Keep your God out of my Marriage.

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The issue of whether Marriage is a civic institution which should be available to all consenting adult or a religious institution with theological restrictions is one of those debates that just won’t go away, no matter how bizarre it might seem.  It’s been a major source of stress in my family and in many others.  For me, it’s never even been a question which side of the debate I’m on. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding

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This is a recipe I’ve been working on for ages but have finally perfected.

2 cubes butter
1/3 pound dark semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raw wildflower honey, local if you can get it.
2 eggs
1.5 cups flour
shot glass full of your favorite cooking whiskey (I prefer bourbon, but you could use scotch too).

  1. Melt butter and chocolate in saucepan
  2. Add sugar, remove from heat and stir it in.
  3. Add flour, stirring constantly
  4. add eggs
  5. add whisky and honey
  6. use a little bit of soft butter or oil to coat your pan so they don’t stick.
  7. pour batter into pan.
  8. bake at 400f for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven.  When it’s done you should be able to stick a knife in it and have it come out clean.

The result is something somewhere between fudge, a brownie, and a chocolate souffle.  It’s very rich but not over-sweet.  As you might guess this is a dessert for adults and would be wasted on children who wouldn’t appreciate it.  The combination of honey and bourbon gives the chocolate a darker fuller flavor which works well with the dense and creamy texture.

Development without Constraints

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A co-worker just shared this video with me, it’s all about the Content Repository API for Java, a new-ish standard for building databases that’s gaining market share in Europe. The standard is open sourced and you can store anything and access the data however you want. The system supports strong typed data, as well as no types. Of particular interest to web developers, everything is REST based. The result is you can build db’s storing hierarchical, unlimited metadata. Find out that you’ve got a new piece of data you need to include that you didn’t anticipate prior to starting the build? No problem! That gives it some interesting advantages as compared to traditional relational databases.

Very cool stuff!