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June 25th, 2009

06:20 pm: Vashon Photography Show & Performance by Splitfoot's Mystery School
Head on over to Vashon Island for First Friday Artwalk.
July 3rd 6-9PM. See you there!

Natural Vashon

June 16th, 2009

08:48 am: magic is in the air!

magic is in the air!
Originally uploaded by experimetal
Montage from Sunday's Musequality Event.

June 13th, 2009

01:18 pm: Magician Acep Hale to Participate in World Busk Event
Sunday, June 14th at noon Acep will be participating in Musequality's "World Busk" event. Musequality uses the money to start music programs for children in the third world. He has also set up a justgiving page in case you can't physically attend but would still like to donate. (Also, please spread this around if you can)




Photos of Acep Here:


April 10th, 2009

07:56 am: birds of all colors
Feeling a bit 'birdy' of late. I even found myself wanting a better telephoto lens to photograph SEAGULLS(!) last night. My disdain prompted Stuart to ask if we need to adopt a seagull so that I could learn to appreciate them too. To which uh no, no I don't need to do that. I'll learn that one without inviting one in. I also went to see a dress rehearsal of Swan Lake this week. I had never been to the ballet before so it was really fun and even got the shivers a few times. Nothing like a good tragedy to brighten the middle of the work week.

So anyways, came into work early to sell a snowboard bag that I had posted to Craigslist. Lunch money - whee! I figured I'd make a post since I had a few minutes.

Things have been incredibly busy. I'm guessing this is the change from living on Vashon to living downtown. Every weekend there is something I want to do it seems. I'd like to drive up and see the tulips, but no this weekend is our first quiet weekend in several months so I'm resisting the urge and staying home.

But first an advertisement! A few weeks ago I went to the Green Festival. There was a woman there hawking products for Good Clean Love. Not only was she hysterical and awesome, but these products rock! This is seriously the best lube ever. Serious. Get it. And no, I don't subscribe to the "if it takes more than spit it's not love" school of thought.

Also coming up!Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY, at Benaroya Hall and led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth and featuring the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu. We have tickets. Woot!

OK the day is officially beginning - time for coffee and to start work.

March 24th, 2009

04:23 pm: Please Vote!

Click here to vote. I think I could do this, and do it well.

The Atrophy of the New England Farm

The New England landscape contains the remains of many family farms, orchards are found in the woods and cellar holes and dilapidated sugar houses lay under the brush.

Evidence of what was once a prevalent farming lifestyle is slowly being destroyed by encroaching urban sprawl and housing communities. The New England country side is dotted with the remains of many family farms: cellar holes, 'wild' orchards, stone walls that corral nothing, seemingly random remnants of farming equipment found deep in the woods, family cemeteries, millponds without their damns, flooded quarries and more.

I would like to travel around New England examining what is left of the New England farm before these signs are forever destroyed by a changing landscape. Barns are collapsing everyday, walls are dismantled and bulldozed. At one time the state of Vermont was 80% farmland, now it is 20% or less. Bedroom communities are springing up and families are selling off farmland.

I would like to document at least several different seasons, spring and fall and maybe in some winter. There is sorrow and glory to be found with what remains and I wish to make photographs that amplify these scenes. Travel, interviews and surveyor's records will help me find the best plots. With permission I might even have to spend a few nights in a tent and camp while waiting for the light and the weather to agree.

February 26th, 2009

12:12 pm: keeping track of business

Originally uploaded by canopic
Woot! This mouse photo has turned out to be one of my popular photos. Just proves you never know what people are looking for.

11:34 am: Sybil Nightingale

Sybil Nightingale
Originally uploaded by canopic
It is flu season. Thankfully it is hitting just prior to PMA this year and I'm almost over it. Poor Acep is a bit worse for wear however. Sybil has been super sweet - unbelievably so for a bird. I had no idea. I know I keep saying this but you know - she's basically a min-raptor, a dinosaur with wings. I guess I just never thought they could 'emote' ..or whatever. I think the couch is the new nest away from the nest. She likes to sit there with us when we read or watch tv. She likes jumping on and attacking books and magazines while we read them just like a cat.


The Mountain Insider Advantage for High Maintenance Skincare Salon

of course I'm going to push it...not only are those my photos but Naomi and the girls are excellent at what they do. Magnifique!

