well that got my attention

Democratic politicians are demanding results before next year’s congressional elections, which is neither realistic nor possible. Moreover, the Taliban are quite aware of the Democrats’ timetable.

part of me wants to comment “yes, the USA electoral cycle is widely publicised”
another part is not surprised that electoral cycles are driving strategy.
not influencing. driving.


Androids Seem Like Electric Sheep – Robot dance record – Jezebel

[Melbourne, September 29. Image via Getty]

379 people, some dressed as robots, smash the offical Guinness World Record attempt for robot dancing at the University of Melbourne, on September 29, 2009, breaking the previous record of 279 people set by the University of Kent in England. The robotic macarena was organised by Robogals, a non-profit group of young engineering undergraduates teaching robotics to schoolgirls to lift the profile of science in schools. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

now look at that melbourne model

I salute you

Kneading the Dough

Welcome to the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge!

We are a group of home bakers with a crazy goal in mind: to attempt every single recipe in Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread.

Bread Baker's Apprentice

Our kitchens are scattered across the county and across the world, but we will work together, recipe by recipe, starting at the beginning, ending at the end.  We will have a loose schedule and we might work at different paces, but we are on this journey together and will lend support to each other through photography, e-mail, blogs and twitter.

On our journey we will be baking everything from Whole Wheat and Swedish Rye to Cinnamon Buns and Wild Mushroom Focaccia.  The goal is to push our boundaries, learn new techniques, and introduce ourselves to breads we might otherwise never have a chance to taste.  It will be fun, it will be challenging, it might be frustrating, but ultimately it will be rewarding!  We hope you will enjoy following our journey, and perhaps even consider baking along with us!

I will be posting weekly updates about our bread-baking progress on Pinch My Salt and several of the bloggers listed on our blogroll will be writing about it, too.  Buy the book, follow along, and jump in when you are ready to get started!

Ready to learn more?

Want to see what other BBA Challenge Members are baking?  Check out the slideshow below from the BBA Challenge Group on Flickr!

bakers everywhere

Lobbying |

Why should it be legal to make a political contribution to a candidate who is not running for an office that represents you as a constituent?  I do not think it should be.  Imagine how different this senator’s incentives would be if he could only raise money from the residents of Montana as individuals and not from organized interests.

i like it.

A special report on telecoms in emerging markets: : Up, up and Huawei | The Economist

Huawei and ZTE are not just strong at home; both firms also ventured abroad in the 1990s, selling fixed-line equipment in Asia and Africa. Western vendors’ interest in those regions was limited and their prices were too high, says Zhu Xiaodong, ZTE’s technology chief in Europe. Next, the Chinese firms began selling wireless equipment in the Middle East, South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America. Mr Zhu, who led the team that designed ZTE’s first mobile base-station based on the GSM standard, says Chinese companies had two advantages in the wireless-equipment market: much cheaper labour and, by that time, settled standards. Nokia and Ericsson, the pioneers of the GSM standard, took years to develop the technology; ZTE built its first base-station in six months.