Friday, January 31, 2014

Fruit In Frosting?

Fresh fruit in buttercream frosting?

Could this actually work?

I tried using raspberry extract, and... maybe it's just me, but it tastes kinda... pink. Not like raspberries. Maybe I need more extract? Maybe fruit & butter don't mix?

I don't know...

Just Say Yes

A general rule of thumb, in improv, as in life, is that saying yes to things brings more fun, excitement, and happiness than saying no:
The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you're improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created. So if we're improvising and I say, "Freeze, I have a gun," and you say, "That's not a gun. It's your finger. You're pointing your finger at me," our improvised scene has ground to a halt. But if I say, "Freeze, I have a gun!" and you say, "The gun I gave you for Christmas! You bastard!" then we have started a scene because we have AGREED that my finger is in fact a Christmas gun.

Now, obviously in real life you're not always going to agree with everything everyone says. But the Rule of Agreement reminds you to "respect what your partner has created" and to at least start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.

As an improviser, I always find it jarring when I meet someone in real life whose first answer is no. "No, we can't do that." "No, that's not in the budget." "No, I will not hold your hand for a dollar." What kind of way is that to live?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Help Me Out, Here...

How... is copyright infringement a matter for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?
On Jan. 18, special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and local authorities briefly interviewed a man suspected of using an electronic recording device to record a film at an AMC theater in Columbus. The man, who voluntarily answered questions, confirmed to authorities that the suspected recording device was also a pair of prescription eye glasses in which the recording function had been inactive. No further action was taken.


They're going after knockoff NFL merchandise, too. Check out their rationale:
"Our agents are committed to combating the criminal enterprises selling counterfeit products which undermine our economy, and take jobs away from Americans," Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director John Sandweg said in a statement. "No good comes from counterfeiting American products regardless of whether they are jerseys, airbags or pharmaceuticals."

According to the Department of Homeland Security, fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets, and other souvenirs are among the 202,000 items — worth more than $21.6 million — seized by officers from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Patrol CBP, Postal Inspection Service as well as state and local police departments. [emphasis mine]

I'm just not sure how this kills terrorists, which is supposed to be the whole point and only job of Homeland Security.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The 90's Were... Not a Good Decade

And here I thought 80's pop culture was hollow and vapid:

[YouTube direct link] (Viewer #48,600,834)

Kinda makes me feel old that the 90's generation is starting to wax nostalgic now. This video has over 48 million views.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

High of Five Below Today, So...

I'm curling up with this video instead of going outside:

The Best Fireplace Video (3 hours)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Favorite 80s Movies

From this list:

Karate Kid
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
The Dark Crystal
Maximum Overdrive
Three Amigos
Full Metal Jacket (1st half only)
First Blood
Princess Bride
Die Hard
Blues Brothers
Empire Strikes Back

Oddly, Not Hating Steve Carrell in This One

Saw "Despicable Me 2" yesterday, after it was recommended to me by a friend.

I was dubious, because I wasn't that thrilled with the original.

However, since they'd established Gru's character in the original, they were actually free to do something with it in the second one.

In this case they chose to do a take on the "didn't seem right for each other at first, but then they really grew on each other" love story.

Some weird elements are thrown in, because that's the nature of the franchise, but Lucy is just a more focused version of the same Manic Pixie Dream Girl character trope that Katherine Hepburn played in "Bringing Up Baby" (except with purple minions in place of the leopard).

Anyway, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and kudos to the writers for their reference to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers":

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Forgot Hobby Lobby

Via Cheezburger:

"Stuff from around the house" projects are ALWAYS a lie.

That goes double for recipes.

Friday, January 24, 2014

See? I *Told* You This Was the Best Part of the Movie would NOT make cufflinks out of just ANY old line, only the awesomest one in the whole film:

Because, as much as Lucas may have thought he understood him, Han never would have said, "I love you, too," as the scene was originally scripted.

Everybody's got a smuggler/princess combination in their lives. Your Beatrice and Benedick who are too busy being sharp-tongued and witty at each other to realize they're perfect for one another (although the chemistry is obvious to everyone observing). Or maybe you ARE that couple.

