British Parliament

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:21 pm
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This clip from a session of the House of Commons back in 2013 in which Rory Stewart and Jacob Rees-Mogg debate human rights makes me super jealous of the Mother Parliament. Canadian parliament cannot hold a candle to this level of debate and civility. It is an awesome debate as well, certainly worth a watch.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 07:05 pm
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Cocktail Thursday: Rethink Your G&T

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Many of you are probably not aware of this, but I have a fancy for delicious cocktails. M. and I are certainly those people who when you come to our home we have a giant booze cabinet and probably a signature cocktail on the go.

For my first entry I decided to showcase my favourite drink and really the one that got me into fancy cocktails to begin with. It is time to rethink your gin and tonics.

Gin and tonics became famous in middle class England during the height of the British Empire, when India was still very much under British control. In order to combat the spread of malaria among British soldiers, a daily issue of tonic water was given because in 1800 it was discovered by Scottish doctor George Cleghorn that quinine present in tonic water could be used to prevent and treat the disease. However, tonic water alone is very bitter and not refreshing, which is especially important when you are a British soldier posted in far-away and very hot India. So the soldiers began to mix the issue with gin (a local Indian botanical spirit), and lime and water. Thus the gin and tonic was born. The cocktail itself became popular during this time as soldiers returned home to England and shared the refreshing beverage with their civilian friends. Within years gin and tonics were a staple among middle class English-people as a statement of worldliness and a symbol of the diversity of the entire British Empire.

The traditional gin and tonic is very simple (duh, it was made by British soldiers after all). You get an ounce of gin over ice with tonic and garnished with a lime. You can squirt some extra lime juice in, or simply plop the lime wedge into the drink and enjoy. However, the problem with adding lime to the mix from a mixology perspective is that gin and tonic both are already very acidic. Adding lime simply makes the drink more acidic (and a little more bitter albeit with some sweet). So we can re-think the gin and tonic by perhaps adding a different garnish.

Now for this drink, I highly recommend Hendrick's gin which is brewed in Scotland using a blend of traditional and non-traditional techniques that involve steeping the alcohol in traditional gin aromatics with the addition of cucumber extract and rose peddles (see where I am going with this). The result is a truly fine gin with a hint of fruity after-notes. But I must stress that gin and tonics when you add cucumber are good with any gin, even those terrible bar gins that are better suited (in my opinion) for removing paint from cars than human consumption (yes, Beefeater I am looking right at you!).

The following is the penlessej way of putting this drink together.

1) Start with a clean and dry tumbler or rocks glass (no need for these tall glasses and certainly stay away from coffee mugs, come on now what is wrong with you we are making art in a glass here!).

2) Add ice. You can fill to the brim or just add a few chunks. If you are really fancy you might use ball ice which melts slower. Doesn't matter.

3) Add one slice of English cucumber on top of the ice and pour over one ounce of Hendrick's gin.

4) Add tonic water. Now you can go with cheap tonic water that is plain or you can dig out the fancier stuff that has infused botanicals, etc. Doesn't matter. I prefer just a plain tonic but you can be adventurous and try out different infused flavours without question.

5) Do not stir the drink(!), pouring the tonic should stir up the gin enough. Stirring will just make the ice break up and melt faster, and no one wants that. It also induces little bubbles into the entire drink and that just looks weird in my opinion.

6) Add a cucumber slice or twist to garnish over the rim (to be left alone or added to drink but the lucky person who gets to consume this delicious beverage). You can also add a sprig of mint if you are feeling really adventurous, it adds a little freshness to the flavour of the drink when use but be aware that some people really do not like mint flavour.

Gin and Tonic with Cucumber

If you are feeling really adventurous and want to take your drink to the next level; you can muddle some cucumber to add before the gin instead of a slice. This will really bring out the flavour of the cucumber and elevates the drink without question. It also makes the whole thing turn a slight green colour which looks cool in the glass in the sun because the quinine gives off a cobalt blue colour-- pretty cocktails.

