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Listening to 90s Music by Kimbra

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Listening to 90s Music by Kimbra

Preview it on Path

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So I wrote week three of the Friday links, but then I pressed a button I wasn’t meant to press and now it’s all gone. I am too annoyed with myself to re-write it now, but I feel like I should post something because I’m feeling as though I owe my readers something. You know, all zero of you.

So here’s a photo of a folded napkin. Goodnight.






an apology to Kurt Vonnegut

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I always thought you were like Anthony Burgess, or Ray Bradbury, of that sort of philosophically-orientated storytelling like Sartre’s The Age of Reason or Burrough’s Naked Lunch where you’re more concerned with the message and the meaning rather than the portrayal of humans being human and doing human things, but you’re not. You’re not, because you write beautiful things like, “We […] saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. 

And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, and how much was mine to keep.

(Yes, I just finished reading Slaughterhouse-Five. It’s so good. It’s like Zusak’s The Book Thief, written in the 60s.)

What have I done?

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oh god what have I done? why are its legs different lengths? why is its face just so oddly asymmetrical?

what have I done?

so, I made crocheted a tiny teddy bear. it’s really ugly, but it’s also reached that point of ugly where it’s cute. is this a good thing? I can’t even tell.

final thoughts: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

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I’ve been busy, lately, and I haven’t updated in a long time. I’m going to acknowledge this and apologise. And now let’s move on.

So I read The Fault in Our Stars. (side note: I’m having trouble deciding which words are meant to start with a capital and which aren’t; is it ‘the Fault in our Stars’, ‘The Fault in our Stars’, or ‘The Fault in Our Stars’?) It’s pretty good. I normally don’t really read books which are easy to read, so this was different. Normally I kind of suck it up, saying ‘it’ll get better, it’ll get better’ until the 99th page where I’ll decide whether or not to keep reading. This was different. This was like, 15 pages in, and then there were kids living with cancer and support groups and cutesy teen-romance things going on. Also, it’s kind of funny to imagine John Green’s voice in my head sighing over a 17 year old guy with dreamy muscles or whatever.

In summary, this book was so easy to read it made me feel bad for reading it. But, you know, in the end this book is about dying and the things people leave behind and that’s the kind of stuff that people start to think about whenever they start feeling small.

(also, another side note: what is a g-tube? how is Augustus getting his meds through it? is he getting chemo through a g-tube? how is that possible? i didn’t think chemo drugs could be crushed!)

let’s talk about crocheted granny squares, part 1.

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I figured out how to crochet granny squares! Phew, right? It was getting a bit embarrassing. It turned out I’d had some deficit in my learning where I thought that single crochets were double crochets, and slip stiches were single crochets… I have no excuse.

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friday links (week two)

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So the past week has been an interesting one; my housemate got a bad case of food poisoning, which involved a stay in hospital and a few days off solid food. Hence, the glass above where I decided to try some hydrolyte (I was feeling tired. It seemed like a solution).

But anyways, here we go with this week’s round-up:

  • kitchen planter box for some herbs. Now to convince someone to make it for me…
  • Art! The things you can do with a camera that has a fast shutted speed!
  • Lovely. Birds in flight. There’s something beautiful and suggestive about paintings of flocks of birds.
  • Tips for bloggers! I’m linking to the final post, and if you scroll down, you can back-track to the beginning of the series of posts. A lot of good advice, and a lot of insight into how SERIOUS blogging can be. It’s a little bit scary.
  • Apart from some questions about the nutritional value of these, this post on homemade cat treats is just so sweet.
  • I’m putting these on my to-do list. I need to figure out how to read knitting patterns, and these bracelets seem like just the thing.
  • I’m thinking of having a (late) birthday party later this year/early next year. I think this would be good as a simple, cheap, way to put a bit of colour in.
  • Yum. I live in Australia, and a lot of the Halloween/Autumn-mania going on in content I see from the US hasn’t got much meaning to me. But I can understand apples, and I can definitely understand apple martinis.
  • Yay! Yarn bombing!
  • Considering how much packing I’ve had to do lately, I thought this post on packing tips was a good read.


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Let’s talk about my seedlings. Well, maybe they’re still seeds at the moment. Who knows.

I’ve always wanted to garden, and I figured I would have enough time this Summer to try a container garden on my balcony. It’s been quite successful before!

I always like to start with seeds; they’re cheaper, make cooler presents, and I like to think they’re a bit more rewarding.

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final thoughts: game of thrones

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So I finished reading what’s been published of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, and I’m really impressed. The fantasy genre is really challenging, in my opinion, for authors, because it’s so hard to separate what is, effectively, imagination from the person who is imagining. I read a lot, and widely, but I’m always looking for a good fantasy story. What stops most fantasy I read from being good is the fact that, eventually, the presence of the author becomes so overt that it distracts me. I feel manipulated, and I feel that, in fact, the author has no control over the story. Which is not to say that this is always bad; many novels and authors I admire do this intentionally. The line between the author, the narrator, and the protagonist has always been blurred from the first fictions.

(Image via Bantam Books)

I feel that George R. R. Martin is a really effective writer in that he doesn’t ever break the fourth wall. There is no anachronism. His cover had me entirely convinced. I don’t know who the protagonist is, the narrator changes each chapter, and I never notice the presence of the author. It’s pretty great. I get sucked in. I really like these books, and I would buy them in paperback, just so I could hug them instead of my eReader (which I hug anyways).

friday links.

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I thought I would start a new series, called ‘Weekend Wonders’. Or maybe the ‘Fat Friday’ series. Still undecided. But here I’ll put up a list of links which I found throughout the week which could bear to be shared.

  • A pretty cool poster from A Song of Ice and Fire. Limited release, unfortunately, and sold-out before I even found the site. But still pretty. And cool.
  • I have a thing for recipes involving slow-cooked meat.
  • A look at the design process  the guys at Johnny Walker, one of my favourite webcomics, went through to design a t-shirt.
  •  Maybe this has been around for a while, but I just found it today. Design your own temporary tattoos!
  • Pretty cool! A calendar of interest for food bloggers – ideas for inspiration, international days of [insert food], birthdays of figures of pop culture. Reasons to celebrate every day for every one, really. 
  • I was working in Palliative Care today, and maybe that’s put me into a little bit of an odd mental space, but I found this letter particularly interesting. Maybe it’s morbid, but I think it’s poetry.
  • I’ll repeat; ‘Maybe it’s morbid, but I think it’s poetry.’ The anatomy of a barbie doll.
  • Some crochet-blanket inspiration.
  • I remember making these bracelets when I was in Malaysia and India, and I’d give them to my cousins and my housemates. Nostalgic!
  • I like this. I especially like the face he pulls after he high-fives her.