blood glucose has significantly dropped: an average of 6.2 […]

If Social Democracy Is So Great, Why Is the US Richer Than Nordics?

Erik Enghelm has an interesting article in Medium with a number of informative graphs. As he points out, he supports Social Democracy and lives in Norway. His title (above) is just asking the obvious question, and his article is an investigation into the answers. The entire article is worth reading, and I recommend it. Here’s the […]

Hoboken Hasn’t Had a Traffic Death in Four Years. What’s It Doing Right?

I’ve noticed in Facebook comments on traffic accidents people have a strong tendency assign blame — to the driver(s), or bicyclist(s), or pedestrian(s). Strong language is used, with “idiot” being a popular characterization. Yet in many cases those at fault were clearly the traffic engineers and road designers. A particular intersection here in Victoria is […]

A Luxury shave with the RazoRock Baby Smooth

An extremely nice shave this morning with a great ensemble cast. Grooming Dept Luxury shaving soap uses the Kairos (tallow plus much else) formula, with a fragrance of “Oud + Leather!” — quite a pleasant fragrance. Phoenix Artisan’s Green Ray is one of my favorite brushes: fine but springy bristles with just the right degree […]

Gödel’s theoren explained

Kevin Drum takes a solid swing at explaining Gödel’s theorem — what it is and what it means — in a post that begins: Bob Somerby wants to know if the logician/mathematician Kurt Gödel is a genius or a charlatan. The answer is “genius,” but it’s hard for non-mathematicians to understand his seminal theorem or why […]

The Biology of Bonsai

I like bonsai a lot, and if I had a yard, I would definitely have a few underway. (Bonsai cannot be grown indoors.) Open Culture has a good post by Colin Marshall today, which includes this video: The Open Culture column includes this list of links: The Art & Philosophy of Bonsai This 392-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived the […]

Hollyhock Salad Dressing

The Canada Post letter carrier who delivers mail at my apartment building gave me a recipe for a salad dressing I learned later was famous: Hollyhock Salad Dressing. The recipe she gave me is this one.  I made a few changes. This is my version: • 3/4 cup Bragg’s nutritional yeast • 1/3 cup water • […]

Not a total surprise: Solstice shaving soap — and the RazoRock MJ-90A

Solstice is one of my favorite shaving soap fragrances. This tub has Phoenix Artisan’s Kokum Butter formula, and I would definitely get it in the CK-6 formula if I were buying it today. PA’s Solar Flare shaving brush easily evoked an excellent lather, and the RazoRock MJ-90A, a wonderful razor, easily produced a perfectly smooth […]

The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh: Tracing a Bullet to an Israeli Convoy

Raja Abdulrahim, Patrick Kingsley, Christiaan Triebert, and Hiba Yazbek have a compelling (and chilling) report (gift link, no paywall) in the NY Times: The journalists thought they were safe. Several blocks away, a gunfight between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian men had just stopped. Hoping to interview witnesses, the group of reporters headed down the street […]

Doctors on TikTok: The Dark Side of Medical Influencers

Miranda Schreiber writes in The Walrus: FOR YEARS, Martin Jugenburg—a Toronto-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon who goes by Dr. 6ix on social media—shared dozens of before-and-after photos and videos on Instagram of the altered bodies that had passed through his hands. There were tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, and breast augmentations, all of them sorted into a kind of […]

Laundry and the 37G — plus a note on pacemaker side-effects

And exceptionally good shave this morning — a three-day stubble and a slant makes for a great shave. The soap is Grooming Dept Laundry II, a Kairos (tallow) formula soap whose fragrance is “Laundry + Fresh air.” The fragrance is indeed reminiscent of clean laundry drying on the clothesline, and in terms of consistency and […]

Origin of the Cyclops

A Facebook post from History Cool Kids: The fossil skulls of Pleistocene dwarf elephants scattered throughout the coastal caves in Italy and the Greek islands, most likely inspired the one-eyed Cyclopes in ancient Greek mythology. During the Pleistocene ice age (2,580,000 to 11,700 years ago), land bridges emerged that allowed ancient elephants to move to […]

Habits change your life. Here’s how to change your habits.

