Bees and His Dark Materials

The disappearing bees thing has been worrying me for a bit. I love honey, and I love bees. They are quite incredible creatures and honey is liquid gold. I found a podcast from earthfiles.com (episode 10) discussing it. Did you know that 1/3 of human food supply is directly affected by bees with another 30% indirectly. It would be enough for this to signal some environmental hazard and doom. Where have all the bees gone?

I must read that copy of Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop that I have in the house. I’ve had since before the bees did a Houdini and when I read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

On a more positive note, I just got Casino Royale since my Dad is a Bond fan. I may not watch it this weekend, but it reminds me that Daniel Craig is playing Lord Asriel in His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass. I don’t go to movies in theatres often, but I am definitely going to see this on the opening weekend in November. The books are some of my favourites; I’ve been tracking the movies since well before they started production in 06 on Bridges to the Stars. Philip Pullman recently wrote a piece at the Sunday Times about the film. He seems very excited which makes me a fan doubly excited. He speaks of the fact that Nicole Kidman was his original pick for Mrs. Coulter, and it’s great that they got her because she is perfect casting. Overall, signs are pointing for a favourable adaptation.

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Birthday Cookies: Chocolate Chip 1.0

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For my birthday, I decided to treat myself to my favourite new hobby: baking. I wanted something simple and easy: chocolate chip cookies. I did research and had heard about the Nestle Toll House cookie, but I’ve never seen those chips in my supermarket. Taking advice from a couple sites, I modified the cookies just a bit. This is not a definitive recipe, rather an attempt to find my own perfect chocolate chip recipe with trial and error. This is Level One in the Baker’s Adventure for Chocolate Chip Cookies or version 1.0.

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