Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Each year, I take part in Board Game Geek's secret santa exchange. You're randomly assigned another board game geek from around the world, who has a wishlist on the site. It's a lot of fun to taunt them with hints about what they might be getting, maybe even making them solve clues or puzzles!
This year's gifts are... well, I'd better keep quiet, just in case!
Monday, December 27, 2010
on the Lake Superior shoreline,
to pick up the lovely Sarah --
we barely met in time.
'Cause Heikki Lunta and his brothers,
were blowin' on in to town.
And soon the lake-effect snowfall
Wall coverin' up the ground!
Snoooowwww on the decking
A blizzard in the sky.
Snoooowwww on the decking...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
In order to fix this, we first tried to turn off power to the switch. We have about 20 circuit breakers in our shiny new circuit box, most of which are labeled "general lighting". Not a single one of them turned off power to this switch. In the end, we had to cut power to the entire house. I love 100-year old houses...
And yes, that's a headlamp!
This is why it's that much more surprising to find three glowing plastic mooseheads mounted on the wall right over the main doorway. One of them has several leis added to it by students.
(Taken with my camera phone -- serves me right for forgetting my "big" camera!)
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I can't allow a full 365 days to go by without showing off my favorite food -- the food I'd take with me to a deserted island (or more likely an abandoned mine) -- the pasty!
First, say it with me: PASS-tee. Definitely not paste-y. Pasties are basically a form of meat and vegetable turnovers. They typically are made with skirt steak or beef, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga -- plus a variety of seasonings. "Traditional" pasties often were divided internally by a bit of dough, and a fruit "dessert" was placed in one end.
The pasty originated in Cornwall, although those from next-door Devon are vociferous about their claim on its origins. Pasties were a common meal for Cornish miners, because they were a full meal in themselves. When the copper and tin mines of Cornwall began to fail, the Cornish miner began to emigrate, heading to any other mining regions that they could find -- and especially to America's first great mining region, the Copper Country.
Amusingly enough, pasties became so commonplace that even other ethnic groups (which generally kept themselves very separated from each other) too them to be their own. Finns in particular adopted them in the Copper Country, and when their relatives and friends came across the ocean, they figured that it must have been a Finnish creation!
Pasties are usually eaten with gravy or ketchup. I prefer ketchup myself. The exact dressing, as well as the exact way to make the crust, and the exact contents of the pasty, are subjects of downright holy wars. Always know who you're talking to, and be prepared to defend yourself!