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I am eagerly awaiting some new baking books.

Three arrive tomorrow, if the tracking information is correct:

The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens, by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1890132055/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire by Richard Miscovich (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603583289/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

and

The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0393057941/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

There is, obviously, a theme to this: wood fired ovens. The Beranbaum book is one I've wanted for a while, so made the purchase.

Next week, likely, a final book (for the moment) will arrive:

Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques by Peter Reinhart.

Wing and Scott's book is iconic within the niche of wood-fired bread baking. I've studied under Miscovich, and Reinhart is one of my bread mentors.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
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+Philippe Le Toquin the WFO that I baked in back in Canada was contructed out of red house brick, of course the innards were made with refractory stone.
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My fall/winter garden is shaping up nicely.


The cukes are coming along nicely. The plants are growing well, and beginning to train up my makeshift trellising.

The volunteer tomato plants, weeds removed, pruned and staked, are growing nicely with blossoms blossoming and fruit setting. It is beginning to look like at least two of the plants are cherry tomatoes (one likely a yellow striped heirloom) and one being a beefsteak type.

And the squash vines are starting to produce more fruit. One fruit is growing nicely and two more have just started to develop. Combined with the one fully grown, that gives me four squash, of an acorn type.

I've planted a couple of squares of carrots already, and will plant another tomorrow. Beet seeds start going into the ground tomorrow, also.
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thanks for the link. Probably not suitable for UK where the ground goes really wet in winter, The plants would probably rot away

Edit: I posted before seeing your second link. I will have to try next summer and see what happens.
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This year has been quite a challenging year in the garden. I got lots planted early -- snow peas by St Patty's Day, and a bunch of cool weather crops shortly afterwards. But the weather from late April through May was cool, grey and wet -- our rainfall in May was more than 6.5 inches when 3 is the norm!

As if the weather was a candidate for president from one of the major political parties, it pivoted within 3 days from cook, grey and wet to our first official heat wave (and I cannot remember there ever being a heat wave in May in these parts!). The crops that the bunnies hadn't eaten bolted.

Then I changed jobs and gave up on the garden.

But . . . the garden had other ideas. In the lefthand bed I found four volunteer tomato plants. I'm sure these grew from seeds from our lone cherry tomato plant from last year. And between the righthand bed and the house we have volunteer squash. I have no clue where this came from, as I haven't planted any squash in this yard -- ever!

But I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. So I pulled down all the weeds surrounding the tomato plants and put up a makeshift cage. We'll see what happens. And we're being careful not to step on the squash.
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Penny is the gardener at home and with her busy working in other's people garden I am afraid ours also suffered from negligence.
I am happy to harvest but really don't like the taking care of it.

Still we managed to get a good crop of purple potatoes (really yummy!). Quite a lot of broad beans and apparently quite a lot of sweet peas (not sure about these as Penny tend to eat them as she picks them up so not many made it to the kitchen!)

And I harvested about 50 heads of a couple of varieties of garlic. They are drying in the stable right now.

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I've looked in a couple of places (and likely not looked in the right place): can someone tell me if there is a way to search within a community on a mobile device, please.

I almost always connect via my laptop, so I'm not familiar with the mobile interface. I just went to one of my communities, and didn't find a search box, but I want to check whether I'm just not looking carefully.

Thanks in advance.
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This has been my biggest complain about the current mobile platform as a moderator. It's hard to explain to members how to search and utilize community search effectively for mobile users let alone searching for content myself.
+Robert Lamar​'s fix is the only method as of now. Send feedback to Google!
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Hi. My name is Doug and I think I've become a audioholic.

A quick introduction: my wife and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary, and from the beginning, there was music in our house. We started with a Technics 18w (or 20w -- the details are a bit fuzzy as the receiver is currently packed in a box) receiver, a turntable and a set of "bookshelf" speakers. Somewhere along the line, we stepped up to a Technics GX-303 controlling a 5.1 speaker system and a DVD player. A Fischer 5-disc CD changer was added along the line.

