Business, Food and Drink, History

“You Deserve a Break Today….”

There I was, looking for something--perhaps a quote--to write about today--May 15, 2022.  May, as a month, is full of both joyful and sad anniversaries for my family, but as it transpires, none of them falls on the 15th. So I visited my "go to" place, when it comes to finding something to write about… Continue reading “You Deserve a Break Today….”

Computers, History

And the Winner is…The Computer!

Twenty-five years ago today, on May 11, 1997. World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by "Deep Blue," an IBM computer developed as a research project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University. (An RS/6000 running AIX.  Lord, that takes me back...) The score, over six games, was 3 1/2 for Deep Blue, and 2 1/2 for… Continue reading And the Winner is…The Computer!

Cooking, Food and Drink, History

“One a penny, two a penny…Hot Cross Buns!”

For this Good Friday, a post from days of yore.  The buns are in the oven as we speak.  I'm trying a different recipe, one from Mary Berry, this year. I'll report back! Hot Cross Buns! A Good Friday tradition I don’t always adhere to but which, for many reasons, this year I thought I… Continue reading “One a penny, two a penny…Hot Cross Buns!”

History, Philosophy, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: “If Virtue is its Own Reward… then is vice its own punishment," The first part of today's conditional QOTD can be traced back to ancient times and (at the least) the Stoic meditations of Epictetus in which he wrote "the reward of virtue is in the acts of virtue." IOW--if you do something good for others (a virtuous act) there's… Continue reading Quote of the Day: “If Virtue is its Own Reward…

Family, History

Gagara Yasin

The year was 1956. I knew something was horribly wrong that night, when Ahmadu dropped the soup! Normally exquisitely self-possessed, immaculately groomed, and imperturbable, our man-servant and friend was disheveled, the color of cement, and shaking like a leaf with acute anxiety and palpable fear. Our little family—myself, Kay, and our imperious eighteen-month-old daughter, known… Continue reading Gagara Yasin

Culture, Family, History, Life, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, War

Rosyjskie Diabły

I learned that little Polish phrase from the late Mr. She, not very long after I met him, on a day when we were swapping stories about our eccentric and (in wholly different ways) exceptional families. It’s one of the few (SFW) bits of Polish I know, and I say it with great determination and… Continue reading Rosyjskie Diabły

History, Poetry, Quote of the Day

Burns Supper Night

O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An' foolish notion Ah!  The sainted Rabbie Burns.  Scotland's national poet.  Romantic to the end.  Socialist.  Raconteur.  A man who dropped his seed wherever he felt like it, upon whichever woman struck… Continue reading Burns Supper Night

Beauty, Career, Computers, Feminism, History, Literature

The Analytical Engine: “Dad” Edition

“The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform.”–Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace Augusta Ada Byron (she was the poet’s only legitimate child) was born a little over two-hundred-six years ago, on December 10, 1815.  She was a few weeks shy… Continue reading The Analytical Engine: “Dad” Edition

History, Literature, Quote of the Day, Religion

“Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”: The Eve of St. Agnes

Happy Eve of St. Agnes Day!  The sun has come up, the earth is still turning, and life goes on in these United States. Today is, according to legend, the 1718th anniversary of the eve of the martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome, patron saint of young girls and defender of the chaste.  Brutally murdered… Continue reading “Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”: The Eve of St. Agnes