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Kickstarter: Amy’s Mochi (Seattle)

Update: unfortunately, Amy decided to end the Kickstarter early due to insufficient funding, but hopefully she’ll try again! I really want to eat these mochi…

Look at these luscious hand-made mochi! I found this Kickstarter via Have You Nerd? and, readers, I need this in my life. Amy’s Mochi is fundraising to cover the costs of starting up in Seattle – kitchen equipment, website, marketing, research and development – with the intent to sell them at weekly events (farmers’ markets) and/or pop-up shops.

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Food Report: Sakura Season 2014

Part 2

First, I’m very jealous of you all in Japan enjoying or about to enjoy the sakura food! I like to follow food trends, so, for posterity, here are some foods from cherry-blossom season 2014. Most of these are from international brands and chains that localize their products for Japan.

Delicious yae-zakura (八重桜) Photo: マリマリ on Wikipedia.

Delicious (too) fresh yae-zakura (八重桜) Photo: マリマリ on Wikipedia.

Just a heads up: I’m not sponsored or compensated by any of these brands (or any brands at all), so if you’re reading my review of a product, it’s either my opinion or FOR SCIENCE.

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How to Source (Uncredited) Images, Part 2: How to Find an Image’s Source

Part 1: Image Sharing Etiquette

In part two of our seminar, we’ll be looking at how to find a source with Google Image Search and how to report and help others report stolen images.

Finding the Source

I’m always looking for new food tumblrs to follow, and every time I do, we do the unsourced dance:

Oh, a delightful tumblr, and the first five images have links and sources!
Oh…well, maybe this one is an original post from another tumblr?
:clicks back to “source”:
About Me: “None of these photos belong to me! #yolo”

Ironically, this gif's source is unclear.

Ironically, this gif’s source is unclear, other than that it’s from Brokeback Mountain.

So you found an unsourced image on tumblr or whatever fine purveyor of visual pleasure you prefer. How do you find the original?

Get your sleuthing hats on, readers. It’s time to be an Internet detective.

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That’s Mr. IPA to You: Making Sense of Responses to “Mouth-Raper IPA”

Warning: I’m going to write the word rape so many times it’s going to not sound like a word anymore. Also, there will be some discussion of beerbro comments and attitudes about rape culture.

Image via RateBeer.com

Image via RateBeer.com

If you’ve been following my social media, especially twitter, lately, you’ve seen the Rebecca Rose piece “Dude, ‘Mouth Raper’ Is Not What You Should Call Your Beer” on Jezebel, in which Rose recaps Beervana’s piece on Hop Valley’s “Mr. IPA” and whether the beer is actually called “MR IPA,” as in “Mouth-Raper IPA”; or “Mr IPA,” as in “Mister IPA, old sport.”

Hop Valley finally responded yesterday (17 Jan. 2014) to say that the proper name was “Mr. IPA”:

"We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created."

Text: “We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created.”

While the apology and action to correct the issue are appreciated, there are several points in this case to consider: Hop Valley’s slowness to act and uphold its online reputation, Beermongers’ (a Portland bar) attitude of patriarchal nonchalance, and the overall “boy’s club” attitude that exists not only in craft beer, but in gaming, academia, geekery, STEM, and anywhere that women are perceived as “lesser” consumers and producers.

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Posts from the Road: Rosette Tart of Versailles Teaser

I packed very light for my visit to my hometown this December, so I’ll be uploading some quick holiday-food-related shots here this week.

First of all, happy Christmas-birthday to Oscar François de Jarjeyes, the genderqueer heroine of my favorite manga, The Rose of Versailles (“Beru Bara,” or ベルサイユの薔薇). This shot was my second time (of three) making the tart, and the rose motif was the reason I wanted to try the tart in the first place. Recipe forthcoming!

The LINE photo app works as an on-the-go watermark creator.

The LINE photo app works as an on-the-go watermark creator.

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Avocado Cookies on Featured on HuffPo and Blisstree!

My avocado cookie recipe was featured on The Huffington Post‘s “5 Christmas Cookies for Every Diet” as well as Blisstree‘s “10 Christmas Cookie Recipes Featuring Superfoods.”

Screenshot from the HuffPo article.

Screenshot from the HuffPo article.

A couple notes:

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