Seven trumpets blowing.
Wizards: All close eyes while a wizard is chosen in secret. Open eyes and all move around or dance. Wizard tries to tig without being discovered by running hand down backs. Tigged freeze but can be untigged by a hug from the untigged..
Adults need to figure out our own versions of these games.
As any decent person knows, hops had nothing whatsoever to do with sinful chemistry; they just kept bad company. They did not prevent, sustain, catalyze, or effect in any way the process of alcohol formation from various sugars, cellulose, starch, taters, beans, seaweed, or from whatever else human folk have attempted its secretion. Except that when hops are included in a bread recipe, the dough is, for some reason, the more ecstatic. Hop cones ground to a fine grayish powder, rendered then to a tea, this in turn stirred into bread yeast, caused the carbon dioxide that spewed forth from asexual torment to come off in the most exquisite bubbles. Not belching, gargantuan bubbles that lift the crust of the bread so horribly that the result is bread with gopher holes. Hops do for white bread what only an extra half hour of intensive hand-to-hand combat with the bread board could equally bestow. A fine-stranded gluten that gives farm bread an unblemished texture, almost silken smooth was the flesh of this oven varmint. Hops in my grandmother’s bread recipe brought about the same result as three rounds on the wrestling mat.
Excerpted from The Hop Pole, by Justin Isherwood. The whole story is well worth reading.
I haven’t yet tried adding hops to my starter.
What’s going on in Madrid?
No more war between the roses, I say.
In the APG classification, well-known members of Rosales include: roses; strawberries, blackberries and raspberries; apples and pears; plums, peaches and apricots; almonds; rowan and hawthorn; elms; figs; nettles; and hops and cannabis.
So there you have it, and enjoy them all.
From someone who goes, but comes in repose.
Everyone loves a log.
Hat-tip Buck Batard.
If not, then do not consent in this mock-judicial execution of Saddam Hussein.
Those who live by the gallows shall surely die by the gallows.
Let the truth be told, and let this travesty end.
My wife is having a great time watching her show and being able to pause and skip commercials. The nicest thing that I noticed right off is that it effectively upgraded our cable service to digital, because all the program listings are nicely organized into categories and can be selected with the remote control. So unlike having to manually channel surf we can find what we want to watch when we had nothing in particular we were looking for.
I could keep going, really. Just drink the juice down half way and refill it as many times as you want, since the little yeasts (eukaryotes) will keep on multiplying if you don’t finish the whole thing, and fruit juice is food to them.
The pancakes were made with starter, bananas and hemp protein, oil and honey, and added salt.
The wine is very fine and a portion was blended with some organic strawberry lemonade. Christmas punch indeed.
Bananas are a kind of herb. Who knew?
The starter which is used to make bread, may separate while refrigerated. The top layer is a liquid, in my case a mixture of water and oil with some suspended herbs, because I always feed my starter with flour, water, oil, honey, salt and fine herbs.
This is mead, a kind of beer.
Saddam Hussein is no threat to anyone in the world now. Do not kill him.
This is my first commandment.
Lohachara island is no more. Submerged like the legends of Atlantis or Ys before, but this is real and historical and undoubted and it is happening now. 10,000 people lived there, 70,000 refugees are expected from other low-lying islands, and we’re just getting started if the seas continue to rise.
From Code Pink, via Danny Schechter,
Many thanks to those of you who took action this week to contact Senator Harry Reid about his remarks that he would support sending more troops to Iraq. His office was flooded with calls and emails on Tuesday! Below is a statement Senator Reid posted yesterday, saying that he does NOT support an escalation of the conflict and wants to bring out troops home.
Blue Texan (guest posting at Unclaimed Territory) has assembled some quotes to put in context this surge idea, of sending more troops, escalating the conflict in Iraq — against the combined and unanimous judgment of the joint chiefs of staff, the senior American commander in Iraq, George Casey, Jr., and the senior American commander in the Middle East, John Abizaid.
The good judgment of the commanders being what that man said he would follow above all political considerations.
“Here’s a lump of coal for your stocking, kids. We’re bringing back the draft, too.”
Happy holidays, and anyone who thinks I’m at war with Christmas for saying so is insane.