Caffeine Journal https://www.caffeinejournal.com Measuring life in cups of coffee. Tue, 08 Sep 2020 02:48:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-CaffeineJournal-Icon-32x32.png Caffeine Journal https://www.caffeinejournal.com 32 32 Getting Unstuck with Fiction Writing https://www.caffeinejournal.com/getting-unstuck-with-fiction-writing/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/getting-unstuck-with-fiction-writing/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 02:48:50 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46305 Getting Unstuck at Writing Fiction

It might sound like I'm handing down advice with this post title, but it's just am exploration of my own stuck-ness when it comes to fiction writing.

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Introverts Get Fewer Kudos for Expressions of Passion Than Extroverts, Study Shows https://www.caffeinejournal.com/introvert-expressions-of-passion-workplace-do-not-get-recognized/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/introvert-expressions-of-passion-workplace-do-not-get-recognized/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:15:07 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46186 People with paper bags over their heads Introvert Passion WorkPlacePassionate Introvert Extroverted Expressions of passion get more rewards

A new study suggests that extroverted ways of expressing passion receive more social support and rewards in the workplace than typically introverted ways of expressing passion. Here's more about that and what the passionate introvert might do to balance the scales.

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The Boys: Amazon Prime’s Series is an Extremely Bingeable Take on the Dysfunctional Superhero Trope https://www.caffeinejournal.com/the-boys-amazon-prime-series-season-1-review-and-season-2-trailer/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/the-boys-amazon-prime-series-season-1-review-and-season-2-trailer/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:59:15 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46153 The Boys Season 2

Amazon Prime's original series, "The Boys," follows (in part) a group of dysfunctional superheroes. Remind you of anything? The series returns for its second season on September 4. Here's more about the series and why we're eagerly awaiting its return.

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Judies and Maurices: Why We Need to Stop Labeling People https://www.caffeinejournal.com/stop-labeling-people-judies-maurices-and-karens/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/stop-labeling-people-judies-maurices-and-karens/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:49:48 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46121 Judies and Maurices stop labeling people

I was thinking about an episode from my college days when my roommate explained that there were "two kinds of people." This led me to think of all the labeling and namecalling we do, and how harmful it can be.

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The Sandman Audible Version May Bring New Readers to an Old Series https://www.caffeinejournal.com/sandman-audible-review-neil-gaiman/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/sandman-audible-review-neil-gaiman/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2020 19:53:38 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46074 Sandman Audible Review

Audible recently released a voice-acted audio version of Neil Gaiman's popular and acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman. Should you listen to it? Even if you've never read the graphic novels, if you like Neil Gaiman, "dark fantasy," or horror, you'll probably love it. If that doesn't describe you this audiobook, like the graphic novels, is probably not for you.

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My Faux “Antique” Library Room https://www.caffeinejournal.com/victorian-home-decor-cheap-faux-victorian-library-room/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/victorian-home-decor-cheap-faux-victorian-library-room/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 18:33:13 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=46031 Faux Vintage Library Room

Want a (relatively) cheap "vintage" front room/library room? Here's mine. We gave our daughter and her friend the go-ahead to decorate our front foom however they liked. This is the outcome.

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Faux “French Country” Fireplace: A DIY Furniture Painting Project https://www.caffeinejournal.com/chalk-painted-electric-fireplace-diy-project/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/chalk-painted-electric-fireplace-diy-project/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:07:47 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=45937 Chalk Painted Electric Fireplace

Even if you're not an avid furniture painter, getting a secondhand electric fireplace and chalk painting it yourself to get a sort-of-French-country look isn't too difficult.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Do We Really Need Live-Action Remakes? https://www.caffeinejournal.com/do-we-need-live-action-remakes-of-animated-series-avatar-the-last-airbender-live-action-series-remake/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/do-we-need-live-action-remakes-of-animated-series-avatar-the-last-airbender-live-action-series-remake/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:51:55 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=45011 Avatar the Last Airbender Do We Need Live-Action Remakes

Avatar: The Last Airbender has had a recent surge in popularity lately with its rerelease on Netflix. A live-action series is in the making which can only be better than M. Night Shayamalan's flop. But do we really need live-action remakes of animated shows and movies that were already great?

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David Mitchell’s New Book, Utopia Avenue is a Touching 1960s Pop Rock Romp https://www.caffeinejournal.com/utopia-avenue-book-review-david-mitchell/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/utopia-avenue-book-review-david-mitchell/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=44615

David Mitchell's latest book, Utopia Avenue, is a moving and sometimes-surreal romp with a late-1960s London pop/rock/folk band.

