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tom christensen
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Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
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This somewhat cheesy video from the late 1930s catalogues the tourist attractions of the city. It’s a pretty thorough survey, and there are a lot of great clips included. The Bay Bridge had only recently been built. At least the narrator can pronounce…
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Old Tom's Maximon Mole Bitters

These turned out great. Most of the mole bitters recipes I could find (there aren’t a lot) were, I felt, too simple. That goes against the spirit of what mole is, which is a complex mix of many flavors. For my mole bitters I infused cacao nibs, vanilla…
These turned out great. Most of the mole bitters recipes I could find (there aren’t a lot) were, I felt, too simple. That goes against the spirit of what mole is, which is a complex mix of ma…
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Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

This spectacular photo from Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)‘s photostream shows the “Tiger’s Nest” monastery of Taktsand. First constructed in 1692, the Buddhist monastery is located in the upper Paro valley in eastern Bhutan. Padmasambhava (“Lotus-Born”) is…
This spectacular photo from Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)’s photostream shows the “Tiger’s Nest” monastery of Taktsand. First constructed in 1692, the Buddhist monastery is loc…
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The Farmer's Daughter, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The Farmer’s Daughter is is a fifteen-acre farm and nursery, founded in 1998 and run by Sarah Partyka, that is located in a rather upscale, mostly rural region about forty minutes south of Providence in Rhode Island. Heavily forested and low in elevation,…
The Farmer’s Daughter is is a fifteen-acre farm and nursery, founded in 1998 and run by Sarah Partyka, that is located in a rather upscale, mostly rural region about forty minutes south of Pr…
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Can someone translate these northern Italian lyrics?

I found the lyrics to this tune, which I posted here in 2010 and recently reposted over at Tom’s Garden. I make out the first line to be “Make me a spritz, make me a spritz, make it good with a slice of lemon.” But the Italian is unconventional, I guess a…
I found the lyrics to this tune, which I posted here in 2010 and recently reposted over at Tom’s Garden. I make out the first line to be “Make me a spritz, make me a spritz, make it goo…
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More garden photography, and some comments on native plants and other topics.

It’s taken me a long time to complete what was meant to be a quick survey of the garden after returning from a trip. These photos are now a month old. I’m starting to feel like Lawrence Sterne. Last time I looked at Gruss-an-Aachen and Citrus Burst roses,…
It’s taken me a long time to complete what was meant to be a quick survey of the garden after returning from a trip. These photos are now a month old. I’m starting to feel like Lawrence Sterne. Las…
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It’s been a long time since I’ve updated the look of this blog, mainly because I had customized so many features that I never had the heart to undertake an update. But it’s gotten long in the tooth, and as you can see from the above image, it wastes a lot…
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Bioregions of the San Francisco Bay Area

The screenshot above links to my page on Bay Area bioregions. The content was produced quite a while ago, but I’m gradually updating my pages to be more mobile-friendly. I’m teaching myself Bootstrap, which allows you set different breaking points for…
The screenshot above links to my page on Bay Area bioregions. The content was produced quite a while ago, but I’m gradually updating my pages to be more mobile-friendly. I’m teaching my…
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The iochroma is flowering, and that means the hummingbirds are back. I like to photograph them, in part because this particular iochroma is right outside my study window, and it makes a nice diversion from my literary work, and also because it’s…
The iochroma is flowering, and that means the hummingbirds are back. I like to photograph them, in part because this particular iochroma is right outside my study window, and it makes a nice divers…
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Shaky times at the Met

After a $3 million rebranding that was “widely derided,” the Met is cutting some 100 jobs (following voluntary buy-outs). Facing tens of millions of dollars in deficits, director Thomas Campbell plans to rack up profits through what we all know is the…
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Slater Park, Pawtucket, Rhode Island Mixed organic and inorganic materials Daggett Farm Sometimes the simplest labels are the best, such as this label photographed by a member of the MoFo staff at a sister institution in the great city of Pawtucket, Rhode…
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It’s summertime, which means it’s time for a refreshing spritz, the signature drink of northern Italy. And while we’re at it, let’s repost this fun video, Fame un spritz (Make me a spritz) by Sir Oliver Skardy & Fahrenheit 451, which I originally posted…
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author, translator, graphic designer
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Author of 1616: The World in Motion, a global overview of the early seventeenth century (forthcoming MArch 2012), and several other books. Translator (Like Water for Chocolate; Fuentes, Cortazar, Carpentier, Celine, Valente, etc.). Editor. Graphic Designer. Publisher. Tom Christensen bio
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Comparative Literature
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publisher, writer, translator, graphic designer
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guatemala city, guatemala - madison, wisconsin - quito, ecuador