One of the things i most enjoy on the internet is finding a review page comparing snack foods or beverages. It appeals to my obsession with other peoples collections, and my nostalgia for obscure treats. While catching up on Nenslopalooza today, i noticed Nenslo updated his Revista de Galletas Maria, a review of Maria cookies. Marias are a flat, round cookies originally produced in Europe in the late 1870's and quickly gained worldwide popularity. Today, at least in North America, we think of them as Mexican or Spanish cookies, but as this page shows, they are produced around the globe, with the Asian varieties usually called "Maries". Think animal crackers or arrowroot biscuits, sometimes with a little more sugar or vanilla in the mix. If that sounds good, they can be found in many places, you just haven't noticed them before - at K-Mart, Target or Meijer, at discount food stores, and at most dollar stores, sometimes two packs for a buck. Maybe it's an ethnic thing, but i'd agree with Nenslo that Mexico and particularly Spain make the best Marias, and he warns against the ones from Belarus!
While on the subject, let's point out a few other shiny snack sites on the web. Although Giant Robot printed the funniest and most comprehensive Asian beverage reviews, Jack Energy's site is one of the best drink rundowns i've seen. 8 Bit Joystick covers several of the most popular types of Pocky in a review of the sublime Men's Pocky. Unfortunately, he neglects my favorite green tea pocky.
At McSweeney's you can find Reviews of New Food, and Eric Silver describes one of my pleasures, Ojingaa Dang Kong, amazing peanut and squid balls. There are many dare foods in McSweeney's random sampling, and it's scary how many i have tried.
sweetnostalgia.com is actually a cyber shop specializing in old fashioned and regional candy. There are other such sites on the web, but at Sweet Nostalgia you can buy a bar at a time. If you want to try a Valomilk or an Idaho Spud, they're your go-to guys.
The best site i've found for mundane comfort snacks is taquitos.net. Homer Simpson is their culinary hero. They say they have 2875 snacks reviewed, so i'm a ways away from seeing it all! Mmmm... white cheddar fries!
You see me intermittently rant about copyfight and DRM issues here from time to time. i'm no expert, but my background as an artist and DJ makes me one of the obsessed. This journal entry from David Byrne's blog voices my frustration much better than i have, and, hey, David Byrne. Some folks might listen. Actually, it would appear that lots of folks are as CD sales, especially among big label artists, continue to drop.
First, check out Howard Hallis' Dr. Strange Custom Covers Project, just completed this month. The original Steve Ditko issues of Strange Tales featuring Doc, shared covers with a second feature. Howard has redesigned them to feature Dr. Strange. Be sure to click on the thumbnails - you can see notes, and what he put on the inside covers as well!
On another Ditko note, there's the new Steve Ditko Comics Weblog, which is both comprehensive and engaging. Both links from Neilalien, who covers the Dr. Strange waterfront.
These are grim times, and sometimes even the snarky need a little visual cuddle. Neat New Stuff On The Net points us to the wonderful Cute Overload, which is WAY better than it sounds. While there, check out "The Rules of Cuteness".
Izarra's cushy new chair arrived last week; now it's official - she has better clothes AND furniture than i do. She also got a new, more dramatic faceup to go with her "That Girl" wig. This is my first faceup attempt, and of course i'm very unsatisfied, but still it better suits her wigs and clothes, and we're going to keep it for at least a few weeks.
The cool Blue Zombie Monkey is made by Tiffany Funk, and found at The Book Beat. i love his cool leer, stitches, and bit of brain popping out. He was intended as a companion for my other sock monkey, Florence, but Izarra appropriated him as soon as he got in the door.
There are no close-ups, not because i'm trying to hide my painting mistakes, but because of my photography failures. More new Izarra face later with the braided wig, which looks pretty good!
Modern postcard of the corner of Nine Mile and Woodward in 1921. Right of center is the Crow's Nest, which the city of Ferndale plans to rebuild in the spring as an historic and artistic memorial. The car in the foreground is driving across streetcar rails which ran along Woodward Avenue. The perch sheltered traffic cops at the busy intersection on the first concrete highway in the US. The replica won't have a ladder or a working stop/go sign, which is probably wise, as drunken clubhoppers and Dream Cruisers could certainly pose a hazard.