Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mayan Holidaze

Just made my second deposit for my trip to Mayan Holidaze.  I've never been before, but my friend assures me that it's worth every penny of these deposits I'm making.  I hope so, I've never put up so much money for a trip so far in advance in my life.  It's supposed to be cool though, 4 days at an all inclusive hotel about 20 minutes south of Cancun, on the beach.  There's nightly concerts also, by Umphrey's McGee, Disco Biscuits and STS9 - all of which I don't regularly listen to. In fact, if I've ever listened to any of them, I'd be surprised.  I'm just in for the all inclusive hotel on the beach part :D  I suppose I should start beefing up my listening.

here's a link if anyone is curious about it:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Update - sink hole

Looks like they're out here first thing fixing it, just in time to save the Friday night drunks (I live in an area densely populated with bars). Sigh. Not that I wanted anyone to get hurt, but drunks do the darnedest things, myself included. Happy Friday!
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's a sink hole

There's a sink hole across the street from my place. It's real exciting for people. You can't really see the two guys on their bikes, but they're there, and daring each other to jump on the sunken edges. I'm guessing alcohol is involved. Hindsight says I should have let my dog sniff the bush she was so intensely interested in, so I had a reason to stand and watch without coming off as a weirdo. Although I'm comfortable coming off as a comedy lover.

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A budding love for philosoraptor

So, I'm a big internet meme fan.  Recently though I found philosoraptor, and I'm really digging what he has to say.  Here's some more information from an internet site:


One of the more thoughtful (and successful) Advice Dog variations, Philosoraptor challenges the reader with his deep, existential, Paleolithic questions.

Name Origin

Although the word “Philosoraptor” appears on the original t-shirt design, the word Philosoraptor has been found prior.
One of the earliest mentions of a philosoraptor on the web was posted by Hope, age 10, KY, USA; December 28, 1998 on the children’s site
I like the philosoraptor because it spits an acidy type of substance in its victims eyes. I saw this dinosaur in the movie Jurassic Park and I did a report on it also. This dinosaur is da bomb.
Philosoraptor also appeared on Urbandictionary July 19th, 2008.

Also, there was a YTMND, created March 30th, 2007 yet has only been viewed under 1500 times and did not result in any kind of fad. As of December 7th, 2009 it is the only Philosoraptor YTMND. However, Template 2 of the Memegenerator Philosraptor uses the same image as this YTMND.
As is self-evident, the name “Philosoraptor” is a combination of the words philosopher and velociraptor. Because of the similar sound of the two words, it is quite likely that different people arrived at the concept of a Philosoraptor independent of one another.

As Memegenerator memes go, the common comparison of measure is “Advice Dog”, the meme that gave memegenerator a reason for being.

The largest peak in Philosoraptor queries began in December of 2008, two months following Smith’s copyright.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Jalapeno Plant

So, this lady I work with has a very successful home garden (or so she represents) and one day she told me that she had way too many chive plants and asked if I wanted one.  I said sure, but I secretly knew that me and plants don't get along.  Once a plant moves in with me, it has about 1 month to live.  So, I placed this plant in my apartment window, and low and behold, these things are growing like weeds!  I can't believe how quickly they grow. 

The chives have given me what is realistically probably a false sense of a green thumb.  But right now I'm convinced I have one.  So I impulse bought a jalapeno plant at the grocery store.  And week 1, success.  it hasn't died.

But I live in a small apartment in the city, and I only have this one window that gets plently of sunlight that works for growing.  Right now it looks like I have 3 small jalapeno plants in a square planter that I'm guessing is approximately 4" x 4".  Sources on the internet say the plants could eventually grow to be 3 feet high.  Has anyone successfully grown jalapeno plants?  Do they need like a cage or something to hold them up, or are the stalks strong enough to support themselves? 

I'll try to update weekly on the status of my plant.  I'll upload some pictures later. ;;)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saturday Night

So in a mild drunken stumble on Saturday, I had a brilliant idea to get my septum pierced.  3 days later it still hurts, A LOT.  Anyone have this done, and maybe have any ideas on pain relief? 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Plants v. Zombies

So this game pretty much rocks.  It's a computer game, and its responsible for wasting hours of my time.  Although I've been stuck at the night time - hard level in survival mode.  I cannot beat it, and it is driving me crazy!  I suppose youtube may have an answer...

Anyway, I suggest checking it out if you like strategy type games to pass some time.

Quest for a good green chili recipe

It seems like for years I have been trying to perfect a green chili recipe.  I have gotten close, but I have never really developed a system for keeping track of the recipes I like and the recipes I don't like, along with new ideas to make the ok recipes better.  So, I'm going to use this blog to hopefully develop some kind of system, and maybe get new ideas.  There's a restaurant here in Denver that has me convinced they're using corned beef in their chili because of the flavor, but they may just performing the whole "corning" process on pork (I'm not sure the term or how you make corned beef).  I'd like to figure that out and try it out something, but probably not with this first receipe. So, here's recipe #1.  I'll post results later.

2 red onions, chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and halved
3 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and halved
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
10 flour tortillas, warmed

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss the onions, tomatillos, jalapenos, and garlic with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast until soft and starting to brown, about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring twice during roasting.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat. Brown the pork, in batches, until well-browned. Add all of the pork back to the pan and cover with chicken stock. Add the roasted vegetables, cover the pan and place in the oven. Cook until the pork is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

While pork is cooking, place the cilantro in a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of water and puree. Remove the pork from the oven and stir in the cilantro puree.

Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.


I am ready to return to bed.  I hate Monday mornings.  Who knew the wikipedia article on Monday actually had so much to say?