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Entries from October 28th, 2002


October 28th, 2002 · 3 Comments · Potpourri, Recipes

I’ve been messing with a bit with The Rev. Results will be shared later.

I’ve also come up with a half-ass attempt at documenting the chili I cooked last night. More about that later. Here’s the “recipe” I came up with.

Farris?s Green-and-Red-Makes-Brown Chili

2 to 5 pounds of cubed or chopped beef
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt, black pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cayenne pepper, ground paprika, dried chipotle, ground cumin, brown sugar (a pinch of each)
2 bunches of green onions, finely chopped
2 red peppers, finely chopped
2 green peppers, finely chopped
2 yellow peppers, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
A pinch of garlic powder
A @#%!-load of cilantro, half of it finely chopped
Several leaves of fresh basil
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cloves of garlic, roasted
1 pinch of garlic powder
Any other garlic you might find hidden in your refrigerator
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 can beef broth
3 or 4 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
A small handful of cornstarch
Grated assortment of cheeses
A bit more garlic powder
Anything else you might think sounds cool along the way.

Heat oil to medium in large pot. Add minced and chopped garlic to oil. Liquefy half the veggies in blender, saut? other half in oil. Add meat, spices, and remaining garlic. Allow meat to half-brown. Pour in liquid ingredients, including liquefied veggies. Cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer 4 to 6 years for full flavor. 4 to 6 hours will do in a pinch. Thicken with cornstarch. Top with cheese.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but that’s a lot of shit.

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No way out

October 28th, 2002 · 1 Comment · Potpourri

I still haven’t the shittiest idea as to what I’ll be for All Hallow’s Eve. I thought about being me circa 2000, but that would be dumb. Any borrowed inspiration would be appreciated.

This weekend was nice. Friday night B and I went for din-din and a movie with Mike and Rachel. Their crockpot apple-chicken was kickass. Punch-Drunk Love was ok, though I did not like the artistic aspects of the movie at all. They belonged in a much more complicated movie. The sound and editing attempted to make it artsy for the sake of sound and editing, which kinda blurred the simple (yet neat) story.

After the movie we went to Steak and Shake. I must say, I like this concept. I’ll have to try it out sometime when I’m not full of crockpot chicken and queasy from a too-busy movie. We all just had shakes. Except B. She had a BROWNie.

(Read on for more about my weekend…)

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Unholy mother of Goat!

October 25th, 2002 · 3 Comments · Potpourri


“First let’s agree on what we don’t know. I don’t want to get into the details either, but I too have personal knowledge of the fluid under discussion. I agree it’s not a “lubricating secretion”–unlike the vaginal fluid produced during arousal, the ejaculate is watery and somewhat acrid to the taste.”

Make him stop! I didn’t flinch at the topic, and I didn’t flinch when he agreed to tackle it, but that comment went a little far for me. And it only got worse.

Look, this is a valid topic, but leave it to the Dan Savages and the other hit-and-miss sex columnists. I know Cecil is supposed to be a hip Marilyn vos Savant (though he’d cringe at that), but I have always pictured him as some cynical old asexual Catholic coot. Why can’t I just keep that image? It’s not a bad image.

Yeah, yeah, he can do whatever he wants. But I can still be disgusted, I repeat, not necessarily by the subject, but by the fact that I just never expected to read it there.

It would, however, be humorous to see a thread about this column in VagPag.

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At least I don’t look like I was drawn by a six-year-old

October 23rd, 2002 · 4 Comments · Potpourri

Shit’s starting again. Everything’s just blurring together. I don’t really mind it much when I can manage to get what I need done. I was on a roll Monday and early Tuesday, but by Tuesday night it all started unravelling. I just came home, watched “Cause & Effect.” TNG, fifth season, I don’t remember the production number. A pretty good one. One of those episodes you remember lots of lines from, but you don’t remember they were from that episode. Also had some of the gayest lines. Worf actually says, “It is a highly localized distortion of the space-time continuum.” I ate a salad, cooked some pasta, and drank some Dr Pepper (yech) because I didn’t want to put coke on ice. Thankfully, I did muster enough resolve to put a case of coke in the fridge, for next time.

After the show, I was going to do some homework that’s due Thursday, or at least catch up on some reading for other classes. Nope. Escape From Monkey Island. And, since I can’t do anything without it all inadvertantly tying back to Trek, I discovered something cool. While playing, I noticed that one of the character’s faces kinda looked like Dr. Ira Graves (I’m not going to tell you who that is.). Then I listened — it SOUNDS like Ira Graves. This is fucked up. Then I remember, “Didn’t the guy who played Ira Graves also play the old bastard in charge of Rura Penthe?” TO THE BATPOLE — er — imdb! Yup. That’s him. That’s kinda cool. He’s got a great voice, but they also made his character’s face look a lot like him.

[ Please continue for more about Monkey Island, Trek, and the Renaissance Festival… I, me, mine. ]

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Still unsure

October 22nd, 2002 · No Comments · Potpourri

The Boston Public premiere was last night. New students, new faculty, new haircuts… Same shit. Brooke Harper was as whiny, squinty, and annoying as ever. She still needs to be smacked around. I enjoyed the show, really, but at times it just seemed like a parody of itself. I seem to recall myself last season cracking a joke along the lines of, “Well, at least they haven’t had a student flush a baby down a toilet.”

[ Read on for more very easy jokes about BP, Jeri Ryan, and the “creative” team behind everything currently (questionably) labeled “Star Trek.” ]

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