We've had a good week that included a bit of rain and some refreshing temperatures. The leaves have fallen from one of the mamey trees signaling time to harvest the fruit. Yet the other tree, far older and larger, continues to grow new leaf sets and the mamey aren't near ready for eating. Odd that. The price of limes is decreasing to near normal, I have a dozen yellow lemons on the counter, and I scored six quarts of Best Foods (AKA Hellman's) Mayonnaise for the pantry. Life is good!
If pain is the appropriate indicator then the back and ribs are healing well but there's something going on inside that, well, ain't quite right. Another follow-up is in order.
It's been a good week of visits and even a little getting out and about myself without pressing it too much. Had a very nice visit the other day with Jan and Judy, fine folk who have lived in Corozal near 20 years and I'd never met! The conversation was a true delight as we enjoyed lunch on the waterfront. Their website is a nice source of information about Corozal, Belize and worth a visit if you're interested. They also own the domain name chetumal.com so if anyone out there is interested in doing something with that, give them a shout. It has good business potential given the number of visitors, expats, and English-speaking professionals here in town. I don't have time but you might!
On that note, PapiSays is doing well and readership continues to accrue. I've made little progress with the actual website (outside FaceBook) but I press on, buoyed by the loyal and active FaceBook following. Please visit and encourage others to do the same. As well, I encourage your feedback for improvements!
I encourage you to read this article that, although about physics, is also about human nature. It starts thusly:
“My name is Erasto B Mpemba, and I am going to tell you about my discovery, which was due to misusing a refrigerator.”
With those words, [13 year old] Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba entered scientific history, and also sparked a scientific mystery and controversy that remains ongoing today, some 40 years later!
The phenomenon Mpemba found is now known as the Mpemba effect, and is the very counterintuitive idea that, under certain circumstances, a quantity of very hot/boiling liquid can freeze faster than an equal quantity of cold liquid!"
Near the end of the article are four concepts, two of which I believe we should carry-over into daily lives:
"Mpemba’s discovery is a wonderful illustration of many important lessons in science: the significance of experiment over theory, the danger of clinging to preconceived notions, the difficulty in evaluating even seemingly simple real-world physics problems, and the importance of perseverance in the face of unreasoning denial. "
I share this after many discussions with those who accept current fact(faith) as unassailable fact(faith) and who, rather than explore alternatives, quit in the face of denial. Philosophy and science are brothers in arms. Don't be closed-minded.
One of the many subjects Jan, Judy, and I discussed was food. Yeah, imagine that! I introduced Judy to the concept of umami, the fifth basic taste after salty, bitter, sweet, and sour. Making food "taste" good is as simple as balancing those five tastes, yes? Ah, but not so simple else everyone would be a Top Chef! Rather than a recipe this week I offer you another link that I hope will spur you to innovation and ultimately success in the kitchen no matter what dish you're preparing! How to make any dish better using science.