Friday, May 30, 2008

Arf!, Homewrecker, -and- Brainscan

Arf! - cops: driver was high on pet meds
Homewrecker - girl's Facebook party destroys parents' $8.8 million home
Brainscan - computer trained to read minds

On this day in history: May 30, 431 - Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France for relapsing into heresy. After having signed a confession a week earlier, Joan appeared in court wearing difformitate habitus—degenerate apparel—or more precisely, men's clothing.

Born on this day in history: May 30, 1972 - Manny Ramirez (1972-) Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised near Yankee Stadium, baseball player Ramirez, a right-handed outfielder, is one of the best hitters in the league. He played with the Cleveland Indians (1993-2000) and then the Boston Red Sox, helping them end an 86-year losing streak to become World Champions in 2004.

Scripture of the Day: The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead -- whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. - Acts 5:30

Video of the Day: Adventures in Masai Mara - submitted by Cindy

Cave canem mosaics ("Beware of the Dog") were a popular motif for the thresholds of Roman villas. Click to enlarge.

It appears that today will be considerably warmer than recent days. It is already noticeably warmer than it has been, and the sun is shining brightly. It is forecast to be in the mid-to-high 80s today—approximately 10 degrees warmer than it has been on prior days this week.

For dinner last evening, I made chicken breasts and baby red potatoes in gravy and steamed broccoli. I cut Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I had previously grilled into 2-inch-wide strips and arranged in a large sauté pan. I cooked baby red potatoes for 4 minutes in the microwave oven, halved, and arranged with the chicken strips in the sauté pan. I poured chicken gravy over the chicken and potatoes, seasoned with Tony Chachere's More Spice, ground black pepper, and garlic powder, and turned the burner to low. I cleaned two large heads of broccoli, cut into sections, and placed in a covered casserole dish. When Laura arrived home, she tended to the chicken. When it was time to eat, she steamed the broccoli in the microwave for 4 minutes. It was an excellent meal. Leftovers will follow Laura to Chico on Monday.