A letter to my housemates

(which I'm sharing with you, dear reader, because it's just too silly not to)

Yo bronies!

None of us particularly like bread crusts, so I have a plan to make
tasty, tasty desserts out of them. When you have only the crusts of a
loaf remaining, or if your bread is stale (but not mouldy), put it in
the freezer instead of the bin. I've got half a loaf of just crusts in
there now, and when I have a whole loaf, I'm going to use the magic of
custard (which, according joint research between the Department of
Pony Baiting at RMIT and the Royal Institute for Custardological
Kosher Research on Ordinary Loaf Leavings, is actually 12% more
magical than friendship) to magically transmute it into delicious
bread and butter pudding.


Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and dessert you

Feb. 19th, 2011

The new restaurant in our neighbourhood, Hyderabad Inn, is great. South Indian (of which Ryan is rather fond), Indo-Chinese (which I like), and other Indian food. It turns out it's run by the family who used to own Dosa Hut just up the road from our house - they must have sold Dosa Hut so they could start a larger, classier restaurant. They do 70cm dosas, which is shockingly large for a crepe. I had the chicken noodles, which was like a Chinese noodle stir-fry except it tastes kinda like tandoori chicken.

Feb. 6th, 2011

There's a documentary you can watch right now on the ABC website, about a photographer meeting the Tiwi sistergirls.


Mum’s Super Rich Banana Cake

180 deg oven 30 mins
or fan-forced 165-170 deg

mix 1/2 cup marge
and 1/2 cup sugar
beat together

add 3-5 bananas,
2 eggs,
1 tsp vanilla,
1 tsp bi-carb,
mash together,
mix into marge & sugar.

add 2 tbs milk.

fold in 1 1/2 cups SR flour.

Caramel icing.

Dec. 1st, 2010

"In the folklore of Bavaria and Austria, Perchta was said to roam the countryside at midwinter, and to enter homes between the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany (especially on the Twelfth Night). She would know whether the children and young servants of the household had behaved well and worked hard all year. If they had, they might find a small silver coin next day, in a shoe or pail. If they had not, she would slit their bellies open, remove stomach and guts, and stuff the hole with straw and pebbles."

The "It Gets Better" project

A message for all the queer kids who are afraid to come out, who worry everyone will hate them, for the ones who get bullied and beaten, with abusive classmates or parents, who everyone does hate, for the kids for whom everything seems hopeless: It Gets Better. The problem isn't you, it's them. Maybe your family or school suck, but one day you get to leave them all behind and then It Gets Better. Maybe you feel like the only one, but one day you'll meet others like you and then It Gets Better.

(I won't care if Dan Savage spends the rest of his life eating kittens and pushing little old ladies into the street, this is the best thing ever. I can't watch these videos without getting all emotional.)

Sep. 23rd, 2010

Moving to Melbourne in 11 days, 18 hours.

Only two days of work left.

Selling my car on eBay. I've never sold anything on eBay before! The car has some problems, so I won't get the $1000-$2200 the internet says that model is worth, but I'm happy to sell it cheap: I figure even if I don't get much, the money I'll save by not having to pay rego on it next year will be of more utility to me than having a car, since public transport in Melbourne is more tolerable than in Canberra and I never want to drive through the inner city anyway (So much traffic, and fuckin' hook turns! Crazy!).

Sending all my stuff by Pack & Send. Got some boxes to fill. Am amused by the suggestion that the plural of boxes might be boxen (like oxen), although it turns out that box is of Latin/Greek origin so a Germanic plural seems unlikely.

Sep. 15th, 2010

If you were impressed by that "ambient" 800% slowdown Justin Bieber thing that did the rounds a little while back, you can make your own.

Download Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch and try it out on your favourite mp3. On the default settings, it slows down by 8x without changing pitch and blurs the sound so it's kinda distorted.

Sep. 5th, 2010

Lasagna in the slow cooker works. It came out quite edible. It browned around the edges but not in the middle, but none of it was burnt black or uncooked so it's all good. It would cook a bit more evenly in the oven, but I don't have an oven. I got lazy and used bottled sauce, which I won't do again as it's more salty than I like.

Leftovers still lightyears ahead of the greasy slop from the refectory. Booyah.
It sounds like they think that equality is the equilibrium point. It would be nice if it were, but it's not. If you think it is, does that mean you think women oppress men now, blacks have an advantage over whites, gays have it easier than hets? Ridiculous.

In reality, either the pendulum only swings on one side, or else it's more like this:


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