Friday, September 30, 2011

My new favorite vegetable is a weed.

Purslane salad
Purslane salad dressed with meyer lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, onion, tomato, and goat cheese.

This fleshy succulent "weed" is currently thriving in our yard. It loves the hot weather. When we first noticed it a few years ago, Daniel figured out that it's called purslane, and while classified as a weed here (though there are now ornamental hybrid varieties available – we brought some home from the nursery yesterday), is a very nutritious and tasty green that's been consumed in other countries for thousands of years. It's super high in vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids.

We think it's kind of a pretty groundcover, so we've been letting it grow wild in the garden. But we hadn't really delved into eating it other than nibbling until I saw someone selling it at the farmer's market a few weeks back.

I've made 5 good-sized salads from it this week, and have only just made a dent. There's still a ton more in the yard. Chances are you have some in yours, too. It tastes like a mild watercress and has a delicious crunch – give it a try.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Incredible first person POV Tsunami footage

This context from

Yu Muroga was doing his job making deliveries when the 11 March 2011 earthquake hit in Japan. Unaware, like many people in the area, of how far inland the Tsunami would travel, he continued to drive and do his job. The HD camera mounted on his dashboard captured not only the earthquake, but also the moment he and several other drivers were suddenly engulfed in the Tsunami. He escaped from the vehicle seconds before it was crushed by other debris and sunk underwater. His car and the camera have only recently been recovered by the police. The camera was heavily damaged but a video expert was able to retrieve this footage.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kittens in Bowls

Because why the hell not?

Check the phonetic rendition of O-bla-Di O-Bla-Da in the background.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Child's Own Studio

Love this concept - custom plush softies from your child's art – Child's Own Studio.

I think I need a real-life Bunnee.

Bunnee from Found Magazine
is much-loved in our house. We've printed him on multiple colors and have him framed as a triptych. Though we don't love Bunnee apparently as much as this guy.

Thanks, Jimmie at Whippleworld for the link.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Surreal Long Exposure Photographs

Rainy season

via Design Milk
, who writes:
"Beautiful long exposure shots by AppuruPai created from the New Transit Yurikamome, an automated guideway train that connects Odaiba to the mainland, passing through the Rainbow Bridge."

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Morning run on the river by the Pearl Brewery

Woke up to find a gorgeous breezy day -- too early for fall in South Texas, but at least a short reprieve from the crushing heat.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Here's to the crazy ones

In another lifetime, I worked for several years for an Apple Specialist in Honolulu (Specialists are a special tier of Apple authorized Mac dealers and repair centers), first helping out with their website, later doing sales, later still running the front office and doing onsite and in-house training, and later still helping in the service department ordering parts and dispatching technicians, plus designing their newspaper ads and marketing materials (when working for a small business, everyone wears a lot of hats).

I began working there midway through the Think Different campaign in the late 90s, so that campaign has always been near and dear to me, both because of it's brilliance and because it invokes a time in my life that I remember fondly. When I started there, Steve Jobs had been back at Apple for a year or two, but hadn't turned things around for them yet. Because I was so entrenched in Apple culture at the time, I clearly remember the sharp left turn Apple made, from a company that made powerful and elegant but boring looking beige boxes with cryptic model numbers (e.g., the PowerMac 8600/300, which which despite its dull name was the bomb) to stunningly different and appealing products like the first bondi blue iMacs, which were truly groundbreaking at the time. We're all so used to Apple now that I think we forget where they came from.

So I particularly loved AdWeek's recent tribute to Steve Jobs. They write:

"Crazy Ones," the iconic Apple commercial by TBWA\Chiat\Day from the "Think different" campaign of the late 1990s, was always, in a way, about Steve Jobs. Voiced by Richard Dreyfuss, it celebrated "the rebels, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently" and would therefore change the world. The images showed everyone from John Lennon to Gandhi, but the inference was that Apple's visionary leader was one these remarkable souls. Now, with Jobs resigning as CEO of Apple, we've added him to the end of "Crazy Ones"—a place he rightfully earned, even if he would never come right out and say so. 

Blueberry pie

Blueberry pie, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

Had a bit of a structural blowout, but should still be tasty. I use Bittman's recipe from How To Cook Everything. I sub frozen blueberries for convenience (so per his suggestion, upped the thickener - tapioca - by a third). While I do make pretty good pie crust, I tend to use refrigerated store bought dough which I keep in the freezer, because then I can throw a pie together in 20 mins with ingredients on hand.