What you get? A delicious gin and tonic with all of the good-head-lightening and social lubricating effects of gin but without the acidity. Don't be surprised if she goes down faster than expected, this is an extremely refreshing and tasty drink and perfect for summer days. It is also great because you can make a big batch of it and serve it right from a pitcher with friends-- or for you, either is cool (just don't be driving anything afterward).

If you use the recipe or try out the drink yourself, please let me know. This drink is leaps and bounds my favourite drink of them all and is a staple in my house just not during the summer but all year round.

Fig

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:48 pm
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Can maintain disdainful detachment even as another, unfamiliar, cat thoughtfully grooms Fig's hind paw.
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Monday is my birthday, and to celebrate Jane is going to show me around Paris for a long weekend. We're off tomorrow morning, and arriving back on my actual Birthday (Monday), which is _also_ the anniversary of the first time she hugged me (after she came to the airport to meet me off the plane back from my trip around the Southlands).

I arrived home to discover that she had made this wonder in the living room:


And I am looking forward to being allowed to open any of the things underneath it!

(Jim is being left with strict instructions that he is not allowed to eat any of the boxes. Or the tree. Or be sick on any of them. Or peek inside.)

Mid-week Anti-procrastination Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Well, it's a little belated but we've not got to the weekend here yet, so I figure we're still good to call it a midweek anti procrastination post.

So what have you been tackling? How's that motivation going? What's your priority absolutely must not be procrastinated task?

If you're in need of a challenge or a little encouragement.... Hmmm, now let me think... How about 10 minutes (or whatever time suits) to tackle something clothing related - suggestions include : sorting washing into loads that can be done together, actually tackling a load of laundry, handwashing some items, folding some dry clothes, ironing, re-organising a drawer, shelf or wardrobe space to make it more user friendly. I'm sure there are other related tasks. Ooh, I've thought of another - repairing an item e.g. sewing a button on.

Set the timer for the amount of time you think you can spare or manage energy wise and go for it. Surprise yourself with just how awesome you are! And share with us.

Good luck, team! You're awesome!

Experimentalising with Googlishness

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:46 pm
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How about this?















Interesting Links for 17-08-2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:00 pm
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"New Zealand law has made every Australian citizen incapable of being elected to, or serving in, the
Australian Parliament. It's not just Barnaby Joyce: It's everyone!"


section 44 of the [Australian] constitution, which states that anybody "under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power" would be disqualified from entering federal parliament


"Under recent and little-noticed changes to New Zealand law, Australian citizens now don't need a visa to live, study or work in the Land of the Long White Cloud. That's right: Any Australian citizen is entitled to live, study and work there," Angyal said.

"That means we're ALL entitled to the rights and privileges of a subject of New Zealand -- not a citizen, with the attached rights and privileges such as voting -- but to be a subject of that country, living there, subject to New Zealand law, working or studying. And there's no doubt that New Zealand is a foreign power."

Angyal argued that under this New Zealand offer, and other such laws in other countries around the world, all Australian citizens are inadvertently in breach of section 44.

"You don't have to have the rights and privileges of a subject of a foreign power -- you just have to be entitled to those rights and privileges," Angyal wrote.

Asymmetric action

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:47 am
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Via a friend elseweb:

"Always remember: It may take a work crew or a mob to take a statue down, but it only takes one person about ten minutes to epoxy a dildo to one."

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Aug. 16th, 2017 07:05 pm
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Given everything that is happening and all of this talk of alt-right, alt-left (okay one "person" is talking about the alt-left, whatever that is) and Nazis, I figured this little bit of humour was warrented.

There will always be a space between alt-right and alt-left and it will always be larger and more commonly used.

Alt-Right / Space / Alt-Left

From Reddit.com/r/pics.
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This is wonderful.

"Did you know there are more than 60 public access routes through private buildings in central Auckland?

The routes exist to allow for private development in areas where public access may otherwise be restricted. They are known as ‘through links’, and they include public viewing decks, plazas and access to privately owned artworks."

