Quick And Easy Red Bean Buns

Tried to make some red bean buns after watching an anime that featured them. A samurai girl, Akatsuki, is very wholesome and likes this food.

I took a lot of short cuts: air fryer, pressure cooked the beans, didn’t soak over night, baking powder instead of yeast. It didn’t end up as smooth as some people’s red bean buns, but the family liked it.

You can speed things up even more by buying your own red bean paste, although I haven’t managed to find any.


I was playing competitive on Ascent, and a boy called out in the middle of the game, “Oh no! I forgot to buy a gun!” During the next round I saw a character at the edge of the cliff by attacker spawn looking down in the abyss … and throwing their weapons down into it. And they kept saying, “Oh no! I lost my gun!”

There was that one time we were rushing site and one of the guys on our team shouted out, “For Narniiiiaaa!” And started blasting away. …


Fire Emblem: Three Houses delivers the action, dialog, and irony of a Shakespeare masterpiece.

Three Houses delivers the action, dialog, and irony of a Shakespeare masterpiece.

Oh, and it’s a video game.

Fire Emblem gets portrayed as some kind of chess on steroids -and it is- but the turn-based strategy warfare is just one facet of this many-sided marvel.

Don’t get me wrong: it does come with the learning curve of chess.

It took me weeks to figure out how to get an archer to stop running and fire off an arrow from a particular place. …


The internet only allows one point of view now.

In 2016, Facebook received an enormous amount of criticism from the media for allowing Donald Trump to be elected. They said Facebook was allowing so much “hate speech” and “fake news” that it gave Donald Trump an advantage and ultimately the White House.

And now on the fourth day of the 2020 election, I am only able to read one side’s account (at least on Google) of how the votes are being counted.

On Wednesday and Thursday I could read articles about ballot dumps in different states, but by Thursday afternoon they no longer showed up in the Google search…


I didn’t play Other M back in 2010 because of my fatigue with all the Metroid games coming out at the time, but Smash Brothers Ultimate presented some intriguing looking characters, so I decided to get a copy and fire up the old Wii.

I was not disappointed.

As I suspected the characters were at times deep, complex, and believable given how they are presented. They are not mere plot devices. In some ways this draws from the Alien films the franchise was originally based from.

Putting reflective characters in a game likely takes a lot of effort, but it…


I wanted to read a novel with action that somehow had a message about life or at least tried to describe it. To some extent I got a little of both with The Maze Runner.

Life can be like a maze, but this was largely not explored in Dashner’s The Maze Runner.

James Dashner struggled with #MeToo type allegations and has since been dropped by his publisher [1] [2], but there’s been a few movies made about his books and the idea of running through a maze seemed like a parallel of life to me.

Running through a maze can describe life in many ways, and the story does make some tie ins. The main character, Thomas…


Strawberry flavor from: real strawberries, strawberry pudding, and strawberry gel

I don’t much care for fruit in my cheesecake that is too subtle to really notice.

I haven’t seen any recipes that really hit more than 1 strawberry ingredient, so I improvised on some of the banana pudding cheesecake recipes. Somehow it turned out very good, with all of the eaters in my household recommending it!

Crust:
1 box of cinnamon crackers
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon (or so) of salt

Cheesecake Filing:
3 8 oz boxes of cream cheese
16 strawberries
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 package of strawberry pudding…


I was once asked by a professor at Oriel college what the book of Micah was about. His thinking was that if this young man was named Micah, he surely understood what this semi-obscure book of the Bible was about.

I was a deer caught in the headlights. I had read the book of Micah a couple of times, but I had no idea what the book was about in spite of having set out to try an piece an answer together for this.

I stumbled through an answer like, “Micah is about not faking your faith.” To which he…


There’s thousands of religions out there. A single one cannot be true.

There’s billions of places you can send your tax money to, but only one place that will keep you out of tax court. If you don’t know where to send your tax money, it means you haven’t tried to find out.

You can try to make a triangle with any number of different sides, but you can only do it successfully with three sides.

Christians have started more wars and killed more people than anyone else in history.

Secular and atheistic governments have killed far more people.

Robespierre’s Cult of Pure Reason lead to the deaths of 27,000 people in Paris. Stalin in the atheistic Soviet Union intentionally starved 6 million in Ukraine for…


The world may not be the way it was explained to you. Here are twenty six studies and articles that may surprise you and question the way you think.

Economics

Studies show 3 simple steps to stay out of poverty: get a diploma, get any job, wait until 21 married to have kids:
http://federalsafetynet.com/articles-on-poverty/a-98-proof-plan-to-stay-out-of-poverty1

Each 1% rise in unemployment leads to 37,000 deaths
https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/unemployment-reduces-life-expectancy

Only 12% of millionaires inherit their wealth
https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/articles/7-myths-about-millionaires

70% of Americans trust non profits more than the government
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.economist.com/international/2010/11/11/faith-hope-and-charities

Married sex reduces poverty:
https://ifstudies.org/blog/married-parents-one-way-to-reduce-child-poverty

Sex

Married couples happier than everyone else:
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/married-couples-are-happier-than-everyone-else-especially-in-middle-age-2019-05-23

Micah Hoover

Micah Hoover is a student of life, a follower of Jesus, a happy husband, a dad of three wonderful kids, a software developer, and writer.

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