Did you know that squirrels were introduced to the cities as part of a beautification effort? That they used to be exotic animals that rich people kept for pets? If you want to dive down that rabbit hole, visit the Uptown Squirrel episode on 99% Invisible. I’ll probably still be here when you get back.
Speaking of squirrels, apparently John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, said that the electrical grid is FAR more likely to be disrupted by squirrels than by cyber warfare. So says a highly secret, deep dark-web site that anyone can go to by following this link, CyberSquirrel. There, the squirrels document their activities “on the highest level”.
Now, wait ’til you see this. It’s amazing. Take a big sheet of paper, okay? Cut a silhouette of an octopus out of it. Now get a load of Masayo Fukuda‘s. Don’t beat yourself up: She’s been doing this for 25 years. A-maz-ing.
While we’re talking about wonderful animals, check out Lisa Ericson’s animal paintings. In her work, animals are migrating on the backs of pelicans and testudines, usually in company with other animals. She says she’s fusing the concept of animal migration with the reality of the human refugee crisis. Or crises, I should say. The paintings are gorgeous, and the feeling behind them is palpable. There’s more magnificence on her website.
Okay. A few times a month, I get emails from websites that cite some random thing I’ve blah-blahed about as evidence that my “readership” — all seven of you — will be interested in some article on their website. Usually, I go “BE-lete” and hit my favorite button. Sometimes I mock them publicly. Sometimes, though, they do interest me. So I got an email from Alice Springfield of Bookmundi, who thought the readers of a blah-blah blog would love an article about Indonesian dishes. Not recipes, just pictures and descriptions.
And I was like, “If I cared what my readers wanted, I’d tailor my posts.” But I checked out the article, and I love it and I do recommend it. For one thing, it has a pronunciation guide and it tells you about the dish. The site? Bookmundi is a tour-booking site. Another thing on the article Ms. Springfield recommended: FOOD TOURS! Who knew there was such a thing? Mom and I would totally have been on one of those!
I looked up reviews of Bookmundi and it got raves. They don’t just go to Indonesia, either. They have over 100 food tours all over the world!!! Okay, yeah, other kinds of tours, too.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off on a food tour of my refrigerator.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a food tour.