Rainbow cupcakes! Cooking with Naja, episode II


Today we are making rainbow cupcakes. These are actually pitifully simple vanilla cupcakes, but they come out looking like cartoons.


First up, music. I suggest The Aquabats because they’re awesome. They’re the kind of guys that live on a diet of only rainbow cupcakes. If you need to stop and dance to Rickshaw Derby then do so. Usefully enough, the exact moment you put them in the oven (the cupcakes, not the band), Charge!! will be finished. Turn your oven onto 160˚C fan forced (kinda figuring out the numbers now) and line 18 cupcake holes. Plain white paper cases look great because they get dyed by the batter. I used double linings which is just a pain in the butt, turns out.


Next, ingredients. 180g butter, 2 cups of self-raising flour, four eggs, 1 cup caster sugar (the coffee tin has caster sugar in it because I don’t know), 2 tsp vanilla essence, and 1/3 cup milk.


For the rainbow part, you will also need six bowls and a shitload of food dye. For some of these we used professional food colouring because we had some lying around, but if you have enough of the little squeezy bottles you can pull it off. You’ll use about 1-2 tbsp per colour. So three reds, three yellows, three blues. If you don’t know how to mix colours go back to primary school you jackass why are you trying to make rainbow cupcakes if you don’t even know how colours work. If you shop at Ikea you’ll have these cute little colour-coordinated bowls. If not, you’re probably not a lesbian.


Soften up the butter in the microwave. Crack eggs in little bowl first, fuckass, you better not have forgotten. Put everything in a big bowl. It’s that simple.


Enlist your sexy grrlfriend to help you mix the batter. If you’re forever alone do it yourself.


Spoon out your batter into the little bowls. This is pretty time-consuming getting them even. Just do a round and then top up with your leftovers. Don’t be stingy, a lot of batter goes to waste with all the transferring. Deal with it.


This is what they look like when you mix them. Be thorough! this has one and a half squeezies in it. Be generous or you’ll have crappy hippie cupcakes. I mean the batter was that easy to make you can at least put a bit of effort in here. Dye the fuck out of that shit. Go crazy with the yellow too, because all of them will go a little yellowish when the cakes cook so yellow needs to stand out. Also, purple is a really annoying colour. Start with lots of red and add blue bit by bit. Just hope for the best. Mine came out this awesome blackberry colour cause I’m basically a boss.


This should be your end result. I haven’t changed the contrast/saturation in this picture at all. YOUR CAKE SHOULD LEGIT BE THIS COLOUR. The most important part of doing rainbow cupcakes is getting the colour really fucking rich. That’s why everything else in the recipe is piss easy.


Spoon out the mixture. This is a pain in the ass figuring out how to fit it into 18 pans. It’s about a teaspoon. After each colour, give the pan a jiggle to flatten them out and get even layers. You don’t really have to do this because they look pretty psychadelic anyway. You can see we’ve kind of had a go at it but mostly given up by green time. Again, no saturation added. Look at the colour of those cupcakes, it’s like that time you puked crayons in kindergarten. I’m assuming you did that because I never did, I spent kindergarten dressed as a purple alien called Widget the World Watcher.


Then you add your yellow, orange, and red. If you didn’t know they went in that order you don’t know what a goddamn rainbow is and you don’t deserve to make these cupcakes or live. Unless you’re colourblind, in which case… um, just kind of go for it. Fun fact: my uncle is a colourblind painter. Every day is an adventure.


Put them in the oven (yes there’s a monster one at the front because we didn’t know how much batter to use so we tried this guy first). They take a little over 20 minutes and the colours are so interesting we literally just sat in front of the oven watching them. HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THESE FINE THINGS. They came out beautifully soft and fluffy and coloured like if unicorns ran a crack den.


Take them out and let them cool. We did this overnight because my hot grrlfriend had a spider bite and wanted to go to hospital and read Ghost Rider comics that evening. Anyway get her to make buttercream icing. To make buttercream frosting you use about 50g softened butter and a few cups of icing sugar and some water. Just keep adding stuff until you’re happy with how much stuff you have.


