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Posts from March 2013 had me at hello
Running out the door today, I unfortunately did't have time to fuel up on that sweet nectar of the morning gods; coffee.  Hopefully you're not in the same dire situation as me today.  I think the solution is just to power through, because the brine they serve here at work is a poor replacement.

Have no fear, I'll keep my head up and persevre, but I did find these coffee myths somehow helped distract me for a few minutes.  These come from health writer on, so take them with a grain of salt (or a two lumps of sugar if you prefer.)


Myth #1: Keeping Coffee In Your Freezer Keeps It Fresher

When you freeze or refrigerate your coffee you are doing the worst thing possible for the flavor of your beans. Coffee is the ultimate aroma absorber and despite your best zip locking, the smells in your fridge or freezer will be absorbed by your coffee. Onion flavored coffee doesn't taste that great! Coffee also absorbes moisture when it's in the fridge/freezer. No matter how well it's sealed the coffee will pick up moisture, especially coming in and out of your freezer. For best results keep your coffee in a sealed container out of direct sunlight.

Myth #2: Reheating Coffee In The Microwave Ain't So Bad

One of the cardinal sins in the Kingdom of Coffeedom is reheating coffee in the microwave, and here's why. Aroma and flavor are destroyed by the chemical breakdown in the cooling and re-heating process. There will be an increase in acidity in your coffee cup and you might taste the oils in the coffee that turn rancid if left cold long enough.

Myth #3: The Stronger The Coffee, The Better It Tastes

Just as in math, architecture and art there is a Golden Ratio for making the perfect cup of coffee. Use one tablespoon of coffee for each cup of coffee you are brewing. Great art, like great coffee, demands that some rules are meant to be broken... but starting with this ratio will help you on your way to making a great cup.

Myth #4: Coffee Is Bad For Your Health

This myth is debated, researched and argued by coffee professionals and nutritionists. Read this Huffington Post article to weigh in on the debate. There is ample evidence for and against the benefits of coffee, but coffee has been linked to the reduced likely hood of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, dementia and has been known to reduce the likelihood of skin and prostate cancer as well as strokes. Let's drink to that!

Myth #5: Espresso Has More Caffeine Than Filter Coffee

For most parents, a morning espresso or cup of coffee is a life saver. So which one has more caffeine? Average espresso shots have between 30 and 50 mg of caffeine while a 12 oz cup of coffee can have as much as 200 mg of caffeine! The reason is the brew time. When making an espresso, the water is in contact with the ground coffee for 20-30 seconds, but when drip coffee is brewing the water is in contact with the coffee for about four minutes, which means it has time to absorb much more caffeine.
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I Owe The Badgers This

I'm certianly not above admitting when I'm wrong, and I was wrong about how well the Badger Men's Hockey Team was going to do this season.

I said at the beginning of the season they were in a rebuilding year and this was going to be a rough one.  I think a lot of fans felt the same way too.  

I also think that's part of the glue that bonded this team together and made them the WCHA Champs that they are.   Using that underdog status, they rose above the adversity and claimed the glory that they rightfully deserve.

Congrats boys!

Best of luck on Friday with Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday at 4:30pm.  I'll be there watching and cheering you on.  Here's a look at the NCAA Bracket.

Thanks to UW for the image.
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Locations: Massachusetts

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Have You Met All Your Friends?
Facebook has changed the definition of 'Friend" from a close personal contact to someone who you've clicked "Like" on.  I used to say that Yes, I know all of my friends.  Now, (at least on FB) I know most of them.

Is it a bad thing?  Not so much.  But then there's this guy who's trying to top me.

A Connecticut man said he raised $5,000 online to fund his trip to visit all 788 of his Facebook friends in person. Ty Morin said the aim of his "Friend Request: Accepted" project, which he is funding with donations received on, "is to reconnect with people. No more hiding behind the screen of social media." "Stop looking down at your phone and pretending you're texting your BFF when you walk by an old friend from high school.

Let's get out there and remind people what it's like to have a face to face conversation with someone," Morin said on his Kickstarter page. Morin said he plans to take a picture of each person performing an activity they love. He said he will use a classic 8x10 folding camera to take pictures, which will take extra time.
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Locations: Connecticut

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Voice Mail: Do It or Don't Do

When's the last time you left a friend a voicemail?  If you can't remember, don't worry,  it means you're being polite.  At least according to an article in the "New York Times", the new rule of cell phone etiquette in this day and age is: only leave a voicemail if it's a LIFE-OR-DEATH EMERGENCY.

Otherwise, hang up and send a text summarizing what you were going to say.

The theory here is that leaving a voicemail is a BURDEN on the other person.  They have to actually go to the trouble of pressing the button and listening to it.  And there's nothing you'd say in a voicemail you can't say in a text.

I for one disagree.  I have a bunch of stored voicemails from my neices and nephews that are just too cute to delete.  Also, who doesn't like to hear the voice of a family member you haven't heard from in a while..assuming you're on good terms with that family member.

