Archive | March 11, 2013

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

CATEGORY: PrivacyIf you haven’t yet seen Mark Hurst’s piece on Google Glass over at Creative Good, you need to. You really, really need to. A lot of times cool new gadget and service roll-outs mainly just affect the manufacturers and the people with the cash to buy them. Sure, there can be collateral damage – World of Warcraft widows, for instance – but usually the downside isn’t as direct as it is with this latest idea from the Don’t Be Evil crowd. A snip from Hurst’s analysis:

The key experiential question of Google Glass isn’t what it’s like to wear them, it’s what it’s like to be around someone else who’s wearing them. I’ll give an easy example. Your one-on-one conversation with someone wearing Google Glass is likely to be annoying, because you’ll suspect that you don’t have their undivided attention. And you can’t comfortably ask them to take the…

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I have to try these

Romancing the Bee

black tea cupcakes

Dr. Eva Crane was a proper Englishwoman, and would have liked these tea-flavored delicacies! Perfect to accompany a “cuppa”!

Yield:  18 cupcakes


1 cup  milk

3 tablespoons black tea (or the contents of 3 tea bags)

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups cake flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake tins.

Warm the milk until near boiling on the stove or in the microwave. Cut open the tea bags and add the tea directly into the milk. Allow to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Gradually…

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Please don’t waste your money on the movie, it ain’t Oz!

I have no intention of seeing this movie because like The Hobbit I will only get really angry and annoyed. As I have said before, it was discovered that I had learned to read while my mom was reading the Oz books to my brother and I and I think it was somewhere during The Road tof Oz because I remember reading the Patchwork Girl of Oz all by myself and feeling quite proud to do it. And I have no intention of giving Joxer’s brother any of my money.

I had a really hard time as it was reading Wicked and seeing the musical but this? No. The reviews mention witches named Theodora and Evanora. Uh , NO! The witches of the East and West had no names and the witches of the North and South are Gaylette and Glinda. By the way it’s wrong in the first movie where they say Glinda was the Good Witch of the North. I was always disappointed in the first movie that this movie seems to be based on and not the 14 books by L. Frank Baum and the sequels by Ruth Plumly Thompson and John R Neill who was also the illustrator of the first books. It would seem to be that the books would be where you go when you want more material not the old movie.

For one thing, in the books it is clear that it really happened and Dorothy really does go to Oz and eventually moves there with Auntie Em and Uncle Frank in the Emerald City of Oz. She also goes to other lands like Ev and meets the evil Gnome King and the captive ruling family of Ev in the Ozma of Oz which with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz, are my two favourites.

Ozma captured my imagination because she starts out as a boy named Tip who doesn’t know she is really the queen of the land of Oz who has been imprisoned by the witch Mombi, who though not named as such, I always thought was one of the wicked witches. She, the rightful ruler of Oz was given to the witch by the Wizard and that really does make him a bad, bad man. Glinda finds this out because the Wizard makes three visits to Mombi. Another reason not to see the movie for me.

I always liked the end of the first book better because of the war between the Hammer heads with no arms and the Hoppers who only have one leg. The wars started because the Hammerheads made the joke that the Hoppers have less understanding and the war is on. I loved that joke as a kid and I still think it’s funny.

So I advise you to go to the library or invest in the books yourself and not waste money or time on this movie. It ain’t Oz.