Saw the PoBPaH at Slims earlier this month. They put on a really great show, one I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I did. Afterward I bought their new album. This is one of my favorite songs from it.
Found this old video from my Six Apart days. I put peppermint patties into the ice dispenser -- which seemed like a great idea -- but turned out to not work very well. My friend Nick made this great silent film to commemorate the occasion.
I am so tired of hearing about bacon. Look, I get it. You like the taste of bacon. You'd eat bacon for every meal. You'd eat it in ice cream, on donuts, and in chocolate. Any food in which bacon has not been a traditional ingredient for more than 10 years, you would definitely be game to put bacon up in there and eat it.
Now, for full disclosure, I don't eat bacon or any meat. But this isn't about a meat/not meat thing. I'd love to hear about some new kind of sausage. I enjoy watching cooking shows where they do things like dress a turkey by sliding basil leaves under the skin. Does that dish contain a whole tiny bird? Wow!
What I'm sick of is this endless fascination with bacon COMBINED with the idea that nobody else has ever reached the conclusion that they think bacon is delicious. Here are some example conversations:
Hipster A: I was making coffee this morning...
Hipster B: Yah?
Hipster A: ...and I totally used bacon to stir in sugar and cream.
Hipster B: OMG, that sounds SOO good!
Marina Chick A: I bought cupcakes at Cupcake Kate's in to work today...
Marina Chick B: Ooh, I love cupcakes!
Marina Chick A: Well, you'll NEVER believe what they added to them... BACON!
Marina Chick A and B: Squeeee!
Financial Dude A: Hey brah, guess what I love?
Financial Dude B: Dude don't be gay.
Financial Dude A: Bacon dude, I love bacon.
Financial Dude B: Woah, I totally love bacon too!
Castro Boy A: I made mini lemon meringue pies for the party!
Castro Boy B: Oh sweetheart those are adoooorable.
Castro Boy A: Oh no, its better than that. I candied bacon and mixed it in!
Castro Boy B: NO.
Castro Boy A: I know, right?
Castro Boy B: NO!!
Castro Boy A: I know, right?
Castro Boy C: Its good because it has bacon in it!
...and so on.
So, I'm not saying that bacon isn't good and I'm not saying it shouldn't be tried in different foods. I'm saying that, at least in the Bay Area, its pretty much the most common ingredient in any kind of food possible. Its as common as having brown shoes. Or a car with four wheels.
And dressing your food up in something everybody loves a priori doesn't mean you're a great cook. It means you're an adult hitting a home run in the kiddie park; a slam dunk in your kid brothers nerf basketball hoop. It means you're serving bacon.
So please, enjoy bacon, bring it to parties and into work on sticks. But tone it down ok? It will still be good even if we stop constantly saying so.
As some of you know, I've been working very hard on an art project for Burning Man this year called the Solarium. The Solarium represents an increasingly digital world by depicting a very simple natural event, sunrise and sunset, in almost 600 color LEDs, once every nine minutes.
The Solarium provides an enclosed viewing area and displays the show along the inside of its domed ceiling, similar to a planetarium.
Power for the Solarium will come from the sun itself. An array of 300 watt solar panels will charge deep cycle marine batteries during the day and the batteries will run the show at night.
I need your help getting the Solarium completed. Please visit the Solarium's kickstarter page, watch the video and donate what you can!