Sunday, November 10, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I'm posting this from Droid, so bear with me.
Okay, I was going through a magazine and I saw a device for the iPad that was thirty dollars and would let the kid draw on it.
What ever happened to watercolour paints and sidewalk chalk or letting your kid get dirty?
I mean, it didn't hurt me any, and you can't put a iPad on your fridge.
So my question is, when you/if you have/ plan on having kids, do you plan on going/ are going the technological route or are you doing things the let-em-get-dirty "old fashioned" route?
Let me know in the comments below or facebook/twitter.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Now, this summer has been crappy for television. Falling Skies was mostly meh, True Blood was annoying, and Master Chef isn't finished yet. (Yes, I do watch reality TV shows, but only like three of them.)
This is one of those prison drama shows, like Oz. It was a bit before my time, it had male nudity, and it was totally off the rails the last couple of seasons.
Now I guess it's an okay kind of show. It's not my cuppa, but it's got great dialogue. Anyhow I was watching it, and I realized, I knew that Russian.
It was Kate Mulgrew. She was awesome. I'm glad of this.
Now I've watched Voyager (yet another Netflix binge) and I HATED Katherine Janeway, absolutely hated her.
I didn't like Voyager either. It was probably the only series ((well the OS was crap too) There. I said it. Strip me of my geek cred.) Where I WANTED the ship destroyed.
Anyhow, after watching her portray the russian chef who could, I'm glad I found out it was the character.
That was my summer in television.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
My WiP which has been burning a hole in my keyboard since December is being edited, and I've started a Facebook page. Seriously, go check out Insert Witty Comment.
I also have started a tumblr. It's great, I post pictures, songs and odd things I find.
Now, what do you think I should blog about? Suggest it in the comments.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
DRM Will be determined by the publisher.
It is controlled by face and voice recognition, and can read you heartbeat. Skynet help us.
It will allow you to skype, and watch movies or play games at the same time.
Xbox Live players are matched through game, film, television, and music choice.
A partnership with EA Games will yield four new titles exclusive to Xbox:FIFA 14, NBA Live, UFC and Madden.
Halo is now a television series in its own right, streamed to premium subscribers on Xbox One.
You need to install every game to play and pay a fee for installing it on a different account.
The max blu-ray disc size at the moment is 60GB, but on average it's 50GB for games. 50GB a game on a 500GB HDD.
Microsoft has created an Xbox with Windows Eight. Good Job. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Hello Sony. With my pending purchase of a Mac (either Pro or Air, haven't decided yet), and my computer I am going using being formatted and linuxed, My life is going to be Windows free. Interesting.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Saturday, May 4, 2013
It’s been a year since Whedon’s The Avengers took the movie world by storm. The wait is over, and the newest film in Marvel’s film franchise. The first entry in Marvel’s “Phase Two” begins Iron Man 3, the first Iron Man film not directed by Jon Favreau, and it shows.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
But, I did finally get around to making a facebook page which you can find here:
I made a facebook page because it's super easy for me to update facebook, and kind of tedious to update blogger. Don't worry though, I WILL still be posting here.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
First of all I'd like to say whenever I bake something, I without fail, burn myself.
That didn't happen this time.
Also, this was my first time ever making "real mac and cheese."
Usually I use this:
with a little dijion, and it turns out pretty good.
But I was looking through a collection of old magazines and saw this:
and thought I had to make it. So that begin my adventures with Mac and Cheese, and the first time I've ever used a recipe. What can I say, I learned to cook by watching(mostly food network!)
The first thing I did was cut red peppers into inch(ish) sized pieces and boil them with a little garlic until they were soft.
Those smelled awesome as they were cooking.
While that was going on I toasted some panko breadcrumbs with a tiny bit of butter.
The recipe called for golden brown, but they didn't get quite there because I was afraid they were going to burn. So I pulled them off the burner and mixed them with about two tablespoons of butter, and a 1/4 cup of parmesan.
It browned up later when I baked it.
After that I added some very very finely chopped roasted red pepper from a jar and 1/4 cup of the jar's juice to the boiled red pepper along with a cup of sharp cheddar, a cup of mozzarella, a quarter cup of cabot white extra sharp cheddar, and a good spoonful of chili paste. The recipe called for peppadew but I live in a hick town, and the grocery store person hadn't even heard of peppadew.
Then I mixed it for awhile (the recipe called for a food proccessor, which I don't have for some ungodly reason, and I highly reccommend you do that if you don't like chunks of red pepper.
This is what the mix looked like when I was done:
Yes, that is a horrible picture. I was afraid the mac and cheese would turn out watery, but it dried up quite nicely.
The recipe called for cooking the noodles until tender, but I cooked them until al dente, while the noodles where cooking I buttered my cast iron baking dish:
Then I put the noodles and sauce in the pan and topped it with the panko bread crumb mixture from earlier:
My mistake was topping it with parmesan half way through cooking, and yes those are breadcrumbs you see on the bottom of the picture.
No, I didn't eat all of it, there is still a good half a pan in my fridge.
Anyhow, it was pretty good, and a lot better than "normal" mac and cheese. I think if I had used the peppadews it would of had a sweetness that would have counteracted the slight spicyness of the red pepper. I might make it again.
