High Cooking: French Toast

French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods, and I rarely eat it for breakfast. It’s a great way to use bread that’s starting to get stale, and every kind of bread gives a different flavor and texture. My most recent batches of French toast used some nine-grain bread with various seeds in it, which turned out delicious.

It’s quite easy to make, as well. Here’s everything you need:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Spices if desired

This recipe will make around 4-6 slices of French toast. The cost is minuscule; you could quadruple the recipe and make 24 slices for a total of about $8.25, which is 34 cents each. This works out to roughly 70 cents per 500 calories.

To start, recreate The Threesome that Never Came from one of my previous recipes.

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Thing Creation: Christmas

Now that Christmas has come and gone, I can share the gifts I created for friends and family. I had a lot of fun making these.

For one of my little sisters, I cast a 2×2 pewter Lego brick and added four translucent colored pieces to make a pendant. The pieces aren’t glued on so she can customize it however she wants using the magic of Lego.

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The Flat Earth, World’s Edge, and Charlotte

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I borrowed this image from another blog that explains how Polaris proves the earth is spherical.

It seems like most people disregard conspiracy theorists who think NASA is a complete hoax and somehow the planet is flat, believing they’re just trolls. Perhaps a lot of people who argue in favor of a flat earth are simply playing devil’s advocate for the fun of it, but there are still some who definitely believe it, many for religious reasons. I think the combination of math, science, religion, and stupidity makes this a perfect subject for my blog.

One of my favorite new YouTubers recently released a video on this topic, and I thought it would be fun to add something to the conversation. Rather than deal with the ridiculous arguments and complete disconnection from reality that comprise the flat earth delusion, I’m going to attempt to provide a simple representation of the mathematics involved. I could cite the direct airplane flights from South Africa to Australia, which are significantly shorter than they would be on a flat earth. Or the ancient Greeks who calculated the circumference of the earth with remarkable precision many hundreds of years before Christianity began. Or that time I watched the ISS with my own eyes as it passed over me in orbit. Or a huge number of other things. But perhaps what some people really need is a simple math lesson.

Therefore, I have decided that I will calculate the circumference of the planet using a silent 20-second YouTube video.

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Adventuring in No Man’s Sky

Despite its flaws, I have greatly enjoyed playing No Man’s Sky. In general I tend to dislike video games, so it’s rare that I’ll play one for more than an hour or two total. I have over 50 hours into No Man’s Sky since it came out in August, because I like to have a little weed and settle into my leather Recaro seat and start exploring a never-ending universe, and thus lose track of time.

I’ve built a nice collection of screenshots from my adventures, so I went through and picked out my favorites to share with you. Enjoy!

My first ship in my first game, parked for the night on high ground with a magnificent view.

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Questioning the Supernatural

creationPeople have often tried to insist that I simply must accept the existence of supernatural forces, if not specific deities, because they say that the evidence makes it clear. As I’ve written before, I don’t think they understand how evidence works.

Some of you might know that if you go back far enough on this blog you can find me making a similar argument, because even after I left Christianity I was still ignorant of cosmology and thought the cosmological argument supported the existence of some order-causing force beyond our universe and its natural laws. I know better now, as I’ve mentioned in previous articles. This doesn’t mean I’ve ruled out such a thing; all I’ve done is recognized that there are numerous other possibilities that do not involve supernatural forces, so my only reasonable option is to refrain from believing any of them and keep my mind open to additional data.

I think I’m driven by logic more than emotion due to my place on the autism spectrum, which is why I find it so easy to discard old beliefs when I encounter new data that disproves them. But I wasn’t immune to the emotional draw of religion; I could still fall for it if I remained ignorant of the contradictory data.

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Thing Creation: Rock Clock

What do you do when an attempt to fix your childhood watch results in breaking parts of it? For me, the obvious answer was turning it into a little desk clock by encasing it in rocks from a local river, where I recently went gold panning with a friend. We didn’t find any gold, but my friend collected a large handful of interesting rocks for me.

The guts of the watch were still good, so to start with I cut a strip of cardboard and turned it into an open cylinder. In one side I mounted the watch, and in the other I stuck a lid from an old film container that happened to be precisely the same size. Then I started gluing on the rocks. It took a while, and I had to do it in stages over the course of several hours to let the glue set before I added more rocks. Just for fun I also added a pewter trout that I got as a souvenir somewhere (I don’t remember where).

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Arguing With Younger Me

How I feel about what Younger Me believed.

This isn’t my first blog. I’ve been blogging regularly since February 2010, when I was eighteen and unemployed. After four and a half years, I started this one and abandoned my old one, right about the time I realized that most of my old beliefs were rubbish.

Recently I scrolled through my archives of blog posts and read a lot of my early ones, and my reaction to them was complicated. I’m embarrassed by Younger Me’s ignorance, yet the love for truth and logic is apparent even in the bad arguments I made. I was thoroughly indoctrinated, but committed to finding my own way to truth using evidence and reason, and I can remember clearly my state of mind and the circumstances around a lot of that old writing.

It’s unsettling to see myself thinking and reasoning as a devout Christian, because I believed everything I said. It was all so real to me back then, and my search for truth really began with a burning desire to share my deeply emotional religion with as many other people as I could. To have an impact on the world, I figured my beliefs and message had to be based on evidence and reason, and since I believed those things were created by an omnipotent god there was no way for me to comprehend an outcome other than discovering the correct version of Christianity. From my 2+ years on this blog, you can see how that actually turned out.

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