Peanut Butter – A to Z Challenge

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A to Z Challenge 2016

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Mocha – A to Z Foods

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Continuing on with my theme of food (and drink), here is a picture of a mocha latte I created today. It was made from an instant cafe mocha mix that only required some hot water mixed in. I left it sitting on the counter then until it went cold, proceeding to drink it very quickly while I drummed up this latest post.

I’m not a huge fan of coffee, as I’ve stated before on this blog, but a nice mocha latte with cream in it is something I find delicious. If I had any artistic abilities in coffee making, there would be a picture of something swirled into the coffee cup, like that of below:

The drink is named after Mocha, a port on the Red Sea, where coffee and leather (both called mocha) were first shipped.

Carolina Reaper – A to Z Foods 2016

If you think you’re a boss for eating a hot pepper and didn’t break a sweat, you probably haven’t tried the Carolina Reaper yet. This is the hottest pepper in the world, with a rating on the Scoville scale of 1.57 million, upwards of 2.2 million. The creator of this insane pepper is Ed “Smokin” Currie in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse. The official place to buy these peppers is from Ed’s PuckerButt Pepper Company website in Fort Mill, SC, but of course you can buy the seeds for these suckers off of Ebay if you were really interested.

When a ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia) and red habenero got together, this Frankenstein was born and it has held the Guinness world record for hottest chili pepper since November 2013. Millions of people have tried it, mostly to say that they did and for bragging rights, and about 99% of these participants probably regretted even trying the challenge in the first place, if only to make a video about it and generate tons of hits and reactions.

It takes about 90 days to grow a full Carolina Reaper. The pepper has a fruity and sweet flavor that can be tasted before the raging inferno heat kicks in and brings tears to your eyes and pain from head to toe, from what I’ve read.

No amount of water, icecream, or milk is good enough to extinguish the torture that these “things” do, and that’s coming from someone who hasn’t even tried this and probably will be glad to not have.

All hot peppers are part of the genus Capsicum, which comes from the Latin word “capsa” for box and the Greek “kapto” to gulp. The ingredient in these peppers that makes them so hot is called capsaicin. I totally did not know this until today. I suppose it is where the words “capsule”, “capsize”, and “captivate” come from, which all center around a box or container of some sort (to captivate is to hold someone’s interest, containing it in a box of sorts before it is finally released).

Anyway, that was my little spill on this hot pepper for the letter C. Stay tuned for more food related posts.

April A to Z Challenge 2016

X Marks the Spot

Whoa, what can X be for?
An extraordinary number of things, in fact
From xylophone to X-mas,
To existing extinction to be exact
I exemplify the fox, quick and sly
My grand exit was too brief,
Too quick for the extra excited eye
The X-Men thought to recruit me
With my extra-ordinary powers
But then along came Xavier, with his axe to sexy flowers
I ask you, man of ten ox
Where do you think I’ll find the promise land?
He said, “marks the spot”
Just play your saxophone in the sand

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W is for Waiting

Things I’m waiting for, not brought to you by the letter W:

Windows 10

Bring on a new era of technology!

This is supposed to be Microsoft’s redemption answer for the unsatisfactory Windows 8, 8.1. I’ve gotten used to my W8.1 computer though (damage aside) and really do dig the “Metro” design though the navigation is a bit clunky – and I rarely leave the desktop. Windows 10 is going to do away with the charms bar (something I actually loved) and put the apps from it in a dedicated folder somewhere. The traditional start menu is coming back and will integrate the live tiles into it, getting rid of the Metro screen. Essential “apps” like Control Panel and the Shutdown controls will more easily accessible. And some of you may have already heard a long time ago but wait for it…

Internet Explorer is officially over!

Well not technically, since the latest version, IE 11, will still be available on W10, but…

Windows 10 is going to introduce an entirely new browser, marking the end of the line for our dear old veteran of the web. It may be one similar to Chrome or Firefox that is beautiful in design and has easily accessed features and better security. Not sure what the name will be but I bet it will be something more modern and unique than simply something that mundanely describes exploring the Internet. Note: the codename as of now for the new browser is Project Spartan, and I believe that ties in with the “Halo” theme Microsoft seems to be hinting at: Cortana on Windows Phone is the computer within Master Chief who is the Spartan’s captain. Don’t ask me how I know that, I just read it from the comments on a “Project Spartan” article – I’ve never played Halo ever, which is sad for someone my age.

“Smart” Metro

There was a technical preview released for Windows 10 back in October that I could have tried but was ill advised to since I only have one computer and didn’t want to ruin it by having the preview crash, losing everything in the process, even if I did backup everything on a separate device.

Windows 10 is rumored to be due for full release in Fall 2015. I don’t have anywhere near the budget at buying it early.

This challenge to be over:

It’s been quite a rough experiment for me but I’ll be glad when this challenge (and month) is finally over so I can get back to normal blogging again. The complete lack of comments is what has bothered me but I’ll just chalk it up and move on as always.’

My latest video to be finished:

It’s in the rendering process as I write this, going glacially slow. A gameplay of Minecraft for your information. I’ve become pretty skilled at the game though I still haven’t come close to finding the ultimate material that basically makes you a respected player: diamond.

My future love:

She’s out there somewhere, maybe closer than I think. These lonely nights are great for critical thinking and writing but it does get boring sometimes. Best not to rush things though…I feel like Ted from “How I Met Your Mother” just waiting for his perfect match. 

April A to Z Challenge

V is for Voice

A voice we all have, a choice we all have
A chance to be heard, demand for respect
It’s all in our roots, how we learned to survive
Calling out to one another, in case danger arrived
And songs ring through us
Belting at the top of our lungs
Or softly to ourselves
Or just to loved ones
And for the ones that first hear their voice
It must be an exhilarating feeling
The vibration of those words
Like deep spiritual healing
Giving them the chance
The power to live free
Finally, another dimension
to connect with you and me

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U is for Under the Sea

Photo credit: buzzfeed.com
Photo credit: buzzfeed.com

A friendly sting-ray under the sea
Came up to the glass to talk to me
Said, “How do you stand there and poke and laugh,
While I swim around this water that has quite the draft?”
That was the last he saw of me

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