Monday, March 29, 2010


The Mathematics of M-theory.

I saw a television show that sort of explained M-theory and how it is sort of going to finish Einstein’s field theory work. It was explained with very clever pictures of what these complex mathematics represent. There are apparently 11 dimensions that explain all of this. Many smart people have pulled together several theories that sort of support each other and mesh into an over all explanation. Resembles game of Blind Man’s Bluff. Take your favorite large hanky to cover your eyes.

As near as I understand it, M-theory (the M stands for Membrane) is an invisible untouchable membrane that exists and keeps all of our multi-verses separate and keeps anti-matter from colliding with matter and destroying the universe. Yeah, one theory is that two membranes touched and created the Big Bang!!

The following then are a few words I outright stole from an article on The Mathematics of M-Theory by Robbert Dijkgraaf. Nice brainy fellow.

Cohomology – this is the study of boundaries in topology and lots of wicked numbers and equations support the definition.

Conformal field theory is something that preserves angles. I got yer angle RIGHT here.

Lagrangian Formalism is a summary of the dynamics of the system. Em, okay.

Riemann surfaces – really complex linear planes, like a winding staircase.

Pedagogical – means teacher.

Heuristically – means experience based technique. I am experienced in medical transcription and can teach someone heuristically, unless I killed them first.

Branes – nick name for Membranes because there is seems to be an infinite number of branes, these are identified by P-branes and so on. Maybe they will branch out to numbers such as 666-branes.

Fermion number – subatomic critters

Euler number named after Leonhard Ehler some more high-energy physicians math.

Gluing – not your regular gluing, this is to do with gluing a sphere with 4 holes together from two copies of the three holed sphere which gets you precisely no where on your commute home.

Gerbes – are generalizations of line bundles and do not play on wheels at night.

Complexified – actually means beyond complex and is a proper term and can cause grinding of teeth.

Orbifold singularities – high energy physics. Duck there goes one now! I am imagining a precise Origami stork blasting through the universe, zipping in and out of black holes.

Torus compactifications – nuclear and particle physics. Sort of shaped like a bull.

Hilbert space bundle – gets you a map to the tubular neighborhood.

Narain lattice – means something broke spontaneously and was fixed with Ranch dressing

Gauge invariant curvature – whatever this thing is, it is invisible.

Hermicity condition – complex algebra that hermits would not recognize.

Chern character is a short set of letters that describes a much longer equation.

Reals.—honest the author used the word “reals” as a noun. I am sure it is tasty.

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: I highly recommend that you round up to the next whole dollar then subtract when balancing your checkbook. That way you will have a nice invisible cushion. Shh don't tell anyone!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Commercialism on T.V....but wait! There's more!!

I was idly scrolling through the many choices of television viewing the other evening when I paused in fascination over this above product. They showed these Bumputs (the name has been changed to protect small time opinionated consumers) a small plastic comb/bridge device that when hidden near the scalp with hair draped over, you too can have the latest hottest hair styles!

Ah...folks, the plastic device merely replaces the ratting of several ounces of hair and hair spray used extensively in 1965. Oh wait that's why it looks so familiar, my classmates and I were using the forerunners of Bumpets* and didn't even know it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I work in a cubicle now. We needed space to put some old archived records while the newest associate (Portia)sorts through newer records to interfile with the older records in order to make room on the shelves. Oregon law allows us to destroy medical records that have been inactive for ten years. So we don't have to keep them as long as say the Federal Government. Want to know what "temporary storage" is defined as ? Fifty years.

I recently had an important piece of mail go missing. I was notified that it got mailed on Tuesday the 16th. Nothing by Friday,Saturday or the following Monday or Tuesday. After a worried phone call, I got to thinking. Since we have a mail slot that goes through the outside of the house to the inside, maybe something got stuck somewhere. I put my hand way up inside the all as far is it would go and felt wires that go to the light switch, and possibly a spider web or too, yeach.