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I Have Some Trepidation About Star Trek: Lower Decks https://www.caffeinejournal.com/star-trek-lower-decks-trailer-review/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/star-trek-lower-decks-trailer-review/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:23:07 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=44590 Star Trek Lower Decks Trailer

Star Trek: Lower Decks is a new animated series that steams on CBS: All Access on August 6. Will it become a valued addition to the Star Trek Universe or will it be a cringe-inducing experience for the trekkie?

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Raspberry Chevre Green Salad With Toasted Pine Nuts https://www.caffeinejournal.com/raspberry-chevre-pine-nut-salad-recipe/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/raspberry-chevre-pine-nut-salad-recipe/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 15:56:23 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=44497 Raspberry Chevre Pine Nut Salad Recipe

The combination of sweet raspberries, creamy chevre, and the smokiness of toasted pine nuts are amazing in this simple green salad that's perfect for Summer -- or anytime!

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Plague Plushies https://www.caffeinejournal.com/plague-plushies/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/plague-plushies/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 04:36:32 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=44316 Plague Plushies featured image

They may not prevent COVID, but perhaps they'll get you through the pandemic with their combination of morbid and cute!

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On Climbing Back Out of Practice-Diverting Holes (And Avoiding Them in the First Place) https://www.caffeinejournal.com/avoiding-holes-in-our-lives-and-practice/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/avoiding-holes-in-our-lives-and-practice/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:04:43 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=44129 Avoiding Pitfalls in Practice Falling Down a Hole Dukkhagirl post

This is part of a post I wrote years ago that was saved to another website that I'm reclaiming and re-finishing. It's a little reflection on how we can be thrown off by various "holes" in our lives and how we can climb back out of them.

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Mangopeño Smoothie https://www.caffeinejournal.com/mango-jalapeno-smoothie-recipe/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/mango-jalapeno-smoothie-recipe/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:32:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=22542 Mango jalapeno smoothie feature image

The combination of mango and jalapeño might seem odd but you just might like it! And smoothies may just be an ultimate concoction for the healthy non-foodie!

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Making Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia De Los Muertos https://www.caffeinejournal.com/mexican-sugar-skull-recipe-and-instructions-how-to-make-sugar-skulls/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/mexican-sugar-skull-recipe-and-instructions-how-to-make-sugar-skulls/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=22386

Here's a recipe for Mexican Sugar Skulls. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with these colorful skulls. They're not to eat but are fun to make and make great October decor.

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Clotted Cream https://www.caffeinejournal.com/homemade-clotted-cream-recipe/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/homemade-clotted-cream-recipe/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:15:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=16252 Clotted Cream Recipe

The word "clotted" sounds kind of...off. But if you really want to serve your tea English-style, you need this fattening, heavy stuff. Serve it with scones and some preserves or lemon curd and, of course, some tea.

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Humor…and Food…Keep Us Alive https://www.caffeinejournal.com/food-and-laughter-quote-joss-whedon-humor-and-food-keep-us-alive/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/food-and-laughter-quote-joss-whedon-humor-and-food-keep-us-alive/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=22431 Food and Humor Quote Joss whedon

Reflections on a Joss Whedon quote about food and laughter.

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Feeding America: The Historic American CookBook Project https://www.caffeinejournal.com/feeding-america-historic-american-cookbooks/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/feeding-america-historic-american-cookbooks/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=16291 The art of cookery historic american cookbooks

Even the cooking-reluctant book or history lover may get excited about this online collection of historic American cookbooks!

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Easy Crusty Rustic Artisan Bread https://www.caffeinejournal.com/easy-crusty-rustic-homemade-artisan-bread-recipe/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/easy-crusty-rustic-homemade-artisan-bread-recipe/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=16334

Want to bake homemade bread with a crisp crust? Here's a homemade artisan bread recipe that (might) fool your family in to thinking you went to the bakery.

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It’s OK to Feel What You Feel https://www.caffeinejournal.com/its-ok-to-feel-what-you-feel/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/its-ok-to-feel-what-you-feel/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:46:22 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=43787 Its OK to feel what you feel grief

We've all experienced loss recently, in one form or another. Even if you are among the more fortunate, making yourself feel guilty for feeling your feelings is, ultimately, unhelpful.

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A Super-Simple Guide to Photographing Fireworks https://www.caffeinejournal.com/fireworks-photography-tips-techniques/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/fireworks-photography-tips-techniques/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:48:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=12247 Poulsbo Fireworks

Getting good photos of fireworks isn't difficult. Last 4th of July I experimented with my camera to get some decent firework shots. Experiment and find out what works for your camera. Here are some super-simple (at least I think they are) tips to get started.

