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Cold Brew Coffee

The ratio of coffee grounds to water is subjective and depends on personal taste. A good place to start is to grind 3/4 cup beans for 4 cups of cold water—the size of a 32-ounce French press. You can double—with 1.5 cups beans for 8 cups water—or even triple the quantities depending on the size of your container. Next, grind the beans very coarsely. We mean it. A smaller grind will result in cloudy coffee.

coarse ground coffee

Soak and wait (and wait, and wait…)

Put the coffee in your container, which can be plastic, glass, or ceramic and doesn’t need to have a lid. The container should be deep enough to hold the coffee and water and light enough you can pick the whole thing up to strain. For a French press, pour the coffee into the bottom of the canister. For both a container or a French press, gradually add the water. Stir gently, making sure all the coffee grounds are moistened.

soaking the coffee beans

If using a large container, cover the top with cheesecloth. For a French press, place the top on (but don’t press down on the plunger). Let stand at room temperature for at least 12 hours. Don’t rush this. The long steep time is important for proper extraction.

filtering the coffee


If you’re using a container, take the cheesecloth from the top of the container and use it to line a fine mesh sieve set over a large pitcher (or bowl or whatever else you’d like to store your cold brew in). Pour the coffee through the sieve, waiting a minute or two until the coffee’s filtered out, and discard solids and cheesecloth.

For the French press, simply press down on the plunger to move grounds to the bottom. Pour.


That’s it! You have cold brew. The concentrate will keep for up to 2 weeks covered and chilled in the fridge. Add ice, milk, or your other favorite coffee things and enjoy.

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A simple method to make this is a V-neck tee that you like to use as a guide. Fold the shirt lengthwise in the middle, making sure the shoulders lie on each other. Lay it flat on a table. Then use a ruler to measure the distance from the point where the collar meets the shoulder of the school, to the top of the v. Write down this measure.
If you do not have a V-neck t-shirt, you need to estimate how deep your V should be. In this case, it is better to be restrained, since you can still make it deeper later.

You may want to try the shirt to estimate the depth of the V. Look in the mirror while you're wearing the shirt and mark the spot where you want to have the tip with a pin.

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Fold your shirt with the round neck cutout in length. The front of the collar should be on the outside of the fold. Make sure that the neckline, shoulders and arms are exactly over each other. Lay it out on a table and smooth it until it is wrinkle-free.
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Pull the V forward. Place a ruler down the middle of the breast in a diagonal line from the place where the shoulder of the school meets the collar. Using the measure you took in the previous step, highlight the top of the "Vs" with a textile marker. Then draw a line from the mark to the point where the shoulder meets the collar.
Turn the shirt around and repeat this step on the other side.

Separate the seams. Fold the shirt apart, turn it to the left and place it on the table. Make sure the front side is facing you. Then remove with a seam ripper the seams, which attach the front of the collar to the shirt.
If you do not have a seam ripper, you can cut it carefully with a sharp pair of scissors.
Hear at the shoulders. Leave the collar attached to the back of the shirt, unless you're not going to bring it back to your new neckline.

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Smooth the shirt with the round neckline on the table. Make sure the collar is folded back, away from where you want to cut. [2] This guarantees the smoothest and straightest cuts and helps you avoid mistakes.

Cut out the V-neck. Start at one side of the V and cut with sharp scissors along the marked line. Stop when you reach the lower end. Repeat this process on the other side. Take care that you cut through the front of the shirt only.
If you do not want to create a lined collar, your new shirt is ready to be worn.

Cut the front of the severed collar in the middle. You must first determine where the center is. Lay the T-shirt flat with the front to you. Measure the width of the collar and make a dot in the center with your textile marker. Here you cut.

Stretch both sides of the cut collar along the sides of your V-neck. Most of the neckline t-shirts are ribbed and should yield several centimeters.

Put the edge of the collar on the shirt. Stretch one side at a time along the side of the V and stick it with the needles. Place the pins approximately every 2.5 cm to make sure the collar stretches and remains so until you sew it. [3] Do the same on the other side.
The non-edged edge of the collar should be applied to the untrimmed edge of the shirt with the edge of the collar facing the outside of the shirt.

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Proximity from the upper end of the collar down to the lower end of the V. Approximately 0.6 cm from the edges of the two layers. [4] Pause just before you arrive at the V when you sew the second side of the collar down and near the end at the back of the first page. Finish by pressing the new hem with an iron.
Make sure the thread in your sewing machine matches the color of the shirt.
If you do not have a sewing machine, you can also sew the sides of the collar with the hand on the sides of the Vs.
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Two Bald Eagles Have ‘Adopted’ a Young Red-Tailed Hawk

A pair of bald eagles there are raising up a red-tailed hawk—normally a rival species—alongside their own three chicks, the Vancouver Sun reports.

A heartfelt attempt to help out some neighbors? Probably not. The eagles likely kidnapped the baby hawk, intending to feed it to their own children, raptor specialist David Bird told the Sun. When it survived the trip and started peeping, they just started feeding it instead. (This theory is supported by retroactive photo evidence, which indicates that there were once at least two hawk chicks in the nest.)

