Showing posts with label reblog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reblog. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 11

10E2292: Smoke Your Own Salmon - Tim Hayward

The fine art of the reblog... via the Guardian: "Tim Hayward visits London's Billingsgate fish market, a builder's merchant, sources some electrical equipment on eBay [Amazon -ed.] ... then shows us how to combine his unusual purchases to produce the finest home-smoked salmon". Automatic reblog...

Mentioned this guy Tim Hayward a few times before (start here); he is a British foodwriter/do-er, and along with his wife has revitalized an old bakery in Cambridge, England called Fitzbillies. As well as writing for the Guardian and FT he has a book out called Food DIY (easier to get in UK). As he says in the clip below "not suggesting you do it every week... just do it once, understand how it operates, how it works and reconnect...". Beyond just smoking a bit of salmon, I'd suggest the "it" he means here is our relation to food in general. Good stuff. He also does a solid line in twitter chat - especially when on the late-train back from London... @timhayward.

Thursday, July 26

10E2007r: Splash

Full on reblog... a few years back now [a lifetime in blog years -ed]) AContinuousLean posted Could This Be The Preppiest Movie Ever, citing the modern classic Trading Places. Cracking. Stealth pick though for the everyman preppy; Splash. Hear me out...

Morning suit on the beach in Cape Cod (sidenote; landcruiserJeep Honcho? and hey... check the moron twin's maroon rugby), golden fleece at the raquetball club, OCBD's with windbreaker/cord jacket/letterman, then for dinner it is blue blazer and grey flannels. Not bad Mr. Alan Bauer.

The "lobster" scene here is definitely on my mind whenever soft shell lobsters are around - the idea that they are not at least 99% as good as hardshells I think is BS by the middle men... Early/molted lobsters seem to be more briney than any others IMHO - having climbed down in the hull of a lobsterboat on Nantucket to pull out 2lbers. You can rip them with your teeth - like Madison in the scene below.  #sidebenefit

Said before but this was the first VHS movie we owned (second was Trading Places I think) back when a 'remote' for your vcr was a 6foot cable. I think I can repeat both movies verbatum...

Friday, March 2

damn yak dry goods -axe holster

This product handmade by one of our contacts. Tested to be rock solid, and v affordable ($36 + s/h). Paraphrasing the blurb below but head over to DamnYak to read more or email Chris directly: damnyak(at)

The Damn Yak Dry Goods Axe Holster. Simple in form, and strong to deliver. 12 oz. Veg Tanned Tooling leather. Leather is flat brass riveted on either side by hand through all layers of leather equaling 1/2" thick. The flat rivets prevent marring on your waistband as well as your axe. The holster can accommodate up to a 2" belt.

The para-cord keeper strap is 550# US made in a deep red colour. The cord lock is a US made ITW Nexus Ellipse, one of the best on the market. Para-cord can be removed if you are so inclined with no outward damage to the holster or can be left and pushed aside. The other bonus of the para-cord is its field serviceable; a new cord and lock could be easily installed without any special tools. Leather treated with US made Obenauf's LP for weather protection.

Holster does not need to be used just for axes, can be used for almost all hammers, small travel tripods, and other tools that need to be at your side with a diameter of about 2". Available now for $36 US or CAD each. Shipping will be calculated on a one on one basis (email for quote), and will be exact charges rounded up to the nearest dollar. Hit me up at damnyak(at)

Tuesday, December 6

reblog -carmex

"Alfred Woelbing was a buyer at a Chicago department store back in 1937, but he didn’t much like working in the big city. So he began his own business, making silver polish in the basement of his home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It paid the bills, for the time being.

Alfred then decided to create a home remedy for a pesky condition that he’d often suffered: cold sores. After much experimentation over a hot plate, Alfred created Carmex, and then proceeded to sell it to pharmacies by going door to door. If they weren’t interested in purchasing his product, he gave them a dozen jars for free—along with a post card for a re-order. He figured that if he could sell one jar at every drug store in Milwaukee and Chicago, he and his wife could make a decent living.

