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Monday, April 30, 2007
Zinc Oxide and You


I had a great weekend. Got to work on a short with some awesome film professionals who have been working for years and have lots of great storys. After work we went to the DPs house for drinks. I heard some of the most amazing stories. It was super-awesome and I love my job. and I'm going to new haven tonight!

Monday, April 23, 2007
mmmm, comfort
Heat in saucepan:
2 T. oil (30 ml)
1 large onion, chopped
1-inch piece ginger root, grated, or ½ t. ground ginger
Fry until golden brown
1 lb. spinach, chopped (500g) (4-5 c./1-1.3 L)
1/8 t. ground red pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch cinnamon stick
Cook about 10 minutes.
1 tomato, chopped
1 c. cottage cheese (250 ml)
¼ c. water
Cook about 10 minutes or untill most of liquid is absorbed.
Place in serving dish. Sprinkle with:
½ t. ground cumin
serve on rice or chapatis


taken from page 182 of Extending the Table

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007
this is really sad

so... I'm really proud of the portfolio I threw together for sr sem.
so I guess I'm giving myself a shameless plug...
it's a goshen site: "/~erincs/"

and I seriously want my own copy of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium package.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


And so it goes.
Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday. I got choked up when I read his obituary in the Chicago Tribune this morning. And I'm not usually the obituaries-choke-me-up type.

Vonnegut was hugely influential for me in early high school after I randomly came across Hocus Pocus in the Goshen Public Library. I was riveted from the first and read my way through every one of his novels I could get my hands on. When I decided to go to Goshen College I was really excited when I found out that Todd Davis was a Vonnegut scholar. And I had all sorts of intentions of studying him. But then I didn't. Maybe that was for the best as my memories of his novels are those of an enthusiastic teenager rather than a English major with too many literary theories and too little time.

As a young sheltered Mennonite adolescent, his novels dramatically broadened my horizons of the possible. His imagination carried me all over space and time. He was sharply honest, deeply cynical and grounded in a simple ethic of kindness. I usually credit Chomsky in opening my eyes to the political realities of money, power and domination. But looking back I wonder if Vonnegut's poetic science fiction and fantastic realism wasn't as least as influential.

As I was writing this I looked through my book shelf for some Vonnegut to quote and found Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons. I came across "Torture and Blubber" which was first published in the New York Times in 1971. But its even more relevant today. Here are some excerpts:

Agony never made a society quit fighting, as far as I know. A society has to be captured or killed--or offered things it values. While Germany was being tortured during the Second World War, with justice, may I add, its industrial output and the determination of its people increased. Hitler, according to Albert Speer, couldn't even be bothered with marveling at the ruins or comforting the survivors. The Biafrans were tortured simultaneously by Nigerians, Russians and British. Their children starved to death. The adults were skeletons. But they fought on.

One wonders now where our leaders got the idea that mass torture would work to our advantage in Indochina. It never worked anywhere else. They got the idea from childish fiction, I think, and from a childish awe of torture.

You can read the entire essay here:

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy birthday, Jesse B. Miller!

May all your dreams come true.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Lover's Electric "Honey" Music Video could be on MTV
Remember last year when I posted that music video by Lovers Electric? Well if you vote early and often in the Freshmen show poll and their music video of "Honey" could end up on MTV. And if they end up on MTV, maybe they'll come tour here in the US so you can see them in concert. They were #2 last time I looked, so they've got a good shot.

Monday, April 02, 2007
yo yo yo
is someone trying to get on to the shoup newsvine? i got some password request things in my inbox march 29. email me moc.liamg@seetak

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Heads-up on two things:
  • K-S and I have three-day passes to Pitchfork. Yinz should, too.
  • Remember those guys who used to play funny shows that everyone would go to back when you were in college? Relive those days!

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