In Big Think Elizabeth Gilbert in association with the Templeton Foundation has an extremely interesting article on the central role that habit plays in shaping our lives, which implies that a change in habits results in a change in one’s life (exactly the thrust of this earlier (and still popular) post. Gilbert’s article (which you can […]

Keep sweet: Drawbacks of anger denial

I am not an Evangelical, as readers doubtless know, but I found this account by an Evangelical woman quite intriguing. It’s subtitled “An airport outburst and failing to become a 1 Peter 3 woman,” and it begins: D and I have been watching Keep Sweet: Pray & Obey on Netflix. The instruction given to Short Creek’s FLDS […]

Sick and struggling to pay, 100 million people in the U.S. live with medical debt

Two words: Indentured servitude. Noam Levey reports at NPR on Morning Edition (and you can listen to the report at the link, though the article itself includes some useful and informative charts, such as this one: Levey’s report begins: Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband […]

The tea this morning

I’m drinking a mug of Murchie’s Vanilla Jasmine: “A balanced blend of black, green and oolong teas, with an enticing aroma of vanilla, jasmine and magnolia.””

3 ten-minute meals for a day of eating

I really like Derek Simnett’s videos, and I often get good food ideas from them. He follows a vegan diet rather than a whole-food plant-based diet — for example, his diet includes white rice (bran and germ removed), and if I ate rice I would eat brown rice, a whole food. Bran is not merely […]

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Ella Fitzgerald and a stellar group

I recall a guy saying that Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest Irish singers of all times. 🙂 I came across this track in a wonderful column by Ted Gioia, who commented regarding this track: Who would dare get into a scat-singing battle with Ella Fitzgerald? I give credit to trumpeter Clark Terry, who […]

Tea but no shave

I’m hyper-alert to my heart now that I have a new pacemaker — still finding my footing, as it were. So late last night I became concerned enough to go to the ER, but after a couple of blood tests (to look for markers that result from a heart problem) and an X-ray to verify […]

Three Blind Kings: Q&A with geostrategist and Pentagon guru Edward Luttwak

A fascinating conversation about the three blind kings who rule China, Russia, and the USA. Written by David Samuels and appearing in Tablet, the conversation begins with an introduction: Being an enfant terrible at the age of 79 is not a task that can be undertaken lightly. Most men are simple conformists from childhood on. […]

Honeysuckle morning

A bright sunny day — with a very high pollen count, so window shut and fan with HEPA filter running continuously on low — made me want a floral shave. Honeysuckle seems just the ticket for summer and here I have Micke’s Natural Wild Honeysuckle, which yielded a sweet-smelling lather with the aid of my […]

“The Need to Grow” — free to watch for one more day

The documentary Free to Grow can be watched for free for one more day, so leap on it. From the link: “No human being on the planet should miss this film.” — Society of Voice Arts and Sciences “Perhaps the best film on sustainability I have ever seen.” — Teddy Grouya, Founding Director – American Documentary Film Festival “I […]

My big pacemaker adventure

This post documents the lessons learned en route to getting a pacemaker, along with some lessons learned after the fact.  I often use to send myself an email at some future date — for example, to document some worries or concerns (so I can learn whether such worries or concerns are warranted), or to […]

40 Years On – The Lessons of the Falklands War

Interesting post on the importance of preserving institutional knowledge and experience, by “Sir Humphrey” (of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister fame, in which Sir Humphrey was the prototypical civil servant) in The Thin Pin-Striped Line: 40 years have elapsed since the Falkland Islands were liberated, and the local population were freed from dictatorship to choose […]

The inflation rate has been declining for the past year

The graph above shows the PCE core chained index (the PCE measure of inflation excluding food and energy) and is from a post by Kevin Drum, who writes: . . . I’m not saying this is the inflation measure everyone should put on their front pages. Overall CPI inflation is a good measure of what […]

At last I shave again — and what a great shave!

