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How god created animals. https://imgur.com/gallery/PNVJD
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This year, more than ever, why Pride still matters.

#PrideTO #Toronto #TNTmen!
The LGBTQ people who the Pride parade celebrates were shamed and persecuted for who they were, for what they were, no matter what they were wearing.
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"Don’t recline. Don’t recline on airplanes. Don’t recline on trains. Don’t recline on buses. No reclining. Ever."

Amen.
As a matter of best practice when travelling, using a seat’s reclining function should generally be avoided – being ‘allowed’ to do something is an insufficient reason to do something, especially when a human’s knees are at stake
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I really like modern Ireland.

Check out @casketscratcher's Tweet: https://twitter.com/casketscratcher/status/725261597615226880?s=09
@casketscratcher My dad follows about 40 people, & 1 RTed this, & he read it out to me. So I asked who tweeted it so I could RT it -. Christine of Aaargh. 9h9 hours ago. Christine of Aaargh @cdaargh. @casketscratcher and he read your name out and I felt all excited and happy that something you ...
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They should keep up with World News and read the results of the Irish Referendum. They are welcome to come on their holidays.

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Reverend Daniel has some wise thoughts about Rob Ford and compassion in general.

Check out @RevDaniel's Tweet: https://twitter.com/RevDaniel/status/712356697453547520?s=09
#RobFord @RevDaniel I think we feel safe when the threat to our family is removed either by sickness or death. Rob Swartz. 2h2 hours ago. Rob Swartz @RSwartz2013. @RevDaniel well said. Kelly Mathews · 22m22 minutes ago. Kelly Mathews @allthingsregal. @RevDaniel that was brilliant and well said ...
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Best product review ever. Ever.

(h/t to Kenji, @foodlab on Twitter)
Last week, my friend Melissa showed me a picture of a cooking device called the Rollie® Eggmaster Vertical Grill. It’s one of those “As Seen on TV” products. Basically, it’s…
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So true. Get over yourself, get in that photograph.
Listen. I hear you. You're a few pounds heavier than you like (or a 100 lbs heavier than you like). I completely understand how you feel. I get that same...
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Blueberry Ricotta Pastries


I opened the fridge last week and found half a package of thawed puff pastry, some tired looking blueberries and the remains of a tub of ricotta cheese. I knew they wouldn't last until Tuesday when I get back from the trailer so I decided to just wing it. This is more of a general method, than a specific recipe.

The ingredient amounts described here made 8 smallish pastries.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper (just to make clean up easier.)


Mix ⅓ to ½ cup of Ricotta cheese (or Cream Cheese or Farmers Cheese) with 1 Tbsp Sugar, 1 Tbsp Flour, a little ground Nutmeg (or ground cinnamon, or grated lemon or orange zest.) A tablespoon or two of Ground Almonds wouldn't be a bad idea. Beat one Egg and add half (save the other half) to the cheese mixture and mix until light and fluffy. Add a tablespoon of water, orange juice or flavourful alcohol (rum, Grand Marnier?) if the mixture seems very thick.


Gently combine about 1 cup of Blueberries (blackberries, sliced plums, apricots, pitted cherries) with 2 Tbsp of melted Apricot jam (or Apple Jelly, maple syrup, Grand Marnier, Cassis.) You want them glazed but not swimming in liquid. You also just use a good quality jam (fruit and sugar should be the main ingredients.) You can use fruit which is too tired looking for a fruit salad but not quite ready to throw out. Overripe is better than under ripe.


Roll out Puff Pastry (I used President's Choice Butter Puff Pastry) to rectangle shape about ⅛” to ¼” thick. You could also use a buttery pie dough, such as a standard Pâte Brisée. Serious Eats has a great, easy recipe for a flaky buttery pie dough http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/06/how-to-make-a-beautifully-flaky-pie-crust.html


Cut the pastry sheet into squares or rectangles (4” to 6” per side) and transfer to baking sheets, keeping them at least 1” apart.


Leaving a ½” border on all sides, dollop and spread a tablespoon or two of the cheese mixture on each pastry. Top with the fruit.. Fold up the pastry sides and pinch the corners to form a box, or just fold over the sides, or fold each of the corner points towards the centre. You just want to keep most of the filling contained on the pastries.


