December 2nd, 2005


"Stationmaster in his wisdom told the guard to turn the heating off"

Very busy morning. Winter is here, delivering two to three feet of snow fifty miles or so east of Rancho Lake, where it belongs. Days of very cold rain down here on the valley floor.

More wit and wisdom of the Child later, when I get a chance to post, and a response to nihilistic_kid's contribution to the SF vs fantasy debate -- I'm interested in his ideas about literature of the ordinary vs literature of the extraordinary.

Play nice. I'll be back later.

And now, for something completely different

Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

(posted per a nudge from deedop)

This is derived from the standard Nestle recipe, so all you really have to do is remember the variations and work off the back of the bag -- that's how I do it.


2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste, I often load this up -- you can also use nutmeg here with the cinnamon)
1 cup (2 sticks or 1/2 pound) butter, softened
1-1/2 cups turbinado (raw, large grain) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 medium ginger root, grated or finely chopped (vary amount to taste)
2 eggs
4 cups (24-ounce package) chocolate chips
2 cups chopped nuts (I prefer pecans or walnuts, but peanuts work just fine)


Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, turbinado sugar, vanilla and almond extract in large mixer bowl. Add ginger. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets covered with baking parchment.


Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. (Baking parchment helps a lot.) Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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More wit and wisdom of the Child

Last night she was playing the chess game included in OSX on the Macintosh. I had set it down to the lowest level of difficulty. After a few games she got irritated: "How come it keeps making the same moves? This is stupid!" So I cranked it up a little.


On the subject of irregular plurals --

Dad: "Well, there's irregular plurals. Like 'children'. That's weird, it should be 'childs'."
Child: "No. If it was 'childs' it would be weird. The word is 'children.'"


On the subject of health --

"How come they call it a cold? I'm hot." :: opens mouth, grabs tongue :: "I'm even hotter inside, not cold."