Friday, July 31, 2009

The Flavor of WD-50

Does it sound appetizing?... Well,
remember the potty-mouth from Top Chef Masters?

image courtesy minxeats - click to go there!
click to go to MinxEATS blog!
TWoP's Aemilia ate at his (Wylie Dufresne) place 'WD-50'.

See what you think of the items she tried:
Fried Frog's Legs w/ pomegranate reduction & fruit balls that were 'sort of like caviar w/kelp pieces on top'

Hanger Steak Tartare, on top of almond paste w/ hyacinth reduction with banana powder and crispy strings of fried sweet potato. 'combo of bloody tartare w/ sweet really sort of blew my mind'

Pork Loin with Coconut Mustard Sauce w/ fried sweet potato balls and pickled leeks with bitter greens, and 'these clear threadlike things on top that I can't remember, but they seemed vegetable in nature'

(dessert tasting menu)

Tart Ice Cream with powdery raspberry crumbles... 'when I broke it open with my spoon, it had a center of balsamic vinegar'

Cheesecake - very tart and citrusy w/ lime ice cream & a pineapple gel and gelatinous slivers of pineapple pieces with pickled raisins.

Caramelized brioche that inside had this caramel filling, along with a ribbon of buttercream, and with vanilla ice cream and a cardamom (?) foam.

Chocolate Ganache and Cardamom Cake and Peppermint Ice Cream - sitting on a bed of chocolate cookie crumble that had a hidden molten chocolate mint sauce underneath
My opinion?
Some of it sounds as tasty as real WD-40.

But she said she liked it - maybe b/c she got a kitchen tour?

link- Aemilia's post re: her dinner, 4th one down.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Count to 300

...and you'll number all my posts so far.

So, for fun, lets peek at these other '300's.

{54 sec} *nice syncronization - lol at the :19 mark.

{90 sec} Beware of Lego-s with 5 o'clock shadows.

The movie '300' was a dynamic flick,
but it did take itself a tad too seriously.

I'll try not to make that mistake.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Huff This Way

I couldn't believe the article below.

A guy was huffing Redi-Whip in the dairy section.
They didn't arrest him til he went thru 28 CANS.

That's some fine security.

This could only happen at a WalMart:

(blog post via text msg)

Seeing The Light

Eyes w/ eyebrows, impressive.
...when you swing LEDs on a rope.

Had a light on his hat, too.

Run while swinging

The Flickr website has some amazing shots in their:
'Movement Of Light' collection.

{95 sec} It would never have occured to me to try to combine a spinning led top with a flashlight... but it worked for this guy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kathy vs. Arnie

Doppelganger vs. Terminator, place your bets!

KG protests! - click to go to Herald Dispatch article
Tonight Kathy decides that in order to be an A-lister, she needs to become an activist. So she takes on the cause of Prop_8 (the proposition that outlawed gay marriage) in California, and she's marching on Sacramento.

This should be interesting;
'She'll be back, Arnie'

see Kathy Griffin's doppelganger...
{40 sec} * couldn't find a vid of her XF ep

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bringing Sexy Back

I was tagged in Miss C's challenge:

'What makes you feel sexy?'

her pic, not mine - sorry ;-) Can't argue with her choice of sleeping in the buff.

But additionally, music puts me in the mood.

So for fun, here's a 'bad' vs 'good' comparison...

First, The Baaad:

*houstonpress*s 'Rocks Off' list.

They insist their ten (below) were chosen by a woman for a sexy night in. Ha, sorry guys, no fem would pick these unless she's a goth:

1) Street Hassle, Lou Reed's dying hooker? Seriously?
2) Libertango, : an accordian version?!... o so not hot.
3) Summertime, Joplin: her voice in this? - not sexy.
4) Superstar, SY's cover of an old 70's song -drags-.
5) Empty House, Air's 'Virgin Suicides' track drags too.
6) Sea Song, Doves: dull for a party of two.
7) The Operation, Charlotte G: a dissection song? Ew.
8) Inertia Creeps, Massive Ak: Repetitious & 'slowly'
9) Closer, 9 Inch Nails: FU like an animal? Charming.
10) Gabriel's Mercy Street 'perfect for drifting off' ??
- Nice tune, but lyrics of suicidal Anne? - Um 'No'.

On the whole, their songs are quite depressing.
My guess? A dateless old geezer picked'm.

comments from their own page:

played some of these with my wife ...
She gave me a 'wtf r u listening to?' look.

tried it and she went cold with the Lou Reed.
She up and left with the Janis Joplin...

