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2012 December 31

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from. And every phrase
And sentence that is right (where every word is at home,
Taking its place to support the others,
The word neither diffident nor ostentatious,
An easy commerce of the old and the new,
The common word exact without vulgarity,
The formal word precise but not pedantic,
The complete consort dancing together)
Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning,
Every poem an epitaph. And any action
Is a step to the block, to the fire, down the sea’s throat
Or to an illegible stone: and that is where we start.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

– Excerpts pulled from T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding

Quotes About Writing from George R.R. Martin

2012 December 27

[ grrm awesomeness via io9 ]

5 Vegetarian Dinners @ $10 Each

2012 December 22
by constantia

Recipes via Buzzfeed!

All I want for Christmas…

2012 December 9

… is a fancypants Lemarchand Configuration.

Seriously… how fantastic is this?

Polish Vegetable Soup

2012 December 9
by constantia

Cannot remember where I got this recipe originally; I (re)found it in a random doc file in my secondary drive today. Posting it here so I remember to give the recipe a go.

1 medium leek, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
very small portion of chinese cabbage, sliced
1 small celery root, sliced
one small parsley root sliced
2 small potatoes, sliced into thin wedges
1.5 litres (or more) salted vegetable stock, or salted water
1 small pepper, sliced

Put all ingredients into pot, boil for one minute and then simmer for 20 minutes.

Take 3/4 of soup and blend in a blender, pour blended mixture back into the rest of the soup; mix well and cook for a further five minutes.

Neil Gaiman’s Advice for Aspiring Artists

2012 December 6
by constantia

Ian McKellen being awesome.

2012 December 6
by constantia

Ian McKellen answering fan questions on @TheHobbitMovie Twitter feed –

(link via geek with curves)

Booze Recipes

2012 December 6

Chocolate Liqueur
DIY Aquavit
DIY Pimm’s
DIY Ginger Liqueur

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love Ed Asner more.

2012 December 6
by constantia

I love this man.

The Fox producer asked Asner: “Do you remember the video? Do you know what I’m talking about?”

“I don’t remember a thing I said on it or a word I said on it,” Asner replied, “but I agreed to do it for California teachers. I approve this message.”

“There’s a part of it where talking about things trickling down and they have like rich people peeing on poor people,” the producer explained further.

“How disgusting,” Asner said. “It should be reversed.”

“So you don’t remember that?” the producer asked.

“Do you have any money?” Asner asked with a smirk.


“Can I piss on you?” asked the actor.

And… end scene.

(link via Jamie)

DIY Yule Goat

2012 December 5
by constantia

How to make your own Julbock!

Hopefully I remember to do this with the family next Yule.