June 30th, 2007

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

I had no idea that one could aspire to be a cheese carver. Maybe this guy's next commission will come from theat Creationist museum, where'll carve famous Bibical scenes from a giant wheel of smoked Gouda.

Man Creates Monumental Cheese Carving

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (AP) -- A cheese carver has accomplished a task that's a real ''Muenster'' -- or make that a ''monster'' -- in size. Troy Landwehr used his carving tools to turn a 700-pound block of Land O' Lakes cheddar into a replica of Mount Rushmore.

The cheese carver and winemaker was commissioned by Cheez-It snack crackers to make the monumental carving.

He's heading to New York City in coming days to appear on TV and promote the work on Times Square.

Then the carving hits the road on a publicity tour, while Landwehr heads home to Little Chute.

The carving eventually will end up in Oklahoma and be cut into cubes to become a snack itself.

Landwehr said that doesn't bother him.

''In the end, they'll love eating good Wisconsin cheddar down south,'' he said.
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Sixties Novels, Part 25

RINGOLEVIO, Emmett Grogan, Little, Brown, 1972

Ideally, A Sixties Novel should feature as its focus the Sixties themselves, and be written by someone intimately a part of that tumult. We've seen many books in this series that wear the Sixties as a patina: they're gothics, or thrillers, or comedies with a thin Sixties veneer.

But today's entry fulfills all the conditions perfectly.

You can read about the once-legendary Grogan and his band of Diggers on Wikipedia, where you'll get a link to the online text of RINGOLEVIO.


A very swell introduction to the book by his pal Peter Coyote can be found here:


And as for his legacy, check out the relatively new movement known as Freeganism.


The glimmering is here

Ten years late, but hey, who's counting?

FIRST LIGHT FOR AIM: NASA's AIM spacecraft is sending back its first
pictures of noctilucent clouds from Earth orbit. The clouds
photographed by AIM have the same intricate structure and electric-blue
glow familiar to sky watchers on Earth, but the panoramic view afforded
by the spacecraft's 600 km high orbit is unlike anything we've seen
before. Check today's edition of


for one of AIM's first light images plus an updated gallery of ground-based


I'm leaving for Readercon and some weeks in Europe.   I'll be posting occasionally from the road, but it'll likely be intermittent.  Hopefullly I'll see some of you at Readercon, and perhaps even some of you at Semana Negra in Spain thereafter.  So...until the next time.