Once that couple realizes they belong together, this cufflink set is great tribute to their romance. The pair features one cufflink with Leia's picture and the words, "I LOVE YOU." and the other cufflink with Han's picture and the words, "I KNOW." It's romantic and sassy and perfect for that couple, whether you know them or are them.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Because Embarrassing People is Fun

I won't mention names, but my favorite couple is having an anniversary, so here's to celebrate:



Anonymiss made some party favors:

Various bread-based treats:

and lots of sugar for dessert:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Speak Whale

[Whale voice message - I love you and I miss you] (viewer #87,906)

Yeah, this made me giggle.

On the other hand, I think it would be sweet to get voice mails like that.

You know... if they had a little less whale song.

[title reference link]

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Accurate, But Still Comforting

Musings of a Minister's Wife actually counted and posted the entire list, with links.

It's more like 80.

But that's still a lot.

So cut the fear, already.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some Days Are Like This. Let Me Help

Anyone out there having a "despondent kitten sitting in a bucket of water while sad music plays in the background" day?:

[YouTube direct link]

Go ahead and tell me your problems. I'll be your warm, fluffy towel and bowl of cream.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Struck: If Only They Made All Chick Flicks This Good and This Short

Probably the best short romantic comedy since "Validation". Tightly directed, not a single wasted shot.

[YouTube direct link] (Viewer #72,963)

And yeah, this HAS happened to me.

Although the girl in question looked more like the one at the bus stop (stick around for that scene after the closing credits). I don't go for blonds.

Pause it at 6:43... see how she's got that unruly bit of hair sticking out to the left?

Yeah... that girl's hair would never behave. It was one of her charming quirks.

...I still miss her sometimes...

Oh, and for the benefit of any lurking mutual acquaintances, I'm not talking about my ex.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Comparative Religion

From the Daily Mail:
People who are religious are healthier and take fewer sick days, new research suggests.

They are also less stressed and anxious at work, the researchers found.

Experts believe this could be because spirituality offers a "buffer against strains" of modern life.

A psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Stockport found that the more religious a person is, the less likely they are to suffer from anxiety, depression or exhaustion.

Dr Roxane Gervais also discovered that employees who are religious feel their lives have more meaning than those who are not.

Dr Gervais surveyed workers in a bid to discover how happy they are in their home and working lives.

She found those who attend religious services feel more content within themselves and that they feel connected to a higher being.

Anyone who knows religious people would say "well, DUH!"

Hope they didn't spend a lot of money on that study.

The really interesting thing, though, is if you follow the link over and start browsing/skimming the comments, you'll notice that the anti-religious ones are all bitter, grouchy, and snippy.

Thus proving the article's point.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Saw "Empire" again.

This is still my favorite part:

[YouTube direct link]

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hopeful Thought for the Day

Had a rough day yesterday, and while randomly Googling for something uplifting, I found this:

It's been one of my favorite sayings for more years than I can count, but this is the first time I've seen someone make a graphic out of it.

I'll be thinking about this one a lot.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Typical Workday

[YouTube direct link] (Viewer #152,796)

Except for the color of the cats, this is how I spend my time.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Just Realized What I Sound Like

Saw this article about a smartphone app that will park your car for you.

My first thought was to complain about lazy kids today, utterly dependent on their phones, and the fact that eventually no one will know how to drive a car anymore, because future cars will drive themselves.

And yet... somehow I've failed to lament the fact that these crazy, newfangled horseless carriages have led to a tragic decline in people's horsemanship skills.

Why, it's gotten to the point where over half of today's youth can't even drive a covered wagon.


If anyone needs me, I'll be on the porch, chasing teenagers off my lawn with a shotgun.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hippies are Stupid

Arguing AGAINST washing your hands with hot water.
"Although the perception that hot water is more hygienic is based in some factual evidence … there are few, if any, hygienic benefits of using warm or hot water to wash one's hands," Carrico and her colleagues write. "It is true that heat kills bacteria; however, the level of heat required to neutralize pathogens is beyond what is considered safe for prolonged human contact."


You don't wash with hot water to kill bacteria, you wash with hot water because whatever icky, sticky, scummy things are on your hands will dissolve faster in hot water and rinses off your skin quicker.

Also, using hot water hurts the planet. I hate the planet. It keeps trying to kill me.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Challenge Ahead

Via Very Demotivational

Since I mostly type the date, this isn't as big of a deal as it's been in decades past, but yeah, this will still haunt me for about 2 months.