Cleaning out the closet  

Posted by Wayne Bretski

With Chrysanthemum as a helper!

All those clothes are out of our lives, and in the process we discovered some zippered fleece pillowcases. If you didn't know, fleece is by far Chrysanthemum's favorite fabric, and possibly her favorite thing made by man. So even though her bed of clothes is gone, she has two new pillow-beds.

And we have a clean closet.

Hag kasher vesame'ah - Happy and kosher Passover, everyone.

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Pannekoeken, or a Dutch Baby  

Posted by Wayne Bretski

Just a clarification: I did not make this. Miss Bee did! She saw the name of the recipe in a Moosewood cookbook, and we had to try it.

The Wikipedia entry for a Dutch baby. The picture on there doesn't look much like it, but a google image search brings up some similar things.

The first picture is the batter, with the frozen raspberry-and-sugar concoction just mixed in. The defining characteristic of the Dutch baby is the rising action - it's somewhere between a pancake and just plain cake. It was great!
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Word of the Day  

Posted by Wayne Bretski

Myrmidon, from the Wikipedia: (click on the link above for the Image results)

The Myrmidons of Greek myth were known for their loyalty to their leaders, so that in pre-industrial Europe the word "myrmidon" carried many of the same connotations that "robot" does today.

Myrmidon later came to mean "hired ruffian" (according to the Oxford English Dictionary or "a loyal follower, especially one who executes orders without question, protest, or pity, unquestioning followers." (

I came across it (twice) in Edgar Allen Poe's Mystery of Marie Roget (full text at the link), the sequel to Murders in the Rue Morgue (again). Dupin uses it to refer to the Parisian police under the guidance of Prefect G. Check it out.

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