Monday, December 09, 2013
It seems, somehow, incongruous to preface the word mush, a thick porridge, with the word delicious, as not many individuals will necessarily consider mush a culinary treat, but it can be.
Moes (mush) is a stick to your ribs kind of meal, good to sit down to in the winter months. The recipe is quite simple, and, I think, probably quite healthy for you too. Here’s how my Mum makes it, and us kids still follow the recipe to this day.
Peel five (5) pounds of potatoes (my Mum prefers Michigan white potatoes but good russets will do) and put in large pot, just barely covering with water. Don’t forget to salt them.
Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup barley
Take a good sized bundle of kale and coarsely chop and place on top of potatoes in pot (pack it in as the kale will reduce during cooking)
Top the kale with a quality mettwurst or smoked sausage of your choice
Bring this to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender to the fork
When potatoes are cooked through, remove pot from stove
Remove mettwurst to a plate and set aside for the moment
Pour off water remaining in pot (be sure to set some of this aside in case you need to add a bit of moisture later)
Mash together the potatoes, kale and barley, adding set aside water if needed
Slice the mettwurst into 1 1/2 to 2 inch chunks to serve alongside the moes
You’re ready to eat some delicious mush.
My Mum always serves dill pickles with moes, and she also likes to pour a bit of apple cider vinegar on her moes. Though I pass on the vinegar, myself, dill pickles are a nice accompaniment. Enjoy.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Message to Police, Lines in the Sand
Video, which runs 7:46, can be viewed at any of the above links.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Bezos’ Amazon Prime Air Will Imitate Kamen Segway Revolution Fail
Remember when Dean Kamen’s Segway was going to revolutionize transportation? Supposedly, anyway.
Well, Jeff Bezos of Amazon supposedly is going to revolutionize delivery of Amazon packages with Amazon Prime Air, delivery of packages, by drones, within a half hour of placing an order. Good luck with that.
I predict that Bezo’s Amazon Prime Air will fall as flat as Kamen’s Segway.
UPDATE (12.04.2013): Bezos’ Amazon Prime Air competitor. Introducing O.W.L.S.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Poverty Fighting Condoms?
According to Dr. Papa Salif Sow, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates’ project to produce a better condom has the potential, amongst other things, to be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty.
A redesigned condom that overcomes inconvenience, fumbling, or perceived loss of pleasure would be a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty.
While I can appreciate the fact that fewer births, resulting in lower populations, theoretically results in less demand for limited goods and services, and thus could be construed as beneficial in reducing poverty, I hardly think that a redesigned condom will be considered as a weapon in the fight against poverty by individuals desiring enhanced pleasure while having a roll in the hay.
Monday, November 25, 2013
1937 Fairchild 24H Sweepstakes
Interested in winning a fully restored 1937 Fairchild 24H? Nice looking plane. EAA Fairchild Sweepstakes.
Six Years Ago, Today
The above photo is the last I ever had taken with my Dad, about a year before he passed away.
Dad looks at bit worn, in that picture, and when I look at it I think about the last night I spent with Dad as he lay dying in the hospital. On that night, November 24th, Dad, I believe, was aware he was shortly going to leave this life on earth. He was beat.
I was alone with him that night, and there are two moments which stand clearly in my mind. As beat as Dad was that night, he asked me to get him to the edge of the hospital bed because he wanted to have his face and hands washed. Even as his life was ebbing away, he still retained a desire to look presentable.
I got Dad up on the edge of the bed, and kneeling before him, I gently washed his face and hands. This was a humbling moment for me, and I remember fighting back tears at the profound thanks my Dad gave me for attending to him in this way. It was difficult to accept his utter helplessness at this moment in his life. The man who had brought me up, who had cared for me, was now being cared for by me. We had traded places.
