Saturday, September 29, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
We may live without poetry, music and art,
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friends, we may live without books
But a civilized man cannot live without cooks.
Today I made some Panna Cotta, which is an Italian version of Creme Brulee. And before that, for dinner, we had Panzanella, a tossing-together of roasted vegetables, homemade croutons, chickpeas, with a garlic-infused oil and caper dressing. I also added some grilled chicken, cut up into cubes.
It's nice to have some new recipes for a change.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
The gold-anodized aluminum case for the "Sound of Earth" recording illustrates how the record should be played.from an editorial in the September 5th 2007 New York Times, the record's producer wrote:
"Over the past three decades, the gold record has become an article of international curiosity. Spirited discussions continue about what we might do differently if we were making it today. (Having produced the record, I answer that I wouldn’t change much.) At the time, though, the record almost didn’t make it.
NASA officials, worried that Congress would ridicule the record as a waste of public money, had tried to play it down. Press-release photos of the spacecraft almost invariably showed the side opposite to where the record was bolted on, literally hiding it from view.
And after the record was completed, NASA rejected it on technical grounds. Late one night in a New York sound studio, when we’d finished cutting the master, I inscribed the words, “To the makers of music — all worlds, all times,” in the “takeout grooves” next to the label. (The Voyager record is a metal version of the 33 1/3 vinyl records of the day, recorded at half-speed to double its data content. Etching an inscription between the takeout grooves was a trope I’d picked up from John Lennon.)
A NASA quality-control officer checked the record against specifications and found that while the record’s size, weight, composition and magnetic properties were all in order, its blueprints made no provision for an inscription.
So the record was rejected as a nonstandard part, and the space agency prepared to replace it with a blank disc. Sagan had to persuade the NASA administrator to sign a waiver before the record could fly."
Voyager 1 reached Jupiter on March 5, 1979, but as early as January, its images exceeded the quality of anything ever taken from Earth. No terrestrial-based telescope could capture the subtle swirling atmosphere seen in this Voyager 1 image. The spacecraft recorded enormous lightning storms crackling in the high atmosphere.
The first spacecraft captured 19,000 images and many other scientific measurements of Jupiter. Voyager 2 brought the total to 33,000 images. In just a few months, the twin spacecraft overturned existing theories, and raised new questions about Jupiter and its moons.
(text from WIRED magazine)
Sunday, September 02, 2007
We went to Mario's for dinner. My first course was a chilled yellow tomato gazpacho, with a garnish of julienned grilled vegetables. We always evaluate our meals out at new places, and this was pronounced the winner for that course.
When we were in Italy this summer, we tried a new dessert for us: panna cotta. That was on the menu as well. Yep. It was the winner for the dessert course.
We had a pleasant time, enjoying each other's company. There's a deepening of the friendship that happens over many years, an easiness that comes only with time. I can't really explain it, only to say that feels like wearing a favorite piece of clothing, all soft and malleable and familiar from time's effects. . . only a marriage of a lengthening duration is better.