Month: February 2011
>The Real Reason Research Doesn’t Get Done
P.P.S. Finished the pesky sentences that had been giving me trouble since morning. Went to get a glass of pomegranate juice to celebrate. Drank the juice, came back, reread the sentences, and realized that they are crap. Back to rewriting the sentences.
>Save Women’s Shelters in Afghanistan!
>One more important issue demands our attention today:
“The government of Afghanistan has recently introduced a bill that wrests control of women’s shelters in Afghanistan from the local Afghan women’s NGOs that have founded and run them, and transfers that control to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA). This bill could become the law of the land ANY DAY NOW.
If this bill becomes law:
Women and girls seeking shelter will be required to plead their case before an eight-member Government panel, including conservative members of the Supreme Court and Ministry of Justice. This panel will determine whether a woman needs to be in a shelter or should be sent to jail or returned to her home (and her abuser).
Women will have to undergo “forensic” exams (virginity tests) to determine whether they have had sex and therefore committed adultery. The tests are medically invalid.
Once admitted to a shelter, women will be forbidden to leave. Their shelter will become their prison. If any family member comes to claim her, even her abuser, she will be handed over to that person, in most cases to be subjected to the harshest retribution for shaming the family.”
>Canukistani’s Canadian Style Maple Syrup: A Recipe
>Canukistani, a fellow Canadian and a reader of this blog, noticed that I haven’t posted any recipes in a while, and gave me the gift of the following great post to share with everybody. It is not only useful, it’s funny like hell. I laughed so hard, I’m in actual pain right now. Enjoy! And never say that Canadians don’t have a sense of humor ever again. Thank you, Canukistani!!
One item which you won’t recognise is a tree tap or sprule.
Local and two specimens of H. Canukistanus (two of my daughters)
The “boiling down” process is slow – sometimes continuing far into the night. Bring lots of beer. Evaporation that is too slow or too fast will affect the color, flavour and texture of the syrup. At sea level, the correct temperature for evaporation is 104ºC. However, since the boiling point varies with altitude, a thermometer must be used to adjust the cooking temperature. For example, in a region where the boiling point of water is 98ºC (or 2ºC below normal), the cooking temperature of the sap must also be reduced by 2ºC (to 102ºC
>Why Do You Like Don Quijote?
>I just discovered that reader Leah Jane and I had the same dream of moving to Tromsø , a town located in the Northern part of Norway. Here is what Tromsø looks like:
|Just imagine living here and seeing this every day.|
This beautiful town is located in the subarctic climate zone, and this is how it looks in winter:
And this is the Aurora Borealis that you can see over Tromsø:
And this too:
>Flåmsbana, Trondheim, and the Beauty of Norway
>I’ve never been to Norway but I’m dying to go. I spend hours online looking at the pictures of this beautiful country. One of the things I will most certainly do when I finally get there is travel on the Flåmsbana. It’s a train ride that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Just look at how beautiful this railway station is.
|This is the beginning of the train ride at Myrdal.|
I would also love to go to the northern part of Norway. Imagine staying at this chalet for a while and staring at the beautiful view. It must be so quiet there.
And of course there is also Trondheim that is so beautiful that it’s scary:
There is also this great picture of Trondheim:
>Is This the End of the Internet?
>There is this website that everybody was linking to a while ago that said “Sorry, but you have reached the end of the Internet. You can’t go any further from here.” (Here this website is, if you are curious.) Sometimes, it seems that people have confused my blog with that site.
>My University Rocks