Friday, July 30, 2010

Salt, mostly a failure

MM and I saw Salt Wednesday night. I expected to like Angelina Jolie a little more. I'm not usually much a fan of her acting, but I've enjoyed her in action movies in the past. She's now too fragile-looking to be plausible as an actionista. Also, she doesn't look particularly good in any of it. If I have to stretch my suspension of disbelief to include this waif being an action hero, I think it wouldn't be too much of a risk to pretend that an action hero could also be attractive.

Clockwise from top left: Angelina as Scrawny Salt; Angelina as "lost in my corporate outfit and this weapon is too heavy for me" Salt; an earlier, buffer, Angelina; what a plausible female action hero looks like (and man did I miss Jennifer Garner in this movie); the best costuming in Salt.

Popsicle recipes I'd like to try

Many were found on a list at tip-nut.


Martha Stewart Banana Blueberry Swirl Popsicles

Melon popsicles with mint, honey, and yogurt

Homemade Fudgsicles

Grapefruit Lime Cilantro Popsicles

This method for swirling chunks into your popsicles, and a discussion on corn syrup

Here's a pretty result:

Cardamom Rhubarb Creamsicles (a woman after my own heart: "So, I left about 1/4 of the rhubarb sorbet in the ice cream maker & stirred in about 1/2 c of heavy cream."

Martha Stewart's Banana, Berry, and Buttermilk Ice Pops

Watermelon Slice Pops
(with chocolate chips as seeds)

And finally, funny pea-ice popsicles I'm not going to make:

Monday, July 26, 2010

No "barefoot and pregnant" in German?

The hipster-chick in line at the bank spoke so loud that I couldn't help but overhear. And soon, I was too repelled and fascinated not to actively listen:
[Speaking emphatically in german]...pregnant. Literally barefoot and pregnant...[More german]... I mean, come on...[Lots more german. Clearly still talking about the same person and not letting a word in edgewise]...Student loan...[More german]...White trash.

Clearly English is better suited for certain descriptions. Ironically, the phrase "barefoot and pregnant" might be ideologically
descended from the German phrase "Kinder, K├╝che, Kirche" ("children, kitchen, church") coined in the 1800s.

code-switching article seems to be the most relevant linguistic definition of this type of language-switching phenomenon.

Pen love: Uniball Vision Elite Bold

I bought a pack with a range of colors when I was editing my thesis. They write a smooth, sharp, fat (0.8 mm) line smoothly and don't leak in flight. Many people really like the blue-black color. I like it, but it's the other characteristics that send me.