Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
But that's not the point.
The point is,
today's the anniversary,
and this week is anniversary week,
and no one's posted anything yet,
so I thought I'd just remind you.
Someone please gets us going...
Maybe Mira, because she came up with the idea?
I know we're all super-busy, but I'd appreciate if we could get something started.
Really have to start math and history and government homework now, so ciao!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Here's the question:
Can color exist without light?
A sub-question that has opened up is:
Is there such a thing as utter darkness, or no light?
Or, to rephrase the first one,
If I have a can of red paint and I close the lid tight enough that no light gets in, is the paint still red?
(That last example is thanks to my brother. It's the best example I've heard all week, including those from kids two or three years older than him, so... nifty-cool, brother!)
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
Whether or not you agree with the last part, you have to admit that it describes us perfectly! Let's go Knights!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
HOMEMADE FRENCH BAGUETTES, yields four 16-inch baguettes
Tweaked from Artisan Breads Every Day, Peter Reinhart
I can’t be entirely sure whether it made the critical difference or not, but I used this pan, instead of a baking sheet. Also, don’t be alarmed by the extensive instructions – there’s a lot of waiting time and a bit of planning involved, but everything else is pretty simple. Just please, pleasebe extra careful when pouring in the hot water for the steam pan (see below in ‘Prepare for Hearth Baking’ section for more detail). Steaming water WILL splatter, so I definitely recommend using a watering can with a long spout, standing back and covering up those arms and hands!
Music Pairing: Yann Tiersen, La Noyee
- 5 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
- 2 tsp salt, or 1 tbsp coarse kosher salt
- 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
- 2 cups lukewarm water (about 95 degrees)
Prep Day: Combine all ingredients in bowl of mixer, set with paddle attachment, and mix on lowest speed for 1 minute until well blended and smooth. Dough should form a coarse, shaggy ball. Let rest, uncovered for 5 minutes. Switch to dough hook and mix on medium-low speed for 2 minutes. Dough should be smooth, supple, and tacky but not sticky.
Knead dough by hand on lightly floured work surface for 1 minute, then transfer to a large clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and immediately refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days.
Baking Day: Remove dough from refrigerator 2 hours prior to baking. Gently transfer to lightly floured work surface, taking care to degas it as little as possible. Divide dough into 10-ounce pieces for baguettes.
Form Baguettes: Pat each piece of divided dough into a thick rectangle. Fold the bottom half to the center and seal the seam. Fold the top half to the center and once again seal the seam. Roll the top half of the dough over the seam to create a new seam on the bottom of the loaf. Rock loaf back and forth to extend it to desire length, 6-12 inches. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Repeat the same folding process: bottom to center, top to center, and pinch to create a seam. With seam side underneath, gently rock loaf back and forth, with hands moving out toward and increasing pressure at the ends, to slightly taper the loaf until baguette is the length of baguette pan (or baking sheet).
Mist top of dough with spray oil, loosely cover with plastic wrap, and proof at room temperature (preferably in a couche, or improvise on a clean linen towel, dusted with flour – leaving 3 inches between loaves so fabric can be bunched up to create “walls” for support while proofing – I placed my prepared towel and loaves on my baguette pan to further aid in keeping its shape, as shown above) for about 1 1/2 hours, or until increased to 1 1/2 times its original size.
Prepare for Hearth Baking: About 45 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a sheet pan, which will serve as the steam pan, with a 1-inch rim on shelf under which baguettes will be baked. Remove plastic wrap from the dough 15 minutes prior to baking. Gently roll dough onto baguette pan. Just prior to baking, score the dough 1/2 inch deep with a serrated knife or razor. Transfer loaves to the oven, pour 1 cup hot water into the steam pan. Always use an oven mitt and wear long sleeves when adding water to the hot steam pan to prevent steam burns. It’s also advisable to cover the oven window with a dry dish towel to prevent backsplash from hitting the window and cracking it – but remember to remove the towel before closing oven door! Using a watering can with a long spout when pouring the water into the steam pan provides control and distance from the hot steam.
