Pane Pugliese

My adventures with yeast continued this weekend, when I attempted a much more complex recipe than usual. Pane Pugliese is a simple, rustic bread, but some effort is required to achieve the seemingly nonchalant result. First, this is a sponge based bread. This sponge, known as biga, worked overnight (unlike previous 1 hour sponges I’ve … Read more

9/11 Hearings Available

I got this in the mail recently and it seemed worth passing along. The 9/11 Commission Hearings are available right now for free at These important audio documents represent yet another way Audible keeps you informed of the important events shaping our time. You’ll hear Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin … Read more

Think it Over

A reflection on things I learned today: The pessimist is one who says “Things couldn’t possibly be worse,” the optimist says, “Sure they can.” — the daily irrelevant

Zork 2004

The games haven’t changed since the 1980’s, but the delivery mechanism is pure 21st century. Zork, (and Zork II & III) are now playable using an AIM compatible client. In addition, many other Infocom adventure games are available, including Planetfall and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. You can even save and restore previous games! … Read more

The Web Museum: Famous Artworks Exhibit

As usual, one thing led to another, and I ended up discovering a delightful online art museum, known simply as the webmuseum. It turns out they are hosted as one of many specialized sites that together comprise ibiblio, an organization that seeks to be “the public’s library and digital archive”. Based on a quick look … Read more

They Are Just Words

Hilarious link from Farber’s Interesting People list: It seems some of the Brits are rather amused at the goings on recently at the FCC. One of the BBC channels has been running a very, very funny R rated advert. Channel Four International (C4i) asked a number of US and UK film and TV stars what … Read more

Always in Our Hearts

And so, another year has passed. It is pretty much imponderable how much different my life would have been were it not for Sheryl’s mother, Laurina. Her blessings and support as Sheryl and I began our life together proved immeasurably helpful. I always chuckle at one of the stories Sheryl tells, of when we were … Read more

A Voice From Madrid

Tom Tomorrow posted a lengthy letter from a Spanish reader commenting on the recent bombing in Madrid and the subsequent elections. He eloquently speaks of the heroism and compassion displayed in the immediate aftermath of the bombing; the immediacy of his first-hand reporting is powerful. The behavior of the people was of utter heroism. I … Read more

Dihydrogen Monoxide Alert!

THE INVISIBLE KILLER: Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and *kills* uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and … Read more