lady of the valley

Paris Hilton’s entire career was a performance art piece that all at once defined, critiqued and predicted modern culture. Whether by design or not, her work set the template for: -The downfall and comeback of Britney Spears -The spread of social media -The meteoric rise of High School Musical -The selfie -Lady Gaga’s first two album cycles -Meme culture -The Cubs winning the World Series -KPop -Silicon Valley -The Kardashians’ very existence -The Trump Administration -Globalism -Blue Ivy Carter -The Marvel Cinematic Universe …the list goes on. Whether you like it or not, Paris Hilton is the beginning, middle and end of everything you know about culture. That’s hot.

Originally posted by jadiore

Recipe: Fish Stew

Description: It smells a lot like the sea. Tastes better, though. 

Game ingredients: Crayfish, Mussel, Periwinkle, Tomato

This recipe restores 225 energy and 101 health. It offers a +3 Fishing bonus and can be obtained from Willy after reaching 7 hearts. It sells for 175g.

Difficulty: Easy, 35 minutes. Serves 4. 

This recipe is fairly similar to Trout Soup, but chunkier and with some different flavours. 

-2 tablespoons butter
-1 large onion
-1 clove garlic
-2 leeks
-1 stalk celery
-1 green pepper
-1 cup of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
-1 ½ cups vegetable broth
-2 potatoes
-2 carrots
-1 lb (454g) fish fillets, thawed
-Salt, pepper, thyme, and basil, to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons of each)

Finely chop up the onion, garlic, celery, leeks, and green pepper. Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks, peel the carrots and cut them into slices.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat, and then add the leeks, celery, onion, garlic, and green pepper. Cook until softened. 

Add the tomatoes, seasonings, and broth to the pot. Stir and let it cook for a few minutes before adding the potatoes and carrots. 

Turn the heat down to low and put a lid on the pot, allowing the contents to simmer for 5 minutes. 

Cut the fish into slices and add them to the pot, then cover and simmer for another 10 minutes or til the fish is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender. 

Serve hot. 

Fish Stew is very hearty and filling. The leek adds a unique but tasty flavour, and the fish can be substituted with shellfish or any other seafood. This recipe is based off one that I pulled from a Canadian cookbook. It won first prize in a contest in 1982. 


aimlessoddity  asked:

Who's the woman in the cart selling me ancient seeds every weekend? Where is she getting all these seeds?

“Can I ask your name?”

The woman slowly shook her head.

“Where you’re from?”

The same response.

The farmer groaned with frustration. She pinched the bridge of her nose.

“You must understand…”

“Understand what?” The farmer shouted.

The woman pulled out a small bag, barely big enough to hold a coin. “This. This is my life. This is one of the rarest plants Yoba has given to us.”

“I… don’t understand.”

“I have given my life to Yoba, and this is what I was told to do. Grow this, dear, and take it to the Old Master. You will be greatly rewarded. This, this is what I can tell you.”

Why does Henry Higgins teach Eliza Doolittle to speak like a posh lady, instead of her teaching him to speak like a Cockney flowerseller?

What we think of as “good” English is the English historically spoken by people with the most power. The bumper crop of grammar texts and usage guides that started proliferating in the mid-18th century were part of an attempt by the growing middle class to access economic opportunities that were only available to people who spoke like Henry Higgins. At first, these were primarily a guide to speaking like the upper classes, although, over the years, various arbitrary preferences have found their way in and became crystallized as dogma, so much so that, to quote the linguist Stan Carey, “the aim of these non-rules is to maintain anachronistic shibboleths that allow an in-group to congratulate itself on knowing them.”

Can it be a rational decision for the Elizas of the world to modify their idiolect in search of more opportunity? Of course. But at a societal level, it’s deeply suspicious that Henry gets to grow up speaking in a way that automatically makes him a better job candidate, while Eliza will have to learn a different dialect than her friends and family if she wants a chance at the same jobs.

We don’t pick where and how we grow up, and we know that where and how you grow up influences your idiolect, so why is it acceptable to penalize people for something no one has any control over? The answer is simple if your goal is to keep power and economic opportunity in the hands of those who have always had it. We like to think we’re more enlightened and less bigoted than our ancestors, but as long as we believe that some idiolects are right and some are wrong, we’re not making much progress. “Standard English” is a loose assortment of idiolects like any other dialect, and valuing one over the other is a social construct that has nothing to do with linguistic merit.


Why do you think you’re right about language? You’re not. 

In which I explain idiolects and Hulk-smash prescriptivists.