The Boston Symphony was performing Beethoven’s Ninth. In the piece, there’s a long passage about 20 minutes during which the double basses have nothing to do. Rather than sit around the whole time looking stupid, some bassists decided to sneak offstage and go to the tavern next door for a quick one. After slamming several beers in quick succession (as double bassists are prone to do), one of them looked at his watch. “Hey! We need to get back!”
"No need to panic," said a fellow bassist.
"I thought we might need some extra time, so I tied the last few pages of the conductor’s score together with string. It’ll take him a few minutes to get it untangled."
A few moments later they staggered back to the concert hall and took their places in the orchestra. About this time, a member of the audience noticed the conductor seemed a bit edgy and said as much to her companion.
"Well, of course," said her companion. "Don’t you see?
It’s the bottom of the Ninth, the score is tied, and the bassists are loaded.”
Sabi van Hemert is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that are a fusion between child and animal. Her sculptures have a quality of alternately denying and confirming what you think you see in them and what feeling they give you. Because it is not immediately clear what you are seeing, the relation between viewer and sculpture is more complex.
Vegetarian gravy is currently one of my favourite things to cook (and eat) so I made a pattern and here’s the recipe:
Vegetarian mushroom gravy (adapted from this recipe)
1 small onion
2 medium mushrooms (I like closed cup/buttons)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock (half a stock cube + water)
Mince onion in a pan, fry in a little butter/oil at low heat for about 10 minutes and stir every once in a while to avoid burning. Finely chop mushrooms, add to onion and cook for another 10 minutes. Add butter and flour, mix together while still cooking until it looks a bit like dough, then add vegetable stock. Stir until smooth and leave it on the hob for a few more minutes depending on how thick you like your gravy (or add some water to thin it out).
Beardies are like little solar panels. In the sun they flatten out their body like a pancake, and direct it in the direction of the suns rays. They also darken the black parts of their body for better UV absorption.
”I need a bear for my cosplay. You need a what? A bear. 5 years, an exotic pet license, and 15,000 dollars later we get this. Dedication…”
that’s a fucking bear