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Winter at last!

Posted by Ed on February 17, 2007

winter storm

Originally uploaded by Ed Chadwick.

It’s quite warm today though, at -8C.

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Men Like Dick Need More Love

Posted by Ed on February 1, 2007

Check out this excellent ode to the VP from the guys at The Pleasant Revolution. Keep your eyes peeled for some very cool Xtracycle footage and some highly amusing news ticker snippets.

Apparently you can even download it from the iTunes Store, and badges are available from Cafe Press.

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Born Again iPod

Posted by Ed on October 7, 2006

I’ve had my first generation iPod for about five years now. It still works fine, but the battery only lasts about an hour now. I was all set to replace it with a shiny new one, when I came across this site, which can supply me a battery that will last 18-20 hours between charges.

Besides not having to throw away a perfectly serviceable device, the thing is worth saving just for the kids’ reactions when I whip it out. “Dude! That’s, like, totally old-skool!” No it’s not. It’s, like, nearly brand new.

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September Recipe

Posted by Ed on September 24, 2006

Before it disappears from my calendar, here’s a good autumn fruit recipe:

Apple, Pear and Frangipan Tart

Ingredients:

  • Pastry base
  • 75g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ground almonds
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 2-3 drops almond essence
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • Icing sugar for dusting

To make the filling, beat the butter and sugar together, then stir in the eggs, almonds, flour and almond essence. Spread the mixture over the pastry base and add slices of apple and pear, pressing them into the mixture. Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes at 180C. Dust with icing sugar when cool.

Ok, so there’s nothing about how to make the pastry, but you can find that anywhere, or cheat a little and buy a pastry base. Also, I think reversing the apple/pear ratio is a good thing, as the pears seem to stay moister than the apples.

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Fresh Stop Bounty

Posted by Ed on July 20, 2006

Fresh stop bounty

This week’s bounty from the local fresh stop market – seasonal produce from local farmers. Click on the photo for details. Tonight: green tomato ratatouille with arborio rice and grated parmesan cheese. Mmmm…

Get your bag every Thursday between 3 and 7pm at Clark and W25th or three other locations. Go here or call ahead to reserve your share. $10 or $20 depending on your income. Go here to see what’s fresh this week. You might even get a round of applause or at least a recipe too.

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Photography Tips

Posted by Ed on June 2, 2006

Two sites that the photographers and photography lovers amongst us should definitely check out are Magnum in Motion and The Photography Channel. They both feature multimedia presentations, or Interactive Essays as Magnum calls them, by some of the world’s best photographers and photo journalists. Highly recommended are The Revolution by Burt Glinn (Magnum in Motion):

When rebel forces ousted Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, photographer Burt Glinn was there for the riotous aftermath, recording the chaos and excitement in Havana’s streets and traveling with a young rebel leader named Fidel Castro.

and Coal Hollow by Ken and Melanie Light (Photography Channel):

Ken and Melanie Light have created a stunning portrait southern West Viriginia, where the coal mining industry has left a human and environmental catastrophe in its wake. Their book, COAL HOLLOW, is being published by the University of California Press. This 3:00 video is excerpted from a longer version, which will be available soon.

The Magnum in Motion presentations are also available as video podcasts that you can subscribe to in iTunes.

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Fresh Stop Markets in Cleveland

Posted by Ed on May 31, 2006

Fresh Stops are where city residents can buy market bags of produce, connecting them with farmers in the region. The locations are in the Clark-Metro neighorhood at Clark Avenue & W. 25th Street and in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood at Lorain Avenue & W.48th Street. Fresh Stops will be open every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 15th and October 5th.

From Green City Blue Lake.

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Torpado Fixie

Posted by Ed on May 20, 2006

Torpado Beta

Not sure how popular these are in other parts (don’t remember seeing them at all in the Netherlands, a country they are perfect for), but around here fixies are all the rage. So I found myself an old Torpado frame on eBay and decided to see what all the fuss was about. Having ridden nothing but a front-suspended mountain bike for the last 6 years or so, it’s quite a change. But I like it so far, that not-coasting thing.

Check out my flickr set for a few pics.

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Triumvirate

Posted by Ed on April 27, 2006

A joint birthday party for “the Castro-Hefner-Windsor triumvirate“?! Fantastic.

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Banksy Strikes Again

Posted by Ed on April 9, 2006

Red Phone BoxMurdered phone box, by Banksy.

“This is a stunning visual comment on BT’s transformation from an old-fashioned telecommunications company into a modern communications services provider.” BT PR guy.

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