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Sunday, September 12, 2010

N is for Neutrality

I used "Neutrality" for the letter N of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I was going to simply write the word "Neutrality" in grey, but I thought that might be too subtle, so I added the neutral emoticon. While researching the neutral emoticon, I found this discussion on whether the neutral emoticon is truly neutral.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Back From Florida

We spent the week in Florida, and visited, among other things, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Here are some of the highlights.

Universal did an excellent job of recreating the details from the book. The Hogwarts castle had the authentic feel of a medieval castle, complete with stone walls, low ceilings, and a dank, musty smell. We ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks pub, which served shepherd's pie, butterbeer, and pumpkin juice, and was decorated with 19th centuryish political cartoons of witches and wizards hanging on the walls. The butterbeer was not quite what I expected - I imagined it tasting like butterrum Lifesavers - but it was tasty nonetheless. It tasted like straight cream soda topped with a buttery/butterscotch froth.

I have since found several recipes for butterbeer. This recipe tastes much more like the butterbeer I imagined. Here are some other variations.

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