Archive for April, 2010


30 April, 2010

This has to be the most uplifting story I’ve ever read. I’m, also, a little jealous.

Local boy with cancer turns into a superhero for a day

Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spiderman called.

Spiderman happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he’s Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.

And Spiderman needed Erik’s help.

More Food…

28 April, 2010

I’ve been trying to make simple recipes really well lately and was trying for the perfect, inexpensive and simple pasta dish last night. I’m getting closer but don’t think I’ve nailed it yet.

I took fresh tomatoes and blanched them, then peeled them and put them, with salt and pepper, in a covered pot on medium-low heat for an hour or so. Then took a potato masher and mashed them. In another pot I took some olive oil, garlic, basil and crushed red pepper and let that simmer at low heat for 20 minutes or so.

After I mashed the tomatoes and took out the basil leaves and then added the rest of the olive oil to the tomatoes and stirred, recovered and let it simmer at low heat for 10 minutes or so. Then, boiled the pasta.

In a saucepan I added butter, some of the pasta water, the pasta and the tomato sauce and sautéed for a minute. Then plated it all with some sliced basil and some more crushed red pepper.

I used too much olive oil and canned tomatoes (already peeled, I figured why not) so I don’t think looked right. It tasted good, but it can be perfected still.

Birthday Waffles…

28 April, 2010

I made the GF some belgian waffles with fresh whipped cream and blackberries for her birthday breakfast. I just used Alton Brown’s recipe and made a few additions/subtractions to get it tasting right. Alton is a great resource for simple recipes.

They were great, coupled with fresh coffee made with my new single cup coffee maker.


28 April, 2010

Had to post this picture.


27 April, 2010

Oasis stars Andy Bell and Gem Archer must have sore backsides from sitting on the fence.
Neither bass player Andy nor guitarist Gem have taken sides with either Liam or Noel Gallagher since the Oasis split last summer.
But Liam is about to get them into rehearsal for live dates later this year and Noel has also needed the lads for demo sessions.
So it’s all pointing towards some difficult times when the inevitable clash of commitments happens.
A source said: “It’s a tricky situation for Gem and Andy.
“They are working with both Liam and Noel. Liam’s begun rehearsing tracks for his new project, while Noel has been doing demos of songs as well.
“It’s great for Gem and Andy, though. They get paid twice, but it’s bound to lead to trouble in the future.”
I hear Noel has more than enough material for a solo album.
He’s had house moving and family duties to take care of but once that has settled I’m sure he’ll be back to work.
Especially after another taste of the action on stage with Paul Weller last week.
He has also been recording with dance producers Amorphous Androgynous.
Duo Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans are responsible for one of the best rave tracks of all time – 1991’s Papua New Guinea, recorded under the name Future Sound Of London.
Last year the duo re-tooled Oasis single Falling Down to spectacular psychedelic effect.
A lot of people are excited to hear what tunes will emerge, me included.

Interesting… I’m not sure how I feel about this, if its true. I mean, ya it will be cool to have the band still working together amongst themselves, but I think this will just create musical inbreeding. Although, Noel could just be using Andy and Gem as demo musicians, not as his actual studio musicians, so we’ll have to see…

SSR: Inglorious Basterds.

23 April, 2010

I finally got to see Inglorious Basterds last night and my Split Second Review is this:

Kill Bill+Any Linear Movie Ever Made+Dr. Strangelove=Inglorious Basterds.

Tastes Like Chicken…

22 April, 2010

I made a very simple roasted chicken last night. I also discovered my own way of holding the legs in place by cutting holes in the skin and overlapping the legs as i slid them through. I don’t need no butchers twine…

Salt, pepper, Olive Oil and half a lemon, partially squeezed over the skin and then put inside the cavity. Baked for an hour @ 425. Perfect.

Hey Man, You Want Some EVOO?

22 April, 2010

Keep it on the downlow, man. Be cool…

Who would have thought that with all of this talk about keeping things local and the burgeoning food renaissance that is happening here that the problem is universal, and international to boot…

Slippery Business: The Trade in Adulterated Olive Oil.

