Inktober (#1)

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

This is Inktober. There are some really amazing artists who participate and over the past few years I’ve lamented that I didn’t participate, so this year I am, albeit, not with ink. Perhaps I’m cheating but I like to think I’m following the spirit of the challenge. I’m using one of my favorite tools/apps, Isometric, (sadly only for iPhone) but there is a desktop app that has similar capabilities called Hexels, that I might try to use later in the month. Jake Parker, who is the creator of Inktober, has put together a list of prompts for this year which I will be following.

Here’s my first post for the prompt “Swift”

Some links of potential interest: Twitter for Jake Parker, #inktober, my isometric instagrammy friend Sylvia Draws

Explain this to me

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt

I have no clue why this is necessary. Further I struggle speculate what could be possibly so important that an EPA Chief must discuss privately.

Source: The Washington Post

I think this will make for an interesting reoccurring post, if only to see the timeline that it could create over a quarter or 6 month span.


Red Wine Gin Sour

Red Wine Gin Sour
Ingredients: (makes 1 cocktail, but easily scales up)

  • 1.5 fluid ounces London dry gin
  • 0.75 fluid ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 0.75 fluid ounce simple syrup (from recipe above)
  • 0.75 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large egg white
  • 0.75 fluid ounce Italian red wine


Combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and egg white in a metal cocktail shaker. Shake with the metal coil from a Hawthorne strainer for 15 to 20 seconds.

Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for another 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into an empty shaker with no ice and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds more.

Transfer the mixture to a tall glass with ice, and finish the drink off by pouring red wine over the back of a bar spoon over the center of the glass. Given its weight, the wine will automatically sink below the foam to create that ombre layered effect. Serve immediately.

On a Friday, a cocktail sounds like a good call. Perhaps I’ll give this one a try.

Source: hummingbird high