Here’s some random fun stuff I found perusing the Internet that I wanted to share.
In the food category we have:
- Homemade veg*n marshmallow recipe:
I am sometimes guilty of forgetting what non-veg ingredients are in things. There’s the hands in my ears, eyes shut tight, la-la-la variety a la my favorite candy ever – sour grapefruit slices (can you believe, they even qualify for free super saver shipping!) – but then there’s also the honest forgetful kind – like when I was at my friend’s birthday party and she had Whole Foods marshmallows that were unlike any marshmallow I had ever tasted before. In the back of my head I thought there might be egg whites, which in my current veg laxness I wasn’t concerned about, but I forgot all about gelatin. But now, rejoice! Heather posted a link to Jocelyn’s basic vanilla marshmallow recipe, which I presume I can make using the packs of vegan gelatin my mom handed off to me over Christmas. I am so excited.
Creative Kismet posted some books she got for her son. They all look super fun, but the title Honest Pretzels reminded me that I want to make some homemade soft pretzels. I’m not sure if I already have a recipe lying around or not, so I’ll have to look, but if anyone out there has a favorite, I’d love to know.
- Farm fresh produce:
Reading happythings I learned about Boggy Creek Farm. It sounds fantastic. Any other Austinites been? I’m hoping to convince Shawn to go with me sometime soon.
On to fun quizzes.
- BBC’s Brain Sex ID quiz (via Pharyngula) was full of the kinds of fun puzzles I love to do. I scored 25% towards the female, helped by my off the charts score on the "spot the difference" part, which I was particularly proud of since I don’t consider this my strong suit. But man did I tank on matching those lines, which is odd since I did perfect on rotating the shapes and they’re supposed to judge the same thing… I thought the clasp your hands part was particularly interesting and offers potential insight into why it’s more comfortable to hold hands with different people a certain way, but I don’t want to spoil the quiz results for anyone interested in taking it.
- I found two different Star Trek quizzes. On the first one I scored Ensign (after lots of guessing, I really scored Cadet the first time I took it). On the second I made Lieutenant. I find it kind of amusing that I was offended at my original cadet rank. In all fairness, I’m not really a Trekkie (the documentary was great though!). I’m the daughter of Trekkies, or rather the daughter of sci fi fans. I grew up watching the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine with my parents (along with Sea Quest, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2), but by the time Voyager was on I was no longer at home watching TV, so I only caught it sporadically, and I’ve never seen Enterprise. My brother has been buying the box sets of the original series for my parents, so we blazed through those as well. I can name characters and races and typical plots and know that the ensign who’s name we don’t know is totally going to die on that away mission and that in real life they never would have kept those holodecks around what with the number of times someone has taken over the ship or caused other major catastrophes through them, but damned if I know the class of the space ship or how many shuttle bays it has. Likewise I saw all of the movies, many in the theater, because Mom and Dad took me. So thanks for joining me on this random geek out. The opportunities generally come and go depending on how much enthusiasm is around me. I don’t tend to watch any of this stuff when left to my own devices, but that all day Farscape/Stargate Atlantis fest when I was home relaxing with Dad sure was fun!