Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

YUMMY!: Lasagna!

Yeah, baby! Is there anything better? Garfield knew it, so should you!

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Follow directions on the Barilla No-Boil lasagna noodle box.

EXCEPT:

Use ground turkey instead of beef, much better flavor and healthier.
Increase meat to 1 1/2 pounds, brown and add to sauce.
Use a full 16oz. mozzarella in block form, slice to very thin slices instead of shredding.
Add 1/2 cup red wine to the sauce. (Chianti)
Make only 3 layers so eliminate:
5 rectangles of noodles
1 jar of sauce
1 egg in ricotta mixture
Add parsley flakes on top

Abundanza!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

J.J. Abrams, Eat Your Heart Out!

That's right J.J., I did "Star Trek Into Darkness" before you did!

Nah, nah!

But apparently I did my movie back in 1956...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

YUMMY!: Creole Chicken With Red Beans And Rice

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 medium chicken breasts, cut up
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice
1 cup frozen corn
Zatarain's seasoning
Crystal hot sauce

Saute carrots and onion in oil/butter. Add chicken pieces, sprinkle generous amounts of Zatarain's seasoning and after mixture is browned, deglaze with a few squirts of Crystal hot sauce.

Add beans and rice mixture and modify on the box instructions to reduce water content by 1/2 cup. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

Microwave corn with a pat of butter and sprinkle of seasonings.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

We're So Screwed!

Recent news events have got me in a pessimistic mood again. I really don't think we're gonna make it folks. I watched a Star Trek movie to cheer me up, hoping I'd get all enthusiastic for a Utopian future civilization among the stars. Nah! We're gonna end up a planet of petty provincial morons brutally killing anyone who disagrees with our flavor of mass hysteria. Allah Akbar!

And then I watched this video and thought...

Oh yeah. We are truly fucked!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

YUMMY!: Stewed Tilapia With Mac And Cheese

A few weeks ago I was wondering what to use to flavor some tilapia I had and I happened to have a can of stewed tomatoes in the cupboard. I combined them and, well, it was so good, I just had to make it again!

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Ingredients:

5 frozen tilapia fillets, thawed
1 can stewed tomatoes
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 stalks of celery, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. celery salt
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
parsley flakes to garnish

Saute veggies in olive oil until sweated. Sprinkle dry seasonings onto both sides of each fillet, add to saute pan. Keep on med-high heat till fillets are golden browned on one side (about 3 minutes or so). Flip fillets and then add tomatoes, lemon juice and parsley on top. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes, fish should be white and flaky.

The Mac and Cheese is simply Kraft Homestyle Mac and Cheese. The kind that comes in a bag. It's the bomb, y'all! I added a little more cheese in the form of some grated parm I had in the fridge. I also "faux baked" it since I didn't want to heat up the kitchen for just a side dish. Simply cook as directed on the package but instead of transferring into an oven-safe dish for baking, continue to let simmer on very low heat on the stove top after adding the bread crumb topping for about 5 minutes. Let sit covered for another 5 minutes and it'll taste just like it was finished in the oven.

Monday, September 10, 2012

I Don't See Any God Up Here

First Orbit Around Kerbin
Coincidentally mimicking the alleged phrase attributed to Earthling Yuri Gagarin after he successfully first orbited his world, our intrepid space-explorer Mitney Kerbal postulates the whereabouts of a divine being as well. Having now achieved the first stable, albeit decidedly eccentric, orbit around Kerbin today, our little green history maker also ponders a more prescient question: "How the fuck am I going to get down from here!?"

Ironically, I guess he'll have to pray for a miracle.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Time Tripper

Look at this hilarious video of Edward Current talking to his pothead younger self.



Here's the even-funnier video that inspired the previous. So amazing it makes you wonder if it's faked somehow. But I guess not since the kid does look like the adult. Trippy stuff, man!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Star Trek Google Doodle


Google has done it again with another fantastic interactive doodle. This one celebrates the 46th anniversary of the debut of the original "Star Trek" on American TV.

Clicking on various features not only initiates some simple animation but it propels a typical mission which includes a tribble infestation, a "redshirt" bemoaning his fate, beaming down to a planet to fight a fierce alien and besting him with a make-shift hand cannon cobbled together with "found" objects.

It's only replacing the usual Google logo for a day so I'll link the pic above to the doodle once Google saves it to their archive.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

In And Out

In:

The three apartments surrounding mine have all been reoccupied over the past few weeks.

The one across the breezeway from me, formerly Casa de Flaming Bull, seems to be occupied by a late teens/early twenties guy, Hispanic, of course, who gets regular visits from his mother and sister. He's quiet so all's good. I have yet to actually meet him. All my information is postulated from peeping at him through my peephole. He keeps a plastic planter or bed riser thing near the front door. I think it's used as a "do not disturb" signal. I'm not sure. It sure isn't aesthetic. Either he or his mom cooks on occasion. More often than the previous occupants. And much better selection of aromas like just now I'm smelling peppers and onions. And they're not burned to a crisp! He's frequently shirtless and has several gang-style Hispanic tattoos on his body.