I think that Yaqi brush’s loft is a little low, but still: a great lather (Phoenix Artisan’s CK-6 formula) with a fragrance I very much like. The iKon stainless slant, here with a DLC coating, more commonly now with a B1 coating, is a terrific slant (if used with the correct angle and light pressure). […]

Adjective order in standard English

Via a post by Kevin Drum, I learned of this chart from the Cambridge English Dictionary: Thus, in general, one would say “the small white house,” not “the white small house.” However, context can change things. For example, if you are telling someone about some small and medium houses, you might say, “I like the small […]

The (Almost) Bulletproof Plan to Take Down America — and How to Stop It

Dave Troy writes on Medium: There is a nearly foolproof plan underway to crush the United States and bring it fully under fascist rule. In recent months, this chorus has been on repeat: “Federal overspending has pushed inflation to new levels.” This claim, which is in fact difficult to back up with facts, connects two facts in a misleading […]

Are the Health Benefits of Nuts Limited to Those Eating Bad Diets?

From the video: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is the highest ranked peer-reviewed scientific journal in nutrition. That should tell you a lot about the field, since it’s published by the American Society of Nutrition, whose sustaining partners include the Sugar Association, candy bar and soda companies, the corn syrup people, and the meat, dairy, […]

Chana dal and barnyard millet tempeh done — and induction burner note

I started a batch of chana dal and unpolished barnyard millet tempeh three days ago. The photo above shows it when it was cut up to be refrigerated after 75 hours of fermentation That dark spot is, I think, some internal sporing or perhaps just a cavity in the slab.  This tempeh is quite fine-grained, […]

Unscheduled adventure: How I came to get and love my pacemaker.

I will tell the full story over the next few posts aiming to end before I post my Thursday shave. Because of the recent surgery, no shower until Thursday morning, and I am looking forward to shaving off a four-day stubble (and have already decided on the razor I’ll use). The story really begins two […]

Unscheduled pause

Leisureguy will be away from the blog for a few days. He’s been unexpectedly admitted to the hospital – I’ll let him share the details when he returns. We’re confident all will be well, and we expect him to be back home in a few days. Modern medicine! – The Wife

Politics is just another word for persuasion

Kevin Drum has an interesting post that begins: Over at New York, Sam Adler-Bell says that he doesn’t care about the word “woke.” If you don’t like it, fine. But if you believe in the principles behind the word, you need to quit using its pseudo-academic language with anyone other than your own circle of true believers: This idiom […]

Google engineer thinks the company’s AI has come to life

Nitasha Tiku has an interesting article (gift link, no paywall) in the Washington Post. It begins: Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type. “Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine … ,” he wrote into the chat screen, which looked like a desktop […]

Chana dal and barnyard millet tempeh after 24 hours

I’ve added the category “Temeph” so a Category Search on that category will show you all the tempeh-related posts.  The mold seems well established after yesterday’s start, so the batch has now been moved to a raised rack on the tabletop. (I’m following the procedure described in this post.) I’m looking forward to this one.

The Art of John Edmark

I recently posted a video of John Edmark discussing his work. Here is another talk on Edmark”s work.

Why We Must Cultivate Imagination to Fight the Rise of Fascism

Dave Troy (his website) is worth listening to. Here’s a recent article he published on Medium: This week I was in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium meeting up with friends and colleagues — many of whom I hadn’t seen in over two years. It was a great opportunity to reset, gain some wisdom, and also […]

How to become a better listener, according to science

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writes at Fast Company: High-quality listening is an underrated ability. How well and frequently you listen to others is a better predictor of your leadership potential than your actual intelligence or personality. As a recent review shows, good listeners tend to perform better at work, and to report higher level of wellbeing, as well as more meaningful and […]

Sunny morning, Dark shave

Tallow + Steel’s Dark has a very nice fragrance indeed, and the lather, too, is not to be sneezed at. This morning my Rod Neep brush raised a fine lather, and the Feather AS-D1, with its new Astra Keramik Platinum blade, did an extremely good job. I repeated the razor because I wanted a back-to-back […]