Salt & Fat

20 April, 2010

This is seriously the greatest food blog I’ve ever read, for too many reasons to describe. The best parts, they talk about using left over chicken (something I do as well) and they pair things with beer without coming off in a “hoity toity not really a beer fan but I think I know about beer because of that time I went to a beer tasting and I like Stella Artois” kind of way.

Salt & Fat

Wait, Wait, Wait… WTF?

20 April, 2010

There was a Kitchen Confidential TV show? And it starred Bradley Cooper? WTF?


20 April, 2010

The Goofy Movie was never really my thing, but this is still pretty cool. I feel like a lot of the shots were way too tight, but thats just me…

Quite Funny.

20 April, 2010

Isn’t it part of their jobs to learn how to pronounce names properly?


19 April, 2010


Penguin Group Australia accidentally published copies of the Pasta Bible containing an unfortunate spell check error. A recipe calling for “salt and freshly ground black pepper” actually read “salt and freshly ground black people.” The company is reprinting 7,000 copies of the book, but not recalling ones that have already hit bookstores. According to the company’s head of publishing, Bob Sessions, it was an honest mistake. From The Age:

“We’re mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don’t know,” he said…

“In one particular recipe [a] misprint occurs which obviously came from a spellchecker. When it comes to the proofreader, of course they should have picked it up, but proofreading a cookbook is an extremely difficult task. I find that quite forgivable.

“We’ve said to bookstores that if anyone is small-minded enough to complain about this … silly mistake, we will happily replace [the book] for them.”

Two Step Timmy’s Traveling Blues.

19 April, 2010

I think the song title says it all. From Chicago Rock band Moses Cleveland.

This Movie Will be Great…

14 April, 2010

Russell Brand has said his latest film role has been inspired by the likes of Liam and Noel Gallagher, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Morrissey.

The comic is currently filming for Get Him To The Greek, which sees him reprise his character Aldous Snow from 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

In the new film, Snow fronts a band called Infant Sorrow, and when he was asked whether any musicians had inspired the role, he replied: “Lots. Jagger, Keith Richards, Bowie, Morrissey, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher. I’m friendly with some musicians so I’m able to watch them. They’re very different from comedians. They’re rude – at the least the ones I know. They’re so self-assured.”

To be honest I wasn’t that excited for this movie when I saw the trailer, but after considering how close Brand is with a lot of my heroes, maybe his performance will be pretty authentic.


Say What?

14 April, 2010

Girl claims injuries from price scanner

ERIE, Pa. — An Erie County jury has been asked to decide whether a 12-year-old girl was burned and later developed psychological problems when a convenience store clerk allegedly aimed a hand-held price scanner at her face.

Pure. Gold.

12 April, 2010

Skin and Bones…

9 April, 2010

Noel, TCT, TV Broadcast…

6 April, 2010

Noel could do this and this only for the rest of his career and I can guarantee that he would be successful and keep his legendary status.

Holy Shit…

5 April, 2010

Its Real, Indeed…

Amazing Interview…

5 April, 2010

Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs from Oasis, and now The Vortex, gave one of the best interviews I’ve ever read to

Yes absolutely, you know absolutely… I look back on them days as the proudest days of my life, I wouldn’t rewind the clock and not do it again. That’s an absolutely brilliant time of my life to be a part of it, yes, I’m dead proud when you walk in a shop and you hear a record you played on. Absolutely, to say you were a part of that band and what they achieved and what they did and recorded, then it’s just a massive thing, so definitely, I absolutely love it man.

Definitely Read the Full Interview Here…

Vintage Bear…

1 April, 2010

Oh, Man…

1 April, 2010

Liam Gallagher will make a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants later this year.

The former Oasis man worked on the project, providing the voice of the Salmon King – during a recent trip to New York. His cameo is expected to air during a one-hour special this summer.