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1. Mark Bittman posted a listing of 101 summer salad suggestions.

44. Make a crisp grilled cheese sandwich, with good bread and not too much good cheese. Let it cool, then cut into croutons. Put them on anything, but especially tomato and basil salad. This you will do forever.

2. Wilde and Wodehouse's London is a set of photos on Flickr with lovely images of the sights these masters of words might have passed during their days.

3. While I'm on a food & photography theme, Jon Huck has a collection of photos of people and their breakfasts. It's an interesting project; I have difficulty seeing much depth in it, but it is fun to browse.

4. A former professor of mine has an essay on healing as metaphor online.

5. I finished reading Neil Postman's Entertaining Ourselves to Death recently. Having done that, I stumbled around online to see what others were saying about his arguments and shortly found a link to an essay by David Foster Wallace, E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction in a .pdf file.

6. The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.
myblackeyedfire: (Interstices at my fingertips)
I've thoughts on the election, Prop 8, the strange blast of snow earlier this week, how inspiring or dull my classes are, various books I'm reading and the like, but all I'm focusing on at this moment is this.

It isn't true to say I want to live there. I think, much as I dearly enjoy learning about cephalopods and squirmy marine life, it's not a space wherein I would want to dwell permanently but I sure wouldn't mind frequent visitation.

And now for a brief interlude:
Mark Twain's About Barbers reminds me why he's a rather fun author, despite the best efforts on the parts of English teachers to persuade us to the contrary. It's a short piece and one I'm glad I found.

50 strange buildings of the world!

Miller's homemade soap page has more information on how to make soap than I can process right now, but that's a good thing.

This is a collection of animal sounds as they are pronounced in different languages. There is even a sound in Russian for camel nuzzling! Also included are some animal commands and a few pet names.

From the Got Medieval blog, this entry has political history, murals and genitalia on trees.

Lastly, the link I like best of all is a page with some art installations by Andy Goldsworthy here


Sep. 4th, 2008 12:26 am
myblackeyedfire: (Blithe Wilde)
- Steven Steinberg owns New York Central Art Supplies. Discussion of the store and his life, along with photos are found here.
- There is some well-presented information on how to tie ties here. They've not included the Prat knot, alas, but otherwise have clear, concise information on this oft tricky endeavor.
- This post has some lovely, 'Secretary'-inspired photos. The red Sharpies on the desk have my approval.
- In case you ever wondered about U.S. copyright laws regarding recipes, look no further.
- Want to see a badass wedding cake? I want one.
- Continuing the food theme, here are some directions for making pie crusts.
- Andy Goldsworthy is an artist of whom I am deeply enamoured. Do check him out!
- I like the Wikipedia entry for soap bubbles.
- The art and biology and utterly fabulous blog bioephemera is full of weird, interesting information.
- 'Hermes and the Creation of Space' by Murray Stein, is on the website for the Jung Society of Atlanta.
- These pictures of the world as seen by children are just great!
- a softer world is probably my favorite webcomic. At least, it's definitely on par with xkcd. It's odd, observant, somewhat unsettling, and strangely funny.

Good night, you.
myblackeyedfire: (seduce my mind to have my body)
I haven't done this in a while so this list will be slightly longer and slightly more random than before. Enjoy!

1. Cool food: Have you ever wanted to try a meat cake? Yes, you read that correctly, a meat cake with all the trimmings to boot.

2. Cool quotes: This site, Giga Quotes, has an incredibly vast array of quotes arranged by topics, names and dates. This quote site may also be referred by uni students as a huge time waster. We know you need another one, yeah?

3. Cool essays: Have you ever wanted to read the essays of Francis Bacon? You can read his (rather short) opinions on everything from beauty to friendship, honor and revenge.

4. Cool dictionary: This is beyond awesome. An Anglo-Saxon dictionary! Just...go. Play with it. Reminisce remorsefully about how you slaughtered your high school's reading of 'Beowulf' and weep bitter tears that you didn't have this.

5. CoolAmazing art: [ profile] djinniyah makes me embarrassed that I've accomplished so little with my tablet while still admiring and loving everything she's drawn. The latest is one of the most impressive things I've seen. Check this out just to see how she draws feathers and uses skin tones. Mmmm.

