After exploring Berlin, I moved on towards Amsterdam, and to get there I had to travel via Köln, also known as Cologne.
Six years ago, on my first date with my girlfriend, she asked me a question.
“What kind of music do you listen to?”
This is a really simple question for most people, but not for me.
You see, I am not that into music.
I mean, I do really enjoy music, but I don’t have that many serious musicians that I listen to.
It is mostly comedy bands, and stuff like Miracle of Sound that has a lot of references to popular culture in it.
I am a bigger fan of comedy than I am of music.
My date was
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 ominous feeling crept up my spine. 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 ‘w
illy, nilly silly old bear’ was transformed into a living monstrous beast that was trying to kill me!
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.
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.
For this month’s geeky recipe, I decided to make a dish based on Disney’s Scrooge McDuck!
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!
For two portions:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Taste with salt, pepper and more Scotch.
And there you have it!
A perfect meal for a summer evening!
Yesterday was the Norwegian Constitution Day, so I figured I would write a bit about how I feel about Norway.
While not being very vocal about it, I do feel patriotic about Norway.
And to be clear, when I say patriotic, that is what I mean,
The Russ Celebration in Norway is in many ways like the American Spring Break, with many partaking in an excess of sex, alcohol and silliness.
It is a weeks long graduation celebration by Norwegian upper secondary schoolers, taking place in May of every year.
The pupils who partake in this celebration are called “russ”. They traditionally wear overalls and hats color-coded to their particular study path, although few still wear the hat.
From most to least common; there are Redruss (general studies), Blueruss (economy and administration), Blackruss (vocational courses) and Greenruss (agricultural courses).
Some other groups have also joined in, with kindergartener wearing pink, lower secondary school students wearing orange, and Christian russ wearing white.
The Russ Celebration is an old tradition.
There has been some form of russ celebration as far back as the 1700s, and it seems to have started in Danmark, as there were no universities in Norway at the time.
The celebration we now see in Norway started in 1905. The red caps were inspired by the hats worn by German students who had visited Norway the year before.
The tradition slowly and naturally evolved from those starting points.
I could have joined in as a Blackruss at the end of my two years at culinary school, but I decided that it would be smarter to take some supplementary education with a year of general studies, before my two years as a chef’s apprentice.
That gap between the culinary school and my apprenticeship ended up being far longer than I had anticipated, as I spent a year in the military, and then a year of decompression and InterRail travel as a result of that year in the military.
So in May 2009, after a year of general studies, I was ready to be a Redruss!
Along with my overalls, I had all the other essentials…
I had a russehat, and a russecat..
We are closing in on the 17th of May, the Norwegian Constitution Day, so I figured it was time to remind everyone what it is we are celebrating.
This video is from 2007, but it is as true now as it ever was.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go to eat some fish and potatoes.
Doctor Brady Haran had done many great things before conquering the South Pole.
He had started countless educational YouTube-channels, made the worlds best podcast Hello Internet with his robot pal CGP Grey, received an honorary doctorate and climbed Mount Everest!