Pretzels

The recipe I used calls for baking soda water. These turned out pretty well, but I hear a lye dip will give better crust and color. I’d substitute yolk for whites next time.

Puffy dough after an hour rise.

Shaped. I’m not the best pretzel shaper, but these look ok.IMG_4940

Hot out of the oven. Looking good. Looks like the single and double twists look the best. Got one good triple twist. They need mustard!

As Adam Early in the Morning

As Adam early in the morning,
Walking forth from the bower refresh’d with sleep,
Behold me where I pass, hear my voice, approach,
Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass,
Be not afraid of my body.

-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass.

I’m working on a reddit puzzle and it brought me around to Walt Whitman. I read Leaves of Grass one summer between my sophomore and junior year. I think I may need to read it again. Good stuff.

Bread

I bake bread now. It’s my thing. It’s a skill that needs a lot of practice, and I’ve been baking weekly since February to hone my craft. It’s very common to find a poolish or biga sitting in my closet waiting for morning. I also try to bake something new at least every other week. This week, I baked hamburger buns for the 4th. They turned out fucking awesome, except I suck at kaiser knots. More practice needed.

Anyway, here’s a bread gallery. I take a lot of pictures as I bake, but mostly loaf and crumb shots.

I bake. I bake. I bake!

The Long Dark – Photography

I’m obsessed with The Long Dark. It’s a really beautiful game. I take a lot of pictures in real life and quite a few in TLD. Here are a few of my best shots and the rest can be seen here. I usually need to drop gear to lose the HUD. A lot of these are from Coastal Highway. It’s my favorite region as it has favorable weather, great hunting, and great bases from which to pack out and return.

Farmhouse at Daybreak – Pleasant Valley
Farmhouse at Daybreak

The Golden Hour – Coastal Highway
The Golden Hour

Cabin in the Woods – Coastal Highway
Cabin in the Woods

Timberwolf Mountain at Twilight from Echo Peak West – Timberwolf Mtn
Timberwolf Mtn at Twilight

Quonset in Light Snow – Coastal Highway
Quonset in Light Snow

Mystery Lake – Mystery Lake
Mystery Lake

Yellow Haze – Coastal Highway
Yellow Haze

Milieu

mi·lieu
/mil-yoo/
noun
noun: milieu; plural noun: milieux; plural noun: milieus

1. the physical or social setting in which people live or in which something happens or develops

“She might stay home, might marry and live as a housewife. And if her milieu does not sanction such a solution, there are, she knows, milieux which do. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry: Essays, 1999″

Synonyms: background, setting, environment, mise-en-scène

2015’s End

It was a busy year.

I spent the year doing this stuff:

Life:
Changing diapers and making baby food.
Budget, data storage, encrypted backup

Travel:
Florida Keys, enjoyed Islamorada and Bahia Honda beach, not so much Key West; however, I did have a Sloppy Joe at Sloppy Joe’s.
Port Orleans – French Quarter (Very impressed)
Animal Kingdom Lodge (Unimpressed)

Tech, Software & Gaming:
The Long Dark (253 hrs on record)
Cities:Skylines
Slack
TAILS
Configured dedicated HTPC running Plex, Sonarr, and CouchPotato.
GoPro Hero 4 Silver
New Gaming Rig (i7, 12GB, 1TB, GeForce GTX 750), upgraded to SSDs, would like to upgrade video card in 2016.

TV, Music, and Books:
Active Child
Fargo
The Weeknd
Back to Back
Kindle Voyage & Calibre