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Chocolate Review

Valor Dark Chocolate (Ghana, Panama, Ecuador) 70%

Again, this is just a little too dark at 70%.

Valor is a good, solid chocolate, but I can’t say it has much to single itself out. This probably explains why, when I saw it at the store, it was more or less buried under the “flavored” varieties. Not too much smell to it — while on the one hand, I wonder if that has to do with the fact that at 70% cocoa, there aren’t as many oils to hold the sent, on the other hand, I remember the bar of 87% Schaffen Barger I got that smelled heavenly. The break of the chocolate was more of a click than a wooden shap — less tough? Anyway, three stars for this one, too; there’s nothing about it that would lift it above “not bad.” I’m going to have to stop getting 70% for a while, I think.

Tom Waits for No One

“The One That Got Away” — an old animated Tom Waits video.

(from Growabrain)

Logical Extreme

The Defense of Marriage Initiative would limit the legal benefits of a civil marriage to those couples able to produce children within three years.

If passed by Washington voters, the Defense of Marriage Initiative would:

* add the phrase, “who are capable of having children with one another” to the legal definition of marriage;
* require that couples married in Washington file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage automatically annulled;
* require that couples married out of state file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage classed as “unrecognized;”
* establish a process for filing proof of procreation; and
* make it a criminal act for people in an unrecognized marriage to receive marriage benefits.

Just so. If it’s ridiculous to allow people to marry because they’re gay — even though they could adopt — it’s ridiculous to allow people to marry because they’re straight but don’t plan to have or care for children. Which is to say, not ridiculous at all. Here’s hoping this one never passes, because it’s become a moot point!


I’m black Mokona!
XXXHOLiC character selector quiz


Today, I smelled dirt. Winter is on its way out…

The Enterprise is a very silly place.

I laughed, I cried. Monte Python/Star Trek mashup.

Sins and Sub-sins.

Here is a list of all the combinations of any two of the seven deadly sins, and their labels.

BG (Gluttony and Pride): Fat men in Speedos.
BD (Gluttony and Sloth): Saturday.

Devil Inside

Use your media player set to random to answer the questions with random song titles. The musical fortune cookie!

– What does next year have in store for me?
Mercy Street – Peter Gabriel (Whew.)
– What does my love life look like?
A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash (“My name is Sue! How do you do? Now yer gonna die!”)
– What do I say when life get hard?
The Clincher – Chevelle (“Could we have known/never would I/helped to nail down”)
– What do I think of when I get up in the morning?
Bare to the Bone – Carrie Newcomer (“Wrapped in hope and good intentions”)
– What song will I dance to at my wedding?
Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads (“This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife!”) Hee!
– What do I want for my career?
Big Time – Peter Gabriel (Oh, now that is perfect.)
– Favorite saying?
Jolene – Dolly Parton (Nope.)
– Favorite place?
Wish You Were Here – Incubus
– What do I think of my parents?
Little Red Corvette – Prince (Okay, this is just funnily inappropriate.)
– Where would I go on a first date?
Be My Somebody – Norah Jones (Hmmm…)
– Drug of Choice?
In the Cold, Cold Night – The White Stripes (“Come to me again…in the cold cold night…”)
– How do I describe myself?
Take Me for Longing – Alison Krauss (“I am the fool dancin’ over the edge…”)
– What is the thing I like doing the most?
Have You Got It in You – Imogen Heap (“Take cover/Big Girl in a mood.”) Well, it’s what I’ve been doing lately, that’s for sure.
– What is my state of mind like at the moment?
Roads – Portishead (Well, aside from the being-alone part.)
– How will I die?
Long Way Home – Tom Waits (This is perfect.)
– Song they’ll play at my funeral?
Just Stop – Disturbed (Hee! “All that I want is forgiveness just one more time…”)
– What song will I put as the subject?
Devil Inside – INXS

C. L. Moore

One of my favorite “robot” stories is “No Woman Born,” by C. L. Moore:

A famous performer is horribly burnt in a fire; her brain is put into a robotic body.

Her arms were pale shining gold, tapered smoothly, without modeling, and flexible their whole length in diminishing metal bracelets fitting one inside the other clear down to the slim, round wrists. The hands were nore nearly human than any other feature about her, though they, too, were fitted together in delicate, small sections that slid upon one another with the flexibility almost of flesh. The fingers’ bases were solider than human, and the fingers themselves tapered to longer tips.

But without her human body, she drifts away from humanity…

“There’s so much still untried. My brain’s human, and no human brain could leave such possibilities untested. I wonder, though…I do wonder–“

Her voice was soft and familiar in Harris’ ears, the voice Deirdre had spoken and sung wiht, sweetly enough to enchant a world. But as preoccupation came over her a certain flatness crept into the sound. When she was not listening to her own voice, it did not keep quite to the pitch of trueness. It sounded as if she spoke in a room of brass, and echoes from the walls resounded in the tones that spoke there.

“I wonder,” she repeated, the distant taint of metal already in her voice.

Chocolate Review.

I’ve been on a “good chocolate” kick lately. I don’t really know how to describe chocolate yet…but I’m trying to learn. There, you’ve been warned.

Santander Columbian Single Origin Dark Chocolate (70%)

The chocolate smells delicious, and would probably make a good Mexican-style drinking chocolate (that is, the kind you make with extremely hot water and chocolate…and maybe some sugar or hot pepper), although there is a bright kind of smell to it, too, that can get a little overwhelming after a bite or two. Some chocolate, when you smell it, settles into your stomach and spreads a feeling of contentment; this moves more up into your nose — a little peppery, without smelling like pepper at all.

This is just on the edge of dark/too dark for me. With the first few nibbles, you’re happy, but after that, the bitterness starts to get overwhelming. The chocolate gives a wooden snap! when broken, and doesn’t really melt on your fingers or luxuriate on your tongue. It almost needs some kind of milk or cream to help balance the brightness and bitterness, although any more sugar and it’d just be bleah.

Not bad chocolate, but not my favorite. Say, three stars out of five.

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