Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas

1. Riding on trains.

2. Aquariums. Especially with otters. Even if there was just one otter.

3. Suggested donation admittance.

4. Fair trade coffee shops with comfy furniture, salad, and cake, magically appearing right when you're about to give up and go into a Starbucks.

5. For the First Time, Women Share "First Kiss" at Navy Homecoming.

6. Wassail. Unfortunately, the internet doesn't know how to make wassail. Maybe if I get a minute I'll type up the recipe from my family cookbook.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

street art

I had other stuff to say today, but then I saw this, and decided that the rest can wait 'til tomorrow. Street art takes priority.
Most Beloved Street Art Photos of 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

A little cheer for the weekend

Some of it holiday related, some not.

1) Anonymous donors pay off K-Mart layaway accounts

2) I need new snow boots for winter. There are some at Target that I tried on, but couldn't bring myself to spend the money on. Today, I finally decided to go get them, since I've been thinking about them so much. AND WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR, but a 40% off all winter boots sale! Thanks, Santa.

3) Try a little tenderness (links to a video)


5) Tree Line by Zander Olsen

Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Follow that Bird" was a good movie, though.

This is what happens when you share a Netflix account with your sister.

2. "The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote."

3. On a similar note, 3eanuts removes the last panel of Peanuts comic strips, leaving you with that existentially empty feeling. 

4. Gingerbread cookies. I've modified this recipe slightly to suit my cookie baking/consumption needs, and it suits me nicely:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.
  • COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in small bowl.
  • BEAT butter, sugar, egg and molasses in large bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well blended.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

names for pets I'll never have

I like to think of strange pets that I might someday have and then name them. Here are the ones that I've come up with over the years:

Armadillo Lizard named Catharsis
Pot Belly Pig named Classy 
Hedgehog named Pedagogy
Chinchilla named Tickle
Slow Loris named Misandry
Flying Squirrel named Fancy
Iguana named Meander
Falcon named Zeitgeist

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"I'm proud of my gun, and I pooed in space."

1. Music Critic Top 10 takes all of the lists of 2011's bet albums and combines them. Be prepared to spend a long time on this one.

More paintings by Jeremy Geddes here.
3. My love of all things Harry Potter has recently been reignited by listening to the books on tape. But when the books ended, I still wanted more. So I have ventured into the seedy world of fanfiction. A lot of it is smut. Grammatically incorrect and often physically impossible smut. But the Shoebox Project is actually fairly well written, and so far has not featured smut. It's a bunch of Harry Potter geeks working together to imagine the story of the Marauders James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. There are even some illustrations. I've been enjoying it in spite of myself.

4. I don't like this video posted by Rick Perry, but I do like the internet's response to it. Thanks, internet.

Bad Lip Reading of Rick Perry's "Strong"

5. This article: Led by the Child Who Simply Knew

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

desecration of books for art

1. More wonderful 3D art! Book sculpture!

2. USA to use aid to promote gay rights abroad.


4. Thanks to Jeffrey Holiday for this, it made my day (this links to a video, apologies to those without fast enough internet, but it is worth bookmarking until you get somewhere you can watch it). You can read about Girl Walk/All Day here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

I didn't mind the party until Katy Perry's "Firework" started blasting.

1. The frat boys from across the street who brought us a card and fancy chocolate treats after they set off a smoke alarm and filled up the street with fire trucks this weekend. It may have been to sweeten us up so that we didn't make a noise complaint about their party last night, but it was a nice gesture none the less.

2. the 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011. What a year.

3. I don't post enough sculptural art on this blog. Let it be known that I most thoroughly enjoy sculptural and other three dimensional art. It's just harder to share about sometimes, because any representation of it on this blog would be inherently two dimensional.
"truth" by Yuka Sasahara

4. Facebook ads continue to amuse. Become a social worker! Help chubby children, and babies forced to sleep in dresser drawers.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pushups, bike riding, bread.

1. Last night at 1am I witnessed a spontaneous push up contest between a bunch of bros on the Commons (a strip of stores, restaurants and bars, without cars) while one of the local street minstrels played a fast paced tune on the guitar and watched.


3. Back when the Clear Creek Co-Op was on Earlham campus, volunteers used to come in and bake bread on Sunday mornings, and if you got there early enough you could buy a loaf for a few bucks. My favorite bakers were Miriam and Dan, they often made this fantastic bread with candied ginger in it. I asked Miriam for the recipe, and now, three years later, I have finally gotten around to making it. Here is the recipe. I doubled the amount of ginger, and soaked the bulgar in equal amount water for half an hour beforehand. If you like gingery things, try it (although it is dairy filled, I am sorry to say).

Saturday, December 3, 2011

surprises too


The lyrics to this song are a little messed up but I love this cover.

2. Pear, cheese, and green chile quesadillas! A friend brought these to dinner the other night and I thought it was inspired. 

3. I've been listening to the Harry Potter series on audiotape and now everything is about Harry Potter for me. It's on my mind 75% of the time.

4. I'm guessing that I wrote this letter when I was four years old.  I must have dictated it to my sister (the handwriting and spelling is too good), and then carefully signed it myself.

5. I read this article, Notes From a Dragon Mom, when it was printed a little while ago. I can't really say that I liked it, as it is on such a depressing topic, but I haven't stopped thinking about it since then. Read at risk of some tear shedding.

6. The 25 best autocorrects of the year were a lot funnier than I expected them to be. Read at risk of laughing out loud. (Contains language that might not be work/kid safe). 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chez and I discuss my blog.

Me: I haven't been very good at updating my blog the past couple of weeks.
Chez: Yeah, I know.
Me: Sometimes I just don't know what to put, you know? So then I usually put a poem or something, but I don't think anyone reads those.
Chez: I read em' if I don't think it's gonna make my head hurt.
Chez: Anytime you don't know what to put on your blog, just put a picture of your dad.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

the way a crow shook down on me


2. It hasn't snowed here really yet, and up until yesterday it was unseasonably warm, but here is one of my favorite winter poems:

Dust of Snow

The way a crow 
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

- Robert Frost

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