Thank you #Inktober for these updates

I’m trying to get back in the drawing habit. Last year #Inktober motivated me to do a drawing every day in October. Instead of the official Inktober list I followed this Monstober list. It was the most drawing I’d done in years.Inktober drawing for the prompt "Crystal"I followed up the next month with Dinovember, with dinosaur drawings every day. My momentum didn’t last much longer after that, but it still feels like an accomplishment.

Drawing of a dinosaur skullThis year I wanted to do Inktober again, and I realized it was the perfect opportunity for me to get back to my Little Czech Primer, so long neglected. For 2019 I followed the “official” list and managed to keep up pretty well. Now that the month is over I’m working to scan and post each of the drawings as a new entry here.

Starting with Prsten, ring.

The Communist Cookbook That Defined Prague’s Cuisine

Cooks that wanted to deviate from these recipes had to get approval from the Ministry of Health, a request that could take years to go through. Most people opted for the easier route, which is how thousands of nearly identical menus came to be established across the country.

The old-fashioned Czech cuisine which was around when I first visited Prague gets a lot of criticism. I quite liked a lot of it, so I’m more interested in seeing a revival and re-imagining of that Czech food rather than any Italian restaurant no matter how many Michelin stars it gets. I hope I get the opportunity to see Czech Cuisine: A Modern Approach.

P.S. I didn’t know there was a Prague Gastronomy Museum!

Source: The Communist Cookbook That Defined Prague’s Cuisine | Atlas Obscura

Czechs pick ‘Czechia’ as one-word name after decades of hesitation

The Czech Republic’s leaders have chosen “Czechia” as the one-word alternative name of their country to make it easier for companies, politicians and sportsmen to use on products, name tags and jerseys.

Natively, Čechia, I suppose?

Source: Czechs pick ‘Czechia’ as one-word name after decades of hesitation | Reuters

‘Cabin fever’ drives young Czechs out of Soviet-era housing

It’s something like (cabin fever), but let’s say it lasts for 15 years or so…”

“South Town, also known as Jizni Mesto or Prague 11, is an endless field of these buildings, called panelak ”panel buildings” in Czech, which sprung up in the early 1960s and now make up more than 30 per cent of the nation’s housing stock.”

During my first two trips to Prague my wife and I stayed in an apartment in a “panelak” and it was a perfect short-term place to stay: Just enough space for two travelers who didn’t have many possessions. It was in the Pankrác neighborhood, right next to the Metro and an open-air market.

It was perfect then, but now that I have a family of my own I can understand the cabin fever.

Speaking of moles

In the news this past spring: Space is the final frontier for Czech child icon

The 19-centimeter (7.5-inch) toy version of the character, created by Czech animator Zdenek Miler, has been chosen to accompany U.S. astronaut Andrew Feustel on Endeavour’s last mission as NASA ends its shuttle program.

I like the Post’s headline much better than the Wall Street Journal’s, Space Shuttle Stowaway Is a Commie Mole.

Other audio resources: Wiktionary and The Shtooka Project

I was Googling a Czech word the other day to check my work–I’m not a fluent speaker, so I make lots of mistakes. What I found was new to me: Czech language resources on Wiktionary complete with sound files. The sound files seem to all originate from The Shtooka Project, “a non-profit organisation, with the object of creating free audio collections of words and expressions as well as developing software tools to exploit these collections.” The files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 France license.