Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France.|
|Usage:||The neo-pagans made the huge menhir the site of their annual spring celebration.|
|The decision to settle outside the boundaries of established colonial government rather than within Virginia territory, as originally planned, led some Mayflowerpassengers to assert that they would not be bound by laws. Concerned Pilgrim leaders drafted a compact providing for the temporary government of the colony.|
|Voltaire was the pseudonym of French philosopher and writer François-Marie Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire was a prolific writer who authored tragedies, poems, and works on philosophical and moral problems, including Lettres philosophiques and Candide, a satire on philosophical optimism|
|The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, elephant basketball, and other sports. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing|
|Lucy, a cross between a Labrador retriever and an Irish water spaniel, failed miserably at guide dog school. As she was curious and easily excitable, random scents distracted Lucy from her master's path, and it wasn't long before she was unceremoniously kicked out.|
1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620
1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.
1929 - Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.
1934 - The Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" opened.
1942 - The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.
1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.
1975 - Elton John received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun. (Texas)
If You Were Born Today, November 21
You are a unique mix of playfulness and passion. Although you can light up a room with your sunny personality, you are also determined, deep, and ambitious. You will often deliberate on a problem for some time, and then ignore your analyses and jump into a decision impulsively. Your desires are deep, and you want to experience life on all levels. No one can rightfully label you superficial! You are playful, passionate, dynamic, and inspired.Famous people born today: Goldie Hawn, Bjork, Voltaire, Tina Brown, Marlo Thomas, Jena Malone.
Photograph by Razz Razalli
“I was lucky to visit Varanasi during the [bird] migration. Morning boat rides are the ultimate thing to do during this time,” opines photographer Razz Razalli, who was in India when he captured this flock sweeping over a rowboat at sunrise. “According to the locals, the birds arrive in November and leave at the end of February,” Razalli writes. The annual migration attracts tourists to Varanasi, and for a fee, boatmen take tourists onto the river for an up-close look at the flocks.
CROCKPOT RECIPES, THANKSGIVING
I did it. A whole turkey in the crock. I was able to fit a 9.5 lb turkey into a 6.5 quart crockpot. It was a tight squeeze, and this is the absolute largest turkey you should attempt to cook----even if you have a 7 quart crockpot. The meat needs to reach 140 degrees after 3 hours of cooking on high to keep it in the "safe zone" for consumption.
"hey Steph, how'd you learn that?"
I was hoping you'd ask! I learned this by participating in a livewebchat hosted by Butterball, and their trained Turkey-TalkBloggers. Chris Jordan, from Notes from the Trenches, andSusan Wagner, from Friday Playdate are fresh out of Turkey U. and are eager to help families with their burning (simmering) turkey questions.
You can ask anything turkey, you can call 1-800-BUTTERBALL.
--turkey (9.5 lbs is the MAXIMUM to fit in a 6.5 quart crockpot)
--apple (I used yellow)
--meat thermometer (necessity, not a luxury. go get one if you need it)
Your turkey must be completely and totally thawed. Seriously.
I took a lot of the skin off. You don't have to, the skin seems to magically brown a bit in the crock.
Remove the neck and the bag of stuff they put inside the turkey. If you're going to use it to make stuffing or something, do that.
Pat the turkey with paper towels to dry it off. Rub a handful of olive oil all over the bird, inside and out. Sprinkle salt, pepper, dried parsley, and garlic powder all over and in it, and rub it around. If you have a secret family concoction of herbs, by all means, use it.
Peel an onion, quarter it, and shove inside. Core an apple and do the same.
Lower the bird into your crockpot, right-side up.
Cover. Cook on high for 3 hours, then check the internal temperature. You need the turkey to register at least 140 degrees.
Cover again and cook on high for another few hours. I needed to leave the house, and this turkey cooked on high for a bit over 5 hours. Check the internal temp again in a few places. It should be 170 degrees or higher. You can certainly cook it longer if needed, or keep it on warm until you are ready to carve.
CAREFULLY remove turkey from crockpot. The edges will have browned nicely. If you'd like, you can broil the top for a few minutes in the oven--put the turkey in a roasting pan, don't use the crock. I tried this, and was pleased with how the turkey looked afterwards. I broiled for about 7 minutes.
Let sit for 15-20 minutes before carving.
I'm so happy this worked. My kids didn't eat it. They had no interest. I gave them frozen corn and barbecued beans from a can. My parents ate a bunch, and so did Adam. I had a turkey sandwich around 9pm.
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... THANKSGIVING
MAN COVERS HOME & PALM TREES
LOOKING LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A PULP SCI-FI COMIC, ALUMINUM FOIL COVERS THE WALLS, WINDOWS, DRIVEWAY, AND EVEN THE PALM TREES OF THIS HOME. CURIOUS ONLOOKERS RARELY IDENTIFIED THE INSTALLATION AS ART.
402 ASHLAND AVE
This is the address of a rental home in Tarpon Springs, Florida that has been covered entirely in aluminum foil.
Looking like something out of a pulp sci-fi comic, the walls, windows, driveway, and even the palm trees glisten with metallic flare in the Florida sun.
SOMETHING OUT OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE?
Piotr Janowski is the mastermind behind the project, but it’s not meant to keep aliens from reading his mind or save on his electric bill; it’s an art piece.
“Curious onlookers rarely identified the installation as art.” – Piotr Janowski
The foil reveals features of objects that might otherwise go unnoticed, namely texture.
From the fine grooves of palm tree fiber, to the bumps and cracks in the stucco and driveway, the foil certainly makes you take a second look.
“While it conceals objects, this actually results in an intensification of certain aspects of their form.”
It does this mainly by creating strong reflections at sharp angles, and scrambling the appearance of colors and light.
Artist Piotr Janowski describes it as an initiative to bring sustainable energy and art together, with his goal being to one day create a sculpture that generates electricity.
Hailing from Poland originally, Janowski graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and now splits his time between Tarpon Springs and Vienna, Austria.
He started with palm trees—interacting with nature, and then hung abstract sculptures from the trees in order to blur the line between reality and imagination.
The third phase was covering the house with foil and challenging social perception.
The final phase makes the foil sculptures kinetic, being rolled into a ball and rolled to a local recycling plant.
ALUMINUM FOIL OR ALUMINIUM FOIL?
The foil itself is just regular Reynold’s wrap, which he then attached with spray adhesive.
“It’s like metal clay.” –Piotr Janowski
Janowski is preparing for a show December 3rd at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida.
"Welcome" in Ilokano (Philippines) - Naragsak nga isasangbay
thanks, shelley (11 right, 1 wrong)
me: 10 right, 2 wrong .. you?
thanks, susan b.