The other day I took a bite of chocolate and then a bite of Italian Parsley – sounds like a crazy combo, but it’s not bad at all.

Summer returned to Santa Fe and it is in the seventies again, and did you see that moon this week? That was amazing.

Canton fell for the Radiohead PR stunt and bought the download. He was disappointed to find that the tracks were only 160 kbps CBR mp3 files. Aparently nothing in the FAQ/details mentions this. I told him that it was a great way for them to get a lot of publicity and that I had read somewhere that their management was really hoping to sell CDs and that the downloads were just supposed to wet the appetite. I wonder whether the people who offered $10 or $12 are now disappointed that the quality of the files is only about half of amazon.com or iTunes (256kbps)… Canton writes:

That said, it is a pretty good album!

I have been switching from liquid soaps to bars of soap. Less plastic containers with pump to recycle. Thomás, who owns Milagro, said he will soon make bars of soap as well. And soap-bars remind me of my grandma who used to cook her soaps – well, actually she mostly re-cooked the left-over pieces of soap and made new bars from them. She also re-heated little left-over pieces of candles and made new ones…

Time to order more of Travertine’s Shea Cream. It’s great for Winter’s dry hands and Davo says it is the only stuff that keeps his hands from cracking from playing percussion. All of Travertine’s products are free of parabens.

And last and least…

The Sprinkle Brigade
Fortunately, the Sprinkle Brigade, is on the case. These connoisseurs of crap have a knack for turning the most disgusting dung into delightfully irreverent images.
(Via Josh Spear)

Direct link – click on Holiday Classics. Hm, maybe not for the faint of heart?

Good espresso in a fallen world

Mad Flavor in Austin: Good espresso in a fallen world | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
Contra Starbucks, cappuccino does not mean equal parts hot milk, foam, and espresso. In a well-made cap, the barista steams the milk and then carefully, swirling and tapping the milk pitcher, reincorporates the foam into the hot milk, creating a creamy, cloud-like milk-foam emulsion. (The milk must be whole; a “skim cap” is a crime.)

How true, how true…


In the past year 106,901 spam comments have been left on this diary. The daily ratio of spam to real comments is several hundred to one.


Anna comments:
Ottmar, don’t you scan everything that Word Press presumes as spam, just in case some of it is not?

My answer:
most certainly not. I will not scan 300-500 comments a day to see whether there are one or two that were incorrectly presumed to be spam. There are things to do, people and places to see…

To that I’ll add that, if a person has the feeling that their comments have been deleted together with the comment-spam, they might want to try using no links in their comment – it might also be wise not to use an email address like bigtool@whatever.com…


“What is the aim of your philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein.