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Pierre and I took a walk up the hill yesterday.

double indemnity

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grandfather paradoxWhat would happen to you if you went back in time and killed your grandfather?

A model using photons reveals that quantum mechanics can solve the quandary—and even foil quantum cryptography. =more=

Had my boy Vive up to the house for the past week and a half. Always good to see him.

We spent some time in our old stomping grounds at Fort Mac yesterday, Thursday. Maybe it was the lighting, or the climate, or the way the wind was blowing, but my gut suddenly got hit with a wave of deja vu. Out of curiosity, I pulled out my phone looked up very first blog entry featuring Sir Vivor from back in 2005. It so happened that it was nine years to the hour, maybe the minute.

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A couple more photos from the day. Such a handsome boy:

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vivor vive

The Iron Maiden classic was released 30 years ago yesterday. Analyzing album cover artwork stoned has never been the same.

chocolate chip cookies

A bioengineering grad student has explored the science behind baking your ideal chocolate chip cookie.

Ooey-gooey: Add 2 cups more flour.

A nice tan: Set the oven higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit (maybe 360). Caramelization, which gives cookies their nice brown tops, occurs above 356 degrees, says the TEDEd video.

Crispy with a soft center: Use 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

Chewy: Substitute bread flour for all-purpose flour.

Just like store-bought: Trade the butter for shortening. Arias notes that this ups the texture but reduces some flavor; her suggestion is to use half butter and half shortening.

Thick (and less crispy): Freeze the batter for 30 to 60 minutes before baking. This solidifies the butter, which will spread less while baking.

Cakey: Use more baking soda because, according to Nyberg, it “releases carbon dioxide when heated, which makes cookies puff up.”

Butterscotch flavored: Use 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar (instead of the same amount of combined granulated sugar and light brown sugar).

Uniformity: If looks count, add one ounce corn syrup and one ounce granulated sugar.

More flavor: Chilling the dough for at least 24 hours before baking deepens all the flavors, Arias found.

(via NPR)

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