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I have never found nuts to improve brownies. Never. They will never be found in my own delicious slabs of gooey baked chocolaty goodness.

The new sour-cream apple cheesecake recipe I'm trying this year, OTOH, uses ground walnuts as part of the crust. WHICH IS OK, because crust needs to have a little crunch. But nowhere else, I promise.
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Ironically, although I love most nuts, I'm not as fond of almonds. Definitely a second-tier nut. Pecans and walnuts are my favorites. Alas, Lorie sides with you. So I usually settle for no nuts, or a separate dessert. 
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I needs this! Our cats needs this!
 
The cat condo thats bigger on the inside.
#drwho #whovians  
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Once we found water there, it was inevitable that we'd ignore Hal's final message...
 
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS. INCLUDING EUROPA. WHICH HAS A SALTY OCEAN

Astronomers (including +Mike Brown) have announced evidence that the ocean churning under the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa is salty! The chain of evidence is pretty fun to follow - it involves sulfury volcanoes, radiation from space, and in a Holmesian move, the chemical you don't see on the surface. I'll take you through them step by chlorinated step.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/03/06/europa_s_ocean_evidence_of_jupiter_s_moon_ocean_found_on_the_surface.html
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Again, test post...
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Hi!
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Hey, +Mark Carroll, how about these with wing sauce instead of BBQ?
 
Holy crap these look good!!

Chicken Bombs

5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-makes 10 bombs:
5 jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned
20 slices bacon
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 C colby jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
S&P to taste
1 C BBQ sauce-I used Sweet Baby Ray's

Slice chicken breasts in half (like a hamburger bun), place between wax paper and pound until it's 1/4" thick.
Season with S&P.
Mix the two cheeses together and smear about 1 Tblsp into each pepper half (just use up the cheese between all of the peppers).
Place the pepper on the chicken breast and wrap it up as best you can. I suggest placing the pepper cheese side down so it gets completely covered by the chicken.
Wrap each chicken breast completely with two pieces of bacon. Start at one end, wrap half the breast and finish the second half with the other piece of bacon.
Cook on a preheated 350 degree grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Turn every 5 minutes and baste with BBQ sauce each time you turn it.
For oven: Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Baste a couple times and finish under the broiler to set the BBQ sauce. **I suggest a 400 degree oven and no BBQ sauce for the first 20 minutes, turning once to help cook the bacon. Then reduce heat to 375, change pans to loose some of the bacon fat (if you don't have a broiler pan), cover in BBQ sauce and finish baking.

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These were excellent, by the way...
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Seems reasonable to me...
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Food for thought.
 
Cynics love to extrapolate while optimists look for game-changers. In my latest novel, I portray both spectra of personalities, each with some strong points to make… though only optimists get to see the most important waves of change coming. This year's arrival of reasonably priced and stunningly efficient LED light bulbs, for example. (Businesses are doing whole-building replacements and you should start now in your heavily-lit areas.) That is a sub-game-changer, but important.  The fall in prices for solar energy can't yet compete with the plummeting (in the US price of natural gas, but it is surprising cynics and could accelerate soon.

Now comes a piece of news that could matter. A lot. And it has to do with the latest wonder material that's getting huge attention in Europe and across the industrialized world.  Graphene… a sheet-like molecular form of carbon, related to graphite the way a pile of organic sludge is similar to an Opera diva who can pitch a perfect game. I'll leave for another time a listing of the uses being explored, from electronics to biochemistry. But one stands out as particularly hopeful. Using graphene to create ultra-thin membranes, engineers at Lockheed Martin have just announced a newly-developed salt filter that could reduce desalinization energy costs by 99 percent.

Desalinization typically employs a sheet of thin-film composite (TFC) membrane which is made from an active thin-film layer of polyimide stacked on a porous layer of polysulfone. The problem with these membranes is that their thickness requires the presence of large amounts of pressure (and energy) to press water through them. Lockheed Martin's Perforene, on the other hand, is made from single atom-thick sheets of graphene. Because the sheets are so thin, water flows through them far more easily than through a conventional TFC.

