31 May 2010

VEGAN PICKS: RITTER SPORT MARZIPAN AND DARK CHOCOLATES

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Tonight at Target, while fruitlessly looking for something I didn't find at Home Depot or Lowes, it dawned on me that I should bring a chocolate bar home for my wife.

Working for a natural foods store I generally have no shortage of access to tasty vegan chocolate. Usually at mainstream retailers -- book, big box, and grocery -- the only "dark" chocolates available have at least one form of milk inside which is puzzling if they are trying to get dark chocolate customers to buy them. For most of Target's selection this held true but there were a few that did not.

Ritter Sport is a brand I had not tired before. The packaging had a vague European look it... yeah the "100g" is a bit of giveaway I now realize... and since the Europeans tend to take their chocolate a bit more seriously I decided to actually flip one over to read the ingredients. Of the four varieties there, two were vegan: Marzipan and Dark.

How were they? Curiosity got the best of me, I tried some of both on the way home. Thankfully I bought one of each otherwise there may not have been much left for Megan. They both delicious. If you haven't ever tried a Marzipan chocolate, and aren't allergic to almonds, do give this one a try. The ground up almonds add a fluffy, light texture and flavor to the solid mildly sweet dark chocolate foundation of this bar.

I hope they never change these bars.

20 May 2010

MATURITY GRAPH AND CERTAINTY

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Graph from Naked Pastor.

On the way to, back from, and at the transFORM east coast gathering in DC the topics of over-certainty and vast uncertainty came up. Mostly they were in regards to knowledge of God, claimed or otherwise, and all else spiritual, theological, and moral. During Friday night's evening session Peter Rollins spoke at length about the veneer of (false) certainty slathered all over what people do as church.

I generally agree with Peter that churches have swung way too far into providing false certainty rather than a mix of the spectrum of what goes into strong faith. Some of what goes into that is honest doubt and not glossing over it. The older I have grown the less I am sure of anything about the exact character of God. Yet I am more (fairly) certain than ever (most of the time) about what God is not like.

Certainty can be arrogant when it doesn't allow for the possibility of being wrong. Certainty can be a substitute for faith and spirituality. Certainty can be a substitute for humility as if being certain in someone/thing/idea outside one's self allows the pride that this one/thing/idea is wholly correct and without addition, edit, or correction. Certainty CAN be very bad. If you are going to be certain, be certain about what you are certain about and spend a very long time getting to that place. Of course, chronic immature uncertainty can be a crutch and excuse.

So yeah, I feel a little wiser but it is a different world to me now. It is a world with ever shifting known foundations, powers, goals, and success. It is a world of known unknowns ever shifting into unknown unknowns. What do I mean? To explain here is a genius quote from, an odd source for me, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense:

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.
- Donald Rumsfeld

19 May 2010

GOOD WINE - COPPOLA DIAMOND SERIES CLARET 2007

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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Series Claret 2007. This is a great under twenty dollar wine that I recommend. Tonight we drank it. By the way, the lettering is only red looking because of the table cloth, normally it is gold.

Wine.com has this to say about it: 

A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc.

The 2007 vintage got underway earlier than most years as a result of premature bud break. This occurred because of an unseasonably warm winter. The season lasted longer than normal as well because of prolonged moderate temperatures. These conditions were ideal for creating physiologically perfect fruit, which is why winemakers have declared this one of the best vintages of the decade. Our Claret is always elegant, but this year it's a true show stopper; lush with a beautiful tapestry of smooth tannins, intense flavor, and seductive aromas. With a deep crimson color, this wine gives way to aromas of blackberries, plums and vanilla cream while flavors of wild berries, cherries, spice and mocha dance on the palate.

When paired with classic dishes such as beef stroganoff, leg of lamb or potato gratin, you can create a sublime dining experience.



18 May 2010

SUPER-HERO POWER PERIODIC TABLE

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Calculate your own power formula set! Super-hero power periodic table as devised by ComicsAlliance.com .

08 May 2010

LIFE MAGAZINE "IN PRAISE OF CLASSIC COMICS"

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If you didn't already know, or hadn't guessed, I like comic books and have since the early 1990s.

07 May 2010

LYRIC SNIPPET: "WEAVING"

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Some days I exhaust myself with my own thinking. What has been, what could be, what could have been, what is, what is not, and what I should be or should be doing. Surely there is a time for a measure of that sort of self investigation, but recently it has worn me out.

There is a creative collective spontaneity that I miss. To get there it requires risk, trust, and time. Apathy, fear, and sometimes reason stands in its way...

Anyway, here is lyric snippet from a song I've been working on. It strikes me as right for this moment, though I'm not sure why.

Weaving
set inside
beauty impermanent

Blinking
like a light
pattern and incident
pattern and incident



 
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