Art Hole Radio

23 Mar

My good buddy, Lucas Roberts, has started up a radio station of sorts at school. It’s totally student run with a small group of wickedly talented executives. We will be looking for submissions from other students as well, so there should be a pretty sweet selection of content coming once we get things rolling.

I’ve got my own show called Shipwrecked. It’s and adapted version of Desert Island Discs from the BBC. I’ve yet to have an episode up, but soon! I am going to be the first cast away, and I hope to interview a girl in my class, Tasha Barrie, very soon.

The official blog for the “station” is here.

Stay tuned for further updates!

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Trials of Online Dating

24 Feb

Sometimes, you get some very odd, entertaining things in your inbox:

Am Engr william philip.I hail from lancaster UK,I attended oxford university,where i studied marine engineering,Am 45 years old single and work as a marine engineer in the submarine section. Am elegant,vibrant,vigorous and full of life I was opporturned to glance through your page and personnality profle.You seem to be the woman of my choice..You scarlet lips,ebong hair,well biult physique charming face,sedycing eyes are of great intersest to me.In fact,your entirety commands my variety of interest

I don’t think I will be messaging this one back.

Spring "Break"

16 Feb

Been a bit stressed out lately. Reading week is this coming week, but I have so much work to do during it, I’m not sure what kind of a spring break it’s really going to be.

Currently I’ve got chapter summaries of 20 chapters out of a text, rough draft of an essay, a photograph/drawing/object on the theme of “freezers,” as well as a cross stitch project to re-vamp as it’s not going well at all.

C’est la vie.

Geometry of Pasta

11 Feb

I am totally a person that judges a book by it’s cover. I know a book is successful to me when I’m wandering around a book store and a cover just jumps out straight at me, making me stop and flip through it. While wandering around a book store tonight I came across this:

Out of all the colourful covers in the food section of books, the black and white just screamed out. Flipping through, the entire book is black and white, simple and clean. It’s one of those books you (well, I) would buy just for the pictures or in this case, graphics. The bonus of this book is it’s also full of recipes!

The Geometry of Pasta pairs over 100 authentic recipes from critically acclaimed chef, Jacob Kenedy, with award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand’s stunning black-and-white designs to reveal the science, history and philosophy behind spectacular pasta dishes from all over Italy.

A stunning fusion of design and food, The Geometry of Pasta tells you everything you need to know about cooking and eating pasta like an Italian.

Take a look at these pages.

I just love how simple and effective the graphics are. I almost want to call them symbols. I could see me looking through the recipes and remembering what the pasta looked like when in the store so I can be sure I’m getting the right one. This book is very much on my wish list.

Find out more at http://geometryofpasta.co.uk/

Alerts to Threats in 2011 Europe

10 Feb

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.”  The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out.  Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.”  The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is canceled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.

— John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall

Field Trips

25 Jan

While I’m all for class field trips, usually meaning downtown in the city, somewhere close, convenient and affordable for everyone, I didn’t expect my teacher today to propose going to Vancouver/Seattle for a four day weekend type thing. While it sounds pretty great, it’s not exactly my type of traveling, two cities in 3-4 days? A bit overwhelming. Two days traveling on a bus is not my cup of tea and most of all – I have nothing in my budget for this kind of thing.

I’m already broke, I really can’t afford something like this on a whim. Plus, in my mind set, doing a trip like that just isn’t worth it or the money spent.

If I were going to Vancouver and Seattle I’d at least make it a week if not two, not one day in each city bustling around to numerous galleries and the like without really even being able to soak in anything of the city itself. Also, I figure the nights will be like Italy all over again, everyone getting having a party or being loud in general in another room, while I have a bath to myself and go to bed early.

I probably sounded about 78 just then, but that’s what I did in Florence haha. It was actually quite nice to have a moment of quiet, the hotel room all to myself without the 5 other girls and get some much needed sleep.

If this trip happens, I’m quite sure I’m staying put at home.

Trenta

23 Jan

In all honesty, I’m not a coffee drinker. If I were a coffee person, I’d be avoiding Starbucks due to some of their business practices, such as lack of fair trade (Which has improved but not as much as I think it could), market strategy, labour disputes, opening without planning permission, water management and overall quality. McDonald’s apparently schooled them in the quality department.

Not to mention $5+ for a cup of freaking coffee…

Doing some quick research they are trying to implement certain environmental aspects to their company such as Grounds for your Garden and having cups made out of recycled goods and product red. So Starbucks isn’t all bad, I guess.

Now, you’d think that a forward thinking, “progressive” company such as Starbucks would be on board with helping to have healthy choices for it’s customers, seeing as the whole obesity thing is going on in the Western world. Starbucks has introduced the Trenta, a 916 mL cup for iced coffee drinks. Looking on their nutrition chart a Trenta (31 oz) made with 2% milk will be giving you 220 calories with 3g of fat, 43g of carbs, 0g of fibre and 5g of protein.

Ever wonder why you’re struggling at losing that bit of extra weight? If you have multiple “Peppermint white chocolate mocha” (540 calories, Grande with 2% milk and whipped cream) or “Double Chocolaty chip Frappachino” (400 calories, Grande with 2% milk and whipped cream) that’s an extra two or three “meals” in a drink per day.

A proper meal should be around 290 – 400 calories depending on your needed calorie intake. The 400 calorie meal I found was chicken and rice:

Chicken and Rice – 395 Calories
6 oz cooked chicken
2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce
1 cup of mixed vegetables
1/2 cup of brown rice
1 small tossed salad
2 tablespoons reduced fat oil and vinegar dressing
12 oz water

Ridiculously healthy, right?

I know I’m not the healthiest person I could be so I did a calculation of my recommended calorie intake for the day based on my age, weight and height. If I want to maintain my weight I need 2447, to lose weight I need 2080. So, if I were drinking those drinks, cutting out ONE a day, would help me lose pounds.

I think you get my point as to what the problems are surrounding drinks like this. Also, check out the image to put the quantity of the drink in perspective with the size of an average human stomach. It’s disturbing.