Mourning dove

I like to think that there is an alternate universe somewhere, where these birds undergo two metamorphoses daily, becoming morning doves overnight and evening doves by late afternoon. But in our universe, there’s an extra ‘u’ in the name and so the birds look the same throughout the day.

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Cherry blossoms

Our cherry tree is putting on its best show in years.

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Too skinny

I have cooked some skinny asparagus in my day but this is ridiculous.

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Recycling

For Earth Day this year I melted down some old candle wax — stub ends, burnt-out votives, broken candles — and re-cast into new votives. You can see the three on the left still in the molds, a spool of wick, and the old tomato can I use to melt the wax.

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Seen at The Salty Pig

The Salty Pig is a meat-centric restaurant and they have classic Far Side comics in the restrooms. Some have been edited.

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Comparison

In the family photo digitization project that I am undertaking, most of the B&W prints are yellowed, faded, or both, as you might expect. What surprised me, though, is how many of them have very high contrast — so much contrast that important detail and texture is not visible. I am amazed to find that I can restore this detail with modern technology. In this photo (which is on the good side of typical), notice the improved texture in my aunt’s dress and my dad’s shirt & face, and how much clarity is restored to the line of fish.

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Making stew

I’m making oxtail stew today, as befits the weather. As one does in, you know, mid-April.

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Truck Day

As I said to my coworkers, Truck Day means something entirely different to us non-sports people. This week marks the beginning of a new Food Truck season in Dewey Square! Today I had a sopapilla, Avocado BLT. Yum!

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You know it’s good

You know you’re reheating good pea soup when it comes out of the container in one big structurally sound glob.

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