Mock playdough recipe

The next time you need to entertain a bunch of kids for an afternoon, make playdough! Here’s a nice mock playdough recipe for you:

Requirements

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pan

Measure into bowl

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar

Heat to boiling

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • your choice of food color
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Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class – NYTimes.com

‘Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back”.

Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class – NYTimes.com.

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The Politics of the Top 1 Percent – NYTimes.com

The Politics of the Top 1 Percent – NYTimes.com.

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The BCS rankings don’t tell us much

“Who’s No. 1?” by Nate Silver

From the article:

‘Without high-quality out-of-conference games, every major conference is in essence an island unto itself. We can identify the best team in the Pac 10, or the best team in the S.E.C. But we don’t have any good way of comparing the Pac 10 against the S.E.C., or against any other conference. It doesn’t matter how smart your computer rankings are, or how wizened the participants in your poll: there simply isn’t enough worthwhile data to work with.’

This is why the BCS rankings are essentially meaningless. We don’t have a reliable way to measure quality across conferences. Which team is better, 11-2 Oregon who lost on the road to L.S.U. and to a good U.S.C. team, or 11-1 Alabama, who also lost to L.S.U. at home without scoring a touchdown? Does Alabama get credit for playing in the tough SEC? Why? How do you know the SEC is a tough conference? I suspect it probably is at the top, but I have no evidence that after Arkansas there is anything special there. Would Oregon put up big points against Alabama and Arkansas? Probably, but I don’t know for sure.

Even schools that schedule tough non-conference opponents only play one or two tough teams a year outside their conference. It’s not nearly enough data. We know which teams won their conference championships and that’s about all we know for sure. The BCS bowl games are entertaining exhibitions, but nothing more than that.

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Melvins cover ‘Into The Void’

Melvins out-Sabbathing Black Sabbath on ‘Into The Void’:

Does anyone remember seeing them do this at some festival in Kelso around ’93 maybe?

About halfway through the second time through the main figure that I thought ‘they lifted this riff from “Into The Void”‘. They were playing it so slowly I didn’t recognize it. It wasn’t until King Buzzo started singing the first verse that I realized they were performing ‘Into The Void’ itself. It was brilliant.

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A Look At Employment

A Look At Employment: ” . . . consider the following unemployment rates by educational level achieved. The first number is for January 2009 and the second is for January 2010:

Less the high school diploma: 12.4%/15.2%

High School Graduates, no college: 8.1%/10.1%

Some college or associate degree: 6.4%/8.5%

Bachelor’s degree or higher: 3.9%/4.9%”

Kids, get as much education after high school that you can. We’ve lost entire categories of jobs that are not coming back any time soon.

(Via FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right.)

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The Glass Castle

Buy Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle!

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Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women: Unique, Eccentric and Amazing Entertainers

Buy Ricky Jay’s Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women: Unique, Eccentric and Amazing Entertainers!

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Kenji Johjima opts out of final two years | Mariners Insider

Kenji Johjima opts out of final two years.

One less problem to solve for the 2010 Mariners.

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Nez Perce Summer, 1877: The US Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

Buy Jerome Greene’s Nez Perce Summer, 1877: The US Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

This one will interest anyone who has lived in Southeast Washington and Eastern Oregon, especially the Wallowa region.

The settlers were able to seize much of the Nez Perce treaty land simply because the tribe wasn’t physically there to defend it. They roamed over a large area of treaty land, often leaving an area for a year or more. A group of settlers would show up in Oregon, find some empty land, clear it and start farming it, establishing communities.

They either didn’t know or didn’t care that their settlement was illegal. They probably figured that after carving out a life there, htey were naturally entitled to be there. The Nez Perce would return after a year to their land and find illegal settlers who were in no mood to leave and who weren’t eager to share. The tribe could either appeal to the U.S. government, move to some other piece of treaty land, or try to push the interlopers out on their own.

You know where this is headed, and we all know the book ends.

The Nez Perce were better riders, better marksmen, and had superior military leadership throughout the conflict, but it wasn’t enough.

If you live near the intersection of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, you should take a long weekend to drive many of the historic sites of the conflict, including Wallowa, Fort Lapwai, Grangeville, Cottonwood, and Clarkston.

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