As a result of this, our children, now grown, had music surrounding them throughout their lives. For a while, my wife and I became a bit nomadic, which left much of our stuff packed in boxes and stored. Now that we've managed to settle down again, it's time to bring music back into the house -- and with an upgrade in the quality of the sound.

At this point, we live in a small cottage, and our plans are to put a "system" in the living room. For the most part, the sources will be our CDs, though we might add vinyl some time in the future.

From my reading, I think I've gathered that the most important places to focus on quality are, in this order: the speakers, the amplifier, the source(s). I'm open to correction on this.

I know that the speakers we had were extremely mediocre (bookshelf speakers from Harvard and Bose Interaudio) and a set of tower speakers which turned out to be cheap "sold on the street" things, even though we bought them at in a store.

I believe that I can greatly improve the quality of our speakers for not a lot of money by purchasing either the Dayton Audio B652 Air or the Pioneer SP-EBS73-LR designed by Andrew Jones. I'm leaning towards the Pioneers, though I'm open to suggestions for other speakers in the same price range (about US$125 per pair).

For the source of our sound, we currently have a Fisher DAC-145. I have no clue how good it is. We enjoy having a multi-disc changer, though the format (top-loading, with a tilt-up cover) is somewhat inconvenient). Keep it and sink money elsewhere, or upgrade it?

And I have the same question about our receivers. We have two "vintage" receivers,

The smaller, older receiver is either the SA-101 or 110 (I have to unpack it to be sure). It believe what we bought was an 18 watt per channel receiver. And I remember thinking that it sounded fine, but my listening has gotten more refined over the years. The larger, "newer," one is the Technics GX-303, an "AV center." (Current plans are not to run an entertainment center through this, though we have in the past and might in the future.)

Vintage Technics equipment don't seem to generate much praise, but they don't generate much bashing, either. Are they worth keeping? Or would it be better to seek something else out?

So, keep one or both of the Technics receivers? Or upgrade to something new (and what)?

Thanks for your replies.
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Welcome Doug, we are all audioholics! :)

I can't offer much advice on building your system, but I applaud your efforts on integrating a part of human necessity into our daily lives. My wife and I have lived together for over 23 years, since College, and since day one.......

Music makes a home ❗️👍🎶☮💚
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Hi. My name is Doug and I'm a audioholic.

A quick introduction: my wife and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary, and from the beginning, there was music in our house. We started with a Technics 18w (or 20w -- the details are a bit fuzzy as the receiver is currently packed in a box) receiver, a turntable and a set of "bookshelf" speakers. Somewhere along the line, we stepped up to a Technics GX-303 controlling a 5.1 speaker system and a DVD player. A Fischer 5-disc CD changer was added along the line.

As a result of this, our children, now grown, had music surrounding them throughout their lives.

For a while, my wife and I became a bit nomadic, which left much of our stuff packed in boxes and stored. But now we've managed to settle down again, and want to bring music back into the house.

At this point, we live in a small cottage, and our plans are to put a "system" in the living room. For the most part, the sources will be our CDs, though we might add vinyl some time in the future.

From my reading, I think I've gathered that the most important places to focus on quality are, in this order: the speakers the amplifier, the source(s). I'm open to correction on this.

I know that the speakers we had were extremely mediocre (bookshelf speakers from Harvard and Bose Interaudio) and a set of tower speakers which turned out to be cheap "sold on the street" things.

I believe that I can greatly improve the quality of our speakers for not a lot of money by purchasing either the Dayton Audio B652 Air or the Pioneer SP-EBS73-LR designed by Andrew Jones. I realize this isn't vintage equipment, so I don't expect any comment here. I am, however, open to suggestions for vintage speakers which would provide good sound at prices equivalent to the Pioneers (about $125 per pair).

I'm not sure about the quality of the receivers, nor of the Fischer CD changer.

I'm wondering what the thoughts of folk in this community might be on keeping either the smaller Technics receiver or the Technics AV Center.

