Monday, February 28, 2011

open-faced french bread blt...mmm mmm mmmmmmm

this was a roommate dinner from a while back, but too good to go unposted. cvd whipped these up and they were fan-effing-tastic.

french toast, thick cut bacon, tomamto, arugula, and a roasted garlic vinaigrette.

there was also an amuse bouche of the same thing, but with a quail egg poached on top, that pic will be posted at a later time.

Friday, February 25, 2011

trivia friday!

so me and cvd play trivia a few times a week. i will start bringing you fine people the questions that i/we missed:

(answers in the comments)
so these are the ones that i missed while i played in the pool league on tuesday:
1. what is the most populous city in new zealand?
2. what nba player has the nickname "the vanilla gorilla"?
3. who is the youngest driver to win the daytona 500?
4. what province is ottawa in?
5. from 1913 to 1930 the skyscraper at 232 broadway st was world's tallest building, what retail giant was it named after?
6. name the 5 countries with the most land borders
7. name the last 10 best picture winners with a one word title ("the" counts as a word)

obviously i did not do very well. but i did kick ass at pool, so i got that going for me....which is nice.

these are the ones me and cvd missed at aces on thursday:
8. what shakespeare character said "friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your ears"?
9. what were the names of the two budweiser lizards from their ad campaign?
10. oliver north ran for us senator from what US state?

and of course, we won, regaining our rightful crown, also snapping our 3 week non-winning streak. stay tuned, i might put up a special trivia up later tonight.

i wouldn't make fun of band people, if they did stuff like this more often

Thursday, February 24, 2011

ufo sighting

im in the middle of a 4 day conference here:

hyatt regency atlanta with a ufo perched on top

this is my first time being inside this atlanta landmark. pretty nice place, and for anyone interested, the polaris, the rotation restaurant at the top, has been closed for 6 years. also, you can't go up and take a look around. also, also, concierges get annoyed when you ask.

i got to see a skinny fat guy speak (al roker)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

yeah yeah, chili contest pics

this year me and cvd teamed up to take on the chili contest.

pre-game setup. all my spices and whatnot on the left, and dan's station on the right, and this year's secret weapon.....POPOVERS!

chili was basically the same as last year, and that was my job
and here are dan's amazing and delicious popovers
which served as bread bowls for the chili
(let's not talk about how many we couldn't use)

the setup at the contest
and here comes my chili contest fuel, high life.

this was taken afterwards, missing kimchee and green onions, but you get the idea

and of course, winners winners chicken dinners
the trophy cvd has will have our names engraved and kept at the bar
and im holding the take home one

3rd place, 1st place, and 2nd place

next year will be a totally different recipe, but for now, me and cvd can wallow and root in our win. woot!

nah. totally unrelated.

teacher unions and test scores.

click for unrelatedness

Sunday, February 20, 2011

easy as saturday morning

after a silly night of drinks and 330am frisbee golf. i got up early to go fix a roof with some folks from my church. it was a beautiful day, perfect for hammering, felting, and shingle-ing. also, this was a good start to my cheat day on my current diet. many, many, many carbs and calories were consumed....mmmm. good.

we were working on the guy on the right's roof. incredibly nice and humble.


things eaten on cheat day:

(maybe not this much chinese food, but at least it was delivered)

Friday, February 18, 2011 tracing a line

beautiful illustration of small changes over time....or a version of the telephone game.

A Sequence of Lines Traced by Five Hundred Individuals from clement valla on Vimeo.

great trailer

i'm not too into video games, but this trailer for dead island is jaw dropping.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

lordy, i'm old

one of the oldest internet meme's, that i can remember, is turning 10 years old.

blast from the past. WHAT YOU SAY!?

Monday, February 14, 2011

how poverty affects education, and US students vs the world

huh, maybe it isn't teacher's fault

maybe it has something to do with socio-economics? nah! [puts head back into sand]

seriously ga voters?

we elected this dude? yall are embarrassing all of us sane, rationale people that live here.

click for the crazy

Friday, February 11, 2011

ooh, good choice.

ricky gervais wants will arnett to get into "the office". i like the call....also, i like jenna fischer.

click for rumor

Thursday, February 10, 2011

if you cry easy, don't watch this....

its a really moving photo collection.
take in each picture and all the emotion.
ugh. i almost cried at work.

click for tears

coen brothers, true grit, and a horror movie

rumors of coen brother's next film

am i the only person that did not like true grit? well, didn't like is too strong. it was an average throw-away movie. and no. i wasn't the only one, thankfully i have cvd, who also shared in the averageness. by box office sales, it is the coen brother's biggest hit, which should be a little telling about the quality.

