1. Dinner last night (and lunch today) was a modified version of Smitten Kitchen's baked chickpeas with pita chips and yoghurt
. I am delighted that I now have The Knowledge Of The Pita Chips, which I adore but have not been able to find at prices that don't make me cry in this country, and we consumed the lot. Variations were: I couldn't face acquiring tahini to make up the yoghurt dressing as described and just ate yoghurt; I also didn't bother with the pine nuts. The salad-y thing was equal volumes tomato, cucumber and parsley, and I didn't bother dressing it. (I really like parsley.) It was tasty. Would eat again.
2. Via inoru_no_hoshi
on the tweetrz, an exciting ScienceDaily summary
of a Nature Geosciences paper
on the topic of iron, the Earth, how it got here, and why it is where it is. tl;dr the vaporisation pressure of iron is significantly lower than we thought it was, which is why the Moon has sod-all of the stuff and not all of it on Earth has ended up in the core, even with the Late Veneer. There is the truism that Nature Geosciences
papers are always wrong (extensible to some extent to Nature
itself), but this looks pretty exciting to me.
3. My favourite band are releasing a new album called Elevator Music
and it makes me cry every single time. It is bitter and vicious and cynical about the space age and space exploration and generation ships and existentialism and forgettability, and I adore it. The Last Man Who Walked On The Moon
breaks my heart every single time, even the first time they played it in public and Simon warned us in advance that he hadn't finished writing the lyrics yet and did indeed end up singing "something something something something -ation" in the middle, because -- soon there will be no-one/left that I can call/just space suits in museums/with mission details on the wall
. And then breath/they simulate our breath/to make us feel at home
. And. This band
4. Dave Hughes and the Renegade Folk Punk Band
have also just released a new album, Rise, Again
. I have not got my act together to listen to it yet (see also: depression), but expect to find it comforting, because I love a lot of what these folk do. (Currently the lyric of theirs stuck in my head is is it a love song/if I tell you that I love you/but I can't see me sharing your bed?//though there are days/when I don't think of you/they rarely outnumber/those I do...
5. P thought it important I meet this baffling collection of photographs of unspoons
6. Music I have particularly enjoyed recently: Singzu Joint - Fly
and this one Taiwanese music video about marriage equality
(has English subs; warning: WILL MAKE YOU CRY)