Posted on Wednesday, 31 January 2007 at 20:11.


White to play.

I was playing chess yesterday against a guy from Cabo Verde. Won the first two, lost the third. The situation above was at the very end of the second game. I moved my right rook to h8 and then won because he took it with his bishop. He found it amusing. :-) There were some other pieces near the lower left corner, but I forget which, and they didn’t matter.

While trying to translate ingredients from a Dutch recipe into Portuguese, I got seriously confused by all the different terms: yeast, baking powder, flour, self-rising flour, starch… It seems that both yeast (gist) and baking powder (bakpoeder) are leavening agents, but yeast is biological and slower than the chemical baking powder. I have bought fermento in the past, using it as baking powder. When trying to find the Portuguese word for yeast, I ended up at levedura, but the Portuguese Wikipedia redirects this to fermento, and asking two Portuguese people taught me that they indeed consider levedura equivalent to fermento. So, how to distinguish between the biological fermento and the chemical fermento? I don’t know yet.

To complicate matters further, while trying to find out the difference between all those terms I mentioned earlier, I found out that the Dutch Wikipedia claims that bloem is not equal to meel. Wikipedia only links to the English “flour” entry from meel. However, the Van Dale dictionary translates both to “flour”.

Finally, two pictures I took this afternoon:


The building’s windows are reflecting the setting sun’s light.


Can someone tell me what those black spots on/before the sun are? Are they sunspots?


By Tamar on Thursday, 01 February 2007 at 19:19:

arme jij *hug*

Wel hele mooie plaatjes :D Het brandt in dat gebouw O.o :P ;) en de zon is ook *een woord wat ik hier niet zeg want dan gaan mensen raar denken* mooi! :D Wowie!

En darling, voor jou! -> http://www.ngfotowedstrijd.nl/

By Martijn on Thursday, 01 February 2007 at 22:39:

Ja, toen ik het voor het eerst zag dacht ik dat het in de fik stond. :-) Dankjewel voor de link. :-)

By Roland on Monday, 05 March 2007 at 11:58:

Het is best mogelijk — in mijn ogen zelfs best waarschijnlijk — dat het zonnevlekken zijn op de onderste foto. In het Wikipedia-artikel dat je noemt, staat een foto van de zon waarop ook een vlek te zien is, die zonder speciale apparatuur gemaakt is. Op jouw foto is het dus wat duidelijker te zien :)

By Martijn on Monday, 05 March 2007 at 13:15:

Mjah, daar was ik al bang voor. :-P

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