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Charles Seaton
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Day 4 (Feb 4, 2017): Started two bottles of bergamot extract. The fruit beside the bottles is a bergamot, which is the bitter orange that is used to flavor earl grey tea. The rinds and the juice went into a pitcher of bergamot-aid that is hidden behind the bottles.
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Day 3 (Feb 3, 2017): Decanted extracts of curry leaf and galangal, set to soak in vodka back in November. The curry leaf started off ferocious and pretty awful, but mellowed to a very pleasant but strange flavor today. The galangal was interesting a month ago, but ended up with almost no flavor. A larger bottle of ginger extract has also faded to no flavor. If the sharpness of ginger and galangal can be extracted in alcohol, there is definitely a trick I don't know.

The citrus fruit behind the bottles are bergamots. The zest from those will be going in vodka some time soon. That may be tomorrow's thing.
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Day 2: (2/2/2017) Macro photograph of a bismuth crystal.
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Today I decanted three apple extracts that we started back in early November. They were made with Rome, Ashmead Kernel, and Caville Blanc apples, extracted by soaking in vodka. The vodka we used was exceptionally poor quality (The Vodka of the Gods), but fortunately the apple slices ended up with all the nasty aftertaste of the vodka, and the extracts ended up tasting like apples. The Caville Blanc extract tastes like apples smell. The Ashmead Kernel tastes like dry cider, and the Rome tastes like sweet cider (without being particularly sweet).
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Snow!
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Here is the exit poll based version of the youth vote:

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A bold jumping spider among the roses!
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2016-04-22
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The fact that the Kaleidoscope images don't look like what you see in a kaleidoscope exactly had been bothering me, so I hunted down an app that does the triangular image tiled across the visual field thing. I like these, but I think I like the pure radial symmetry kaleidoscope images better.
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2016-04-09
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Almost real kaleidoscopes.
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2016-04-03
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