MisterOJ

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  1. Yeah, I probably phrased the question poorly. I am looking to not use the bouillon this time. So, since I won't be adding that, I know the soup will need some salt. I just am unsure of how much I should add to what is basically going to amount to about 8-9 cups of broth.   ETA: I've never used a pressure cooker. I remember my grandmother had one (not electric, just one she'd use on the stove) and she only used it for canning. I remember vague admonishments to "leave it alone" because it was "dangerous" and it "could explode" if I messed with it. When I was a kid, that thing scared the shit out of me.
  2. So my plan is to make chicken noodle soup for dinner tonight. While I was home for lunch, I took a whole chicken and boiled it. I just left it in the pot with the broth to cool. When I get home tonight, I'll pull the chicken off the bones and then cook some celery and onions in the broth before adding some noodles and putting the meat back in. When I've done this in the past, I've usually added a couple of chicken bouillon cubes to serve as the seasoning. And while that has worked out just fine, it's always felt like cheating a bit. If I wanted to season the soup another way, how much salt should I add? And anything else? Poultry seasoning, etc.?
  3. Paper book or Ebook? - Part II

    One thing I've learned about ebooks is that the publisher sets the price of the ebook and it can't really be discounted by the retailer - whether it is Amazon or Barnes & Noble or whoever. The price of the ebook is what it is. And, when a retailer buys a bunch of physical copies of a book from a publisher - they own those and can sell them at whatever price they want. They can discount them deeply because they own the physical product, but they can't adjust the price of the ebook.  
  4. Yeah, in previous years it was optional - but with a reward for hitting certain goals. This year for my oldest its more compulsory in that, if you don't hit your goal, it affects your grade. The class does very little reading where a single book is assigned to the whole class. They are instead going this route, where the students can pick out something (within reason) that interests them.
  5. The Magicians - SyFy

    One other thing I meant to mention that I found sorta odd about the show... several of the characters smoked on screen. It's been so long since I'd seen television characters smoking like it was no big deal that I found the visual of it jarring.
  6.   That's sort of the way I look at it now, honestly. It's a language arts class, which is essentially a combination of English and literature. So, reading is a component of that. Instead of having everyone in the class read the same book and then test on it, this system gives the students the opportunity to read something that interests them. 
  7. The Magicians - SyFy

    I wasn't so sure about this from the commercials. It just didn't seem like the type of show I'd be interested in, but I set my DVR to record it just in case - mostly because of the good run of shows Syfy has been churning out lately. I finally got around to watching the first three episodes over the past couple of days and I am really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It feels sort of like a WB show, but not in an all together bad way. I don't think it's anywhere near as good as The Expanse, but it's an entertaining show on its own. I think it's benefiting (in my mind, anyway) from me having low expectations going in. It's exceeded them, easily. One thing I don't get after reading through this thread though... what rape are y'all talking about? I feel like I must have missed a scene or something.
  8. Sunday of the New Martyrs: Soviet Persecution of Theists

    Thank you, Ormond. That was quite eloquent. You always have a way of putting into words my feelings on a subject much better than I ever could. Bless you.
  9. Oh. That's quite a long time. I was thinking your answer was going to be much less than that.
  10. Football: gegenposting

    So, presumably, Pep could have chosen to coach at either Man City or Man United, right?  And if that's the case - what makes City the hands down pick to coach at? Is it because the current squad is better? The outlook for signing new players is better? Something else?
  11. Out of curiosity... how long ago was it that you found your faith?
  12. This column about how taking the Bible too literally may turn you into an atheist was in one of the newspapers here recently.  I think it is pretty spot on, especially for me. As a kid, I grew up in a church that took the Bible way too literally, and it caused a lot of soul searching for me in the early part of my adult life. It wasn't until I stopped taking the Bible extremely literally that my own faith started to really flourish.
  13. Colony -USA Network

    I don't know about that. All four of those shows you mentioned were pretty bad - although Continuum started out sorta strong, but faded badly. That's not to say I think Colony is good. I don't. It's pretty bad too, but I think it has potential to be something at this point. Now, I don't have a lot of hope that it will rise above, but I think, for now, the potential is there at least. And that's why I'll continue watching for a bit longer.
  14. Apparently, there is no test for it - so it doesn't count. You can look up books yourself on www.arbookfind.com though. A Game of Thrones is worth 45 big points. Storm of Swords is 63.
  15. So ever since my kids have been old enough to read in school, their teachers have used the AR (which I *think* stands for Advanced Reader) program in one form or another. Are any of you familiar with it? I'm curious about what others' opinion of it are. For those that don't know, it is basically a system that gives students points for reading books. The points are based off how difficult a book is, and also how long a book is. For example, reading The Hobbit is worth 16 points. Reading The Cat in the Hat is worth 0.5 points. In order to earn the points, the program has a standardized test about the books that students can take to "prove" that they have read the book. If you don't pass the test, you don't get the points. Most of the time, my kids' teachers have just used the points system as part of a reward. "Read x number of points and at the end of the semester, you get to take part in a pizza party," or some such thing. This year, though, my oldest daughter's language arts teacher is tying AR reading into the class grade. You have to accumulate so many points over the course of the 9-weeks grading period, or it affects your grade. It's no problem for my daughter, she just finished Mistborn this week (less than halfway through the grading period) and it's worth 33 points, which more than meets her quota. Do you think incentivizing reading in this way for kids is a good thing?