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Summer storms and grilled ribs

Soon, Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the Dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, ripe meat off the bone. -Gimli

Today turned out to be a rather curious day, hence the unexpected sharing of its events here: for the past few months, I’ve been occupied with coursework, but now that said course has ended, an opening of sorts has opened up in my schedule. I will use the time to do practise passages, but today, I decided to try and get some work done for my research. That proved to be reasonably successful, as I was able gather the citations required for a publication and fix a compiler error in a graphing utility for one of my models. A dinner of ribs and a thunderstorm rounded off the evening.

  • The term ribs usually refers to the less meaty part of the chops, often cooked as a slab (not cut into separate ribs). In North American cuisine, ribs typically refer to barbecue pork ribs served with barbecue sauce. The primary advantage of cooking meat on the bone is that it adds flavour and texture. The bone also conducts heat within the meat so that it cooks more evenly and prevents meat drying out and shrinking during cooking.

  • Today, at around 1800 local time, a major thunderstorm rolled into the region and dumped walnut-sized hail on the area. I was studying for verbal reasoning when the storm struck and was mostly complete the third passage when a lightning bolt struck not more than 100 metres from my position. The resulting  thunderclap shook the room, and I abandoned all attempts to continue onwards.

  • Ribs are awesome in general, even more so with a special BBQ sauce. Ribs can be roasted, grilled, baked, braised, or smoked. When served in a set of five or more, the platter is collectively referred to as a rack of ribs.

The last time such a massive thunderstorm occurred, I attended a LAN party after a long day’s of research. This was nearly a year ago, and I recall it as if it were yesterday: after the storm subsided, an evening of grilled burgers and Halo Reach ensued. The quote at the top of the page is (for those unfamiliar) from Lord of the Rings and describes today rather nicely.

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