Hawk in a restaurant

June 21, 2009
What is this, the Muppet Show?

What is this, the Muppet Show?

Funny story about a hawk that accidentally flew into a restaurant.

The guy working the counter came out, and we were both (slowly and carefully) snapping pictures with our phones. The hawk didn’t react to us apart from turning his head to look back and forth between us — even when said employee said:
“Man, you inna wrong place, bird! Dontchu know this a chicken joint?”

Full story (don’t worry, it’s short & snappy) here.
Thanks to Andrea P for the tip.


White guy does Bollywood

June 20, 2009

I like when he can’t find her.
Thanks to Kamal for the tip!


Guest post: a-Peel-ing, by Greg Press

June 19, 2009

I want to share something with you.

Here’s one way to make your life better: Take advantage of all that a vegetable peeler has to offer when making a salad. I’m a fan of the Oxo brand – $10 or so.

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You like raw golden beets, but not so much just taking a bite out of one? Peel off the skin in a jiffy (I’ll peel maybe half to conserve the rest of the beet for later) and then scatter some beet flakes wherever you like. Maybe in a bowl with heirloom tomato chunks, baby arugula, and a crumbled goat cheese (grape halves if you’re feeling unhinged). The yellow shines, but all beets have brilliant colors. You could shave up a bunch of different colored beets, some herbs, some oil, little cheese and you’d have something to look at.

Another good crunch your peeler can add to a salad is fennel (the bulb). Not that easy to manipulate with a knife – too thick a bite can be overwhelming, too thin useless, and too diced plain weird, but a nice shaving via your peeler does the trick (takes a little practice, not as easy as the supreme kitchen device, the mandolin). Dig it with parmesan, olive oil, lemon, and some herbs. Or mix it up in a salad with green olives, a citrus, and a candied nut.

Tonight's dinner: leftovers from last night, including a salad of heirloom tomato, peaches, veggie-peeled golden beet and veggie-peeled fennel.

Tonight's dinner: leftovers from last night, including a salad of heirloom tomato, peaches, veggie-peeled golden beet and veggie-peeled fennel.

How about cucumber strips? This is not so much shaving as long deep slices. Nice with big healthy romaine leaves, maybe some avocado. Pour over some heavily shaken olive oil, little bit of balsamic, little bit of dijon, and a lot of lemon. Don’t forget the fresh ground pepper.

You want jicama? Easy. Shred the sheet out of it with a veggie peeler. Nice for the summer with watermelon, pistachios posing as seeds, and feta.

You can peel shavings of fruits like firm pears. You can peel shavings of vegetables like funky raw squash for a summer squash salad. You can peel shavings of hard cheeses. Grating ginger can be a pain in the ass, but peel its bark (or whatever the outside is called), whittle off some strips, and then take a good knife to it and your fresh diced ginger is ready to go.

Build yourself a little holster. Equip it with your vegetable peeler. And the next time you make a salad, bust that shiznit out.

- - Greg Press is a doctor who lives in Houston.

Nice once, Greg. Thanks.

The rest of y’all, I’m still happy to get guest posts.
Send ‘em to stamperoo at gmail dot com, yeah?


Guest post: Abney Park Cemetery, by Juliet

June 18, 2009

My friend Juliet spent some time in England earlier this month and came home with a gorgeous passel of photos. I thought these pics of Abney Park in Stoke Newington were particularly beautiful- love the cool greens and mossy stones- so she let me re-post them here, along with her captions. The small-size photos don’t do justice to the gorgeous setting- make sure to click them to see the large versions.

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This place is 100% amazing. Abney Park was in its heyday (1840s) a non-denominational burial ground, the first cemetery in Europe to be combined with an arboretum. For the last twenty years, it hasn’t been used for burial. Instead, it’s now treated as an open space, and the natural landscape is taking over the gravestones in a really dramatic way. You can wander far off the main trails through row after row of gravestones, many lopsided or somewhat uprooted.

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You can read more about Abney Park Cemetery here and here.

- Juliet is an editor who lives in Brooklyn.

Gorgeous pics, hey? Thanks, Juliet.
The rest of y’all, I’m still happy to get guest posts.
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Fish eulogy

June 18, 2009

Adorable.


Goths in Hot Weather

June 18, 2009

No blue satin sashes here, o Dark Lord Yogsoggoth.

What better place to read Dune?

What better place to read Dune?

Thanks to Kelly for the tip.


Photoshop Fun: Arms on Birds!

June 17, 2009
I think you're supposed to use a salad fork for walnuts, you barbarian

I think you're supposed to use a salad fork for walnuts, you barbarian

Pretty tough there, guys.  Except.... uh, you're budgies posing in a cage... a cage lined with pink carpeting.  BadassFAIL

Pretty tough there, guys. Except.... uh, you're budgies posing in a cage.... a cage lined with pink carpeting. BadassFAIL

More here- some really good ones if you click through to other pages. Thanks to Ryan for the tip.


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