Garlic ideas, good and bad

After watching the above video, it struck me that with a blender, one could easily puree a cup or two of garlic clovess and put the pulp in one of those tiny-cube ice-cube trays and freeze them (probably inside a ziplock freezer bag to minimize odor transmission). You could then pop out the cubes and […]

A Carefully Constructed Li(f)e

Greg Donahue has an article in The Atavist Magazine for May 2022, “The Fugitive Next Door.” His article begins: On the morning of December 2, 2020, Tim Brown got up early to start a fire. The night before, an unseasonable cold front had descended on Love’s Landing, Florida, where Brown lived with his wife, Duc […]

Tempeh-Vegetable Merguez

I didn’t know I was going to blog my lunch, but it turned out so tasty I thought I should. I used my Misen 10″ nonstick skillet, which I sprayed with 6-8 sprays of extra-virgin olive oil from my Evo sprayer, which I continue to like a lot. Then I added to the skillet: • […]

Chana dal and barnyard millet tempeh

.A new batch of tempeh is in my tempeh incubator, following my usual method. I had intended to use kodo millet (as I did in this earlier batch), but I found I had run out of kodo millet, so I substituted barnyard millet, still quite a good millet. Barnyard millet is a good source of […]

Grog for a sunny day

I do love Tallow + Steel Grog, their take on Bay Rum. They have moved on to other fragrances, however, and this fragrance is vintage. Their soap is excellent, as shown by the superb lather my Edwin Jagger synthetic created today. This knot is very like the Mühle Gen 2 synthetic knot, and it’s a […]

Rainy day, late start — but great shave

An atmospheric river is flowing over us right now, so the tea this morning (of course) Murchie’s Storm Watcher: “With toasted malty notes and slight smokiness, this brew is strong enough to stand up to the addition of milk and sugar, yet nuanced enough to be enjoyed neat.” The shave itself was extremely nice. The […]

6 studies on how money affects the mind

There seems to be a lot of research on how money adversely affects one’s mind and character. One study, however, does indicate that it’s healthy to have a certain minimum amount of money — below a threshold amount, cognitive ability seems to be negatively affected.

Change the week

Update: And the UK is running a 6-month experiment in which thousands of Britons will work a 32-hour week.

Rose/Yuzu/Patchouli and Queen Victoria

The lather from Declaration Grooming’s bison-tallow soap this morning was exceptional, perhaps because I took extra care in shaking water from the brush before starting and then adding tiny amounts of water as needed during loading and while working up the lather on  my face. Yaqi’s double-open-comb razors are really excellent, and this one had […]

Slot machines are designed to induce a trance state

I was thinking about Stephen Wolinsky’s book Trances People Live (see this earlier post), and I suddenly recalled reading years back a description of how slot machines are deliberately designed to bring a player into a trance so that player will continue as long as possible (since over the long run, the player inevitably loses: that’s […]

The art of listening

I’ve been thinking about various trances in which people (including me) live. You cannot detect a trance while you are in one — that’s the nature of a trance: a lack of conscious awareness of the reasons for your actions. That’s most evident in a hypnotic trance, but we easily can enter other trances. For […]

How money changes the way you think and feel

This article by Carolyn Gregoire is one I’ve linked to in another post, but it really deserves its own post. Its from February 2018, but the findings still hold. The article begins: The term “affluenza”—a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, defined as a “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste, resulting from the […]

Lovely Mallard Corretto with a Vie-Long horsehair brush and the RazoRock Baby Smooth

Grooming Dept Mallard Corretto has a wonderful fragrance — “Coffee, Brandy, Plum, Berries, Honey, Cacao Dust, Vanilla, Patchouli” — and lather, the latter today due in part to my Vie-Long horsehair shaving brush, which did a very nice job. Three passed of the Baby Smooth delivered the eponymous result, and a splash of Diplomat finished […]

A Mental Health Clinic in School? No, Thanks, Says the School Board

Reading the NY Times article by Ellen Barry (gift link, no paywall), it strikes me that many on the school board would themselves benefit from therapy and increased self-awareness. They seem to be governed by fear. One evening in March, a high school senior named Sydney Zicolella stood before the school board in this rural, […]