Cover them in hundreds and thousands because you are a homosexual. Holy fuck, look at these fucking cupcakes, how are they even real


You can also eat them but honestly


Flower Garden - ghibli mix

A mix for songs from Studio Ghibli put in one place

1. Kaze Ni Naru | The Cat Returns //2. Laputa Theme | Laputa: Castle in the Sky // 3. Love is a Flower, You are the Seed | Only Yesterday // 4. Teru No Uta | Tales from Earthsea // 5. Flower Garden | Howl’s Moving Castle // 6. Haru No Omoide | The Cat Returns // 7. The Days That’ll Never Come | Porco Rosso // 8. One Summer Day | Spirited Away // 9. Grave of the Fireflies Ending Theme | Grave of the Fireflies // 10. Fire Treasure | Castle Of Cagliostro // 11. With You | The Secret World of Arrietty // 12. Sayonara No Natsu | From Up on Poppyhill // 13. A Town with an Ocean View | Kiki’s Delivery Service // 14. Kaze No Tani No Nausicaa | Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind // 15. Gake No Ue no Ponyo | Ponyo on the Cliff // 16. Sanpo | My Neighbor Totoro // 17. Sakuranbo No Minoru Koro | Porco Rosso // 18. Kuchu Sanpo | Howl’s Moving Castle // 18. Itsumo Nando (piano) | Spirited Away // 19. Princess Mononoke’s Theme | Princess Mononoke // 20. Arrietty’s Song | The Secret World of Arriettty

[ Listen  Here ] [ screen cap ]


Shingeki no kyojin TRANSPARENT STICKERS Part I Part II.
some moon names i like


earth - luna

jupiter - callisto, elara, carme, carpo, kore, kale, 

saturn - rhea, calypso, kari, skoll,

uranus - umbriel, juliet, cressida, cordelia, cupid

neptune - larissa, galatea, neso, sao

pluto - charon, hydra, nix

dwarf orcus - vanth

here is the website i found these moon names on



Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?

A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.

One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.

The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”

Great alternative to spray rubber and plasti-dip or bootcovers, and cheaper than leather paint! Reminder that Michaels and JoAnns both frequently offer 50% off coupons and will match competitor coupons and offers!!

The Character Wardrobe Meme


Send a number to my ask box along with a character of your choice, and I’ll draw up the ensuing ensemble! (If the character chosen wouldn’t wear the option given… go ahead and sub in something else!)


  1. Underwear
  2. Casual clothes
  3. Work uniform
  4. Night clothes
  5. Swimwear
  6. Formal gala garb
  7. Lounging, lazy-time stuff
  8. A party outfit
  9. Date night threads
  10. Something outdoorsy
  11. Interview outfit
  12. Tourist/travel wear
  13. A costume!
  14. Their sick day scrubs
  15. Summer clothes
  16. Winter clothes
  17. Um, spring clothes?
  18. Why not - fall clothes!
  19. Workout wear
  20. Last minute throw-ons
  21. The most expensive thing they own
  22. A fig leaf

Feel free to add, subtract, or alter as you please to fit your character bunch!

Dear internet,






Please give me all the advice you have on writing cover letters. Like, the closer you can get to literally just writing a cover letter for me, the better. Ok bye.

This is how I did the one for my librarian position.  I hope it helps.

Dear Person Hiring for this Job,

I am writing to ask you to consider me for X position.  This is a paragraph about why I want to do X position in general.  It includes at least one personal detail and at least one job skill I consider a particular strength.  It argues that I am passionate about this career.  It is not long.

I have had the opportunity to gain experience in this job by - paragraph about my work or study experience.  It should go from most recent experience back.  Include some details about your responsibilities/achievements in your most recent or most important positions.  If you have mostly study experience, give more detail about what exactly you studied.  If you shadowed people, mention that.  If your work experience is largely unrelated, try to shoehorn some of it in (e.g. I gained experience working with people by).  You can supplement with relevant hobbies.  (But if you do have recent, relevant work experience, you should largely be detailing that.  Only embroider the other stuff if you need to flesh it out.)  This should be the longest paragraph.

I hope you will consider allowing me to do X thing at your company.  This is a few sentences about why I want to work at your company in particular and what I think I could bring.  Try to mention at least one detail from the company website, so they know you visited it.  This is a short paragraph that parallels the first one.

Thank you very much for your time and attention.


Person You Would Be a Fool Not to At Least Interview

oh my god thank you this is relevant to current interests

Two other points, to challenge what’s being said above a little:

1) Remember that the person reading this cover letter wants to know how you can contribute to the company. Not how excited you are about the position: it’s all about what they gain. Try framing the whole thing in that sense — “You would gain my X awesome skill that would help you Y with your mission.” “Here’s why I’m awesome and a great fit for making your company go better.”

2) At the end, ask for the interview. “I am available at PHONE NUMBER at your convenience. I look forward to speaking with you about this great opportunity soon.” Maybe even say you’ll be following up at a specific time and date. Ask for the job. People respond to that, and it’s a good way to fake confidence until you make it. Ask for the job.

Okay, three points. People reading cover letters get SO BORED going through them. Think about starting off with a story that relates to why you’re interested in the job, or that demonstrates a skill or a strong interest that would make you a good candidate. Be memorable — people remember stories, even (maybe especially) very little ones.

*hoards advice*