Posts Tagged ‘whimsey’

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How am I talking today?

September 19, 2017

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Where am I playing?

September 18, 2017

For the last several years, Danish design firm MONSTRUM has constructed wildly imaginative playscape features for playgrounds around the world with an intense focus on both artistic and architectural quality. The playgrounds are designed and built locally in their large studio just outside Copenhagen and then shipped in components to sites around Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and even Dubai. The design studio has a strong background in theatrical set design which lends itself to their thematic playscapes, one of our recent favorites being the “Justin Beiver” playround in Partille, Sweden. Collected here is a sampling of designs from the last few years, but you can see more on their website.

From Colossal

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What am I bakery blogging?

September 7, 2017

 

Something devious was a foot at the Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio earlier this week. In addition to rides, funnel cakes, and animal exhibits, the fair featured close to 1,500 exhibits in the baked goods category.

Footprints in the frosting led investigators to conclude that a raccoon had helped him or herself to samples from the Best in Show exhibit indicating that the critter has good taste.

“Critter or critters unknown, favored yeast bread, miscellaneous bread (actual categories), muffins, scones, strawberry-surprise pie, chocolate cake, and in the men’s category: peach pie.”

From a story by James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer

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Why am I grabbing my Prismacolors?

August 2, 2017

Today is Coloring Book Day

Grab your crayons, pens, markers, inks or colored pencils and have a good time.

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What am I celebrating?

July 14, 2017

Today is National Nude Day (I know someone who celebrated a little early).

The origins of this holiday have yet to be uncovered.

However if you want to have a little skin in the game, forget the laundry, but not your sunscreen.  Bottoms up!

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Whose culture am I appropriating?

July 8, 2017

All of them, truly.  I found this article at The Mad Genius Club, via The Bayou Renaissance Man (with thanks).  Not my words, but I thought it clicked things back into perspective.
“We’ve all seen the amusing Facebook meme: There are two kinds of countries in the world — those which use the metric system, and those which have landed on the Moon.

You could also easily say: there are two kinds of civilization in the world — the ones which culturally appropriate, and the ones which get left behind. Maybe even die?

It’s 2017, yo. Get your woke-ass panties out of your crack. Nothing you eat, read, listen to, drive, wear, or do for a living, was created in a vacuum. Each and every bit of your modern existence, is the result of people borrowing and stealing good ideas from somebody else. Doesn’t matter if it’s Hong Kong, or Paris, or San Francisco — every modern city is a gleaming, rich example of what happens when cultural appropriation is carried out with gusto.

Consider the nearest Chinese food establishment, employing Mexicans in the grill, a Filipino girl at the register, and serving food which bears little resemblance to anything anyone in China was eating a century ago. Because once people figured out how to jazz things up for an American palate, there was no stopping the culinary freight train. It was Mongolian Beef and General Tso’s from coast to coast. Ka-ching, ka-ching.

Did anyone ever ask the general if his recipe could be used for this purpose?

Hell no!

And it doesn’t matter anyway. The general’s descendants are over at KFC, eating the colonel’s chicken. While listening to South Korean hip-hop. Wearing synthetic clothing made from artificial fabrics invented by a company founded by a Frenchman. That same company also supplied almost half of the Union Army’s gunpowder, during the American Civil War. Gunpowder: another Chinese invention, imported to the West via Mongolian and Arabic means, and originally used for fireworks, as well as rockets. Rockets, which entered liquid-fueled prominence thanks to a New Englander named Goddard, as well as a German named Werner von Braun, who competed with a Russian named Sergei Korolev — to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying hydrogen bombs to the other side of the world, but which put human beings onto the lunar surface instead.

So, there you have it. From Americanized Chinese food to Armstrong’s, “One small step for man.” A cavalcade of glorious cultural appropriation, end to end.”

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What am I eating?

June 7, 2017

I used to read and enjoy a blog that reviewed service station food offerings.  There have been no postings there for a while, but on our recent road trip, I found some interesting snacks such as the Oreo candy bar above (what else would you do with broken Oreos?) and these:

And to wash it all down:

Nope, we did not try any of them, but if you have seen any interesting nibbles like these, I would be interesting in hearing about them.