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Fruit and Vegetables

Over on Facebook, several of my friends were posting this meme of ten favorite albums, “no explanations.”  The “no explanations” aspect of the record meme made it just a bunch of random covers someone posted.

Since I have an eclectic, arguably terrible music tastes, I started my own un-meme using fruits an vegetables.  I’m also going to add some recipes and original photos (except for the cartoon):

Day N of Y days. In no particular order, Y all-time favorite fruits and vegetables that really made an impact and are still in my daily diet, even if only now and then.

After laboring to post it, I was thinking how the content gets lost because there’s so much stuff on Facebook.   Fuck that.   I’m going to be back-posting stuff I should have put here in the first place, and then maybe post more than once every nine months.

But back to the fruits and vegetables:

Green beans: Wash and pat dry. Toss with a little bit of oil and schmancy French grey salt, roast at 400F (200C) for 20-25 minutes.

Heirloom tomatoes: Slice thick and alternate with fresh mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic. Sprinkle French grey salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Caprese with yellow and red tomatoes.

Beets. Golden, orange or red, as long as they have greens. (Not. Canned.) Wash them well, remove inedible parts, and cut into halvsies. Heat 2T oil, juice of one lemon, a chopped green onion, 1/2 teaspoon dill weed, 1/2 teaspoon tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a clove of crushed garlic in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add beets, greens and 1/4C water. Cover and steam over medium heat until tender.

Remove the tough parts, scrub
Roasted, with pomegranate seeds

Cherries! During peak season (late June – July), Bing and Rainier cherries are sold along roadside or the farmer market*. The only way my rate of pitting can approach consumption is through specialized kitchen gadgetry.

The cherry dutch baby: 3/4C flour, 2T granulated sugar, 3/4C milk, 3 eggs, 1/4t salt, 4T butter, 2C of pitted, Bing (*not Google*) cherries, and powdered sugar. Preheat oven to 425F. Combine flour, sugar, milk, eggs and salt in a blender until smooth. In a 12″ cast iron frying pan, melt the butter. Add the pitted cherries and cook 2-3 minutes until warm. Pour in the batter. Bake 18-20 minutes until puffed and golden. Dust with powdered sugar.

Or just make a delicious fruit salad.  Too busy eating to judge!

(*Despite working a block from Pike Place, I still adore my local farmer’s market.)

Bananas. They’re delicious, full of carbs, available year-round, and also facing the bananapocalypse.

Blue Banana cafe, Lostine, OR. 2008 Cycle Oregon 🙂


 When overripe, you can freeze them for smoothies or bake them in breads.  Or leave hidden messages to help the next person waking up have a surreal day:
Banana vandalism

Or worse:

Just say C3P-*NO*
WIth squash friends like this…

Winter Squash are awesome enough that they would merit their own 10-day meme, but I’ll spare you that. Uchiki (red kuri) squash make great pies. Below are photos of the Tamal Pie ( made over Thanksgiving. Somewhat easier to make is the Khoresh-e kadu Halvai-o Alu ba Morgh, learnt during a PCC demo class last fall.

Butternut squash cream supporting pork tenderloins.
Kuri squash pie

Broccoli (mini-trees) goes well in soups, while Cauliflower (zombie brains) can add depth (and fiber) to macaroni and cheese. Both roast exceptionally well and are essential ingredients in one of my favorite staples: Hippie bowls.

Comic by Jim Benton

Lemons, sometimes known in the more polite geocaching circles as “absolutely not a durian,” add a wonderful tart flavor to desserts, keep guacamole and apples from turning brown, provide 99.97% of the flavoring in lemonade, and, in much smaller quantities than shown in the photo, can even be used on pizzas.  Avoid the mistake I made in my youth of not knowing how the zest could be flavorful (a zester is inexpensive ).  They’re also great with Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

Lemon and parsley pizza

What I would like to see from you (and see less of) on Facebook

Claire posted a lovely note that I (and I’m sure you) have thought about writing.  I liked it so much, that I’m co-opting and adapting it slightly to my own quirkiness.

Century Link sent my refund first class, so I’m able to offer my two cents’ worth. Twice.

I know you don’t post things on Facebook to specifically entertain me.  (Sure, in my fantasy world, I occasionally indulge in thinking that’s why you’re posting…)  But what the heck, I’ll make some requests.

I want to read your thoughts and wisdom.  I don’t need to see another quote from Martin Luther King Jr., the Bible, Garfield, or Nietzsche.   I do, however, want to read your words, even if they aren’t as elegantly stated or superimposed on a waterfall, mountain or beach photo taken by someone else.  I’m friends with you, not Garfield.

