< ^ txtSun Oct 25 10:13:30 EDT 2015 Went to bed around 11:30 or midnight, woke up around six, fell back to sleep after seven, and finally woke up at ten. I feel pretty well rested now. :/ Yesterday was sort of a waste. A lazy day, but more bored and mildly discontented than relaxed. I did watch a few episodes of The Americans, which is good. Weather today is much nicer looking, though cooler. Sunny with a high of fifty-eight. Goals: - Read some K&R, write some C Read a little. - Go for a walk Done. Went for a +45 minute walk in the early afternoon. Beautiful day out. Very pleasant. Saw three crows, a bunch of robins, a cardinal, a bunch of LBJ's, and heard some geese. Less than a quarter of the trees are mostly green, and more than a quarter have lost most or all of their leaves. - Change sheets and towels Done. - Write blog post of session summary from last game Started, but not finished. At some point, I should get back to re-typesetting First Fantasy Campaign.... Vacuumed, tidied, took out trash, other minor chores. Watched Zombeavers, which was better and (intentionally) funnier than I assumed. Checked the mail. Finally, a couple of envelopes from Toyota finance. (But not my account/payment info. Sigh.) http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/how-coffee-fueled-the-civil-war/?_r=0 "The Union Army encouraged this love, issuing soldiers roughly 36 pounds of coffee each year. Men ground the beans themselves (some carbines even had built-in grinders) and brewed it in little pots called muckets. They spent much of their downtime discussing the quality of that morning’s brew. Reading their diaries, one can sense the delight (and addiction) as troops gushed about a “delicious cup of black,” or fumed about 'wishy-washy coffee.' Escaped slaves who joined Union Army camps could always find work as cooks if they were good at “settling” the coffee – getting the grounds to sink to the bottom of the unfiltered muckets." Unfortunately, the detail about coffee grinders in the carbines was probably false. http://boingboing.net/2014/07/11/civil-war-carbine-with-a-cof.html "Manufactured by Sharps Rifle Co., Hartford, Ct. - Model 1859 Sharps single-shot breechloading carbine with iron furniture and iron patchbox. grinder attachment designed by Lt. Col. Walter King who was on "detached service" from the 4th Missouri State Militia Cavalry for all of 1864 and 1865. Stock shows some fire damage. Grinder may be incomplete, at least one screw missing. There are no more than twelve of these known today. Long thought to be used for grinding coffee, the general consensus is now they were used for grinding corn or wheat. Tests done by Mr. Andrew Lustyik concluded that grinder was in fact unsuited for coffee. NPS Historian Jim Ogden of Chickamauga National Battlefield came to the same conclusion in tests he conducted on the "Coffee Mill" Sharps in that collection." Weak fact checking, New York Times!
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