6. Cool(er) than Ebay: Etsy is a shop that has users selling handmade things. You can get anything from jewelry to quirky accessories. Have a look around and see if you like anything.

7. Cool DIY. This site, Instructables, can teach you how to make everything from a photo cube to Hungarian shelves. I, personally, can't wait to make my own clove necklace.

8. Cool tool: This is fantastic. I discovered it five years ago and occasionally go back and toy around with it. What is it? Your very own Historic Tale Construction Kit, which allows you to basically make your own online Bayeux tapestry, comic scenario or drawing.

9. Cool library smut: (Last but certainly not least) I won't ruin the surprise but believe me when I write that this is completely work-safe. You could show it to your grandmother and she wouldn't blink. But, still, it's awfully hot and tantalizing. Go, see the hot library smut. I am in love.
myblackeyedfire: (So Lonely Without Me brilliant as the fo)
I really enjoyed making the Cool Things entries and will do that again right now.

1. Have you ever wondered about space and how the planets are related to one another in size? This site has several pictures showing just that. It's pretty cool.

2. This is a very short list of biological terms and this is a slightly longer continuation on the theme. Come on, don't you want to know what creatures are considered diapsid?

3. I found what looks like a very good set of instructions to get better skin here. Just scroll down a little bit to get to the first post.

4. Have you ever daydreamed about eating unconventional versions of standard foods and liking them? What about a Luther burger? It's like a regular cheeseburger but with halved Krispy Kreme donuts serving as buns. You can make one with this recipe, although I'd suggest grilling the donut halves. Mmmm. It has the additional bonus of conforming to the outline in this Pratchett quote: "Sham Harga had run a succesful eatery for many years by always smiling, never extending credit, and realizing that most of his customers wanted meals properly balanced between the four food groups: sugar, starch, grease and burnt crunchy bits."

5. Speaking of food that consists of burnt crunchy bits, [ profile] trashy_eats has the perfect recipes for everything from Ghetto Junk-Food Poutine to Ritz Cracker Pseudo Apple Pie. If you plan on being a broke college student for a while or if your friends ever have a White Trash Bash you will now be prepared!

6. Did you know Disney had a few songs planned for Aladdin that were never made? Having read Princess Jasmine declare, "Soon I'll get married- what could be sweeter? To some Salim or Abdullah, whoever he is, the two things he'll need are earplugs and plenty of moola" makes me think their decision to omit them was a wise one. Ouch! But, on the other hand, Jafar's song, "Humilate the Boy" is surprisingly sadistic and funny, with lines rubbing lamps involves some risk and Oh, we'll emasculate him slowly, all the better to enjoy; how delicious, to humiliate the boy. Wow.

7. I tried to make my morning last week semi-productive and was reading about the lowbrow and Dada art movements and looking at Wikipedia categories. Among the more interesting ones are:
Very large categories
Entertainers who committed suicide in their 80s,
Goddesses by association,
French protected designation of origin,
Animal monuments,
Royal suicides in the classical world,
Lists of interstate highways sharing the same title,
Russian loanwords,
Student culture
Disappeared people,
1202 deaths and
Article titles with lowercase initial letters. Go ahead and check them out.

In return I ask everyone to help me out if you can. You see, a while ago I began listening to Garmarna and, after losing my music collection, am now deeply pining for them. If any of you can send me some of their songs, 'Varulven'(Werewolf) in particular, I would really appreciate it. Heck, anything by Värttinä or other Finnish/Swedish/Norwegian/Sami/Icelandic musicians would be great, or anything else you think sounds interesting.

Here's a song for you guys: Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael. I'm a sucker for music that sound like this and folk songs with tragic endings are a particular weakness right now. Hence, my asking for an mp3 of 'Varulven'.
myblackeyedfire: (Cthulhu coffee: good to dunk humans into)
1. Think Madame Tussaud's but far less expensive, outdoors and with metal recreations of art instead of wax recreations of people. It's a great place to visit on a sunny day.
2. Expensive but probably worth it.
3. Have a day at the park. Food, games, music...make it a small party.
4. - I'm doing this no matter what this summer.
5. Eat an extra, extra large pizza pie and get a shirt? It's on.
6. The Liberty Science Center - nothing more needs to be said.
7. The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, small but with a lot of interesting pieces.
8. I definitely want to go berry picking and this site lets me see where I can to to do that.
9. I'd like to visit an aquarium.
10. The Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival sounds like a fun event to go to.

