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Archive for May, 2014

first as tragedy, then as farce… lather, rinse, repeat

Posted by vlorbik on May 27, 2014

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here for a moment is a display of
the “parody periodicals” file.
the last time but one that i ever
showed this to anyone it was much
smaller; now i’ve shown madeline
this very display… or rather,
something very close *to* it…
and it occurs to me to show it
off to the entire cooking show
readership. this is an amazing
work and a wonder, mostly by
the harvard lampoon over the
course of many years. i *don’t*
have their _life_ magazine parody…
the first such document i can
remember having seen… but i
snapped up the rest on sight
pretty reliably. there’s a
_not_quite_tv_guide lying around
here somewhere now that i think
of it. oh well. the _indiana_
_daily_studnet_ must surely be
the most obscure reference here;
guess the name of IU’s J-school
produced paper. also there’s
some shakespeare stuff. that’ll
still be there at the end of the
day when the parody periodicals
are back in their envelopes some-
where. there’s a double of the
_sports_illustrated_ so that goes
into one of the waterclosets with
the wow-what-a-wide-variety-of-
-magazines stacks. also some
clean dishes.

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arnoldizing syrup

Posted by vlorbik on May 25, 2014

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cut off the end of the lemon
with the steak knife & squeeze
a little bit of juice into
the measuring cup. then take
the lemon in your weak (left)
hand with the cut at the top
and pulp the insides, still
in the peel, with the steak
knife (in your good [right]
hand). squeeze it all into
the measuring cup. scoop in
sugar liberally. three scoops
ought to do it. break out the
ice-tea and an ice-cube tray
(one has prepared trays half-
-full so that there are lots
of small cubes in a handful;
these chill the drinks better
so re-half-fill those trays
often for best results; one
tray fills a tostito’s jar
more or less).

put some ice and some tea
into a tostito’s jar (not
shown here but quite plenti-
ful here at cooking show HQ;
two virtues making ’em worth
saving are their wide mouths
and their liddedness [being
made of glass and found cheap
in every convenience store, full
of tasty salsa, *almost* went
without saying]). add in
a few goodly spoonfuls of
syrup. (optional: fish out
the damn seeds first.) fill
up the jar the rest of the
way with ice and tea; screw
on the lid and give it a good
shake. take a good refreshing
swallow. fine tune to taste.

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richard ii (royal shakespeare co.)

Posted by vlorbik on May 24, 2014

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youtube clip.

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zagreb just like i pictured it

Posted by vlorbik on May 19, 2014

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for more images of st.~mark’s
there’s always goog’l. anything else you see here,
i’d rather have the hard copies. lucky me.

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strum like it’s hot

Posted by vlorbik on May 16, 2014

i bought a mandolin today.
and made this recording.

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routine maintenance

Posted by vlorbik on May 15, 2014

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yesterday we walked down to the end
of the block and back. and i did
(at least) the two dishloads seen
here. other “cooking show” stuff?
mostly forgotten, i fear. i could
bring quite a bit of it back (as i
imagine), though. mostly it was
madeline making the elaborate stuff:
reverse-engineered redd-lobbsterr
style cheese-&-garlic buttery bis-
cuits, for example. no wait. that
was *two* days ago, i guess. the
dishes will appear here clean so
let’s count it. the *cookies*,
she did yesterday. i made her
a ham sandwich. some lemonade,
more or less obviously. and i cut
up the cooked-whole chicken some
more: the bones are all disposed
of now and the skins have mostly
been cracklin’ed down to greezy
crunchy fatpills of delicious
chickeny goodness. we’ve had some
chicken salad (on crackers and
in a sandwich) and some chicken-
-and-rice (“darkmeat” version,
with frozen peas and known-only-to-
-madeline seasonings and whatnot;
yum); of course i’ve nibbled on
the bones & had whatever those
delicious organs are that you’ve
got to dig out of the skeleton
with your pinkie (so that counts
as a third serving so far);
most of the chicken remains to
be consumed. i’ll probably have
the leftover ricedish thingum
soon for brekkie. anyhow, you
get the idea. all is well here,
eating my fool head off, hoping
you are the same. never tell
anybody anything. you get real
hungry all of sudden for no reason.

