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Ice Cream Music

So, I love ice cream. In China, I prefer taro and red bean ice cream bars. In Ohio, there’s always Graeter’s. During the school year, I find comfort in the vault at Herrell’s, a pint at Tosci’s, or a cup at that one place across the street from Addis Red Sea. And in Jamaica, I’ve discovered what may be the most tasty coffee and alcohol ice creams in the WORLD at Devon House, conveniently located a block away from my apartment. Life is good.

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What’s my point? Oh yeah. Today Boing Boing featured an album called “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks”. I applaud their choice, and add one of my own–Twink’s Ice Cream Truckin’, which has a really delicious looking album cover and some really excellent songs. More flattery after the break.

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Food I won’t eat

I am a pretty adventurous eater. I’ve speculated that I would try monkey brains if given the chance. I’ve even tried this rice dish with congealed pig blood. Recently in Jamaica I ordered things without even knowing what I was being served. But after reading the wikipedia article on acquired tastes I couldn’t help but post about the first food I wouldn’t even try.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

casu marzu is an Italian cheese with some special flavor added by Piophila casei. That’s right, the cheese fly. Actually not cheese flies but cheese fly larvae. “These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats.” Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Wait theres more!

Piophila casei larvae can pass through the stomach alive (human stomach acids do not usually kill them) and take up residency for some period of time in the intestines, where they can cause serious lesions as they attempt to bore through the intestinal walls. ”

MMMMMmmmmm, that is good eating.

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My Way or the Pie Way

I was reading Ourspace by Christine Harold and found mention of this most excellent culture jamming group, the Biotic Baking Brigade. Their tactic is simple, beautiful, and…uh…delicious. When a politician, businessman, or public figure does something out of line, the Baking Brigade reprimands them with a simple pie to the face. An example:

Yep, that’s Micro$oft CEO Bill Gates with a lot of pie all over him. Other victims have included: Willie Brown, ex-mayor of San Francisco, Fred Phelps, Milton Friedman, etc.

Christine Harold makes an excellent argument for why this type of silliness is actually a more effective culture jamming strategy than, say, the glossy parodies of Ad-Busters. She refers to a pie in the face as “visual Esperanto”. A review of this book is DEFINITELY forthcoming.

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up, up, down, down, left, right, chocolate frosting

I forget what flavor the grey frosting was but all the cupcakes were delicious.  This was from a birthday party I attended last night where the show piece for the night was a bunch of cupcakes formed into a NES controller!  Other dishes at the pot luck dinner included french bread in the shape of an Atari logo, green beans shaped like the pipe flowers from Super Mario Bros, and rice krispies in the shape of Pacman!

NES Controller Birthday cake

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