Archive for March 2011

Aussie Slang Word of the Day   2 comments

ANZAC Bikkies. Photo by Food For Four

“Bikkie”

Pronunciation: Bih-kee

Meaning: Biscuit (or cookies if you’re American). The best kind in Australia are made by Arnott’s. If you drop in on any kitchen in Australia, you’ll almost always find a packet of Arnott’s stashed in the cupboard (usually next to the Vegemite and Cottee’s Apple Raspberry Cordial). My favorite Arnott’s bikkie is the Monte Carlo. They are mind blowingly awesome, I swear. Let’s try an experiment. Okay, think of Oreos. If you’re like me, you get two of them, separate them, then put the two creamiest parts back together to create a Super Oreo.

Arnott's Monte Carlos

Now think of doing that, but with two large honey coconut flavored cookie ends and a huge raspberry jam covered vanilla cream center. Mind. Blown.

Growing up in Australia, if your friends had rich parents, or if it was Christmas time, you could always count on the fancier packet of Arnott’s Assorted Creams to appear (otherwise known as the mother lode of edible awesomeness in a bikkie pack). Monte Carlos, Shortbread Creams, Kingstons, the list goes on! Arnott’s Ginger Nut biscuits are bloody amazing too – they’re harder and crunchier than the creamy variety of bikkies, but have a distinctly delicious ginger taste. Great for dipping in hot milk or coffee!

My favorite bikkie of all, though, is probably my Aunt Marianne’s homemade ANZACs*. Butter + coconut + oats + sugar + maple syrup = a fight for who gets to clean the wooden spoon. The UT students of Dr. Luther’s Comm 501 class last semester have experienced first hand how amazing ANZAC bikkies are (except for Aaron. He doesn’t like coconut. Who doesn’t like coconut?). I made the ANZACs as an experiment before class and shared them with everyone. They were a hit! I’ll post the recipe for y’all tomorrow.

Usage example: To mix things up a bit, here’s a haiku that I just wrote:

__________________

Bikkies for breakfast.

Put them in your cereal.

Just kidding, that’s gross.

___________________

Cheers,

~C

PS: Did you know there’s a “p” in raspberry? I guess some silent letters are actually also invisible until you spell check your work. Thanks, spell check!

* Stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corp.

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5 Great Links for LB   1 comment

Good morning LB!

Because it’s Spring Break for me, I imagine everyone else in the nation is also on Spring Break. But people keep reminding me that it is not, in fact, Spring Break for most people in the United States. With that being said, for you and others who are at work this morning, I salute you! I’ve included an extra bonus link so you don’t get too upset when you think about all the co eds down in Florida not working (sorry if the parrot video cuts it a bit too close).

TED2011 Recap: Treat yourself to the best, most fascinating talks from TED2011.

KnowWord: If you play Words With Friends, you might enjoy this game

QWERTY Beats: Put your headphones on, hover over the question mark for instructions.

Kitten Riding Tortoise: Enough said. If you know what song this is, please let me know. It’s stuck in my head and I need to make it stop. UPDATE: My friend Katie has informed me that the song is Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini. Thanks Katie!

Shake It: See if you can watch this and not grin the entire time.

The Shagging Parrot: Stephen Fry asks his viewers: What would you do for rare species conservation?

Cheers,

~C

5 Great Links for LB   2 comments

LB, it sounds like you’ve been pretty busy lately. Rain check on dinner from last week? Hopefully you’re not too busy to visit these links I’ve compiled for you! Also, at this point, I’ve posted seven of these threads. If you* like or don’t like the links I’m posting, let me know! If you want to see different kinds of links on a favorite topic of yours, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can dig up.

*”you” is not restricted to just LB. If you’re not LB, feel free to send me feedback too!

Betaville: The interactivity of this site is the best I’ve seen in a while! Really great web designer. Very impressive. Makes me think I’ve time traveled to an earlier decade.

This Day In Music: Jealous Guy by Roxy Music. Huh? Never heard of it. I must be getting old.

Woodland Homes: Would you live here? Maybe if you were a Hobbit.

Photomanipulation: I like #11 and #17. #15 looks really painful for some reason (but I’m sure he’s fine, he’s wearing protective goggles).

SEQL: I think the best way to approach this list is to first cross off what you’re already doing and give yourself a pat on the back. Then tackle the other 87 items one at a time. So you don’t go crazy with guilt. I’m bookmarking this page for future reference.

Ways To Be Shameless   Leave a comment

My Shamelss Cake

I am a huge fan of the new show, Shameless, on Showtime. Well, it’s not actually a new show. It’s a USA remake of a British show by the same name. Lots of shows that air in the USA are remakes of British shows (Top Gear, Life on Mars, The Office, Dancing With The Stars, Queer As Folk, Supernanny, Friends). Shameless is one of them, and it’s awesome.

Not being particularly suitable for children, Shameless airs every Sunday night at 10pm. Normally I like to be heading to bed by this time on a Sunday. But for this show, I make a dedicated exception.

