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Dorie’s Two-Bite One-Chip Cookies

There are plenty of types of cookies out there with all sorts of wacky flavors and compositions. However, if I was going to say what is essential in a cookie recipe, I think a cookie must have: Fat, like butter or oil Sugar, or a sweetener with sugar in it Flour or some other primary […]

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Dorie’s Moroccan Semolina and Almond Cookies

My cupboard, spice rack, and fridge door are filled with half-used ingredients from the past decade: we make a recipe that just needs a tablespoon of this powder or that extract. I wish I could just forget about it, but they take up space when I’m looking for something else. So when I find a […]

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New Year's Goals

2020 Goals Review

I set my 2020 Goals before we went into lockdown, and they now seem quaint compared to what COVID, the George Floyd protests, California wildfires, and the 2020 US presidential election brought. However, these goals were the small progress I could make, so here’s how it went. Eat Vegan for Lunch It’s not actually hard […]

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My 2020 Recommendations

Before writing my new recommendations, I reviewed my past recommendations and noticed mostly games and long-form content. I usually like those, but that’s not what I found this year. This year, it was mostly shorter, non-interactive online content. That fits with my 2020. I also have written about several of these recommendations already, so I […]

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personal

How is My Impact Appreciated?

I recently listened to a talk by Bill Burnett about finding meaning in work. Burnett is an instructor of the tremendously popular Designing Your Life college class and book, and one particular idea that resonated with me was trying to figure out the sort of impact we each have in our work. He laid this […]

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How I Dealt with Election Week

When the stakes are high, I tend to look away. In 2010, my dorm mates watched the Olympics gold medal hockey game between Canada and USA while I hid in my room studying. I couldn’t bear to be in a room full of Americans if Team Canada were to lose. Instead, I missed watching Sid […]

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Comparing Baldur’s Gate 3 and Tabletop D&D

When I was in middle school, a friend’s older brother showed me Baldur’s Gate, a computer game where you controlled a party of warriors and wizard exploring a fantasy world so big that the game came on five CDs. On my following birthday, my friend gifted a copy to me, and my RPG obsession began.

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food

Making Dim Sum from Scratch

Some people claim to have “dessert stomachs” where they can always find room for cake or ice cream even after a meal. I, on the other hand, have a “dim sum stomach”. At most meals, I usually eat about as much as other people. However, as the steamer trays fill the table, my appetite and […]

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Experiencing Harry Potter Again (Part 2)

Due to the length of my thoughts, I split my Harry Potter re-read and re-watch into two posts. My last post covered the first four Harry Potter movies and books, and this post will cover the rest. I’m surprised that I actually had more for the latter half since I like the earlier books more.

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board games

Coop Board Game Etiquette

Despite writing frequently about roleplaying games and video games, I have been playing a lot of board games recently. In fact, I have played about a dozen board games over the past month ranging from casual party games like Scattergories to intense strategy games like Terra Mystica. I enjoy them all for different reasons, but […]