Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Bollywood primer

I know that I will never really be able to explain why I like watching Bollywood movies with their insane song and dance numbers thrown into the middle of extremely long melodramatic love stories (love stories that might include a heist story, or gang warfare, or thriller murder mystery, but always with a love story). I think some of it has to do with the time at which I discovered these movies. I saw my first song/dance video in August 2001, and probably wouldn't have gotten into it nearly so much if i hadn't required some serious escapist entertainment after September 11, 2001.

But anyway, here is a link to some free songs. I like Bole Chudiyan and San Sanana. Dekha Ek Khwab is a beautiful song from a movie that I really like. Mere Ghar Aayi Ek is lovely too. The singer of that song, Lata Mangeshekar holds the world record for the most recorded songs, something like 50,000.

Oops, forgot to say, this was via


I'm totally craving some of those peanut butter cracker things, with the radioactive orange "cheese" crackers. I don't think they have those in the vending machine, but maybe something else will be sufficiently tempting.

Happy Birthday!

ham 'up
Originally uploaded by diblasic.

Yesterday was Isaac's 29th birthday, so we celebrated by getting together with friends and eating a lot of Chinese food and drinking champagne and port.

This is a picture from our honeymoon last November - Isaac is eating some Ham 'Up Doritos. Something that we have only seen in Portugal so far. They really taste like ham. But what's up with the apostrophe before 'Up? Anyway, happy birthday to my own little ham!

Cheers Isaac!

Friday, December 17, 2004

clive owen

clive owen

Hi Clive! Looking good.

Don't you wish you could program your dream life? I would program something naughty with Clive Owen. Instead I'm stuck with weird S&M dreams about the guy that everyone thought was gay in my freshman dorm. I was saying over and over, "please, don't mark my face". So not hot. We were right about that guy by the way. Any guy who takes his date horseback riding on their prom night has got to be gay.

So where art thou Clive?

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Don't you love that name? I like saying it in my head.


Originally uploaded by diblasic.
This is cool if scary. You can check out a little video of the dry quicksand too. There is an article in the New York Times today about the recently discovered dangers of dry quicksand, just as dangerous as wet. I like the little jet of sand shooting back up. Those wacky physicists figured it out.

best of...what year is it?

I would try to name my best cd's of 2004 off the top of my head, but maybe I should look at my ITunes playcounts to keep myself honest. So this has nothing to do with the CD's that came out in 2004, especially since I think I started off the year looking at other peoples lists from 2003, not having heard any of those things and then having to catch up. Of course, the count is not really representative either, since listening to music on the computer isn't my primary listening mode. Mostly I listen to my mp3 player. But there must be something to be learned from the fact that I listened to one song 54 times.

And what was that song? Embarrassingly, it's this song from a Bollywood movie called Duplicate (which has a pretty inane plot where this mild-mannered chef happens to strongly resemble a gangster, and of course there's a love story, and singing and dancing, but that goes without saying). The love song duet is Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam, and it's so painfully catchy that I feel compelled to listen to it on repeat. Part of the percussion is provided by a loop of the singer going "ohch-ka-koo" over and over again which is my favorite part. Anyway, email me if you want to hear it (or any of the other songs), and I'll send you a link.

So here is the top of the top, with no cheating. These songs are so old for the most part!

Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam 54 times oops, 56 times.
William, It Was Really Nothing (Smiths) 18 times
Radiation Vibe (Fountains of Wayne) 16 times
Chunnari Chunnari (more super catchy Bollywood) 15 times
Stumbling Through The Dark (Jayhawks) 14 times
Save It For A Rainy Day (Jayhawks) 14 times
Shut Up (Black Eyed Peas) 12 times
Oh l'amour (Erasure) 12 times
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Jayhawks) 11 times
All The Right Reasons (Jayhawks) 10 times
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) 10 times
Knock Yourself Out (Jon Brion, courtesy of Planet Dan) 10 times
Regret (New Order) 10 times
Tailspin (Jayhawks) 9 times
Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond!!!) 9 times
Idioteque (Radiohead) 9 times
Mad World (Tears for Fears) 9 times
White Flag (Dido) 8 times
Such Great Heights (The Postal Service) 8 times
Coming Up Close ('Til Tuesday) 8 times
Barbarella Theme Song (this is the best.) 8 times

Apparently I listened to that Jayhawks album a lot. Other albums that I listened to a lot but mostly on my mp3 player:

The Grass is Blue - Dolly Parton
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle and Sebastian
O - Damien Rice
Chutes Too Narrow - Shins
Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
Garden State Soundtrack (sort of cobbled together incompletely)

That's all I can think of right now.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

steam system down

My workplace is so cold. The temperature in here is down to 62 degrees and falling. I called facilities and they are apparently working on the steam system. What? I'm glad it's 43 degrees outside, at least that is a lower limit where we won't get hypothermia.

