Winnie-the-Doom

winnie the pooh kiddie ride

Years ago, I was enjoying my regular stroll though my local shopping-mall, when I suddenly saw it.

A Winnie-the-Pooh kiddie ride!

 

I had never seen it there before.

As I approached it, an omonous feeling crept up my spin. The air was filled with the otherworldly scent of rotten honey, and as we all know, honey doesn’t spoil.

Naturally, I jumped on!

 

I enjoyed a few moments of unaware bliss before it happened.

It seemed like a rift in the fabric of reality had opened, as the plastic ‘willy, nilly silly old bear’ was transformed into a living monstrous beast that was trying to kill me!

 

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I just barely avoided getting mauled, as I backed away from the bear’s swinging claws, and smacked my back on the floor.

When I looked up, the bear was gone, and Winnie was back.

But I did notice a smudge of something red around his mouth, something I had not seen from the side that I approached from.

 

I got out of there in a hurry, but returned once I had calmed myself.

The kiddie ride was gone.

 

I have never seen it since, and I hope no-one else have either..

 

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Thanks to Rekuna on the photoshopbattles subreddit for photoshopping the picture.

The Aging Tyranny

I am attending the funeral of my grandfather the day this post is released, so I scheduled a post last Friday so that there would be something new here this Wednesday.

These are a few videos about how we should, and eventually could, cure aging.

 

The video above, ‘The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant’, uses a kingdom’s acceptance of a cruel dragon’s reign as an analogy for how humanity accepts the debilitating effects of aging as the natural order of things.

It is based on this story by Nick Bostrom, and adapted to a video format by the youtuber CGP Grey.

 

The above video ‘Why die?’ was also made by CGP Grey.

Grey is one of my favorite youtubers and podcasters, and I have previously mentioned him here and here.

 

The two videos made by CGP Grey is making a case for why we should try to end aging, but the above video from Kurzgesagt provides some examples of how this could be done.

 

Getting old is not a bad thing in itself, but there are many physical and mental issues linked with aging that we would be far better off without.

And the more time we waste before we start giving these issues the attention they deserve, the more people will lose their chance to reap the benefits.

 

McDuck Breast

McDuck Breast

For this month’s geeky recipe, I decided to make a dish based on Disney’s Scrooge McDuck!

mcduck duck breast fried

I have previously expressed my love for the Scottish trillionair duck’s comic books here, but what is even better than reading about Donald Duck’s uncle, is eating him!

 

For when the people have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.

And this is the richest tasting duck in the world!

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For two portions:

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The Duck

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F.

2. Cut a large carrot up in sticks, then dice a few cloves of garlic.

3. Cut small squares in the skin of approximately 400 gram of duck breast, while trying to avoid cutting in the meat.

4. Put salt and pepper on both sides of the duck breast, then fry the skin side in a bit of butter for three minutes, along with the garlic cloves.

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5. Place a cooking thermometer in the middle of the breast.

6. Place the breast and the carrot sticks in the oven for about 25 minutes, until the thermometer shows 60°C/140°F.

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7. Let the duck rest for ten minutes before you cut it into slices. The temperature should start to close in on 68°C/155°F before you cut it.

 

‘The Greens’

1. While waiting for the meat to finish, fry up two handfuls of kale. Once the kale has shrunken, add a handful of cashew nuts.

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2. During the last ten minutes, while the meat is resting, bake two tomato halves and a few golden physalis berries in the oven at 150°C/300°F.

 

The Scotch Sauce

1. Add two deciliters of ox stock and a tablespoon of Scotch whiskey to the pan that was used for frying the duck. Bring it to a boil.

2. Stir in a tablespoon of flour, to let the sauce thicken.

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3. Taste with salt, pepper and more Scotch.

 

And there you have it!

McDuck Breast

A perfect meal for a summer evening!

 

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