Category Archives: Food

Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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The Simple Life

Something I’ve been looking into recently is the idea that the book of Genesis has, at least in parts, a bias against civilization. I don’t mean so much in the sense of polite behavior, but as in the more historical … Continue reading

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A House Full of Ginger

Gingerbread houses are a well-known Christmas tradition, not that I’ve ever seen anyone actually make one. They’re a pretty cool idea, though. The idea of objects made of foodstuffs is an old one in legends throughout the world, especially when … Continue reading

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Blood on My Internet Page

This post is mostly about music, but there’s a bit of non-musical listening featured as well. She Makes War, Brace for Impact – I wrote about Laura Kidd’s last album, Direction of Travel, two years ago. Her latest release, largely … Continue reading

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Gammon and Spinach

You know, I think I still have a DVD set of old Popeye cartoons I haven’t watched, and I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of the last collection of Elzie Segar’s strips either. But I did think of … Continue reading

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Robot Mastery

Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide, by David and Nadia Oxford – The Mega Man series is pretty difficult (I could never get much of anywhere in any of them, although I watched my brother win the first seven), but … Continue reading

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Meatless Mortality

We know that flesh-and-blood people and animals are pretty much functionally immortal in Oz. They can be potentially be destroyed, but won’t die of old age or disease, and even being torn into pieces isn’t necessarily fatal. What I sometimes … Continue reading

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