When... hotel porn music just won't do

Holy balls, what a terrible list

If my man started playing this crap,
I'd have my clothes on by the end of song 1

Now here's my more upbeat list:

'The Good',

or 'Some Songs I'd Pick Instead'.

1) Of Peter Gabriel's music I'd pick In Your Eyes*
'* 'boom box' song from movie 'Say Anything'

- - Hm. - I'll just go with more movie songs...

2) remake: 'Anyway You Want It'
movie - Charlie's Angels Full Throttle ;-)

3) 'Take Me Away ' yes, from 'Freaky Friday'*
*included because it makes me laugh, and after that other list I needed a bit more humor.

4) 'Sky and Sand' from movie 'Berlin Calling'

5) 'Haan Tu Hai'(You Are The One) in 'Jannat'

6) 'Seasons of Love' from 'Rent'

7) 'Check On It' Beyoncé/Pink Panther movie fun

8) 'How Did You Know' from movie 'All My Life'

9)Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing in 'Full Monty'

10) oldies: 'NeverEnding Story' by Limahl
Included because I like the flow of his song.

plus this, because I like the video:
Billy Idol's Cradle Of Love in 'Ford Fairlane'

(Was Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' in a movie?...)

So, anyway, that's my version of
Bringing Sexy Back... w/ snappy songs.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sales R Up

via a dollop of moral outrage Down Under.

-click- to New Zealand Herald storyYes, the tiny T's are a tad tacky. But the NZ concerned parents public outrage brought more attention to the shirts - just like an ad - so now they'll see even more of these...
"Mummy likes it on top"
"Wipe my butt sucker"
"So hot right now"
"I like big b00bs I cannot lie"
"I'm bringing sexy back"
"Practice safe sucks".
"The condom broke"
"Pardon my nipple breath"
"Living proof my mum is easy"
(Oops. Not quite what they intended...)

FYI: is doing a poll about the shirts.

Another bit of outrage-eousness:

-click- for CBS news article, with unrevealing video
Scary sculpture or amazing art? The locals in Delray Beach have their own concerns about an art piece depicting an 'anatomically correct' family. Its been installed at a mall in full view of passersby:
"I think the male figure might be offensive to some..."

Linda A. said she purposely takes another route when walking with her 6-yr-old. "He's gonna have questions," and "I don't think he's ready for that."

18-yr-old Taylor E. was taken aback when she saw the frontal view. "From the other side, it's not so bad. But now that we see it from the front, maybe they could take this one out," she said referring to the father.

* click pic for the article, but of course there's no explicit photos, even in the video - nerdy newsies neutered the nudes, naturally. Nuts.

An Amazing Trek

... into Spock's mind, among other places.

_click_ for sharper pic, (neatorama)
A farmer fan used GPS technology to build this 32-acre 'York Maze' in Yorkshire, UK as a tribute of sorts to the 40th year of 'Star Trek'. You can get lost running around Saturn, the Starship Enterprise, in Mr Spock's brain, or into a "Borg cube" that's being zapped right next to Picard's head.

{42 sec} - *''See? Spock's brain is green too.''

Fun for the entire clan...

Bring food, H2O, pointy ears & a GPS.

Daily Mail: York Maze.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Warrior Librarians

Yes, its real, their sponsor -sells- book carts... doh!
Do they have a biblio-battle-cry?

Had no idea that the American Library Association even had Book Cart Drills, much less a Book Cart Team World Championship.

{3 min}

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Johnny Depth

... as Carol Channing !

{article} Musical legend Carol Channing has given her blessing to Johnny Depp's gender-bending plans to portray her in a film... (since) he revealed his "dream role" would be to play 88-year-old Channing because "she's amazing".

And the legendary singer/actress has given her approval - because she'd love to see how he would interpret her on the big screen.
"It is not a new concept to me. Not at all. Men have been imitating me for as long as I can remember. In fact, most of the impersonations I have seen have had a five o'clock shadow."

I suppose going from this:

Depp in ''ED WOOD''

to this:

*click* for HELLO DOLLY website

isn't too far a trip...

scoop via: WENN News

eta - first look at Depp as the Mad Hatter:

{90 sec}

link: Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just Park It

Garage getting too full?...

Can't squeeze in your car?...

Or you just want more space?...

Sit Elly, Sit !

Well, you won't exactly find any help here, because those images above are actually giant photos that are pasted on closed garage doors. So who knows what's actually inside?... but if it is an elephant don't you need a permit? And a pachyderm-scooper?