The smaller, older receiver is either the SA-101 or 110 (I have to unpack it to be sure). It believe what we bought was an 18 watt per channel receiver. And I remember thinking that it sounded fine, but my listening has gotten more refined over the years. As I said earlier, the AV Center is the GX-303.

Vintage Technics equipment don't seem to generate much praise, but they don't generate much bashing, either. Are they worth keeping? Or would it be better to seek something else out?

Finally, your thoughts on the Fischer 5-disc CD changer, most likely the DAC-145?
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I would recommend to keep the Technics Amplifier and get some JBL Speakers.
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Like most, I suspect, the people who strongly shaped my life when I was young (being of a certain age, young is defined more broadly now) included both those I knew face-to-face and those I knew virtually. Because I am of a certain age, I met and knew my virtual friends via television.

Fred Rogers was one of those friends. From my home state, though across the Eastern Continental Divide, I first met him after my son was born. But at one time, there was another television friend who was better known in Philadelphia: W Carter Merbrier, known by many as Captain Noah.

He died yesterday. His death is saddening, though the world is a better place because of him.

Here are two reflections on his life:

http://articles.philly.com/2016-03-07/news/71249912_1_captain-noah-magical-ark-merbreier

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160810_Captain_Noah_sails_over_the_rainbow.html
TWENTY-ONE YEARS after he left the high seas of local television, Captain Noah is thinking about his final voyage. "At my age, you know you're closer to death than when you were 49," says the...
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Calvin and Hobbes offered up some excellent wisdom in its day. Yet, there have always been people who don't want to be wise. <sigh>
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In one of the communities I own, there has been some discussion of changing the categories. Several questions:

- do I understand correctly that if a category is deleted, all the posts in that category get deleted?

- are there any tools (perhaps third-party) which might automate (bulk) moving posts from one category to another?
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Much appreciated, +Andrew Hatchett.
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Testing #recipe (hashtag) and community search.
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It appears that there is no search on mobile, though there is a clunky workaround. But on the desktop, using the "Search community" box just above the category lists, a search for hashtags works well and returns only posts for the community.

So using "general" hashtags (such as #recipe) works.
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In a discussion among a group of members of TAoB, there was a suggestion that modifying the list of categories might be helpful. Out of that discussion came a suggested new list of categories:

Discussion
Bread Gallery
Flops
Gluten Free
Soda Breads
Baker's Paraphernalia
Bake Ovens
Community Guidelines

(It should be noted that the bottom two categories, Events and Photos, are added by Google, and cannot be changed.)

The moderators are wondering about your thoughts on this possible new list of categories.

Does it accurately reflect what you want the discussion in this community to be? Do you think it will help newcomers understand better what this community is? Do you have any suggestions for changing or adapting this list?
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Been on vacation ... Just checked in ... This train may have already left the station ... Oh well.
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If you spend any time on or near the water, please learn the signs of drowing. While a person in aquatic distress might look like the stereotypical image of drowning (like you see in movies), a drowning person looks nothing like the stereotype.

The video captured a real drowning and rescue. The article linked below details the signs to look for. Two important details: the Instinctive Drowning Response lasts from 20-60 seconds and about half of all children who drown will do so within 25 feet of an adult. (Notice how many people were close to the drowning victim in the video and had no reaction.)
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Yes I have seen kids who virtually will not fight it off. As it mentions in the video it is nearly natural to not fight. May be deep down we remember that we spend 9 months in a liquid and it was all good!)

I have helped 2 kids in my life. The first one I think would have been all right on its own eventually but she still looked happy I helped her.

The second one was a little boy who clearly was not going to make it. I was somehow watching him and could see he was spending more and more time under.
I walk to him and propped him up asking if he was ok....Next thing I know was his mum shouting at me for grabbing him. She was standing right next to him but was completely oblivious too busy to talk to her friend.
The only thing that got me out was him thanking me because he could not swim any more.
The life guard then arrived and had a right go at her for being so careless!
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