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- A new icon for spring:

- I now have tickets to see Stars of the Lid with James Blackshaw and Lichens at St. Giles-in-the-Fields church in May. I don't think there could be a more amazing venue for this. It is perfect.

- Our motorcyclist friends, Jocke and Caz, have invited us to join them at the Nürburgring in Germany next month. I get the feeling I'm going to have to go around it at least once.

- Jackie is feeling well enough to start up my French lessons again.

- I voted in the primaries and I'm not afraid to say I voted for Barack Obama - I made my decision a long time ago. Macsen laughed as I threw the Republican ballot on the floor with disgust. It is a small thing, but it was satisfying.

- I went to a wedding. Our dear friends Andy and Zoe decided to get married after 14 years of being together. I think it was just a good excuse for a party. :)

- After 7 years of livejournal friendship cameo and I finally met while she was in London last week. We went out to dinner at St. John Restaurant joined by her partner, Maciej, and friends Adrian and Margaret. It was fantastic finally meeting after all this time, we'll have to get over to San Francisco someday.

squid with fennel and monksbeard ~ roasted bone marrow with a parsley and
caper salad and sel de gris ~ oysters

snipe, which Cameo arranged the head to kiss beak-to-beak in a macabre display
of post-mortem affection.

roast middlewhite with braised shallots ~ salt beef with beetroot salad and horseradish

freshly baked madelines! ~ steamed ginger pudding

- Albums I'm enjoying lately: Arbol -You Travelled My Heart Inside Out, Giuseppe Ielasi - August, and Evan Bartholomew - Borderlands. I'm not biased because the Arbol album has a song titled Nomi, but it is what first caught my attention. Arbol is Miguel Marin, a former member of Piano Magic. He has three solo albums out, all are beautiful. I added one of his videos to my youtube favorites and he emailed me to thank me, I seized the opportunity and asked him what Nomi meant to him - he said it is the name of a town in Northern Italy and he used to go out with a girl there, the song would be played whenever they were together. I love getting the personal stories behind songs. Giuseppe Ielasi has several albums out, I recommend them all if you like ambient drone (August on 12k is my favorite, though). You may be familiar with Evan Bartholomew under his other name, Bluetech. He has been prolific recently releasing many albums over the winter, also under the name Evan Marc. His classical ambient has a cinematic feel to it.

Download: Arbol - Nomi / Giuseppe Ielasi - Untitled / Evan Bartholomew - Between Coming

Current Music:
Adam Pacione - a soft place to fall
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On February 21st, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC), whorlpool commented:
*fans self*

So...were you inspired to write a billion page thinly-disguised autobiography?

Way back when I lived in Charlottesville, two friends and I discussed Proust for three months, and we inaugurated our task with fresh madeleines. I have yet to recover. (But I am almost to the point where my reading ability in French is good enough to tackle it in the original.
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On February 21st, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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Haha - It was inspiring, but I'm afraid my writing could never live up to Proust so I settled for taking a photograph instead. They were perfect, ordered in advance so they were brought swiftly from the oven to our table still steaming. Biting into them was extremely enjoyable. I wish we had Macsen's French grandmother's old madeline pan, like a well-used crepe pan it had developed a natural coating (never clean them with soap, like a wok!) so the madelines never stuck or crumbled. I'm not sure what happened to it when she passed away, maybe thrown away which is a real shame. I'd still love to try making them sometime, we at least have her handwritten recipe still.

I'm envious you can (nearly) read Proust in French! I'm to the point where I can understand most song lyrics and it's amazing how much is lost in translation to English.. maybe someday soon I'll be able to tackle something heftier.
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On February 21st, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC), whorlpool replied:
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I'm reading Madame Bovary now; my ability to read in French is far, far advanced over my ability to speak or listen in it, so I'm envious of your ability to understand song lyrics. I can hardly do that in English sometimes.

