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I’m experimenting with homemade Nutella. I’m close to a breakthrough in fat-guy snack technology here.
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Currently listening to Clutch’s new album “Earth Rocker.” Alkaline Trio has also been releasing songs from its new album “My Shame is True” one song at a time; that shit has also been my jam for a few weeks now. I’ve also been writing a lot for the last couple weeks, so The Misfits have been in heavy rotation.
I think I was up until around 11:30 or 12 last night; I’m old and it was a school night.
Last night I dreamt that I missed class. This has replaced my previous nightmare of missing press deadlines.
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By now, the trope of the surly record store employee is a well-worn cliché; likewise, the notion of women being disrespected or dismissed in typically male-dominated areas of interest (read: pretty much anything wherein proponents are prone to territorial pissing involving level of knowledge and/or authenticity) is much discussed. Admittedly, however, I’d never really seen this sort of thing firsthand. That is, I’ve been to cons of various stripes– and am on the periphery of various “nerdy” pursuits wherein this kind of behavior is allegedly commonplace– and never seen the kinds of dismissive, dickish behavior I’ve often read being detailed with great frequency.
Until today in my favorite record store. I’ve always assumed that, as with any niche pursuit, part of the fun is sharing your knowledge and encouraging converts– not acting as the arbiters and comptrollers.
The point here being this: it’s easy to be negative, and it may come quite naturally, but even the slightest tweak to attitude can make all the difference in the world. It’s easy to hear about what someone is interested in and respond with something akin to “You like that? Oh, that sucks.” when it’s just as easy– and far more productive to respond with, “If you like that, you should check out X, Y, and Z. They’re great.”
Always promote what you love instead of simply decrying what you hate.
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I’m not quite sure why I love this poster so much, but I’ve wanted to buy a printing of it for more than a decade. Every time I would find another copy for sale, the price would go up, and I finally found a copy for less than $200. I’m not sure where I’ll hang this yet, but I’m considering giving it a home in my office on campus.
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Bacon as a seasoning? Of course.
This probably isn’t an original idea, but I thought of this while trying to devise a way to add a smoky hint of pepper bacon to chicken fingers. Start with whichever type of bacon you prefer; I used thick-cut smoked bacon that I then seasoned with garlic, onion powder, a hint of cayenne.
Make sure your bacon is as lean as possible (turkey bacon also works well) and cook the bacon until it’s crispy to the point of nearly burnt. Once fully cooked and crisp, squeeze the bacon between sheets of paper towels to eliminate any remaining grease. Break the crispy bacon into pieces. You can also use or mortar and pestle for this. Place small bacon bits into pepper grinder and you’re ready to add bacon awesomeness to just about anything.
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Questionable Purchase of the Day: unnecessarily sturdy vinyl case. I’m now contemplating buying a second one and using the pair as endtables next to my couch.
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Learned Today: If you go to an open mic with another man to play a cover of Liz Phair’s “H.W.C.,” the plug for the mics will literally be pulled by the end of the first chorus. Syracuse officially has no sense of humor.
The 90 seconds we got to play were fun, however.
P.S. Like Joan Jett, Liz Phair looks better now than she did 20 years ago. It’s a little creepy.
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I found my old 4-track while I was visiting family for Christmas, and I decided to bring it back home with me to work on some projects. Instead of a more traditional New Year’s, I’m having some friends over for a jam session. Everyone brings an instrument and a side dish. These should help with anyone who needs something to play.
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I think my favorite part of Christmas is the hunt for the perfect gift; I like the challenge of people who are “hard to shop for” or the necessity of working around monetary constraints. My Christmas shopping is all done at this point, but I keep finding things that would make great gifts for my friends; I’ll be using this post to add to the list of (mostly very nerdy) gifts.
For the book lover: A scarf with pages of your favorite novel. It’s also a scientific fact that books are the 4th sexiest thing a woman could smell like, so why not buy her antique book scented perfume? Or maybe an entire book written as an awesome poster? Also, “English, Motherfucker, do you speak it?” There’s also this fantastic “Doctor Who” reading light and kitschy Shakespeare pillows.
How about some classic literature illustrations or a classy writing utensil holder or the most hardcore pen (that’s reasonably priced.
For the film and Art Lover: This sweet film map and Rocco Malatest posters or fabulous PosterInspired film posters or or minimalist Visual Etiquette posters or Fro Design Posters.
More posters from MonsterGallery and Adam Rabalais and Fox and Dragon and The Geekerie and Claudio Varosio.
For the weird venn diagram of hockey fan “Firefly” nerds: Mal and Jayne.
For your wino friends: Motherfuckin’ wineglass sippy cups and “Princess Bride” wines. And for the beer lover, sweet-ass custom Growlers. The Hemingway Cookbook or The Hungover Cookbook or a guide to Old Man Drinks. A wine rack for your bicycle? Sign me the fuck up.
For Stocking Stuffers: maybe some “Doctor Who” socks or “Star Wars” socks. Maybe an ugly Christmas sweater or a custom action figure or the Ultimate Lebowski Adbide Guide of these WWE minimalist posters.
These profane calligraphy cards are fabulous.
For those who imbibe herbal medicine: the fabulous iPod of vaporizers.
Some random Guy Shit: The strongest (and delicious) coffee in the world; Duffy’s Beer shampoo; beard conditioner or Burt’s Bees Supplies. Perhaps some “Fight Club” soap or even a surprisingly classy and stylish condom dispenser. There’s also these badass lighter cufflinks and Playstation controller soap.
Most awesomely, these cufflinks that can also be used to unlock a pair of handcuffs… in case you find yourself in the back of a squad car or if you just lose your handcuff key.
And I can tell I’ve been single for far too long when I’m surprised by the variety of themed bras and underpants in the world.
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I usually make batches of marshmallows every year around Christmas, but these were the idea of a friend of mine who was planning a date that involved a fireplace and homemade hot chocolate. I tried to explain to him that 1.) no woman has ever been impressed by a man cooking anything and 2.) no one cares about plating. Despite these facts, I tried to make these look as pretty as possible.
These marshmallows were made with this previously posted recipe. The marshmallows themselves are vanilla flavored and I used Penzy’s strongest vanilla extract.
Once these marshmallows were cut into 1 in.x 1in. x 1in. cubes, I dipped the bottom halves in melted chocolate. Make sure you scrape excess chocolate, or the marshmallows look funky and lopsided… but still taste pretty damn good.
Once the chocolate began to set, I rolled the marshmallows in homemade graham crackers that had been run through a food processor.
As I’ve said before, marshmallows are a real pain in the ass to make, but are totally worth it.
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This has been the soundtrack to my weekend. Thankfully, Rage’s debut still holds up. And while I hate to be the asshole who lauds the awesome sound quality of vinyl, I have to admit that ahrd rock and metal sound especially rich on vinyl.
To the anon comments about updating recipes: I will update the backlog once I’m done grading my students’ finals after Wednesday. See, if I put it here it’s officially going to get done.
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