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00h UTC; TUESDAY, 12 MARCH 2013: If it seems that tonight's blog post seems rambling to the point of incohesive, readers, such can best be put down to the fact of his undergoing tooth-extraction surgery this morning to remove a couple of teeth as were giving him problems (and quite the pain, even) about a month back. And though the anesthetic as made the mouth numb is wearing off to a degree, Your Correspondent's just getting adjusted to the loss.

And, thankfully, without emotion or tantrums (in fact, during the prep therefor, I couldn't help but overhear where what appeared to be an infant as was in for a dental checkup was bawling his lungs out; perhaps some infant teeth were just emerging to the extent of making him cry all the more.

If there's one thing Wisconsin Governor Scott "Wisconsin IS Open for Business" Walker is adamant about, he wants REAL jobs created for REAL Wisconsinites. And By Any Means Necessary, never mind that it's impossible for jobs to spontaneously emerge out of the collective goodness of business and industry; in any case, Walker seems to have a clear disregard of business economics while being as hard-wired in his thought as he is.

Meanwhile, though, Your Correspondent's doing his best to help stimulate Wisconsin jobs creation in the correct way; you can help by clicking this link and perhaps making some decent purchases therefrom.

For such among the forces of Zealotry and True Belief in the notion that "AmeriKKKa Needs to be More Like China" to speed up jobs creation according to the principles of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe this same ilk sees as Essential to Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations, they might like to hear where China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has ordered broadcasters not to carry luxury goods advertising lest listeners and viewers "get the wrong ideas" in light of new Premier Xi Jinpeng's full-on crackdown on ostentatious displays of wealth suggesting corruption. (And the timing couldn't be more interesting: Said ban was issued in the runup to this week's Lunar New Year celebrations, traditionally a time to offer extravagant and ostentatious gifts as a way of currying favour with local officials in hopes of expediting approval of various projects or schemes. Not to mention flamboyant banquet dinners, also disapproved of under the New Order from Tiananmen.)

Tell me this isn't a novel programming idea to catch online radio listeners when they least expect it: Imagine, if you will, "Watchin' the Detectives" by Elvis Costello being lead-in to some specimen of Old Time Radio detective or mystery drama programming in the vein of such shows as:
  • Boston Blackie
  • Bulldog Drummond
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Philo Vance
  • Nick Carter, Master Detective
  • Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective
  • Pat Novak for Hire
  • Jeff Regan, Investigator
  • Dragnet
  • Sam Spade
  • Ellery Queen Mysteries
  • Phillip Marlowe (especially so the Gerald Mohr version)
  • Nero Wolfe (as portrayed by Sidney Greenstreet)
  • Mr. & Mrs. North
  • Broadway is My Beat
  • Mr. District Attorney
Which, when all is said and done, takes suspense among online radio listeners to new and exciting levels, especially when the segue is sudden and unpronounced, listeners not knowing the particulars of the show or episode thus following until the end.

Memo to home bakers who value their flour
(especially so the likes of King Arthur, Hudson Cream, Texas Pioneer, La Paloma/White Wings, Ceresota/Hecker's or such as requires ordering online in the interest of wanting it authentic): To keep it fresh, store it in an air-tight container (preferably with a "clicking" lid) in the refrigerator ... and bring it to room temperature for best results prior to your baking. Even more interesting: Next time you're buying flour, consider buying one bag each of white flour (self-rising such included) and whole wheat flour and combining the two in the same storage container "half-and-half," shaking the closed container thoroughly so the two are well-blended. (Incidentally, there's about 5-1/3 cups flour to a pound.)

Self-rising flour, BTW, inasmuch as it has baking powder and salt already added, is intended mostly for quick breads, cakes, muffins, scones, biscuits and cookies; for yeast breads, use unbleached or, better still, bread flour.



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