just look at some their filmography:
raising arizona
no country
big lebowski
o' brother
blood simple
you get the idea

it's strewn with amazing-ness, awesome-ness, great talent mixed with masterful skill. BUT not a single blockbuster. critically acclaimed stuff for sure, but no blockbuster till true grit. it was something for the masses and not even close to their best work. every single one of those movies i listed is better than true grit. i just don't understand why people liked this movie. maybe it was just cause it was the coens, and they can do no wrong? maybe because it was better than the original (which sucked)? who knows.

but i will say that i would very much look forward to a horror film. in the interview, it seems like their joking, but i hope not.

goodbye guitar hero, we hardly knew thee

guitar hero is thankfully dead, so i can stop buying guitar hero AND rockband games. and honestly rockband was waaaaay better anyway, except for maybe the guitars. also, dj hero is dead. i'm sure all 3 of their fans are very sad.

click for the wonderful news

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

if you love food science...

this is your thing. harvard has a food science youtube channel...

this is the first in a serious of lectures, only for the studious! and food crazy!
and this is right up my alley.

thank you, reddit.

if you had your formative years in the 80s you'll love this...

Original Transformers Autobots
Research and Design by:

wait for it......awesome

too good not to post. yes, you saw this already, but it bears re-embedding here. it's brad bird's acceptance speech. and it. is. awesome.

some NSFW language near the end, but totally worth it.

Monday, February 07, 2011

we are the champions my friends...

i'll post up more later, but this year's margin of victory was very very slim.
some folks really stepped up their game this time around.

also, i'd like to take a moment and thank my partner, cvd. he was a whiz in the kitchen making all the pop overs. couldn't have done it without ya!

also, i got iced after my victory, a 40oz icing. which is a victory to itself.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

just an amazing movie...

requiem for a dream. just finished watching it.

i can't watch it too often, but when i can muster up the courage, i enjoy it more and more. probably one of the more disturbing/depressing movies i've ever seen, but aronofsky just knocks it outta the park.

if you haven't seen it, and think you can handle it, please go watch it. be warned, it is very unsettling, but an amazing look into drug abuse, love, family, friendship, and the lengths people can go for each. 5/5.

also, one of my girlfriends is in the movie, which is just the icing on top of a publix cake.

"Juice by Harry, juice by Harry, ohhhh Harry's got juice, Harry's got juice ohhhhhh Harry."

Friday, February 04, 2011

holy poopicle...thats big

check out the snow storm thats cover the us right now. it's a monster!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

holeman and finch burger

whew. this trip has been a long time in the making. the famous holeman and finch burger. some consider the best in america. and it was finally within my grasp.

so the wiler and i made our way to h&f, which is kinda hard to find place. waited about 30 min and got seated. while we were waiting, we perused the menu, and decided along with the burgers, we would enjoy some of the deviled egg appetizesr and southern cola. and waiting till the end of the meal to decide on dessert.

southern cola:
coke, amaro and a lime juice ice cube. as the lime cube melts it changes the flavor of the overall drink. this will definitely be my summertime drink.

deviled eggs: bresaola, sriracha and pickled sunchoke
i loved deviled eggs anyway, and to add delicious ingredients....wowers

best burger i've ever tried. the only one where i could really taste the full flavor of the meat. fries were crazy good. and the homemade ketchup and mustard outta this world.

caramel bacon popcorn. imagine cracker-jacks but with bacon not nuts.
mmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm
the bacon bits would explode with bacony-goodness like a fine caviar.

easily one of the best meals i've ever had.

ack my arteries!

so on saturday me and the crew went to iron age. a korean bbq place, with an all you can eat option. which i optioned for.

the meat quality was so-so, but for 13.99, a great value.
you could get the brisket and pork belly, with a bunch on sides.
3 different dipping sauce, which were needed
also got the big bottle of soju.

ironage might be a little intimidating for the newbies, since the waiter would only really come by if you sounded a little button on the wall next to the table, which when pressed would let out a scream in the kitchen area. quite disconcerting at first, but then got kinda fun.

so here are the pics:

this was the aftermath, imagine the entire tray being filled with delicious meat.

pork belly (bacon, really)


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

this is gonna suck...

ender's game the movie - clicky

i love love love the book, but i don't think it'll translate well to the screen. here's to hopin' they dont mess it up.

something to brighten your dreary tuesday afternoon

also, if you don't play angry bird, DO IT!!!