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So much music…

I take comfort in the fact that I have more books than I could ever read, that more recorded music exists than I could ever listen to, but somehow that fact makes me rather sad at the same time. No wonder I’ve watched the internet blossom with a mixture of delight and apprehension. Weirdo music is a portal site that links to folks who rescue out of print albums and convert them to digital formats.


My book of poems …and the whole time I was quite happy is now available from I am setting up a separate page for the book and a link to it on the right, and I plan to record the whole thing as a group of podcasts, accessible through that page. Should be up in the next week or two… (wink, nudge).

late than never

The Gored Gored turned out ok, not enough niter kibbeh, and I probably should have cooked the berebere, longer, but it tasted yummy. The injera, on the other hand, I didn’t figure out how to pour until the very last piece, and even then the recipe was wanting: doughy, rubbery, and way too dense.

Gored Gored

Ashley and I moved to Lockport, NY from Atlanta, GA in Sept of 2007, and one of the few amenities I really miss is the number and diversity of restaurants. In Lockport, Americanized Italian food is considered “ethnic,” though we do, oddly enough, have 2 Jamaican restaurants. Buffalo has some restaurants to explore, but they do not, as far as I can tell, have an Ethiopian restaurant, which is one of my favorite kinds of cuisine, right up there with Vietnamese, Brazilian, Japanese, and Cajun/Creole. There is one in Rochester, but that’s an hour and a half away, so I can’t go that often. So–I must learn to make Ethiopian food myself. Today I made niter kibbeh, a kind of spiced butter, and berebere, a spice blend not unlike some southern Indian curries, in preparation for making Gored Gored on Monday. I will have to make injera as well, of course, but teff flour is very hard to come by–I had to order it from this farm–and I really want some raw meat marinated in butter, so I will try a fakey version of injera  that uses whole wheat flour and yogurt to simulate teff and the sourdough starter while I wait for the teff to arrive.   I promise to…
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Sister Corita’s Rules

From Michal Migurski’s blog, some good advice. A few of them remind me a bit of Eno and Shmidt’s Oblique Strategies :   immaculate heart college art department rules This (by Sister Corita Kent) was worth retyping: Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while. General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow students. General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students. Consider everything an experiment. Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things. Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think. “We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules….
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