ice cream making and ranting

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Oh, how I wish these men were actually librarians. As far as library fundraising goes, this is pretty much the best.

Two professors at New Orleans’ Xavier University, are auctioning their right to drink for 2007. Donate money into the “on the wagon” fund or the keep boozing fund. Check the results here, and be sure to pay attention to the picture of the lonely book drop eyeing the drink below.

These men are trying to raise $1 million to build a new library in New Orleans.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Sex Life of Food

The Sex Life of Food
By Bunny Crumpacker

Surely, that’s not her real name.

The book starts out fantastic, it’s like a Harlequin romance of food. Everybody knows food and sex should be sensual. Very sexy, descriptive language, the sort of thing that makes dining in bed seem like a necessity, not a welcome luxury. Unlike a Harlequin book, it blows its load early on, and there’s not the obligatory second to the last chapter sex scene. I wanted this to be great, and if it left out the boring parts it would be.

Here’s some examples of the good:

German psychologist Alfred Gebert talked to women about what their men were like as lovers, and then correlated those findings with the way each man age/ “there were amazing similarties,” Gebert said. He added that a woman looking for a certain kind of lover could make fairly accurate predictions by watching the way a man eats—then she’d know “whether to make an excuse and leave—or accept the invitations home for a cup of coffee.”

His findings: If you’re looking for a strong man, one who takes control, avoid men who mash their food up and eat several things together. If they eat in that mushy way they tend to lack new ideas in bed, the doctor said. A man who eats his vegetables before the meat is self-absorbed: better to avoid him. Men who play with their food, making patterns with it on the place, are probably good company, sympathetic, and generous—they even have the potential to be good fathers. Avoid men who season their food without even tasting it. “Men like that are bossy and controlling,” said Gebert, “They are traditional and like men to be men, and they like their women in the kitchen.”


Both pornography and fast food de-emphasize the personal and the intimate. Both are mass order; they’re tailored for people in a hurry, people avoiding intimacy, people seeking easy satisfaction, people who wish to make no commitment or take any undue effort, who at heart would prefer to eat and to love alone.


There’s a pretty interesting section on restaurants that would serve you in a private room, often with a bed, so you could do as you wished.
They were a literal memory of the first public eating places, which were indeed broth4es, combining two eternal needs, two glorious pleasures….Restaurant boudoirs were meeting places for men and their mistresses, for those who had high hopes, and for discreet lovers. How much more appealing than a motel on the outskirts of town!


The book also tipped me off to this School Dinners place in London.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mindset List 2010

It's here again, and after last year, I guess I'll report again.

The Mindset List is out again, made by Beloit College, a private school of 1,200 people that thinks it knows what it's talking about.

Class of 2010 Mindset list
Let's look at a few, shall we??

A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.
Huh?? Does anyone know what this refers to?

Faux fur has always been a necessary element of style.
Really, always??

Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
When was the last time Milli Vanilli was relevant?

Computerized player pianos have always been tinkling in the lobby.
What? who's lobby? Huh?

They have no idea why we needed to ask "...can we all get along?"
That's not the right quote is it?

Ken Burns has always been producing very long documentaries on PBS.
Oh, they watch PBS, but they don't know Rodney King? I don't even know who Ken Burns is.

Sara Lee has always made underwear.
I had to look this one up. Sara Lee, parent company owns Playtex, and more... I'm pretty sure kids today don't know that anymore than I do, and I'm sure it's not relevant to anyone's life.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Gyoza Eating Championship

How did I miss this?? I was in Little Tokyo for the Tofu Festival 2 weekends ago. How didn’t I pay attention to this?? I promise to follow competitive eating more closely from now on. These people are my new heroes. World Gyoza Eating Championship

Joey Chestnut edged out Sonya Thomas by two gyoza to win the dumpling contest. Chestnut ate 212 gyoza to Sonya's 210.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I was going to go to bed early and curl up with my fantastic competitive eating book that’s been sitting around since June, waiting for me to have a chance to read it. But, of course, I had to check my email one last time. And of course, that lead to more things. And pretty soon I was buying Desk Set which, for some reason last night was $7.97 instead of the current $9.99. What a deal!

And as I was checking out Amazon recommended (1953) Walt Disney Treasures - Disney Rarities - Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s. How did it know this is exactly what I wanted? I never buy Disney movies through Amazon, you get prizes when you buy them at the store. And I looked through the whole Disney Treasures series, and Rarities is the one I wanted most.

This is a collection of the Disney cartoons that were always on tv when I was little—and really up until a few years ago when the Disney channel banished the old cartoons to Toon Disney. They are the cartoons that don’t feature the regular Disney characters.

I just about clicked to buy it after the first cartoon I noticed listed was Lambert, the sheepish lion. Wow, talk about a song that gets stuck in your head. I didn’t even have to see the cartoon, all I had to do was think it… always tryin’ to be a wild and wooly sheep…

Then I saw Pigs is Pigs. What a great cartoon.. Whether they come in pairs or they come in sets, if they have 4 feet, they’ll be classified as pets. And there are the 2 Humphrey Bear cartoons, Paul Bunyan, the Ben Franklin one, and the Casey driving the train. It seems the only ones I’ll miss are Casey at Bat, and the one about the hats in love.

