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Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


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Like my brownhouse:
   port and mycelia
Wednesday, December 21 2011
We didn't celebrate the first day of Hanukkah yesterday, but we celebrated the second day of it today, bringing down my copper-pipe menorah, lighting the candles (lighting them from the nearly week-old fire in the woodstove), and exchanging gifts. Gretchen had bought me a mushroom growing kit consisting of live Oyster Mushrooms mycelia in a medium of used coffee grounds. All I had to do was add water and wait. I'd bought her a bottle of port, knowing that it is one of her favorite alcoholic beverages.
In other Hanukkah-related news, something possessed me to carve a dreidel from an avocado pit. I'd been humming that goofy little diddy that goes "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay/And when you're dry and ready, oh dreidel I will play." So my thinking was, "How hard can it be to make one?" Not very, it turns out; mine only took about five minutes to make and, while it looked pretty convincing, its balance was off and it spun very poorly.

Later Gretchen and I watched the last 70% of the movie Kick Ass, which she had already started the other day. It's another movie about ordinary people who decide (for whatever reason) to become superheroes. As with Super, these superheroes are averse to bloodshed and murder. (Kick Ass might have nearly the same body count.) While none of the superheroes in Kick Ass have real super powers, the endogenous fighting abilities of Hit Girl (an eleven year old superheroine), essentially qualify. It's a better movie than Super, though it lacks Super's quirky psychopathological quality.

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