I've started drinking hot water from the water cooler, it's kind of comforting.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Happy Hannukah!

Did you know that Hannukah is an excuse to eat fried foods? I just found out last year, and I hope to make the most of it this year. It has to do with the story about the oil from the lamp not running out and lasting for eight days. So it is a tradition to fry stuff in oil to celebrate.

I was trying to think of the name for the chocolate Hannukah money the other day, and had to eventually ask Isaac (he's the Jew in the family in case you hadn't guessed). He told me it was "gelt" and I was like oh, that's right. I had meanwhile been going through every Yiddish word I knew in my head, "rugelach, mensch, shtetl, kibbutz, shiksa, shlemeil, shlemazl, gefilte."

Right. Happy Holidays!


Originally uploaded by diblasic.
Our new baby. This was our Christmas splurge. It's only too bad we got the food processor after Isaac made the pie crusts by pastry blending all that butter by hand, and after I tried to mince up those dried figs by hand (it's hard they are so sticky).

Yesterday Kitchenaid wide mouth food processor arrived while we were at home for lunch (leftovers all week, lunch and dinner, as I said) and I had to stay home to unpack it and make something with it. I didn't have anything to chop or shred, but I did have to make breakfast raisin bran muffins (cut the sugar in 1/2, they are even better) so I used the food processor to make them. that was kind of silly. Given that last year's splurge was a Kitchenaid mixer, and I could have just used that since it is much easier to scrape that bowl than one which contains a razor sharp mixing blade. It did add a little excitement to the muffin-makng process, which it sure did need.

Monday, December 06, 2004

dinner party menu

My weekend was more exciting than usual! We had a dinner party on Saturday night which was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time cooking on Friday night and Saturday (which was mostly enjoyable) and all of it was worth it. It seemed like our friends enjoyed the food and now we will be eating leftovers all week.

This was our menu.

Spiced/Mulled Wine
3 Hungarian sausages (isaac went nuts at the Hungarian Meat Emporium)
cheese (1 Gruyere, 1 gouda-like, 1 creamy brie)
assorted nuts
dates and bacon
shrimp cocktail and sauce
stuffed mushroom caps
goat cheese fig crostini

Roast Pork with Sweet/Sour Chili Cilantro Sauce
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Wild Mushroom and Leek Stuffing
spinach salad with spicy peanut dressing
green beans

pumpkin pie - Isaac's blind taste test between home-roasted pumpkin and canned pumpkin

The canned pumpkin pie was much preferred by almost everyone. They knew it was canned, but the texture was much nicer on that pie. Poor Isaac worked so hard on the other one, but he had to agree. He made his very first unsupervised pie crusts from scratch, which was pretty cool.

I think the stuffed mushrooms were the other big hit of the night - I personally think the stuffing came out too buttery. i didn't know that was possible. I just followed the recipe, geez. Can't wait to get home and have some of the leftover wine...bad Chris.

sliding penguins

When I was a first year in graduate school and still "just friends" with my husband, he came over one night and brought the movie Alien (or was it Aliens, I think he would be hurt if I couldn't remember because it was very romantic) and then when the movie was over, I turned on PBS, which was one of the only channels I could get on my antenna. And they were playing music videos, but with classical music. Very PBS. And then started the sliding penguin music video, which has haunted me ever since. I can't remember what music was playing. There were these cute little penguins sliding on the ice, sliding into each other, and sliding off of floating icebergs into the water, sliding on their cute little tummies.

Six years later, I can't stop thinking about them.

10 least successful holiday specials of all time

I love the Ayn Rand Christmas special especially.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

found magazine

I have enjoyed looking at this collection of stuff found by people. I have voyeuristic tendencies that way.

This note is one of my favorites - Page Me Later

Thursday, December 02, 2004


Originally uploaded by diblasic.
This is just one of a number of fun Weight Watchers recipes. .

Who said eating healthy couldn't taste great? Though I'm not sure how healthy the "Frankfurter Spectacular" is.

These pictures are not for the faint of heart. View on an empty stomach please. And don't drink anything unless you want it to come out your nose.

Arctic Cam

Arctic Cam in downtown Fairbanks. I think that we all went to a Mexican restaurant in this plaza on the right over the last Thanksgiving I was there.

Too bad I have never seen any Auroras while I was visiting. That's something I want to see someday.


it's been a whole week since I posted here.

Thanksgiving went well, and it was nice to see my family. I really missed going home for Thanksgiving. Last year we were stuck in NY, having just gotten back from our honeymoon, and me just starting my new job. Then for the two years before that we were up in Alaska to see Isaac's family. I was very homesick there too. And it was so dark all the time, and that's just tiring. The sun didn't come up until like 10:15am, and then it was back down by 2:30 or 3. Ugh.

It was my parents' 30th wedding anniversary too, on November 28th. They got married on Thanksgiving day itself at 6pm. So did my dad's parents, strangely.