kintsugi kashakas repair

Kintsugi Kashakas

I ordered a pair of kashakas from Ghana, but they got crushed in the mail. So I pulled out some lacquer to repair them, and I sprinkled some gold dust on top to give them a kintsugi look.

Kashakas are rhythm instruments that have a skilltoy appeal to them. They consist of two gourds with a rope between them.

chorizo skillet

Cooking With Chorizo

This year I’ve been mostly learning to cook Chinese dishes (Ma Pa Tofu, Salt & Pepper Tofu, Stir Fry Rice, etc.), but recently I’ve put the wok away and have been cooking with chorizo. My favorite dish so far is this chorizo and egg skillet recipe, but I add beans and tortillas. I also like to use our own broth instead of water with chicken boullion cubes.

It’s interesting to compare the chorizo from Casa Gaudalupe with the chorizo from Avedano’s up on Bernal.

Yo-Yo Magic Tricks

When I used to work at a yo-yo kiosk, I used to prank my co-workers with these yo-yo magic tricks. I had been meaning to film them for years, but it wasn’t until I heard this funny episode of the 2.0 podcast that I finally got around to filming it. I used a short audio clip from that podcast in part one of my yo-yo magic trick videos.

See if you can figure out how I did them:

Hints: There is no editing or post production used in these tricks. They can be done in person. The tricks don’t involve the string around my wrist either. That’s just something I wear all the time.

“Andorsand Interrobang”

It’s been a year or two since I thought about the Andorsand, a silly glyph I concocted for “and/or”, but today I found a song called “Andorsand Interrobang” by Bob Bralove, Henry Kaiser and Chris Muir. It’s a spacey synthy driven instrumental that really slaps:

The andorsand has also made appearances in this 99% Invisible article and a recent episode of the Secretly Incredibly Fascinating podcast.