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Nerd Ukulele Party

12 Dec

“Oh, Paris!” – Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele

Interesting stuff from some creative youngsters in Oxford, Mississippi

Like it? I haven’t quite decided yet.

Imagine, if you will, Spongebob meets Napoleon Dynamite.

Crazy, man. Crazy.

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50’s Pop Icon Bettie Page Dies

12 Dec

Obit Bettie Page

LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page’s family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

“She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality,” Roesler said. “She is the embodiment of beauty.”

Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.

Page mysteriously disappeared from the public eye for decades, during which time she battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.

After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.

“I don’t want to be photographed in my old age,” she told an interviewer in 1998. “I feel the same way with old movie stars. … It makes me sad. We want to remember them when they were young.”

Hate Fruitcake? Try This!

12 Dec

fruitcake

GOLDEN FRUITCAKE

MAKES 2 CAKES

Not all fruitcakes are dark, dense, and meant for “aging”. Some, like this version—inspired by Italy’s pandolce d’oro (literally sweet cake of gold)—are light in texture and color, and are best eaten sooner rather than later.

1 1⁄2 cups sliced almonds
3⁄4 cup candied lemon peel, minced
3⁄4 cup candied orange peel, minced
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup dried apricots, minced
1 cup dried peaches, minced
1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated
1 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground mace
1 tbsp. ground ginger
1⁄4 tsp. ground cloves
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1 cup dried white bread crumbs
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1⁄2 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Combine almonds, lemon peel, orange peel, raisins, apricots, peaches, apple, and orange liqueur in a large bowl and marinate at room temperature for 2 hours.

2. Generously grease 2 fluted, 4-cup tube pans. Sift flour, baking soda, mace, ginger, cloves, and salt together into a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs and set aside.

3. Beat butter with an electric mixer, gradually adding sugar and beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Gently fold in fruit and marinade, then spoon into pans.

4. Cover batter with lids or greased aluminum foil and place in a deep roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come one-third up sides of pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Unmold cakes while warm; cool before serving. (Store, wrapped in plastic wrap, in refrigerator for up to 1 week.)

“Kind of Blue” 50th Anniversary

12 Dec

Without a doubt the best jazz LP of all-time. Any arguments?