This week in the Slacktiverse, May 26th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

Catherine wrote:

Hi all,

I’ve missed a couple of rounds of this because after challenging myself to not buy any pantry ingredients for a month (not in itself a completely stupid idea), I then decided that this required me to photograph and blog every meal I cooked.  Which means that I have been madly posting at least once a day, and have barely managed to keep up with anything else!

I shall spare you the list of thirty-odd food blog posts since I was last here (sadly, it really is about thirty posts since then), and just give you some of the highlights from this month to date.  By all means, drop in and read the rest of the madness, but these are the ones that have amused me…

I’m now going to a farmers’ market every week, so if photos of vegetables with weird commentary make you happy, the posts are here, here, here and here (with bonus choral madness).

My friend Anna Cowan had her first book published, and since the hero spends most of the book disguised as a woman, I had to make her a cross-dressing Ken cake.  Ken then made a repeat appearance for Eurovision (but of course!), along with a lot of other very lurid desserts, and I finished this sequence of posts with a recipe for his construction, along with a gallery of some of his previous outfits.  Also, if you like gender-bendy romance novels, I do recommend Anna’s book – the title is Untamed, and it’s currently only available as an e-book, though the paperback will come out in September, I believe.

I’ve written a handful of recipes recently, but the ones I like most are this lemon, rosemary and raspberry cake, my spiced rye bread, and a plum crumble that hits all my nostalgia buttons.

Oh, and my food blog turned two on May 11, and is now officially a toddler!

On Cate Sings, life has been a little calmer, with my usual twice-weekly posts (a pity, because I have two reviews that really need to go up).   My Monday music bits and pieces have been Ella Fitzgerald singing “They Can’t Take That Away from Me; Love’s Philosophy, by Quilter, and The Cold Genius (Purcell).   My Friday Fun selections started with Spera e Godi, from the extremely silly opera, Partenope, which I was lucky enough to win tickets for a couple of weeks ago, Climbing Uphill (or The Audition Song) by Jason Robert Brown, and A Charm, by Benjamin Britten – possibly the most evil lullaby ever written.

I’m sorry – this is unconscionably long, and I have no idea of its level of general interest.  My advice is that you just go and look at all the cross-dressing Ken cakes while listening to pretty music…

chris the cynic wrote:

Regarding Edith and Ben I wrote a meta-post on vampire feeding, specifically that of the Cullens, in the Edith-verse. And I wrote a short fiction fragment also on feeding, specifically how the difference between what the need to feed is like for vampires and for humans can leave Edith losing track of when Ben needs to eat.

I wrote two posts about the dragon scene in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. One was a serious retelling of the scene from the dragon’s point of view, the other was a silly exchange to explain where all those crowns came from.

Watching something on TV that left me thinking maybe being demon possessed wouldn’t be such a bad thing had me write an original fragment in which a demon makes contact with the closeted individual she’s in. The topic coming up in person again made me decide to post about my sister’s idea to show double features (think The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park, ET and Alien.) And a project I’ve been wanting to work on for ages calls for angel sized feathers, trouble is I don’t know if they can be gotten or, if they can’t, how to make them myself.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week, guess nothing of note happened on the planet.

Things You Can Do

What do you do if your 15 year old daughter is dating a 17 year old girl and you’re not a fan of same sex relationships? Apparently wait for the 17 year old to turn 18 so she can be arrested and charged with the felony of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-16 years of age. There’s a petition saying to let the 18 year old go. What good it will do, if any, I know not.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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