We’re all human.  If you are combating illness or remembering a friend that you lost, then post your struggle. I’ll read that, and open my heart to you.  You are a parent of female teenagers with wacky hormonal mood swings?  Post about your experience. I’ll read, and your difficulties will be all too real to me.  Don’t repost some placard that then implies I’m a jerk for not reposting.

I love reading about the small joys and trials of your day.  Post the description of the gazpacho you had for lunch, progress on the sock you’re knitting, seeing a child off to college, finishing your executive MBA, or spending 48 hours camped out for a search-and-rescue gig.   You’re all awesome.

Photos you’ve taken are wonderful.  Some of you (Dave Vaughn) are amazing photographers and could easily be doing this for a living.  Others, not so much, but it’s all good.  I love seeing the humanity in photos of your kids and your elderly dad or quirky stuff you noticed today — a fire hydrant where none ought to be, scattered hermit crab shells when walking on the beach, barefoot.

Hammering Man about to get funky with Tom Jones’ cover.

Novel music that you like that I otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to is great.  Through friends like you, I’ve discovered awesome cover songs like Tom Jones’ take on Burning Down the House, 2Cellos doing Smells Like Teen Spirit and even Chris Isaak doing Neil Diamond’s Solitary Man.  It’s cool if you post that 1997 ear-worm by Chumbawumba.  As with everything, little throttling on the quantity would be appreciated, though.

As Claire mentioned, please don’t like commercial products unless you really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like the product.  Facebook creates a metric crap-ton of ads for everyone else.  (And as far as I can determine, there’s no way I can filter them on my phone.  Hey Zuck, I am so not the target market for Conversely, I have “liked” Linode (my hosting provider), a few of local coffee joints I frequent, and some cycling events I’m fond of.  If you are seeing endless ads from these, let me know and I’ll whip out the stash of unlike buttons I keep in my underground bunker.

Bill Krawietz, photo from My San Antionio web page

Those of you who know me well know I’m all about learning.  It may come as a surprise that I enjoy political and historical analysis that’s competently argued and makes one think, especially from a perspective I haven’t considered.  The italics are for emphasis.  If you’ve read something that made you think, link to itEducate.  I do have a major request: don’t be a dick.   Among the ways you can be a dick or engaging in ad hominem attacks or name calling.  A couple of recent examples involved threads that devolved into making fun of someone’s appearance.  For example, Bill Krawietz wrote an editorial regarding cyclist behavior.  In his editorial, he was expressing some views I strongly disagreed with.  Unfortunately, the cyclists in the forum took the lower-road, going waaaay off-topic and getting personal.

Hoaxes: There has never been an article containing “forward it to all of your friends” that wasn’t a chain letter, hoax or bullshit. Similarly, “shocking” items with “forbidden” knowledge that does not appear on a reputable media source are likely bogus. Please, check  Use your judgement. Yes, sometimes we’re wrong. It’s forgivable if you learn from it.

OK, to sum up. I’m friends with YOU. I mostly to hear and see and read about YOU.  Your thoughts, your wisdom, your breakfast, your life, your hopes, your sorrows, your joys. I’m also friends with you because you might have a different perspective. If there’s something you found interesting, or is in alignment with how you see the world, link to that. That’s how I learn more.

THANK YOU for being my friend. I especially like hearing from the more quieter among you (as I am…).

Album Cover Challenge

Continuing the cleanup, I present the second of three Facebook memes that I still find both benign and entertaining, the Album Cover Challenge.  Like the others, I felt funny about any implied social obligation in “tagging” someone, so I toned down the mandatoriness a couple of notches.

This is the original post.  Do check out Wai Fong Fung‘s other photos as she’s got a great imagination.  It’s also nice seeing Flickr making a comeback.


Grace of Tragedy, by Microsoft Private Folder (Photo by Wai Fong Fung)
The Grace of Tragedy, by Microsoft Private Folder
(Photo by Wai Fong Fung)

1 – Go to “wikipedia” ‘s random topic selection — The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to “Random quotations” — The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.   

3 – On flickr, click on “explore the last seven days”  Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop (or similar) to put it all together.

