Archive for November, 2012
While eating my popcorn today Emily, our always exuberant hound dog, sat at my feet and gave me her best sad-eyed stare, surely hoping for a stray kernel or two to find its way onto the rug, and, subsequently, into her mouth.
“Popcorn is not good for dogs,” I whispered. She turned her head this way, then that way, tried to convince me I was wrong by blinking those big grown eyes at me, and offering a cold nose at my knee. To no avail. I was not sharing my popcorn with her.
There were sounds in the background, murmurings and such, that reached my ears as muffled silence. (Can you muffle silence? One wonders…)
“Then, I need to ask him this,” I heard, in vague undertones, still focused on Emily’s eager face – finding myself wondering how much of what I say and do actually means something to her. Or, better yet, how much of what I say and do, doesn’t mean anything to her. Truth is, most of what I say and do means something. That likely doesn’t mean what I want it to mean – her intelligence is high, but she doesn’t really
The people at the Fresh Market off Brownsboro Road must think I’m odd. I recently found myself walking slowly through their just-large-enough grocery, entirely caught up in my own thoughts. I had the rest of the week’s shopping complete, my meticulous list of recipes to test and ingredients to sample marked off, line by line, each item now tucked away in my cart. I had yet, however, to determine what we would have for dinner that evening.
I needed something easy, as is the case with any evening I tackle the grocery store after a long day of work. Wanting a meal that would pair well with the changing, cold weather, I craved something hearty and the homemade spaghetti I had on hand, tossed with a creamy and decadent carbonara sauce came to mind. But carbonara, as simple as it may seem, is a skill I just have not mastered, and the thought of diving back into negotiating raw egg yolks in warm pasta without causing them to scramble even the teeniest, tiniest bit made my pulse begin to race. I continued to weave my cart through the Fresh Market
(All images: JesseHarringtonAu via Instructables)
It’s no surprise to us that cardboard is such a popular material in modern design. But we do still get surprised by the sheer brilliance of some of the designs.
This DIY cardboard and LED lamp is the latest one to knock our socks off.
With instructions, this upcycled cardboard lamp is within anyone’s reach. So grab an old box and get making.
P.S. Want more creative cardboard ideas?
Spotted on Treehugger.
Decadence is on the menu for a bourbon tasting at the Monegan Sun — it’s the first event for the 10th anniversary Winefest 13 at the Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Connecticut.
Taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. January 25, 2012, this is a full evening (priced at $90 per person) inspired by America’s Native Spirit: bourbon.
Participants will enjoy years of tradition through Plan B’s bourbon-inspired menu paired with a variety of fine bourbons including Maker’s Mark, Booker’s, Knob Creek and Jim Beam. Savor them straight or enlist the help of Plan B’s mixologists to create a crafted bourbon cocktail.
Of course, no night of decadence is complete without a fine cigar. Guests will enjoy premium cigar sampling from AVO Cigars. After a career as a jazz pianist, Avo Uvezian toured the Caribbean in search of the finest tobaccos and the best factory for making his cigars. In 1982, he found both in the Dominican Republic. Today, AVO Cigars are enjoyed by aficionados all over the world.
(Photo by Sebastian Pothe)
Chappar Chiri, a few kilometres from Mohali, has a special place in Sikh history. It was here that Banda Singh Bahadur, one of the most respected Sikh warriors, won a decisive battle against Wazir Khan, commander of the Mughal army.
A grand memorial, Fateh Burj, set amidst a vast landscaped complex to mark that victory, is a befitting tribute, albeit a few centuries late. It stands at the center of the field where the battle was fought in 1710. I have some reasonably decent visuals from a recent visit.
Some times it is worth spending a little to have an adventure while you are cruising…
Located just 7 miles off the southern Turkish coast is the island of Cyprus. It is unique in the world in that it’s capital city, Nicosia, Cyprus’s largest city is the only capital city in the world that is the capital of two countries. Since the Turks invaded the country in 1974 under the pretext of protecting the Cypriot Turks from the Cypriot Greeks during an attempted coup, the northern and southern half of the island have been divided with Nicosia being at the center of the dividing point. To pass from the Greek side to the Turkish side tourists need to present a passport and obtain a Turkish visa.
Cruise ships visiting the island use the southern Greek port of Limassol, which is the second largest city in Cyprus and has been inhabited from ancient times dating back to 2000 BC. It is best known for its prominence during the events surround the Crusades. Richard the Lionhearted took English control of Cyprus during the Crusades. In fact he married Berengaria of Navarre just outside of Limassol at the Castle of Limassol which was restored during the 19th…
I guess I’m one of the stranger users of technology. I’m not an Apple zombie, insisting everything has to be Apple “just because” or an unwavering, die-hard Microsoft zealot based on Apple hatred. I like to use best-of-breed and what suits me, irrelevant of silly branding and ideology. So for a long while I have been using a mighty mouse (Apple) and Vaio PC laptop combination. And it worked well for about three years. Then Windows 8 came along and my wonderful little hack inexplicably just stopped working.
Even though I am an iPad and iPhone user, I do not want to go the Mac route. Apart from not wanting to be a cliché, the OS irritates me. I quite like Windows 8 and Microsoft cleaned up its act after the Vista botch up. It kept me as a customer… only just though! And I now use a Zenbook Prime, which I have to say makes me laugh with satisfaction every day I open it. It’s a beautiful machine, but it’s one mouseless beautiful machine.
Enter the curve
So, enter the Logitech Touch Mouse T620.…
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