“I was looking at the staff roster,” Professor Plum said, “and you left out the resident faculty.”

He read the mail. (More)

Your lowly mail room clerk noted that BPI’s resident and satellite faculty have their own sections on the same page as the staff roster. Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet then left to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor debated whether to call with his Queen-high straight. He had opened the pot by raising with the Jack and Ten of Spades, and Chef called. The Queen and Nine of Clubs fell with the Three of Hearts on the flop, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor bet his open-ended straight draw. Again, Chef called. The Eight of Clubs made the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s straight, but also made a possible Club flush. He checked, and Chef checked behind him.

The Ace of Spades at the river changed nothing, and left the Professor of Astrology Janitor in a quandary. If he bet his straight, he knew Chef would raise with a flush or fold any weaker hand. The Professor of Astrology Janitor checked, and Chef put in a small bet. She might be betting a weaker hand, two pair or three of a kind. Or she might be betting a flush. He didn’t think she had the Ace and King of Clubs or a pair of Queens, as she would have reraised with either before the flop. That left nine possible Ace-Queens for two pair and six possible pairs each of Nines or Eights for three of a kind, and four likely suited Club hands: Ace-Jack, Ace-Ten, Jack-Ten, or Seven-Six.

The pot odds forced him to call, and Chef turned over her Ace and Ten of Clubs. The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling, and Chef went to the kitchen to make Sour Cream Chicken Quiche, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

I’m upset about the new Cosmos series. Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all. In the first episode, host Neil de Grasse Tyson said something about all views being up for discussion in the field of science, but I thought to myself no, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion it would seem. Shouldn’t Cosmos give creation scientists time to express our views?

Danny in KY

Dear Danny,

We note that Cosmos is about science and evidence, not religion and faith. There is ample scientific evidence for evolution, from the common DNA codes for shared traits across species to land animals’ inferior eyesight as compared to that of fish, because the eye originally evolved to see underwater. Other evidence includes the weaknesses of the human spine, which has not yet evolved to fully support our upright posture throughout life, and the human female birth canal, whose placement evolved for a four-legged creature and is more painful and riskier for narrower-hipped, upright humans. Were these the products of ‘special creation,’ we would call it Malevolent rather than Intelligent Design. But these and other human ‘design’ flaws are predictable byproducts of evolution. Finally, we wonder how much space you reserve for biologists to offer evidence of evolution at your Creation Museum. Or does “all views being up for discussion” go only one way?

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

This still leaves the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Is that why Chef made Sour Cream and Chicken Quiche this morning? Also, how do I make that?

Aging for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Aging for Breakfast,

We’re pleased to answer that age-old question. The chicken evolved from other egg-bearing species, so eggs predate chickens by hundreds of millions of years.

To make Chef’s Sour Cream Chicken Quiche, line a 9″ pie plate with a thawed frozen pie crust. In a skillet, sauté ¼ cup each of chopped onion and chopped bell pepper in olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of all-purpose flour and cook for 2 minutes, then add 1 cup of chopped, cooked chicken breast, and ¼ teaspoon each of salt, black pepper, and nutmeg. Spread the cooked mixture in the bottom of the pie crust and top with ½ cup of shredded cheddar and ¼ cup of shredded Swiss cheese, then combine 2 lightly beaten eggs and ¾ cup each of milk and sour cream, then pour over the chicken mixture. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350°F and bake for another 30-35 minutes, until an inserted knife comes out clean. Bon appétit!

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Sources:

BPI Faculty and Staff

Danny in KY; human ‘design’ flaws.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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Happy Sunday!