Thursday, May 31, 2012

Intriguingest Pie Recipe du Jour CXCI

Pie is one of the most beautiful words in the English language.  Pregnant with endless tasty opportunities -- be it sweet or savory, gloopy or refined; it can please just about any palate.

For me, the apex of piedom is the rhubarb pie.  It rides that fence between sweet and tart; and, when married with vanilla ice cream, it creates a holy union that is truly God-blessed.

Over time, pie has become quintessentially American.  Consequently (and the merits of this notwithstanding), what, then, could be more American than a pie recipe from the White House -- especially (happily for me) a rhubard pie recipe!

Feast your eyes on this:

Click here for the yummy details.

[Image and recipe source Obama Foodorama; hat-tip @PAllenSmith.]

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Awesomest Image du Jour CXC

(Theoretical) fish-eye view of a swimmer at the moment he hits the surface of the water.

The "fish" in this case is photographer François-Xavier Marit for the AFP.  The subject is Takuro Fujii of Japan competing in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in November 2010.

Cool.  (And hot.)

For more of Marit's photographic artistry, check out a PowerPoint presentation via this site.

[Image source:  Sport24 via imgur; hat-tip @Alex_Ogle.]

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter LX

Does anyone have an extra copy of this week's gay agenda? I leant My copy to Jesus.
May 23 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bicentennial of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 gets short shrift in the United States and is most remembered for the British burning down the White House and a quick-thinking First Lady grabbing George Washington's portrait before fleeing the city.

The Canadians, however, tend to view the conflict more along the lines of "the war of Southern aggression" and see it as a seminal moment in the eventual birth of their country in 1867.  As such, the war looms larger in their national it is no surprise that they would seek to commemorate it by launching this website:

The above Canadian heroes are (l to r):  Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Tecumseh, Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry.  Feel free to learn more about them!  (By the way, if "Tecumseh" sounds familiar to you, perhaps it is because of the American Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, whose father was a fan of the Shawnee chief [and Canadian hero].)

[Image sources: White House in ruins, Canadian heroes; hat-tip:  The Scout Report.]

Friday, May 11, 2012

Prince Charles -- the Prince of Wales -- delivering the weather

Because...why not?

He's actually great!

[Hat-tip:  Towleroad.]

I [heart] Sweden -- a new series

Those who know me are very aware that I am probably disproportionately proud of my partial Swedish ancestry.  I'm only 25%, but it's the largest part of the genetic and genealogical past my father bequeathed me.  So, there's that.  The fact that they tend to be tremendously cool, generally, is also part and parcel of the attraction.

Take the following, for instance.  I just learned via my handy, weekly e-mail from Nordstjernan that Sweden is introducing new bank-notes.  We Americans have been tweaking our notes, as well, over the last decade or so, but the tweaks have been decidedly...underwhelming.

Not so with the Swedes:

[The images on the bank notes are (top to bottom):  author Astrid Lindgren, poet/musician Evert Taube, actress Greta Garbo, film director Ingmar Bergman, opera singer Birgit Nilsson, and diplomat Dab Hammarskjöld.]

Can you imagine artists represented so publicly in the United States and internationally?  Authors?  (Picture Harriet Beecher Stowe or Edgar Allan Poe.)  Poets?  (Picture Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson.)  Actors?  (Picture Katharine Hepburn or John Wayne.)  Directors?  (Picture George Cukor or King Vidor.)  Opera singers?  (Picture Beverly Sills or Mario Lanza.)  Politician-diplomats?  (Picture John Adams or [a very alive and, therefore, as-yet-unavailable, but still...] Hillary Clinton.)

We'd never, and that's sad.  Founding Fathers are great, but they tend to inspire a hagiographical point of view that may be convenient for history book writers, but fail utterly when we try to helpfully isolate and celebrate the greatness of an entire nation.

But, then, we American tend to celebrate rich guys...more to our poverty.

Ironic, that.

[Image source via Nordstjernan - Briefs.]

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter LIX

Let's withdraw from Afghanistan and have the army invade America - that's the only way we'll get new schools and roads.
May 02 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day, Fellow Prols!

[Image source:  via Wikipedia.]