Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones." - Oscar Wilde

Harbor Wind & Kite Co. - Your online source for discount kites, accessories, toys and more!

Harbor Wind & Kite Co. - Your online source for discount kites, accessories, toys and more!


It's the windy season so, hey, go fly a kite! A HUGE selection, all shapes and sizes. From one string to many. My favorite is R2D2. So become a kid again and enjoy! And watch out for those phone/power lines.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Figure this stuff is safe to drink? Huh? Actually I don't care if it's safe or not, I drink it anyway. You know why? Cause I'm an American and I expect a little cancer in my food and water." - George Carlin

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Thought For Today

"That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail no one is laughing at you." - A. Whitney Brown

About Pocket Kite

About Pocket Kite


To paraphrase Robin Williams: Oh look! It's just like a man's kite, but smaller. And now, according to an Email they just sent me, can be found at Toys "R" Us.

(Hint, hint - what to say to a Flasher.)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Now for a Little Walk on the Darkside

There are a few good links around for those of you who want to take a little walk on the darkside. For one, a lovely Cthulhu blog called Lolthulhu, offering up a lot of nuttiness and some terrific art.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Thought For Today

"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl." - Charlie Chaplin

noadi on Etsy - Noadi's Art on Etsy, Polymer Clay Jewelry & Sculpture

noadi on Etsy - Noadi's Art on Etsy, Polymer Clay Jewelry & Sculpture


If you like earrings and necklaces of things with too many arms/legs, this is the Site for you.








Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five." - Steven Wright

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning :: Watch the Sci-Fi Parody film online : Download the Star Wreck Movie or get it on DVD!

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning :: Watch the Sci-Fi Parody film online : Download the Star Wreck Movie or get it on DVD!

"Star Wreck is a feature-length science fiction parody made in Finland. The film took seven years to make, but in the end we had a film with amazing special effects, action and lots of dark humor. Go and download the movie, it's free. If you like the film, you can also get it on DVD." It's been downloaded over 8 million times (including by me) and is kickass funny: WATCH IT! And don't forget to check out Iron Sky while you're there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Thought For Today

President Jimmy Carter's irrepressible mother Lillian Carter loved to poke fun at her family. When the 1980 Democratic Convention nominated her son for a second term as president, Lillian said, "Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself,'Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.'"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rec: Spicy Sauteed Calamari Over Pasta

1 lb squid
3 tablespoons red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, chopped (or more to taste)
1 bunch Italian parsley
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper


Give the squid a good rinse after you cut them into 1/2 inch
rings. Be sure to drain out the rinse water in a strainer.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a wok or shallow saute pan.
Add chopped garlic to the oil and cook until the garlic begins
to become translucent or browns up a little. Add the calamari.
Add tomato paste, red pepper, salt, pepper. Saute on
MEDIUM heat for 8 minutes. Add a handful of italian
parsley. Saute on MEDIUM heat for 2 more minutes.
Serve with some additional parsley over pasta.


Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid In Red Wine Sauce

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 pounds cleaned squid, the bodies cut up if large
1 cup fruity red wine, like Côtes-du-Rhône
Several sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional



Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet with a lid, and turn
the heat to MEDIUM-HIGH. Add the garlic and cook, stirring,
until lightly browned. Add the squid and stir, then lower the
heat, and add the wine. Stir, add the thyme, and cover. Cook
at a slow simmer until the squid is tender, about 45 minutes.
Uncover, season with salt and pepper to taste, raise the heat,
and cook until most but not all of the liquid is evaporated.
Stir in the remaining olive oil, garnish with parsley, and serve.


Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Squid With Chilis And Greens

1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid
3/4 pound, approximately, bitter greens like
collards, kale, arugula or dandelion
3 tablespoons peanut or corn oil
1 chopped jalapeño or dried hot chili, or to taste
1 tablespoon chopped garlic, or to taste
Salt
Soy sauce or nam pla to taste (optional)


Separate squids' tentacles from bodies. Slice bodies into rings;
cut tentacles in half if large. Rinse, and put in a strainer. Strip
greens' leaves from stems; discard thickest stems. Chop, rinse
and dry; you want about 4 cups. Put oil in a broad, deep skillet
over HIGH heat. Add chili and garlic, and stir until they sizzle.
Add greens, and cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Add
squid and a large pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally,
until squid gives up its liquid and becomes opaque, about 2
minutes. Taste, and adjust seasoning, adding soy sauce or
nam pla if desired. Serve immediately.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: White Beans With Squid And Broken Noodles

Salt
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups cooked or canned white beans, with about
a cup of their liquid
3/4 to 1 pound cleaned squid, cut up
Black pepper
2 cups broken egg noodles
Stock or water, if needed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)



Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and salt it. Meanwhile,
put half the olive oil in a medium saucepan over MEDIUM heat.
A minute later, add the beans and their liquid. Bring to a boil,
stirring, and add squid, along with some salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to a simmer, and continue to cook, stirring
occasionally. When water boils, cook the noodles until they
are barely tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and add them to
the simmering beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the
squid and noodles are tender, adding a little liquid if necessary.
(Do not add liquid prematurely -- the squid will produce a lot
on its own.) When just about done, add garlic. Cook it just long
enough to take the edge off its rawness. Spoon the mixture into
4 dishes, garnishing with parsley and sprinkling with remaining
olive oil.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Rec: Braised Squid With Artichokes

1 lemon
4 large artichokes, trimmed (see instructions below)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)
2 pounds cleaned squid, the bodies cut into rings
Freshly ground black pepper
Minced parsley for garnish


To trim an artichoke, first remove all the large outer leaves
by snapping them off at the base. Then cut off only the
bottom inch or so of the stem. Use a paring knife or a good
vegetable peeler to peel the stem and remove the remaining
tough bits from all around the bottom. Cut off the conical top
of the artichoke, about an inch to an inch and a half from the
top, then cut the artichoke in half from top to bottom.Use a
spoon to completely dig out the choke, the tiny unformed
leaves in the center that may be tinged purple. Whether for
this recipe or another, the bottoms should be immediately
plunged into acidulated water -- a bowlful with a half a lemon
squeezed in, or 10 parts water to one part vinegar -- to
preserve their color until cooking.




Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a bowl of water,
and add the lemon halves. Cut the trimmed artichokes into 4
pieces each, and as they are done, add them to the lemon
water. Place a large skillet or broad saucepan over MEDIUM
heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil; a minute later, add
the garlic and anchovies. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
the anchovies break up and the garlic begins to color, 3 to
5 minutes. Add the squid and the artichokes, stir, cover.
Uncover and stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so. When
the squid and artichokes begin to become tender, after 15 or
20 minutes, uncover and cook until most of the liquid has
evaporated and the squid and artichokes are tender, about
10 to 15 minutes longer. Season with pepper. It's highly
unlikely this dish will need added salt, especially if you use
anchovies, but taste and see. Stir in the remaining olive oil,
garnish with the parsley and serve.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or PH.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B." - Fats Domino

Amazon.com: Absolutely MAD Magazine - 50+ Years: Software

Amazon.com: Absolutely MAD Magazine - 50+ Years: Software

Know any Mad Magazine fans? THIS is the gift to give them. Over 50 years (with extras) on DVD. We are talking HOURS of enjoyment here. And the price isn't too painful.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sad, Sweet "West Coast"

And now for something completely different -- from me, at any rate -- a music video! This is a little song that is apparently very popular in New York right now because of all the bi coastal relationships between the Big Apple and La La Land. I can't say I think the video is much but the song is nice. Are there any of us out there who haven't had a long distance relationship and can't relate this song?

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Thought For Today

"When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs." - Oscar Wilde

True Companion

Hmmmmmm, a sexbot. She won't lie to you, insult you, eat you out of house and home or max out your credit cards? And never a headache for only $995? What's not to love? I'll take two, please. And there's one for the ladies too. Not sure if he'll do the dishes, though.



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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Saturday, August 06, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEANO!

And its THAT time again. Congrats on making bail.

"Birthday"
They say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you

Ah
Ah
Ah
Come on
Come on

Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Dance yeah

Oh
Come on

I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Oh dance! Dance

They say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you