So, is there anybody interested in going with me?
myblackeyedfire: (Ridcully derides science)
1. I don't know how many of you know about but I really love some of their shirt designs and ideas.

2. For Sheryl, a website that picks apart nearly every aspect of Jane Eyre. It's pretty interesting, and I especially liked the 'literary and historical allusions' parts. Enjoy!

3. For anyone else that looks at an art piece without being classically trained to analyze and assess it, here's a good starting point for looking at Art Nouveau. It examines various symbols present in the art and explains the meaning behind many paintings and art works done in that style.

4. For all your Russian history needs, has a well-organized overview of key events that shaped Soviet history. So, be back in the U.S.S.R. and delve a little deeper into its history.

5. The Illuminated Middle Ages has illuminated texts from guess what time period and even though a lot of the site is only in French the illustrations are what you'll really be looking at so go ahead. They're beautiful.

6. Lastly, something funny. [ profile] queennell's ten-part explanation of the history of the time is hilarious, witty and a great way to relax between hardcore study sessions for your science class. Now replete with a sweetly sarcastic universe, a tres bitchy Newton, wacky Einstein, an uncertain Heisenberg and many more crazy scientists and brilliant people. Even if you're like me and don't know much about science, this will still probably be one of the funniest things you'll read this week. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Aristotle: *waves* Hi kids. Me again.
The Universe: And what are you going to get wrong this time?
Aristotle: Well, I was thinking about bodies.
Mrs Aristotle: *twats Aristotle one with ancient Greek handbag* And I bet they weren’t mine, eh?
Aristotle: STFU, darling. Anyway, I meant bodies as in objects. I was thinking that stuff should only move when you move it, and stay still the rest of the time.
Mrs Aristotle: *makes crazy signs at Aristotle* Yes? Isn’t that kinda obvious?
The Universe: *jumps up and down* OMG! You are so far out it’s not even funny!
Aristotle: And that when you drop a heavy thing, it should fall faster than a light thing.
Mrs Aristotle: Is that it? That’s a whole drachma’s worth of philosophy?
Aristotle: Quality ideas them, don’t get many of them to the pound.
The Universe: *sighs and gives up on Aristotle*

Eh, here's another one:
7. In the same way that the previous link lovingly whittles down scientific history down to it's rawest, most entertaining bits, so [ profile] twinkledru explains early American history. It's as if Eisman and Lanz were teaching it all over again, but perhaps with a little less whiffleball and Pyramid this time around. All six parts can be accessed from here.
HENRY VIII: OMG I want a divorce!
HENRY VIII: Screw you too! *creates own church, gets divorced*
ANNE BOLEYN: *points and laughs at Catherine of Aragon*
Of course, Catherine of Aragon kinda had the last laugh on that one.
ANNE BOLEYN: *imprisoned, hed iz pastede off yay!*
CATHERINE OF ARAGON: *still rich, daughter has claim to throne before Anne's daughter, and most importantly, hed still pastede on yay!*
myblackeyedfire: (Swear not by th' inconstant moon)
1. Item the first: I've been hearing enthusiastically positive things about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for months and finally investigated their website. The sheer number of scents is staggering and they all sound like much better alternatives to the perfumes sold in stores. With products that smell like their names, it's tempting to order a few imps (sample vials) to try. I'm particularly intrigued by names like Bluebeard, Dublin, Hetairae, Rosalind, and Tintagel.

2. Why hasn't anyone told me of this before? Columbia, NJ has a wolf preserve. This offers me a great opportunity: to watch wolves in the wild at my leisure for a day while walking among wildlife and enjoying the scenery. It would be the most amazing experience ever, to do this with someone.

3. This site has the greatest collection of art about Cupid and Psyche that I've ever found.

4. I was searching for reusable ice packs to be frozen and used at home when I came across a rather interesting alteration, a hot and cold breast compress. I'm half tempted to try it out.

5. New Year's resolutions from Crowley and Aziraphale, according to Neil Gaiman.

6. Bentley's Mint White tea + water that's just hot enough + some milk + a dash of sugar* = minty heaven.

*Okay, okay, a bit more than a dash. Two spoonfuls. But they're hardly necessary, really.


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