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Month: September, 2010

the joy of cheesecake

by bezzle

This book gives me the giggles.  It’s full of dry humour, especially for a recipe book.

…Perhaps you have been held back by the notion that anything that tastes so good must be awfully difficult to make.  Cheesefeathers!  Most cheesecakes are really quite easy to make…

“…If you beat the egg whites too long, their structure will collapse and the whites will begin to reliquify.  At this point, all is lost; they will not rise again.  Sneak them into an omelette, mash them in with the dog chow, or use them in a pommade for your hair if you like, but do not try to use them in a cheescake.  Start over.

Basic pie crust: …Another way is to place the crackers in a sturdy plastic bag and roll the bag on a bread board with a rolling pin.  This works well and also satisfies certain atavistic urges that might otherwise be expressed in less socially accepted ways.  In any event, remember that you want crumbs, not flour.

…High humidity is the enemy of meringues.  It will make your meringue weep and go limp.”

Chimpanzee cheesecake:  Your friends will go ape over this one.  The flavour of bananas is subtle but pervasive.  If you want a more pronounced banana taste, you’ll have to monkey with the recipe a bit…”

Eight eggs!  Your guest will crow over this one.  After a second helping, they will also sprout feathers and start laying eggs…

French cheesecake: The smoothest, richest, creamiest melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake ever…every bite is ecstasy.  To paraphrase J. P. Morgan, if you have to ask you much it costs, you can’t afford to make it, and if you have to ask how many calories it has per slice, then you can’t afford to eat it.  French double- and triple-crèmes are available in cheese specialty shops.  They cost an arm and a leg.


fruit juice packaging

by cloudier

fruit juice packaging – i’d buy fruit juice if it came in boxes like these *___* although it would be awkward to drink from

linkdump 1

by cloudier

don’t shit your pants – a good flash game

eulogy for douglas adams by richard dawkins – some interesting quotes and stuff.

This next paragraph is one of Douglas’s set-pieces which will be familiar to some people here. I heard it more than once, and I thought it was more brilliant every time.

“. . . imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in’an interesting hole I find myself in’fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.”

fox news gets okay to misinform public, court rules – (fox news is an american news channel)

The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

that’s how i roll – a scientific analysis of dice – cheaper dice give more ones

Afterwards we calculated the results and the Chessex and GW dice averaged 29% ones. Mind you that this is an average and our high was 33 and our low was 23. We removed any statistical anomalies and came up with 29%. Game room logic, a poor source of anything, would dictate that the side with the one is heavier and would therefore be on the bottom more. Unfortunately this is just not true, take popcorn or batholiths as an example. The 6 is too light to stop the momentum of the die, the rounded corners cannot prevent the die from turning due to the weight. In the end 1s are by far the most common result. On a 6 sided die any given number should appear 16.6% of the time, the Vegas dice were dead on and the square dice with pips were pretty close, only displaying a 19% ratio for ones.

shattering fallout for students in NSW – some reasons why the new national curriculum is a step backwards for NSW. related: NSW Board of Studies slams national school curriculum

learning curve – blog of the woman who regularly churns out racist articles on selective schools. her most recent article, segregation in the school system, is neatly summed up in the 66th comment: Despite the new litigation-avoiding spin, the article still smacks of racism. i’m not sure why the herald wants to be associated with this journalist.

animal crossing – a comic

the triple j hottest 100 of all time 2009 and the dominance of the rock canon – from meanjin

could porn be good for society?

…And, reports The Scientist, it appears that there are links between sex crimes and pornography. Just not the sort of links many of us might have expected. Instead of causing sex crimes, porn might actually contribute to reducing their incidence.

First day of holidays

by bezzle

Today sucks.  It’s meant to be all chillaxing and sleeping in, but no.  Mum expects me to do more chores ‘because I have the time’, and about 50% of what she has said to me today has been nagging of some sort or the other.  About how I can’t have a screenshot of Narimiya Hiroki/Shinagawa Daichi making a cute face as my desktop.  About how I can’t close the study room door because I’m probably doing something ‘that shouldn’t be seen’ (I was reading manga).  About how I look like I don’t have a family (???) and should go and be a loner somewhere else.  About how I’m not allowed to watch stuff on the computer. 

I think more people in the house dilutes the attention, which is good.  But I like the house quiet.  Dilemma…

Also.  I’ve gotten away with reading manga/watching dramas/watching anime more on school days than I have last night and today.  There’s something wrong with that, not just my daily procrastination.

You know what hurts?  Something someone calls you when they’re angry, like ‘hopeless’, or ‘bitch’, when you know it’s not true/they don’t mean it, but you still take it to heart.

I shouldn’t be complaining about my family on a blog like this. (Yes, I don’t like angst either, if this is defined as angst.)But hopefully, at the end of these two weeks, I can look back on this post and delete it, because the holidays turned out to be much better.  Which they should be, with the amount of time I’m going to be away from home.

“My cup of sorrows is a whine glass.”


Shopping highs

by bezzle

I’ve just come back from my siblings’ school fete, and boy am I happy!  Bought lots of stuff, and like school fetes should be, it was very cheap.


– 3 guesses at the lolly jar at 20c per guess = $0.60

– 5 handmade REALLY REALLY GORGEOUS scrapbook style cards = $5

– 1 baby sucking bottle sherbet thingo = $1.30

– 1 Garfield mug, with the older style drawing of him saying ‘diet is die..with a t’ = $0.50

– 1 game called Loot – it said Mensa on it, so instant attraction xD, but missing instructions = $2

– 2 silicone baking moulds, one bundt, one friands = $2

– 1 recipe magazine, 1 english school cert book, 1 ‘Joys of Cheesecake’ hardback book = $2

– total spent = $13.40

GAHAHAHA I feel accomplished/smug.  And the mug and cheesecake book :3 I have a thing for vintage stuff – especially cars.  Also, addition to my bakeware!  Yayy!

And it’s a bit saddening comparing today’s fete (which happens once every two years at the school) to our school’s 50th anniversary fete last year.  Our school’s was a lot more expensive and a lot less fun, although that may be because we are *teenagers* and wouldn’t be interested in that sort of thing, but seriously, today was awesome.

Except for that purple and white starry bag that cost $38.  TT^TT

Victor’s quote corner, back from an unofficial hiatus because of my forgetfulness.  Many apologies.

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps” – Benjamin Disraeli


Edit: WAHHHH burnt my tongue eating too much sherbet ><“