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Death and Destruction!

May 18, 2019

I’m referring to the latest “John Wick” movie (John Wick 3: Parabellum).  These movies are nonstop action that produce enough on-screen kills to fill up a major city morgue for months.  For those of you who are not familiar with this character, below is an infographic to help in your understanding.

And, for the truly curious fans who have seen the movies,

Who-Is-John-Wick

Kitchen Intel, Number Two!

April 14, 2019

Convection ovens have been around for years now and I have always wondered what the guidelines were for using a convection oven . . . now I know.

  • use a temperature that is 25 degree F lower than the recipe suggests.
  • expect food to be cooked in less time (25%) even with the lower temperature.
  • pans with lower sides will reap the full benefit of a convection oven.
  • you can use all of the racks, but keep an eye on how they brown, you may have to rotate your pans to compensate for any over-browning that may occur.
  • you can usually turn the convection on and off at will, so play with it; you can force browning by using the convection at either the beginning or the end of cooking while normal cooking during the rest of the time.
  • if you are in the habit of using parchment paper when baking, be aware that the fan from the convection feature can sometimes blow the paper around.

Source: How to Break an Egg, by the editors, contributors, and readers of Fine Cooking magazine, p. 14, Susie Middleton.

Ancient History, Number Eight!

April 2, 2019

By “ancient history,” I will be referencing events from April 2nd that occurred pre-1492 (i.e., before “Columbus sailed the ocean blue”).  Note: most of these will be from the medieval world (476 AD – 1492 AD) as many earlier events don’t always have specific dates.

  • Charlemagne (Carolus Magnus), King of the Franks 768-814 and Frankish emperor 800-814, who united much of western Europe under his rule was born.  (742 AD)
  • King Baldwin I of Jerusalem dies; he is succeeded by Baldwin II, Count of Edessa.  (1118 AD)
  • the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI has a crusade proclaimed at Bari, Italy; he dies before it can take place.  (1195 AD)
  • Richard, Earl of Cornwall, King of the Romans 1256-71, dies at Berkhampstead Castle, Hertfordshire, England.  (1272 AD)
  • Jacopo Savelli is elected Pope Honorius IV. (1285 AD)
  • Queen Joanna of France and Navarre dies.  Her son Louis, later King Louis X of France, succeeds to the kingdom of Navarre. (1305 AD)
  • Henry, Duke of Carinthia, dies.  King Ludwig IV of Bavaria confers the duchy and southern Tyrol on the Habsburgs, and northern Tyrol on his own sons, despite his promise to King John I of Bohemia that Henry’s daughter Margaret “Maultasch,” who is married to John’s son John Henry, should inherit.  (1335 AD)
  • John of Jenstein resigns as archbishop of Prague, as the outcome of a dispute between the Holy Roman Emperor Wenceslas IV, King of Bohemia, and the Bohemian clergy, whom he is attempting to subject.  At about the same time, Wenceslas, through the mediation of King Sigismund of Hungary, is obliged to allow the lords of Bohemia and Moravia control over his government.  (1396 AD)
  • King Ferdinand I of Aragon dies.  He is succeeded by his son, Alfonso V.  (1416 AD)
  • Cardinal Giovanni Vitelleschi, the commander of the papal forces in Ravenna, is murdered.  (1441 AD)

Source: Volume 1 of the Chronology of World History: Prehistory — AD 1491: The Ancient and Medieval World.

College Basketball 2019, Week Eighteen!