A video by Christian Sasse shows the brave youngster, which is smaller and scruffier than its adoptive siblings, gleefully taking food from the bloody beak of one of its parents. Observers say the hawk is more than able to fend for itself—and that at times, the eagle chicks even seem to defer to it, the Sun reports.

Long video and the photographers don't see the hawklet yet at half way through. Ah from comments it does show up, 35.30. And it's crop is full per the commentary. It'll fledge in estimate 7 -10 days and eaglets later in July. This was recorded mid June.
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Do farts carry germs? Well, it depends on whether you are wearing pants.

It’s pretty straightforward, so instead of an introductory blurb, we’ll warm you up with this video of a fart caught on an infrared airport camera:

Hot air?

“It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki told listeners to his science phone-in show on the Triple J radio station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was contaminating the operating theatre she worked in by quietly farting in the sterile environment during operations, and I realised that I didn’t know. But I was determined to find out.”

Dr Kruszelnicki then described the method by which he had established whether human flatus was germ-laden, or merely malodorous. “I contacted Luke Tennent, a microbiologist in Canberra, and together we devised an experiment. He asked a colleague to break wind directly onto two Petri dishes from a distance of 5 centimetres, first fully clothed, then with his trousers down. Then he observed what happened. Overnight, the second Petri dish sprouted visible lumps of two types of bacteria that are usually found only in the gut and on the skin. But the flatus which had passed through clothing caused no bacteria to sprout, which suggests that clothing acts as a filter.

Our deduction is that the enteric zone in the second Petri dish was caused by the flatus itself, and the splatter ring around that was caused by the sheer velocity of the fart, which blew skin bacteria from the cheeks and blasted it onto the dish. It seems, therefore, that flatus can cause infection if the emitter is naked, but not if he or she is clothed. But the results of the experiment should not be considered alarming, because neither type of bacterium is harmful. In fact, they’re similar to the ‘friendly’ bacteria found in yoghurt.

Our final conclusion? Don’t fart naked near food. All right, it’s not rocket science. But then again, maybe it is?
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The swimming pool is fun to watch.

NWS Fort Worth ✔ @NWSFortWorth
8:11pm: Hail Report: Softball size hail (4.25 inch) just north of Corinth, TX. #dfwwx #texomawx
8:13 PM - 26 Mar 2017

Nothing happened, not even rain at my house.
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Title: The Kitten in the Egg
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 459

“Pol the doctor is here to check the baby,” drew no reaction as Pol was in his brooding chicken state.

“It’s alright,” the doctor replied, “let’s just take a peek at the little one,” as he petted and then picked up Pol to reveal the kitten.

Holding his breath at how Pol would react, Grey relaxed as Pol verbalized his nervousness at the interruption of his childcare.

“This your first?” The doctor picked up the kitten to look it over then put it down close to Pol and watched the kitten crawl underneath his welcoming spread wings.

“Yes, I don’t think Pol quite knew what was entailed and then his chicken side kicked in once he laid the kitten’s egg.”

“I guess the real reason I called you is is the kitten healthy and how … um … feeding?”

The doctor looked at Pol, “hmm. Mind if I take a peek at your underside there Pol?” So saying the doctor lifted Pol again, stopping when it produced a squawk. It was obvious that there’d be no problem as the kitten had come up too, dangling, latched firmly onto Pol.

“Well that seems to be the answer to that question,” the doctor answered. “Pol evidently has nipples. We’ll wait until the feeding is done and then I’ll take a better look at the kitten and at Pol. How long has Pol been in his poultry shift? And how long ago did you say the egg hatched?”

“Pol shifted about 10 days ago and the kitten hatched yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought once the egg hatched that Pol would change back to human form.”

“Well this is the first poultry feline combination I’ve been called to. We’ll give them a few more days. Kittens grow quickly and just the fact that he or she was able to crawl back under Pol says that soon the kitten won’t be as dependent on him. When that happens, Pol will probably spend more time out of his chicken form. For now it’s easier to take care of neonates in shifted form and Pol is following instinct,”
the doctor said in professional mode. “Is Pol eating well and what has he been given for food?”

When the answer was regular chicken feed, arrangements were made to have some high quality dry kitten food delivered that day.

“Kitten food is high in protein and calcium which will be good for Pol and improve the milk’s quality the kitten gets through him. ‘Fraid the determination of the kitten’s sex will probably have to wait until a few days from now when I come out to do a recheck. Kittens and chicks have the same problem, difficult to tell gender early on,” he laughed.
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Okay only way to play this is to click on the little box that isn't the image or the video that represents the link. Choose open in a new tab.


Jan. 7th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Discovered here: Article content for new special on FX. Taboo - uncivilized Which is worth a read and the show just might be too intense for me.

Louche [loosh]

1. dubious; shady; disreputable.

origin: 1810-20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye

"dubious, disreputable," 1819, from French louche "squinting," from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) "cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided," from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.

Behind drawn curtains, playboys, courtesans, and curious wealthy ladies donned elaborate costumes and partook in bawdy activities such as drinking from goblets etched with erotic scenes, delivering off-color toasts, viewing nude books, and enjoying the company of naked "posture molls", who lay on tables and performed explicit poses.

Um, about those nude books... no dust jackets?


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