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3D Geek

This is really geeky, but I like to play with 3D chemical structures. The University of Oxford Department of Chemistry has a fun database of molecules with pharmaceutical worth, as does Okanagan University College. You can manipulate them in 3D on your screen, isolate out elements and bonds, and just geek out with colorful, trippy… continue reading

Jim and Patty’s Sour Cream Coffeecake

This recipe was printed in the Oregonian today. You can try to make this yourself, or you can just be reverent and pick up the untouchable, ineffably good real deal at Jim and Patty’s, 4951 NE Fremont Street, Portland. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9-by-13 inch deep baking pan. TOPPING:… continue reading

Dead People 101

Ahhh. Sigh. Here I am. You cannot kill Little Package. I don’t know yet what’s happening, but Blogger absolutely won’t work for me. It’s like it’s been hacked to death or something. Hopefully it fixes itself because I gave up changing settings and trying and trying and trying. I had to hand code this entry,… continue reading

Nelco Amica Sewing Machine

I am very excited about my luck thrift purchases, particularly my Nelco Amica sewing machine. Heck, I’m ecstatic about my sewing machine. It’s the first one I ever bought for myself and I wasn’t counting on it working when I chanced buying it. But not only does it work, but it’s a champ. Sews through… continue reading


I made friends with one of my patients. Mike. Essentially, he had drinken too much in his lifetime – albeit a short one, maybe 55 years – and was dying of it when I met him. How trite. “His mortality was basically, like 90% when he walked through the door,” I overheard a chief resident… continue reading

A Recipe: Pumpkin-Cranberry Cookies

Recipe by Lucy Randall via Makes 3 dozen of the best cookies (that aren’t chocolate chip) EVER! Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt… continue reading

A Recipe: Tiramisu

Caroline’s Tiramisu Recipe First you gotta brew about 2 cups of super-strength espresso (or have a local cafe do it for you), then put in some rum to taste (super strong). Put that aside. Buy two angel food cakes (or make ’em!) and cut them into 1/2″ strips; toast/broil until golden. Put that aside to… continue reading

Breathing, Part I

You’ve probably noticed already that breathing and respiration have a lot to do with chemistry, and that because you’ve most likely taken it for granted, it is surprisingly complex, dynamic, and interesting… This website is an overview of what happens as you breathe, starting with some basic anatomy and working into chemical principles that govern… continue reading

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