The Final Shot

Thanks to Matthew Wilder for alerting me to W.S. “One-Take Woody” Van Dyke’s final film. I’m a fan of the THIN MAN films and have delved lightly into his other ’30s work, particularly the first two TARZANs and SAN FRANCISCO, but I haven’t been systematic and I didn’t even know JOURNEY FOR MARGARET (1942). 673 more words


The west of New Zealand is known for it’s expansive and often unruly coastline, with long stretches of sandy beach spilling into rolling hills. Living in Wellington, I’m super fortunate that the west coast of North Island starts only a short while a way. 258 more words


Two movies for Veterans Day - night capper

For two truly great films that capture the beginning & the end of World War II, that do full honors & respect those who served, don’t miss 1945’s   123 more words

Night Capper


Singapore did not have any waves to offer, however the food was worth the trip. This video shows our journey to the hawkers centres in downtown Singapore using public transport. Enjoy!

// Axel & Julia

Finding Koji in Australia

I’m not quite sure how this happened. I read one fermenting cookbook that mentioned nukkado, then another, then I found an article that mentioned using Koji to inoculate meat and give it a funky unami taste. 491 more words

Experimental Cookery

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3: "The Search" Parts I + II

I’ve completed my re-watch of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Now it’s time to start Deep Space Nine! I am much less familiar with this show, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen about 80-90% of the episodes.  1,266 more words

Eclectic Theist


I had a pearl of great worth.

I put it in a box– hid it away.

Too dangerous to let anyone know about it.

It was worth too much. 270 more words