June 2008

Listening to: Rock Radio – Kristeen Young

Make these pineapple upside-down cakes. (Oh – I always make them as cupcakes, not as one big cake.) They are always, always amazing, and are incredibly easy (and kitsch!).

– You know all those arguments you have at uni about the appropriateness of offensive materials in public libraries? We get the International Express at work, and it makes my skin crawl. One came through returns yesterday that screamed MUSLIM CLERICS TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN (“Latest barmy plan by Schools Minister Ed Balls”), and Laura Woodhouse at the F Word points to this charming headline. I wish it wasn’t (“weren’t”? I’ve gone back and forth on that one; it looks funny) so popular. (But if it hadn’t been available in my library, I would never have realised how acceptable that shit still is in some sectors of the community. Ha! Freedom of information wins again, even though sometimes people are just gross.) I always return them to the bottom of the pile when shelving (would it be terribly censorious if I hid them all behind the coffee machine?), but then there’s something worse waiting to make its way to the top. Argh. (ETA: I’ve just listened to a Guardian Media podcast about the Express agreeing to pay the parents of Madeleine McCann half a million pounds without contest for completely fabricating something like a hundred stories about them over the past year, so ha.)

– Rad, this is where my vinyl bag came from (except that they don’t seem to do the Stylus version anymore, so I snagged mine from Buy Olympia).

(Speaking of bags, I’ve just seen this one on Etsy and I really like it.)

– Oh, fellow Baby-Sitters Club readers, this blog is amazing. (After the first few books, I always skipped Chapter 2 except for the descriptions of Claudia and Stacey’s outfits. In Year 6, when school uniform wasn’t really required anymore, I based a lot of my fashion choices on that influence [and the fact that it was 1992]. Parrot earrings with sailor dresses, lycra leggings with over-sized jumpers…good times, man.)

– I was extolling the virtues of Whoopi Goldberg recently, and stuff like this is the reason why (please allow for the fact that it is a clip from The View, which, as far as I can tell, is essentially pretty vapid [and I believe Elizabeth Hasselbeck is known for being their token right wing idiot]):

Also, Kimya Dawson loves her [3:25]:

– I have just started knittting this. When, oh, when will I finish something?

Eh, I should go to bed. Good night, people.


Listening to: Gunshy – Liz Phair

Oooh, this article in the New Yorker – “The Itch” – is horrifying but fascinating (and science-y!):

One morning, after she was awakened by her bedside alarm, she sat up and, she recalled, “this fluid came down my face, this greenish liquid.” She pressed a square of gauze to her head and went to see her doctor again. M. showed the doctor the fluid on the dressing. The doctor looked closely at the wound. She shined a light on it and in M.’s eyes. Then she walked out of the room and called an ambulance. Only in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the doctors started swarming, and one told her she needed surgery now, did M. learn what had happened. She had scratched through her skull during the night—and all the way into her brain.


(Link courtesy of Jezebel.)

We’re starting to move this weekend, but will be doing it in bits and pieces because we don’t have much simultaneous time off. I haven’t seen the house since I wandered around it for two minutes at the open inspection, and Mum’s never seen the inside, so I hope it’s okay (I remember it being nice).

Also, question: do you have a prepared answer for when someone asks you what your favourite book is? I guess it’s one of those standard small-talk questions upon finding out that someone is a library person, but I always panic in the face of it and fumble about trying to think of the real answer (I don’t think I have one favourite book, and I don’t think strangers want to hear a shortlist of Important Books That Have Changed My Life). There must be a more efficient way. What do you do? This has come up several times recently.

Listening to: Itsuko Got Married – Bearsuit

Oh! Oh! In my defence, my computer has been packed away while the house has been open for inspection. How have you all been?

I have a cold again, which is very annoying.

Yesterday, I saw My Brother is an Only Child, which was fairly enjoyable but not earth-shatteringly brilliant (I think I lost track of what was going on at some point, because some things towards the end puzzled me – or maybe I just agree with David Stratton).

Listening to: 500 (Shake Baby Shake) – Lush

Well, hello there! I have just come back from a few days in Melbourne (we saw Kimya Dawson, and she was great). Rad threatened to take me off her Favourites list if I didn’t update soon, so I promise I’ll write something proper in the next day or two!