Audioslave melancholy

There’s a side of me that loves listening to Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell, and then there’s the side of me that just digs “Like a Stone” by Audioslave. Whenever I hear it on the local alternative station, I react to it the in the same visceral way I do whenever Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” comes on. The song smolders with melancholy and a brooding anguish.

It’s like you don’t even have to know exactly what Chris Cornell’s singing, either. You can just kinda unfocus and grind along, then rock out in your head to the guitar solos.

Ice cream as medicine

Well, technically sorbet, not ice cream. But why quibble over details? Influenza_Pint_web__76291.1325274097.460.504Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has just come out with a flavor to battle the “death flu” that’s been going around this season. So far I haven’t succumbed to that flu in particular, but I’ve been grappling with the last vestiges of a wretched cold that’s also been going around, which my doc informed me has been lasting about two to three weeks for everybody. Great.

Anyhoo, Influenza Sorbet is made of orange and lemon juices, cayenne, ginger, Maker’s Mark bourbon, and honey. Jeni’s says of the concoction, “This is our flu-season fix. It’s proven to clear nasal passages, ease a sore throat, and soothe the body. It’s modeled on the home remedy my mother and grandmother made when anyone in the family was under the weather.” Cold cure, who knows, but I’ll take it—if I can find a local market that carries it.

(via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)

Update: Jeni’s has renamed Influenza Sorbet; it is now called Hot Toddy Sorbet and is sold seasonally only in Jeni’s scoop shops and online.

I love this—and have surrendered too often to my weakness for letterpress cards. It’s fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making them, especially when you realize just how much work goes into making something look easy. Reminds me of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry quote, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Spoken like a true editor!

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I learned how to print on a letterpress yesterday. It was an awesome experience. Here’s the back story; although most of the work I do is for the corporation I work for, from time to time we do pro bono work. Almost a year ago we did a letterhead system for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. As a thank you they allowed us to come for a day and learn to press type. It was just a small group of us, with lofty ideas. Quickly I figured out it takes a lot of time to set up type and prepare it for the press.

As you would expect, I took tons of pictures. The place is beautiful, full of old cool things including wood and lead type. There are drawers full of type and old advertising images. It was a surprise in each drawer. We probably spent the…

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