LOTR

LOTRAn epic dream come to life on-screen. Haunting and beautiful, and both at once, Peter Jackson’s film is faithful to Tolkein, without constraint. It is, in a word,...

From the clarifications department…

Simon writes from the UK to suggest I clarify the prior post… to wit: what I described is an espresso macchiato, or an espresso marked, or stained, with milk. There is also a drink that’s comprised of the inverse… steamed milk marked with espresso,...

M-m-m-macchiato…

I ordered a macchiato at the in-boxstore-plus-supermarket Starbucks a while ago, and the PBTC steamed a largish pitcher of milk, pulled a double… and then consulted her book. “I’ve never done one of these before,” she said. “No...

Winter Angst

It would appear that winter has arrived in the heartland this year with a thud, a clink and a plonk. Sleet, the size of hail-stones, is raining down. While it’s a surprisingly effective way to achieve a winter transformation, there’s a squirrel just...

Your First Time?

Do you remember your first time? Shy? Uncertain? A little nervous? Now that Google has made its 20-year historical archive available, you can revisit your very first UseNet experience… way back when you were a newbie,...

Roaster Ghost

After just shy of 300 roast cycles [or 56 pounds of coffee] my Hearthware [Home Innovations] Gourmet roaster has given up the ghost. It would seem that the circuit board is no longer on speaking terms with the heating element. Hearthware responded to my email request...

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