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The Barn Walk (Away, Towards Us)
gif by @neropatti

gif by @neropatti

As promised, the Barn Walk Page, for Paula.
Gifs by Paula and Ess.

Some educational articles to help you understand and appreciate this scene.

GOAT CHEESE

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Goat cheese, or chèvre (from the French word for goat), is cheese made out of the milk of goats.

Cow’s milk and goat’s milk have similar overall fat contents. However, the higher proportion of medium-chain fatty acids such as caproic, caprylic and capric acid in goat’s milk contributes to the characteristic tart flavor of goat’s milk cheese. (These fatty acids take their name from the Latin for goat, capra.)

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When chèvre is served hot, it is known as chèvre chaud.

Goat milk is often consumed by young children, the elderly, those who are ill, or have a low tolerance to cow’s milk. Goat milk is more similar to human milk than that of the cow, although there is large variation among breeds in both animals.

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Although the West has popularized the cow, goat milk and goat cheese are preferred dairy products in much of the rest of the world. Because goat cheese is often made in areas where refrigeration is limited, aged goat cheeses are often heavily treated with salt to prevent decay. As a result, salt has become associated with the flavor of goat cheese.

Goat cheese has been made for thousands of years, and was probably one of the earliest made dairy products. In the most simple form, goat cheese is made by allowing raw milk to naturally curdle, and then draining and pressing the curds.

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Other techniques use an acid (such as vinegar or lemon juice) or rennet to coagulate the milk. Soft goat cheeses are made in kitchens all over the world, with cooks hanging bundles of cheesecloth filled with curds in the warm kitchen for several days to drain and cure. If the cheese is to be aged, it is often brined so it will form a rind, and then stored in a cool cheese cave for several months to cure.

Goat cheese softens when exposed to heat, although it does not melt in the same way many cow cheeses do. Firmer goat cheeses with rinds are sometimes baked in an oven to form a gooey, warm cheese, which is ideal for spreading on bread with roasted garlic, or alone.

BARN

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In the U.S., older barns were built from timbers hewn from trees on the farm and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone barns were sometimes built in areas where stone was a cheaper building material. In the mid to late 19th century in the U.S. barn framing methods began to shift away from traditional timber framing to “truss framed” or “plank framed” buildings. Truss or plank framed barns reduced the number of timbers instead using dimensional lumber for the rafters, joists, and sometimes the trusses. The joints began to become bolted or nailed instead of being mortised and tenoned.

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The inventor and patentee of the Jennings Barn claimed his design used less lumber, less work, less time, and less cost to build and were durable and provided more room for hay storage. Mechanization on the farm, better transportation infrastructure, and new technology like a hay fork mounted on a track contributed to a need for larger, more open barns, sawmills using steam power could produce smaller pieces of lumber affordably, and machine cut nails were much less expensive than hand-made (wrought) nails. Concrete block began to be used for barns in the early 20th century in the U.S.

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Modern barns are more typically steel buildings. From about 1900 to 1940, many large dairy barns were built in northern USA. These commonly have gambrel or hip roofs to maximize the size of the hay loft above the dairy roof, and have become associated in the popular image of a dairy farm. The barns that were common to the wheatbelt held large numbers of pulling horses such as Clydesdales or Percherons. These large wooden barns, especially when filled with hay, could make spectacular fires that were usually total losses for the farmers. With the advent of balers it became possible to store hay and straw outdoors in stacks surrounded by a plowed fireguard.

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Many barns in the northern United States are painted barn red with a white trim. One possible reason for this is that ferric oxide, which is used to create red paint, was the cheapest and most readily available chemical for farmers in New England and nearby areas. Another possible reason is that ferric oxide acts a preservative[5] and so painting a barn with it would help to protect the structure.

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With the popularity of tractors following World War II many barns were taken down or replaced with modern Quonset huts made of plywood or galvanized steel. Beef ranches and dairies began building smaller loftless barns often of Quonset huts or of steel walls on a treated wood frame (old telephone or power poles). By the 1960s it was found that cattle receive sufficient shelter from trees or wind fences (usually wooden slabs 20% open).

