Monday, December 28, 2009

(Potential re-)discovery du jour

Did you know that Norah Jones is a daughter of Ravi Shankar? Some history, for inquiring minds...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Do you know Leonard Cohen?

Happy Winter...

Legally, it all gets going today at 12:47 PM.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Worcester Envy

Miss Worcester Diner, by Elizabeth Thomsen

Main Entry: Worces·ter en·vy
Pronunciation: \ˈwu̇s-tər\ˈen-vē\
Function: noun
Date: 1783

That feeling engendered particularly in residents of other Massachusetts counties when they realize that they could reside in that most favored county in the Commonwealth.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

We Present... Techno-Disco-Chicken

We wonder if NT has been able to get similar results?

In The Immortal Words of Socrates...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

There was a Christmas Mix of the Macarena!

How did we not know of this!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Looking for income?

Here's an idea!

Many years ago when men were men and women were nervous, a few independent souls decided that there must be away to get out and see the greater wider world and make a bit of money out of it.

All you needed was an old truck, a map, an inflated sense of self-belief and a lot of time and luck. So began the phenomenon of the overlanding tour operator.

The confidence was one thing; you then needed to persuade the population of Earl’s Court that they needed to travel for six months across Africa or Asia.

A couple of slideshows later, a few beers down the Kings Head, a photocopied brochure and a booking form excluding all liability and you had your passengers.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What day is it?

For your edification:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

The days come, and the days go. One day looks much the same as the last. There is no stability, no structure, no candy dish.

The day starts late, lunch is at dusk. Offers of employment in Madison, WI, bring only temporary levity.

What day is it?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cold Autumnal Light

Today a gusty wind blows,
  and the cold autumnal light falls upon a diminished world.
A smoothly running team is released,
  and its members seek new livelihoods.
Bankruptcy court looms, customers are disappointed,
   equipment decays, biochips age.
Does anyone wish to pick up the pieces?

Today also this blog is released from its corporate duties. It will continue as a personal effort to... well, we don't exactly know. It, too, is slightly shocked at yesterday's turn of events. It will eventually find its new voice, as will we all.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Review: Maruchan Chili-Flavored Ramen

Pitch Perfect

We cooked up a couple of packages of the Maruchan Chili-Flavored Ramen last night, as a soup, essentially unadorned (so as to not obscure its essential purity for review purposes). While an old Rockford Files played before us, we experienced the greatness of this new (to us) form of ramen.

The chili flavors were subtle, not at all overpowering as might have been expected. Just the right level of salt and umami, as usual. The addition of some scallions and/or pork would have been a nice augmentation.

If you like chili, this is definitely one to add to your own list of approved ramen flavors.

Might we also suggest the Maruchan Roasted Chicken Ramen - it's been one of our favorites for a long time.

Speaking of favorites, Rockford was successful as usual, but he had to send the girl away, so she could "find her own place." Whatta guy.