Science fiction vs. Fantasy

Science fiction deals with scenarios and technology that are possible or may be possible based on science…. On the other hand, fantasy general deals with supernatural and magical occurrences that have no basis in science

Coffee Blondies


  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, cold, plus extra for pan
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped pecan halves, toasted (Note)
  • ¾ cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • Caramel or chocolate sauce, for garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder, and reserve.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, brown sugar and salt.  Remove from heat and stir in coffee until well combined.  Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Add pecans and chocolate chips and stir gently.

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until the blondies are set on the edges and the tops are golden brown and just beginning to form cracks, about 18 to 24 minutes.  A wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the blondies should come out with just a couple of crumbs.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.  Use the parchment paper to gently lift the blondies from the pan. Cut blondies into squares and serve with ice cream, topped with caramel or chocolate sauce, if desired.


Yield: Makes 12 large or 24 small bars.

Note: “The combination of coffee and chocolate makes for blondies that are both unique and indulgent,” writes Minneapolis blogger Sarah Kieffer in “The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.” Find her at

To toast pecans, place the nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring (or shaking the pan frequently) until they just begin to release their fragrance, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Alternately, preheat oven to 325 degrees, spread the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake, stirring often, for 4 to 6 minutes.

Nutrition information per each of 24:

Calories ……………190
Cholesterol ……….23 mg
Carbohydrates …. 23 g
Sodium……………..65 mg
Protein ……………… 2 g
Added sugars …… 15 g
Fat ………………….. 11 g
Dietary fiber ………. 1 g
Saturated fat ………. 5 g
Exchanges per serving: 1 ½ carb, 2 fat.

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2020-03-05


The body doesn’t know when it’s comfortable, it only knows when it’s uncomfortable.  We don’t have the ability to sense when we’re wet—we just notice the loss of heat.

Ray Davis, Gore Corporation in Bicycling magazine, Issue 2, 2020


Why should I fear death?
If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man.


Ran across this quote during a series of episodes of Hidden Brain on NPR, 2019-05-06, 2019-09-23, and 2019-10-08 about religion, life, death and dying.

Happy Halloween!

Check out the great Cheshire Cat my wife carved into our Halloween pumpkin!

Cheshire Cat Pumpkin


I kept hearing about using a masticator when I was at the Bull Draw fire in August 2018, so I looked it up on youtube after I saw one roll by the ICP on a lowboy trailer.  Check it out: A masticator working to improve the fire line.  That would take care of the bushes in your yard right away…

Suggested rule additions

From: Jonathan Lord

Date: 2019-09-19 9:39 PM


I know it sounds like I have a zipper fetish, but I think these are pragmatic suggestions that will save new adherents to the way immense frustration.

Rule #96 // Jerseys shall be full zip.
When wearing bibs, the pockets of quarter-zip jerseys must be unloaded of two-way radio, phone, wallet, first-aid kit, food, rain-cape, tube, pump, et cetera in order for any or all above not to fall onto the floor, or worse, the hole of the biffy when attempting to lift the laden jersey over your head to use the facilities. With a full zip jersey, you may unzip, neatly place the jersey out of the way, then take care of your business.

Rule #97 // Jackets shall have two-way zippers.
Nothing is worse than realizing that you need to get into the back pocket of your jersey after you have zipped your jacket, and must fully unzip from the top in order to get into the pocket, then try to get the zipper back together once your back pocket excursion has been accomplished.

Best regards,
Jonathan Lord
Saint Paul, Minnesota