Daily Mail link has more pics.

*Their creator, Thomas Sassenbach, (at will customise any image on request.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Oogie Oogie Oo

a *click* to Mr. C's
... I'm so excited!

Got invited to a block blog party. Of course the note appeared when I was living it up at a fair in the next state over, so now I'm going to be way late to the party. Better hurry then, eh?

*pic leads to Mr. C's invite.

Oops, just re-reading his page, and I realize that in order to have the complete party experience I will have to put out. OMG - what have I gotten myself into? Wait, oh okay - he just wants each of us to offer up our own adjunct party plan, plus a few personal tidbits:
What books are on your favorite shelf?
What DVD's are on your favorite shelf?
What are your TWO favorite cookbooks, 3 recipes for your special guests.
And What will we be drinking.
Oh, I can do that.

First thing you'll see is my welcome mat that's been waiting for you on the front porch for a few months now...
yes, my real doormat
Now, as far as favorite shelves go... My favorite shelf of books? is always the one filled with the new ones I'm about to read. Nothing quite like the fun of opening an unfamiliar book. So here are the next ones on my stack: (*click* to enlarge any pic)the one on the top has already been 'read' a bit ;-)
Favorite shelf of dvds? Again, its always the ones I haven't seen yet that are the most attractive to me, so here's the stack next to the DVD player. (warning: some chosen by my housemate - guess which ones.) *click* to enlarge - No, I did not pick 'Mr. Bean...'
Two favorite cookbooks:
The ex-boyfriend one? - so much fun, plus food guys love and great notes.
I'll serve up a main course of:
enlarge, and read the story too
Then salad (top) and dessert.
Use young spinach, and don't forget part 2 on the right side.  *Be sure to leave room for the cheesecake pie too.
Now on to the drinks...
I seem to have a theme, dry wines, dry vermouth, dry gin - funny how it all seems so wet.*there's also leftover beer and mixers in the cooler from the weekend, but if you want soda its down in the laundry zone - so bring your flashlight.

Since all your vehicles will be clogging up my road, I think its only fair that I also invite the neighbors. I'll just go put my climbing boots on and knock on a few doors.
actually a pic from 'Trailer Park Barbie' - click to go there, but don't say I didn't warn you...
*knew Mr.C would appreciate this pic

Finally, (silly me I almost forgot!) lieu of party games, every guest
must learn the required party dance:

*Lucky for most, its only 15 seconds long...

*no idea who they are, but they are enthusiastic, yes?

Having fun? Because if y'all want to stay longer I'll run and borrow some Caribbean-style tiki torches from the Lion-ess,... or maybe that jazzy "tudor revival" globe chandelier from Mr.C?

Nah, lets just wait for the moon to come out.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bird Brains

I do believe the birdie is plastic
Why not, eh?

He has camera in one hand, crumbs in the other:

{25 sec}

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nose Dive

time to order a nose-helmet
Scary and Sporty, both.
*But no Baby, Posh, or Ginger.

(pic @ Ross Parry syndication)

{16 sec}

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stair Down

Normally I don't grab the handrail but...

sea-sick stair
model of the staircase

tightly tucked-in stair, via marieclaire
seems too tight to me

can you imagine if you forgot something?
steep trip to the penthouse

Yes, its skateboards
stairs at Roarockit Skateboard... made of skateboards !

I'd think you'd -twang- going up or down
heeeellllp !

'floating' staircases...
they DON'T touch the floor

who needed to go up this rock that badly?
bet its fun coming DOWN too...

KPMG building (Munich) staircase
least useful, but prettiest

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Trek In The Park

Go where no thespian has gone before.

"These characters are every bit as famous and resonant as Shakespeare," says Jesse Graff, who plays Spock. "Per capita, if you sat down with somebody and said, 'Tell me about Macbeth and tell me about Captain Kirk..."
Hm. He does have a point.

*click* for their facebook page
{article} '...Rosko (Kirk) doesn't consider himself a hardcore fan, either. But his mother, Marge, is, which is why she sewed all the costumes and donated some of her collectibles to the show.'

'... Last week's dress rehearsal attracted some curious onlookers... and a confused bicyclist who rode through the middle of the set and parked his bike during a dramatic standoff -- proof that this is not a production of Shakespeare in the Park...'

{92 sec} - Love the fan reactions.

