A re-read, in chronological order. That Edmund is a little stinker.
Still very good. Re-reading the series in chronological (book time) order.
Wonderful. I rarely have to put a book down in order to gird myself for what’s coming. Usually that’s a sign that the book is too obvious and not very good. This one though? Wonderful. Can’t wait to read the other stories.
I love biscuits. If I see them on a menu, I’ll buy them.
Scoop Buttermilk Biscuits
- 2 cups (240g; 10oz) AP
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp (57g; 2oz) cold butter, cut into cubes, plus 2 tbsp (28g; 1oz) butter, melted, for brushing
- 1-1/2 cups (12oz) cold buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Butter one cake round with butter. Add 1/2 cup flour to another cake round for biscuit prep.
- In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
- Scatter butter cubes over flour mixture, smashing and smearing butter with a fork.
- Add buttermilk and mix with rubber spatula, folding several times, until just incorporated.
- Using a 1/4-cup (#60) scoop, scoop dough into floured cake round. Dust top of dough with flour and form into a rough ball. Shake off excess flour and place in buttered cake round. Repeat. You’ll get 12-13 biscuits.
- Brush dough with melted butter and bake for five minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 450 and bake 15-16 minutes longer. Cool in pan for 2 minutes and then invert onto plate.
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
Lots of good stuff here.
Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.
Extraordinary claims should require extraordinary evidence to be believed.
Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Hangout with, and learn from, people smarter than yourself. Even better, find smart people who will disagree with you.Kevin Kelley » 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
- Realize that other people’s rudeness is not about you. When someone is rude, it’s likely to be a reflection of their own issues.
- Ask yourself what else the comment or behavior might mean. For example, if someone doesn’t smile or say hello, they might be shy.
- Take comments or criticism in a constructive way. Ask yourself if there’s any truth to it, and what you can learn.
- Take a different perspective. Ask yourself how an unbiased outsider would see the situation.
- Realize that you can’t please everyone.
- Know that you’re not defined by your mistakes or criticism.
- Realize that your self-worth depends on you. It does not depend on what others say about you.
Read fiction. I don’t mean “read sf to have ideas about the future.” I mean “read any form of fiction, genre or no”. Fiction allows us to have other ideas, live other lives, see other perspectives. It allows us to escape and re-consider the world from outside ourselves. It allows us to think at lengths and timescales that we may not from day-to-day. It is a shortcut to containing multitudes; to other minds.Infovore » Not Like A Road To Follow
From this same article, there’s a lovely quote by Alice Munro, about why a book isn’t just a narrative and a plot.
A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.Alice Munro
From this Metafilter thread on “Have you learned to be less condescending? Help me do that.“
Learn to listen. It’s not an innate skill…. Not just active listening, which everyone has heard of, but listening with empathy and&emdash;this is the one weird trick&emdash;a communal spirit of goodwill as if you and the speaker are on the same team. Imagine that your job is NOT to challenge, but to raise up (non-condescendingly). Not to be the most right, but to learn more about things from other people who have other perspectives.
Step one to listening more is clapping your trap. Second step is engage as a conversational partner and not a debate opponent, not to display what you know but to find out more about what they know.
[O]ne of the basic building blocks of being an Actual Good Guy is rediscovering some joy and curiosity and wonder that I know is beaten out of you at an early age, but is worth trying to re-attain. Not everything is a competition. There are so many things to learn from other people. It feels nice to engage instead of debate. The thing you’re asking to do is difficult but not unpleasant, there is value and warmth in learning to see and appreciate other people exactly where they are.How to be Less Condescending
Questions to Ask Before Giving Up
Are you hydrated? If not, have a glass of water.
Have you eaten in the past three hours? If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs. Perhaps some nuts or hummus?
Have you showered in the past day? If not, take a shower right now.
If daytime: are you dressed? If not, put on clean clothes that aren’t pajamas. Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it’s a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.
If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting going to sleep? Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes — no electronic screens allowed. If you’re still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.
Have you stretched your legs in the past day? If not, do so right now. If you don’t have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please. If the weather’s crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.
Have you said something nice to someone in the past day? Do so, whether online or in person. Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and tell them about it.
Have you moved your body to music in the past day? If not, do so — jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.
Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days? If not, do so. Don’t be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends’ pets. Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you’re not imposing on them.
Do you feel ineffective? Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it’s responding to an e-mail, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip. Good job!
Do you feel unattractive? Take a goddamn selfie. Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you’ll fight society’s restrictions on what beauty can look like.
Do you feel paralyzed by indecision? Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day. If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable. Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis, even if it means doing something trivial.
Have you seen a therapist in the past few days? If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.
Have you been over-exerting yourself lately — physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually? That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it’s physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.
Have you changed any of your medications in the past couple of weeks, including skipped doses or a change in generic prescription brand? That may be screwing with your head. Give things a few days, then talk to your doctor if it doesn’t settle down.
Have you waited a week? Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can’t even tell that we’re not thinking clearly, and there’s no obvious external cause. It happens. Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.
You’ve made it this far, and you will make it through. You are stronger than you think.