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Fragments and Shrapnel

This week Fragments and Shrapnel is multi-media! I have uncovered food, film projects, books, Goths and more!


It’s very rare when a movie trailer catches my attention and makes me impatient for the premier.  Blue Fiddles is a new web series written by Portland, Oregon actress Nena Botto. It is the story of three women searching for meaning amongst the mean streets of Portland. The series premiers Monday January 25th.

Food Blogs

I love well done food blogs. Clean pictures, good ingredients, and unique ideas draw me in like a moth to a flame.  My latest food blog addiction is Cooking Issues. Nils Norén and Dave Arnold are instructors at the French Culinary Institute in New York and love to dabble in the scientific aspects of cooking. Want ketchup the texture of chocolate?  It’s here!  Want to learn how to cook a whole fish?  You can!  My favorite feature of this blog is the Skoal Project.  Find out which celebrities took part in this project and which ones are on the wish list.


From the “As Addictive as Crack Department” comes Popchips.  I ate a bag of the Salt & Pepper chips with my lunch the other day and was hooked after one chip. These chips are not fried or baked; rather they are “popped” with a little pressure and heat.  Flavors come in original, barbecue, sour cream and onion, cheddar, salt and pepper, sea salt & vinegar, and Parmesan garlic.  These healthy little snacks are all natural and containing nothing “fake or phony. Once you eat one chip I dare you to not eat three bags.


They write sad poetry, wear black eyeliner and white face makeup by the pound. They live a tortured life and brood over lost loves they never had and sneer at the sun. Eventually, the corsets get too tight and the parasols rip and they are forced to leave the house. Goths in Hot Weather captures those tortured moments when the children of the night escape their coffins and try to mingle with us mere mortals.    Coffins and copies of Twilight sold separately.

Comics and History

Larry Gonick the “over-educated cartoonist” has been explaining world history through comics since 1972. His newest book The Cartoon History of the World Part II picks up where Part One left off – after American Independence through early 2008.  This video from Harper Collins shows Gonick describing his new book and his creative process.


About Anna Alexander

I get ideas. I write things. I sometimes follow through with those ideas. I also run long distances and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband cat who lets us pay the mortgage on his house.

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