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service is our prayer

Posted by vlorbik on May 11, 2014

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madeline’s off somewhere
leading her church (but not
necessarily standing for
the doggone thing). so i
did all but the glass stuff
and prepped a sandwich. (the
rest of the french bread,
sliced for toasting, bacon.
the tomato & lettuce i’ll
prep later (very likely as
the toast toasts). i had
a couple eggs along the way
(cooked in the bacon fat,
natch, with toasted massmarket
“italian” bread [slathered
with butter, natch]). and
maybe a little of the bacon.
and some of the french bread.
and coffee. with half-n-half.
and sugar.

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the palm tree in the den and the mock apple pie

Posted by vlorbik on May 9, 2014

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the shelves have been torn down
(the rest of the way) and rebuilt
since yesterday. madeline is in
in the middle of making us dessert
(several days worth) but is away
shopping with one of her pals. so
i did a load of dishes (the drainer
is holding up the camera here) and
indulged in various leftovers (to
wit: some tuna-noodle stuff fried
in fat trimmed from its bacon-strips
several days ago, some priced-to-sell
bargain “french” bread, amazing toast-
ed, at a dollar a loaf [with a sell-by
date of the next day], buttered of
course, a few noticeably-stale-but-
-still-pretty-crunchy-at-that corn
chips dipped in some none-the-worse-
-counter salsa, some, almost forgot,
cheddar and some swiss cheese that
i cut up the small “old” blocks of
into ready-for-ritz-cracker slices,
and a little bit of lettuce… i
think that’s it so far today. well,
beverages: sweet creamy coffee &
some lemonade… both “real” and
“stretcher”). soon i’ll make a
ham sandwich with that killer bread.
(mayo, lettuce, tomato, ham, toast…
maybe some swiss [there’s another
block unopened]). wash down with
fresh-squeezed lemonade.

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from every region, apes of idleness

Posted by vlorbik on May 8, 2014

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today i decided to rebuild the mythology-and-
-religion section in the TV room. and got as
far as what you see when it occurred to me to
photograph the darn thing. there’ve been a
bunch of cinderblock bricks sitting out front
since i moved in a year ago. some of ’em’ll
be, anyway, indoors today… maybe even hold-
ing up boards etcetera. meanwhile, i’ll’ve
annotated a bunch more of _henry_iv_part_2
(the “hollow crown” version [what i like to
call “the lokiad” (since it stars tom hid-
in the hal-of-the-henriad role)]).
madeline’ll have returned with yet another
load of yummy groceries. i’ll’ve put ’em
away and prepared some. which reminds me.
the low-key ad just ended and i’m kind of

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a zine, a paperback, and a comedian walk into a bar… no, wait…

Posted by vlorbik on May 7, 2014

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the outlined-in-green plastic lid is new;
its counterpart… a new long glass “pan”…
is on a part of the counter (to the right
of the frame) not seen here. the milk carton
is not an endorsement as such; i picked it
up today at the spanish grocery near the
park-and-ride around the corner from living-
ston and brice: “LALA leche entera con
vitamina D” etcetera etcetera. but LALA
certainly has a pleasant ring to it and
who can disagree with a mother-and-baby
(even though they appear to be having
the time of their lives being swept away
on some tidal wave of milk or something)?
the mouse is the mouse. the egg-flipper
sharing the foreground with it is first
of the lot; the fourth-best is next to
the mister-natural-doing-dishes poster
(yay, crumb!) over the toaster at right
hiding the handle of the pizza slicer.
the vegetable oil in the jar under all
that was used in deep-frying yesterday’s

the other shot? well, any beginner ought
to be able to spot chris ware and steranko.
if you know the kurtzman book, you’ll know
that there are plenty of other greats with
work shown on that one cover alone. ditto
the u.s.~mail thingum in the frame. you’ll
maybe be able to guess the painter for the
(also u.s.~mail) sticker next to the frame.
the drawing in the *box* with the sticker
on it is by me (of a statue in the IMU at
IU bloomington). oh, hey. vincent, of
course. that thing on the side of the
cabinet with all the covers on it has lots
of cool art, but even i can’t name any now.
(i’ll be looking it over later on tonight.)
once i tell you that _empire_
is in there, you’ll find it easily enough
if you know it. but i think that’s about
it for artists having the property that one
can point at the photo here shown and say
“that’s so-and-so, and i can tell you how
i can *tell* it’s so-and-so”. could be
i’m wrong. a post this long *always* has
mistakes in it… i’m *bound* to be wrong
about *something*. got counterexamples?

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