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Oct. 26th, 2013


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Love is learning the song in someone's heart and singing it to them when they forget.

- Buck

Oct. 25th, 2013

pedroia, red sox

Lactose-free creamy potato cheese soup (with bacon!)

2 strips of bacon
1 small yellow onion, diced*
3 garlic cloves
1 T lactose-free butter
honey, a drop
salt & pepper
low sodium chicken broth, 32 oz
2 baker potatoes, cubed (a little larger than the size of dice)
soy milk*
tofutti cream cheese, 1/4th cup
lactose-free cheddar block (I use daiya)

In a large pot, fry bacon until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter, onions & garlic & a drop of honey (the honey caramelizes the onions into a nice sweet golden brown). Add pepper to your liking but only a pinch of salt - just to augment the consistency of the onions (the soup will be plenty salty without adding more). Once the onions are a nice golden brown, remove the bacon to a plate and let it cool a second before breaking into pieces and putting back into the pot.

Add the broth & potatoes, bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the soy milk. Once the soy milk has heated, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft enough to be broken up with a masher.

Gently mash the potatoes until the soup is a consistency you like. I hardly use the masher at all because I like a nice chunky soup. Reduce the heat to low and add 3/4ths the block of cheddar and the 1/4th cup of cream cheese. Feel free to add more if the spirit grabs you but you'll taste the nuttiness of the cheddar & cream cheese the more you add and taste less of the potato.

Of course it's great for freezing. Just stick them into ziploc bags and take one to work with you :)

*I prefer yellow onions when sauteing because they maintain a more potent onion flavour over heat. But feel free to use vidalia onions if you're not as crrrazy about onions as I am.
*Feel free to use almond milk, of course, but I think almond milk heated up has an unpleasant taste.

Oct. 23rd, 2013

league of gentlemen, ross, pauline

Dirty chai time, baby

I went to make myself a dirty chai but found that someone had left the empty box of Twinnings chai sitting on the counter to mock me. I picked the box up and flung it, with my impotent weedy little arms, across the kitchen. It hit the wall and a bag of chai that had been hiding in the cardboard fold slipped out onto the floor.

This post is for people who believe violence can never be the answer.

Then went to youtube with the question: Why hasn't anyone made a song about tea? And, of course, Professor Elemental has:


Oct. 22nd, 2013

jedi sarah

Your life is just a carrier bag: Overfill it and the straps will snap

Film & telly
  • The Hour: 60 minutes before curtain-up at the National Theatre ★★★★★
  • Papadopoulos & Sons ★★★☆☆
    A nice surprise to see Georgia Groome in the flesh. I recognized her by her voice - as Clary from my all-time-favourite-BBC-Radio-4-series: The Cazalets. Not to be confused with the television series. Which is many evil things.
  • The Long Good Friday ★★☆☆☆
  • Ripper Street [Season 1] ★☆☆☆☆
  • Doc Martin [Season 1] ★★★★☆

  • A Man of His Times. Clay Jenksinson being very brave, discussing Jefferson & race in depth. [Thomas Jefferson Hour]
  • Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House [Fresh Air]
  • Bruce Lee Brings Together Black and Asian-American Audiences [WUNC State of Things]

  • How millions of violent Muslim deaths feed the cycle of terrorism [NBC: Robert Windrem & Richard Engel]
  • This Florida High School is Named After the Founder of the KKK [AlterNet]
  • One NC husband who’s happy his overburdened wife is leaving teaching [Raleigh News & Observer]
  • Almost 90 percent of Color Me Rad money goes to Color Me Rad, not Special Olympics [Syracuse Post-Standard]
  • Jim Leyland steps aside as Detroit Tigers manager. Sad news. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Nelson, Navy, Nation. "A new permanent gallery at the National Maritime Museum brings some 250 objects from the museum’s collections together. The aim is to explore how the Royal Navy impacted the lives of ordinary people and changed British history between the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815." [BBC History Magazine]
  • Republicans Give In Right Before Obamacare Would Have Been Repealed. President Obama reveals: If they would have just held out a little longer—I’m talking two, three seconds— they would have gotten everything they wanted. [The Onion]
  • Badgers to cull Britain’s Tories [Edinburgh Flipside]
  • Collectible Art At Street Prices: Banksy Sells Pieces For $60 [NPR]
  • Where did Eastenders go wrong? [New Statesman]

    In its original incarnation, EastEnders truly was the breath of fresh air that the British soap opera scene had been longing for. It had a niche; it plugged a genuine gap in the market. It was a Shakespearean drama married with a sense of gritty, cutting-edge, kitchen-sink social realism. This was the longed-for accurate representation of the inner-city working class... alleyways had puddles of piss, litter was in the gutters, graffiti decorated the walls of dilapidated houses. To its eternal credit, the Beeb’s East London soap never shied away from exploring controversial contemporary issues: through the years we’ve seen EastEnders deal with AIDS, teen pregnancy, racism, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness, and homophobia, to name only a few. But despite these achievements, there is also something that has gone strangely backward in Britain’s most beloved soap...

