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September 16, 2019

Smoke point of cooking oils

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I was astonished to learn that clarifying butter raises its smoke point from 302°F to 482°F.

Ghee, you learn something gnu every day.

[via Wikipedia]

September 16, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Worst Things For Sale

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"The internet's most horrible items."

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"A daily blog."

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[via Richard Kashdan, my Crack San Francisco Correspondent®© who never hesitates to venture where no sane person has gone before]

September 16, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" — Delmore Schwartz


Schwartz was perhaps best known for the above-cited short story.

Read it here.

Wrote his biographer, James Atlas:

Schwartz wrote "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" over a July weekend in 1935, when he was only twenty-one.

A day later, his friend William Barrett appeared at the boarding house off Washington Square where Schwartz was living that summer and found the author ecstatic; he knew he had written a masterpiece, a verdict later confirmed by Vladimir Nabokov, who singled [the story] out as one of his "half a dozen favorites" in contemporary American literature.

From Wikipedia:

The story was first published in 1937 in the first issue of Partisan Review.

A year later it was published in Schwartz's first book of poems and stories which was also entitled "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities."

The title came from the Irish poet W. B. Yeats' 1914 volume of poems Responsibilities, which has an epigraph "In dreams begins responsibility," attributed to an "Old play."

The story has been available in print since the author's death in two posthumously published collections of Schwartz's work, "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories" (1978) and "Screeno: Stories and Poems" (2004).

In a 2003 review of "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories" that appeared in The Observer, Jason Cowley wrote, "[Schwartz] never wrote a finer story than 'Dreams.'"

Schwartz died in 1966 at 52, a down-and-out alcoholic who struggled with mental illness.

September 16, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Carry one less thing

Easy-peasy trick: rather than try to carry one more thing, instead drop one thing from those you're already holding.

How many times have you had a drop/disaster while en route from place to place with a big bunch of stuff, trying to transport it all at once?

It occurred to me, recalling a cup of burning hot coffee I'd lost while trying to hold it between my two hands otherwise full, that if I'd just left the coffee behind for one more trip, I'd have been able to drink it instead of having it scald me.

Try it, you'll like it.

If you're not completely satisfied, email me and I'll refund every penny you paid.

Lagniappe: I'll feature your email of dissatisfaction here.

September 16, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

A Visual Compendium of Glowing Creatures


Wrote Eleanor Lutz:


I'm a self-employed artist from Seattle.

This blog post is the first installment of what will hopefully be a year-long infographic design project.

I've always been into biology and design, so I'm taking a year off after college to see if I can combine the two with at least marginal success.

It's more of an experiment than anything else, so feel free to leave comments about what works, what doesn't, and what might be scientifically incorrect despite my best efforts.

I spend a lot of time trying to make these infographics accurate (for this post I read a 468 page textbook and used over 200 other sources) but naturally I'm not an expert in every subject I write about.

Today's post diagrams a few of the most well studied bioluminescent organisms.

Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by :)

From $20, depending on size.

September 16, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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