About a half hour after this, as my Dad lay eyes shut, quiet and exhausted in that hospital bed, he opened his eyes, looked at me, and said, “John, open that white door for me.”, and pointed to the wall opposite his bed. I asked Dad, “What door?”, as there was no white door opposite his bed. Dad then said to me, “Can’t you see that white door?” I asked him, again, “What white door, Dad? Where is it?”, and he pointed again to the wall opposite his bed, and said, “Right there, John, can’t you see it?” I had to tell my Dad that, no, I couldn’t see the door, because there was no white door on that wall, or anywhere within that hospital room. I can still clearly see the disappoint in my Dad’s eyes at my inability to see that white door, which he clearly wanted opened so that he could proceed through it.
Shortly after this, my Dad lapsed into silence, and that night into unconsciousness, dying during the afternoon of the next day, six years ago, today.
I miss my Dad greatly, but am thankful for the upbringing he bestowed upon me, and all my brothers and sisters. I pray that I carry on, and pass on to my children, the humble greatness he carried throughout his life.
Friday, November 22, 2013
“Mendigos De Paris”
Just prior to running to the airport to reclaim my Lovely Melis from her most recent travels, I stopped by an estate sale; it was the last day and everything was 50% off; and purchased this, which everyone else who had been through the sale had passed up.
This is the first original oil on canvas I have ever purchased. The painting is by Lucio Ruiz-Poveda, Luziano, a Spanish artist, whom, as far as I am able to ascertain, is living in Madrid. The title of the painting is translated as “Beggars of Paris.” I like it, though the Lovely Melis is a bit uncertain about it at the moment.
Here’s another work by Luziano, which is titled El Clochar Marcel (Montmarte street person), which I also like.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Atheists Confused About Church and Worship
A couple of weeks ago, a news story hit the wires under the headline Atheist ‘Mega-Churches’ Take Root Across US, World.
I had laughed to myself, when I read the story, because the atheists promoting these putative churches are as confused as Alain de Botton, or they lack a solid grasp of the English language, or both. Even my atheist internet friend, Greg Swann, has succumbed to the confusion.
If words have meaning, and they do, a church, as defined in the English language, is “a building that is used for Christian services.” If you delve further into the meaning of the word church, you will find that all the supporting definitions of the word church revolve around things religious; God, or gods.
Supposedly, the atheists attending these mega-gatherings are “worshipping.” Let’s consider that for a moment also. What does the word worship mean?
the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god
So what God, or god, are the atheists worshipping, other than themselves, which the definition of worship also addresses, though negatively.
excessive admiration for someone
I have no problem with atheists gathering together, that’s what support groups are for, but don’t confuse these atheist gatherings in buildings as churches, nor worship.
That ‘Green Thing’ and “The Bugs in Darwin”
A couple of entertaining reads this morning. First, via the Gunslinger’s Journal, a piece titled Being Green, which, of course, allegedly Americans were not, back in the day, at least prior to the rise of environmental awareness.
Second, via an email note from JB, a link to an essay by Fred, of Fred On Everything, titled The Bugs in Darwin - And Other Raptures. Fred’s piece, as he notes, will take a bit of time, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
We Don’t Celebrate The Constitution, Do We?
Last night, I took in PBS’ show Lincoln @ Gettysburg. While overall I found the show interesting viewing, I was only particularly struck by one point brought out by a historian in regards to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
The point articulated by that historian, is, Lincoln’s opening words in the Gettysburg Address; “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”; reference not The Constitution of the United States, but rather The Declaration of Independence. In fact, Lincoln makes no reference in the Gettysburg Address to The Constitution.
The longer I consider this historian’s point, the more striking I think it becomes. While The Constitution of the United States does receive words of veneration by various peoples, America does not celebrate The Constitution with days set aside to mark its adoption; September 17, 1787; its ratification; June 21, 1788; nor the day it went into effect; March 4, 1789. America only celebrates Independence Day, July 4, 1776.