December 30th, 2008

06:59 pm: before I forget
Living in Chinatown has been relatively quiet, except for 7he other night when a police car pulled up along the sidewalk across the street -

Officer with bullhorn: Crackheads! You are not welcome in this neighborhood. Move along.

A Crackhead: I'm not a Crackhead.

Officer with bullhorn: Yes. Yes... you are. You, are a Crackhead. Move it, Crackhead.

At this point I was laughing so hard I was completely awake.

In other news I have been accepted by istockphoto.com as a stock photographer. Time for mama to make some lunch money. *fingers crossed*

Also Eartha Kitt recently passed. A few of my photos of her got picked up for a news story:


Also in other news my bird is a klutz. I just let her out of her cage. She flew over to the couch with obvious intent to drop gently down on the back of it only to overshoot it and fop down behind the couch. Acep and I 1hurriedly pulled the couch away from the wall to find her t7hankfully unharmed. Rescued she is now sitting on the d-esk and uh 7 biting the keys! I think she's pissed I'm ratting on her to the world.

December 26th, 2008

12:24 pm: my elephant, mine

my elephant, mine
Originally uploaded by canopic
On Christmas eve we let Sybil fly around the living room and kitchen. Her first explorations other than controlled exercise in the bathroom. She did very well and appears to love sitting on the elephant and following us back and forth between the kitchen and living room. Flocking!

Also on Christmas eve we tried spiced sake - which was basically a tea bag contraption with Mandarin peel, cinnamon, Chinese pepper, and clove that you steep in hot sake. Tasty!

For Christmas dinner we tried the Honey Court Seafood Restaurant. We had to know what it was like - even with the snowfall in Seattle this place was doing a slamming business - and the verdict? While the interior is unassuming the food is fantastic and comes out of the kitchen at lightning speed. The menu is vast. It is going to take a while for me just try out those things that looked appealing at first impression.

December 20th, 2008

05:52 pm: for Banshee!
Acep has been sharpening his cooking skills. Next to one of Seattle's best marketplaces who wouldn't. We've been trying lots of new stuff and finding that sake is very versatile.

Tonight's menu:

Trout and Orange Peel Simmered in Caramel Sauce
Ca Kho Cam

Serves 4 to 6 along with 2 or 3 other dishes

1 (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound) whole gutted trout, trimmed of fins and cut into 1-inch steaks (keep or discard the head)
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons Caramel Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
Peel of 1/2 orange or tangelo, cut into 1/4-inch-wide, 2-inch-long strips
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

1. In a saucepan, combine the fish with the peppercorns, salt, caramel sauce and fish sauce, coating the fish well. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate.

2. Add the peel, oil, and onion to the saucepan. Gently stir thing so that these seasonings are well distributed.

3. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to simmer gently, and cook for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Uncover, add water to just cover the fish. Replace the lid and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and adjust the heat, as necessary, to maintain a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid level has reduced by half.

4. Turn off the heat, taste, and make any flavor adjustments before serving. When making in advance, partially cover with the lid, and allow to cool completely before refrigerating. Reheat over medium or medium-low heat, adding a little water to facilitate things, as necessary. Enjoy with lots of rice.

Stir-fried Baby Bok Choy with Ginger and Garlic

1 1/2 pounds very baby (dwarf) bok choy, each one halved lengthwise

Flavoring sauce:
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
11/2 teaspoons canola oil or sesame oil
2 teaspoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
11/2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the bok choy. When the water returns to a boil, let the vegetables cook for another minute, until just tender. Drain, flush with cold water and set aside.

2. Combine the flavoring sauce ingredients. Taste and make any adjustments needed. You want a savory-briny-sweet taste. Set aside.

3. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, ginger and garlic. Cook for about 30 to 45 seconds until aromatic. Add the bok choy, give things a stir and cook for about 2 minutes, until heated through. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the flavoring sauce and keep cooking for another minute or so, stirring, to coat the vegetables well. The bok choy will weep a bit of water.

4. Give the cornstarch a stir before adding it to the vegetables. Cook for another 30 seconds, or until thickened, and glossy. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.

These great recipes come from this site Viet World Kitchen

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