Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Class of 2012 Mindset List

Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released their College Mindset List for the Class of 2012. I love reading the list every year, even though it makes me feel old. The list was designed to help college professors understand the worldview of their new students, most of which are 18 year olds, born in 1990. Check out the list here.

A couple of items on the list struck me.

3. They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
7. Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
9. Electronic filing of tax returns has always been an option.
15. Martha Stewart Living has always been setting the style.
22. Clarence Thomas has always sat on the Supreme Court.
28. IBM has never made typewriters.
29. Roseanne Barr has never been invited to sing the National Anthem again.
31. They have never been able to color a tree using a raw umber Crayola.
32. There has always been Pearl Jam.
33. The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.
34. Pee-Wee has never been in his playhouse during the day.
36. They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
37. Authorities have always been building a wall across the Mexican border.
46. The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback.
49. Soft drink refills have always been free.
58. Radio stations have never been required to present both sides of public issues.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

2008 DePauw Football schedule

Football season is fast approaching! We always try to go to at least one DPU Tigers game at beautiful Blackstock Stadium. Maybe this year Parker will enjoy watching part of the game. And if not, that's ok. We'll get out on a fall day and enjoy a Marvin's GCB. Still a winner.

We likely won't be able to make the Sept. 13th game. we'll be busy getting ready for Parker's 3rd Birthday party on the 20th. If you're interested in joining us, let me know!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Parker's pick up line

We visited Lebanon a few weeks ago to help Cathy's Mom re-roof her house. While we were there, Cathy and Parker visited with Kary Hill and her family. While the kids were playing, Kary's youngest, Molly, who's about 7 months or so older than Parker, can downstairs wearing one of her Disney princess dress up gowns. Parker proceeded to tell her "Molly, you're a pretty princess. Wanna see my underwear?" When Cathy told me this, I just about died laughing. Watch out ladies, here comes Parker!

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Ok, so I'm a 33 year old Harry Potter fan. Sue me. If you're a fan, you probably read about Amazon.com's purchase of a hand written original work of J.K. Rowling's called "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." This fictional book played heavily in the final novel of the series, The Deathly Hallows. Amazon.com payed $3.98 million for it, with the proceeds going to one of Rowling's favorite charities, The Children's Voice Campaign. This is an organization that fights for the rights of children living in institutions.

Well, Potter fans will finally have their chance to read these wizard "fairy tales" on December 4th. Proceeds from the book will also go to The Children's Voice Campaign. It comes in a standard hardcover version and a Amazon.com exclusive deluxe version, featuring a recreation of the handwritten version owned by Amazon.com, for a mere $100!

A 800 word "prequel" to the series was also recently auctioned for charity. The auction raised $48,910 for English PEN and Dyslexia Action. You can read it here.

Another new song for Monday, Ben Folds!

More new music for today! Ben Folds has posted the first track off of his upcoming Album on his Facebook page and elsewhere on the web. The album, due out September 30th, is called "Way to Normal" and the song is "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)." Wasn't blown away by it. Now, if only part of the upcoming U2 album would leak..........

Hiroshima (B-B-B-Benny Hit His Head) - Ben Folds

New wilco song!

Wilco premiered a new track, tentatively called "One Wing" over the weekend at Lollapalooza in Chicago. They're playing in Indy tonight and the White River State Park. Maybe I'll catch them the next time through town, or maybe I'll try to hit the Ryan Adams and the Cardinals show at the Murat on Oct. 2nd.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Guinness ice cream!

I got a little crazy in the kitchen last night. My brother told me about a Guinness ice cream he tried to make, but wasn't totally pleased with the results. I think his didn't use any cream, so it was more of a sorbet. With some friends coming in from Chicago this weekend, I thought I'd give it a shot. I adapted my recipe from David Lebovitz's "Perfect Scoop" book and an article in the The Boston Globe online.

I think it turned out pretty good. Creamy, malty, slightly bitter but in a good way. Not too overly rich. We're going to serve it with brownies tonight. Yum!

Here's my recipe:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Guinness stout
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1. Bring milk and cream to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat.
2. Whisk the yolks, sugar, and molasses. Whisk in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, then slowly whisk in the remaining cream in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
3. Stir in remainder of ingredients to the cream mixture. Cook this custard over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. Do not bring to a boil!
4. Strain the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferable overnight.
5. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Makes about 1 quart

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