I Love Food

May 3, 2006 at 12:40 AM | Food, Site/Personal, TV | 2 Comments

I absolutely adore food! I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love watching other people cooking! I’m not sure where I stand on the issue of watching other people eat or having other people watch me eat, but it’s probably OK too. As a matter of fact, my favorite channel as of late has been the Food Network. They’ve got interesting shows on there about food found in other parts of the world… hell even the shows about the different foods found across the US are pretty interesting because there are just so many stories behind it all. Every dish has its unique history and I find it incredibly entertaining and educational, and thus is a perfect candidate for the “edutainment” category.

And then they got the standard cooking shows where a host shows you how to cook up something wild. And you’re watching it and you’ve convinced yourself hey I could do that too… if they’re doing it, why can’t I? They make it look so terribly easy, don’t they? And the thing is, you have no idea if what they’ve cooked on the show is any good. A third party’s opinion never helps either… I don’t recall ever seeing someone dislike food cooked on one of those cooking shows. But maybe it is actually that good? Who knows.

What else do they got? Food competition shows. Iron Chef is the classic example, but they’ve got new ones… the other day I was watching one about building gingerbread mansions, that one was pretty interesting. One team was building Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the only building that I recognized. I think I may have already mentioned this before, but I think Frank Lloyd Wright was a sham… but that’s another story.

And then they got the lovely Giada De Laurentiis on there, I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with her.

But anyways, the other day, I was baking these chicken drumsticks in a very freestyle manner and I was thinking that perhaps it would be cool to put some of these freestyle recipes on here. Or compile them into a book when I get enough of them. Now, the drumstick recipe I don’t quite have down yet because I’m still working out the kinks. Now, when I say freestyle, I mean cooking without following a certain recipe and probably with little to no precise measurements. Just pulling stuff off shelves and cabinets, throwing it all together to make a dish. But then I thought, if I documented these recipes, would they cease to be freestyle? I think that they would. But is that really important? Every documented recipe must have had its beginnings in freestyle experimentation, right? I would simply be sharing the fruits of my own experiments. Now, how many of these should become full fledged recipes that somebody would want to actually follow on a regular basis? Which ones are worthy of reproduction? Who knows.

8th & Ocean

April 18, 2006 at 8:43 PM | TV | 1 Comment

What a fantastic show. There’s just a couple of things that bother me about the show…:

  • It might take a couple more re-runs, maybe another classic MTV marathon of the show… but yeah, I still can’t really tell the twins (Sabrina and Kelly) apart.
  • That Britt… she’s smoking hot, right. Only thing is the name, yeah… I used to know a Britt back in high school, but that Britt was a guy… kinda ruins it for me.
  • All those guy models… my god what a bunch of dirtbags.
  • They keep showing people’s names every time they show up at a different location… they don’t give me a chance to learn their names n shit, and thus problem #1.

Bitch

April 1, 2006 at 5:18 PM | Random, TV | No Comments

I’ve come across a lot of articles on the internet recently that discuss the topic of people swearing more and more. I’d link you to some, but I’m too lazy to. Plus, I bet you’ve probably seen them too. I even saw a news report on it. And it’s true. And someone’s to blame, be it music or television… whatever. While I don’t have the foulest mouth around or the foulest posts around by any means, I still think that I could probably cut back on my use of swear words in general. I personally think it’s a bad habit of mine and I wish I didn’t do it. But not by replacing with the weak replacements of cuss words, I just wish I could be a little more eloquent about the way I communicate my thoughts and ideas.

But that’s not really what I’m here to write about today. I’m here to write about the evolution of the word “bitch.” I think that “bitch” has come a long way since I’ve been around. Have you noticed? It used to (almost) be on the same level as “fuck” and “shit.” It’s almost been reduced to to “damn” status, and we all know how weak “damn” is. Like, I remember they used to censor out “bitch” on the radio and TV shows, but nowadays they just let that fly like it wasn’t even anything to be concerned with. Is this change caused by the organizations that are responsible for keeping the airwaves profanity-free, like the FCC? I dunno. Well, whatever happened, it’s caused “bitch” to become a lot more commonplace in our homes and schools and I just find it amusing. And liberating. Like I’ve been living in the dark ages all these years.

The News

March 30, 2006 at 8:57 PM | TV | No Comments

So, I’m pretty sure the Fox 4 News meterologist just said “It may or may not be a tornado.” Now, I’m somebody that uses the term “may or may not” quite liberally, but I’m no weatherman. My god! A while back I heard the news anchor say that the causes of a fire were “shady.” What’s going on here? Isn’t the news supposed to be more professional than me? Are they trying to be hip? More on this after sports.

Beating a Dead Roman Emperor

March 21, 2006 at 10:00 PM | Food, TV | No Comments

You know what got old real quick? Taco Bell’s Chicken Caesar Grilled Stuffed Burrito. “One must peek under it’s little toga.” HA. It was funny the first time.

Fall TV Schedule

September 30, 2005 at 12:40 AM | TV | 1 Comment

Fall is a pretty exciting time… the weather starts to cool off, the leaves start changing colors, and yeah, let’s not forget TV:

Take a look at the Thursday lineup… all three of them shows are going down at the same time! How cruel is that?! I mean, whose bright idea was this to pit these three shows against each other? Surely such a move is bound to bring ratings down for all three of them. And there’s certainly no way for me to catch all three simultaneously and still know what’s going on in each.

