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17 January 2010 @ 01:02 pm

2009

lots of pretty things happened.Collapse )
For midnight I went up to the roof terrace and stood in the snow, watching fireworks burst all over London.
 
 
Current Location: London
Current Mood: apatheticalive
Current Music: Medicine Wheel
 
 
0olong
25 October 2009 @ 09:44 pm
LJ  
 
 
 
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Jerusalem
 
 
0olong
03 August 2009 @ 11:22 am
As part of my ongoing quest to prove as far as possible the proposition that peanut butter goes with everything, as long as you do it right, I recently took it into my head to try making a peanut butter and vodka drink. Another success!

I made a second batch of it on Saturday, because I thought I would go camping and it's a magnificently warming drink. This time round I heated it, but it's definitely good cold as well. Here's what I used today:
  • 200 cc of vodka
  • Juice of one lime
  • Three tablespoons of peanut butter
  • One spoonful of Mr Naga Hot Pepper Pickle (Very Hot)
  • ~450 cc of water
The vodka and lime combination will dissolve the peanut butter so that you can stir it to a smooth, creamy consistency. Especially if you have a whisk, but a fork works too. Add the hot sauce and water (hot or cold, to taste) and keep stirring so that it stays smooth.

The Mr Naga sauce is really very hot, and unlike most hot sauces, it's not particularly salty. It's also a bit oily and has quite a distinctive flavour of its own, but you could probably get good results just using cayenne pepper or that Korean chilli paste.

It's got quite a kick to it, with the instant warmth of the vodka giving way to a slow-burning chilli heat. The flavour is rich and while it's certainly unusual, it's not nearly as bizarre as the idea of a peanut butter cocktail might first appear.

I found that it works well as a sauce, too, if you like alcoholic food. I tried some with a dish of methi (fenugreek) leaves because I was feeling too lazy to cook after sampling this as a drink - very tasty.
 
 
Current Location: Argyle Place
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Philosophy
 
 
0olong
06 March 2009 @ 10:56 am
Hello! The 15th of March is the People's Premiere of The Age of Stupid, a dramatised documentary starring Pete Postlethwaite, looking back from 2055 at why we didn't do the things we needed to do to avert runaway climate change while we still had the chance.

It's said to be an extremely powerful (but quite entertaining) piece of cinema, and it may also help motivate the political will not to be so bloody stupid. The more people come and see it when it premieres (in Edinburgh that's at Vue, Ocean Terminal) or when it opens properly on the 20th (it's showing at the Filmhouse), the better chance it stands of getting picked up by more mainstream cinemas around the world, for longer. Here's a poster.

So, who's up for coming along on the 15th? It should be a fun event.

I also notice there's a series of related events going on in Scotland, which could be interesting.

On a related topic my brother's short film, 'Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip' now has French and German dubs available, as well as subtitles in Spanish, Dutch, Turkish and English. Does anyone have any good ideas for how to bring them to the attention of people who speak those languages? So far the film's been watched online more than 100,000 times, but of the translations, only the Turkish one has really caught on...
 
 
Current Mood: optimisticpositive
Current Music: If I Saw You in a Movie
 
 
0olong
27 January 2009 @ 10:39 am

It's been quite a while since I made a picture post, and I saw some kind of a theme emerging, so here you go...

Lots of photosCollapse ) surviving
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a quickr pickr post

 
 
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Nightswimming
 
 
 
0olong
13 December 2008 @ 07:25 pm
When I moved into this flat I realised I was missing around half of the screws for my second- or third-hand Billy book-case, but recklessly I put it up and started using it anyway.

NB: DO NOT DO THIS.

Last night, as I was shelving a book, every shelf in the book-case collapsed, although thankfully the bottom ones were too tightly packed with books to get very far. The middle shelf had many of my sculptures on it, so quite a few of these were broken, some of them irreparably. C'est la vie.

Anyway, the point of this post is not so much to moan as to ask if anyone happens to have any Ikea Billy screws kicking around, that they could possibly spare? I think this is fixable with three or four more screws, but in the meantime I'm scared that the stuff on the remaining shelves, or possibly the stuff piled on top of the book-case, could also collapse! Crucially, the middle shelf is supposed to hold the whole thing together, and has abruptly abdicated this responsibility, so the outer panels are now able to bulge outward slightly, so that all the other shelves don't fit right any more.

Failing local help, I'll have to head to Ikea on Monday - which I should have done months ago I guess, it just always seemed so silly travelling 45 minutes each way to pick up half a dozen screws! Especially when I know Ikea will tempt me with pretty furniture and household goods that I can't afford and don't actually need.

Cheers folks - sorry to moan again.
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Current Music: Jesus: The Missing Years
 
 
0olong
27 November 2008 @ 05:46 pm
I made a new applet, I'm calling it 'Shimmia' and it's based on distorting an image using trig functions.

I'll probably make it better later, there's loads of fun stuff you can do with distorted images and I haven't played with them for years.
 
 
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: 'A Proper Taste of 2008'
 
 
0olong
08 November 2008 @ 01:54 pm
  • Job application: 'Spa Assistant'. Also requested an application form for another job, and spoke to an agency on the phone.
  • Photo: Falling slowly
  • Sculpture: A pissed-off green monster. Maybe a dinosaur of some sort. Too floppy, probably needs work.
  • Programming: Fixed the date display on E2's Site Trajectory to clarify that it's actually counting back months from the current date. This is a bit of a copout really, but I made progress on a couple of other things too, so it's not so bad.
 
 
Current Mood: productiveproductive but a little unwell
 
 
0olong
26 September 2008 @ 11:45 am

This is my brother's film about positive feedback loops and tipping points in climate change. It's beautifully put together, alarming, highly informative and very accessible. What he's looking at are admittedly worst-case scenarios, but disturbingly likely ones. If you're not convinced, here's the script with extensive references, etc., and here's a broadly approving blog post about it on the Nature site.

If you like it, maybe pass it on. This stuff is important!
 
 
Current Music: London Rain
 
 
0olong
18 September 2008 @ 12:19 am

The internet made me do it
Originally uploaded by 0olong
Usually I ignore memes, I think this one must have caught me off-guard or something.

"take a picture of yourself right now.
don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture.
post that picture with NO editing.
post these instructions with your picture."

Usually I would never put such a crap picture of my self on t'internet, but it seems like it would be against the spirit of the thing, whatever it is, to worry about that, so there you go.

I volunteered at Biz-Art today, the new little shop at the Forest. It was kind of fun, but we're not getting nearly enough people through there yet. Much more promotion required - hopefully they'll've hatched some good plans on this front at the meeting about it that took place just after I left. I was able to make six little sculptures out of air-drying clay during the day, and sold one, so that's pretty good really.

All in all, probably not as much fun as volunteering at the cafe, which I've done twice now - Monday and last Thursday. I feel like I've learnt a lot doing that, and you get to meet some cool people.

In other news, my brother's short film about feedback loops and climate change (which is really very good) has been doing well garnering internet fame, with more than 2,500 visitors yesterday, only a few days after it really launched. Though the flow slackened off today, I'm sure it'll pick up again.

I still don't have a job. This is bugging me.
 
 
Current Mood: blankpretty weird
Current Music: REM