It wasn’t long before Alfred’s home-based business was booming. Apart from a wartime hiatus in production due to lanolin rationing, Alfred’s company—now known as Carma Labs—grew steadily. For 35 years, Alfred made sales calls in Wisconsin, Illinois and parts of Indiana. He remained president of the company until his death in May, 2001...

Alfred died at age 100. Up until the age of 96, Alfred worked 8-hours a day, driving over 40 miles to get to work. Even after he stopped his daily routine, his presence was still felt. His son and grandsons continue the Carmex lip balm tradition today."
-paraphrased from MyCarmex.
Iconic original jar imho, though no shock that the original cold sore purpose slightly downplayed in the jar's later iteration as below. Slight irony alert that a product to treat cold sores can help spread them if you use an infected person's jar... I guess "don't share" is the answer at all times. Anyone else keep a jar in the glovey that either melts in summer or is rock hard in winter? I should probably rethink that habit.

The tubes (introduced in 1988) might be easier to work with in winter but something about the milky glass of the jars is so great. The smell is pleasant and the mouth feel is tingly due to camphor and menthol. Further ingredients.

Monday, December 5

whole larder love -gets cooking

Rohan Anderson of Whole Larder Love gets busy with a pesto made from gone-by rocket (called arugula in the US) and local (that is Australian) cheese and other ingredients. Fantastic. This guy is publishing a tabletop book of his blog but I'll say it again, thinking a cooking show might be in order as well...

Thursday, November 24

these guys are back this w/e -statler and waldorf

After Felix and Oscar, but before Randolph and Mortimer there was Statler and Waldorf. They are every suited man's yin and yang... tweed suit (Waldorf) or pinstripes (Statler). Both shooting the french cuffs like absolute pimps btw... Looking forward to see them on the big screen this w/e with the family. Blue steel as below.

Wednesday, November 23

a boy's thanksgiving day

Serendipitous browsing is a term, commonly used to describe a physical library experience; the accidental find of a useful item that was catalogued and shelved near the item the reader wanted. It has been taken up as one of the benefits of libraries and physical research (rather than online). Others conversely believe online browsing is fantastic for serendipitous learning. Not the exact same thing, but I'll take them both. Myself, love rummaging in a library and finding books you never heard of.

Looking through the cookery/homesteading shelves at the Somerville Public Library found this pamphlet shaped item, The American Frugal Housewife. Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy (1833) by Lydia Maria Francis Child.

Have you ever heard of A Boy's Thanksgiving Day?? How about it's common title Over the River and through the Woods? She wrote that too. Child was born in nearby Medford, MA, infact her grandfather's house (of "to grandfather's house we go..." fame) is a mile away from the serendipitous Somerville library shelf. V cool. The lady herself sounds like she was a real force; abolitionist, women's rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist, author... Remember this is only 50 years after the United States gained independence.

Back to the serendipitous find though; The American Frugal Housewife title prepares you. Plenty of tough love, lack of frivolity and children being "seen and not heard" type of stuff but also definable ways to take care of your possessions, re-use things, grow vegetables etc. The intro sentences are great;
The true economy of housekeeping is simply the art of gathering up all the fragments, so that nothing be lost. I mean fragments of time, as well as materials. Nothing should be thrown away so long as it is possible to make any use of it, however trifling that use may be; and whatever be the size of a family, every member should be employed either in earning or saving money.

'Time is money.' For this reason, cheap as stockings are, it is good economy to knit them. Cotton and woollen yarn are both cheap; hose that are knit wear twice as long as woven ones; and they can be done at odd minutes of time, which would not be otherwise employed. Where there are children, or aged people, it is sufficient to recommend knitting, that it is an employment.

In this point of view, patchwork is good economy. It is indeed a foolish waste of time to tear cloth into bits for the sake of arranging it anew in fantastic figures; but a large family may be kept out of idleness, and a few shillings saved, by thus using scraps of gowns, curtains, &c.
You can see/read it all via googlebooks. Irony of an objectifiying blog recommending a book on frugality does not escape...