5 – Post it to Facebook as a note. Tagging is optional. (You’re obviously under no obligation to play along – but I thought it was fun)

100 Books, Omnibus edition

In anticipation of the Facepocalpyse, I’ve been cleaning out some of my FB profile of nuggets I’d like to save on my own blog – today’s is the 100 Books, Omnibus Edition, based on a recurring meme that I see pop up every fortnight.  In concept, I don’t mind this one as much because who doesn’t like lists.  However, when both of these appeared concurrently on my feed, one purporting to be from Some Committee whose name escapes me, and the other from “The BBC,” I took issue with the tone of the introductions being crafted to guilt one into proving themselves worthy by responding.  This is akin to the bullshit Facebook status we’ve seen in the form of:

“I bet 99% of my friends don’t love puppies|kittens|piglets|basal metabolism enough to repost as their status this utterly pointless chain-letter masquerading as making a difference”

I combined them into the 100 books Omnibus edition.. and substituted my own candidate, the venerable Green Eggs and Ham.  The list remains interesting to me because as it’s been a few years, I no longer remember a few of these books… or partial derivatives.

If you don’t repost this status, the pet goat will remain very, very sad.

Blah blah blah critics I’ve never heard of blah blah blah 100 novels blah blah blah alphabetically plus the BBC’s list.   Instructions: send guitars.  (cough)  I mean, boldify books you’ve read, italicize ones you’ve started and have not finished.  Tag me back if you’d like.

A – B

  • The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow
  • All the King’s Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren
  • American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth
  • An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser
  • Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell
  • Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O’Hara
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume
  • The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud
  • At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O’Brien
  • Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan
  • Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
  • The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood
  • The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler
  • The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood
  • Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy
  • Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder
This baby crustacean lacks self-esteem, and it’s all your fault because you’re not reposting to all of your friends.  Look at those weepy eyestalk things.  I hope you sleep well tonight.

C – D

  • Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth
  • Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger
  • A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron
  • The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Crucible (1953), by Arthur Miller
  • The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon
  • A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell
  • The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather
  • A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee
  • The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey
  • Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone

F – G

  • Falconer (1977), by John Cheever
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles
  • The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin
  • Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck
  • Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Green Eggs and Ham (1960), by Dr. Seuss

H – I

  • A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers
  • The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene
  • Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow
  • Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul
  • I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves
  • In Cold Blood (1966), by Truman Capote
  • Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace
  • Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison

L – N

  • Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis
  • Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Loving (1945), by Henry Green
  • Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis
  • The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead
  • Midnight’s Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
  • Money (1984), by Martin Amis
  • The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy
  • Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf
  • Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs
  • Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright
  • Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson
  • Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 1984 (1948), by George Orwell
Little girls happily petting piglets because 273% of my friends reposted this on their Facebook wall.

O – R

  • On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey
  • The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster
  • Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion
  • Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth
  • Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt
  • The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark
  • Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
  • Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow
  • The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis
  • Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett
  • Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates

S – T

  • The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles
  • Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson
  • The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth
  • The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner
  • The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre
  • The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee
  • To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller

U – W

  • Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick
  • Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch
  • Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry
  • Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  • White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo
  • White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
  • Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys

BBC list:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen    (and Zombies!) 

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling   

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible  

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville 

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante 

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Rock Liebster

I happily report that this blog has been nominated for The Liebster Blog Award by Horse Bits.  I was expecting a focus on ritualistic hazing, drinking and debauchery, followed by debauchery and drinking.  But in reading John’s intro paragraph, I am corrected that the intent is for the little folk (blogs with fewer than 200 followers) to answer eleven questions of the nominator’s choosing.  I am obliged to come up with my own list of eleven questions and “pay them forward” to the Liebster nominees.

For the little guys and gals. We’re #13,521,874!  Woooooooo!  

And the insights John wishes revealed:

  • What are your three favorite movies and what about each got them on this list?

This is a really difficult question to answer because there’s no “of” in the sentence.  My entertainment preferences are mood-driven, and thus often fickle.  Trying to limit it to three is difficult.  I need to qualify the question: Movies that were awe-inspiring the first time (but have no interest in seeing again)?  Movies I’d watch over again?  Weird stuff I got because Netflix’s Machine Learning algorithms wanted to throw something different at me?

In the interest of completeness and adherence to the spirit of the question, let’s take one from each category.  I’ll let you guess which is which.

District 9 – it was visually jarring and kept my attention throughout.  I was exhausted when it was all over.

The Matrix.  Visually stunning, surreal and offering (what were then) novelties like bullet-time.   It’s the kind of movie I’m glad would never have a sequel because it would suck.  Oh.

Trois coleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge.   As Ebert says, they’re the anti-tragedy, anti-comedy, and anti-romance.  All just wonderful movies.  I’ve been hoping to finding Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue and the implied ten hours to watch them.

  • Of the visual arts, are you more a fan of painting, photography, or sculpture? Why? If you have a favorite artist, list their name.

