the shmoopdeck

2/25/2009

crush before wallowing


crush before wallowing, originally uploaded by snailbooty.

Oh snailbooty. How I adore thee.

2/09/2009

1/30/2009

Ugh. Why can't Canadian politics be this sexy?

"Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let's set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let's recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let's make college more affordable, and let's invest in scientific research, and let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America."

-- Barack Obama, Springfield, IL

February 10 ,2007


Here are some highlights of the Obama/Biden platform on technology:

  • Protect the Openness of the Internet: Support the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.
  • Bring Government into the 21st Century: Use technology to reform government and improve the exchange of information between the federal government and citizens while ensuring the security of our networks. Appoint the nation's first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure the safety of our networks and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.
  • Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Work towards true broadband in every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives. America should lead the world in broadband penetration and Internet access.
  • Invest in University-Based Research: Expand research initiatives at American colleges and universities. Provide new research grants to the most outstanding early-career researchers in the country.
  • Protect American Intellectual Property Abroad: Work to ensure intellectual property is protected in foreign markets, and promote greater cooperation on international standards that allow our technologies to compete everywhere.
  • Protect American Intellectual Property at Home: Update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation, and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated.

1/24/2009

1/22/2009

Examined Life



OMGOMGOMG I want to see this!!!!!!!

OK. So I"m coming to the conclusion that philisophical debates fascinate me. Witness the brilliant, entertaining imp that is the mind Slavoj Zizek.



Plus I find his accent and lisp strangely charming.



This interview with Barry Nolan is CLASSIC! Especially the part where he tells Zizek he's like the Denis Leary of Slovenia.

1/21/2009

Christmas Cookie Recipes!

Here are recipes for all the cookies I made over the holidays (aka how I gained 10lbs over 4 weeks).

Homemade cookies are far superior to store bought. Since time is a luxury many people don't have, I suggest baking them ahead of time and pop them in your freezer for when you need (yes need) them. Or if you prefer freshly baked cookies, you can prep the dough into balls, freeze them and bake them whenever you want! Pillsbury be damned!

Enjoy!

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These are the Ginger Snaps. Sorry I didn't take photos of all of them. Next time!

These are my absolute favourite chocolate chip cookies:

CRISPY COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
from Great Canadian Cookies by Pamela Steel

1 cup (250 ml) soft butter
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla
1 1/2 cups (375ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10ml) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 ml) baking soda
1/4 tsp (1ml) salt
1 1/2 (375ml) rolled oats
1 cup (250ml) coconut or walnuts
1 cup (250ml) chocolate chips

* Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
* Beat in egg and vanilla.
* In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
* Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture, a third at a time.
* In a food processor, process oats and coconut until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
* Fold oat mixture and chocolate chips into dough.
* Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes
* Preheat oven to 350 °F.
* Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (If the dough is too dry to work, add a splash of milk)
* Place the cookie sheet in the freezer to chill the dough balls until ready to be baked.
* Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
* Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks.
* Makes about 3 dozen cookies.



I made 4 batches of this biscotti recipe over the month of December, experimenting with different amounts of coffee, kinds of nuts and chocolate. This recipe recommends you double bake them, which isn't really necessary. If you like soft biscotti, just bake them once. Double baking them makes them harder, but it also means they won't go stale!
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BISCOTTI
From Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites by The Moosewood Collective

2 cups (500ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (50ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (250ml) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1ml) salt
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
1 tbsp hot water
2 tsp (10ml) instant coffee
1/3 cup (75ml) chopped toasted hazelnuts

* Preheat oven to 350 °F.
* In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt.
* Lightly beat the eggs and the egg whites and add to the flour mixure.
* Stir in the hot water and coffee granules and hazelnuts, mixing until the wet dough is smooth.
* Using a rubber spatula and floured hands, scoop half the dough out of the bowl and onto one side of the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.. Shape it into a 15-inch log.
* Make a second log on the other side of the sheet with the remaining dough.
* Space the logs about 6-inches apart.
* Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top of each log is firm.
* Remove them with a long spatula to a wire rack and cool for 10-15 minutes.
* Cut each log on a severe diagonal into about 20 1/2-inch-thick slices and place them, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
* Reduce oven temperature to 325 °F.
* Bake for 20 minutes.
* Remove the biscotti and transfer to cooling racks.
* Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.



Since I was giving these as gifts, I made these ginger snaps a bit smaller and uniformly round by rolling them into balls instead of just dropping them onto the cookie sheet. Even when these cookies get stale (which is rare since they get eaten so fast) they are delicious!
GINGER SNAPS
From Magnificent Cookies Cookbook by Kathryn L. Ramsay
1/2 cup (125ml) soft butter
1 cup (250ml) firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup (50ml) light molasses
2 cups (500ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp (7ml) baking soda
2 tsp (10ml) ground ginger
1/2 tsp (2ml) ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1ml) ground cloves
1/4 tsp (1ml) ground allspice

* Preheat oven to 325 °F.
* Electric Mixer Method: Cream butter. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and spices in a large bowl. Add gradually to creamed mixture and beat until blended
* Food Processor Method: With metal blade, cream butter. Add sugars and process until light and fluffy. With processor running, add egg and molasses and process until blended. Combine flour, baking soda and spices in a large bowl. Add to workbowl one half at a time and process until mixture is completely blended.
* Drop generous teaspoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
* Place the cookie sheet in the freezer to chill the dough balls until ready to be baked.
* Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
* Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.


