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This is Major Tom to ground control, I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in the most peculiar way
And the stars look very diferent today

Ground control to Major Tom:
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong.
Can you hear me Major Tom?

Copied over from my food blog: Nothing to do with food, more about books and politics

Nothing to do with food, more about books and politics

My roommate just sent me a link to an article by Orson Scott Card on gay marriage (the author of the Ender's Game series). I really like(d) Orson Scott Card and read the entire series over and over again both as a kid and as an adult. I found out that Card was a Mormon after reading the series the first time around, and honestly, I didn't think that should significantly impact my ability to enjoy a sci-fi novel. There's nothing in the books to indicate that he is (apparently) a craaaaazy conservative; in fact, his novels always struck me as fairly diverse.

What surprised me the most about this article was not his attack on homosexuality and women's rights, but the poor quality of writing and the illogical arguments. Having read more than 7 of his books, I would have expected something better from him. The article just doesn't make much sense and is in parts factually inaccurate.

The best part though, is the end, where Card basically calls for a pro- conservative heterosexual monogamous marriage revolution, in which individuals should overthrow the existing government in an attempt to preserve the sanctity of marriage. Kind of funny because Card is directly descended from Brigham Young's son in law, who was also the first Mormon to establish a polygamous compound settlement in Canada.

"If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn't require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government?

What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.

Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die."

I have this image of tons of straight married couples in suits and ties and skirts and blouses storming the white house in their SUVs with children in strollers in tow. Anyone up for a revolution?

Ironically, a friend gave me a copy of Card's book Pastwatch just yesterday, which I had not yet read. I'm a few chapters in now, but now I'm not sure if I want to read it.

New Food Blog!

I finally found the time to sit down and make the food blog that I keep talking about. It will hopefully be the place where I share all of the recipes I make, pictures of food I take, and generally relate my gustatory adventures.

From a car ride joke about homemade/joe-made, the blog is at: http://joemade.blogspot.com/

Friends only!

I like to post about food, bread, recipes, Buddhism, India, gardening, dogs and stuff that is probably only interesting to my friends. But feel free to post and introduce yourself if you'd like to be added.

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I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is also true for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end.


so i've been on a bread baking kick for the past couple of months (or really just an extended cooking of any kind kick since graduating in may). i decided that my january project was going to be sourdough. it took me about a week to make a sourdough starter that was lively enough to raise bread to the extent that i needed. my starter was really basic. i began with 1/2 c stone ground whole wheat flour and 1/4 c water (just from the tap, nothing special). basically, i just mixed them together and then kept "feeding" it, adding more flour and water at specific times and removing the excess until the starter was able to roughly double in size after each feeding. i'm a horribly impatient person when it comes to food, which has been my downfall several times when dealing with bread, so in the meantime i used the excess starter to make pizza crusts and baked pizza until i could make proper bread. anyway. i've been experimenting with sourdough recipes for the past two or three weeks now and have started to get a feel for the dough. it's been a lot of fun! once i had a sense of the basic sourdough i started to add things and play with the flavour. i've made just basic sourdough, baguettes, sesame sourdough, rosemary olive, sundried tomato and garlic, olive and tomato, and tomato herb (basil, parsley, etc). i'm working on getting the crust to be extra crispy by altering the water i expose the bread to when baking. i've also started to infuse any olive oil i use by sauteeing garlic or herbs before adding it to the dough. my next project i think will be a 100% whole wheat loaf. here are some pictures from recent escapades. also, i haven't figured out the logistics of shipping bread yet, but i think some bubble wrap and a box will do fine. needless to say, i've been making more bread than i can eat and folks here have been more than happy to help me dispose of the experiments, but i'd love to send bread to anyone who'd like to try it. all of the recipes have been vegan so far, although i may try an egg bread, and i'm totally open to suggestions for things to add to the bread to make it tastier! on to the pictures.

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