Friday, October 28, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Worth Reading

for better or worse, I guess I'm going political in my silly little blog.

My goal in posting this, is to highlight some non-mainstream media coverage of the Occupy movement. I'm not taking sides publically, but pointing out that the mainstream media really have brushed this aside and misrepresented the entire thing. This movement really is a big deal, as far as I can tell, a real unifying force for millions of Americans, and perhaps the start of something huge in the history of our young nation (the brewery that makes Guiness is older than the USA, let's keep some perspective).

Occupying Democracy

Everything The Media Told You About Occupy Wall Street Is Wrong





Tuesday, October 18, 2011

APPLE SEASON!

(wabbit season!)
((ahem))

What better way to celebrate the Apple Harvest in full swing now, than to bake apple cake?

AUNT VICTORIA’S APPLE CAKE

4 cups sliced, peeled apples (4 or 5 baking apples)
1 ½ to 2 cups sugar (can substitute up to ¾ cup light brown sugar)
2 ½ tablespoons cinnamon, ground
½ to 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1 cup raisins (optional)

Mix the above in a non-reactive bowl to evenly coat apples. Macerate one hour, stirring bottom-to-top every 15 minutes. This gets syrupy as the sugar draws out the apple juice.

Prepare two 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pans by greasing bottoms and sides and dusting lightly with flour. Preheat oven to 375˚F.

Dry ingredients
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
¾ to 1 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Sift or whisk together the dry ingredients. Mix very well.

Whisk together the wet ingredients.

After the apples macerate one hour, mix the wet ingredients with the apples, mix evenly.

Fold in the dry ingredients and mix just until there are no dry spots. Don’t forget the bottom of the bowl.

Divide the batter into the pans and bake for 40 – 50 minutes. Rotate pans after 15 minutes so they bake evenly.

Experts say to use a glass pan, reduce the baking temperature by 25 degrees F.

I haven’t tried this, but I think one 13 x 9 pan should work also. Check out this informative web page for pan size conversion help
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/bakingdish.htm

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Avengers Trailer totally ROCKS!

So I finally watched the Avengers Trailer this morning, about a dozen times, and I’m totally frickin’ pumped for this movie now! I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a long time; I feel like a kid again. And just a little childish talking about how psyched I am at the office.

But whatever. Isn’t this what (summer/popcorn) movies and comics are all about? Losing yourself in some fun and feeling like a kid again?

This trailer is sweet! I hope the movie is as good. When I first heard of the Avengers movie, I figured it would be awful or totally awesome. This trailer makes it look awesome. The other Marvel movies have a good track record so far, so I’m optimistic.

Loki seems to have arrived on earth in a SHIELD made space bridge thingy (Another Transformers reference!) . My thinking is that the little scene at the end of Thor, shows some kind of diminished, invisible Loki either literally whispering to scientist guy or maybe possessing him. So Loki tricks the guy into building the space conduit so Loki can fully materialize on Earth and live out his daddy issues.

I’m totally psyched about the Nine Inch Nails music, and hope they use more NIN or original Trent Reznor compositions for the entire soundtrack. NIN is one of my favorite bands ever and Reznor never ceases to grow and amaze as a musician. If you haven’t seen The Social Network, it’s worth it for the soundtrack alone (the movie is outstanding, actually).

Which brings me to the most exciting music news I’ve heard in a while: NIN is covering U2’s Zoo Station for a tribute album in honor of the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby. U2 is also one of my favorite bands, so this is like music geekgasm for me. Also on the tribute album are Depeche Mode (another favorite), Garbage (who doesn’t love Garbage?), Jack White and others are each covering tracks for this.

HOW COOL IS THAT?! Check it out HERE


The downside is that it’s only available as a freebie with English magazine Q. So far, it seems it’s only available in the UK, so that’s quite disappointing. I’m sure it will turn up though, as someone stands to make money selling it.