March 11, 2019

Congrats to Michigan State who are the co-champions of the Big Ten!  The Spartans won their first game this week defeating the Cornhuskers of Nebraska on Tuesday, and thanks to a Purdue loss at Minnesota, there were three teams tied for first place in the Big Ten (Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State) with one game remaining for each team and two of the three playing each other on Saturday (Michigan is at Michigan State).  The Spartan’s did not squander this “second chance” to control their own destiny and took care of business at home against the Wolverines of Michigan to finish their season with a share of the Big Ten title (tied with Purdue).  The Big Ten has five (5) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#9], Purdue [#11], Wisconsin [#21], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans (#1 seed for the B1G Tournament): meeting the winner of Thursday’s game between Ohio State/Indiana in the B1G quarterfinals game on Friday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Tennessee (#5) losing to unranked Auburn by four (4) points.
Michigan (#7) losing to Michigan State (#9).
Purdue (#11) losing to unranked Minnesota by four (4) points.
Kansas (#13) losing to unranked Oklahoma.
Marquette (#16) losing to unranked Seton Hall.
Marquette (#16) losing to unranked Georgetown by two (2) points.
Cincinnati (#20) losing to UCF (#25) by three (3) points.
Villanova (#23) losing to unranked Seton Hall by four (4) points.
UCF (#25) losing to unranked Temple by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Louisville by five (5) points.
Duke (#4) defeating unranked Wake Forest by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#6) defeating unranked Ole Miss by four (4) points.
LSU (#10) defeating unranked Florida by one (1) point.
Buffalo (#19) defeating unranked Ohio by three (3) points.
Wisconsin (#21) defeating unranked Ohio State by six (6) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#3) defeating Duke (#4).
Houston (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#20).
Florida State (#14) defeating Virginia Tech (#15).

The Lady from Woosester!

March 10, 2019

I have always been a fan of puns, wordplay, limericks, etc.  So, when I discovered this collection of limericks, I just couldn’t resist sharing one from time to time.  This one was not attributed to anyone in particular.

There was a young lady from Woosester
Who ussessed to crow like a rooserter.
She ussessed to climb
Seven trees at a time –
But her siseter ussessed to boosester.

College Basketball 2019, Week Seventeen!

March 4, 2019

Ah, March is in the air!  The Spartans only had one game this week, on the road at Indiana, and once again, the Hoosiers came out the winner (by one point)!  The Spartans’ hope for a Big Ten title are virtually eliminated as a result.  Alas.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#6], Michigan [#9], Purdue [#14], Maryland [#17], Wisconsin [#19], and Iowa [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (tomorrow) then finish off the regular season at home against the Wolverines of Michigan (Saturday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#2) losing to Virginia Tech (#20).
Kentucky (#4) losing to Tennessee (#7).
Michigan State (#6) losing to unranked Indiana by one (1) point.
Houston (#8) losing to unranked UCF by five (5) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked Villanova by six (6) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
Nevada (#12) losing to unranked Utah State by five (5) points.
Maryland (#17) losing to unranked Penn State.
Wisconsin (#19) losing to unranked Indiana by two (2) points in double overtime.
Iowa (#22) losing to unranked Ohio State.
Iowa (#22) losing to unranked Rutgers.
Washington (#25) losing to unranked Cal by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#4) defeating unranked Arkansas by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#5) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#7) defeating unranked Ole Miss by two (2) points.
Texas Tech (#11) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by four (4) points in overtime.
LSU (#13) defeating unranked Alabama by five (5) points.
Kansas (#15) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Kansas State (#16) defeating unranked Baylor by six (6) points.
Florida State (#18) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#19) defeating unranked Penn State by four (4) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked SMU by three (3) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked Memphis by two (2) points.
Washington (#25) defeating unranked Stanford by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#9) defeating Maryland (#17).
Kansas (#15) defeating Kansas State (#16).

College Basketball 2019, Week Sixteen!

February 25, 2019

The Spartans survived their first game without Nick Ward and defeated Rutgers early in the week.  The Spartans then went on the road to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.  After a back and forth game, the Spartans pulled off the huge road win to remain in first place of the Big Ten Conference.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#10], Purdue [#15], Iowa [#21], Wisconsin [#22], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana (Saturday).  Go Green.