I peered closely at the bottom, sealed with wall paper and searched for possible openings. I then thought maybe it slipped out on the floor. Took a closer look near the floorboards and sure enough there along with a small flyer was the important piece of mail. I decided that the stunning cardboard flap that previously covered the mail opening would have to be upgraded. I scrounged around in the kitchen and eyeballed the rectanglar metal strainer hanging up on the wall. Hmmm.

Darling man dug out the hammer, the awl and the collections of nails, nuts, bolts, screws and cup hook. Tap, tap, turn, turn, viola!

So a couple of cup hangers for the bottom and the upper handle fits the hook on the upper end of the mail opening. We now have new mail slot holder. And of course on the heavy mail days we will be scanning around the floor boards a bit more carefully.

Stand down the alert, thanks.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shepherd's Pie (Filet Mignon) with Crostini

Today I decided to host my own Food Network Challenge. That being, SHOP THE HOUSE to make a dish. Go shopping in my freezer, fridge, cupboards to use ingredients that I did not go running out of the house to purchase. DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE.

FREEZER; Package of filet Mignon needs to be thawed and cooked into...something!

FRIDGE; Two red potatoes, some crushed garlic, a hunk of left over Spanish onion, four well aged sour dough rolls.

CUPBOARDS; one can black olives, one can golden hominy, one can of Cream of Mushroom soup (Normally yeach but out date is looming and this will make a decent sauce).

MISCELLANEOUS: Butter, flour, salt, pepper, lemon juice.

PREPARE CROSTINI: Slice up very tough sour dough rolls, dip in olive oil, bake on cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

FRYING PAN: Saute' chopped onion and thinly sliced potatoes, chop filet Mignon into smallish bite sized pieces, dump into frying pan after nice crust has formed of onions and potatoes, salt and pepper to taste, cook meat until pink, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice, dump in drained halved black olives, dump in drained golden hominy, add two tablespoons of chopped garlic, stir until well mixed, dump into casserole dish, set aside.

FRYING PAN: Drop in a couple table spoons of butter, add couple tablespoons of flour, cook flour until lightly browned. Add can of Cream of Mushroom soup, thin with additional water, stir until lumps are gone, let bubble briefly, pour contents over casserole dish.

COOKIE SHEET: Take crostini and arrange on top of casserole dish, cook in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve still warm, highly recommend serving crostini on bottom of plate to soak up sauce.

TASTED BY: Husband reports it tasted very good. I am going to go sample it now. Sure smells good.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Deviled eggs

The first recipes for stuffed, hard-boiled were printed in medieval European texts. These cooks stuffed their eggs with raisins, cheese and sweet spices. Platina's De Honesta Voluptate [15th century Italian text] instructs cooks thusly:

"28. Stuffed eggs
Make fresh eggs hard by cooking for a long time. Then, when the shells are removed, cut the eggs through the middle so that the white is not damaged. When the yolks are removed, pound part with raisins and good cheese, some fresh and some aged. Reserve part to color the mixture, and also add a little finely cut parsley, marjoram, and mint. Some put in two or more egg whites with spices. When the whites of the eggs have been stuffed with this mixture and closed, fry them over slow fire in oil. When they have been fried, add a sauce made from the rest of the egg yolks pounded with raisins and moistened with verjuice and must. Put in ginger, cloves, and cinnamon and heat them a little while with the eggs themselves. This has more harm than good in it."

---Platina: on the Right Pleasure and Good Health, Critical edition and translation of De Honesta Voluptate et Valetudine, Mary Ella Milham [Medival & Renaissance Texts & Studies:Tempe AZ] 1998

I decided to make deviled eggs today. Hence the above picture. I did not follow the above recipe and I'm not at all sure where to obtain items such as verjuice and must let alone know exactly what they are. Sounds nasty.

