Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
The Everton Mint.
A curious interweaving of food and football brought these about at the tail-end of the 19th century. The legend goes thus: a toffee shop was located near to where the Everton football club developed near Liverpool, and its owner, Molly Bushell (or Busshell), developed the Everton Toffee, which quickly became a favourite among football crowds in the area. When the team moved to Goodison Park in 1892 they found themselves near another toffee shop, belonging to one Mother Nobletts. Rather than copy her rival, Nobletts used the colours of an early Everton team strip as the basis for a new confection - the black and white striped Everton Mint. Bushell eventually out-did Nobletts by winning the right to sell her toffees inside the ground, beginning a tradition of the Toffee Lady as a feature of Everton matches. The team nickname is now The Toffees.
And why post this? Because, in addition to woolens and crockery and natural-bristled brushes, the English make good and pretty candies. And ...one of Amy Sedaris's characters in Strangers With Candy is called CHUCK NOBLETTS!!
Which may lead us to this.
And this, which could be mildly surprising.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Rocky coast section. Ascophyllum.
Illustration for Edge of the Sea, 1955.
|Sea lettuce / right: irish moss / animal is leander - common prawn.|
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
of Sweden (my maternal lineage).
As with many pre-industrial revolution cultures, the citizens of the Swedish provinces made and wore particular clothing that delineated them from one another. Above, from left: Olandcostume, Blekingcostume, Lappcostume, Varendscostume, Gagnefscostume, Leksandcostume (child), Skedevicostume, Leksandcostume, Vingakerscostume, Osterakerscostume, Hafveröcostume (child), Rättvikscostume.
Rättvik female folk dress includes seven aprons, each for a different occasion ...red for Sunday church, white for funerals. In Skåne a woman might wear up to seven skirts over her aprons, each showing a bit of hem, with the top skirt intended as a head cover should it rain. Undergarments weren't worn, save a linen sark or shift which also served as a nightdress. I'm not sure about bloomers?
The last edict regarding dress disappeared in 1794, five years after the French Revolution. Folks began dressing how they liked and one generation later, in the 1870's, folk costume was for the most part folded and stored away. Men were the first to let their outfits go. Women continued to wear them into the 1920's.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Well, dears, I'm thrilled to tell you that today, for the first time, I saw an ermine. About 5 feet ahead of me, a tiny pure, white slip of a body and black tail's end running across my path! I stopped and stared into the ditch after it, then looked back and forth from the direction it came to the direction it went, whispering out loud "AN ERMINE!!!!!!!!!" Was it a baby? It was less than a third the size of the Leonardo's version.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, father, and practical man. Rube studied engineering at University of California, Berkeley and immediately took a job as an engineer with the City of San Francisco Water and Sewers Department. After six months with the city he convinced his father he wanted to be an artist, quit his job and started working as an office boy in the sports department of a San Francisco newspaper where he submitted drawings and cartoons to his editor until he was published a few months later. His work was immediately an outstanding success, the Evening Mail offered him a job, and he moved to New York to draw daily cartoons.
His work demonstrates overly-complex methods of achieving basic results. He said his cartoons were symbols of the human capacity to exert maximum effort to accomplish minimal results. He believed there were two ways to do things: the simple way and the hard way, and that a surprising number of people preferred doing things the hard way. His name is synonymous with any complex program, system or set of rules resulting in a simple task.
A recent Goldberg machine.