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to North Carolina (#8).
Tennessee (#5) losing to LSU (#13) by two (2) points in overtime.
Nevada (#6) losing to unranked San Diego State.
Michigan (#7) losing to Michigan State (#10).
Kansas (#12) losing to Texas Tech (#14).
LSU (#13) losing to unranked Florida by five (5) points.
Villanova (#17) losing to unranked Georgetown.
Villanova (#17) losing to unranked Xavier.
Louisville (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse.
Iowa State (#19) losing to unranked Baylor by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#19) losing to unranked TCU by three (3) points.
Iowa (#21) losing to Maryland (#24) by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#4) defeating Virginia Tech (#20) by six (6) points.
Nevada (#6) defeating unranked Fresno State by six (6) points.
Purdue (#15) defeating unranked Indiana by three (3) points.
Purdue (#15) defeating unranked Nebraska by three (3) points.
Iowa (#21) defeating unranked Indiana by six (6) points in overtime.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked Illinois by six (6) points.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#3) defeating Virginia Tech (#20) by six (6) points.
Virginia (#3) defeating Louisville (#18).
North Carolina (#8) defeating Florida State (#16).

Hope!

February 23, 2019

George_Frederic_Watts_Hope

On this the birthdate (in 1817) of George Frederic Watts, a English painter/sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement, I felt it appropriate to share one of his more famous works: “Hope,” which was painted in 1886.  Watts donated the majority of his paintings to the National Gallery of British Art (formerly the Tate Gallery, and currently the Tate Britain) when it first opened in 1897.

Source: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.  This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

College Basketball 2019, Week Fifteen!

February 18, 2019

The Spartans won both of their games this week; they scored a big win on the road (at Wisconsin) this week and outlasted Ohio State at home on Sunday.  Meanwhile Michigan and Purdue both lost on the road to further tighten the race for the Big Ten Championship (their is currently a two-way tie at the top between Michigan State and Michigan with Purdue just a half game out)!  The Big Ten is definitely heating up down the stretch.  Every game is a big game at this point.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#6], Michigan State [#11], Purdue [#12], Wisconsin [#20], Iowa [#21] and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (Wednesday) then on the  road to visit the Wolverines of Michigan (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Tennessee (#1) losing to Kentucky (#5).
Kentucky (#5) losing to LSU (#19) by two (2) points.
Michigan (#6) losing to unranked Penn State.
Purdue (#12) losing to Maryland (#24).
Villanova (#13) losing to unranked St. John’s by six (6) points.
Kansas State (#18) losing to Iowa State (#23).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#2) defeating Louisville (#16) by two (2) points.
Virginia (#4) defeating unranked Notre Dame by six (6) points.
Kansas (#14) defeating unranked TCU by five (5) points in overtime.
Louisville (#16) defeating unranked Clemson by one (1) point.
LSU (#19) defeating unranked Georgia by four (4) points.
Iowa (#21) defeating unranked Rutgers by two (2) points.
Virginia Tech (#22) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by si (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Akron by six (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Toledo by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#4) defeating North Carolina (#8).
Michigan (#6) defeating Maryland (#24).
Michigan State (#11) defeating Wisconsin (#20).

College Basketball 2019, Week Fourteen!

February 11, 2019

The Spartan are trending in the wrong direction; they lost their third consecutive game  on Tuesday, but bounced back with an easy win at home on Saturday versus the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.  The Big Ten has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan  [#7], Michigan State [#9], Purdue [#15], Wisconsin [#19], Iowa [#20], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Badgers of Wisconsin (tomorrow) then at home against the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Sunday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#9) losing to unranked Illinois by five (5) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked St. John’s by one (1) point.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to unranked Clemson.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to Louisville (#16).
Kansas (#13) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Louisville (#16) losing to Florida State (#22) by five (5) points in overtime.
Iowa State (#17) losing to unranked TCU.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#8) defeating unranked Miami by three (3) points in overtime.
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Iowa State (#17 ) defeating unranked Oklahoma by one (1) point.
Wisconsin (#19) defeating unranked Minnesota by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Northwestern by one (1) point.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Auburn by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#25) defeating unranked Memphis by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#2) defeating Virginia (#3).
Michigan (#7) defeating Wisconsin (#19).
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Houston (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#25).