  • 'Preachers of LA' premiere: Oxygen's biggest Wednesday series. The gospel of wealth returns just in time for the new gilded age. [Examiner]
  • An Adventure in Space and Time: new pictures of David Bradley, Jessica Raine and Brian Cox [Radio Times]
  • Video released of 'Shooter McGavin' being booked in jail on DWI charge. Okay, I post this only because a few months ago, a Disney actor smashed up our beloved I ♥ NY Pizza in downtown Wilmington. And now I strongly suspect someone is filming Actors Gone Wild: Wilmington. [WECT]
  • As State Ponders Film Incentive Costs, Industry Defends Economic Gains [Wilmington Star News]
  • Julian Fellowes under fire for Shakespeare comments. "Downton Abbey creator says Bard is inaccessible unless you have an expensive education like his own." [Guardian]

    Fiona Banks, head of learning at Globe Education, said his comments risked alienating potential audiences. She told the BBC: "To see Shakespeare in the original, in its absolutely unchanged form, we need nothing more than a performance space and a company of actors who are able to share his stories in a way that engages their audience." She added: "It would be very worrying if anyone read [Fellowes's comments] and felt excluded from Shakespeare's original language because of their level of education."

  • If you find your job to be boring and unfulfilling, you are not trying hard enough. [Huffington Post]
  • When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines [Weekend Edition]
  • Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine [Time]

    Just Like Anyone, Aimee Mann
    Speeding Cars, Imogen Heap
    O Sailor [unreleased version], Fiona Apple
    I'll Forget You, Peter Bradley Adams
    I Will Surround You, Stars of the Lid
    Ride, Lana Del Rey

    Everything good, I deem too good to be true
    Everything else is just a bore
    Everything I have to look forward to
    Has a pretty painful and very imposing form
    I have too been playing with fifty-two cards
    - Just cause I play so far from my vest
    Whatever I've got, I've got no reason to guard
    What could I do, but spend my best?
    And after waiting, fighting patiently on my knees
    All the other stuff tired itself out first, not me
    And in its wake, appeared the touch and call
    Of a different breed
    One who set to get me wise, and got me there
    And then, got me
    And what a thing, to know what could be instead
    Oh, what a blessed curse: to see
    You took the agenda from its place in my bed
    Made a merry paramour of me





  • Oct. 21st, 2013

    m&c by iconzicons

    Trafalgar Day

    "England expects every man will do his duty."

    - Nelson
    come home, http://fav.me/d54f6mi, LindaMarieAnson

    Success, Ursula Le Guin

    "Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty. No, I do not wish you success. I don't even want to talk about it. I want to talk about failure. Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you're weak where you thought yourself strong. You'll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself — as I know you already have — in dark places, alone, and afraid. What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign."

    {The Writer's Almanac}
    come home, http://fav.me/d54f6mi, LindaMarieAnson

    That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold, William Shakespeare

    That time of year thou mayst in me behold
    When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
    Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
    Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
    In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
    As after sunset fadeth in the west;
    Which by and by black night doth take away,
    Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
    In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,
    That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
    As the death-bed whereon it must expire
    Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
    This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
    Fiona Apple, Every Single Night

    Immortal Longings, Robert Pinsky

    Inside the silver body
    Slowing as it banks through veils of cloud
    We float separately in our seats

    Like the cells or atoms of one
    Creature, needs
    And states of a shuddering god.

    Under him, a thirsty brilliance.
    Pulsing or steady,
    The fixed lights of the city

    And the flood of carlights coursing
    Through the grid: Delivery,
    Arrival, Departure. Whim. Entering

    And entered. Touching
    And touched: down
    The lit boulevards, over the bridges

    And the river like an arm of night.
    Book, cigarette. Bathroom.
    Thirst. Some of us are asleep.

    We tilt roaring
    Over the glittering
    Zodiac of intentions.

    {The Writer's Almanac}

    Oct. 20th, 2013

    edwardian stunt biker

    (no subject)

    Oct. 17th, 2013


    (no subject)

    The violin that was played as the Titanic sank in 1912 has been bought at auction by Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. The spiritual leader of the now defunct Tea Party will be playing the £300,000 artifact as president Obama signs into law H.R. 2775: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014.

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