Now if they can solve many problems (like tearing) and bring this on the market… the future will look brighter.  
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This.
 
DAAAAYYYYUMMMMMMM!!  GIRL, YOU SO FINE!!

On #womensday  I feel like this is something we should talk about. 

I was reading a forum post just yesterday that made me a little sick to my stomach, because I've got a one-year-old girl who's just learned the joys of running around and not falling on her face. The poster was relating her experience upon turning 14, and becoming an 'object.' She was wearing the same clothes she'd always worn, but all of a sudden grown men were stopping her in the street to comment on her body. She was followed multiple times in a day, had on more than one occasion had a man expose himself to her on the sidewalk, and admitted that she had recently gained 15 pounds for the express purpose of dropping off the radar a bit. When she gained weight, she had fewer creeper encounters, and even though she felt unhealthy, she was considering it an acceptable trade-off for not being accosted every day by ignorant men. 

This is not something I want my daughter to go through. She's adorable. So adorable, that when she goes to the playground, sometimes a horde of preschoolers will descend on her and try to share their toys with her. She gets overwhelmed and starts to cry because of the attention. I have no doubt that she's going to be a good looking young woman, and when that happens, I wish she could live in a world where she's not stalked like prey, or cat-called, or forced to endure unwanted sexual advances. 

I think that's an idea worth sharing with the men in your life, on this day of celebrating women. And I think that there's something to be said for silently appreciating beauty, or politely commenting if the occasion presents itself, and NOT whistling, ogling, leering, or stalking. We've all done a double-take for a pretty face. We're human. But I think we can all agree that there's a line we need to draw, and it needs to be drawn well ahead of the place where you start encroaching on a woman's sense of safety or self-worth. 

Be good to each other. Be good to your sisters, daughters, and mothers. 

Be good to the women in your life, and to the women who are just passing by. 
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For those who came in late...

Freddie went in to have a benign tumor (what we thought was an abscess, but it went necrotic) removed from his back last Tuesday, and the vet found another small tumor on his neck. That tumor was not benign, and there was some metastasis to a nearby lymph node. So, today we took him in for an oncology consultation.

The prognosis is actually pretty good. The oncologist is happy with our vet's removal of the tumor and the lymph node, and the particular type of cancer he has behaves in certain very specific ways in cats that, without getting into details, suggest he's dodged a bullet. We're holding off on full chemo for the moment; there are some meds he'll be on that may do the job. (Chemo requires a lot of blood tests in the first month or so, and the particular type under consideration has about a 50% success rate in cats.) We want his surgical incisions to heal, and we want him to recover from the trauma of multiple trips to The Bad Place, before we consider moving forward. We'll follow up in a month, do more bloodwork, get an abdominal ultrasound (we couldn't afford it today), and chart the course from there.

I'm very happy with the oncologist; she didn't mind at all that we'd researched the disease before we showed up, and researched her background, and we had good questions. And in the end, Mark and I decided the course of Fred's treatment after she gave us all the options and the information--but with her full approval.

Obviously, there's no guarantees when it comes to the "C" word, and I'm not someone who's comfortable with uncertainty. But right now, the odds do seem to be on Freddie's side.

And so are we.
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He utterly destroyed the Christmas Box, but he still has Cardboard Toob...
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Rejected again.
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Hugs for you. It's a good story, and it'll get picked up.
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Real names didn't stop the bullies that said and did terrible things to me when I was a child. Neither did the adults on whom I relied. Why does Google think that real names will stop them here?
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Kathy Sierra speaks out about online harassment.

"Real names are not the answer"

"We've created this environment online. We've taught people how to behave online. The behavior that you reinforce gets repeated."

EDIT: there's a transcript on Geek Feminism at http://geekfeminism.org/2011/09/26/kathy-sierra-take-back-the-comments-stop-online-harassment/

For more on Kathy's perspectives on real names, see http://www.talesfromthe.net/jon/?p=2918#comment-179952
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