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:38 am
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Bathroom Book

Building the Canadian Nation - George W. Brown

Periodical

Foreign Affairs July/August 2017 - What Now? Trump's Next Steps

Evening Read

Nothing significant to report.

Reading generally has taken a back seat to self loathing and research about my new disease. So there is that. I am on the hunt for a good non-fiction book however, so suggestions are welcome. Building the Canadian Nation is a great little book. It is hailed as the first national history textbook in Canada and was widely used from mid 1950s to early 1970s in Canadian schools. Each chapter has a long list of further reading that has generated a whole new list of historical books and sources for me to track down and read. In particular I am looking for Readings in Canadian History by George W. Brown which is supposed to be read alongside the textbook I currently have, if anyone has any leads (unlikely), I have chocolate!

sewing! friends! life!

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:30 am
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Currently: Waking up earlier than I like in preparation for being at school tomorrow at this time of day and ready to go. Yesterday my alarm either did not go off or I completely managed to ignore it and turn off the puzzle in my sleep, because I definitely have no memory of this. So I woke up after noon and managed to not be able to do all the things I wanted to do. *sigh*

However, I did hang out with a newish friend and we got sewing! I am really excited to take on this hobby. (Did I tell you about wanting to do some app development too? Oh, and that I'm in LAW SCHOOL, and next semester starts tomorrow? I just want to be able to do All The Things!) We went to Jo-Ann's and browsed patterns, and I am really annoyed that no one has vintage glove patterns. Or makes gloves like them, either. I would love to bring back vintage gloves into fashion, because I'm super into protecting my skin.

But instead of buying anything, because I was smart and did not bring my wallet because I don't really have self control and I cannot buy anything until I prove to myself that I'm really going to do this and sew up the things I already have patterns and fabric for. Because there are a lot of those things.

After Jo-Ann's, we went back to her place and she patched some leggings and I cut fabric for a skirt pattern that I own and have now done once and could do again to cement my sewing skills. The last time I touched fabric or a machine was five years ago. I think I've definitely been uncomfortable in my homes the last five years and unable to really get into consuming projects, and that is really sad. So now that I'm finally settling into the home I've been in for a year by myself, I'm trying this again—with the help of people who have sewed more recently and can help me decipher patterns.

As another friend said to me, "because the thing you really need to unwind after focusing at law school all day is another fiddly, demanding hobby that makes you focus hard and track down details!" Yuuuuuup.

I've been having a hard time focusing on one thing lately, though, which is a little nerve-wracking. I hope it's just summer blues. Today will be the test, since I haven't done any of my reading for tomorrow yet, so... time to get cracking on it! Gotta learn some constitutional law and administrative law. Ugh, we have to read Marbury v. Madison for our first case for constitutional law and while I know it's a huge case for creating American law, I just am kind of annoyed that we're reading something I've heard of before. I want something new and exciting, apparently, which is not what happens in the field of law.

Anyway, I should get started on my myriad chores and readings today. Which will be difficult because I don't want to move the cat on me, but I will eventually get started for sure!

do you speak persian | kaveh akbar

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Some days we can see Venus in mid-afternoon. Then at night, stars
separated by billions of miles, light travelling years

to die in the back of an eye.

Is there a vocabulary for this—one to make dailiness amplify
and not diminish wonder?

I have been so careless with the words I already have.

I don’t remember how to say home
in my first language, or lonely, or light.

I remember only
delam barat tang shodeh, I miss you,

and shab bekheir, goodnight.

How is school going, Kaveh-joon?
Delam barat tang shodeh.

Are you still drinking?
Shab bekheir.

For so long every step I’ve taken
has been from one tongue to another.

To order the world:
I need, you need, he/she/it needs.

The rest, left to a hungry jackal
in the back of my brain.

Right now our moon looks like a pale cabbage rose.
Delam barat tang shodeh.

We are forever folding into the night.
Shab bekheir.

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