Because of the fresh apple in this recipe, they tend to go stale within a week, so eat'em up fast if you make'em!
FRESH APPLE COOKIES
from Magnificent Cookies Cookbook by Kathryn L. Ramsay

1/2 cup (125ml) soft butter
1/2 cup (125ml) soft shortening
1/2 cup (125ml) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
1/4 tsp (1ml) lemon extract
2 cups (500ml) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2ml) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2ml) salt
2 cups (500ml) grated apple (about 2 medium apples)
topping: ground cinnamon

* Preheat oven to 350 °F.
* Electric Mixer Method: Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts and beat. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add gradually to creamed mixture and beat until completely mixed. Add grated apple and beat well.
* Food Processor Method: With grating blade in place, grate apple. Remove from workbowl and set aside. With metal blade, cream butter and shortening. Add sugars and process until light and fluffy. With processor running, add egg and extracts and process to blend. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add to workbowl one half at a time and process until mixture is completely blended. Add apple and pulse until it is evenly blended into batter.
* Drop generous teaspoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
* Place the cookie sheet in the freezer to chill the dough balls until ready to be baked.
* Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
* Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

1/18/2009

home for the holidays 2008

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1/14/2009

paintings!




12/25/2008

happy holidays!



10/22/2008

Slideshow from this past weekend's school bus trip to Pittsburgh, PA



Cause I'm too busy to upload individual images. Anyway, we went to visit the 55th Carnegie International, which was ridiculously amazing. We also visited the Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory and Wood Street Galleries among others. I'm so frigging tired, but completely inspired. OMG that totally rhymes! (SIGH. that is how out of it I am right now.) I finally got some shots of recently submitted homework, so keep yer peepers peeled!

10/08/2008

more proof of my lame-ness

I totally bailed on Raymi's fantastic second art show last night at The Central.

I was all super excited to go, but I had class this morning at 8:30AM in which my first assignment was due. Because I spent the whole weekend recovering from Nuit Blahhhhhhh-nche, I ended up painting most of last night to make up for it.

Oh Raymi, I think the world of you and it is so important that you are pushing the notion that "to be an artist you have to go to art school" out on it's ass. GOOD ON YA.

holy crap it's frigging october!

Dear blog,

I've often thought about you longingly over the last couple of months, but, sadly, you keep jumping to the bottom of my list of things to do. Since my last post, not only have I started school, but I also started working 3 part-time jobs on campus.

Sigh. I know. Waaaaaah. Poor me, I have 1500 photos from the summer that I haven't gone through yet. Waaaaah. I'm basically working a 57-hour work week and paying for the privilege. Waahh. There's still a hole in my new home studio ceiling after 2 months of emails and phone calls to the builder. WAAAAAAAH!

Jeebus. All I can do right now is bitch and moan and it's so frigging boring that I almost fell asleep typing this out. With all the recent politicking and with the economy heading straight for the shitter, the last thing you need is to hear that junk.

So, until I get my shit together long enough to post again, please enjoy this little piece of Canadian heaven:

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7/25/2008

identity crisis hotline

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6/17/2008

hahaahhahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa

Poopee: < stupid html removed > oops, i meant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b7zL_Jorr4

Raymi: blogging that!

Poopee: just did
sooooooo fucking hilarious
i've watched it 17 times

Raymi: haha

Poopee: instead of studying for my midterm
or cleaning
just read phil's post
craz-eeeeee

Raymi: yep

Poopee: i just wikipedia'd styes. ew. are you ok?

Raymi: NO MY LIFE SUCKS

Poopee: hug?

Raymi: YES

Poopee: HUG

Raymi: THANKS
http://haloscan.com/comments/raymisucks/6378575602140688300/#280074

Raymi: hahahha

Poopee: sigh
that's what i get for sharing

Raymi: ha

Poopee: ungrateful brat

Raymi: hah

Poopee: http://popsugar.com/1715061

Raymi: neither, the yhave fat faces

Poopee: don't they know that playing with dolls is gay?
hahaahha

Raymi: i think they ARE gay

Poopee: really?
they are THE gay
i wonder when that balloon movie is coming out
hahahhahaha

Raymi: i am holding my breath

Poopee: i have to go. in the meantime, enjoy http://ilikedirt.googlepages.com/dogswithwigs

Raymi: !!!!!!!

i love the way your tornado of power makes me feel