Who Is The International Woman of Mystery?

Who Is The International Woman of Mystery?



The Unidentified Queen of Torture
Credit Photograph by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty

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Hey, Kid! Wanna Design A Game?

Hey, Kid! Wanna Design A Game?



Outfit a game-designer’s toolkit for < $20
Game designer Rick Marazzani did an under-$20 raid on his local dollar store and built himself an incredible game-designer’s toolkit with everything he needs to create an infinite variety of games in just as many styles; his …

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John Rutter's Playlist

I've sung some of Rutter's works before; they're always challenging because they go in unexpected directions, but they're so beautiful.



John Rutter’s Christmas playlist
Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.

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Understand The Foundation, Understand The Structure

Because the "true history" of the BYU archaeology department described in this 1970 paper acknowledges that solving the "authenticity problem" was paramount in the past, I usually question any "discovery" they announce in the presence.



: THE TRUE HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
THE TRUE HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY . By Ross T. Christensen. Adapted from a paper of the same title read at the Nineteenth Annual Symposium on the Archaeology of the Scriptures, held at Brigham Young University on October 18, 1969. A misleading report has lately been …

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When Scientists Stretch The Truth To Make Discoveries Seem Important

I don't think this happens often in science, but I have to question whether the lead scientist's personal frame of reference influenced his rather inflated claims.



Million Mummy Discovery Under Dispute
A massive cemetery with up to 1 million mummies has reportedly been found in Egypt, but the announcement of the discovery apparently landed a U.S. research team in hot water, and possibly even kicked off the project.

Archaeologists from Brigham Y…

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What Feminists Really Want

… For Christmas



Two Women Hilariously Remind Us What Feminists Really Want For Christmas
We just found the song of the holiday season — and it’s got the perfect mix of Christmas cheer and patriarchy-smashing.

The Doubleclicks, described as a “nerd-pop-folk sister duo from Portland, Oregon” on their YouTube page, wrote “…

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Where I'll Be Christmas Eve

Until about 1130pm, I'll be singing at the late service. The earlier service will be "Las Posadas" but probably not like how they do it in New Mexico: they're using a door borrowed from a local theatre group.

If I were involved I would have made them go all around the church, in the cold, in the dark. We have enough exterior doors to make it work (there's a tradition song, with verses sung at each neighbor's door).



Christmas Eve At St Nicholas December 24 – 4pm Las Posadas, 9pm Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve December 24 4pm Family Service – “Las Posadas” (the journey of Mary and Joseph to the Inn) 9pm Service of Lessons and Carols with Euchari

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A Geek's Guide says:See Whiplash!

David Hewlett loved this film so much, he makes me want to see it. Also, his wife Jane has a really great laugh.

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Cover Blown

Cover Blown



Undercover police officer pulls gun on Oakland protesters after cover blown
Demonstrators against police violence ‘surged’ on officers amid a reported tussle

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Murphyola’s and Veda’s Rum Balls

This is one of several recipe cards Mom wrote up to pass along the secret of her famous Rum Balls, which she developed with her best friend, Veda West. .The story of how this recipe was created involved a big church fundraiser, endless taste-testing, taking doors off hinges, and getting plastered. Also the way I heard it, Mom and Veda had to explain to the church pastor why they were so shickered making Christmas cookies in the church kitchen.

My niece Raeanne has the Christmas card they sent back and forth multiple times in later years, with a story about a cheerful bunny making a batch of liquored-up fruit cake, with disastrous (and hilarious) results. This made them laugh like stink each year; Christmas had well and truly begun when the card had been sent back and forth.

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Recipe: Rum Balls Serves : Many
Favorite recipe of: Murphyola and Veda

Use 1/2 recipe for less than a mob!

2-1 pound box Vanilla Wafers, crushed evenly
4 cups powdered sugar
5 cups chopped pecans
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1 1/4 cup rum

Be sure wafers are crushed well, no lumps, and nuts are finely chopped.
Sift powdered sugar and cocoa together. Blend rum and Karo. Add sugar and cocoa to (vanilla wafer) crumbs, then add in the rum and Karo, thorough blending of all.

Can be packed into Tupperware airtight (containers) – to ‘mellow’ – til ready to make into balls 1″ (press and roll firmly). Rolls in powdered sugar – must be kept air tight or they dry out — make out only what is needed – makes a mess. Would use 1/2 recipe.

That’s pretty much the verbatim transcription. Mom seemed to use a dash or emdash for any kind of punctuation. The card is in a little plastic envelope and is a bit messy, with guck on it from being handled with gooey hands. The older versions of this recipe are with my sister Timmy – she says she has several cards, but still had to adjust the recipe a bit for a reasonably-sized batch. My niece Holly Martin, who’s one of the family foodies, commented on Facebook that this didn’t seem to have enough rum! Well, well see, but I seem to recall these things being pretty powerful, so don’t give them to anyone that should not have alcohol, as they are not cooked in any way.

I remember being delegated to crush vanilla wafers in a paper bag with a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer, as Mom never did get around to buying a full-size food processor, although she had a tiny one that was good for chopping maybe a half-cup of nuts at a time. I also remember chopping pecans and repeatedly being told “no, they’re not fine enough, keep chopping!”

David remembers helping Mom to roll out a batch on his first visit to Salt Lake to meet the family, which was in about 1996? Before we were married.

I’ll be attempting to make rum balls this year – I have a smallish food processor so I’ll be making either a quarter batch or a half batch. I bought Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa, I have Captain Morgans’s Spiced Rum, and a 12 oz. box of Vanilla wafers, so will probably add in some crushed butter cookies to make up the difference.

Will have to run out to the store for the additional cookies though, cause I ated the first box this week for teatime snacks.

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