“Trances People Live,” by Stephen Wolinsky

I suddenly recalled the book Trances People Live, by Stephen Wolinsky, and I’m adding it to my list of recommended books: Trances People Live, by Stephen Wolinksy, PhD. Slipping into a trance is not unusual, and a trance can last a long time — a person in a cult may be living in a trance for years […]

Thinking about — and then making — tempeh chili

I make chili in a spur-of-the-moment manner, putting in what comes to mind, using my memory instead of a recipe. As a result, my chilis vary quite a bit. I just watched a video by America’s Test Kitchen an their chili variant, and that got me to thinking about making a chili with some of […]

Zi’ Peppino, the Amici, and iKon’s great slant

I do like Zi’ Peppino — both lather and fragrance — and my RazoRock Amici brought forth a fine lather today.  Because I use a different razor for each shave, I don’t become so accustomed to a razor that I no longer notice its unusual attributes — that is, the contrast is feel and performance […]

Interactive quiz: How has the right to choose an abortion changed women’s lives?

The Washington Post has a very interesting interactive 6-item quiz (gift link, no paywall) on the changes brought about by the recognition of the right to choose an abortion. Each question shows today’s situation for some aspect of women’s lives (for example, the and you slide an indicator to indicate what you think the situation is […]

Initiated new habit: brushing my teeth first thing in the morning

After reading yesterday an article on the optimal timing of brushing one’s teeth in the morning (before breakfast? or after breakfast?), I applied my new knowledge and initiated a new habit. As soon as I rolled out of bed, I went to the bathroom and brushed my teeth thoroughly, using a Bass toothbrush (scroll down […]

Soybean and rye tempeh done

I let it continue for 72 hours. The mycelium coating is wonderful: like soft, fine velvet. The cross-section looks good, and when I cooked up a little it tasted very nice indeed. With 50% (soy)beans and 50% (rye) grain, it will take care of the bean and grain components of a meal quite handily.  There might […]

Two Professors Found What Creates a Mass Shooter. Will Politicians Pay Attention?

I think we can safely assume that Republican politicians will not pay attention. Melanie Warner interviews two research scholars in Politico Magazine: Each time a high-profile mass shooting happens in America, a grieving and incredulous nation scrambles for answers. Who was this criminal and how could he (usually) have committed such a horrendous and inhumane act? A […]

The origin story of “Hello, darkness, my old friend.”

From a Facebook post: “Hello darkness, my old friend…” Everybody knows the iconic Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel song, but do you know the amazing story behind the first line of “The Sounds of Silence”? It began when Arthur “Art” Garfunkel, a Jewish kid from Queens, enrolled in Columbia University. During freshman orientation, Art met […]

BTS in dominoes

Occasionally, a person will stumble into a cultural niche — sometimes so large it’s not really a “niche” — of which they knew nothing, and discover that there is a great world of detail in ideas and efforts and accomplishments of which they were ignorant. This happens at all ages: young people discover writers or […]

The Supreme Court and the Originalist Fallacy

Garrett Epps writes in Washington Monthly: Even as Texas families mourn their dead, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Tuesday tells us that what America needs is more guns on the streets and highways. If they do—and though I hate to make Court predictions, it seems likely that they […]

Dicing a lemon

When I use Meyer lemons, I will often use the entire lemon except for the two ends, generally diced and cooked with greens or other vegetables. I finally figured out the best way to dice them. From left to right: Cut off ends, which will be discarded. Cut lemon in half vertically. Taking each half […]

When Your God Is a Gun

The image above is from John Pavlovitz’s thoughtful post, which begins: Christian. To paraphrase a wise man, “They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.” Every day my timeline is filled with God and Gun Christians. The two words are frequently given the same place of adoration. They are […]

Fermented mushrooms after 72 hours

Above left, mushrooms at the start; at right, mushrooms at the end. They shrunk a lot, didn’t they? I consolidated them into a single jar and put that into the refrigerator. I’ll taste them once they’re chilled and add to this post.


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25 May 2021 at 9:09 am