fairyarmadillo and I visited our friend Michael's gravestone for the first time yesterday. The QR code Nadja recommended works perfectly, even from this photo.
Inventor of the e-book, founder of Project Gutenberg, still digital from the grave. :)
They came to Minnesota.
From there, a package was mailed to me and fairyarmadillo.
Their names are Kathryn and Henrik.
THEY BROUGHT US FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
Wasa frukost? Depends, you talkin' apples or mangoes?
But honestly, the licorice and the cheese were the most fun. The fishes was delishes, so they got trimmed out of the video. :P You don't press play on these things to watch me going "OH MAN THIS ONE IS ALSO REALLY DELICIOUS FISH," do you?
Thank you so much, Denmark, for bringing unto us Kathryn and Henrik and their gifts of food.
Oh, hey, look...A VIDEO of us!
benjamin and Nadja
Stone Robot Enterprises
fairyarmadillo and I made Valentine's Day cards for each other as we laid in bed last night. She also made one for everybody with her little piggy, Zoot. :D
MINE FOR HER:
HERS FOR ME:
(Drawn in pencil, sorry for the bad scan)
[HEY! is one of the only things I shout with regularity, and yes, my Tourette's sometimes makes me throw things. :P]
The alarmingly amazing Nadja "fairyarmadillo" Robot has set up the first iteration of:
We currently have four images on four different products. They are:
LEMON MERENGUE PI:
We also take requests for products with other shitty drawings I've made or other great drawings that Nadja made.
OUR ERA BEGINS TODAY.
PACK A LUNCH.
AND GET ME A COFFEE.
Stone Robot Enterprises
It's in Ye Olde Schoole format, just me drawing random things. I had suggestion advice from the ever-lovely fairyarmadillo, and I'm very proud of our results.
Can't find another telephone, but I have had another rocket animal:
and another frog:
Enjoy your day, kids.
Once more unto the bleargh....
This time, kids, Matt Fear came along for the ride an he and I and Nadja had a hell of a time. Special thanks to Norma for the first and second cans. :D
Wanna know what we had?
It's the photo that's blurry, not the can.
Sounds like food....
When there's no pic on the can...
...you wonder if your lasers will even hit the mini cucumbers.
A curry spice in liquid form. Joy.
There is a fourth item, but you'll just have to wait and see. Pics of it will be below the video.
( If you've finished the video, you can click here. )
Moral of the Story?
One cannot protect against "viscosity,"--I'm looking at you, Castrol GX--because "viscosity" is a physical property of any liquid. One can change it through "thermal breakdown" but not remove it.
Also, this SYDHT was super fun.
benjamin, and by proxy, Nadja and Matt
In case you didn't hear, fairyarmadillo and I went to Shanghai. I took lots of photos. Nadja took a far more sensible amount.
In any event, my little brother Nate 1000 is living there right now, so we all hung out a lot. Pretty fucking awesome. We went into a Dia convenience store so that we could find some strange foods to eat. Nathan picked several, we picked several, and we all sat down at the hotel one night to film:
SHANGHAI NATHAN EDITION!
There are only a few pics of the food. Somehow we took pictures of everything in Shanghai but the packages for this stuff.
So be it, for this is one of my favorite SYDHT's.
As always, my tics get worse when on camera. Weird.
Also, mind your Halloween bags this year for "Dry Beef Hot" and vacuum-sealed, shelf-stable meat. Or man/woman up and try 'em. Maybe you'll actually like it.
In the mean time, please enjoy the fact that in Shanghai, they label where the vampire orgies are. fairyarmadillo still has a hard time not laughing at this one:
In other news, I FUCKING WARNED YOU:
We had a fucking awesome week in Shanghai with my brother Nathan and old friends of hers--and new friends of mine--Tinny and Jarek. We are slowly putting up pics on our Flickr accounts. Here are some of mine and some of hers. Click on them to be whisked away to that person's Flickr account. More pics are forthcoming.
A relatively average apartment building:
If nobody's in your shop, why not nap with your dog? Makes sense to me.
My lady eats delicious la mian Muslim noodles from a street vendor:
Red panda goes OM NOM NOM on some bamboo:
Ancient temple, modern city:
Me eating stinky tofu, which was delicious:
And yes, fairyarmadillo and I shot several So You Don't Have To videos, including one with my little brother Nathan.
Welcome, my children, to something the world hasn't seen for eighteen months...
...because for the last eighteen months, the world wasn't ready.
I promise that this feature will never again go untended for so long.
I promise that I'll no longer neglect adventure in my life.
I promise that it was just the one time that I touched you in your sleeNOTHING HAPPENED.
***totally awesome drumroll goes here***
So You Don't Have To 2.0:
IN YOUR FUCKING FACE!
That subtitle is still subject to change.
A little over a week ago, I was in Oakland, California, bringing my sweetie Nadja Robot (known to the LJ world as fairyarmadillo) back to live with me in Champaign, Illinois. She is super-awesome and it's like living with a cuter, smarter, funnier version of me. Life is good.
ANYWAY! She took me to Nordic House, an adorable little store that specializes in Scandinavian food, drink, and chintz. The reason for the trip to Nurdic Hurse (← to be read in Swedish Chef voice) was so we could hook up a few items for this new SYDHT.
We were not disappointed.
This is Grandpa Lun—oh, you can read. If it's anything like MY grandpa around Christmas, it tastes like sour mash bourbon and decades of regret.
Ah, “non-alcoholic” and “malt beverage.” Words I like to see near each other as much as I do “cyanide” and “ice cream” or perhaps “penis” and “wasps.” Also, every man reading this totally just imagined what that would feel like.
[NAME REDACTED] at the store told us that these were...spoilers. No, she didn't say “This is a jar of spoilers.” She said “Lingen longen jarra spoilurz.”
Zero labels. Not even price, let alone hints or tips. Fish floating in slightly thick liquid in a plastic container in a tied-off plastic bag. That's a little something that Norwegians like to call, “Go Time.”
MEDICAL WARNING: Man, my Tourette's was going BATSHIT when we filmed this, so if you have a movement disorder, this may be a bit triggery. As 2010 progressed, a tic that my friends call my “bunny nose” made a steady comeback. Since Nadja and I filmed this right before we had to check out of the hotel, eat some lunch, and get on a plane--after being crazy busy for and sleeping poorly for a week--everything added up to benjamin being a spastic. I love that as a spastic, I'm legally entitled to use the word spastic. Me and Michael J. Fox go out for drinks sometimes to make fun of you sad little “steady” people. Sure, we spill most of those drinks down our shirts, but the point stands.
OMG WHY ARE THERE TWO VIDEOS?!
So there you go. Christmas soda tastes like sugar and spice and everything nice. Non-alcoholic malt-beverage tastes like wheat butt. Aseir has nothing to do with pears. The wily Norwegian Fish Stuff is to be feared and respected. And blackcat2086 gives good shirt.
Nordic House is pretty cool and we highly recommend it. Make sure you get a second opinion on anything you can't read, though. :P If I'm ever there again, I'll definitely get a different Fish Product...but I'll eat it with crackers. And gusto.
Be well, my little ones.
PS - Since this IS going to be a regular feature again, we have some awesome plans, but getting food from the internet is double-awesome. Batshit food is preferred but certainly not required. No flattened cuttlefish need apply, as I've gotten plenty over the years. Nadja and I will be going through what we have left and probably doing a clean-up round, but So You Don't Have To RELIES ON YOU TO SUCCEED!
benjamin sTone and Nadja Robot (AKA Stone Robot Enterprises)
506 W. Healey, Apt. 5
Bring the pain.