Ann Bonney’s Popcorn Balls


  • 2 Cups molasses
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • ¼ Cup vinegar, plus additional seen notes
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 1 Cup raw popcorn, popped


  1. Combine molasses, sugar, water, and vinegar in a saucepan.
  2. Cook liquid ingredients to soft boil, 255F on a candy thermometer.  Fine bubbles will form, and the liquid should form a soft ball when dropped into a glass of water.
  3. Remove from heat, and add butter, stirring until it is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour mixture over popped corn and form into balls.
  5. Wrap individually with plastic wrap.


  • Do not make on inclement days
  • Use vinegar on your hands to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands when forming balls.
Source: Ann Bonney, Portland, Maine, circa 1960

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The end of Moores Law

This post was originally written on December 2, 2003

Today, ZD Net sent the following paragraph in their daily email news blast:

Moore’s Law, as chip manufacturers generally refer to it today, is coming to an end, according to a recent research paper. That ultimate barrier to building increasingly powerful chips with smaller transistors is still a few decades away, but Intel researchers are already looking to new technologies, such as carbon nanotubes, silicon nanowires and 3D chips, to even surpass Moore’s Law. Intel will clearly invest whatever it takes to defend its turf, but the next decade will be marked by huge R&D investments from all corners of the earth to develop chips that will dominate future generations of digital as well as human bio-devices.

What is the state of the Chip market today in 2018.  Are we still using silicon chips?  Are we still 2 generations away from the end of Moore’s Law (2021)?  What Technologies are we using, or is this article just laughable as we got to the end of Moore’s Law years ago?

Post a comment and tell what life was like at the turn of the millenium.