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NPR's Kitchen Window: 4 Oyster Stews

I'm a newcomer to the oyster, but a happy convert. Still won't eat the things raw, which I know is heresy--but I discovered them in a cioppino. (Yes, another form of sacrilege, but I'll be a happy culinary pagan, thank you.) Never realized how tasty they were, cooked.

At the link above you'll find 4 recipes, and pictures that would make Pavlov proud of you.

And if one of you could give me the lyrics to what I can only call "The Oyster Song From Mad Sal's", I shall be a happy girl.
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Why Live Without Writing

No, I'm not kidding myself that I'm a poet.
But portions of this article hit on the visceral aspect--or rather the deep-down-in-our-old-brain-need aspect.

by Durs Gr├╝nbein, translated by Michael Hofmann
Feb 2010 issue of Poetry
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Hourly Comic Day

Illustrate your day, and share.
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Today is being brought to you by the earworm/rallying cry:

I wear no pants!

This makes Tuesday go much better.
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Hark! A Vagrant! discusses The Hotte Tudors.
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[livejournal.com profile] kellingson's son posted a great story on facebook. I was inspired to post one as well--but the when linked on FB, it yielded the image of an annoying ad. So, LJ wins this honor. KE, point The AntiBoy toward

A Culinary Tale from Skippy's List".

I give it 9 on the snorkameter.
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Another historical cartoon from Kate Beaton.

And don't forget to click on the 2nd link for a lovely (if grisly) Horrible Histories song about the duo.
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Ms. Beaton salutes Emperor Norton.

Even as far back as 2007, she was respectin' the Emperor.

Are there Emperor Norton tours? Or does one just stand atop the highest points and say, "Yep, it was all his."
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Ravens Blight Free Paper Models and Toys.

and yes, [livejournal.com profile] ribbin, they have a catapult!
Yes, they have games--and dice.

Stock up on your color toner, and start printing and pasting.
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[livejournal.com profile] voiceofreason should opt to move to Ottowa. That's where the university used the model of a zombie invasion as a basis for a paper published in Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress.

We can't just leave you hanging: here's a link to the paper.
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Can no longer log onto BBC radio 7, so cannot finish Barcester Chronicles.

NPR was no cooperating with my computer this afternoon--and have not been happy with their news reporting of the last few months.

So, went to PRI for my audio fix. forgot the pleasures of To the Best Of Our Knowledge This episode is an interview with Karen Armstrong about the rise of today's main religions in the period of 900 to 200 BC.

I used to be a regular listener. I think I stopped, out of concern I was ignoring daily news.
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Do yourself a favor and listen to this brief bit of natter from NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, from 1 Aug 2009. Click on opening panel round.

Arkham couldn't top this.
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Note: this youtube site opens up and starts playing the featured poet.

Geraldine R Dodge poetry festival may not return in 20010 (every two years). However, the 2008 festival recorded most of their featured poets, and their readings can be viewed at the above link. Fantastic! Wish some older recordings were available (Snyder, McPhereson).

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90 minute dramatization of Putney debates, execution of Charles I. Derek Jacobi among the players. On BBC radio 7 for two more days. Requires Real Player or Real Alternative.

Dramatization, modern analysis and transcripts of the trials.
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Found the KVIE (Capitol Public Radio) had a series on restaurants on Broadway between I-5 and 99.
A new episode airs the 2nd Friday of each month, through Nov 2009.

Around the World in 30 Blocks

Anyone dined at these spots?
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Another cartoon and essay by Kate Beaton. The cartoon is amusing, the essay is fascinating. Do click on the link to the wikipedia article of the Guinea Pig club. Nothing graphic, but it does discuss surgery.
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At Worth1000.com

A Night at the Art Museum

So, if the paintings could come to life, what would they do for fun?
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Speaking with [livejournal.com profile] groblek and [livejournal.com profile] kay_gmd, I had one of my usual wandering conversations (well, we all three did), where you start one at point A, get to point B, and forgot where point A was.

I found it.

Point B was explaining Harry Flashman a fictional creation of George McDonald Frasier, and the source of the wonderful scoundrel who invades the honorable environs of the Adventurers Club in London every Christmas season.

And yes, [livejournal.com profile] groblek, the Wikipedia article does mention that Pratchett is a Flashman fan...and yes, there IS Rincewind. Oddly, this article does not mention Lord Flasheart of the Black Adder series, on of the most definite and acknowledged homages to this series (the character and series started in 1969).

And Point A? Because we started out discussing characters, such as Sherlock Holmes, that some people have come to believe was real.

From The Washington Post obit, 2008:

"When the first novel in the series appeared, "Flashman: From the Flashman Papers, 1839-1842," Mr. Fraser claimed to have edited manuscripts he had found at a household sale.

Several critics were initially taken in by the ruse and believed that the stories were drawn from a lost cache of authentic memoirs. But the character of Harry Paget Flashman originally appeared as a bully in "Tom Brown's Schooldays," a popular Victorian boys' book that Mr. Fraser read as a child. The story flagged whenever Flashman left the stage, Mr. Fraser noted, so he made the irrepressible rogue the central figure of his novels."


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