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Hot Buttered Rum

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

A little recipe for making a batch of hot buttered rum, perfect for the holiday season. You can omit the brown sugar and still have a tasty drink. Nice drink for sitting at home and relaxing.

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature (I like using Kerrygold butter)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey

Mix dry ingredients together, then mix in butter till it is creamed. Add the honey and stir in till well mixed.

Add a heaping tablespoon to a mug, 2-3 ounces (adjust to your taste) of your favorite rum. I would suggest Captain Morgan’s Private Stock. Add boiling water, stir and enjoy

The Red State

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Kevin Smith’s latest movie, “The Red State”, is coming out soon. My prediction is based on Smith’s antics at the Sundance Film Festival is that even Smith knows the movie isn’t that good.

Smith is best known for one movie, Clerks, and after that seeing how many jokes about masturbation he can fit into one film. The problem with this approach is Smith is finding it doesn’t pay a lot of movie nor make a lot of movie. Smith has a built in audience of people that will see anything he puts out, but has problems trying to expand beyond that circle The movie “Cop Out” was his last attempt and how well did that one do? Well enough where Smith tries to push part of the blame onto Bruce Willis for the movie failing.

I like some of Smith’s works; “Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”, “Dogma”. and even had fun watching “Mallrats.” But “Clerks 2”? “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”? You could take 10 minutes of the highlights from these films, put them on a loop for 99 minutes, and pretty much have the same movie, and they would probably still make as much money.

So come on Smith, buckle down and think about the writing. Get something good out there. I think you still have it in you.

Nook Review

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I got an early Birthday gift last month, a Nook from Barnes and Noble. So far I love the Nook. My reading time has increased because of it, mainly I find it easier to read in various places then a traditional book or magazine. I’ll out forth the pros and cons as I see them.

Pros

  • Light weight
  • No problem not charging it for a week even with 3G/Wi-Fi enabled.
  • Uses the ePub open book format, no vendor lock-in as you have with the Kindle
  • Plenty of books available.

Cons

  • Could use a better way to organize your books, such as by genre
  • e-Book prices can still be high
  • Magazine prices for the e-readers tend to be higher then a regular subscription.

The last two cons apply to all e-book readers, so not just a knock against the Nook. I know people that have the Kindle and love them, but I prefer the open format of the Nook. No problems getting books from Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc.

In my opinion, if you are a reader an e-book device is worth the money with the Nook being worth a serious look.

Hot Butter Rum

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

A little recipe for making a batch of hot buttered rum, perfect for the holiday season. You can omit the brown sugar and still have a tasty drink. Nice drink for sitting at home and relaxing.

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature (I like using Kerrygold butter)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
1 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey

Mix dry ingredients together, then mix in butter till it is creamed. Add the honey and stir in till well mixed.

Add a heaping tablespoon to a mug, 2-3 ounces (adjust to your taste) of your favorite rum. I would suggest Captain Morgan’s Private Stock. Add boiling water, stir and enjoy

Natalie Portman to Star in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

All I can say is “cool”

Next there should be a book combining “Gone with the Wind” and zombies. You could go two routes with this one: Civil War is caused by the issue of zombie slavery or the Union army is made up of zombies invading the south.

Yes, Stars Are That Stupid

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are threatening to leave Twitter. Why oh why you may ask? Well the question I first asked is why would someone join Twitter in the first place, but the reason Kutcher gives is that if Twitter goes ahead with the development of a television series. Why is this bad? It seems the  stars in question see this as an unfair intrusion into their life’s.

Okay, stop laughing now. These two created accounts, post to them, and they are afraid of an unfair intrusion into their life’s? Kutcher, Moore, you two made your lifes public and relish the attention, and the money it brings. Which is what I think is the heart of the matter, they won’t be able to control the cash flow from a Twitter television series, mainly the flow into their own accounts.

Simple rule to live by: If you don’t want your private life made public then start by not twitting your lifes to the web. What a couple of twits.

Susan Boyle

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I don’t watch reality television shows as I find them far from reality. That said I watched Susan Boyle’s performance on “Britian’s Got Talent” on YouTube. Wow, amazing voice and the judges were right. They and the audience were cynical of her before she started singing and then she blew them away.

David Letterman is Kissing Ass

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A running joke on Late Night with David Letterman while President Bush was in office was “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches”. These jokes were setup with a couple of famous presidential speeches and then the punchline was President Bush bumbling over something. Great stuff, everybody laughs.

Now we have President Obama, a great speaker as long as the teleprompter is working. One would think that Letterman wouldn’t pass up a chance for some easy jokes here would you? Well until last night there have been no jokes on this, and even then Letterman couldn’t follow through on the gag.

Letterman setup the gag with talking about how people have been complaining about President Obama uses a teleprompter, and making a snide remark at those same people. So Letterman decided to do a “Teleprompter, No Teleprompter” skit. Starts of with President Obama giving a speech, and very well as he does when reading from a screen. Next is the No teleprompter part. Should be an easy one, lots of clips of President Obama doing the stumble-fumble with his words. What do we get, President Bush fumbling over words.

I’m guessing that Letterman wants to be like Jay Leno and have the President on his show too. Making fun of the Chosen One is a probably not a way to make that happen. In the past Letterman has made fun of  a certain ex-President and how they pronounced the word “nuclear”. Time will tell if we will get jokes about “orion”. My bet is that not as long as Letterman has lip balm.

Why “The Watchmen” Dropped at the Box Office

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

First off, “The Watchmen” was a good movie. Good visuals and pretty faithful to the most popular grpahic novel of all time.  So why the huge drop at the box office in week number 2?

First off, the movie was pushed as a super hero movie. It really isn’t, the story goe much deeper and darker then that. How do you advertise a dark movie that relly pokes at the human physch? Well you advertise it as a super hero movie and hope no one notices.

The next thing is the R rating. Some complaints I’ve heard was that the sex and the violence of some of the fight scenes were way overboard. My thoughts, these people were right. You can show fight scenes without getting heavy intot he gore. And you can do alot with suggestion in letting people know that sex is taking place. Addressing these issues would not have changed the sotry and maybe got the film done to a PG-13 rating.

The final item I’ll address is that the movie is pretty faithful to the graphic novel. This is both a good (for the fans of the graphic novel) and bad. Another complaint I heard was people trying to figure out what the heck was all going on there. Well in the graphic novel it was easy for the writer to explain things, much harder to do in a movie. This tends to go for any book that has depth to it when trying to make a movie out of it, hard to translate tot he screen.

That all said, I’m waiting for the DVD to come out with the all the extra features. I might even see the movie once ore on the big screen. Then again I am fan of the grpahic novel.