Foolish Question for Brits (and Some Others)

When a recipe says "250 g flour" – do you all actually whip out your kitchen scales, to measure out 250 grams?  If so, do you use a two-sided balance, with little weights in one pan, or do you use a scale, with a single pan? (No pressing reason for asking – I just saw another recipe, posted by a European colleague, and the measurements struck this American as quite odd (e.g., 8 g baking soda – something that...

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Follow Up on Situational Ethics

I just wrote a really boring post about juggling posts, but I almost put myself to sleep reading over it, so I’m sparing all of you. Instead, I’ll report on my situational ethics. I consider myself to be moral; however, I know that my morals are more … flexible than a lot of people’s.  I tend to favor outcomes over process a lot, and if something has a good outcome, I’m probably over-relaxed about how we...

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SHADES OF GRAY – Contest!

My friends Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge are super-excited about their super-hero (and super-villain) book, SHADES OF GRAY, which will be in stores on June 22.  They’re so excited that they’re giving away prizes to people who pre-order the book.  (What, you say?  Pre-order, when it’s due out this week?  Yep – it makes a difference to the publisher to see pre-orders, even when the book...

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Ancient Alexandria

Continuing our stream of wonderful Smithsonian classes (really, the last few months have had some of the best lectures that I’ve ever attended there!), we learned about Ancient Alexandria last night.  The lecturer focused on Alexander’s city as the meeting place of Greece and Egypt in the ancient world; he showed examples of architecture and civic planning that reinforced the idea, and he theorized about connections to other...

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