Month: December 2011

Cooking for the Culinarily Challenged

I love these guys. When they geek out on Star Wars, or talk about the issues faced by a gay family, their cooking videos are amusing as all hell.

Should mention that the Star Wars thing, agree completely on Empire Strikes Back. By Jedi Returns you could see Lucas going off the deep end. The Ewoks were cute but that whole movie could have been thirty minutes long and you would have seen Luke and Darth battle it out, and the Darth throwing the Emperor into the reactor was epic! But Empire Strikes back is still the best of them all.

Anyhow the cooking videos, case in point here’s Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and bacon/brussel sprouts:

I emailed them another way to prepare Brussels sprouts. Just cut them in half, season with salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic, and then heat up a tablespoon each of unsalted butter and olive oil in a pan. Put the sprouts in cut face down and leave them like that. You want to caramelize them a bit. When they’re brown you’ll know. Give them a flip over and let the whole side cook for a minute or so.

By then you’ll have a bit of stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan. De-glaze with a little of your favorite red wine.

Back to the video, it amuses me because of the ode to Julia Child in Bryan’s drinking the wine. Too funny.

But one bit of advice I can give all of you. Once you get it down, you’re good to go. Timing is EVERYTHING. I learned this a few years back and everyone is surprised how calm I am about big meals.

And yes, I’m a drink while cooking type too. Julia was right, never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink.

Sarah Palin can shut it

Sarah Palin is all aghast that the White House holiday card isn’t festooned with the Roman instrument of torture, the cross.

Well Sarah, not everyone in the United States is Christian. That’s right peaches, some of us are big, bad nasty atheists! I can see the horror creeping across your face right now Sarah.

I don’t believe in God. And what’s more, the symbols of the season, the colors, they’re all lifted directly from Pagan practice. Red, Green, Gold, Silver, yep all Pagan. The tree, that goes back to the old Yuletide.

And the light – that too is a Pagan symbol. It beckoned for the light to return because December 21st was the solstice. That means that overall we’re going to get more light by a minute or two per day until we’re once again in daylight time in the U.S.

It just proves that Sarah Palin doesn’t know jack shit.

Finally ordered one

An EZ-Pass. The retarded part of it is it wants a car registration. So I gave it what I will have on my car. You see when I do buy a car I will get my amateur radio callsign put on the plate. And I know the make/model/year of the vehicle I want so I just keyed that all in. And they did dip the money out of my account so lets see how fast they ship it.

I decided to get it because over the past five years I’ve been driving back and forth to North Carolina and the damned tolls, they’ll have one lane open for cash, and twenty open for EZ-Pass. So I decided it was time to get one.

Now nominally the trip is 12 hours with the toll waits. I figure this will shave off perhaps 3 hours from the trip not having to come to a complete stop and wait for an hour plus at each toll stop.

Cox selling off wireless spectrum to Verizon

Wow, I could have told them they shouldn’t bother with wireless.

First of all Cox priced themselves out of the market. They have a relatively small physical footprint, and they wanted $70 which when taxes and fees were applied probably rose to $90 a month.

For what? I pay $50 for UNLIMITED voice, text and net/web. So why the hell would I pay close to $100 a month for a service with a smaller physical footprint?

I didn’t, and a lot of other people didn’t either. That is why Cox was pretty much forced to sell off their spectrum grab.

What concerns me is that now two companies, at&t and Verizon control almost ALL the wireless spectrum in the United States.

It’s going to get ugly.

A Miracle on 22nd Street

This is amazing. It happened in 2010 but it’s still relevant. And of course the NY Times makes it hard to embed on WordPress. So here it is.

And then there is the story where people are paying off the holiday lay-a-ways at stores like K-Mart and Wal-Mart.

You know, sometimes you can be as grouchy as hell about the holiday, or about the Christians out there trying to make us second class citizens. But to read about and watch the acts of people trying to make it a better holiday kind of restores ones faith in humanity to do the right thing.

There are a lot of “Christians” out there who could learn a serious lesson from the people who’ve made this a happy holiday for countless families.

Even I, as atheist as I am have helped people out. We all have to do it. And sometimes we are the recipients of the generosity of our fellow man.

And meanwhile I’m off on a national security errand.