Brush the exposed portions of the pastry dough with the remaining beaten egg.


Bake at 425°F for about 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. (The higher temperature puffs and sets the pastry but may be too high to fully bake the pastries without burning.) Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. You are aiming for golden brown pastry (gently lift one to make sure the bottoms are fully cooked) and the fruit should be softly cooked but hold its shape. Put them back in the oven for another few minutes if in doubt. Properly baked pastry dough should be brown, not beige.


If you have them, also toast some sliced almonds on a separate pie plate in the oven. Watch them carefully - they can go from zero to burnt in just a few minutes.


Cool the pastries on a rack. In the microwave, warm and melt another few tablespoons of Apricot jam (or Apple Jelly, or maple syrup, or honey mixed with a little water) and brush over the pastries. Sprinkle with the sliced almonds.


These are best eaten the same day they are made because the high moisture content of the cheese filling and fruit. You could store them for a few days covered in the refrigerator but the pastry may soften, just reheat them in a low oven to crisp and warm them.


#recipe #pastries #blueberries #fruittarts

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Jesus: Table for 26 please. Maitre'd: There's only 13 of you. Jesus: But we're all going to sit on the same side. Embedded image. 9:27 PM - 27 Dec 2015. 1968 Retweets2150 Likes. Reply to @samkalidi. Replies. Mac. Dec 27. Mac @macasu. @samkalidi. Just like a Japanese drama at dinner time.
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100 Year Anniversary of Ireland's Easter Rising

Those were my Peeps (bad Easter pun.)
Ireland has a free commemorative PDF eBook.

To mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a gift for the people of the world, a free eBook of 1916 Portraits and Lives, has been produced.

Chun Céad Bliain d’Éirí amach na Cásca a chomóradh, cruthaíodh bronntanas do mhuintir an domhan mór, ríomhleabhar de 1916 Portraits and Lives, atá saor in aisce.


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To mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a gift for the people of the world, a free eBook of 1916 Portraits and Lives, has been produced.
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The Legacy of Rod Robbie

Interesting article about finding a lasting home for the architectural archives of Rod Robbie. It reveals something about Canadians general lack of awareness and appreciation of good architectural design.

I joined Robbie's firm, Robbie Sane Architects Inc., as the SkyDome project was nearing completion and the firm was returning to it's usual size and projects. The many iterations of design models, sketches, drawings and files were piled up all over the building (a once grand old Victorian mansion on St. George St.,) even in my accounting office.

Rod Robbie and his wife were remarkable, fascinating people; both were charming, slightly eccentric and occasionally infuriating Brits. Their children inherited many of those traits. Enid championed Rod's long career: at the time when most people would be anticipating retirement she insisted that they risk everything and re-mortgaged their home so that he could develop a submission for SkyDome's architectural competition. (My final best estimate was well over $250,000 in employee labour, consultants and other costs to enter the competition.)

Rod is best known now for SkyDome but Enid always seem aware of the historical importance of Robbie's long career in architecture. He started off working as a staff architect for British Rail, designing new standards for ticket offices and related functional furniture. A few years after immigrating to Canada, Rod and his architectural partner Colin Vaughan designed the Canadian Pavilion for Montreal's Expo '67 (the iconic inverted pyramid.) He later developed a new, widely adopted schematic design for Canadian elementary schools (which explains why so many schools built in the 1970s seem similar) and the firm became known for it's expertise in school projects. Rod once angrily insisted to me that it was a general architectural practice, I responded that our current client revenues and projects list said otherwise. After Rod was awarded the SkyDome project and well into her 60s, Enid went back to school and earned a PhD in English literature from UofT.

It would be a shame if Robbie's architectural archives were not accessible to future architectural students and historians. Even back when I worked for the firm (nearly 20 years ago?) Enid had me involved in preliminary research into finding a home for them.


#SkyDome #RodRobbie #architects
Designer Rod Robbie’s rich hoard of architectural history languishes in a Leaside storage locker, while his children try to find a home for it.
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  • University of Calgary
    Psychology, Canadian Ethnic History
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  • Francis Libermann Secondary School, Toronto
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