The New Colossal

•August 10, 2017 • 2 Comments

The Guardian invited poets in a time of Trump to reimagine Emma Lazarus’s The New Colussusthe poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Here’s what I came up with:

Give me a good line, like “You’re fired,” no more,
and I’ll take a muddled stab at learning to be me,
a wretched recluse with a team, a score,
You want in? Then toss a tweet to me,
or leave a gift outside my golden door.

Give it a try!

Apricot Jam

•August 9, 2017 • 1 Comment

3 pounds (1 & 1/3 kilos) apricots


Pit and slice apricots


Simmer apricots


4x apricots / 3x sugar


Cook until jam forms 2 drips that come together in a sheet


Hot boiled jars







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Animation: House of Small Cubes

•July 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A beautiful short film by Kunio Katō.

Also known as La Maison en Petits Cubes.

Kato is known to this blog for his marvelous Diary of Tortov Roddle films.

More animation

The Core of the Sun Wins the 2017 Prometheus Award

•July 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

Paper Doll ChainJohanna Sinisalo’s novel THE CORE OF THE SUN, translated by your faithful correspondent, has just won the 2017 Prometheus Award.

As Cheryl Morgan put it:

The press release describes the book as “both libertarian and feminist” which will doubtless raise some eyebrows among both libertarians and feminists, who tend not to be on the best terms.


Happy Canada Day!

•July 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Barbara Lee’s Amendment Passes

•July 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Congresswoman Barbara Lee was the lone vote against the 2001 authorization for the use of force, the law that gave the go-ahead for the disaster in Iraq, and has been the rationale for repeated military actions initiated by Presidents Bush and Obama without consulting Congress.

Lee has been working to repeal that authorization ever since, and has failed to gain enough votes to do so over and over. Yesterday she proposed an amendment that would require reconsideration of the authorization, and it passed easily, with strong bipartisan support. I think it has something to do with who our president is now, and I find it heartening that so many members of Congress are trying to do something to exercise a check on the executive branch.

Here is Congresswoman Lee’s emotional speech in dissent on September 14th, 2001. Millions marched against the war in America and around the world , but there was only one person in Congress brave enough to oppose it. 

Short Film: Yarn

•June 17, 2017 • 2 Comments

I watched this terrific documentary on a plane from Reykjavik to Seattle yesterday.

It’s about four fibre artists who work in very different ways to create really cool art.

Now That’s a Balloon Animal

•June 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Masayoshi Matsumoto makes the most impressive balloon animals I’ve ever seen.

balloon fly

balloon camel spider

balloon skunk

More balloon animals on the artist’s website.

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