Saw the news bit last week, and saved the link, guessing that someone would upload a video by today. I actually wish I was able to go - the actors are playing it straight - amazing. Sounds like the audience is having a riot too. The last shows are coming up, if you're interested:
Sat & Sun, July 18-19, and 25-26, at 5 pm
Woodlawn Park Amphitheater
NE 13th Ave & Dekum St
Portland, Oregon Cost: Free
link: The Oregonian article
link to the other 'Trek in the Park' videos

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Here's A Toast?

Odd toasters I've run across recently
*click* images to go to original links.

Smoke those Siths !

A toaster made of -paper- ?

Its actually a BATTERY CHARGER

Hot glass bakes toast ?

a -scanner- toaster ?

use screen, bake notes on toast !

I see it now; my toaster lacks ambition.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Horny in New Orleans

click for {slow loading} article
Introducing the Big Easy Rollergirls. On Saturday they rolled through the streets of the French Quarter hitting people with foam bats.

The first year's festival... 250 people turned out. In 2008, the number grew to more than 600. This year, organizers are hoping for more than 1,000 runners, including out-of-towners... "They've been instructed to hit hard, " O'Donnell said. "Every year people complain that they weren't hit hard enough."

Watch and see New Orleans on the run!

Pamplona, eat your heart out.

No Junk Mail

Believe it or not, its a Dutch mailbox.

The postal service in Knokke-Heist has a crusade against 'problem' mailboxes. Most bad boxes are 'unmarked, too small, or difficult to reach'. But some are just... 'non-conforming'.

The best part? The postal union talks to the owner in person to tell them that they won't be able to deliver mail to that bad box anymore. But if they can't contact them within 10 days?... Then they will 'be informed by letter'.

That'll show 'em

link via: Oro Nieuws (Dutch)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Icy Beet Cake

*click* for entire cake
click for full cake, with '4' on top
Panda Tai-Shan gets a cake for turning 4.

shredded beets & beet juice, frozen.
add an apple, plus
bamboo shoots and leaves (ha!)

''Zoo nutritionists spent two weeks designing the one of a kind icy birthday treat .''
Two weeks and still he gets -cold beets-?
Lucky they didn't spend a month - the poor guy would've gotten a green turnip pie with a school-paste crust.

btw, At 4, Tai-Shan is now a "teen bear".

link: 10 pics of his b-day

Sandy Pants a 'sculpt like a pirate' fest.
click for wider pic - its indoors !
''Yo ho ho and a bottle of sand-glluuuue''

The 11th annual (world's largest) Sand Castle Festival is underway in Belgium this week. Weirdly, even though its in a seaside town, the event appears to be held indoors.

via WCBS
And this year's theme is pirates, so for inspiration the sculptors spent an entire day watching pirate films.

link: more pics via WCBS.

p.s... includes a sculpture of Michael Jackson(?)

Saturday, July 11, 2009


*click* to see it in green
An 8 foot city made entirely of glue & paper.
Wataru Ito has spent four years crafting an incredible model city from paper - but now plans to burn it down. "When the exhibition is over I will burn the castle. I thought I could see it rising up from the ashes if I took a video and played it backwards."
Then he can call it 'iPhoenix', or 'XineohP'?

I hope he posts the video.

link: 11 photo slideshow

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mini Chainsaw Massacre

...what every office needs.

{30 sec}
Watch a woman cut down the plant in her office!

But once we chop our office trees down, can we count on these guys (you know they're guys) to then invent a USB mini-wood-chipper? Or will we have to let the bits lay on the office carpet until they turn into mulch naturally?

Does this fit somehow w/ yesterday's post re: tall trees?

Real or no, here's the site: USB Chainsaw

Tall Trees Anyone?

This ad popped up yesterday:

Brings whole new meaning to 'tree huggers'...

{1 min}
just knew I'd find it on yourubes

more for shaving enthusiasts: chest, back,
hard way: guy shaves back w/ golf club.
not least: humor vid set to song 'short dick man'

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kingsize of Pop

Recently released photo of MJ's bedroom.

click for close-up of 'Last Supper'
*click* to see close-up of the painting

Don't know what I expected he'd have over his bed...

MJ's 'apostles': Lincoln, JFK, Edison, Einstein (MJ) Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis, Little Richard. (He commissioned the painting from an artist that did others in his house) Why this eight?

Just can't wrap my head around it; how odd.

{article} Among the videos left piled high in Jackson’s cramped bedroom were documentaries on Bruce Lee and Adolf Hitler, a tv series, American Juniors, (teen talent show) and two self-help parenting videos.
Hopefully he bequeathed that last pair to his relatives.

orig link: more of MJ's house
link: more 'Last Suppers', just to compare

One last thing - who would be your apostles?