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Archive for January, 2014

fashion, food and flirts

rolls

These rolls are certainly not the prettiest or daintiest of desserts, but I can guarantee that what they may lack in beauty they definitely make up for in taste. This is what I call food that is good for the soul.

That bitter richness from the chocolate, the sweet palate-cleaving bananas and a wonderfully soft dough…. Sigh. These rolls are simply heart-warming and, therefore, exactly what I want on a cold and wintery day like today.

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Sure, I could just put on a cozy sweater and read a good book in front of the fire place, but that just provides superficial warmth.  (and I don’t have a fire place, quel bummer!) On a day like this, I want something that warms me up and leaves me in a comforting state of happiness. Something that heats up the soul in the most profound way…

Something Edible.

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So I baked these…

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This Week in Science (January 24, 2014)

Yes, boys and girls, geeks and nerdlings… scientists the world over have come up with some pretty neato stuff this week!

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Excellent stuff, for sure!

Read more at the links below!

Black holes: http://bit.ly/M1dPva
Mantis shrimps: http://bit.ly/1n2GT3N
Cancer genome: http://bit.ly/1ggGtGv
Dolphin: http://bit.ly/1e7ZB6l
Cosmic web: http://bit.ly/M1eeh9
Supernova: http://bit.ly/M1e610
Shark extinction: http://bit.ly/1cj0TLp
Ceres: http://bit.ly/1fghjF4

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I know it’s stupid. I know it’s childish and nerdy but…

This cracks me up.

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I mean, really.

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What if the polar ice caps melted. What would the world look like?

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This National Geographic maps gives some indication as to how our world would change.

(Spoiler Alert: Goodbye Netherlands, Florida, the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Bangladesh!)

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For those of you who are curious as to how and when we (and by we, I mean anatomically modern humans) got to where we are.

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This is a map that sets out the migration pattern of modern humans out of east Africa and across the world.

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In response to my last blog about log houses, a Japanese friend of mine – Mustang.Koji – recently mentioned the wooden homes of Shirakawa-go, Japan.

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This was my introduction to the Minka wooden homes of Japan.

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The term Minka (民家 literally “house of the people”)  covers houses that traditionally accommodated a wide variety of people such as farmers, artisans, and merchants (i.e., the three non-samurai castes).

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My understanding is that these homes are traditionally made completely of wood. No nails used in construction!

minka-4(Gasshō style roof – farmhouse)

The Gasshō-zukuri (合掌造) style minka have vast roofs that are a large form of the sasu structural system. Their name derives from the similarity of the roof shape to two hands in prayer. They are frequently found in Gifu Prefecture.

minka-5(Honmune style house with birdlike decoration on the gable)

Honmune-zukuri (本棟造) literally means “true ridge”. The style has a nearly square plan with a gabled roof that is board covered. The gable end of the house is particularly impressive with its composition of beams, eaves and braces. The gable is topped by a birdlike ornament called a suzume-odori (雀踊り). Houses of this type can be found in Gunma, Nara, Yamaguchi and Kouchi prefectures.

Traditional-Hearth(Traditional Japanese hearth – irori [囲炉裏)])

These houses fascinate me!

minka-Ogimachi_Village(Gasshō-zukuri, Ogimachi Village)

Thanks to Mustang.Koji for bring this style of architecture to my attention… and to yours.

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Those who know me extremely well also know that I have this thing for log homes.

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And when I say ‘log homes’ I don’t mean cosy little one-room log shacks.

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I’m thinking of a big log house.

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Actually, more along the lines of a log lodge.

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A log chalet is basically what I’m thinking.

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Ever see those honkin’ big homes that look not unlike exclusive ski lodges.

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That’s what I’m talking about.

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Giant A-frame ceilings over the living room and kitchen.

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Walk-in fireplaces.

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Kitchens that could churn out enough food to feel a lumber jack crew.

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That sort of thing.

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Not sure I would be so wild about staying there in the summer…

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But I could easily spend the fall, spring and especially winter in one.

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My idea of a glorious time.

log home bathroom*happy sigh*

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