Phantom City

When thousands of residents of the Chinese cities of Jiangxi and Foshan reported seeing a ‘floating city’ in the clouds earlier this month, theories attempting to explain it ran wild, speculating everything from experimental holographic technology to glimpses of an alternate reality. A shaky video captures what appears to be the silhouette of a city skyline high above the horizon, at a larger scale than that of the real skyscrapers on the ground.

Source: Phantom City: Thousands Spot Towers Floating in the Clouds | Urbanist

The Torture and Temptation of the Lust for Really Good Chocolate

I’m having a small problem with chocolate… I want it! I want it often and I want it served warm and tasting like real chocolate with cream to smooth it out. I want it every day, more than once.

But, I’m trying to ignore chocolate and cheesecake and ice cream and all those soft, warm or chilled, yummy things. I lost almost 20 pounds but last month I put back two of them.

I blame chocolate, whether the chocolate truly deserves the blame or not.

I Know it will be Warm, Rich and Creamy – Everything I Lust for in Chocolate

Did you know how nice and easy it is to order chocolate to be delivered to your door? I ordered a box of chocolates from a Canadian chocolate company out on the west coast, Vancouver, British Columbia. To get to my house that chocolate had to travel across thousands of kilometres, several provinces and it made the trip a day early. I opened the box, reverently. I tried to be mindful and enjoy every moment and each nuance of chocolate. But, I had eaten three of the milk chocolate bars before I could make myself put the box away.

So, ordering chocolate is not the best way to deal with a craving for chocolate.

I’m still looking for alternative ideas. Today I noticed this Bialetti hot chocolate pot, mostly for the photo. I can taste that chocolate. I know it will be warm and rich and creamy… Everything I lust for in chocolate. I haven’t decided whether or not to order the machine. It’s a risk. What if I like it too much?!

Then I started looking at other well known (to me) chocolate companies who will send packages of chocolate to your door, via Amazon. Oh, the torture, the temptation… I can taste it and it tastes GOOD!

The best I can do is give in to the craving for chocolate but moderate it. This means letting myself have the chocolate but only once a month and then making sure the chocolate I have at that time is the best possible chocolate on the planet at that particular place and time. No supermarket chocolate bars. No packaged hot chocolate mixes. Only the best, real chocolate and I want it smooth, rich and creamy. A chocolate pudding, but not something out of a cardboard box.

I’m adding the hot chocolate maker to my list of things to buy, along with a bathroom scale. Next month there will be chocolate! Better chocolate.

First Snow

Fresh new outlook on the world this morning. The first snow for the new winter. Taken with the new Panasonic Lumix camera. I’ve just figured out one of the big differences between a camera with 3.1 MB and whatever this one has. Hugeness of the file size. I’m going to need a system to scale these down before I use them for blog posts, that’s something I never needed to consider before.

Trying the Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about Laura

1. My own hair makes me itch.
2. Rainy days make me want to get outside.
3. When I get wet, I don’t melt. This proves I am not wicked.
4. I like being on the bus when you forget everyone else and just let your mind drift over the road as you speed along. You can’t do that when you’re driving.
5. I really am not all that fond of cold coffee though I drink a lot of it.
6. Moving really does suck, packing is about the same on the scale of suckage.
7. If I like to write why don’t I do more of that?
8. Procrastinating is an art. I call myself an artist.
9. I’m so tired today I am making really lame spelling and typing mistakes.
10. It’s getting really windy as well as rainy outside. I used to like that when I had longer hair. Short hair blows in your eyes a lot more than long hair does.
11. I don’t like music or TV and such on loud. It bugs me.
12. I am really hungry but don’t feel like rushing to nuke another can of soup.
13. I don’t believe 13 is an unlucky number.

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Future MILFs

Future MILFs Every Friday we post our “Weekly Weigh In”. It includes pounds lost this week and total lost. You do NOT have to put your weight as I sure as hell am not. Then include a little blurb on how your week went.

Really good idea. I don’t have a scale and don’t really want to own one either. I thought (before) about using a tape measure to watch inches lost rather than pounds. Either would work for me. Anything that works would be nice. Really.

Castle Infinity

Castle Infinity – a massive online adventure.

What D & D Character are you?

I Am A: True Neutral Elf Ranger Druid

True Neutral characters are very rare. They believe that balance is the most important thing, and will not side with any other force. They will do whatever is necessary to preserve that balance, even if it means switching allegiances suddenly.

Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Druids are a special variety of Cleric who serves the Earth, and can call upon the power in the earth to accomplish their goals. They tend to be somewhat fanatical about defending natural settings.

Silvanus is the True Neutral god of nature. He is also known as the Patron of Druids. His followers believe in the perfect balance of nature, and believe that nature’s bounty is preferable to any other ‘civilizing’ method. They wear leather or metallic scale mail, constructed of leaf-shaped scales. Silvanus’s symbol is an oak leaf.

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