The series revolves around the Gallagher family who live in a dingy Chicago suburb. Frank, the father, is a barely-functioning alcoholic with seven children. His oldest daughter, Fiona, does pretty much all the work to keep the family functioning. There’s always something crazy going on, but Fiona and her siblings always figure out a way to keep moving on with life.

This weekend I decided to make a red velvet cake with strawberry frosting. I wish you could smell it through your screen, because it smells uh-may-zing! It’s taking all of my will power to not  stop typing and go eat a slice right now. Fresh. Hot. Cake. In. My. Kitchen. NOM! I’m calling it my Shameless Cake, because I’m looking forward to eating it shamelessly, while watching Shameless.

So what are you doing tonight? Will you be watching Shameless on Showtime while eating some good dessert? Or will you be in bed playing Angry Birds? If you’re going to be looking at a screen and you have cable, check out Shameless.

~C

Posted March 6, 2011 by Elfawin in TV Production

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Lucidending   2 comments

“On Tuesday I’ll finally end my battle with cancer thanks to Oregon’s Death with dignity act. As part of my preparations I’ve ended my pain medication and am trying to regain what little dignity and clarity I can. Who I was doesn’t matter. I’m in pain, I’m tired and I’m finally being granted a small shred of respect. Feel free to AMA if you’re so inclined.” – Lucidending

These words were written on Saturday, March 5th, about 13 hours ago (and counting) on one of Reddit’s subreddit streams. This man has been battling cancer for eight years. Thanks to a law in Oregon that allows medically assisted deaths to terminally ill patients, the man is finally being allowed to end his pain. Normally, I must imagine that these occurrences are quite personal, but with 51 hours to live (as of today, this man is still alive), he decided to create a Reddit account – “Lucidending” – and broadcast the words quoted above to this social community”.

The incredible response to his statement can be seen here: “51 Hours Left To Live“. The post has skyrocketed to the top of Reddit’s list of highest voted threads of all time (up and down votes combined), at almost 38,000 unique votes. His comment count has crested 8,000 and it keeps growing. If you log into Reddit, you can comment too. People from all over the world are posting thoughts, feelings and questions to Lucidending, who is responding to as many as he can from where he sits in his Oregon hospital bed. He’s unable to go anywhere, but (in his own words) the past 13 hours have allowed him to live and “see” the world in ways he never imagined were possible. His only regrets? Not proposing to his high school sweetheart, and never traveling to see the Northern Lights.

The power and reach of social media has delivered the world to this man’s hospital bed the only way it can: Through the online sharing of words, pictures, videos, and community support. People from different cultures and religious background around the world are coming together with words of hope, thanks, and amazement. Cancer charities are receiving donations because of his post. Art projects have been uploaded to the thread depicting Lucidending’s last words. Lucidending’s advice is giving other Redditors the inspiration to simply go outside and enjoy the quiet falling snow, or the rising sun.

For this man, social media is making his last hours on earth a time of interacting with others, a time to share his wisdom and feel loved. I really urge you to check it out. It will move you.

UPDATE: I just found a YouTube video dedicated to Lucidending. It’s short, fun and happy and totally beautiful:

~C

Posted March 6, 2011 by Elfawin in Social Media

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Ride Happy? Indeed   2 comments

Ride Happy - A blog by Lisa Jacobs

I was scanning through my Recent News feed on Facebook, and noticed a blog post from Lisa Jacobs, a fellow Pembroke high school alumni of mine. I checked out her blog, “Ride Happy” and it’s awesome!

Since graduating from uni in Australia, Lisa has apparently taken to professional road cycling like most fish take to water. Her latest blog postings are about a pro-riding tour/competition thing she’s currently doing in New Zealand. Check it out if you’re interested in all things cycling and/or Lord Of The Rings.

What else did I find particularly awesome about Lisa’s blog? Her mum has a section called “Lisa’s Mum Writes Back“, where Lisa’s blog readers can email her mum and ask for advice. It’s GENIUS! I might have to start doing something similar.

Ok, I have to get back to studying for my midterms next week.

~C

Posted March 3, 2011 by Elfawin in Uncategorized

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Aussie Slang Word Of The Day   Leave a comment

"Pamajini" by Maryanne Tungatulum ~ Aboriginal Art Online

“Walkabout”

Pronunciation: As it sounds

Meaning: Traditionally, when an Australian aboriginal male turn 16 he must leave his tribe in the bush and go on a solitary walkabout to find himself. Once the boy returns to his tribe he is considered a man. It’s a coming-of-age trial that is reminiscent in many cultures. In Australia the walkabout can last for days or even weeks. These days, the term walkabout is also used colloquially to explain the random absence of someone who you just saw in the hallway five minutes ago. Can’t find your girlfriend at the pub? She’s gone walkabout (probably to the little sheila’s room). Waiting for your boss to start that meeting where you were going to ask for a raise? He’s probably gone walkabout.

Usage example: Aussie bloke #1: “Have you seen Gavin around? We were going to play footy this arvo” Aussie bloke #2: “Naah mate, haven’t seem him. I think he’s gone walkabout with your girlfriend”

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