Friday, April 30, 2010

a taste of April in photo form.

Spring seems to finally be in the air! Although, it's grayer looking today.

Magnus & Me.



Magnus playing the ukulele.

a self portrait,I used a long exposure to get the 'ghost' effect.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I love TED (Technology Entertainment & Design conference)

I've been watching video on their website ( and it's amazing all the interesting things I've learned. I love listening to thousands of people talk about things they're passionsate about. Anything from living in biospheres, to Natalie Merchants talking about putting poems to music and singing them, to making art in the eye of a needle.
These are some of my personal favourite talks, which is just a taste of what they have to offer.

Beau Lotto talks about how we see and optical illusions.

Natasha Tsakos preforms part of her one-person, multimedia show, "Upwake." With 3D animation and sounds.

Nellie McKay sings her song "Clonie"

Sir Ken Robinson talks about how school kills creativity.

Douglas Adams' talk "Parrots, the Universe & Everything." He's so hilarious, it's wonderful to listen too.

Eve Ensler talks about vaginas, 'Vagina Warriors' & happiness.

Willard Wigan talks about how he discovered his ability to make art on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle.

Eve Ensler talks about the "Girl Cell", embracing your inner girl & preforms "I'm an Emotional Creature" from her new book.

Julian Treasure talks about how sound affects us.

Taryn Simon talks about two of her photographic projects; one about sites normally kept secret from the public & one about men who were imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit.

Kavita Ramdas talks about woman who are changing the world, using & embracing traditions.

Sheila Patek talks about the Mantis Shrimp & how she discovered they have the fastest strike of any animal.

Natalie Merchant sings old poems to life. Her new album Leave Your Sleep (which I can't wait to buy! <3) has lyrics from 19th century poems that she put to music.

You should explore the site yourself and find other great talks, since I'm sure we have different tastes.

Monday, April 19, 2010

the blog post comes to you in 2 parts.

Part 1 - I now hate Good Morning America. As probably none of you have seen, yesterday morning a family of radical unschooler, the Bieglers, were interviewed in their home about it. The sad part was that the whole thing was edited and made to look like Kimi & Shaun (the children who are 15 & 13 respectively) are completely unprepared for life, do nothing but play WoW all day and will fail. It made Christina & Phil (the parents) look like terrible people for ruining their children's lives by allowing them to follow their passions. According to it "letting children follow their passions make them think they're the centre of the universe which is bad." I'm sorry, but this whole thing is fucking ridiculous.

Now, I'm a radical unschooler and I am not a failure. I will not work at McDonald's for the rest of my life, I am a passionate, literate, not-the-centre of the universe person.
The other reason I hate this is that I know Kimi, Shaun, Christine & Phil. I met Kimi in September of last year and the rest of her family this March. They are a wonderful, caring, interesting, pretty typical unschooling family. I don't think either of them are the useless failures Good Morning America made them out to be.

You can watch the "interview" here:

now, Part 2, a happier part.
On Saturday a bunch of people from Class Afloat ( came to our farm to help in the garden & help put up the solar panels on their poles. Of course, I made them lunch and documented the whole thing.

cutting onions for the pasta salad

olives! I adore olives, especially black ones although the green ones are OK in a pinch.

the finished product, just before eating I put some feta on it too. But failed to get a photo of that.

Charlie & Gavin playing with the fire.

Sarah & Loki

putting up the panels

that's all for now!

Friday, April 16, 2010


The finished product!

Sometime in March I discovered how great sushi was, after spending 16ish years thinking it was vile and disgusting. But since I'm me I wasn't content just eating the stuff other people made, especially since the nearest place to buy sushi isn't exactly high-end. So at my request my lovely mum bought me a book on beginner sushi making and last Wednesday, April 14th 2010, I set about trying to make it for the first time.

my bible; if you will! I advise this book for anyone who want to learn to make sushi. All the instructions made perfect sense, to me anyway.

first, you have to soak the rice. If I'd had enough time you're supposed to wash/rinse it about 7 times and then let it sit for an hour, but instead I did it the 'fast way'; just letting it sit for 15 minutes with one rinse/water change 5 minutes is.

After it's been cooked & had cooled a bit you mix a mixture of rice vinegar, sugar & salt into it.
the mixture

and the rice

here are my ingredients!
L-R: king crab (long & short), smoked salmon (long & short), bell pepper & cucumber. With different crab meat in the plastic container behind.

close up of the crab

now came the fun part; actually rolling it! Apparently it's not that easy to find a sushi mat here. a lot of people didn't even seem to know what it was supposed to look like, let alone if they carried it. So instead of putting a rain check on my sushi-fest I cut off part of a bamboo table runner and used duct-tape to deal with the end. Since I've never used a real mat I don't know how different it would be but this worked very well.
Since the rice is so ridiculously sticky, you have to cover your hands in rice vinegar before touching it, which caused much hilarity for my family since my brother and I both hate the smell of vinegar.

The green stuff I'm putting it on is nori (or dried seaweed)

AHHH! I made sushi, real delicious sushi! I am so happy with how it turned out. I figure that if this is my first try, I can get alright at it in not too long.

After I finished making the rolls, I left them to sit while I made the smaller, flatter ones. Unfortunately I can't remember what their actual name is.

after that, I just cut up the rolls & put out the soy sauce!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Once again, I'm starting a blog. Hopefully I'll be a tad better at keeping this one going than the last, oh I don't know, 6?

I've never really been a writer but I love reading other people's blogs enough to want to really give one my all.
There will definitely be a lot of photos as well, since that's what I do.

as I travel I'll try to keep it updated as much as possible with text and photos.