(posted by chris the cynic)
I started back at work this week, so the blogging has been down rather. I’ll have to fix that!
On Cate Sings, I seem to be in a bit of a Grand Opera mood at present. Monday’s music was from Puccini’s Tosca, which is a seriously bloodthirsty and horrible opera with a magnificently evil villain. Va Tosca is one of his arias… but then I had to show his comeuppance, too… I’ve recently been given a gorgeous knitted Viking helmet (which I view as a Valkyrie hat), and consequently Friday’s bit of silliness was all about Wagner, featuring Anna Russell’s brilliant comedy sketch in which she explains the entire Ring Cycle with great sarcasm and musicality, as well as the Cambridge Buskers playing the ride of the Valkyries on sopranino recorder and piano accordion. And as if that wasn’t enough, I found an animated version of the Ring Cycle in two minutes. I’ve never actually seen or heard any Wagner, and still find these hilarious – I suspect if you do know your Wagner, you will find Anna Russell, in particular, hysterical.
On Cate’s Cates, I reviewed a glorious sweets cookbook called Sugar and Spice: Sweet Treats from Around the World. This is an amazing, gorgeous, wonderful cookbook and I need to make everything in it. And today, in honour of Chinese New Year (because I don’t know the first thing about Chinese cooking), I made a golden snake bread to usher in the year of the snake. I’m incredibly excited about this bread, because it is one of the most delicious breads I’ve made, and it’s also totally vegan.
The vegetarian lunchbox challenge is still running, and though I shamefully haven’t contributed to it myself yet, storiteller has, which is very exciting!
And that’s my week done. Hope yours was a good one.
Meanwhile, on my links blog, I wrote Were you there in the aspen grove?, which won’t contain anything new to people who’ve been reading Slacktivist (and following links from the comments of Slacktivist). It’s about nature, history, and Creationism.
chris the cynic wrote:
In interesting ways of making word salad, post two I again asked commenters to give me words with which to work. Could still use some help on that front. Three days later post three showed the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice with nouns, adjectives, and adverbs replaced by those from Moby Dick. And I made addition and multiplication tables for Base 12 math.
On the topic of the Blizzard I asked, “Why are there only blizzards when I have to walk between cities for an appointment?” and added a couple of images later I actually ended up getting a ride and hearing there could be thunder-snow and airborn manhole covers. That night I took some pictures. As I did the following morning and pictures taken while shoveling and showing the results.
Finally, an email petition I got sparked off a post where I said everything I know about the US Postal Service’s supposed financial problems (short version they have to pay retirement benefits so far in advance that that some of those they’re paying benefits for won’t be born for another 15 years.)
Thing you can do
Here’s the petition from the email that sparked off my post on the Postal Service. Unlike me they didn’t write from memory and did cite sources. So if you want to save the Postal Service from a law passed in a lame duck session of congress with the intent to destroy the, it might be a good idea to sign.