Tuesday, June 25, 2019

His Opinion Counts

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Mambo Italiano

Here's a compilation of movie and TV clips of Brigitte Bardot dancing, set to the song "Mambo Italiano," sung by Bette Midler.

Tweet of the Day

Bill O'Reilly calls American history a "radical belief," as if what he said was not 100% true. The responses to this one are well worth reading. (via Boing Boing)

Monday, June 24, 2019


Wings of Hope

The 1999 documentary by Werner Herzog, Wings of Hope, tells the story of Juliane Koepcke, the sole survivor of a 1971 plane crash in Peru. The injured teenager walked through the rain forest for eleven days before finding help. (via reddit)


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Playing Cards

The aliens are learning what it means to play poker. Or are they? We'll have to wait to see who wins. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet series. Click to the right for a bonus comic.


Squash Pickles

The summer squash was the first vegetable to ripen in my garden, and I'm not a big fan of cooked squash. It was Princess's idea to plant it. While looking up how to preserve all this straight-neck squash, I came across the idea of squash pickles. Now, I've tried making pickles before with cucumbers, and never had much luck. However, I had enough squash to experiment. Many of the recipes online contain sugar, which I did not want, so I kept looking until I found this easy recipe at Serious Eats. Then I changed it to suit my own taste.

I made the pickles and stashed them in the refrigerator. You are supposed to wait 48 hours before eating them, but I got busy, then tried them about four days later. They were crisp and tasty! The squash is not much different from a cucumber pickle, with the taste coming from the other ingredients. When I had enough garden produce for my first salad (cherry tomatoes and bell pepper), I also cut up a couple of squash pickle spears into it, and that was good, too! Imagine- me putting squash in a salad. I was so proud of my pickles that I've given a jar away already. Continue reading if you want my version of the recipe. 

Miss Cellania's Links

The 2019 World's Ugliest Dog has been crowned.

It was 735 years ago this week, on June 26, 1284, that the Pied Piper led the children of Hamelin, Germany, away forever. Folklore Thursday offers four possible explanations for what happened. (via Strange Company)

Hideous Men. Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life.

How Scotch Tape and Masking Tape Were Invented.

Night of the Living Painting. Mummies were sold to people all over, and this eventually led to a paint made from them called "mummy brown." 

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children.  "The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards."

TV shows that were ruined by stray shoes. Many cultures can't abide shoes in the house, much less on a couch or a bed. (via Metafilter)

Ravelry, the internet's biggest yarn craft forum, announced a new policy:  Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration. "We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy."

Cat Memes of the 1870s. 

A blast from the past (2008): Fun with Pie Charts.


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The Opry House

Mickey Mouse stars in this 1929 cartoon directed by Ub Iwerks. This features the worst version of "Carmen" you will ever hear.

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Location Location Location

Solsbury Hill

From 1977, "Solsbury Hill" was Peter Gabriel's first solo single after leaving Genesis. Wikipedia has some interesting things about the song.
Gabriel has said of the song's meaning, "It's about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get ... It's about letting go." His former bandmate Tony Banks acknowledges that the song reflects Gabriel's decision to break ties with Genesis, but it can also be applied in a broader sense to situations of letting go in general.

The song is mostly written in 7/4 time, an unusual time signature that has been described as "giving the song a constant sense of struggle". The meter settles into 4/4 time only for the last two measures of each chorus. It is performed in the key of B major with a tempo of 102 beats per minute, with Gabriel's vocals ranging from F♯3 to G♯4.


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The Truth is Revealed

Maybe it was just a brain fart. Or maybe you really learned why John is a bookkeeper and not a web developer. This comic is from CommitStrip.


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Rainbow Blanket Octopus

There are four species of blanket octopus that are so called because of the webbing between some of their arms. They are known for their tool use- they tear Portuguese man o'war tentacles off to use as weapons! Blanket octopuses also display extreme sexual dimorphism. The females can be more than six feet long, while the males are about the size of a walnut.

Joseph Elayani accompanied the Three P Diving Club on an outing underneath the waters off Romblon Island in the Philippines, and captured this remarkable footage of two colorful blanket octopuses. A longer video shows more amazing creatures seen on the same trip. (via reddit)


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