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July 17th, 2009

"It's One Or The Other"


Every once in a while I hear the tune It's One Or The Other and each time I seem to get tripped up by one line or verse. The actual line is, "If it's not Sis... it's your brother." What happens I hear the first part as, "If it's it not cis-..." and mentally complete it with, "..it's trans-."

Poll: Whisk(e)y


Poll #1430967 o/` Though that stuff was smooth as silk, from now on I'll stick to milk! o/`

That's...

Whisky
1(5.9%)
Whiskey
2(11.8%)
Scotch
1(5.9%)
Bourbon
1(5.9%)
Rye
0(0.0%)
Corn likker
0(0.0%)
White lightnin'
0(0.0%)
'shine
0(0.0%)
Motorfuel
0(0.0%)
Paint remover
1(5.9%)
Industrial solvent
2(11.8%)

I'd drink whisk(e)y from...

Scotland
1(5.6%)
Ireland
0(0.0%)
Canada
0(0.0%)
the U.S. of A.
0(0.0%)
Wales
0(0.0%)
India
0(0.0%)
Germany
0(0.0%)
France
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)
Who cares where? Distill it, age it, and pour me some!
1(5.6%)
I don't drink that stuff.
3(16.7%)

Single malt vs. Blended

Single malt is all there is, really.
6(35.3%)
Blended is the only drinkable stuff.
0(0.0%)
They each have their place.
6(35.3%)
Just pour, dangit!
2(11.8%)
Maybe some malt vinegar for my chips/fries.
3(17.6%)

Served:

Neat/straight - as pure as it gets.
3(16.7%)
Straight up - chilled, but the ice filtered out.
0(0.0%)
On the rocks.
1(5.6%)
With water.
0(0.0%)
With soda water.
0(0.0%)
With tonic water.
0(0.0%)
How else does one drink Coca-Cola?
1(5.6%)
With coffee.
0(0.0%)
In a cocktail.
0(0.0%)
To someone else.
4(22.2%)

Irish coffee:

How dare you abuse whisk(e)y so!
1(5.9%)
Great!
4(23.5%)
Nice from time to time.
4(23.5%)
Eh, it'll do, once in a great while.
3(17.6%)
Ruins three good drinks: coffee, cream, and whiskey.
3(17.6%)
I prefer Brazilian coffee.
0(0.0%)
I don't drink coffee, even without whisk(e)y.
2(11.8%)

A good single malt is:

A good blend is:

This single malt is overrated:

This blend is overrated:

Serving vessel:

Whiskey glass.
5(31.2%)
Shot glass.
0(0.0%)
The bottle.
0(0.0%)
Hip flask.
0(0.0%)
Vaporizer.
3(18.8%)

Tullamore...

Dew.
8(50.0%)
Don't!
1(6.2%)
Do, please.
0(0.0%)
If you're buying, sure!
1(6.2%)
Not any more.
0(0.0%)
That's Tulach Mhór.
1(6.2%)
Huh?
5(31.2%)

Cookies!


A few years ago I tried making chocolate chip cookies. "Tried" being the operative word. What I wound up with, repeatedly, was dough that looked good to me but when baked would spread out way thin and just be a mess.

Today I did bit of a web search and found a few hints about what might have caused that and what to do about it. I made chocolate chip cookies this morning and they pretty much turned out. It wasn't a perfect run, but it was much, much better than anything before.

What had been going wrong? Maybe a few things. I probably wasn't beating the egg/sugar/vanilla mix enough and thus not dissolving the sugar(s) properly. I wasn't keeping the cookie sheet(s) well away from the stove until baking time (the stovetop being a convenient flat surface in a small kitchen with a very cluttered table). And I wasn't baking on the top rack in the oven.

What went wrong today? The cookies I didn't bake on the top rack either should have waited for the top rack or had (even) more baking time. It wouldn't have hurt to refrigerate the dough for a few minutes before shaping/making the cookies. Smaller spoonfuls and/or more spacing would be a Good Idea. And I went way overboard on the chocolate chips so in places there's more chocolate chip than cookie.

Still, the cookies came out cookie shaped this time. The rest is down to tweaking, I think. Trying the tweaks won't happen soon as I don't plan on baking cookies all that often.

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Wasteful energy saving bulbs


One of the selling points pushed for CFL lighting is the environmental aspect of them. So it seems a bit odd that the plastic shell that held the light I put into service today does not have a recycling number on it anywhere. Since it doesn't have a number, it's trash rather than something for the recycle barrel.

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