Anyway, I just realized, it's the _next_ time you have fresh madeleines that you're going to suddenly vomit forth a Proustian masterpiece. Even this conversation will make it into your book. I, for one, can't wait!
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On February 21st, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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My ability to read French is far better than any other ability as well, speaking is my worst. My ears take a little while to click into listening to it, but once they do I can usually follow conversations. I still struggle with M's uncle who seems to speak a million words per minute and he's the one I have to impress to get the case of wine he promised me when I can carry out a coherent conversation with him!

Vomiting Proust sounds like a nasty affliction, is there a cure for that?

This conversation will definitely make it in.
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On February 21st, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC), whorlpool replied:
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Have you read Proust? Huge chunks of it about three quarters of the way through probably deserve to be vomited. I wanted to go back in time and kill him after four hundred excruciating pages of his obsessing about Albertine. However, the rest, including the final couple hundred pages, is the quintessence of sublimity.
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On February 22nd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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I've read segments of Proust, but never plowed through an entire work yet - not sure if by what you say I should skip to the end lest I end up wanting to murder him too. Still, it sounds like parts more than make up for it..

I've always wanted to read Madame Bovary, another that I've heard is best appreciated in French. I have a copy of the English version around here somewhere and I've been trying to decide what to read next, I think I may dust it off and give it a go!
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On February 22nd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC), whorlpool replied:
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Though the English version is very good, I'd recommend trying Madame Bovary in French. Except for the vocabulary (he uses a lot of description), there's nothing difficult about it. At first, you'll need to look up a lot of words, but after a while, the pace picks up. It's a brilliant book, and actually, I'm finding that the slower pace of reading it in French enhances the experience of it.
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On February 21st, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC), workroom commented:
ooh that arbol is beautiful! (as is your new icon! i'm ready for sprinnnnng!)
thanks for posting it for download!

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On February 21st, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm ready for spring to, I think it is going to be a good one. :)

check out the rest of Arbol's music, some of the loveliest electronic albums I've heard for awhile!
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On February 21st, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC), hal_obrien commented:
After so many years of b&w or low key portraits, that new icon's colour looks -- shocking. In a good way, of course. People want change. :)

"I went to a wedding... I think it was just a good excuse for a party."

Every wedding should be.
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On February 21st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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I want change too. :) Embrace colour!

"Every wedding should be."

Very true, our wedding was a blast.. a lot of heart went into it from friends and family. I still get people telling me it was the best they had been to, which I hope is true. :)

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On February 21st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC), asphalteden commented:
I like it when the colors in your photos are so whacked out you can't tell what color your eyes are.

That Ielasi is a gem! Onto my wishlist it goes!
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On February 21st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm surprised you hadn't heard him before! Check out all of his albums, I've enjoyed them all so far; the latest I listened to was Bellows with Nicola Ratti which comes close to August for me. Really good stuff!

On the subject of 12k I just checked out Willits + Sakamoto's Ocean Fire today and had a hard time taking it off repeat. I can see why this is a favorite of yours already.

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On February 21st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC), evan commented:
Cameo knows everyone!
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On February 21st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
so do you. both of your names come up on my FOAF page too often

then again, you have the upper hand since you know my roommmate
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On February 21st, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Haha - it certainly feels that way! We seem to share quite a few mutual acquaintances.
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On February 21st, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC), dawaioser commented:
I love the lighting color at their wedding...or is that something you did with your photo's? Between that, the confetti, and fresh Madelines ~ it all looks divine.

You know what? I just remembered this. I made Madelines for my 1st wedding. That was the best part of the ordeal.
(*Insert ze snarky laugh here*) ';)

The name Cameo reminds me of the 80's band. Now I want to sing "Word Up!"

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On February 21st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
The photos of the reception are all the lighting that was present, I didn't alter the saturation on those at all. I still need to try making making madelines, I suspect they won't last for more than a few seconds out of the oven though. :)

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On February 24th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC), m00t commented:
I'm a Barrack Obama Delegate to the district caucus. Wee!

What annoys me is that the (Washington State) Primary is 100% meaningless. They count it, but they don't do anything with the votes. The caucuses are the only things used to determine the number of delegates.

Love the new icon :)
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