Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Yeah, I know. The old blog hasn't been getting as many updates recently. The new "archive widget" to the right makes that pretty obvious, if you bother to look. This isn't much of an update either, I've just been looking at my sitemeter, and I feel the need to say something.

To all you people who've found the Saga via Google searches for "Carribbean porn" or "Scandiavian porn": ha ha!

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Scandinavian Food Porn

I made Fårikål last night.
  • 2 lb lamb from neck, shank or breast, together with the bones, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 2 lb garden cabbage
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • ~3 tsp peppercorns
  • 1-2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup hot water
The butcher at Publix conveniently cut up some lamb shank into small chunks. I cut the cabbage into segments and placed both the lamb and cabbage in layers in a large pot. Sprinkled flour, salt and peppercorns were thrown in where they could get on everything. Then I poured the water over the rest, brought it all up to a boil, and left it to simmer over low heat for a little over an hour.

Served over egg noodles, this went pretty well with a Chambourcin wine from Countryside Vineyard in east Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crystal Ball XXV

Another fine trip to Crystal Ball this year. I didn’t pull the all-nighter this time, crashing after the fourth set instead (around 2-3 am) so I’d have some consciousness with which to drive home.

It’s actually getting hard to go to a dance event and find classes on a lot of dances that I don’t already know. Crystal Ball also tends to offer classes on a lot of dances and dance styles that aren’t really in the SCA period at all (such as Scottish country dances). Consequently, a lot of the classes I attended ended up being more review than actual learning.

Lady Azenari taught an English Country Dance class that included Nonesuch, Heralds in Love, and Picking of Sticks. I went to this one mostly for a review of Nonesuch. Alas, the Nonesuch and Heralds require sets of eight, and I was the ninth person in the class, so I spent quite a bit of time observing.

Lady Thea (Mistress? I don’t know her proper title) taught a Bassa Dance class that included Joyos, Basso Lauro, and Franchoise Novelle. This was a class from which I was really hoping to learn something, but I didn’t make much headway. I’ve taken bassa dance classes before, and I’ve always found them hard to follow, and I was frustrated again. Seignur Yves is planning to teach bassa dance again at Saltare; I’ve taken his class before, too, and he somehow manages to get it to make sense.

Over lunch there was a game of “Dance Jeopardy”, that Mistress Tsire cooked up. Something ain’t quite right in her head. Anyway, I managed to be on the winning team, thanks in some small part to my ability to completely dominate the Caroso category in Double Jeopardy. I'm glad they weren't picky about the whole "What is...?" convention, though.

Lady Azenari taught another ECD class in the afternoon, including Scotch Cap, Hyde Park, and My Lady Cullen. This one was mostly review, but a good review, as I’ve had few opportunities to dance these. My Lady Cullen is a progression dance that is quite fun and isn’t as wildly out-of-period as Hole in the Wall, even if it is a good bit more complex.

Mistress Tsire and Arina teamed up to teach a 15th-century Italian class including Amoroso, Leoncello Vecchio, and Gratioso. Amoroso is not at all new to me, but I’d never danced Leoncello before, and I hadn’t danced Gratioso since last Crystal Ball, so this was a good class for me to actually learn something, and Tsire always makes her classes fun.

And finally, Master Sion taught a 16th-century Italian class including Gracca Amoroso, Contapasso in Due, and Villanella. Okay, I was lazy. I’ve researched every one of those myself, so I was just a ringer in that class. It never hurts to practice, though, a sentiment that was apparently shared by almost everyone in the class. Even those who didn’t know those particular dances were thoroughly familiar with 16th-C Italian steps.

I don’t suppose a detailed listing of dances I did at the ball is really warranted here. Suffice to say, I danced a lot and came back with achy legs.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Stop Sylvia Browne site update

As you may or may not have heard, the domain name registration for lapsed while the site owner, Robert Lancaster, was undergoing medical treatment. A cyber-squatter quickly seized it and replaced Robert's site with substantially different content of his own.

So, if you want to get the real scoop on Sylvia Browne, follow the link to get to the site at its new URL,