Passing Obsessions 4-24

The Spanish region of Navarre is famous for its white asparagus. For a time the farmers’ cooperative was sponsor of the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.

Rock band Wet Leg.

There’s a new ai art engine called that uses “responsively sourced” image references.

Hamsters, and iPad games featuring hamsters. This one’s gonna hang around for a while. I missed the Squid Game train, but there are dozens of hamsters on YouTube playing rodent versions, which is more entertaining.

Quiet on Set, a documentary currently airing on Max about behind the scenes abuse going on at the Nickelodeon children’s network in the 1990s and 2000s.

Asparagus. I once had a co-worker named Jean-Phillip, who was from a village in France. He said that every spring during the asparagus harvest they would eat it every day, at every meal. Puzzled, I asked him, “Didn’t you ever get tired of eating asparagus?” and with a gentle logic, he said, “No. Because it was so good, you see?” And… he was right.

Asparagus salad with sesame oil

1 lb. asparagus, thin stalks
1 tbs. sesame oil
1 tbs. sesame seeds
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion, red onion is best

Boil asparagus in salted water until soft enough to pierce with a fork, but still firm. Cool and cut into 2″ pieces. Put into a large bowl and mix with sesame oil, sesame seeds, and onion, grind the pepper over it to taste. Tastes best cool.


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