I'll call him "El Diablo".

The apartments opposite my bed head and the one above me, previously the domains of "Thumper" and "Senorita Corazon Solitario" are also occupied...I think.

You see, so far, these tenants have been so unbelievably quiet. I heard them move in, but aside from that I almost never hear from them. Virtually nothing from the one near my bed head and only the occasional footfall in the overhead one. These guys are either at work all the time or I'm just going deaf. Either way, I'm not complaining.

They have yet to be named.

Out:

I got irritated by a phone call I had with Ric at the beginning of August. He called me asking for help with a computer problem he was having. I provided as much information I could based on what symptoms he was telling me but since it was a problem I was not familiar with, I told him that he should Google it and he'd likely find a forum where this same problem has been answered before. He thought I was being dismissive and he expressed as much. I felt unfairly judged and though I made him aware of this, he fluffed it off. As usual.

So for the next few weeks I ignored all incoming calls from him and only acknowledged the previously commited-to plan that I'd pick him up at the airport when he returned from his family reunion in Indiana.

I picked him up last night and on the drive to his place told him, in so many words, that I didn't want to be his friend anymore.

Now you know I've done this many times before over the past few years, but this time, I assumed, on some level, he really, finally got it. It's over!

But, as I pulled out of the parking spot of his condo he called out to me, "We're all going to Key West for my 50th birthday (in February 2013)...me, Joe, Zach, Scott and you!"

Yeah, I thought as I pulled away and drove through Lake Mary for what I hoped was the last time.

Yeah, we'll see.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Ship's Log Blog

For quite a few years now, I've been following an online ship's log of the sailboat "Magnolia". It's maintained by this American computer programmer who decided to retire early, buy a used sailboat and cruise the Caribbean for the rest of his life.

The log, much like YouTube vlogs and even blogs like this one, is often mundane and pedantic but after reading a few entries, I got hooked. Something resonates with me and it's like I can "see" in my mind's eye, his daily life, for all its excitement or lack thereof, and it becomes fascinating. I guess I equate it to what an entomologist must feel when he studies the behavior of insects for hours on end.

So in the spirit of his "ship's logs" which really are detailed journal entries of his entire day, each and every day, I present my day as it happened here on my blog in the same fashion.

All aboard the S.S. Koyaanisqatsi Degauss! Better take your dramamine.

And a few caffeine pills. LOL

Bellagio Apartments, Orlando, Florida, USA

Watched a show on PBS about Prince Charles watching home movies of his childhood. A lot of candid footage of the royals playing and being, well, kinda normal. Very humanizing to the image of the queen.

Spent time as a result of the PBS show researching Wikipedia about Lord Mountbatten, which lead to researching the IRA and "the Troubles".

Then spent half an hour looking at porn.

Caught up on my YouTube subscriptions: watched the newest uploads of Kiki756 and heard a reference, again, about The Shaytards. Finally decided to check out their channel to see what the hype's all about. First few minutes watching their videos..."Oh just another PERFECT family and their "home movie" style vlogs." but then after a few more minutes and some older videos..."Hmmm, the're kinda interesting. ShayCarl is a hoot, I can see why people like him, he's got a natural easy-going nature and he's pretty funny." But then after 15 more minutes I got bored.

Took a 3 hour nap.

Started playing Minecraft and got killed losing all my shit in some far away location. My spawn site has no trees around, it's the middle of the game's night and I'm also dying of starvation. Logged out to search the forums for a good mapper. Downloaded a few that didn't work and went to obsolete links for old beta version mappers. Finally got one that works and is pretty decent called Tectonicus Map using a GUI called Minutor. Cool.

Made spaghetti with Mid's meat sauce and OnCor Chicken Parmesan Patties.

Watched an hour or so of "Pawn Stars".

Took another 3 hour nap. Was dreaming about Minecraft so...

Played Minecraft on my newest world "Aurumnia". I want to play this on either my desktop or laptop. Tabbed out to try to search wikis on how to set up a multiplayer server for Minecraft. Either old info, incomplete or way too technically tedious. Also, requires downloads from mysterious sites and utilizing you IP Address...too risky, no thanks. Went back to my game.

Had more spaghetti.

More porn.

Another nap.

Played some Sims 3 but realized after about half an hour that the house I'm designing looks just like so many of the other houses I've designed over the years. ZZZZZZ.

Played a little Civ, but got bored with that after an hour or so.

Feeling like today has been very unproductive, fattening, nap-filled and dirty.

Took a shower.

Did some general internet browsing, thought about Bill's "Magnolia" log, read up on his past few weeks or so and decided to do something like that on my blog.