Wednesday, November 9

liberty tool co.

H.G. "Skip" Brack salvages tools from all over New England to resell at affordable prices, in an effort to support his local economy and craftsmen. Further reading

This wentup on ACL yday, and a 10e reader sent it in too. "If we don't have it.." etc.

Tuesday, November 8

miso, tempura and sushi -via the guardian

Great videos via The Guardian featuring Yoshinori Ishii, executive chef at Japanese restaurant Umu in London. Somewhere he makes the comment "Western cooking is about mixing flavors whereas Japanese is about taking them away, revealing the essence of a flavor". Almost makes you believe you could do this... Keep the batter cold, that is secret of tempura. Nice, got it now. [Guardian vids are often a bit glitchy to embed, you can start here if needed.]

Plus, just found the perfect gift for the man who has everything. Shark skin grater, to grate your own wasabi fresh from the root. $15 for a small one.

Friday, October 14

how to tell the difference.... -via caught by the river

I hope this series continues. All illustrations by Jon McNaught for the excellent Caught By The River. Bit more info at the end...

How to tell the difference between a swallow, a swift and a house martin.

How to tell the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket.

How to tell the difference between a frog and a toad.

How to tell the difference between a primrose and a cowslip.

Cover illustration by Jon McNaug again. This new release An Antidote To Indifference is "the inky version of Caught By The River". If you dont have CBTR (to its friends) on your reading list, it began as a site passionate about angling, music, books, films, nature and pubs and has added everything from watching birds and urban rambling to poetry, art and gardening. Sound a little Radio 4 for you? It is fantastic. Really encourage you to take a look.

Anyhow, this printed work An Antidote To Indifference is basically a bionic fanzine. As they say; "Some of the pieces have appeared on the site before, a few are previously unpublished and any mistakes are unintentional – the budget didn’t stretch to a subeditor. As with here on the site, An Antidote To Indifference is all about the writing. Limited quantities of the fanzine will be available through the Caught By The River webshop. This is a one off print-run, once it’s gone, it’s gone!"

Friday, October 7

reblog -a celebration of facial hair in the (massachusetts) legislature

"Changes in facial hair styles have a long history, and until recently were primarily guided by the ruling monarch or clergy, some even specifying in law or edict which class of men should shave and which should grow their beards. The last true heyday of facial hair in the United States occurred in the last half of the 19th century when, heavily influenced by European trends, men grew all styles of moustaches, sideburns and beards...

As shaving technology advanced (led by Massachusetts-based King C. Gillette) beards began to fall out of fashion. By the early 1900s a safety razor with disposable blade made it easier, safer and less expensive for men to shave regularly.

Today there is a resurgence of men growing full and intricate moustaches and beards. With the second annual National Championships of Beard Team USA set for this weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania I thought it appropriate to comb [OH! -ed] our digital collection for a few fine examples of beards and moustaches from the past. Please click over to the State Library's newest Flickr set, "A Celebration of Facial Hair Trends in the Legislature" to see some amazing styles and learn a bit about the men who wore them so elegantly."

- Lacy Stoneburner, Preservation Librarian

Photo and text reproduced with consent from the excellent State Library of Massachusetts blog.

Monday, September 26

"made right here" -via allplaidout

Max Wastler and Joe Gannon (the guys behind Buckshot Sonny's btw) have another project they have finally revealed. The idea is for a video program highlighting various craftspeople around the nation but also some perhaps otherwise unsung manufacturing types;
The show is called Made Right Here. It's our desire to not only show how it's made, not only where it's made, but to also show the people who make it. We want to tell their stories... These people are craftspeople who've dedicated their lives to mastering a skill, a skill that is really tough to do.
-via AllPlaidOut

Over the years there have been a few "made in the USA" type shows so I asked Max point blank, so what makes yours different? His reply:
"We are interested in drawing out the story of the maker and in learning how to make it ourselves. I want to learn more about Nestor at I+W or the woman at L.L. Bean who shucks the barnacled rubbers.

