Sunday, June 12, 2016

First Garlic

The heat, then prolonged moisture seemed to put some of the smaller French Rose garlic in danger of molding. So we picked it quickly. The larger ones have more green leaves and may benefit from the continued moisture.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sourdough Bread

Hey, check this an effort to eat delicious bread and save money I have been practicing bread-baking on the weekends. Here's a picture of some nice-looking loaves I made a month ago.

I've recently realized that sourdough bread is easier than I previously thougt. It's definitely cheaper and arguably better tasting than bread made with active dry yeast.

Sourdough Possibly healthier for humans

Egalitarian: the leavening is free
My favorite how-to video for making sourdough starter. It is SOOO easy!

Sullivan Street simple method

The simple Sullivan Street method is very compatible with sourdough because it is a slow rise bread.The only downside to sourdough is that it can take longer. I could debate if that is actually a downside, but I'll spare you.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015


Alternative to the theme of yesterday: music generation. Try it out at jukedeck.
Adele is in no danger of losing her job to this robot; the two tracks I generated were as soulless as you might expect. At the same time there's clearly something sophisticated at work here.

Sunday, December 06, 2015


Music, books, video games and movies are numerous and inexpensive. For these to be appreciated as gifts there are two options:
1. choose premium quality
2. curate a collection tailored to the recipient

Option two is exemplified by the mixtape.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Campfire Smell

Yesterday we woke to a hazy orange sunrise.
Trees 200' away were tinted
The morning air at the kitchen door
Was thickly laden with the scent a campfire makes
From the Cougar Creek fire
75 miles East

Last night the half moon was the color of a ripe peach
Today we are running the hepa filter and staying inside

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tragedy on Kelly Road

Crawling past the patrolman
The flares
The towtruck
I glanced briefly where
I knew the wreck would be.
A truck, new, shiny with chrome
And royal blue
Looked strangely whole
To occupy the center of that grim circus.
No shattered glass
No fender rumpled
No trunk caved-in and crumpled.
But under the truck's front bumper
All so new and shiny with chrome
A two-wheeled vehicle
That didn't make it home.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Kids will make you cool

Ok maybe it's just in my own mind...but after playing TF2 online with my boys I have been encouraged by 55zimfam55 who said I was becoming MLG pretty fast. That felt great because I always feel like a nub cake.
But while playing I noticed they also seem unimpressed by their own play though it far outstrips mine.
With each day I become more certain that most everyone feels like a nub cake, not just in gaming but in that arcane thing older folks refer to as "real life".
And I'm just as certain that the feeling is not justified...we are all pretty MLG...and could use more practice.
So yeah...I feel a little cooler today.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Race Eve

Tomorrow morning we begin the attempt to cross Washington by bike. My job is to keep the rider supplied with food and water.

As for now we are going to sleep at cycle.head.chair as defined by

People Waved

(on the train)
I was charmed.

As we passed a park
Some children
And their guardians

View from
 the train.

Big Trip

This is the start of a big trip. I'll crew for my brother who's cycling across Washington State, from North to South.

Currently I'm on tha Amtrak Cascade line from Kelso to Tukwila.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Two Haiku

Trees start conical

In windstorm branches are lost

Adding character



Hawk patrols the mice

Who hide beneath the grasses

They cannot grow large

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Transcendent Coffee

I made a cup of coffee today that was so good it transported me to another time and place.

One moment I was sitting in front of my computer with my bucket of pens a stapler, pencil sharpener and binoculars crowding around my mouse.

Then I lifted the cup to my nose and the sensation swept me to a tropical land where the first rays of morning sun delivered pitch, resins and floral perfumes from the jungle's edge to me on the most delicate morning dew and the slightest of breezes.

As I stood on the porch of my wood and thatch hut surveying the village and the surrounding jungle canopy lit by the honeyed morning sun, the villagers, as they passed by, looked at me with the fondness normally afforded to a beloved grandfather. I could only imagine that I must have served the village in some profoundly benevolent way in the recent past. Cured a dreaded disease, or saved the life of a revered villager.

Then I remembered the real reason they loved me. I had developed a means distilling the essence of grandmotherly love from the local coffee and freely shared the technique with them. They were so grateful they vowed to honor me always as a venerated village elder. And they were true to their word.

Yes...that is how good my coffee was this morning.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Serious Tea

Lately I've discovered that tea is about one-thousand times better than I knew before.

I'm going to share with you a few links and advise you to try this. Why?
1. it's delicious
2. it's likely excellent for your health (go to informationisbeautiful and filter on plant/herb)
3. you need another reason?

If you decide to buy some really nice tea (available in links below) you should observe the recommended brewing practices, such as:
1. water quality (spring, filtered or well water)
2. water temperature
3. steep time

And also remember that the fine quality loose-leaf teas can be steeped multiple times, which can really change the price-per-cup equation.

Here are some sites with really nice tea.
Red Blossom...I haven't tried any of their tea yet, but my instincts tell me they have some of the finest tea available in the US.

Red Blossom Oolong:

Red Blossom Green (loads of Dragonwell)

Ten Ren's Tea
I have tried the Supreme Ti Kuan Yin and it really is superb.

Tea Zone in Portland, OR
I just tried their Dragonwell last night and it was exquisite. You can dine-in and/or buy loose-leaf from them.

Sakuma Bros.
I haven't tried this yet either, but tea grown in my home-state has great appeal to me. I'm sure it's inevitable I'll try it:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Generous Spirit of Leonard Cohen

I was at this concert and was moved by the loving respect he paid all his band-members.

His tribute to the drummer is hilarious too.