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a simple first bread

You gotta walk before you can run, although most toddlers’ first steps are often more like a run, what with gravity pulling them forward and all. That’s completely irrelevant to baking, of course. Learning to bake bread has two purposes:…

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“Wait here until the timer goes off,” she says, closing the door and leaving Ruby behind. Ruby, of course, stays in the room until the timer goes off. She sit in the chair beside Dr Yarrow’s desk and waits for…

the fun of katakana

I love the Japanese language for many reasons. Part of it no doubt stems from the weird way my brain works, while some is an appreciation for the way they’ve resolved certain language issues. Japanese does not have an alphabet…

1Q84 – a short review

1Q84 is the first novel by Murakami I have read. I did listen to the audiobook of Wild Sheep Chase and have also read (and am now re-reading) the non-fiction What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Three…

As a former Christian turned atheist, I have a lot of stuff that continues to linger. Perhaps most useful, as compared to the crap dealing with being good, guilt, etc, is the question of spirituality. While I do believe that…