NaNoWriMo 2008 is fast approaching. Have you signed up yet? In preparation, my TAS and I have agreed to do some writing exercises together in the month of October. We both have the very excellent book of writing excercises The 3am Epiphany, so each Monday in October I will choose by random number generator a number that corresponds to the number of an excercise in the book. We’ll spend the week writing it and post the results of our efforts on our respective blogs the following Friday.
Want to play along? Get yourself a copy of The 3am Epiphany* and let me know if you want to join in by leaving a comment here by Sunday 10/5. And spread the word, will ya? If there’s enough interest, I’ll do an email list and/or Mr. Linky thing to get everybody writing and reading and practicing for our Olympic event–novelling. Sound like fun?
*Don’t have it? Don’t want to fork over the cash? I totally understand. Check your local library. Also, you could always take note of the assignment number and head over to Borders or B&N and take a peek at the exercise for that week.
Because we need a break from “financial Armageddon” here at Chez Interrupted:
Here’s a great video of 24 hours of world wide air traffic. Hypnotic.
Here’s a funny video that asks “What if the Sarah Palin story were a Disney movie?”
Finally, people have started putting music to the Ninja Cat video I shared last week. This is the best one I’ve seen.
Update 2–> nope, gone again. Hrm…
Update–>it’s back (sort of). Yay?
What has happened to the US House of Representatives‘ website? It seems to have gone dark.
Am I the only one who can’t access it?
I recently spotted this adorable lace-up sheep from Plan Toys. I am going to ask Santa to stuff it in my stocking.
I wish I had more time to do a thoughtful blog post about this article from Scientific American. But I don’t, so I’ll send you over there to read the article (it has to do with the mind-body problem as discussed last week and is a clue to my own opinion about the “solution”) and invite you to leave your thoughts about it here in the comments.
Have a great weekend, ya’ll! I hope to have some knitting content for you next week, including WIPs and a series of videos!
Clay Aiken is “out”, evidently.
I found this surfing the web a while back. Behold, the Omnivore’s Hundred from Very Good Taste.
Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
Here’s what I want you to do:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Bizarre foods? Not for me, apparently.
So I’ve been thinking a lot about my Feather and Fan Cardigan. It’s definitely too big. There is just no way I can wear it comfortably. I’m pretty sure there are three options:
1. Do nothing and try to sell it for the cost of the yarn and the buttons (around $45). Any takers?
2. Frog and reknit the sweater in the same pattern but a different size.
3. Frog the sweater and use the yarn to knit a completely different sweater. Perhaps this? Or maybe this?
I can’t decide. What would you do?