I get the feeling that this survey was focused more on the youth of today, who actually stopped reading after three sentences.  Sorry to burden you kids.
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What's Your Secret Service Code Name?

i am quite the sucker for cool handles.  In particular, I have always loved the code name that the president gets in thriller movies. Imagine a scene where the secret service is rushing the president to safety shouting "We must protect Eagle-1!" 

Love it.

There's a movie coming out March 22nd called Olympus Has Fallen. It stars Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, and Gerard Butler and it looks like a suspense thriller where the White House is under attack.  I suspect the name "Olympus Has Fallen" is some sort of code word for such. 

The film has come up with a Code Name Generator, so each and every one of us can have our own.  Mine:  Stingray.  I like it.

Find out yours here.

Also, check out this list of our actual politicians and their code names.  I'm not sure it's legit, but it's fun! 

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RIP Bonnie Franklin (1944-2013)

TV just lost one of its first modern mothers.   Bonnie Franklin died today at the age of 69 of pancreatic cancer

Franklin first appeared on television at age 9 in The Colgate Comedy Hour.[5] As a small child, she later appeared in a non-credited role in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Wrong Man. In the 1960s she portrayed a teenage feature character in "You're the Judge," a short educational film about baking sponsored by Procter & Gamble featuring the use of Crisco. She debuted on Broadway in 1970 in the musical Applause, earning a Tony Award nomination.[1] She appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in both George M! and A Thousand Clowns.

In 1988, she appeared at the Bucks County Playhouse and at the Pocono Playhouse, both in Pennsylvania, in the title role of Annie Get Your Gun.

In 1988, she appeared with Tony Musante at the Westside Arts Theatre (in Manhattan) in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally. She later performed in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Pittsburgh Public Theater (July 1998). In 1997, she appeared at Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C., in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (September 1999). In 2005, she appeared with Bruce Weitz at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas in 2 Across (August–September 2011). She played "Ouiser" in a production of Steel Magnolias at the Rubicon Theater, Ventura, California (October 4-October 14, 2011)

In April 2011, Franklin and other cast members from One Day at a Time accepted the "Innovators Award" from the TV Land cable channel—one of several awards in the annual event. The citation on the TV Land web site reads: "One Day At A Time is being presented with the Innovator Award, which is given to a television series that carved out new territory, tackled important issues of its day and helped re-defined its genre. The series, which was a hybrid drama/comedy, addressed such taboo topics as pre-marital sex, suicide, sexual harassment and more, breaking barriers and paving the way for future shows to tackle these issues as well. Developed and written in part by TV visionary Norman Lear, One Day At A Time aired on CBS for nine seasons from 1975-1984. Starring Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as Ann Romano, Barbara Cooper and Julie Cooper, the series revolved around a family headed by a single mother (Franklin) that relocates to Indianapolis, where their new apartment building super, Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.), befriends them. Also taking part in the cast reunion is Glenn Scarpelli, who joined the series in 1980 as the son of Ann's boyfriend, Nick."[13]

On April 28, 2012, she was among several stars who appeared at the 28th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (STAGE) benefit, titled Original Cast 3, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. The event raised over $200,000 for APLA's work with clients living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. Franklin and other original-cast members from a variety of musicals, performed songs with which they are associated. Franklin sang the title song from Applause, which she had originally introduced on Broadway in 1970.[14]

Franklin was best known for her portrayal of divorced mother Ms. Ann Romano on the television situation comedy One Day at a Time (1975–1984). Franklin guest-starred on several television series, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Gazebo in the Maze Affair" from 1965). She had a semi-regular role in the ABC series Gidget. She directed several episodes of the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge. In 2011, she was reunited with her One Day at a Time costar Valerie Bertinelli on Hot in Cleveland, playing the mother of Bertinelli's character's boyfriend. Franklin signed to appear in several episodes of the daytime drama The Young and the Restless on CBS television. The episodes were broadcast in August 2012. The actress was cast as a nun, Sister Celeste, who comes to the assistance of Victor Newman.[15]

Franklin appeared in nearly a dozen staged readings with Classic and Contemporary American Playwrights (CCAP) in the Greater Los Angeles area for the last several years. During the 2006-2007 season, she appeared in the drama Toys in the Attic, written by Lillian Hellman. She appeared in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound at the Pico Playhouse in January 2008. CCAP is devoted to reviving seldom seen works and presenting them to student audiences, to create a new audience for theatre. Most recently, CCAP outreach programs work with teachers at North Hollywood, Cleveland and King Drew Medical Magnet high schools. Working with teachers in the English department, CCAP selects works which will be incorporated into the curriculum and, before the presentation, gives a workshop at the school.

Credit: Wikipedia.

Story:   Bonnie Franklin, "One Day At a Time" star,
March 1, 2013, 1:07 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died.
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