Below are the original and my recipes,
Let me know if you try one(or both) recipes and how they turn out in the comments section.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Okay. First of all, I was in the drug store today getting cough syrup today, and I got carded. Yes, a nineteen year old getting carded for freaking Robitussin. That's just bullshit.
Now, unto the second part of my post.
I was on facebook today and saw this on my news feed.
According to the article
What the fuck is or was wrong with this teenager that they would huff compressed air.
According to the parents this was her first time "dusting."
I am calling bullshit on this.
This stupid girl got what she deserved.
Monday, March 18, 2013
I'm a semifrequent poster on Absolute Write, and by no means am I considering the self publisher route. I might down the road if I can't find an agent for the Steampunk I'm working on, or the novella currently lurking at the back of my hard drive is to short, and that it might be.
Now, I absolutely love Absolute Write, and there Share Your Work/Query Letter Hell sections have been invaluable to me.
Anyhow, I've lurked around the self publishing boards there because I was curious about the process. I've noticed that some of the users are, to phrase it nicely, prejudiced, against self publishing. I was wondering if I was imagining that so I did some googling and found some interesting things.
Namely that two users (I'm sure it's more than two, but those are the most prolific) have been banned while discussing selfpublishing on the board.
I just find it odd that these two did nothing against the rules and were both banned, but other members of the forum called them "hostile" when they were anything but.
Anyhow, that's just a random musing.
And now a random video:
Please note, it contains profanity.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Product Review: Star War's Earbuds.
After less than a month of owning these, and using them roughly five times, the left earbud has stopped working. I'm never buying these again, and I'll be contacting Think Geek about them.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Oz, the Great and Powerful Review.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Once Upon a time:
Season One was an interesting take on fairy tales and the overall plot: Emma Swan, an "ugly duckling" who wants a family of her own, finds her parents, her long lost son, and saves them and Storybrooke from the Evil Queen's curse. This was one of my favorite tv shows of the 2011-2012 Season.
Now season two has rolled around. Character derailment and flanderization abound, and I've grown tired of the little drama that could.
Revolution started with an intriguing plot, and had J.J Abram's as its director. This should be a winner, but the formulaic "Help Post Apocolyptia's various denizens and let's have a flashback" made me grow tired of this show quite quickly. Then the mid season finale-usually a month long break turned to three weeks.
Honestly? Had they just called it a season wrap at the end of the "mid-season" finale and then made us wait until next season I would have been fine with it, but this is just ridiculous.
That concludes this rant. Happy Trails.
What TV shows have you watched and have grown to love and hate?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
As readers of this blog know, I've shelved the work in progress I've been writing for, oh, five years or so.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I am sorry to all my readers for not updating either of my blogs for almost a month. The cause of this was a combination of connection issues and beginning my second semester of college. I plan on returning to my regularly scheduled randomness with this post.
This is a question I am posing to my readers, some of whom I hope are posters from absolute write. What do you do when you have too many ideas?
Right now I'm literally bouncing back and forth between this awesome steampunk idea and a fantastic idea for a time travel book. I just don't know which to tackle first. That's my post.
Oh and link of the day:
Enjoy, and as always, Happy Trails.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
It's a sci-fi, fantasy and (sometimes) horror blog where I'll post news, reviews and previews about those three genres as well as video game reviews.
Check it out and let me know what you think of it in the comments section.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Anyhow. This is my first foodie post, or at least my first post about a recipe. Today I will be posting about cheese balls.
Usually these are found in you deli area and are normall covered in almond slices and taste like powdered cheese or salt.
This is the recipe I use.
You will need:
4 ounces of shredded cheese (I used Cabot Seriously Sharp)
1 ounce of a fruity Wine or your favorite sparkling juice, I used St. Julian's Sparkling Raspberry Spumante. (optional)
4 ounces of cream cheese (Philadelphia of course)
2 tablespoons of french onion dip.
4 walnuts (optional)
To start mix the cream cheese and the french onion until the cream cheese is soft. I did this by hand but if you use a mixer it should take all of thirty seconds.
Combine the sparkling liquid/wine into the mixture. These will add a hint of sweet to the cheese ball. The mixture should be slightly runny, but it's fine. Add the shredded cheese and mix until the cheese is incorporated into the mix.
Form into a ball and garnish with walnunts. This is what mine looked like:
Yes, I know, it's shot from an iPhone. I didn't have my digital camera handy.
Before you garnish it you should let it stand for roughly an hour so it will thicken up.
Let me know in the comments if you tried it and how it turned out.
Friday, January 4, 2013
My personal goals for 2013 are as follows:
Lose twenty pounds.
Cook Coq Au Vin according to the recipe on Adam Robert's (Aka the Amateur Gourmet) Blog.
(Note, These two goals are not mutually exclusive)
Become a published author.
Spend more time with my family.
This is a first in a series of three about my goals for 2013.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Write at least two posts a week.
More content driven posts (ie posts about writing or photography or an opinion piece.)
100 views a month.
This is a first in a series of three about my goals for 2013.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Finish Editing my First Project
Finish and Edit my Second Project
QLH (Query Letter Hell) Both of them.
Find agent representation for both hopefully.
Write at least two blog posts a week.
This is a first in a series of three about my goals for 2013.