Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pivot Number 10

The questionnaire Bernard Pivot used and James Lipton uses ends with the question "If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say to you when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?"

My previous answer was fairly generic, along the lines of, "Welcome."

Now I have my answer. "Would you make me a pie?"

But what kind of pie would God want? I'm curious what you think.

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At May 31, 2009 6:11 PM, Blogger Ellen said...


At June 01, 2009 11:19 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

The first person I mentioned this to also said peach. So the count is now two for peach and zero for anything else.

At June 03, 2009 11:04 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

Nothing else really matters because peach pie is of the gods.

At June 03, 2009 11:54 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

One of my student workers made a peach pie and shared a slice with me; it was pretty good.

My initial conversation about this topic also speculated on the use of fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Technically, God would still be able to eat it, but it would probably be forbidden for others, though they would not surely die if they did.


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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Une tasse n'est pas une tasse.

So I've had my French press almost 18 months. And I've been fairly ritual in my preparation of coffee, i.e. waiting 10 seconds for the water temp to drop 4 degrees before adding it to the fresh grinds. Friday morning I tweaked the formula. Instead of having a scoop of beans for each 8 ounces of water, a normal cup, I went with a scoop of beans for every six ounces, a cup of coffee. So this means instead of four scoops of beans for four cups of water/32 ounces, I went with 5 scoops for about 30 ounces. The difference one additional scoop of beans made was really great. So much so that I let out a little whoop of glee as I was driving to work drinking my newly improved coffee. And in case you were wondering I was brewing with a washed Ethiopian Sidamo bean. I really like all the Ethiopian coffee I've tried be it Yirgacheffe or Sidamo. Dry-process is a favorite of mine too. And if size matters to you, get a Papua New Guinean bean, they're like twice the size of other beans.

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At June 03, 2009 11:03 PM, Blogger CëRïSë said...

The coffee you served us at your place the other night was great--a perfect accompaniment to fabulous desserts! And it didn't even keep me up all night. Awesome.

At June 03, 2009 11:56 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, any endorsement from a grad student and Northwest native is quite enviable. Thanks, and thanks again for the wonderful evening catching up with friends.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Miss You Mitch Hedberg

In Mitch Hedberg's Comedy Central Presents special, he talks about how he's a stand-up comic, but people are always wanting him to do things related to comedy that aren't comedy, like writing for a tv show, developing a sit-com, making a movie script ["I gave a script to a guy and he said he really liked it, but he wanted me to rewrite it. I said, 'Fuck that, I'll just make a copy.'"]. He said it's like going up to a chef who's worked years at becoming a good cook and someone says, "So you're a cook, Can you farm?"

I've made a lot of pies. I'm getting good at it. I know how much sugar to include so as to not overwhelm the flavor of the provided fruit. I'm getting better at choosing which flavor extracts to put in the crust (current favorites are jasmine or almond, but I'd love to try a hazelnut if I could find it). Sometimes if I'm making a rhubarb pie, I'll add a half cup of buckwheat flour, because they're part of the same family, and it adds a nice color and nuttiness to the crust. There's a few reasons I make pies, including: I really like them, and I want people to think highly of me. This second reason creates weird situations for me.

People will try my pie or bread pudding and say, "This is really good, you should open a (bakery-cafe-pie shop)." No, I shouldn't, so stop making me a "farmer" when I'm a "cook."

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At May 12, 2009 5:10 AM, Blogger Wishydig said...

did he really say "screw that"? i remembered it differently.

At May 12, 2009 9:09 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

I think you remember it correctly. Though in weak defense, I didn't hear what word he said on his tv special.

At May 12, 2009 2:51 PM, Blogger CëRïSë said...

'Looking forward to seeing you in Lincoln! Maybe we can have some pie--ooh, or bread pudding? Maybe after some more of those amazing Blue Orchid lettuce wraps? I kind of want to get lettuce wraps and red(?) curry at Blue Orchid and then go to Thai House for spring rolls and pad Thai! Like a progressive party!

deribl (like the Hindenburg disaster!)

At May 13, 2009 12:44 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

I gave it a little thought when I first added the joke to my initial post. I thought I should put fuck since I had already linked to a bunch of his jokes with fuck in them, and it is what he said, so it wasn't like I was eliminating such content from my blog, only diverting responsibility. But I had typed screw, so I left it. And for consistency he also said cook instead of chef. Thank you as always for your clear and bright thinking.

At May 13, 2009 6:12 AM, Blogger Wishydig said...

i'm a bit of a purist when it comes to writing down stand-ups' jokes.


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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ahh, Sweet Squalor

I've long been of the opinion that my room is a place of squalor. It's been this way for a while now, and while I really want to clean it up so I can do yoga in the morning and sit in a chair and read in the evening. Alas it is not any better. I finally looked up squalor in my Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, and I was quite delighted with the definition.

Squalor: 1 The state or condition of being physically squalid; a combination of misery and dirt. E17.



At May 06, 2009 8:13 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

Ha! Hahahaha! I love that you looked up the definition of your house instead of cleaning it. Something I might do.

At May 06, 2009 10:13 AM, Blogger CëRïSë said...

Misery and dirt! I can't take long doses of squalor. I have occasional lapses, especially during finals or that sort of thing, but the dirt really does make me miserable.

At May 06, 2009 4:48 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I wouldn't say there is dirt, but still less than tidy.


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Friday, May 01, 2009

Flavor of the Day?

Tonight we went to the Blue Moon Coffee House to hear John Walker play and sing. I enjoyed him as ever, and he had a very nice version of Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." I didn't notice it right away, but I'm guessing they didn't sell much of their flavored coffee today.

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At May 01, 2009 11:54 PM, Blogger Randomness said...

Did you go to Nathan James-Estenson's showing?

At May 02, 2009 12:56 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Yes, and it was great. All new stuff, arms, hands, and deflated balloons.


At May 02, 2009 11:50 AM, Blogger Randomness said...

Did you speak with him? What is squal?

At May 04, 2009 8:10 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

Heh heh. Buttscotch. That's funny.

At May 06, 2009 5:36 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

He wasn't there, we had the concert to go to so we were there right around 6 pm, squal was my security word.


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