Sunday, June 04, 2023

Navigating twists and turns

Golf by Niwa Akiko
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Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns.
- Ilaiyaraaja -


Friday, June 02, 2023

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Roller coaster ice cream

The above video is of a cart somewhere in India that sells roller coaster ice cream. It is made by filling a drum with ice and salt and then, as the drum is rotated, covering the outer surface with milk, fruit juices and bits of fresh fruit. Toppings can be added. It is not the most hygienic looking operation, but I imagine the ice cream it produces is a tasty treat. 

These types of carts seem to be popular throughout southwest Asia. Many are motorized, but some, like the one in the video, are hand cranked. My hat is off to the guy who spends all day cranking that thing.  


Monday, May 29, 2023

Faceless grief

Memorial Day's cost

But listen. Even that story is made up.

I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.

Here is the happening-truth. I was once a soldier. There were many bodies, real bodies with real faces, but I was young then and I was afraid to look. And now, twenty years later, I'm left with faceless responsibility and faceless grief. 

― Tim O'Brien


Sunday, May 28, 2023

Fruit carts

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For some reason, the other day, fruit carts popped into my mind. I have no idea why. The only time I am ever aware of them is during a movie car chase scene, because inevitably a fruit cart will get whacked into during the chase. I guess that there's nothing like flying oranges and apples to add color and excitement to it all. 

At any rate, here is a small sample of fruit carts -- all in their natural, non-cinematic habitat.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

A coal powered motorcycle

I previously posted a video about a fellow who built and then rode a jet powered scooter. Today we have a video about an English gent who has a coal powered steam motorcycle. He gives a very detailed explanation of how it works. I can't say that, even with all the redundant safety valves and features, sitting atop a boiler so I can chug down a street sounds all that appealing to me. I will say that it looks nice.