Friday, November 23, 2012

The Best Iced Coffee Recipe Ever.

I'd love to thank the inventors of chocolate, coffee and books. I cannot live without those things. Up until recently, I called myself the type of person who would drink coffee regardless of how hot it was.

Then I discovered iced coffee.

I found some recipes on the internet and tried and tweaked them around until I had a simple recipe that tasted simply amazing. I didn't include amounts because I know tastes in coffee vary widely. Here it is:

You will need
  • Milk
  • Boiling water
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Sugar
  • And of course, instant coffee powder.
  1. Put coffee into a cup or glass. I use 1 teaspoon.
  2. Pour in just enough boiling water to dissolve the coffee.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Add cold water and milk in the ratio you like best.
  6. Add ice cubes and stir.
  7. Enjoy!

  1. Coffee beans can also be used. However, this method needs you to wait quite a while before you enjoy your coffee. You will have to leave the coffee in the boiling water for a couple of hours to brew, and then strain it. Too complicated, if you ask me. The taste is far better though, if you have the patience.
  2. Add some maple syrup to the coffee. This adds some toffee-ish taste, which releases divine flavours when it blends with the coffee. Remember that it will only dissolve if you add it to the boiling water.
  3. Replace milk with cream or coffee creamer for a creamier coffee.
  4. Add some whipped cream on top.
I don't usually do recipes and all things such. This is one exception though. Coffee is, after all, exceptional. :-)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thinking About Thought: Part 1 (The Introduction)

Hello again, imaginary readers. I have a policy on this blog. I don't edit, revise, rewrite or change any of my posts, regardless of how vulnerable or idiotic they make me feel. It's a freewriting blog and that's exactly what I do on it -- freewriting.
However, this particular post I had to edit. I realized how vast a topic this actually is. Although this post was far too long for easy reading, it still didn't go into a lot of depth on each point. So, I decided to make a series on it. I will divide my ideas into sections, and expand each section into its own post. This is Part 1, The Introduction.

We're incredible creatures. We have the abilities to think, figure out, understand and even imagine. Our minds are fantastic. But what does it really mean to think? Besides the complex chemicals running through our minds, what are we actually doing?

I thought about thinking for a while, and this is what I understand of it. It's like we have a huge database in our minds of everything we have ever learnt. This is not only the things we learnt from school or our parents but also every thought process, emotion, action and experience, and the consequences thereof. Everything new that we learn, every decision we have to make, every thought that crosses our minds is compared to our database, and then added to it.

If I take a simple example: I have to decide whether to eat a chocolate. My mind, subconsciously and at super-speed, runs through all the files on eating chocolate. It examines the consequences of eating it, versus not eating it. It runs through all the information it has on chocolate too, e.g. that it contains insect legs, or improves your brain power. Based on all of this, it makes a decision. I say, "Hmmm...I'll just eat it." My brain then adds this incident to the database. If it has any consequences, it adds this information too. If it doesn't have any consequences, it stores it saying, "No consequences."

This does not only apply to decisions. It applies to everything we learn too. For instance, maths. In order to understand almost any new concept, we compare it to older concepts we already understand. To understand multiplication, we explained it as adding the number to itself x amount of times. Then, this was in our database. Now if we try to understand exponents, we explain it as multiplying the number by itself x amount of times. Once we understand that, it's in our database, and we can understand more complex things by comparing them to it.

Going back to the chocolate example, how will I know if the chocolate tastes good or not? You guessed it! I compare it to my database. If the new thing tastes equal to or better than the average taste of things I've eaten, I say it tastes good. If it tastes far better than the average, I say I love it. If it tastes worse, I say I don't like it.

This also means that we don't really "imagine" anything new. We cannot. I mean try imagining how a colour outside the visible spectrum looks. Could you? Obviously not. Your brain cannot create anything completely original. It can only attempt to combine things from its database. This is what we call "imagining". Why, then, can we have so many "original" ideas? Truth is, we don't. However, think of how many billions and trillions of possible combinations there can be of just all of your knowledge. Everything in your database can be combined in all kinds of crazy ways. And since each person has a unique database, there could be an infinite number of possible imaginations.

Once we apply this understanding of thought to our daily lives, it has profound implications for us. We will explore some of these implications in later parts. In the meantime, try thinking about thought a little. If you come up with some interesting ideas, make sure to share them in the comments! :-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Liebster Award

I've been nominated by The Magic in Writing. Thank you very much!

R U L E S :
1. Thank and link back to the giver
2. Answer the award giver’s questions
3. Nominate 5 other blogs that have fewer than 200 followers
4. Ask questions for one’s nominees to answer.
5. Post the Liebster’s Award Picture on your post.

A N S W E R S :
1. Favorite song lyrics?
There are so many, it's hard to choose a favourite. Besides, my favourie changes depending on my mood. Right now, it would probably be the following lines from Fireflies by Owl City:
"I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay awake when I'm asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams"

2. What book have you read that defied your expectations for it the most?
If you mean in a good way, then Lie by Moonlight by Amanda Quick definitely did. I expected it to be a plain and boring romance story, but it turned out to be romantic suspense, a genre I find extremely enjoyable to read.

3. What's one place you've always wanted to go?
So many places. I want to see all the amazing places of this world. Most of all though, I have always wanted to visit Antarctica and the moon.

4. Why did you start blogging in the first place?
I started blogging because I wanted an outlet to share some of my crazy opinions, be random, be myself and say whatever I would like to.

5. Favorite mythical creature?
I don't really have one, but the first thing jumping into my mind when I read this question was, "Unicorns!" So unicorns it shall be.

Q U E S T I O N S :
1. What is your favourite colour and number?
2. Oh look! A bubble! What's in it?
3. If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?
4. What is the meaning of life?
5. Which book/movie has changed your life the most?

N O M I N A T I O N S :

Note: I don't know why some parts of my posts are highlighted in white. If someone knows why, and how to fix it, please help. Thanks.