” With the public the arguments of L’Etoile have had weight; and that the journal itself is convinced of their importance would appear from the manner in which it commences one of its essays upon the subject—’Several of the morning papers of the day,’ it says, ‘speak of the conclusive article in Monday’s Etoile.’ To me, this article appears conclusive of little beyond the zeal of its inditer. We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation—to make a point—than to further the cause of truth. The latter end is only pursued when it seems coincident with the former. The print which merely falls in with ordinary opinion (however well founded this opinion may be) earns for itself no credit with the mob. The mass of the people regard as profound only him who suggests pungent contradictions of the general idea. In ratiocination, not less than in literature, it is the epigram which is the most immediately and the most universally appreciated. In both, it is of the lowest order of merit.”
—— Edgar Allan Poe (via M August C Dupin) from The Mystery of Marie Rogêt in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe p 181 originally published in 1842-1843
My best guess is that Joe Biden will step down within the first two years of his presidency (should he win), and thus the Democrats will have the first female president and first female-of-color president. Just a guess, but c’mon. He’s 78. What else can be expected?
Someone on Fb was giving away a Dash Rapid Egg Cooker. I don’t go in for kitchen single-use gadgets but I hit the search engines to see what rapid could mean since a hard-cooked egg only takes ten minutes in boiling water.
I found this video of someone praising the utility of the device:
So, you see from the video that this device will hard-cook eggs in a little more than sixteen minutes. Very impressive.
This site provides estimates for the potential values and profits for a number of near-Earth objects suitable for mining. Get there before the competition! Make trillions! Yes, T trillions. You can send my commission via PayPal.
My mom makes chocolate zucchini bread. Well, she did when we were kids. I don’t think they eat so much dessert foods now that we’re grown. Regardless, I asked her to send me the old recipe. The poor card has seen better days!
I’ll do my best to get those interpreted correctly here.
2 ½ C flour (unsifted)
2 C sugar
½ C cocoa [presumably Dutch processed but certainly powder]
2 ½ t baking powder
2 t vanilla
1 ½ t [baking] soda
2 t orange peel (grated) [zest]
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 C zucchini (shredded)
¾ C butter or margarine [seriously, butter though]
½ C milk
[ewe] 1 C pecans or walnuts (chopped) [No nuts! obviously optional]
Pour [something] greased and floured [something] [maybe cake] pan or Bundt pan
Bake 350° for 1 hr
Cool in pan for 15 min
Turn out on wire rack
2 C powdered sugar
3 T milk
1 t vanilla
I have no specific memory have actually eating it, but I know we greatly enjoyed doing so.
Day 427 of the plague: Dinner is a frozen meal pack and some more boxed wine from the cellars of Ernest and Julio Gallows.
–– MC Lemony Fresh
There are innumerably more ways to fail than to succeed. You needn’t try them all, though you will try quite a few.
–– MC Lemony Fresh
In explaining his unhappiness he told Gertrude Stein, they talk about the sorrows of great artists. A little artist has all the tragic unhappiness and the sorrows of a great artist and he is not a great artist.
–– Gertrude Stein from The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas (in Stein: Writings 1903-1932) p 777