We want to show that these people exist. Give them a platform to talk about what they love -- at work and away from work. My favorite quote from Pointer was when I commented on a woman's Victorinox watch, she replied, "Smoking paid for that watch." as in Marlboro.

Those kinds of stories, struggle and triumphs of America's workers, that's what I'm interested in. The why behind the creation of product in a place where it's really expensive to get stuff made. Make sense?"
Completely. I was sold at barnacled rubbers... Has to be said the back and forth between talkative Max and quiet man Joe is part of the draw too. Watch the pilot teaser here.

Wednesday, September 21

over at secret forts -fall 3

James W. of Secret Forts is running his Fall 3 campaign again this year; where he asks some usual suspects what they are looking forward to for the coming months. I'm punching a little above my weight in this crowd, but have a look here.

Housekeeping; if you have been following Secret Forts but haven't looked in a while, note he went full-bore domain name; now at

Thursday, September 15

twe12ve -absinthe films

Twe12ve, from Absinthe Films (Props to these guys who actually use real film sometimes. The cost is like standing on your rented yacht and ripping up $50 bills). Great mix of inventive urban and bigger jumps/mountains. Trailer features practically zero lifestyle shots, nice change right. Think I even saw a slow backside 180... Found via YoBeat. Further reading about the filming at ESPNActionSports

Tuesday, August 16

Friday, August 12

filson thermos sling thingy

Blaze = automatic reblog. I have a rule set in the rss feeder... From Filson, seen on HypeBeast.

Thursday, August 4

n'east style -jeezum crow

10engines neighbour N'East Style has a great series of illustrated New England sayings happening. Jeezum Crow is the latest.

Like similar oaths (jimminy crickets etc), jeezum crow is a thinly veiled blasphemy. Highly regional, almost confined to New England, and according to the Dictionary of Regional English (DARE) it likely sprung from Vermont and upstate New York vernacular speech.

Sidenote: if you have been waiting for the final instalment (Sl-Z, vol.5) of DARE to be published, the end is in sight. It is with the publisher and set for release in 2012. Via.

Here is more info on DARE. Fascinating resource;
Like other dictionaries, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is arranged alphabetically by headword, from A to Z. What is different about DARE is that it shows where people use the words that are included. We all know, for example, that Americans have many names for the kind of sandwich that includes meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, etc., served in a long bun.

What DARE can tell you (and can often illustrate through the use of maps based on fieldwork) is where the words hero, hoagie, grinder, sub, torpedo, Cuban, etc. are the local terms for this sandwich...

And what about the words people use for the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street? Boulevard, devil strip [great phrase -ed.], grass plot, neutral ground, parking, parking strip, parkway, terrace, tree bank, tree belt, and tree lawn are just a few of them.

Tuesday, August 2

duck head -don't call it a comeback

Been on the lookout for Duck Head to relaunch over the past few years, and looks like it has actually happened. The Trad posted something today, check it here.

Duck Head has a southern heritage, but the Vermont Country Store in Weston, VT used to stock them in the 80's. I have a perfect-storm photo somewhere of me in a Duck Head tshirt sitting on the bumper of a Subaru, in Maine. Circa 1985. Think Pops liked them cause they were cheap *cough* mid-priced and also the name was similar to his favourite insult... #FH.

Their site has a "history of" video and you can geek out on the beginnings of duck cloth, their role in providing army uniforms in WWII, their sponsorship of Hank Williams and so on.

Since you asked, no these pants are not made domestically. A contact there expressed some reservation that $80 khakis might not sell, but the window may be open to developing a Made In The USA category. Sub-$50 khakis are still my unicorn, but since these guys almost invented the market segment I bet they could sell $80 w/o too much trouble...

I hope they revert to keeping things plain and simple and good rather than a offering a million items, but in the meantime, use DWH186520 for a 20% discount right now.