Maybe America only celebrates Independence Day because The Constitution is counter-revolutionary to independence.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
“Where A Christ Is Not Expected”
Nothing is so incredible as an answer to an unasked question. One half of the world has regarded the Christian answer to the problem of life and history as “foolishness” because it had no questions for which the Christian revelation was the answer and no longings and hopes which that revelation fulfilled. The cultures of this half of the world were non-Messianic because they were non-historical. Their failure to regard history as basic to the meaning of life may be attributed to two primary methods of looking at life which stand in contradiction to each other. The one is the method of regarding the system of nature as the final reality to which man must adjust himself. The other regards nature from the human perspective as either chaos or a meaningless order from which man will be freed either by his reason or by some unity and power within him higher than reason. There are systems of thought, of which Stoicism is the classic example, which combine both methods or which reveal a certain degree of ambivalence between the two; but the two most consistent methods of denying the meaningfulness of history are to reduce it to the proportions of nature or to regard it as a corruption of eternity.
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1949, II. Human Destiny pgs.6-7
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Suffer the Little Children
At American Digest, a “Grace Note” to start the day. Hold My Hand and Tater Tot.
A heartening way to begin the day.
Friday, November 15, 2013
A Fifteen to Thirty Million Dollar Book
The most I’ve ever paid for a book was $120 bucks, and it wasn’t even for myself. It was a gift for a friend who has a fondness for all things arctic, a first edition of Samuel Kneeland’s An American in Iceland, An Account of its Scenery, People, and History, with a Description of its Millennial Celebration in August, 1874; with Notes on the Orkney, Shetland, and Faroe Islands, and the Great Volcano Eruption of 1875. While my friend is not a bibliophile, per se, he was most appreciative.
If you happen to have a spare $15 to $30 million laying around, I’d be most appreciative to receive what could become the world’s most expensive book.
Will this become the world’s most expensive book on November 26? You are looking at the Bay Psalm Book printed in 1640, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s.
The auction firm estimates the sale price will be between $15 million and $30 million - and anything in excess of $12 million will ensure it becomes the world’s most expensive printed book. It would need to reach $31 million to become the world’s most expensive paper document, overhauling Leonardo da Vinci’s journal, Codex Leicester, sold for $30.8 million in 1994.
“It’s going to be far and away the most expensive book ever sold,” said David Redden, vice chairman of Sotheby’s when the auction was announced.
The Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in what became the United States and this copy is owned by the Old South Church in Boston. And guess what? The church also has another copy that will not be sold. At one time, this church owned FIVE copies.
Hattip to my brother The Wizard.
UPDATE (11.27.2013): The hammer has dropped on the Bay Psalm Book.
Didn’t quite make pre-auction estimates, but never-the-less it fetched a pretty penny.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Ignorance of Ignorance - A Quote
The philosopher who imagines himself capable of stating a final truth merely because he has sufficient perspective upon past history to be able to detect previous philosophical errors is clearly the victim of the ignorance of his ignorance. Standing on a high pinnacle of history he forgets that this pinnacle also has a particular locus and that his perspective will seem as partial to posterity as the pathetic parochialism of previous thinkers. This is a very obvious fact but no philosophical system has been great enough to take full account of it. Each great thinker makes the same mistake, in turn, of imagining himself the final thinker. Descartes, Hegel, Kant, and Comte, to mention only a few moderns, were so certain of the finality of their thought that they have become fair sport for any wayfaring cynic. Not the least pathetic is the certainty of a naturalistic age that its philosophy is a final philosophy because it rests upon science, a certainty which betrays ignorance of its own prejudices and failure to recognize the limits of scientific knowledge.
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and The Destiny of Man, New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1949, pg. 195
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
In The Beginning
How did life begin? This is a question which man has pondered on for quite some time. Myself included.
Though I appreciate, and accept, aspects of the theory of evolution, I think that the origin of life is much simpler.
I mention this, because in the past 30 days there have been three (3) theories presented (maybe they’re evolving) which “suggest” three different hypotheses for the origin of life.
On October 10, 2013: Did Life on Earth Begin with Autocells?
On October 29, 2013: Paleontologist Presents Origin of Life Theory (meteorites - ed.)
On November 6, 2013: Clay may have been birthplace of life on Earth, suggests study