Recommended reading / viewing / listening

Recommending reading: What happens when we sleep … remembering the Civil War … the ultimate Twitter archive … some Roman history … Peru’s impossible choice

1. How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive
By Audrey Watters | O’Reilly Radar | June 2
“In April 2010, Twitter announced it was donating its entire archive of public tweets to the Library of Congress. … That’s led to a flood of inquiries to the Library of Congress about how and when researchers will be able to gain access to the Twitter archive. These research requests were perhaps heightened by some of the changes that Twitter has made to its API and firehose access. But creating a Twitter archive is a major undertaking for the Library of Congress, and the process isn’t as simple as merely cracking open a file for researchers to peruse.”

2. The Mind after Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep?
Scientific American | June 3
“Based on new sleep research, there are tantalizing signposts. Join us in exploring this slumbering journey. We’ll delve into the one-eyed, half-brained sleep of some animals; eavesdrop on dreams to understand their cognitive significance; and investigate extreme and bizarre sleeping behaviors like “sleep sex” and “sleep violence.’ ”

3. Roman Ship Carried Live Fish Tank
By Rossella Lorenzi | Discovery News | June 3
“The ancient Romans might have traded live fish across the Mediterranean Sea by endowing their ships with an ingenious hydraulic system, a new investigation into a second century A.D. wreck suggests.”

4. Peruvians facing worst possible choices
By Andres Oppenheimer | The Miami Herald | June 3
“It’s hard to tell which of the presidential candidates running in Peru’s runoff elections Sunday — right-of-center Keiko Fujimori and left-of-center Ollanta Humana — would be worse for their country’s democratic institutions. Both have strong authoritarian backgrounds.”

5. Remembering the Civil War
To the Best of Our Knowledge | Feb. 20
“It’s the sesquicentennial of the Civil War — it’s been 150 years since that epic war began. Americans will commemorate and remember it from different points of view. … We’ll talk about soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield, and their reconciliation afterwards. We’ll debate the controversial legacy of the abolitionist, John Brown. And we’ll reflect on why the Civil War still has a living — and highly contested — history … even today.”

TUNES

My soundtrack for today included:
1. TEXAS FLOOD Stevie Ray Vaughan
2. STORMY WEATHER Etta James
3. THE JACKAL Ronny Jordan & Dana Bryant
4. THESE ARMS OF MINE Otis Redding
5. A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE Etta James
6. SWEET SIXTEEN (Live) B.B. King
7. SOMETHING INSIDE ME Robert Bradley
8. I COVER THE WATERFRONT John Lee Hooker
9. THE PREACHER Nitin Sawhney
10. I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU Etta James

The perfect mojito for me

The other day a certain someone slipped this recipe to me, perhaps hinting that I should make more than a few servings for her and her friends. It certainly looks like someone I’d whip up for the poolside party.

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The other day a certain someone slipped this recipe to me. It certainly looks like someone I’d whip up for the poolside party.

Black & Blue Mojito

Ingredients
— 3 blackberries, plus additional for garnish
— 10 blueberries, plus additional for garnish
— Pinch of mint, plus a sprig for garnish
— 1 ounce lime juice
— 1 ounce simple syrup
— 2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
— Splash of soda water

Directions
— In a mixing glass, muddle the berries and mint with the lime juice and simple syrup.
— Add rum.
— Top with crushed ice.
— Add a splash of soda water and stir.
— Garnish with mint sprig and additional berries.

Also see: When you’re done, consider serving alongside the drinks some homemade ice cream with a recipe courtesy of … guess who. 🙂