If anyone knows what these Alice cartoons are, please enlighten me. Or, I suppose I’ll figure it out on Thurs. Expect full on Fraggle Rock type reviews as long as my leisure time holds.

Can you imagine living in the past, not being able to buy your childhood back… one DVD set at a time?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Free Books

WOO! I'm done with the semester. And i'm trying hard to forget there's only 1 week off before fall starts.

If anyone wants the following books, speak now, or the library gets them on Monday.

Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time
How my Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller
Alice, I Think
Diary of a Crush: French Kiss (Book 1)

Obviously I'm getting rid of them because they're not that good. But if you know a teen, they're all in pristine condition.

Chicken and Waffles

I suppose chicken and waffles has never been gourmet. But it’s always tried to have a bit of an edge. This all comes to an end now, with the $1 million prize winner for the Pillsbury Bake-off.

Baked Chicken and Spinach Stuffing sounds innocuous enough. That's because the name doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors within.

So you take super boring chicken breast, season it up, and make a glaze of syrup, peach jelly and Worcestershire—not the worst thing ever, but not particularly interesting. Then you pop that in the over and the fun begins!

Mix cubed, toasted waffle sticks with onion, spinach, chicken broth and an egg white for binding. Then pop it in the oven.

And when you’re done, you have the most dull, yet awful sounding chicken and waffles ever. That being said, I am absolutely going to try this recipe very soon.

I don't know if I'm getting older and snobbier, but the bake-off just hasn't been capturing my imagination lately. Or maybe they've finally just run out of things to do with Pillsbury products.

I haven't watched it yet, but please feel free to watch the videos on the Bake-off home page.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I realize this is old hat for everyone, but yesterday, for the first time ever, I sold something online and got money in my paypal account.

I am very happy to get that awful cataloging tome out of my life. And the buyer was happy to get a discount on a like new set of pages in a binder. The transaction happened because of a school Yahoo group database. Now, maybe I'm finally ready to move myself up to

So many possibilities for online money that I can't see. Unfortunately the $65 hardly makes a dent in my Best Dress Ever fund. Maybe by the time I learn the Paso Doble, I'll have that kind of disposable income.

It's a full moon tonight. And there's nothing like a good full moon to shift your mood. Usually I go from normal to stir-crazy. Today I'm hoping it's from depressed to super-productive.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Pew Links

Really, just for me. But interesting enough if you care

House hearings

I can't handle one more crisis

Yes, it was all too easy on Sunday. Computers just don' t magically fix themselves. At least I have all the files I need to finish the semester.

I feel the way I did last semester when I was following the daily updates with the whole warrantless surveillance thing. Not one more bit of bad news, please. I just don't think I can go on.

If I was the praying type, I'd definitely be praying for the strength to make it to the end of the week.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Worst day ever

Saturday was super fun hanging out with Ryan and various past squelchers. Quite possibly the skating rink warrants a whole post to itself. And we all agreed that it was really awesome to hang out in a group again, and it should happen more often. And I stayed out later than I should have. Which gave me a bit of a late start with my homework yesterday.

And 5 mins into turning on my computer, it decides to go and crash. Not a simple little restart, run a scan, everything is ok crash. No the hardcore, won’t even start in safe mode, wants to wipe my entire hard drive and start over kind.

Being a very bad librarian, I never back up my data. Being a few days from the end of the semester, I have many partially started projects that would absolutely cost me the semester if I didn’t recover them. Luckily my sister was home, and we put my hard drive in her computer, recovered my data, then did some disc scans, and managed to (knock on wood) get my computer back up and running. And I have copies of my work in 3 places now.

This little detour caused me a few hours of trouble, but more importantly, unmeasurable stress. It’s a very fragile feeling knowing a few hundred dollars worth of electronics can make or break your future. There was a bit of crying involved during the bleakest part of the process.

To top it off, my legs have been sore for 3 days (too much stress and computer sitting? I just don’t know). My mouse hand/ wrist is starting to annoy me. And this morning, my lower back has decided it wants in on that action. I would say that I’m too old for school and this nonsense, but that would mean everyone else in my program is practically dead. I will be very glad to be done with this semester.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Love me, love my blog"

Talk about geeky crazies!

Realising that communicating via typing was far more comfortable ... we conducted ... our date without speaking. We traded headphones back and forth and typed and ordered beer and wine and more food ... The waitress thought we were crazy
The Net is a boon for people who are verbally shy, and provides a great way to resolve disputes about facts, say some fans. Some couples play online games together, and computing seems to be a zone where men can be manly.

"For my birthday, he upgraded my RAM and I thought it was incredibly romantic," writes Jess

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


As you all know, my youtube debut was from last year’s AX.

But here’s my speaking youtube debut. I kinda didn’t prepare, and I really hope my ill preparedness comes off as coy and not awful.

I’m not quite sure what’s up with youtube, I can see my video, but I can’t seem to find it when I’m searching.

In case you can’t tell, yes, that’s a lacy, heart-shaped eyepatch.