STFU Already JK Rowling and Baby’s First Waterfall – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, September 15

It’s Tuesday.  Let’s do this!

Just listen to Oscar the Grouch please.

Or Paul Rudd:


Maybe, just maybe, we should aspire to something a little higher in the leadership of our country  than having the former Fear Factor host, moderate a debate with the former Apprentice host.


Ummm, can we get a little more info on this story about ICE performing mass hysterectomies on detained women? This sounds like nazi level Dr. Mengele type of bad.


The GOP lost a bid to keep Green Party candidates on the ballot in Montana. I understand the sentiments of those liberals who vote Green Party, but your attempts to start a more liberal party have done nothing but create a more conservative United States.


The amount of stupidity packed into this 1 minute and 39 second clip is astounding and soul draining. And that also goes for the reporter who just parrots the covidiots’ QAnon talking points without interjecting the word “mistakenly” or “deluded” or “opposed to all available science” or “fucking crazy” at any time during the report.


JK Rowling has found the hill she wants to die on and it’s called Mt. Transphobia.


A baby seeing a waterfall for the first time and it’s a wonderful and pure moment:


I missed the 25th anniversary of the Windows 95 launch dance party. In case you have never seen it, this guy does an analysis of the video which is spot on:

What I Learned Today – Monday, September 14

Practically nothing. Not enough stuff today to put into Otherwise, but I did find out a few new things.  Hope everybody’s week has gotten off to a not too horrible start.


No masks, no social distancing, and an awkward race to be in a crowded arena to watch Trump go on and on about himself:

One doctor has called this rally, “negligent homicide”. Difficult to not agree with that considering what we know about how covid spreads now, especially indoors.

And Trump isn’t concerned that HE will get it during these rallies:


A recipe for flan pâtissier. I only allow myself to have dessert on the weekends. Last weekend were the half moons, (which turned out really well) and the week is young so I may not be in the mood for these come Saturday, but flan pâtissier is already a strong contender.

As Promised, I Made the Half Moons

I mentioned this morning that I was going to try the half moon recipe. I did! I did!  My icing smoothing skills are lacking but they taste amazing.  If you hate frosting then this isn’t your thing (Mrs. C stayed away) but that’s your problem.

Only thing was the recipe said to flatten them down a bit before you put them in the oven and I may have flattened them a bit too much.  They needed to be a bit puffier and not so much like a disk. But notes have been made, and next time will be better.

Half Moons and Covid Tourism: What I Learned Today – Friday, September 11

Half moons! There is a bakery close to my house that makes these. They look like a black and white cookie but are more like a mini-cake with buttercream frosting. I haven’t been to the bakery at all this year (thanks covid!) and am craving one big time.  I did some googling and found this recipe which duplicates the original half moons made at Hemstrought’s Bakery (now closed) which was located in upstate New York. This recipe makes 30 cookies so I think I should cut that in half. I’m thinking about giving these a try tonight.  Why not?  It’s Friday.


France’s covid numbers are starting to shoot up. 10,000 new ones yesterday.

Trump had a rally last night.  Virtually no masks.  No social distancing. Never have I seen a person go so far out to try to kill his supporters.  We’re living in surreal times:

I don’t even know where to start with this one:

And DeSantis is reopening Florida’s bars.


Trump has more free time than the people I know who are currently unemployed.


Twitter is raging about the clip of Kansas City fans booing a moment of solidarity against racism. And yeah, it’s terrible, but wait, there are fans in the stands now?


So the stadium isn’t packed but how is this still a good idea?


A 45 mile two day hike through Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  Stunning!

Lost Architecture and RIP Diana Rigg: What I Learned Today – Thursday, September 10

Let’s try a Trump/Covid free version of this today. Even though both are currently devastating everything they touch, I’m going to try to take a break from it, even if just for my own sanity. And it’s so humid right now that I’m basically air swimming so I need some pleasant things. I’m sure you understand.


Places on the web I can get lost in for days at a time.  Reddit’s /r/Lost_Architecture:

Pictured here is the Salem train depot from Salem, MA (Yes, that Salem), which was built in 1848 and torn down in 1954.

Or the Cincinnati Public Library, torn down in 1955.  What a beautiful interior with the spiral staircase.


A homemade hummus recipe. One thing I really like about this recipe is how he prepares the garlic oil and garlic which both can then be used in other recipes as well. (Roasting garlic and infused garlic oil is just so amazing. It cuts out the sharpness in raw garlic so that you can enjoy the rest of your day/night without scaring off anybody who comes closer to you than 15 feet)


RIP Diana Rigg. She stole every scene in Game of Thrones and when people talk about the Avengers, it takes me a bit to realize they are talking about some CGI superhero shit show and not the one with Emma Peel:


Inspired by yesterday’s video, I think this will be my first venture into a new type of breakfast for my palate.  Tamago Kake Gohan. Although I may wait until I have better quality eggs then the one currently in the fridge.  Developing!!

Rostropovitch Discusses Bach´s 2nd Cello Suite Prelude

This video may not interest you unless you’re a cello geek (like me) or are really into classical music but it’s the great Rostropovitch talking about one of my favorite musical pieces. Everybody knows (or had heard) Bach’s prelude to the first cello suite in G. I think it’s a law that it has to be played at least once at every wedding. But the 2nd prelude is just so much deeper and more soulful. Granted, I’m a minor key kinda guy.

Question of the Day

We haven’t done one of these in a long time.  I really miss hearing your responses to my silly questions.

Since I just started to dig into my breakfast, what did you have for breakfast today?  Doesn’t matter what time you ate it. What was your first meal of the day.

Oatmeal for me. Simmered in some 2% milk with a teaspoon of brown sugar, golden raisins and sliced peaches.  So good.