Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Front by ... Apple?

Either my eyes deceive me, or someone working at Apple likes Front242.


with the following lyrics from Headhunter:
"One - You lock the target
Two - You bait the line
Three- You slowly spread the net
And four - You catch the man"

That does it. I have to buy (another) mac mini now. ;)

update -- apparently someone else also noticed... and a long time ago at that! (among many others I'm sure)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

as sure as ferrets are ferrets!

Costumes are fun. There's no two ways about it. You can dress up all weird and act like an idiot.

I am an angry young man! Posted by Picasa

Usually this opportunity only comes around once a year, on Halloween. Luckily, it is possible to make up a reason to wear costumes at other times by having a murder mystery dinner party. This also provides the added benefit of having everyone dress up and act like idiots with you.

The whole gang! Posted by Picasa

Oh, and if you didn't know, the title of this post refers to something the White Rabbit says in Alice in Wonderland.

Yes, I did add some Flava to my costume.

Overheard during party, (re- harry potter release) "It's weird to see all these 15 year olds dressed up as wizards and stuff." Hi pot! I'm kettle! ;)

Sunday, July 17, 2005

What is it?

No Eric, I'm not talking about Dungeon of Doom. (or was it Taskmaster or Taskmaker or whatever? I can never remember)

The other day, I was talking to Paul about cheese. Actually, it started with a story in Slate on Rachael Ray. I said that the only things wrong with her are that she says "EVOO" and that she likes strong cheeses, since I don't like strong cheeses myself. This, of course, led into a discussion on the merits of strong and weak cheeses and finally into the eternal question of what the heck Cheez Whiz is (other than an essential ingredient in a real Philly Cheesesteak). To answer this, Paul sent me a link to a certain page in Chemical & Engineering News (from the American Chemical Society). If you wanted to know what the differences among Pasteurized process cheese food, Pasteurized process cheese spread, Pasteurized process cheese product, and Imitation cheese are, this page is the place to go.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't all about cheese. This covers all sorts of stuff like Whisky and New Car Smell. If you've ever wondered "What is it?", The American Chemical Society might just have an answer for you.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

He's like a god to us people

Today, I saw Alton Brown. Live. In person. It was quite fortuitous that I happened to wake up a little earlier than I planned. My master plan for this morning was to go test out my new (used) golf clubs at the driving range at 10AM. Since I was awake early, I turned on the TV and there he was. At the Barton Creek Square Mall. See? Waking up early is good for you!

In case you don't know who Alton Brown is, he's a celebrity chef/FoodTV personality. He's known for his scientific approach towards cooking, explaining the chemistry and stuff that goes on behind the scenes. This has earned him the worship of geeks everywhere.

How do you eat a pie with your hands? Fry it of course! Posted by Picasa

At the mall, he gave a little demonstration on pies. Basically, he wanted to make a more democratic pie. One that he didn't have to share, and that could be eaten with his hands. The answer? Make it smaller, enclosed, and fried. Apparently, this is a Southern thing and he said he didn't even see the round pies that we know and love until later on in life. Overall, the demonstration was more entertaining than informative (what do you expect for only a couple minutes in the middle of the mall?), though I did pick up a couple of pointers.

Oh yeah, speaking of Alton, season 2 of Iron Chef America starts this weekend.

Friday, July 08, 2005

And THAT's why I don't like ice cream...

The First Thursday of every month, South Congress stays open late. Booths go up w/ people selling clothes, crafts, whatever. Bands come out to play. I went down there w/ a couple of friends to hang out at Guero's. If you ever go down there, you should get a "Pinky Friedman". It's a drink, named after gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, that they had on First Thursday 2 months ago, made of Tito's vodka, OJ, and cranberry I think. It's pretty good, but the main reason you should have one is so that Daniel won't be recognized as "that Pinky Friedman guy" anymore.

So, after a couple of drinks, we meandered down towards Amy's for some ice cream. As we got closer, the skies darkened. Lightning and thunder crashed in the distance. The wind started whipping up. We had just gotten to Amy's when the storm reached us. This was a true Texas thunderstorm, with both sound and fury. Huddling under a sun umbrella doesn't work (they can't stand up to the wind), so we had to run for it.

A sign? Is there a connection between ice cream the rain? It hasn't rained here in a long long time. What are the chances of being caught in a storm just steps away from getting ice cream? Maybe ice cream is too much fun for me. I didn't end up having any after all... Ice cream that is. I had plenty of fun.