Culinary Art – The Baltimorphic Complex

Many months ago, I made a one-gallon batch of an experimental beer I called Baltimorphic Complex. I called it this, because I wanted to brew something special for the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, which was to be held in Baltimore in November (it’s going on right now, in fact).

Baltimorphic Complex is a Belgian-ish ale that used Old Bay for flavoring, an intentional nod to Baltimore. It wound up being totally delicious, and I knew I wanted to make another batch. Continue reading

Longsword and Imagination Collide Unexpectedly

I’ve been studying 14th century German longsword for over a year now. It’s a wonderful martial art which has help me recover some (and make gains in other areas) of my physical prowess that’s rather fallen apart with middle age and parenthood.

Recently, I learned a new guard in which you hold the sword low and in front of you, pointed off to the side. This guard, in the German tradition, is called Schrankhut (the barrier guard). See some photos here of real longsword practitioners demonstrating the guard.

My quick sketch of Schrankhut

My quick sketch of Schrankhut

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Art Every Day – Day 30

This morning I was inspired. I had planned on spending the day grading exams and maybe working on the quiver I told you about earlier this month. Instead, I came upon this post:


I had to make one.

I didn’t have all the suggested materials, but I knew I could improvise. (Next year’s will be a lot better though).

I started with two empty 12-pack boxes. All right, I bought a new one just for the occasion. Quite a sacrifice, I know. Then I selected 24 bottles of brewed deliciousness, either home-brewed or store-bought.

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Art Every Day – Day 29 – I’m still here

My goal for November was to do some art every day. It was a challenge I accepted. I failed a bit. The last ten days I’ve done no visual arts, but I did finish writing 50,000 fresh new words on a novel that’s going to be totally awesome when it’s finished.

In other words, I won NaNoWriMo. (I’ll share some excerpts soon, as soon as I actually finish the story.)

So today I thought I might finish the art project I started at the beginning of the month. You, know the one with all the fish? Here’s my last fish:

The final fish.

The final fish.

With this final fish, I completed a lovely pop-culture pun, below. Continue reading