Thirsty Thursday – December’s Brewing Madness

Something clicked in the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been brewing like crazy. The end result is this current state of my living room:

Three different beers, fermenting simultaneously.

Three different beers, fermenting simultaneously.

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Friday Headlines: 12-5-14

Friday Headlines, November 28, 2014

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

 

Today’s round-up:

A name (finally) for Earth’s most abundant mineral

Carnivorous plant in amber

Cooking with lava

 

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Art Every Day – Day 30

This morning I was inspired. I had planned on spending the day grading exams and maybe working on the quiver I told you about earlier this month. Instead, I came upon this post:

BEER ADVENT CALENDAR

I had to make one.

I didn’t have all the suggested materials, but I knew I could improvise. (Next year’s will be a lot better though).

I started with two empty 12-pack boxes. All right, I bought a new one just for the occasion. Quite a sacrifice, I know. Then I selected 24 bottles of brewed deliciousness, either home-brewed or store-bought.

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Lorem Ipsum is Dead

For most folks, they’ve only seen the phrase ‘Lorem Ipsum’ when using a PowerPoint template for the first time.

Lorem Ipsum is a term to describe dummy text inserted to show what a printed page will look like when real text is there. There are lots of Lorem Ipsum generators out there. Some are ordinary, and some are… entertaining.

Since I’ve been looking at Lorem Ipsum generators today, as a means for those who’ve hand-written their NaNoWriMo novels (50k words, one month!) to get an electronic version for verification on the official NaNoWriMo website, I thought I’d share my favorites.

Dullsville Lorem Ipsum generator

If all you want is some innocuous filler text, this will do the job.

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

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Art Every Day – Day 29 – I’m still here

My goal for November was to do some art every day. It was a challenge I accepted. I failed a bit. The last ten days I’ve done no visual arts, but I did finish writing 50,000 fresh new words on a novel that’s going to be totally awesome when it’s finished.

In other words, I won NaNoWriMo. (I’ll share some excerpts soon, as soon as I actually finish the story.)

So today I thought I might finish the art project I started at the beginning of the month. You, know the one with all the fish? Here’s my last fish:

The final fish.

The final fish.

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Thirsty Thursday (on Friday) – Racking the Cider

Two weeks ago, I started a hard cider using locally grown apples.

It’s been happily bubbling away in the dining room these past two weeks. It was time, yesterday, to rack it into a smaller carboy.

 

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Friday Headlines: 11-28-14

Friday Headlines, November 28, 2014

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

 

Today’s round-up:

Earthquakes tell us about how faults work

What are turtles related to?

Finding fossils is a lot about luck!

 

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Friday Headlines: 11-21-14

Friday Headlines, November 21, 2014

THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES

 

Today’s round-up:

Lake Effect Snow

World’s Biggest Landslide

 

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Art Every Day – Day 19

I’ve been trying to do art in some form or fashion every day through November, as part of the Art Every Day Month challenge. Because I’m also doing NaNoWriMo, and attempting to write a 50000 word novel this month, I suppose that I’m accomplishing art every day so long as I’m writing every day.

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Your Holiday Dinosaur

Most vertebrate paleontologists agree that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs. To paleontologists, there is no simple bird-dinosaur dichotomy. Rather there is a continuum of animals that are at first, clearly dinosaurs (like Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor), then at the end are clearly birds, like all the modern birds that we see. We recognize lots of ‘in between’ animals, like Archaeopteryx that appear to be at once both bird and dinosaur.

To simplify, many, including me, refer to birds as dinosaurs. Sometimes, we add the term ‘avian’ or ‘non-avian’ to the front of dinosaur, to distinguish between modern, flying birds and their relatives, and the big scary ones that went extinct 65 million years ago.

The interesting outcome is that what this means is that, at least in the United States, we traditionally have a huge family meal on the fourth Thursday of November, in which we consume vast quantities of roasted dinosaur meat. Continue reading

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