Bake for 12 minutes, then rotate pan and bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the crust is rich golden brown, the loaves sound hollow when thumped, and the internal temperature is about 200 degrees in the center. Cool on wire rack for at least 35 minutes before slicing or serving. Best eaten the same day, or heated briefly in the oven the next day if crust loses its crispness.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Going to write my French essay,
(I know, weird way to end, but it's true!)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The deal is this - watch the movie Waiting for "Superman," and you will get a Medal. The show is a documentary - but don't let that stop you because it isn't boring at all - about the failing public school system in America, how we could theoretically fix it, and why it's so hard to fix it. As a Knight you should feel obligated to watch it. In fact, I really shouldn't be offering a reward, but it can't hurt. Ready, set, go.
And plus if you refuse to watch it I will secretly blackmail you. I know where you live. Yes, all of you.
Especially Innocent Smiles,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Or chew on this - Plato thought that all physical objects are inherently defective, and the only way to get an idea of the true form of an object was through thought (thought was supposedly closer to the divine/true-ness of the universe.) His idea was "why look at the stars when you can think about them?" Opinions please.
Thoughtfully and ardently,
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Sampson: "... I will bite my thumb at them, which is a disgrace to them if they bear it."
Abram: "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
Sampson: "I do bite my thumb, sir."
Abram: "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
Sampson: to Gregory, "Is it the law of our side if I say ay?"
Gregory: to Sampson, "No."
Sampson: "No sir, I do not bite my thumb at you sir; but I bite my thumb sir."
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Sunrays and Moonlight,
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The prompt is: What makes history, people or ideas?
Okay, yeah, it seems circular at first. Impossible to answer. Like the question What came first, the chicken or the egg, or What came first, the phoenix or the flame? But let's explore this. There are good arguments for both sides - let's discuss it!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Hey folks! Thanks for all the great comments, and sorry quality has been a bit lacking. I don't have a lot of practice writing action scenes, and am trying to work out a few problems with the universe here right now. Namely, I can't really figure out the magic system as much as I need to. So, I won't be posting anything today. I am going to figure this out, fix my last two episodes, and get back to you in a week or two. Thanks for your patience! -Laga
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Southern Sudan votes to secede.
Tunisia pressures their leader into exile.
In Egypt, riots lead the president to step down.
In Algeria, people are becoming restless to follow Egypt's example.
And in Yemen... same thing.
And in Iran.
Crazy, huh? And it all started - funnily enough - on Facebook. Social networking has connected people to such an extent that all this has been able to happen. Who'd have guessed?
Remember learning about the Red Scare, when capitalist countries like the US feared that communism would spread like falling dominoes to the nearby countries? (Which never happened, by the way.) Now it seems like democracy is doing the same thing. And, while we're on the subject, is that good or bad? A democracy may be preferable to a dictatorship, but... well, rule by the people can be dangerous, right? So, this may not be the optimal solution, but is it a step towards capitalism and republics in the Middle East?
Okay, I'm just so hyped about this. Sorry if I'm droning on. But please leave any profound thoughts in the comments of this post... I'd love to be able to get a good discussion going!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Author's Note: This is an excerpt from my 13,000 word story, with
which most of you are probably somewhat familiar. Please comment,
critique, criticize - anything that will contribute to the story's success.
Thank you, and enjoy.
