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Grandma Piper’s Sugar Cookies

The best & easy
Bake @ 375°F (190°C) 8 min


  • 1 c (226 g) butter
  • 1 c (200 g) granulated sugar

Beat in:

  • 1 egg
  • ½ t vanilla


  • ½ t baking powder
  • 1 c (120 g) wheat flour
  • 1 ½ c (188 g) white flour

Use 3 trays. Make a fat rope. Pinch off pieces on to trays. Flatten each 3x by dipping ⅓c measure into sugar in ½c measure. Cool cookies on newspaper.

The recipe above was written by hand in to a community cookbook she gave me in 2001. It retains her original wording and formatting, though I have added gram and Celsius conversions.

We miss you so much.

I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this.

When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only “what are the facts?” and “what is the truth that the facts bear out?”

Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts.

That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say. The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple.

I should say love is wise, hatred is foolish.

In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. And if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

From Bertrand Russell interview with John Freeman for the BBC’s “Face to Face”, originally aired 4 March 1959 (source).

Bertrand Russell’s response when asked what lessons from his life may be worth imparting to future generations. Russell was 86 years old when the interview aired.

Separate but related: “A Little History of Philosophy” by Nigel Warburton. Very digestible and enjoyable. Must be noted that the author omits a few big names and focuses entirely on Western philosophy. Fair enough, would probably be 300% longer otherwise.

My parents and I had the privilege of being shown around Paris last weekend by my cousin. She has been living there for a little over a year and is training to be a perfumer. These are most of the places we ate, drank, window-shopped, and explored within 48 hours.

Oldest kitchen supply shop in France.

“Nourritures bucoliques et Rôtisserie”

Epices Rœllinger
Spice shop with some particularly tasty blends.

“Le concept store des métiers d’art”

Galerie Perrotin
Contemporary art gallery in a beautiful old building in le Marais.

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
Fragrances sold under the names of their creators. I quite liked Noir Epices.

Une Glace à Paris
Ice cream shop and pâtisserie by Emmanuel Ryon and Olivier Ménard. Had one scoop of pistache neroli in a cone.

Caffè Jadis
Simple, lovely, traditional French restaurant.

Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
Flea market in the southern bit of Paris. I got a brass JiF pencil for 10€. According to Google, it’s likely from the 30s.

Rue des Martyrs
Lovely street leading up to the Sacré-Cœur. Too many tasty looking coffee shops, bakeries, etc. for one day.

Lepic Assiette
Excellent crêpes and galettes de sarrasin. Has made me very interested in crème de marrons and crème fraîche as a flavour combination.

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre
Festival celebrating the harvest produced by a small private vineyard in a monastery on Montmartre. Lots of food and wine on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur.

Galeries Lafayette
Huge department store with a beautiful stained glass dome. The view from the rooftop terrace is free and pretty exceptional.

Centre Pompidou
Really wish we could have spent more time here. C’est la vie.

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GitHub repo for is a link aggregator by Joshua Stein that runs on Rails. See the About page for a run down of it’s features and the reasons behind them.

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What Do We Lose When It’s Easy to Use? In Defence of Inefficiency

Lecture by Andy Pressman of Rumors and Verso Books for DWP.

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“The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge” by Rainer Maria Rilke

‘There are no beginners’ classes in life. What is required of you is always the hardest thing, right from the start.’

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before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby)

Tuesday 27 September 2016, 7–7.30pm
Bold Tendencies, Car park floors 7-10, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4TG
Tickets £8 on door

An opera by Sarah Hardie. Music composed collaboratively with Jack Sheen, choreography by Eleesha Drennan. Performance by Sarah Hardie, Angela Hardie, and Musarc. I’ve really enjoyed working on this and am looking forward to the performance.

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