Tuesday, August 22, 2017

True confessions: Until yesterday, I'd never heard of nitro-infused coffee and tea

Oh well.

Photo by Retiring Guy
(which shows a portion of the GNF parade route that's ready to go)

A new trend in serving cold brew coffee uses science to make it more delicious.  (Business Insider, 8/25/2015)
The creamier taste — either in beer or in coffee — is due, in part, to the smaller nitrogen bubbles. 
Nitrogen gas doesn't easily dissolve in water, giving the brew a thicker, more velvety "mouthfeel." To get nitrogen into the liquid, the tap needs a "restrictor plate" to squeeze the drink through tiny holes, giving the beverage a particularly smooth and frothy head. 
The tiny bubbles make the drink feel thicker when you gulp it down.

Sorry, if you want to know how Don Ho's "Tiny Bubbles" performed on the Billboard Hot 100, you'll have to look it up yourself.

University Avenue Phase 1 reconstruction UPDATE: Good Neighbor Fest parade is 5 days away

Still work to do.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Good Neighbor Festival parade

8/8/2017 update, "Will final segment be done in time for Good Neighbor Fest parade?, starts here.

Middleton Good Neighbor Fest takes place August 25-27.

7/15/2017 update, "Finishing touches", starts here.

City of Middleton current construction projects.

7/3/2017 update stars here.

Part 2 features a quick side glance at the new Chocolaterian Cafe, where Scott's Bakery used to conduct business.

6/4/2017 update, "Driving on the newly paved stretch of University Avenue, phase 1 reconstruction", starts here.

Video by Retiring Guy 

Audio from

T. C. Boyle’s New Novel Taps the Biosphere’s Erotic Potential.  (The New York Times, /11/11/2016)

5/26/2017 update, " University Avenue phase 1 reconstruction:  Asphalt paving completed, the videos", starts here.

5/16/2017 update, "University Avenue phase 1 reconstruction:  Curb, driveway aprons, and pedestrian islands poured", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

5/6/2017 update, " Phase 1 pavement removal completed" starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

4/27/2017 update, "Stage 1 traffic shift now in place for reconstruction of University Avenue in Middleton", starts here.

New lane lines and other control devices for Stage 1 traffic shift are now in place.

Original 2/12/2017 post, "Crumbling infrastructure:  Reconstruction of University Avenue in Middleton begins next month", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Section of plan drawings that includes intersection of University and Park (partially shown above)

The green arrow points to the location of the crumbling infrastructure.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in time for the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival parade on August 27, 2017.

Phase 2, from Park to Cayuga, will take place in 2018.

Survey says a not insignificant subgroup of Americans think neo-Nazi and white supremacist views are acceptable

Poll shows clear disapproval of how Trump responded to Charlottesville violence.  (Washington Post, 8/21/2017)

Related reading:
Fighting White Supremacy Means Owning Up to American History.  (The Nation, 8/14/2017)
The justification of white supremacy has often rested on a veneer of civility. Blatant and unabashed white supremacist language has rarely been used to uphold slavery. Instead, America’s putrid racism has often been cloaked by depictions intended to make it seem respectable. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Southern slaveholders said the Bible compelled them to hold slaves—that, in fact, civilizing black people was a good Christian way of “liberating” them from savagery. “Christians across the Confederacy were convinced that they were called not only to perpetuate slavery but also to ‘perfect’ it. And they understood the Bible to provide clear moral guidelines on how to properly practice it,” wrote Thom Bassett in The New York Times.  
During the civil-rights movement, segregationists used the country’s history as a reason for preserving racism. “This nation was never meant to be a unit of one…but a united of the many,” aid George Wallace in his famous 1963 “Segregation Forever” speech. “That is the exact reason our freedom loving forefathers established the states, so as to divide the rights and powers among the states, insuring that no central power could gain master government control.”