Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The most recent Jersey Shore poll posing the age old and very pertinent question: which character in this group of misfits is considered the “most entertaining” star of their reality show? Which of the fake tanned, super buff, hyper sexualized, breast augmented, could possibly have taken home the title of most entertaining. The results are in!
Pauly D – 14% (1 vote)
Sammi & Ron – 14%
J-Woww – 14%
Angela or Vinnie – 14%
Snooki – 42% (3 votes)
Mike “The Situation” – 85% (6 votes)
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino takes home the top spot with a staggering 85% of the vote. In a distant second is Snooki with 42% of the vote, and the other stars each sharing 14% with one vote a piece. Multiple answers were allowed which is why the totals add up to greater than 100%. It didn’t take long for “Situation” to take a commanding lead, taking in 100% of the votes the first six days of the poll.
Situation, who gained his self-proclaimed nickname from his washboard stomach, has quickly risen from reality star fame to full blown celebrity with his wild antics, memorable moments, and quotes which will live in the annuls of pop culture lore for decades to come. With the Jersey Shore crew reportedly bringing in $30,000 an episode for their filming of season 3, it hasn’t taken long for the more popular characters to find endorsement deals elsewhere. Situation, J-Woww, and Snooki appeared on the cover of the most recent US Weekly, and Situation’s recent conquests also include his current role in dancing with stars. But what makes Situation so entertaining to watch? For me personally it’s his anecdotes, quotes, and philosophies in life.
Life as defined by Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino:
Relationships: “Ronnie doesn't want to give up his cookie, and that's Sam. You need to give up your cookie, son, so you can go find another one. I'm eatin' chocolate chip cookies every night, dog.”
Job role: “It's like the Navy Seals. I get sent out first, do a little reconnaissance, bring girls back.”
His Roommates: “Angelina is the Staten Island Ferry: everybody gets a ride, and it's free.”
Friends of friends: “I put the hippopotamus to bed.”
There is much to be said about the scope of television and celebrity in general shifting from the typical Hollywood power houses like Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz, and so forth, to the reality and “every day” heroes such as Kate Gosselin and Situation. With media continuing to expand at an alarming rate along with social networking, the world continues to become a smaller place and who knows who may become the next star of their very own reality show on MTV. Is all it really takes now is birthing an insufferable amount of children or a nice set of abs? Now that you mention it, the situation going on is pretty nice...
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday morning at 5:54 am tests were completed that officially pronounced the well that has been spewing crude oil into our Gulf “effectively dead”. The monster has been slain, but at a great cost: 11 workers died during the eruption that started the flow of oil, an estimated 206 million gallons of oil have been released into the environment, tourism to the Gulf has declined, fishermen who are allowed to operate again have trouble selling what they catch, delicate ecosystems have been flooded with oil, and BP has lost billions of dollars in clean-up and compensation costs. This disaster has been more than an environmental catastrophe; it has affected the entire spectrum of society, from the oil tycoons to the shrimpers on the bayou to defining a presidency. We will continue to see these effects, and hopefully they will spur some real action towards cleaner energy.
So a hearty farewell to Macondo Well. May it rest in peace.
Friday, September 17, 2010
It's getting cooler here in New York City, which, after the summer we've had (hint: it was a trillion degrees), is quite possibly the best thing ever. I don't think I have ever appreciated autumn more than I do this year. It was that bad.
Aside from the hell of this summer, I am generally a cold person. You know the type. Usually of the female variety, shivering whenever the temperature dips below 77 degrees, hands and feet and maybe even the tip of the nose like ice. That's me. All the time.
So it should be no surprise that I am a big fan of soup. Like a really big fan. It makes me feel cozy and warm, two feelings that I don't experience as much as I would like.
I've been avoiding my dear friend soup for the last couple of months, but now as I feel that hint of wonderful crisp coolness in the air, my urge to whip up something soupy is renewed. Which brings me to Thai Noodle Soup.
The thing about soup is that it's really easy to open up a can and microwave the shit out of it and be done. But a lot can be said for home-made soup. They are nourishing and comforting in ways that canned soup just can't compete with. They are so, so worth the extra effort. Trust me.
Because this is a clear-broth based soup (for the most part), it's pretty easy to make. There is no mashing or roasting or sauteeing or anything like that. There is putting a few things in a pot and simmering them for as long as you can be patient. That's it. You can use whatever veggies you have on hand, just make sure you add them at the end of the simmering so they don't get mushy (mushy veggies are a personal pet peeve). You will be a homemade soup covert, I promise.
Thai-Esque Noodle Soup
1 package japanese style noodles (or any kind of long thin noodles...you could probably even use Spaghetti)
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
Sesame oil for drizzling
4 cups chicken stock
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons Siracha hot sauce (or more or less, depending on your heat tolerance)
3 tablespoons Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Mirin (sweetened rice wine)
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch curry powder
1/2 grated carrot
1/2 cup shelled edamame
1 teaspoon of lime juice
- Boil noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- In the same pot, coat bottom of pot with a drizzle of sesame oil and add minced garlic and ginger. Saute until golden-brown
- Add chicken stock, coconut milk, Siracha; bring to a boil
- Add soy sauce, rice wine, cinnamon, curry powder, reduce heat a bit so soup is simeering.
