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What you should do in 2016

January 1, 2016

Follow these people on Twitter: @saladinahmed, @andrewducker, @tcarmody, @joannechocolat, @beatonna, @paullicino

Buy better quality meat and less of it. It’s better for you, the environment, the animals, and it’ll taste better.

Grow something.

Hand write a letter to someone. (Bonus: you can talk about “keeping up with your correspondence”.)

Make your bed every morning.

Play more games. Good, modern board games. If you’re not sure where to start try Tabletop or Rahdo, or check out SU&SD. (Or just pick up Ticket to Ride or King of Tokyo and take it from there.)

Moan less and laugh more.

Look up nearby tourist attractions. There’s almost certainly an obscure museum, park, or gallery on your doorstep you’ve always ignored or never knew about. Visit it.

Give things away

Drive a little slower. The time saved by speeding on your commute to work is negligible but it’s costing you money and stressing you out.

Buy a book from an independent bookstore.

Pay for something you get for free. You almost certainly use Wikipedia, pay the $3 when they ask, if you read a webcomic or follow a YouTube channel back the creater on Patreon.

And, most important of all: be kind. If we’re not kind to each other then we’re all fucked.

Clitoris Festival

November 4, 2015

It was meant to be a culinary festival celebrating grelo, the leafy green vegetable that is a staple in the Galician town of As Pontes in north-west Spain.

But for the past few months, the small town was marketing a very different kind of festival after it used Google Translate to put the Galician word grelo into Castilian Spanish, ending up with it inviting people to take part in a “clitoris festival”.

The translated announcement read: “The clitoris is one of the typical products of Galician cuisine. Since 1981 … the festival has made the clitoris one of the star products of its local gastronomy.

Outstanding.

For reference this is what they were actually celebrating (very SFW).

(via Richard Woodfield)

Edit: Clitoris Festival is either the name of my bi-monthly automatic writing fanzine, or the second album by my acid jazz fusion band.

What a lovely spray!

May 28, 2015

Wilton Silver Color Mist, a food-safe silver spray for cake decorating, also makes a suitable substitute for any Warboys looking to enter Valhalla.

spray

Korean Seaweed Farms

May 3, 2015

seaweed

From NASA.

Green fingers

April 27, 2015

Sown so far:

  • Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Gem Lettuce
  • Peppers (3 x sweet variety, 1 x hot)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Coriander
  • Basil

And I have spuds chitting on my window sill.

Anthony Bourdain on Graphic Design

March 3, 2015

After combing through all 362 pages of Kitchen Confidential, I realized it was the best book on graphic design that I’ve ever read. Through every page, I realized that even though he was speaking to the rough and tumble kitchen crowd, he could also be speaking to the tight-jean-war-time-era-haircuts of the graphic design world.

More accurately Steve St Pierre on Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential as a Design Agency primer. Probably many other worlds too.

A tidbit:

Don’t steal. This is a given. From your peers or employers. From your peers, you can treat them as sources of inspiration. I spend a good chunk of time on Brand New, BP&O, Designspiration. I soak it in via osmosis and just let it settle, and those influences’ll slowly work their way out through my mouse finger. But don’t steal, you asshole. This community is tiny. We’re all working our asses off. And lord knows yours will be handed to you by the social media army if you decide to nip another’s piece. I speak from experience (from the good side, obviously).