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20 January 2013 @ 11:47 pm
Would anyone like some cake?  
It was a good idea at midnight, it was a lovely lunchy snack,  even an OK idea after dinner when I wanted a sweetie, but now I have 3/4 of a cake remaining and it is just looking at me.

In related news, I went down to Sydney Park today to use their new outdoor gym stuff: I have the WORST upper body strength known to humankind. And I swear it is more difficult to run 200m than to cycle 20km. Hence my unwillingness to eat 3/4 of a cake, it will be easier to lift myself if I do not contain cake!

Good news from the world of sailing, Alain Delord has been rescued! He was sailing solo round-the-world when his boat lost its mast and he had to abandon ship in a life raft about 500km south of Tasmania. He had good safety equipment and did all the right things, but it was still a question of if, not when, he could be rescued. Happily, air rescue was able to drop additional survival gear down to him, even though he was too far from the coast for a helicopter rescue, and the MV Orion was able to brave rough seas and pick him up this afternoon.

The MV Orion is a cruise ship, with specialist crew on board as it does the Antarctic route frequently, and the ship itself can get into trouble quite aside from random French in peril (we do get a lot of random French in peril down this way, I call it the La Perouse Effect), so all those passengers would have had an extra adventure as part of their trip. And since the ship's stabilisers had to be turned off to get close to the life raft and launch their Zodiacs, they can legitimately talk about doing it old school and rough!

Finally and unrelatedly, did you know that the Union troops in the American Civil War had a balloon unit? An actual Aerial Corps in which people went up in balloons and spied out the enemy while the Southerners shot at them! I learned this while watching a documentary about Pancho Barnes, an early woman aviator who was herself amazing, but whose grandfather was one of the balloonists. It's madly brilliant!
pioniepionie on January 20th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
It seems unfair, when the aim of cake-making is to build as much air in as possible, for it to weigh so much when inside *sulks*
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on January 20th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Most cakes freeze very well: cut and wrap in individual slices, and then you can take one out each morning, and it'll thaw in time for lunch. You could have cake every day for weeks!

fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on January 20th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
That's a great rationalization to leave cake alone :-) And it sounds yummy, so kudos to you and good luck at the gym!

I would hate to be in a basket under a balloon and know that people were likely to be shooting at me!
quatrefoilquatrefoil on January 20th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think it's the d'Entrecasteaux effect in this instance.

And I seem to remember reconnaissance baloons being used in the early months of WWI too.
bk7brokemybrain: crack addictbk7brokemybrain on January 20th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I love your posts. They are so often educational and fascinating. Thank you for having enough upper-body strength to type as frequently as you do.
As a dubious thank you gift, I offer you a great recipe for Blackout Cake: http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-blackout-cake-327729
It's one of the best things I've ever made. It uses pudding as filling and frosting, has a deeply flavorful cake, and it takes FOREVER to go stale, so you can let it stare at you for a week on the counter, lol. OR, you could sell it like crack on the street. Srsly, ppl will buy.
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on January 21st, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I want cake....do you deliver?? lol ♥
kaedhlinkaedhlin on January 22nd, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
I could come over and confiscate it. At least maybe half?