August 31, 2011
The excitement of the new — my silent majority
I am always thrilled when I get an email or comment from someone who writes to say they've been reading boj for years but never before made themself visible.
I realize most people don't have the time or energy or desire to do more than glance at something and have never found fault with those who choose to remain quietly anonymous.
Still, it makes my day when someone new says "Hi" and stops by and leaves a message.
Makes me appreciate even more the stalwarts who make it a regular practice to put themselves up there in the comments bar.
You gotta admit: there are very few other sites where you can leave an anonymous comment and get your name on the homepage.
True, only the latest 10 comments and their authors appear there but it's almost always for 15 minutes or more.
Chutney from Virginia
I read somewhere recently about a local company that was making chutney and selling it at Whole Foods Market here in Charlottesville.
I happened by the store yesterday focused on finding this condiment and sure enough, there it was, a stack of jars over by the cheese section.
They had three varieties — Balsamic Fig, Spicy Plum and Hot Peach, created by the The Virginia Chutney Company in Washington, Virginia (about 60 miles from my Podunk town) — and I bought a jar of each.
I'm about 7/8 done with the Balsamic Fig — mmmm, very, very good.
I find my Japanese Ice Cream Spoon to be the perfect utensil for the job.
Next up: Plum and then for the grand finale, Peach.
Pictured above and below, the chutney varieties made by the company.
$6.95 for a 10 oz. jar.
I just checked and Relay Foods doesn't offer these chutneys, so I'm gonna forward this post to them so they can remedy the situation soonest.
Note added at 1:14 p.m. today: having finished both the fig and the plum yesterday, I forced myself to stop and save the Hot Peach for today.
Having consumed about 1/4 of the jar so far this afternoon, I can tell you that it is my favorite of the three I purchased.
Nice chunks of peach, great mouth feel, heat perfectly tempered to make you take it slowly, wonderfully savory lingering finish.
Holland Herald — The Air Issue
The cover of the September issue of KLM's magazine: "your copy to keep."
Gardener's Color Wheel
From the website:
Planning Your Color Scheme in the Garden
What different colors and shades go together? This important point comes up every time you're arranging flower beds and borders — and our Color Wheel will answer all your questions.
Opposites Produce Contrast: Harmony Produces Calm
This old saying goes for plants too: opposites attract, like and like create harmony. The complementary shades red and green, yellow and violet, and blue and orange are located directly opposite one another on the wheel, so color partners can be found easily and stark contrasts softened by checking with the various shades and strengths of the complementary pairs in question — as shown on the Color Wheel. To create harmony, put together adjacent shades belonging to related color groups, that is, those that have one color component in common, like Red-Orange, Orange and Yellow-Orange in various shades. Another way of looking at things — again with the help of the Color Wheel — is whether you’d prefer to have a combination of relatively warm colors like red, orange and yellow, or cold combinations like green, blue and violet.
Color-printed wheel card with damp-protective coating. Non-fade. Ø 23.5 cm. Comes with detailed instruction booklet.
Improve your putting? There's an app for that.
"iPING connects to your putter and uses the iPhone's motion sensor to record swing speed and angle of impact. It even compares your stroke with the pros'."
Free*, the way we like it.
*Darrell Eager reviewed it as follows: "Ripoff! Free software — then you have to pay $30 for the decoder ring holder. How lame, a cheap gimmick, I thought you were classier than this."
It's not clear to me if Mr. Eager was referring to Apple or PING in his criticism, but clearly he's one unhappy camper.
[via Men's Journal]
Shark Attack Cutlery
"Town of Cats" — by Haruki Murakami
The story appears in the latest issue (September 5) of The New Yorker.
Free, the way we like it.
Fair warning: there goes the day.
I'd advise anyone who wants to read it at their leisure to either print it out or save it as a PDF file because free things of this quality have a way of going away when you aren't looking.
A second fair warning, that itself an unusual event.
So much so that I believe it's the first time it's ever happened.
Is that unusual enough for you?
Even if you don't care for Murakami, someone you know does; send them the link and make their day.
And how apt the timing of this post, following as it does that iPhone cat case.
Hungry Cat iPhone Case
From the website:
This zipper pouch is inspired by Simba, my ginger cat [top].
He will eat anything you need to keep safe in your bag.
Perfect for your iPhone, iPod or camera.
Each one is handmade so it will be very similar to the one in the photos, but maybe not exactly identical.
Designed by me and made by hand from soft hand-dyed ginger wool.
8 x 13 cm (3.1" x5.1").
It is roomy enough for an iPhone with the rubber "bumper" on.