Anyway, I don't know the secret to boiling eggs without the shell cracking and extra bits of white poaching while the egg hard boils for five minutes. I do know that fresh eggs peel horribly so hard boil those older eggs, my friend, and peeling will be much easier. I didn't have any dill pickles so I dug out a bottle of Spanish olives stuffed with garlic, I used those for topping. The egg yolks were mixed with mayo and mustard, salt, pepper, paprika and celery seeds. Tasty.

I scooped the mixture into a plastic bag, sealed the bag, snipped a corner off and attempted to pipe the yolk mixture into the boiled egg whites. Unfortunately I neglected to mix the yolk sufficiently, so the larger bits of yolk jammed the hole and I had to essentially squeeze so hard the sealed part broke open and I had egg on my face so to speak. Eventually by dint of much scraping etc, I managed to fill the egg whites with the egg yolk mixture and top each of them with the dratted Spanish olives. I also tried to balance each egg on a cracker and while it makes eating the egg a bit easier, getting them all to stay in an attractive pattern on a plate is freaking impossible.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

So So Saturday

Today, we ran away to Coos Bay to have breakfast at the Pancake Mill. Husband had veggie omelet and I had the potato pancakes. It took them FOREVER to serve us the food. Explanation, the potato pancakes take a little longer. ??? I did indeed receive three potato pancakes with a dab of apple sauce. They were the savory variety, cooked with chopped onions, cooked crispy and what ever was holding the ingredients together was gummy when it got cooler. So I didn't finish the third one. Next time out for breakies, Cozy Kitchen, I like their home fries.

I determined to do some running around this afternoon and I wanted to go visit with the lady who sets up shop by S42 and sells Amish Dolls (Do you sense a theme here?) and walking sticks. I have seen her ride her bike and also drive a small horse drawn equipage. She sometimes brings her treadle sewing machine. Today she had stepped away for moment. The store was empty. Clicky for details. The dolls are 5 bucks a piece and have blank faces.

I also stopped into the Coquille Saturday Swap Meet thingie and found some beads and a cute little perfume jar stopper. Now I have to find a perfume bottle that fits the stopper. The dark beads are polished garnet, very pretty.

I stopped in at McKay's to purchase ingredients for meatloaf. Mis en place.

Meat loaves resting on potatoes, carrots and fresh garlic to roast for one hour at 350 degrees. The garlic smelled fantastic.

Dinner's ready, get yer plates! I have cauliflower and broccoli salad to go with.

I have never had THIS dream before.

I woke from a dream where in husband and I were driving from Coquille to Coos Bay. There had been a general announcement at work that there were some Amish people passing through and who wished to talk to people. Sure enough as we drove through town there were two buggies parked off the side of the street. We stopped and got out and started chatting. The people we talked to didn't look like Amish people I have seen pictures of, they were not blond, didn't speak with any kind of accent and the man (who was black incidentally) did not wear one of those flat brimmed Amish hats and did not sport a beard. Anyway we asked about their journey, it had taken them 90 days to come this far and they had driven mostly on power line property in order to avoid the highways. We then sat down to a cup of coffee and watched the passing cars and even jaw a jet fly by very low. The man when speaking even exclaimed, "Christ!" every once in a while. I didn't quite know what to make of that. We then parted our ways and I woke up. I don't think the dream interpretation site can do THIS one.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Found a Coinstar machine

Well, as you can see I found a Coinstar machine, I had to Google it to be assured that there was one in Freddy's. There are actually three others in Coos Bay but Freddy's serves me well and I needed to shop a bit. They are not at all shy to charge 28 bucks for nearly 300 dollars worth of coins.

It was pretty noisy, a couple people asked if I had hit a jackpot. Hardy har har har.

I guess not very many people redeem the Coinstar coupon with cashiers because my guy had to ask for three different over rides. He also told me that US bank had coin counting machines. Hmmm, I might try that next time, might save 28 bucks. Oh and all the Canadian coins got spit out, I had a handful and asked if Freddy's would take them and they said no and suggested a bank would exchange them for the going rate. What EVER. I dumped them into a charity bucket.