Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fencing on Flight of the Conchords

On the latest episode of "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO, there is a song that features some fencers fencing and dancing. This is fairly amusing to me. This is from the 6th episode of the 2nd season. Enjoy.

(P.S. spread out the dicks)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Getty Awards

Here are my awards for 2008 movies. The only awards that matter.

Best Picture
Dark Knight

Best Actor

Best Animated

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger

Best Horror
Let the Right One In

Best Comedy
Forgetting Sarah Marsahll

Best Random
Ghost Town

Best Documentary
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

Best Heist
The Bank Job

Best Movie that thinks it is original
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Worst Movie
Fools Gold

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

All Things Skittles

So there's been an underground trend of mixing Skittles with booze. The earliest mention of this I can find or remember is an episode of the Simpsons when Homer tries to order a beer with skittles in it and is told no such thing exists. Then he just buys a six pack and a bag of skittles. He calls the concoction Skittlebrau. Now a popular drink is to mix skittles in vodka and then filter out the crud that remains and you get a delicious drink with no mixer (aside from skittles) needed. Here's a very detailed recipe.

Onward to "Chocolate Skittles". So I know these have been out for awhile but I'll give them a review because I absolutely love the other types of skittls out there. Chocolate Skittles are pretty dissapointing. I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but these aren't really chocolate heavy candy. I think where these fail is that they are trying to taste exactly like what they say they are (think jelly belly or bertie botts). It is not that these candies taste bad, they just don't tast particuarly good. I'd say skip them unless you are feeling adventurous and want to try something new.

Roland Burris = Liar

So apparently our good friend Roland Burris was not entirely truthful when explaining his relationship with our former Governor (Blago). Who would have thought that a man who would take a nomination from Blago would not be the "cleanest" of people. The Chicago Tribune is calling for his resignation and there's movement to start a perjury investigation because it is now clear that he lied when he said he didn't have any contact with the Blago camp. Is there anyone from Chicago/Illinois who is clean?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hot Doug Clips

So one of my shows that I watch every week is "Check, Please!" on WTTW in Chicago, one of the local PBS stations. If you read this blog you probably also know that I am in love with hot dogs, I can't get enough of them. And I love trying as many hot dog places that I can. I was lucky to grow up near a really good place hot dog place in the suburbs called "The Dogout". That place always made exceptionally great char-polish. I'd usually get one on my way to work at Ravinia when I worked there when I was still in high school. It is located in an area where a lot of Chicago athletes live so sometimes you'd get to see some Chicago greats like MJ or Ditka. Below you will find some clips from past shows. These clips are of some of the hot dog places in the city I like. Starting with my favorite, Hot Doug's.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Court Rules Autism Not Caused by Childhood Vaccines

So there are a whole punch of idiotic (mostly upper middle-class or richer) parents out there who think the vaccines that are out there for children do nothing but give them autism. Well a special court today struck them down once again saying that they are not entitled to any sort of federal compensation. I'd say most people from this demographic who believe this stuff consider themselves well educated but like to stick their heads in the sand when it comes to their children. Their most cited evidence for their claims is a medical study published in The Lancet that was later retracted. These parents reason that if all the other children are vaccinated then their child wont get sick, this is true but if everyone does that then the whole "herd" becomes vulnerable. Also a child can't get these vaccines as a baby so if a baby is exposed to these diseases they are often life threatening or life-altering (polio). What should be done to irresponsible parents who cause sickness or death to others because they didn't get their child vaccinated? Another argument the crazies like to use is that their child got the vaccine (MMR) and then like a week later they were Autistic. This is a an anecdotal relationship as these vaccines are administered around the time autism would become noticeable in a child. It also stands out to them because we as humans notice the outlier cases and not the millions of ordinary cases. Anyways score one for science and not hocus pocus urban legend myths.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hair Product

Picked up a refill of the hair stuff I've been using for the past 6ish months. It seems that they have changed the formula a bit. It used to be very hard, like a wax, and snow white. Now it has more of a creamy texture and an off white colour. Additionally the smell has changed slightly. The one advantage of this is that you can put it in hair that isn't very damp or wet. The older formula you had to have a decent amount of moisture in the hair to get it to take hold. I hope the new stuff works just as well. The product is a Texture Paste from Joe Grooming. Good stuff. I also recommend KMS Hair Play Molding Paste both very good. Both smell really good too.

(Very metro-ish post I know)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Week Recap and Stuffs

So I went to the Chicago Indoor Racing location in Addison on Tuesday. Got to drive on Track 8 for the first time. Its a great track very fast and fun to drive. The first two races I was 1.5 seconds off the pace and I had had the same kart twice in a row. So I thought I was having lots of trouble learning the track. So then I get a different kart and cut a second off my time. So looks like I wasn't having the trouble I thought I was now I just need to learn it a bit more (4 tenths to get to the tippy top).

LOST was good this week. 30 Rock was amazing.

Its finally warming up this weekend. Hope it stays around for a awhile.

Got to try out one of the hot sauces on some red beans and rice. It was amazing very flavorful and a good amount of kick. "Please sire, may I have some more?" Hopefully I'll be able to try out the other one soon. I need to get some food in my place that can accept hot sauces.

I finally got my racing footage on DVD. I edited it using iMovie '08. And it is up on facebook now. I really hate iMovie '08. The last time I did some fairly intense editing was about 3ish years ago and that was better than this piece of junk. BOOOO to iMovie '08 never should have been released.

I watched Hellboy II last night, good movie. The Hellboy movies haven't gotten the recognition/praise they deserve. Far better than 90% of the comic book movies out there such as spider man, superman, daredevil, hulk, etc, etc, etc.

Have a nice weekend.

Also buy a Slanket not a crap ass Snuggie. The Slanket is seriously the best blanket out there. Other good blankets are the Hudson Bay Blankets. I've got one from a great uncle, it weighs a ton so when you sleep you get weighted down and have a really restful sleep.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Random musings and updates

So last night on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Chicago was the featured city. I really enjoyed the program and learned about a bunch of restaurants I had never heard of. I'll probably try and check out all the ones that were featured on the show, minus the fancy seafood place. The final restaurant they featured was Hot Doug's (aka the greatest sausage store on the planet). He gave a good interview about the fight against the Foie Gras ban that was active in Chicago for about a year or so. I was lucky enough to get out there on Monday for lunch, so there wasn't a 40+ minute line outside. As per usual it was delicious, I want to go back for more on Saturday.

On another food related note, I received a gift of some hot sauces, they will be tasted tonight on some red beans and rice, most likely they will be yummy (mouth watering just thinking about them).

I finished reading the Batman graphic novel Batman: Dark Victory. It was pretty good, same guys who did The Long Halloween. This storyline heavily relies on that story so you should read one before the other. I'm now reading Batman: Contagion.

Flight of the Conchords is back on HBO. Check it out, funny stuff. Good dry/absurdist humor.

If you use blogger and want more of features/easier editing try using draft.blogger.com.

I've been editing some racing footage using iMovie on my macmini. Its taking awhile as the mini isn't the most powerful machine in the world and iMovie (at least the '08 version) is a piece of crap, I may abondon the project and use a decent editing program.

That's all for now. Lates.