Today I made pound cake for the second time, from a bundt recipe. It’s apparently Elvis’s favorite pound cake — and it is quite good, but without a bundt or tube pan, I’m having trouble getting the outer portion done at the same time as the inner portion.
Having said that, it’s quite light and fluffy, and goes very well with Devonshire or Yuzu creams (or both!)
Today in the weird world:
Extra-wide contact lenses — with a wider colored-iris bit to give one that anime look. I’ve been fascinated by eye-changing contact lenses, but haven’t ever been able to wear contacts the few times I’ve tried. (via Neatorama)
Pilobolus — a dance group that works entirely in shadow. Embedded youtube after the link; it’s worth the watch.
When bureaucracy strikes — an absence request form that wants to know why you’ll be out, but only if your issue is on the list…
Airlines aren’t on my list of great companies, but I have to admit the new series of commercials for United are really impressively well done and even (dare I say it) beautiful. Have a gander at one or two. (via SuperPunch).
Today was picnicking, making things with wood, errand-running, industry-disgrace-purchasing, and some actual relaxing and getting-housey-stuff-done-ing. So only one link, although its awesomeness makes up for it being the only one.
I missed a post yesterday, but I have an excuse — I was pooped. I went to a class at Extraordinary Desserts, and learned how to make a few of the things they serve there. It was lots of fun, and tonight I tried a couple of the recipes. They’re all about combining building blocks in interesting and fun ways, so two of the blocks I tried tonight were yuzu curd (like lemon curd, but with yuzu juice, so it’s got a hint of saltiness from the yuzu) and mock devonshire cream. I also tried a pound cake recipe I found, but I now understand why bundt recipes are different from not-bundt recipes. It might have turned out OK though — I’m going to bring them to work tomorrow and see how they match up with stuff.
If this leads to Ikea selling solar panels, things could get interesting. I realize it’s difficult to do safely, but I love the idea of someone being able to go get a package or two, set up a solar panel someplace sunny, and just plug it in and start contributing power to the grid. (via Gizmodo)
And of course,
Calvin and Jobs — a beautiful mashup of Calvin and Hobbes with everyone’s favorite designer CEO.
This weekend was decent. We saw Eddie Izzard last night; he looked up and read from the Chicken entry on Wikipedia with his iPhone, and if I’d been quick at all on both the wit and phone browser, it would’ve been amusing to add something goofy for him to read out. Although according to the revision history for that page, it looks like standard procedure is to replace references to “cock” with “penis”. How droll. Other than that, the new Eddie buzzwords are: Jazz chickens, don’t piss in a toaster, and Asus, Bsus, Csus, etc. etc. Good stuff.
I got my first real hat that wasn’t a freebie — a Henschel Safari, which sort of looks like a fedora, kind of, and works amazingly well at keeping the sun out. I’m told I look good in it. So now I too have a nice hat!
So, the links. Only three tonight; The internet is still lax in performing its duty of entertaining me.
Missouri town runs on wind power — a town in Missouri has four turbines that produce more power than it uses. Someday solar panels will be cheap enough that I too will be able to afford it.
It’s been a bit of a slow link week. But here’re a few decent ones. (I demand that the Internet spend more time entertaining me with pictures of kitties and amusing new juxtapositions of two previously unrelated concepts!)
Also, podcasts! This week’s episode of Dr. Karl’s Science Phone-In is up. Dr. Karl is sort of like an Australian Mr. Wizard or Bill Nye, who answers random science questions on a 2AM-4AM (British time) phone-in show for the BBC. The podcast comes out every Thursday, and it makes for great car listening.
This week, the “pepper” taste of certain red wines, and asparagus and its effect on urine. Boring, it ain’t.
One more thing I’d like to do is share more of the random strange links I find. So here’s the first.
I went to comic-con and saw a couple of my current favorite comic people, Phil and Kaja Foglio. They run Studio Foglio, which produces Girl Genius, a steampunky comic with great humor and a decent plot. I missed seeing these two characters, but they did a really good job dressing up like Jägers from the comic. Nice hats!
Link dump..shorter blurbs…right.
Here’s a cool new-design-collection blog: NOTCOT.ORG
A lovely concept for a fit-anywhere rainwater collection tank; too bad it’s $450 per. RainwaterHOG (via Gizmodo)