Body painting.  But if you’re considering socially-accepted art that might be on display in a museum, then sculpture.   For self-participation, photography.  Sometimes of sculptures and statues seen during travels.

Museum-style paintings are very hit-or-miss for me.  I love the framed prints of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (John Singer Sargent) and Impression soleil (Monet) hanging on my walls.  I would not turn down an offer of free framed prints of Monet’s other works.  But as for other popular paintings like The Scream or The Mona Lisa – I don’t get them.   (Leonardo’s drawings, however, are fantastic.)  And a lot of the stuff from the early Renaissance period… hey, it’s late, we need to go look at sculptures now.

  • If you had to give up one sense (sight, smell, hearing, taste – let’s keep touch) which would it be and why?

Taste.   It would help me resist potato chips, helping in my passive weight loss goals.

  • Purple, 42, or the Roman Legion? (Don’t think about it – just answer.)

Roman Legion.

  • You win an expense-paid 3-week vacation to an isolated retreat up in the mountains on the shore of a pristine lake. What books do you take and why?

A collection of Audubon books to identify the local plants, fungi and critters.   Because, let’s be honest, I am just not going to be able to stay cooped up indoors all day.  Specific titles on my to-read list:

The Sun Also Rises – I really enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea, but oddly, haven’t explored Hemingway’s other works.  I only know of him from the Michael Palin book.

Anathem – Neil Stephenson.  Kiri says this is a great book.  I’ve been discouraged by its mass and have been leery of allocating time to tackle it.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, because John posted a review.  (You might also find the less popular Black Boy, by Richard Wright, interesting.)  I have more interest in revisiting the classics now that I’m not being forced to read them.

  • Shampoo and conditioner? Or shampoo and conditioner in one? (If you use more than 2 hair care products, leave your answer blank.)

Shampoo. My hair is short/thinning enough that I need only one.

  • Why do you blog? (I reserve the right to start using your answer if it’s better than my own.)

For the conversation with erudite women and men.

(Nearly) Ten years ago, I got into blogging with some other folks at’s personalization team.  It remained a fun & creative outlet for posting recipes or opinions about cycling events, and the software (at the time, Movable Type) was a lot easier than editing manual web pages.

I had a lot of fun posting on random things I learned but that took a lot of time away from other things I wanted to do.  (Now if I could earn a living that way…)

For a variety of reasons, ranging from “other real life priorities” to “do I really want to be asked about this by a potential employer” to “everybody’s on Facebook,” I’ve been tapering back on the public posts.

  • What non-human, non-plant living creature would you rid the world of? And why?

Mosquitos – doing so would let me enjoy my expense-paid 3-week vacation to the isolated retreat up in the mountains on the shore of a lake much more.   Runner up: the wasps that keep trying to burrow into my master bedroom.

  • Sunrise or sunset?


  • Music. How frequently do you listen? To whom? And via what media? List 3 musicians you’re listening to right now.

I listen a few times a week, rarely just for the sake of listening, but more commonly while I’m doing something else like commuting or degaussing after an animated meeting.  Three musicians I’m listening to right now:

Dog Days of SummerFlorence + The Machine. She has amazing vocal range on this song.
The World is What You make It, Paul Brady.
ShambalaThree Dog Night.

Media: mp3, because I’m fracking tired of re-buying the same songs because the delivery format (vinyl, cassette, CD) has changed or broke.  It also supports distribution for this model.

  • This quiz goes to eleven. Is the internet really making us stupid?

No, but the Internet is an amplifier.   For every exciting online education opportunity and utter hilarity that make me giddy, there is an equal and opposite stupidity that would exist regardless of the Tubes.


That is the end of the questions, so it’s my turn to bestow Liebster Awards to a few elite bloggers:

Those who don’t have current blogs (that I’m aware of), whom I’d be interested in the answers: Steve, Lisa, Brian, Scout.

And the insights I would enjoy them to revealing:
  1. What are you bringing to the Liebster Award pot-luck?
  2. Tell me about something nice that’s happened to you recently?
  3. What inspires you to write?
  4. What’s the coolest thing you’ve discovered online?
  5. Have you coined any words?  Can you give a couple of examples?
  6. Describe your ideal weather.
  7. I’m making bagels – what would you like on yours?
  8. What art form do you enjoy creating the most?
  9. What three books would you recommend to someone who just won an all-expense-paid 3-week vacation to the isolated retreat up in the mountains on the shore of a lake?  Why?
  10. What question should I have posed?
  11. Any further questions for me?

Pencils down.  Thank you and congratulations!