- Let simmer for 15-30 mins, covered. Add noodles back to pot with 5 mins to spare.
- Remove broth from heat, add carrots & edamame, lime juice
- Ladle into a bowl and commence coziness.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Next week I'll go through the remaining propositions.
For the full reports, visit the LAO website http://www.lao.ca.gov/laoapp/main.aspx. Again, to register to vote, visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm, the deadline for registering to vote before the November 2nd elections is October 18th.
Friday, September 10, 2010
To Microsoft and Bungie, the Halo games have been synonymous with success. Microsoft has made a small fortune off of the most successful of all multiplayer online platforms, Xbox Live. Halo 2 and beyond have all been available and extremely successful in not only building Live’s membership base, but also in profits made from Downloadable Content (DLC) that is available for all the Halo titles. When purchasing some kind of expansion DLC, typically “map packs,” which allow online players to play on new and sometimes refurbished versions of maps from earlier Halo titles. These keep things fresh and new for players trying to partake in the ultimate in gaming experiences. Playstation 3 and Wii offer similar online gaming arenas, but both pale in comparison to the sheer quantity and quality of titles and DLC available for the Live. Not to mention the endless hours of entertainment one gets from listening to the rantings of rednecks, racists, and computer nerds alike.
The original Halo provided something everyone had seen before, but still revolutionized first person shooting enough to warrant numerous game of the year awards and according to xbox.com received 48 other gaming awards during its reign. The original installment brought fluidity to the first person shooter and an exciting premise which would spawn (no pun intended) what will soon be four sequels.
Halo 2 & Halo 3 brought more of the same with an interesting “save the world” premise, and most importantly, the birth of multiplayer on Live. With the campaign (single player) becoming less and less of a factor as the Halo sequels emerge, people are asking for more when it comes to multiplayer gaming. Everyone and their mother has killed a swarm of grunts and elite as the Master Chief, but how often does one get to lay waste to their friends next door, that racist kid in Texas, or perhaps a couple of honest-to-God asian kids gaming in the hoods of Japan.
With the latest installment in the Halo series, ODST, was a huge failure. Well, I suppose that depends on how you look at it. Halo 2 grossed a cool $125 million in its first 24 hours of release, Halo 3 earning $170 million in the same time frame, where it took ODST a full two weeks to earn its first $125 million. Regardless of how it looked on paper ODST was a disappointment to fans everywhere. It brought one new element of mulitplaying called “Firefight” which was horribly slow at easier difficulties, and virtually impossible at more difficult levels. Even the campaign was a disappointment; bringing a new visual element to the game which only provided gamers with headaches more than anything else. With Halo Reach less than 72 hours away I can only hope that Bungie will provide die hard fans with a new drug to get slowly addicted to and not provide another healthy dosage of ODST buzzkill. Please deliver us another Halo masterpiece Bungie, but also realize we will all buy your game regardless.
Monday, September 6, 2010
May 25, 1965 - the highly anticipated boxing rematch between Muhammed Ali (then Cassius Clay) and Sunny Liston, so Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce will be watching it in the closed circuit theatre.
The other guy(George): Ijust brushed my teeth. You floss bitch!!
Undermind(me): U floss after every meal? yeah right
G Black(The other guy): I'm so floss, my teeth does it by itself
My brain(not text): WTF
Thursday, September 2, 2010
When I think of twilight I think of two things: the time of day right before either the sun or moon comes up and the other sets, or that limbo state of mind one finds himself in right after waking up from a dream or perhaps coming out of some kind of drug induced state. The former example is one of the things that’s on everyone’s bucket list, the twilight that can cause even the most icy of hearts (not a vampire joke) to melt when witnessed. The time of day that strikes fear into every gambler and party animal burning the morning oil, and is that indistinguishable wake up call for the business man taking a long weekend in Vegas; yet I digress.
Two days ago I had a tonsillectomy. For those who don’t know, means I went under general anesthesia for roughly 30 minutes to have them removed, and will be recovering and in pain for the next week or so. Along with this comes 2-4 teaspoons of hydrocodone (aka liquid vicodin) which I take roughly every three hours for pain. What I have experienced since waking up from the hospital bed nearly 48 hours ago can best be described as a lucid dream, or twilight. Once taken, I have about ten minutes of consciousness before experiencing nearly four hours of absurdity. Since my first dose I have successfully: pissed off my ex (not hard to do right), had multiple conversations with friends in which I have no recollection, watched a half dozen movies in which I couldn’t spoil the ending for you even if I wanted, and played an unusually large amount of Words with Friends.
What does all this have to do with anything? “They” say we only use a very small percentage of our brains and since having experienced these twilight states of being I would have to agree. In fact as I sit here typing this blog out on my computer under the influence of various amounts of pain killers and antibiotics who is to say what the brain is not capable of creating? I have had conversations, played games, created independent thoughts, and strung together three different definitions of one word into a coherent blog. These twilight moments that we experience in our everyday life can sometimes lead to some of the most brilliant and mind bending ideas ever created. “Fear and Loathing in