Month: May 2019

Botany: field identification of plants: a fresh set of eyes identifies pepper-grass

Self-tutoring about plant identification: the tutor reveals a tough ID, made with a fresh set of eyes. Possibly two years ago, I began noticing a tough plant with a thick stem and disc-like fruits that look like smooth, round leaves.

Homonyms: wurst and worst

Tutoring English, homonyms are always interesting. The tutor mentions the pair wurst and worst. wurst: product prepared from ground meat, such as sausage or meat spread. worst: least successful Source: Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Psychology: Why might one arrange deck furniture on a sinking ship? Part 0

Self-tutoring about psychology: the tutor reflects…. I forget when, or from whom, I heard the saying “…just like arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…”; likely, it reached me a few years ago. My impression is that the saying is

English: homonyms: clue and clew

Tutoring English, homonyms continue to delight. The tutor mentions a great pair. clew: a metal loop sewn into a sail for fastening. clue: helpful evidence towards solving a mystery. Source: Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Lifestyle: Salt Spring Coffee: Blue Heron variety

Self-tutoring about coffee: the tutor mentions one he’s glad he picked up. When Salt Spring Coffee comes on sale, I usually buy a few bags. Yesterday was just such an occasion. The Blue Heron variety, which I’m drinking right now,

Windows 7: creating restore point

Self-tutoring about home computer use: the tutor mentions a great video about how to create a restore point in Windows 7. A great presentation is entertaining just by itself, regardless of how interested you are in the topic. Lately this

English: homonyms: knead and need

Tutoring English, homonyms are a favourite curiosity. The tutor mentions the pair knead and need. knead: to mash a mix of flour, water, sugar, and yeast into dough ready to rise. need: to require Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor).The Merriam-Webster

Botany: American elm

Self tutoring about tree identification: the tutor mentions a find. From afar, I noticed a tree last spring that I couldn’t easily identify. As so often happens, it’s on private property, so I can’t get close to it. The tree

Baking: how to know when dough is sufficiently kneaded

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor mentions a question he hadn’t thought about. I have heard and read that kneading dough takes around 8-10 minutes. I’ve always just done so. Yet, is there a way to know when you’ve kneaded the

Exercise: maximum heart rate

Self-tutoring about exercise: the tutor entertains a long-wondered question. The idea of “maximum” heart rate is well known to many who exercise. Some machines suggest it and you often hear the rule of thumb that it’s (220 – your age).