- Archive.org now has a safe Flash emulator, so people can upload all the classic free games of the 00s. Flyguy is a pleasant toy game.
- A short, interesting video on why Aspidistras because a middle-class status symbol starting in Victorian times.
- Related retro-commedy: The biggest Aspidistra in the World.
- It continues to be a tough year for everyone. This is my new favourite song for building optimism.
- Seinfeld (NSFW)
- Andrew Rilstone - who has an encyclopedic knowledge of C.S. Lewis, has been writing a series of lectures on Bulverism. They are all good, but here is one of the best ones.
- Madam How and Lady Why; or First lessons in earth lore for children. I kind of want to try reading it. It's one of those historical books that could either be really good or really bad.
I've been obsessively skimming through weird cookbooks on archive.org and from the public library in the last couple years. What I have found is that most cookbooks before the original Joy of Cooking were terse and totally lacked details. Some gave you vague directions but no measurements and no idea of what you were getting. The recipes are brutally difficult and, when you finish, you get something mysteriously more bland than any of the constituent ingredients.
Others, like this one from 1895, are mainly just lists of ingredients. Notice how the recipes tend to ask for ~3 cups of flour and 20-30 eggs, as well as nice things like ammonia. I can't imagine baking them would be fun, but I am drawn like a magnet to things with names like "Sham Confect" (5 lbs. sugar and 20 eggs whites).
(This picture's been floating around the interent. My edition only has the instructions, not the pictures)
Old editions of Joy of Cooking are absolutely insane and probably not like the book your mom had. It started with dozens (hundreds?) of virgin cocktails and there are pages of gruesomely-detailed roadkill recipes. It was written around the same time as Minnie the Moocher and is somehow the cooking equivalent. On the other hand, it is very easy-to-follow and it seemed to kick of a 70-year trend of better-quality cookbooks.
Now the symbolic centre of my city. If do a Google image search on Victoria, this is the only thing that comes up. The inlet has been significantly reshaped since this image was made.
I know everyone knows this, but I'm posting it anyway.