The periodic table of tastes, and how to cook with them

One of the more confusing bits of childhood science education is learning that there are only four or five tastes (textbooks have been slow to add the fifth taste, commonly called umami or savouriness, even thought it was discovered over a hundred years ago).* How can all the flavours, from chocolate to broccoli, be broken down into just five simple components – sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury?

Continue reading

Share

A short Star Trek thing

Normally I’d just complain about this on Facebook or wherever, but since it’s also a spoiler for the season finale of Star Trek Discovery, I decided to put it here on the blog. Spoilers after the jump!

Continue reading

Share

Sneaky Thoughts: I, Tonya

Someone suggested today that I should make a habit of writing little reviews of the films we get at Sneak Preview. So, why not?

Tonight’s film was I, Tonya, a biopic of Tonya Harding, the ice skater who became globally infamous after her rival Nancy Kerrigan was beaten in an attack linked to Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly – and possibly Harding herself.

Continue reading

Share

Play: Human of the Year

This is a play we wrote for a Play in a Day event. It’s not exactly as performed (the director and actors did a good job of cutting it down and neatening it up a bit), but not bad for a night’s work.

Human of the Year (PDF)

Share

Frankfurt Sneak Statistics IV – Sne4k

Here we are again.* A year of Frankfurt movie sneak previews, in statistics! You can see 2014, 2015 and 2016, now without further ado, here’s 2017!

Continue reading

Share

Thoughts: Promise of Shadows, by Justina Ireland

This book found its way onto my TBR list because a friend found it on Goodreads and the summary sounded like amazing, silly fun to fill the impending Kitty Norville-shaped hole in my life. I want to say it sounded “trashy”, but before I do I want to make it clear that to me, “trashy” means fun, easy to read, dramatic, audaciously pleasure-seeking (which I don’t mean to sound like an act of radical whateverism, just that I envy people who can write without embarrassment about angst and badassery and fun, a concept I find perfectly embodied in the phrase “super-hot Brazilian were-jaguar“). I hold good trashy novels in very high esteem. They take a lot of skill to write well, and I hate that “trashy” contains the word “trash” and that there’s no other good word that means the same.

Anyway, all this is moot because Promise of Shadows wasn’t very good.

Continue reading

Share

Thoughts: A Tale For The Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

This isn’t going to be a nuanced piece at all, just to warn you. There won’t be any analysis of technique or meaty musings on style and technique and effect. This is going to be a gush. You have been warned.

Continue reading

Share

Short Story: The Judgement of Dr Solomon, Neurologist

Does this count as a story? A work of some kind of fiction anyway.

Continue reading

Share

Thoughts: Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare

Thank you all for accompanying me on this journey. I feel much better now that I’ve written out my feelings on this trilogy. Also, spoiler alert ahead. All the others had spoilers alerts too, but this is the finale so spoilers are bigger.

The thing is, getting out all my frustrations on Clockwork Angel/Prince has made it a lot easier for me to just sit back and enjoy the pure ridiculous drama of the climax. And you know what? After her regrettable Jem blip in Clockwork Prince, I think Clare did the love triangle a lot more justice this time around. It felt like a proper triangle, where every side held up the others, and I do like the idea of being able to love more than one person, especially in YA fantasy, where everything is fated this and eternal that. See? She can do it when she tries!

Well sure, her secondary characters will always and forever be paired off with robotic efficiency, but still!

Continue reading

Share

Thoughts: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

You’ll be glad to know that this is much shorter than my ramble on about Clockwork Angel. Most of what I said there still holds here, so let’s just take all that as a given. Now that we’re in the middle of the story, I want to get into the meat of the themes and plot.

Continue reading

Share