24 July 2008

The current playlist of faves

Adam Carroll - Ol Milwaukees Best
Joe McGuinness - Trashcan Full of Butterflies
Malcolm Holcombe - Back to Hell in a Greyhound
Butthole Surfers - Pepper
Mark Selby - Don't You throw That Mojo On Me

each and every one a forever song

Shout Out

Just purchased a recording from cd baby.
What a painless way to acquire music you may have heard somewhere other than a Clear Channel radio station. The whole process was relatively painless, and even though they are in the US they accept PayPal and I got a new album in under a minute. Well done cd baby. I see you getting lots of my meager expendable wealth in the future.


Hope everyone sleeps well.

23 July 2008


...or why multinational corporations shouldn't try to be cool.
Let's see, I am Samsung and I want to push my new digital camera. I know, let's make a video of some lions, use some cheesy computer animation and have the half eaten carcass of an antelope do a dance. They had me til the dance...

21 July 2008

Last Light by Alex Scarrow

Best book I have read since State of Fear!

20 July 2008

ikan billis

I bought a bag of dried anchovies at the Asian store and they have been laying in the cupboard as I didn't know exactly how I was going to use them. Today I Googled dried anchovies and found a recipe for ikan billis(from a Korean website). Is dried anchovies, 3-4 sliced hot peppers, a sliced onion and a tb of garlic mixed with flour and water then fried. Pretty dang good if I say so. Not to rest on my laurels(and as I still have half a bag of anchovies), I kept looking and found an Indonesian recipe that will be made soon.....



500gr dried anchovies (ikan bilis a.k.a ikan teri kering)
2-3 tablespoons Chilli paste
15 cloves garlic, sliced
Vegetable oil


Take a double kitchen towel then add two handfuls of dried anchovies to it.
Dropped some vegetable oil on your hand then rubbed completely into dried anchovies. Process with microwave about 4 minutes until crispy, continue steps above until your dried anchovies are completely done. Set aside.

Keep it ready your sliced garlic, fry until aroma to golden brown--don’t forget keep watching while frying other wise it will get burnt and will taste bitter, set aside.

In a wok add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil then heat it up to a medium fire, take 2 tablespoons chilli paste depending on how much spicy you want to be--means that you can add more chilli paste if needed.
Stirring about a minute then add the dried anchovies which had done by microwave process.

Continue to fry until the chilli paste and dried anchovies are well blended.
Remove from the heat then sift them out using a plastic basket with medium holes on purpose to get rid of unwanted granules.
lastly, toss your crispy garlic then keep it into a tight container.

Store in a dry area to make them last long.

19 July 2008


I just like how that looks. What year is it? ummmvaye!

18 July 2008


I have seen some lists of what is being listened to on a media player. Been thinking of how to join in as my smack is eclectic at best. I took a couple of screenshots of what is happening in this part of the world.

the Wylie Llama

16 July 2008


Where have I seen this before? From ectoplasmosis...

This is the logo for the Diabol Industrial Chemical Company of Paris, France. The logo, in use by 1931, may seem familiar to you. This may be because it bears a striking resemblance to certain masked vigilante. Rich Johnston, in his column for Comic Book Resources, lays out this daisy-chain of relationships:
Bob Kane worked at Max Fleischer Studios from 1934. Max’s brother, Dave Fleischer, was a director at the studio and had previously worked at the French film studio, Pathe.
Obviously, no mention of this logo has been mentioned in the official history of Batman’s creation. In his 1989 autobiography Kane presented the following recollection of how the character was designed, with the help of Bill Finger:
One day I called Bill and said, ‘I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I’ve made some crude, elementary sketches I’d like you to look at’. He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin later wore, on Batman’s face. Bill said, ‘Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, and take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?’ At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit; the wings, trunks, and mask were black. I thought that red and black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright: ‘Color it dark gray to make it look more ominous’. The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action, and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope. Also, he didn’t have any gloves on, and we added them so that he wouldn’t leave fingerprints.
So there you have it. Does this game of Six Degrees of Bob Kane ring true, or is this a crazed conspiracy theory? Did the Dark Knight actually start out as a corporate shill? We may never know. However, it is interesting to note that Batsy’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 is entitled “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate”.

First story from Comic Book Resources

The logo for the Diabol Industrial Chemical company of Paris, France, in use at least by 1931.

Bob Kane worked at Max Fleischer Studios from 1934. Max's brother, Dave Fleischer, was a director at the studio and had previously worked at the French film studio, Pathe.

"The Batman" was created in 1939, credited to Bob Kane.

Is this too much of a stretch?

15 July 2008

"Fear will pierce your flesh..

..Until every nerve in your body...EXPLODES!!"

12 July 2008

Oh yeah, concise

Here's the link as I am sure that your name actually has a concise meaning.


11 July 2008

..and the wall...

...came tumblin' down!
This is genius.

08 July 2008


From the US presskit handed out at the G8 conference.

It refers to the Italian prime minister as a man "hated by many but respected by all at least for his bella figura (personal style) and the sheer force of his will".

It says Mr Berlusconi was said to be "regarded by many as a political dilettante (amateur) who gained his high office only through use of his considerable influence on the national media".

Firework horror follow up

The other day I mentioned how 11 people out of over three hundred million died in 2006 because they were idiots and had fireworks. Seems like a good reason for media fear mongering. Like sars and bird flu, I am sure all 15 Asian families are saddened by the loss of loved ones.
In my follow up I have some stats from future leaders(read Republicans you think?). I know I said Republicans, but some of em claim to have a 'wide stance' later in life when they are caught playing gay footsie in a public toilet.
The numbers are so horrible, you may want to look away. I quote...

An Associated Press analysis of federal records found that 157 college-age people, 18 to 23, drank themselves to death from 1999 through 2005,

Wow! That is 26.2 idiots a year dying by their drinking in college. Look to the future and be proud(but don't take a laptop to the airport).

07 July 2008


After 10 days off work one needs some motivation. I found some posters and I like this one.

05 July 2008

From afar

I decided to celebrate the 4th with something distinctly American. What could be more American than hot dogs? So, I had a can...

04 July 2008

How big is the problem?

...and I quote, In 2006, eleven people died and an estimated 9,200 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States(end quote). Out of 301,139,947? I bet more people died from choking on dry toast than 11 for fireworks incidents.

Happy 4th!

This is the toughest time of year for this expat. Thanks to the intertubes, though, I can get my patriotism worked into a fervor!

01 July 2008


What is more independent than going to the Drive-In on the 4th of July weekend? Only deal is that the Drive-In is here, in Nottingham for the weekend.