July 22, 2008


Filed under: food,technology — origamifreak @ 10:36 pm

This is just bizarrely wrong.

Seen over at cakewrecks, in the comments.

(I just love the things I find over at the feed of Noel’s bloglinks.)

Note that it should probably not be used indoors…

Or maybe at all:

The center of the candle has an unexpected high flame and the plastic petals could ignite resulting in melting and dripping plastic. The ignited plastic could also spread to nearby combustibles and pose a fire hazard to consumers. The battery contained in the middle of candle could eventually explode.

The Australian gov’t isn’t too keen on them, either:

While testing one of these items, we found that the wicks quickly burned down, igniting the body of the flower feature prior to the entire music playing apparatus catching fire and melting into a molten blob.


July 21, 2008

Spiders and Songbirds and Snake hearts, oh my!

Filed under: food — origamifreak @ 10:06 pm
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Browsing internet media can take a person to some strange places. Case in point, tonight I was listening to a podcast from This American Life, #116, their 2001 Poultry Slam show.

In this podcast one food writer discussed eating a live, shelled prawn in a Korean restaurant in Los Angeles. Another writer described recreating Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, which included ortolan.

Not content with the verbal description, I of course had to Google ortolan, and ran across the MSN story, “7 Foods for the Fearless Eater.” This story mentioned a book titled “In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History Of Forbidden Food.” With a title like that, how can one resist? So I requested it from the library.

That book led me to another, which also sounds good:”Spice:the history of a Temptation.” Which I also requested.

For the record, I have eaten some pretty interesting things in my travels: sea cucumber, jellyfish, whole roasted crabs, and balut. The only things I’ve ever turned down were natto (although I’ve eaten it in sushi) and limburger, which are actually kind-of similar to each other, with the whole bacterial rotting thing going on. Apparently it is possible to also have interesting culinary adventures without leaving home

July 19, 2008

Local Settings Redux

Filed under: literature — origamifreak @ 1:11 pm
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For a relatively small, rural area, there appear to be quite a few books set in the Finger Lakes. I’m reposting it here, so I’ll have a place to point when Upsaid goes away.

Here are some I’ve found and read:

Beth Saulnier
Author of five mysteries set in modern Ithaca

Claudia Bishop
Author of three “Dr. McKenzie” mysteries set in modern Trumansburg

Miriam Grace Monfredo
Author of six mysteries set in Seneca Falls in the mid 1800s

From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place
Contemporary nonfiction set on north end of Seneca Lake

Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
Contemporary nonfiction set on Seneca Lake

The Botany of Desire
Mentions the collection of wild apple trees in Geneva

This one has been suggested, but I have not read it:

Fool on the Hill

Fantasy set in the magical land of Cornell University.

Kitten Update

Filed under: cats — origamifreak @ 12:26 am

Well, the Orange Thing has been with us now for a year and 19 days.

He seems pretty settled.

Just like Miaumoto, he likes boxes.

His latest trick is bringing toys to bed. I’m supposed to toss them so he can bring them back.

Sometimes I’m asleep, so I don’t toss them. In this case he brings another. And then another.

Some mornings I wake up rolling on all kinds of uncomfortable mouse, birdie, and ball-shaped lumps.

July 5, 2008

I wish this were real.

Filed under: cats,photography — origamifreak @ 10:00 am
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It’s beautiful.

The Ubiquitous Google Image Meme

Filed under: quizzes — origamifreak @ 1:46 am

Got this from darksideofthefridge.

Type the answer into Google Images and pick 1 image from the first page. For some of these I had to turn on Google’s SafeSearch to get anything I wanted to pick. Pervs.

1. Your age on your next birthday.

2. A place you’d like to travel.

3. Your favorite place.

4. Your favorite object.

5. Your favorite food.

6. Your favorite animal.

7. Your favorite color.

8. The town where you were born.

9. The town where you live.

10. Name of a past pet.

11. Name of a past love.

12. Best friend’s nickname.

13. Your screen name.

14. Your first name.

15. Your middle name.

16. Your last name.

17. Bad habit of yours.

18. Your first job.

19. Name of grandmother.

20. College/grad major(s.)

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