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A farm often has pens of varying shapes and sizes used to shelter large and small animals. The pens used to shelter large animals are called stalls and are usually located on the lower floor. Other common areas, or features, of a typical barn include:

* a tack room (where bridles, saddles, etc. are kept), often set up as a breakroom a feed room, where animal feed is stored – not typically part of a modern barn where feed bales are piled in a stackyard
* a drive bay, a wide corridor for animals or machinery
* a silo where fermented grain or hay (called ensilage or haylage) is stored.
* a milkhouse for dairy barns; an attached structure where the milk is collected and stored prior to shipment
* a grain (soy, corn, etc.) bin for dairy barns, found in the mow and usually made of wood with a chute to the ground floor providing access to the grain, making it easier to feed the cows.
* modern barns often contain an indoor corral with a squeeze chute for providing veterinary treatment to sick animals.

ILIAC CREST

The crest of the ilium (or iliac crest) is the superior border of the wing of ilium and the superolateral margin of the greater pelvis.

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The iliac crest stretches posteriorly from the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) to the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS). Behind the ASIS, it divides into an outer and inner lip separated by the intermediate zone. The outer lip bulges laterally into the iliac tubercle. Palpable in its entire length, the crest is convex superiorly but is sinuously curved, being concave inward in front, concave outward behind.

It is thinner at the center than at the extremities.

Wikipedia does not mention how attractive they are. Probably just an oversight.
Stan swings into retreat mode. gif by @neropatti

gif by @neropatti

Discussion

23 thoughts on “The Barn Walk (Away, Towards Us)

  1. Since I am the only one asked to come here, I feel it is my duty to comment.
    Frkn hilarious to get to this page! Was laughing my arse off (at work, oopsie). My iliac crest is so lovely, well it´s Alex´s but anyway, finally we have a official term for this v-shape way leading to the FOY! 🙂

    Posted by paula | March 21, 2013, 12:53 am
  2. Did you honestly think the “mcnerding” would distract us from the gifs? Never happened! Thanks for recreating (again and again) the best scene from the movie.

    Posted by karin@notmcnerd | March 21, 2013, 9:23 am
    • I have never laughed so hard recently than when I was formatting that text around the pictures. More than you ever wanted to know about goat cheese and can you believe the Wikipedia entry on barns is so long??? So great to have such amazing filler text for the gifs.

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | March 21, 2013, 9:37 am
  3. We’re there words on this page? LOL. Brilliant work! A lovely distraction from my boring day at the office.

    Posted by Nance1031 | March 21, 2013, 1:04 pm
  4. My biggest problem with this scene…..he was wearing pants! 😛
    My other problem(s) with it.:
    * Is the warmth of all those candles good for cheese? ( Stan must have spend about the same amount of money on these candles to decorate the barn, as all those Christmas lights – If only he knew he would need it to raise the twins!)
    * Stan removing Zoe’s jersey and then after s*x she was wearing it again?….makes no sense
    * Stan still wearing his pants after having s*x….trust me if a man is still wearing his pants, something is wrong (Y’all go and try to have s*x with your man while he still has his pants and undies (because it looks like he was wearing some – not with the walk though) still around his a/ss)…it should have been around his ancles at least! 😛

    Posted by FOYeur | March 21, 2013, 1:37 pm
    • I’m with you FOYeur — why the rush to get clothed again? and yeah, the poncho, those are difficult to get in & out of…. so odd. Why not use some strategically placed piles of hay to cover up the bits & then show them getting dressed (again, with bits hidden for modesty’s sake) while they argued! It would have been funny that way, and more realistic.

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | March 22, 2013, 9:39 am
  5. I find it completely and somehow appropriately hilarious that there is a page full of yada-yada-yada interspersed with the gifs. So many words… barn….. Cheese….. Goats….and no matter what it said no one would be reading it anyhow. Perfect. Now back to the story. Dun dun dun

    Posted by Cvc | March 21, 2013, 4:03 pm
  6. How fascinating, it’s amazing all the walks and goats milk :-O

    Posted by kiwi. | March 22, 2013, 2:52 am
  7. I’ve just learned a lot about goat cheese and barns.
    Sorry, was there something else on this page?

    Posted by heymomo | March 22, 2013, 8:24 pm
  8. Obvi momo has been hacked. Her post makes no sense and has no caps. Unless she reached her week limit on cap usage which is s distinct possibility. Also, Steph you must be using ‘raise a barn’ because due to the FOY size ‘pitch a tent’ is just not enough. #yes!itsaeuphemism!

    Posted by cvc-eve | March 23, 2013, 9:09 am
  9. Had to watch again! I mean read! If you can get past the gifs, it’s very informative. Thank you, in more ways than one! 😉

    Posted by Amanda | March 26, 2013, 9:33 am
  10. LOL! I missed this. It’s hilarious!

    Posted by rainycali | June 20, 2013, 7:01 pm

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