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Zen is Not a Competitive Sport https://www.caffeinejournal.com/competitive-zen/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/competitive-zen/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:06:00 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=22659 Zen is not a competitive sport

This is a cartoon that I drew back in about 2011 or 2012, I think. Thank you WQ for saving it for me! Here's what inspired it.

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How to Type Commonly Used Accents on Windows 10 International Keyboard (Including a Cheat Sheet for French Accents) https://www.caffeinejournal.com/how-to-type-accents-on-windows-10-international-keyboard-french-accents-on-keyboard/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/how-to-type-accents-on-windows-10-international-keyboard-french-accents-on-keyboard/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.pnwbeyond.com/?p=43743 How to Type French Characters on Windows 10 Keyboard

One thing that I found frustrating when learning French was having to type a bunch of accents on the keyboard. Using the international keyboard is really not too hard, and after a while you can easily commit the keys to memory. But at first, it was très difficile so I created a cheat sheet. Here it is, along with some advice about using the international keyboard and a refresher on French accents.

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Should The “B” in Black be Capitalized? https://www.caffeinejournal.com/should-the-b-in-black-be-capitalized/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/should-the-b-in-black-be-capitalized/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 17:25:28 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=22693 Should the B in Black be Capitalized

Recently, my own writing confronted me with the question of whether the B in Black should be capitalized. Should it? Here are some thoughts on the matter and the policies of some various news organizations.

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Instant Pot Clams Bordelaise https://www.caffeinejournal.com/instant-pot-clams-bordelaise-instant-pot-mussels-steamed-shellfish/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/instant-pot-clams-bordelaise-instant-pot-mussels-steamed-shellfish/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.nonfoodie.com/?p=16019

Making steamed clams or mussels in wine isn't really difficult to begin with, but I'm always looking for ways to use the Instant Pot, which makes the easy even easier.

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COVID Confinement May Be Pushing Me Into Second Adolescence https://www.caffeinejournal.com/covid-confinement-may-be-pushing-me-into-second-adolescence/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/covid-confinement-may-be-pushing-me-into-second-adolescence/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=1377 Fire Emblem Three Houses Mercedes

Is COVID-19-imposed exile pushing me into a second childhood or at least second adolescence in middle age? Being stuck at home with my daughter (and her with me) has pushed me into a realm of animated movies and video games. What will I look like on the other side?

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The Beautiful Faces of the Vogue Challenge (and anime characters and cats?) https://www.caffeinejournal.com/the-beautiful-faces-of-the-vogue-challenge-and-a-few-others/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/the-beautiful-faces-of-the-vogue-challenge-and-a-few-others/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:59:58 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=1398 Vogue Challenge what's wrong here

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised. It is on the Internet, which loves memes and cats.

People responded to the #VogueChallenge in droves and some of the results are astounding and breathtaking. But did some of the entries subtract a bit from the movement's intent?

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Can Language Learning in Our Later Years Help Stave Off Dementia? https://www.caffeinejournal.com/cognitive-benefits-of-learning-a-second-language-in-the-senior-years-bilingualism-and-dementia/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/cognitive-benefits-of-learning-a-second-language-in-the-senior-years-bilingualism-and-dementia/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:09:53 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=1359 cognitive benefits of learning a second language

It's a likable notion that learning a foreign language might help stave off cognitive decline and dementia in our senior years. But is it true? Studies suggest positive benefits to bilingualism in old age but are generally small and inconclusive. Still, there are intrinsic benefits to learning a second language.

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Trivia Quiz: Who Said the Quote? https://www.caffeinejournal.com/trivia-quiz-who-said-the-quote/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/trivia-quiz-who-said-the-quote/#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 06:16:41 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=1345 Who said the quote trivia quiz

Are you a quote queen (or king?) Do you pride yourself on being able to identify who said well (and lesser-known) quotes? Challenge yourself with this ten-question trivia quiz.

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The Drone Video of the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter Mural in Seattle is Very Cool! https://www.caffeinejournal.com/chaz-seattle-black-lives-matter-mural/ https://www.caffeinejournal.com/chaz-seattle-black-lives-matter-mural/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 16:55:02 +0000 https://www.caffeinejournal.com/?p=1321 Seattle Black Lives Matter Mural Share Cover Image

A drone photographer took a stunning overhead photo of the Black Lives Matter mural in Seattle's CHAZ. Here's more about one of the coolest things I've seen today.

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