When they reached their destination – the king and queen’s rooms – Katie was released and allowed to wander the sitting room while Helena went to find King Griffyn. When she returned not two minutes late, Katie’s father was at her side. The king was tall like his wife, and he had a beard and head of hair that was black streaked with silver. His eyes were pale blue, and they seemed to penetrate Katie’s soul as she resolutely returned his fierce glowering. “Father,” she said with sarcastic respect, as she rose and curtsied. He did not reply, merely crossed his arms and frowned. He seemed to be much larger, and (though she hated to admit it) more intimidating than Katie remembered. She clenched her jaw and folding her arms in mimicry, if only to try to convince herself that she wasn’t frightened. “Your recent behavior has been deemed unacceptable.” He said in a low, dangerous tone. “By whom, Your Majesty?” Katie was really pushing it. She knew her father was already angry, but it was just so tempting to be a pain. “SILENCE!” He roared. “Do not speak until I command you to do so.” He was practically trembling with anger. Katie inhaled quickly and stepped back, defeated. “Your recent behavior has been deemed unacceptable,” he growled, speaking louder now. “Naturally, the ideal consequence would be expulsion from the kingdom. Regretfully, we are not authorized –“ he hesitated and Katie knew he was thinking about Lord _______ and the High Council. “- to preform such an act. However, we have been permitted to confine you to your chambers until said behavior is amended and any conflicts resolved. You may now speak.” “Okay,” Katie said, treading cautiously with carefully-chosen words, “May I inquire to the validness of a matrimonial act between myself and Prince Zachery, if such a consequence is instated?” “Said matrimonial act will proceed, minimally affected by… absence of the betrothed.” “And my lessons?” “All regular events in which the princess partook would be terminated.” Katie nodded curtly. “May I be excused?” King Griffyn frowned again, and then rang for a servant to escort her to her room.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Smiles, as usual,
Friday, January 28, 2011
1) All quotes must be left as comments on this post to be counted (please don't leave any non-quote comments)
2) All quotes must be (somewhat) memorized. Absolutely NO looking up a quote online or in a book and copying it down in the tournament. As long as the wording is close to the real quote, you're good, so don't stress too much about remembering the exact thing.
3) All contestants are limited to three quotes at a time. Once you've submitted your three, you must wait for another person to enter in at least one before you can do more. Agreed? Excellent.
Let the Quote War begin!!!
--Sol/Queen of Everything/Super Orc/High Priestess of Doom
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Quote War, Quote Faire, Quote Extravaganza, whatever you wish to call it, is OFFICIALLY opening this Friday. You've known it was coming, so finish up your frenzied studying of quotes and we start in two days. Anyone challenging this proposition? No? Excellent.
And figuratively in existence,
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Well anyway, this post is to talk about one of my favorite subjects: the theatre. Acting is the oldest form of entertainment. Theatre as we in America know it started in ancient Greece, with a man named Thespis, who won a play competition back in 534 BC. I is from his name that we have received the term "thespian". Plays were performed in hillside amphitheatres by a chorus and several masked actors. As the Greek society declined, the Romans rose up and took theatre into their own hands. Plays were much the same as they had been with the Greeks but, instead of dramatic tragedies, they preferred a, shall we say, more physical humor.The word "play" (as a stage performance) came from the Romans. At the fall of the Romans, theatre fell two, becoming something mainly for traveling bands called jongleurs. Well, I know I haven't even gotten to the master yet, but I just got bored. So, for those of you that still care, The Hale Center Theatre Orem is now playing "The Foreigner" which I highly recomend. I also recomend Random Acts of Culture on youtube.
Over and out,
Baldr god of (as of now) theatre.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I notice we're hitting a slump in activity here, fellow knights. In the hope of getting everyone re-excited, I propose starting the Quote Competition, which was mentioned a month or two ago.
I would also like to (re)urge everyone to set a little time off every week to write something on the blog - a post or a comment, anything. And please check the blog every few days; it's not difficult to keep on top of, so... no excuses.
Additionally, on the matter of Education. Does everyone agree that that should be one of our official concerns - the declining quality of education and the lack of attention being paid towards it in America? (I already sent out an email mentioning this but I didn't get replies from everyone...)
So, put your Knight-approved thinking caps on and let's put some more life and effort into this noble organization.
Lively-ly and enthusiastically yours,
PS. In December we had eleven posts. So far, January has had... three. Hop to it, my fine feathered friends.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Here's to 2011!