July 20, 2007

Coffee, Civets and Shotguns

This post did not pass through the digestive tract of a civet. But it does mention both coffee and civets, separately.

  • Lily Allen's Third Nipple (tv,video,music,sex,culture,Britain)
    • The thing that strikes me most about this is that Lily Allen innocently shows a third nipple on British TV and the entire country did not explode into uncontrollable puritanical rage. How does that happen? Are all of Britain's moralists in comas? And would they mind if we shipped over a few of ours? We have a surfeit.
  • From a “pants lawsuit” to a right-wing talking point (politics,sneaky)
    • It's probably going to be the new "McDonalds scalded coffee lady" rallying cry to erode consumer rights. They're already fundraising on it. You only have to look at half the blogs on the internet to see how strongly people reacted.
  • Thames & Kosmos - Science Kits (engineering,science,kids,shopping,toys)
    • Science kits for kids (of all ages). Rui sent this link along, and I thank him. The microcontroller lab looks extremely cool!
  • Generation Chickenhawk: the Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour (funny,video,republicans,war)
    • Derek provides this link to the best college Republican video ever. I feel bad for the high school student who prays not to be gay.
  • AdultSheepFinder (animals,humor,parody)
    • No, it's not about mutton or wool. Ewe.
  • Real Iced Coffee - A Mighty Appetite (recipes,coffee,drink)
    • Make iced coffee without a machine and without all the acid of heat-brewed coffee. A definite improvement over other methods of homemade iced coffee, according to Maggie's efforts this week.

Also: my Twitter feed is updated all the time. And my list of friends is just waiting to become your list of friends.


From the archives of Aces Full. Who made this comment? Care to guess?

Grown people dressed as furry animals, spraying eachother with civet oil and simulating sex whilst in their costumes...how could you ever forget that?
Posted by James at July 20, 2007 8:58 AM
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I saw an article on cold brewed iced coffee in the NYT a few weeks back and tried it. It was good but you need to be proactive about when you wnat it since you have to make it the day before. I'll stick to just throwing the left over hot coffe from the moringin in the fridge and then tossing it if I later don't want it.

Um I don't remember who the quote is but I do ermember the context (a CSI episode).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 20, 2007 9:32 AM

Someday, I'll learn to read my comments before hitting post. I should know by now that my typing skills are not sufficient to allow for submitting without proofreading first.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 20, 2007 9:49 AM

I want a microcontroller lab kit too. Or Kite Dynamics.

Posted by: Mike at July 20, 2007 9:52 AM

That old comment sounds kind of Patti-ish.

Maybe I'll try that iced coffee thing this weekend. I'm glad I read the comments on that article - I would have thought you'd steep it in the fridge overnight, but apparently you just let it sit out on the counter.

Posted by: Julie at July 20, 2007 11:51 AM

While I thought one of us made those comments about the Furries, I then re-read it and realized it's that hunky Gil Grissom.

Hot, smart scientist--what more could a girl want?

Posted by: Patti M. at July 20, 2007 12:52 PM

Grissom said "whilst"?

Posted by: Julie at July 20, 2007 12:59 PM

I've been cold-brewing iced coffee all summer. I put two heaping scoops of coffee in a Tupperware "shaker" container", fill up the rest of the way with water, put lid on, shake, and leave on the counter. In the morning, I pour the mix through an extra gold-mesh coffee maker permanent coffee filter into a larger plastic cylander container, pour some into my cup for coffee, and put the rest in the fridge. I mix the concentrate with cold water and ice cubes. My only gripe is that the sugar I put in doesn't fully dissolve in the cold coffee.

It's easy enough to make another shaker of coffee during the day - I refill the shaker container before going to work, and then strain/refrigerate the concentrate when I come home so I can make sure I never run out of concentrate in the fridge even if I foret the night before.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at July 20, 2007 1:37 PM

The sugar part is easy. make some simple syrup. equal parts water and sugar.
heat to dissolve.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 20, 2007 1:46 PM

Oh I forgot the most important part.

Forget the coffee and add to lime juice and gin or vodka!!!!

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 20, 2007 1:47 PM

B.O.B. is right on the money with both simple syrup suggestions (the coffee and the daiquiri).

The proportion of sugar to water for simple syrup is apparently variable, but in drink recipes I find that they usually mean a 2-1 ratio of sugar to water... I usually make it in batches of 1/2 cup water to 1 cup sugar and place it in a condiment squeeze bottle in the fridge for whenever I need it. Comes in handy for mixed drinks, and even for whipping up a glass of quick lemonade when the urge strikes.

But when I do use actual sugar in my coffee (which is not often anymore) I actually like the sugar to remain undissolved at the bottom of the cup, to be sucked up through a straw as I'm drinking it. Weird? Perhaps. But I like the contrast of the sweet sugar crystals and the bitter coffee.

Posted by: James at July 20, 2007 2:25 PM

Hm. Given that I am a frequent user of "wilst," perhaps it is I who said that and not the fabulously hunky Gil Grissom.

I just had to check the "back issues" of this blog and yes, Julie, you're right--it was I who said that!

Guess "wilst" is a dead give-away.

Can you tell I've been up to my eyebrows in work lately?

Speaking of being given away by one's language...A few months ago, I became tired of looking at all the dishes that had piled up in our kitchen, so I put up a sign:

"Please claim your dishes, mugs, plasticware, and whatnot."

Someone asked me if I had put up the sign. Why would you think I put that up, I asked. She replied, "Whatnot?"

Yep, guess I'm the only one who would've said that!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 20, 2007 2:38 PM

I use superfine sugar rather than regular. It dissolves more readily.

When you get an iced coffee at DD you pretty much get a thick layer of undissolved sugar at the bottom of your cup. That annoyed me at first, but I've grown to like it. :)

Posted by: Julie at July 20, 2007 2:40 PM

LOL, Patti. I've switched from "whatnot" to "junk" lately. I don't really know why. It's like I'm channeling Wally Cleaver. :-)

Posted by: Julie at July 20, 2007 2:44 PM


I had to pause the Generation Chickenhawk video to post this before I explode:

I just saw Tom Delay say that abortion affects us all. "If we had those 40M children that were killed over the last 30 years, we wouldn't need the illegal aliens to fill the jobs they're doing today."

Because that subset of the population would be really eager to pick strawberries, unlike their parents?


Brought to you by the same lie factory that has successfully beat into the average American moron that "we're fighting 'El Quaeieeaeda' over there so we don't have to fight them over here."


Posted by: Patti M. at July 20, 2007 2:54 PM

Unwanted children are always eager to pick strawberries.

Posted by: James at July 20, 2007 3:00 PM

Unwanted children are always eager to pick strawberries.

That sounds like something out of a Zoloft ad.

Cut to ovoids glumly picking strawberries.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 20, 2007 3:06 PM

Update: I tried the coffee thing. I misread the instructions slightly and used more than the recommended amount of water, so the result was full strength rather than a concentrate, but that's fine with me. (I had read the comments more carefully, and everyone said they used Yuban, so that's what I used too.)

My life is transformed!

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2007 12:05 PM

That's what we're all about here. The power of communications to TRANSFORM LIVES. WIZZ-BANG!!!!

Posted by: James at July 22, 2007 8:05 PM

For hot coffee I try to use raw sugar (turbanido)exclusively. I actually have a baggie of individual packets in my car for coffee emergencies.

If I need a small amount of simple syrup (for a single iced coffe for eample) I'll just put two tablespoons of water and two tablespoons of sugar in a microwave safe container and zap it for a minute or so.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 23, 2007 10:52 AM

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