Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Terrible beauty

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

“The Patrician took a sip of his beer. ‘I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect I never will again, but one day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the banks of a stream when I saw a mother ...

Corn muffin coefficient

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

From a recent Quotation of the Day Mailing List email comes this gem from a collection of letters written in response to the US Department of Agriculture's redesign of the Food Pyramid: "The cleansing properties of urine are not even addressed in the food pyramid. This must be corrected. We cannot ...

Scientists discover breakfast on Mars

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

"This image from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Optical Microscope shows a strongly magnetic surface which has scavenged particles from within the microscope enclosure before a sample delivery from the lander's Robotic Arm. The particles correspond to the larger grains seen in fine orange material that makes up most of the ...

Fun with crystals

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Very sugary water + skewers + time + iStopMotion = Time lapse video of rock candy formation: Homemade rock candy - timelapse from David Oranchak on Vimeo. (vimeo link) This is about four days of crystal growth. Not massive, but cut us some slack - this was our first attempt! :)

Atlanta GECCO trip report

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

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Update on the triops invasion

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Their horrific cannibalism continued; now only four big triops remain out of the three dozen or so that hatched almost two weeks ago. How's that for a survival tactic? I've been reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy; the novel describes apocalypse survivors who resort to cannibalism due to ...

Atlanta suicide

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

These burgers are offered by The Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta: I should try them when I go to Atlanta in July. That way, I won't have to buy the return ticket to fly back to Roanoke. I wish more businesses shared The Vortex's policies: WARNING The Vortex Bar & Grill is ...

London report: Vacation and GECCO conference

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

It was sad to have to come back from our London trip. We had a lot of fun experiencing the city with Chris, Angel, and Eris. London is such a fascinating city and there is just so much to see. We are always struck by London's diversity ...

Baby Jesus has returned…

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 a pork product? See for yourself! The money quote: The Baby must dry several weeks before it is ready to be sold. I'm off to buy some Baby Jesus and Lil Chub. (thanks to Galen for the discovery.) p.s., why is there a Buddha on the banner for p.p.s., there is a band called Jesus ...

Gluten-free time capsule

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I have always suspected that there is something peculiar about the construction of the foul-tasting energy bars Kathryn is fond of buying: Lasting for one thousand years is an admirable feat. But I don't think that will improve the flavor. (My guess is it's supposed to mean "May 30, 2007".)