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The Arts / William Shatner sings Oh Canada
« on: May 15, 2011, 06:22:58 PM »
Well, I think it's funny.

They played this last night, apparently, at the GG awards for the performing arts. Shatner is eighty.

Weather / What is so gay as a day in May
« on: May 01, 2011, 08:05:24 AM »
We have an activism thread for May Day; this is the seasonal one.

Clipped some chives for my egg salad yesterday evening -- I was a bit reluctant to take too much b/c I want the plant to flower, but it's thriving, so I figured it was safe.  Used immediately, so the flavour really came through -- so wonderful to be able to do that again.

The Arts / The nanny's street photos
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:45:10 PM »
This site has left me utterly gobsmacked.

Vivian Maier was a nanny who mostly lived in Chicago, died in 2009 at 83. A huge trove of her negatives and undeveloped film was discovered a couple of years before at an auction, and luckily, someone realized what was there.

This is amazing artwork. Most of the photos are obviously from the 1950s -- the cars and the women's clothes tell that story. Most seem to have been taken in Manhattan or Chicago, although at some point she obviously travelled to Latin American points south. And there's a brief series of Paris shots.

There are a lot of them, but honestly, it is worth looking at them all. Some are unutterably beautiful, some very witty, all evidence of wonderful talent.

Late in the series, you will see a few photos where she is photographing herself in mirrors or windows. Very handsome woman.

Really brings the 1950s back to life.

Banter / Things I did when I was young
« on: April 20, 2011, 09:24:49 PM »
Rick Mercer made me think of this. I don't mean this to be heavy, and I'm not criticising more modern health-aware practices. But:

I rode a bike for years without a helmet. In fact, I've never had a helmet.

I had sex w/o a condom. I've never bought a condom and have only seen one a few times. I once helped friends blow a few up to use as balloons. (I realize this was probably a privilege of my cohort, old enough to get oral birth control early on, and also more likely to be in stable relationships by 1985. There was bad stuff before AIDS -- herpes, eg -- but when I was young and wild, the fear just wasn't there.)

Chef's Corner / Vegetables: favourites and oddities
« on: April 16, 2011, 08:19:21 PM »
Does anyone here cook artichokes any more?

I love them if someone else does them, but they seem to me a great fuss to prepare and cook. The bottled artichoke hearts in brine are ok as antipasto, but they are, after all, pickles, so you're not getting that lovely mellow flavour of the original.

Europe / France: face veils criminalized
« on: April 11, 2011, 12:43:53 PM »
France's face-veil ban goes into effect today

Already, several people have been detained, including two women wearing the full-face veil, who were protesting against the law.  Police said the people were detained for joining an unauthorised protest in central Paris.  Amnesty International condemns these detentions.

Disgusting. State "secularism" as these people understand it has nothing to do with the democratic principle of freedom of faith (or non-faith) or separation of church and state. It is Stalinism/McCarthyism, pure and simple.

News / Ralph Klein diagnosed with dementia
« on: April 08, 2011, 11:13:12 AM »
Ralph Klein has been diagnosed with dementia.

Always very hard. My heart goes out to both of them, but especially to Colleen, who has some rough years ahead of her.

Chef's Corner / Kitchen pron 2
« on: March 24, 2011, 10:15:24 PM »
Funny. I can't find the original Kitchen Pron thread. So let's have a new one.

I have a qweschun. Is silicone -- as in the cutesy citrus-coloured stuff now being used to make spoons and ladles and spatulas -- neutral? ie, inert? ie, safe?

It's nice for the cook b/c it does not damage teh pots and pans.

Banter / Words we might need to remember sometime
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:50:06 PM »
Y'know how sometimes there's a word you're looking for that expresses your feelings so exactly, or a name that mattered to you but it just won't come back? But then sometimes it does? But then it's likely to be gone again a long time?

This is a reference thread for those words.

Mine at the moment:

Fenton's (Toronto resto now gone, birthplace of greatest leek, potato and Stilton soup ever made)


Banter / The bath
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:16:44 PM »
Had a bubblebath about two hours ago. Am still warm and blissed out from it.

When we were kids we always used to bathe/shower in the evenings, but then life changed, and everyone seemed to be doing the morning shower. Well, I guess there are reasons for that, but man, is an evening bath ever a wonderful thing.

Weather / March!
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:43:51 AM »
Well, it could be worse. It could still be February. ;)

Where I am, our highs are doing their boring hovering number, usually just under or just over freezing. There's lovely sunshine today, though, so that's ok.

Narrow Shoulders / Postage
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:58:38 PM »
I send so little snail mail now. I never know what the rates are, and I have this archive of old stamps ... Gah.

At some point, I bought stamps that are called "permanent" -- ie, they're supposed to work no matter how the rates change. Does anyone know whether they still work? They would only be a couple of years old, but at least that.

Banter / Housekeeping
« on: February 22, 2011, 04:39:22 PM »
It's always so interesting, isn't it, finally to figure out what was causing that awful smell in the refrigerator?  :p

Help Desk / Labels in the Globe forum
« on: February 19, 2011, 10:18:41 AM »
I've been staring at the forums called Middle East, Rest of the World, and Asia and trying to figure out how to reorg them.

First problem is the term Middle East, which people use in different ways. To me, North Africa is not the ME. Suez is one dividing line between Africa and Asia. The Levant (another imperial term) and the rest of the Saudi peninsula are technically part of Asia, although we think of them as distinct because they are mostly Arabian -- but then so is much of North Africa. Turkey and Iran are Asian but not ME at all. (Turkey, like Egypt, is actually on two continents.)

Best thought I've had so far is that we have new forums called
North Africa and the Middle East (Arab countries plus Israel implied),
and Australia,
and then we can get rid of ROTW.

I don't think we need to move any existing threads, but it bothers me to put North African countries in either ME or ROTW -- I wouldn't know what to do with Somalia right now, but it is North Africa, very much related to current upheavals.

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