Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The art of bread making

This is a video showing how bread is made in the traditional way sans yeast.  The video was made by a small baker called Artisan Lavinia in Oregon House, California.

It is rarity to find such a process in use even among those selling so called gourmet products.  Some bakers that use a traditional process are featured in the WSJ article titled Can You Carbo-Load Your Way to Good Health?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How to die

A morbid topic, but I came across a discussion on bogleheads about how to die.  It posted a link to this article titled How Doctors Die.
It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.
It's a sobering article worth a read.

Closely related are Death with Dignity laws.  As of this writing, five states -- California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington -- and Washington DC have laws for this.