Luckily for them, I happen to have the internet.

Mischa Barton

July 26, 2005 at 10:34 PM | Movies, Nostalgia, Site/Personal, TV | 2 Comments

Mischa BartonI’ve always felt like The O.C. robbed me of something. Someone, I should say. Mischa Barton. I was watching the show the other day and I was talking to Sam about it… I casually mentioned, “You know I’ve been in love with Mischa Barton ever since I saw her in The Sixth Sense?”

“She was in The Sixth Sense?”

I am actually fairly accustomed to hearing this response. I’ve come across way too many people who didn’t know that she was in that movie. So I gave him my usual reply:

“Yeah. She was the dead girl.”

Yeah, you remember the dead girl!! The dead puking girl, if that helps. But let’s not stray far from the obvious question here. You may be wondering: just where do I get off by saying that I was in love with Mischa when I first saw her there? I mean she was pretty young at the time–she was, what, 13 at the time? You also have to understand that I was pretty young back then too, I was like 15. We’ve both kind of grown up together. Well… not together, but you know what I mean. Uh… simultaneously?

But the point is, I’m not sure too many people are even aware of most of her other works, pre-Orange County. I went on to check out Skipped Parts, Lost and Delirious, Tart, and Lawn Dogs… all good movies in my opinion, all made better by Mischa. Check em out if you get a chance.

And then The O.C. blows up and now all of a sudden, she’s everywhere in all these magazines and commercials… crazed fans started popping out of the woodwork left and right. It’s just not right.

I guess it’s the same sort of feeling you get when your favorite, secret little “indie” band all of a sudden “sells out” and goes “mainstream.” You know you should feel happy for their success… but having to suddenly share them with a larger number of (less deserving) people isn’t fun.

I’d Rather Watch The O.C.

May 5, 2005 at 9:34 PM | TV | No Comments

So last week, I don’t know how many of you caught this… but yeah, last Thursday, the President held some sort of news conference, that was televised on like 6 different channels. 6 of the 7 channels that I get (I get a very basic, basic cable–you can’t get a lower package; I pay like $3 a month) was the President holding this live conference where he was talking, answering questions or some bullshit like that. And I was like “What. The. Fuck.” Because it was at 8/7C on a Thursday and that’s when The O.C. comes on. Any other time, it woulda been fine, like I dunno, hold them types of conferences at like 1 or 2 in the afternoon n shit, that’s cool with me. So I turned the TV off and went to do something else. But I guess Fox did good. They came back and played 2 episodes of it this week. Back to back. Shit was so intense.

Commercials

March 20, 2005 at 2:17 AM | TV | No Comments

Let’s talk about commercials again. First up, we have Burger King’s Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch commerical featuring Darius Rucker (“Hootie” from Hootie and the Blowfish… he probably doesn’t like to go by “Hootie” but he probably had to assume that comes with the territory when they made up that name… but I digress). Man that song is catchy. And the ad itself is unlike anything I’ve seen anyone dare to attempt before–simply amazing. Of course, when I first seen it, I was like “OMG, what the hell is this?” because yes it was shocking. Now, it makes my day. It’s probably risen to Geico’s “Tiny House” commercial in my ranks, but only because the surprise of “Tiny House” has long slipped away after that first time I seen it.

The next order of business is the recent Saturn commercials. What is the deeeeal? They are totally getting out of hand. You seen that one that had some woman talking about being pregnant? She ended with something like “… I thought I would be pregnant forever! …That’s why I bought a Saturn.” Say what? The same goes for all of those “and that’s why I bought a Saturn” commercials. Next time you see one of them, really think about what the connection is. Or the lack thereof. Shit don’t even make sense, it’s fucking ridiculous.

Jingles

March 15, 2005 at 3:40 AM | TV | No Comments

People in the surrounding area will appreciate this one, I’m sure. TV commercials nowadays… they’re totally getting to me, when I know they shouldn’t. I’m talking about dumb commercials like Dick Edwards little jingle “When it’s car buying time, keep Dick Edwards on your mind.” It’s all stuck in my head–I be thinking about it at the grocery store n shit. I’m serious… I was pushing a shopping cart around at Dillon’s, whistling the tune. Some girl was all looking at me funny when she heard me whistling while I was loading groceries into my car in the parking lot. This is really when I discovered that having that jingle in my head was a problem. Not because of the girl, but because I realized that I had their blasted jingle in my head… and it wasn’t even car buying time. Just imagine what it’d be like if it actually was car buying time. The other thing is, I’m confident that if I would’ve seen the same commercial years ago, it wouldn’t have phased me the slightest. My resistance to these stupid things has really declined over the years. Or maybe they’re just getting better at it. Hell, there was even a time when I had the jingle for that air duct cleaning service stuck in my head. You know the one with the “big red truck”? I could’ve swore that commercial was a joke when I first saw it… I was just waiting for it to cut short at any moment with a proclamation that it wasn’t going to save me any money on my car insurance. Call Geico.


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