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Jeff: alcohol + sedentary = beer gut
me: I walk from the car to the office.
Jeff: haha
me: also: couch to fridge
Jeff: this is why I force myself to go jogging. so I can drink more beer
me: you know what sucks about jogging when you're out of shape? (other than everything)... The jiggling.
Jeff: yeah hehe I know
me: I am NOT a fan of the jiggling
Jeff: you get used to it. :)
me: I feel like a fucking jello mold.
Jeff: yeah just don't be one of those douches who wear like spandex.  I wear a baggy pair of shorts & t-shirt. spare the world. :)
me: hahaha spandex with a beer gut and skinny legs
Jeff: yeah

Back from the beach. Had a really good weekend. Going to head out in a few minutes to go make decisions on wedding colors and whatnot with Melissa, my mother, and her parents. Yep, colors. Oh, and we get to decide on procession order and stuff. It's a party over here. ;)

I can't complain, though. I spent the weekend at the beach at a resort. It was pretty great.

Came up with a short film concept that I pitched to Jabriel, who thinks it's funny. I might futz around with the idea some more and flesh it out. Also came up with a project idea while helping Nathanael brainstorm for his latest project. I might futz around with that, too.

We saw The Watchmen last week. Overall, I was pleased. However, I've read the graphic novel so I understood what was going on. Melissa, who had never read the graphic novel, was violently pissed off about it. She had no idea what was going on and sensed that if she did know, she would have enjoyed it. Thus, pissed. I think this is largely due to the fact that Zack Snyder is a god awful director.

On retrospect, if it wasn't for the fact that the guy playing Rorschrack was so awesome, I don't think I would have enjoyed the film.

This is really impressive

www.thehuntforgollum.com

Watching it made me think to myself that I seriously need more productive hobbies. ;)

Left 4 Dead Survival Mode

Ok, so we played a little Left 4 Dead Survival last night. I have to say that it provides the most realistic zombie situation I've seen in a video game or movie. Here's how it basically plays out.

1) You make a plan to survive the zombie apocalypse with your friends.
2) You quickly arrange defenses in accordance with the aforementioned plan.
3) Zombies come at you screaming, jumping, and sprinting right into your face.
4) You initiate the plan, which works for about ten seconds.
5) Then the zombies chew RIGHT THROUGH A BRICK WALL!!! and laugh at your plan. Well, scream and moan at your plan.
6) You shout "OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK!" and kiss goodbye to your plan. There's a new plan. That plan is "fire wildly while screaming and panicking."
7) The wall chewing zombies become brain chewing zombies and eat one of your friends.
8) This causes everyone to shout "OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK!"
9) Someone says in a panicked voice "What's the plan! Where do we go!?! WHAT'S THE PLAN!?!?!"
10) Someone else says "This way!"
11) The group follows because he sounds like he knows what to do. However, there is a problem with his plan of "this way!" Zombies are that way.
12) More shouts of "OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK!"
13) Zombies feast on everyone's brains.

This all takes around 2 to 3 minutes to play out. And frankly, if we woke up tomorrow morning and the entire world was zombified ala Dawn of the Dead, that's probably how things would play out for any of the survivors.
Justice Breyer elaborated on what children put in their underwear. “In my experience when I was 8 or 10 or 12 years old, you know, we did take our clothes off once a day,” he said. “We changed for gym, O.K.? And in my experience, too, people did sometimes stick things in my underwear.”

*laugh* That's an actual quote. It's even better than the argument between Justice Breyer and Former Chief Justice Rehnquist where they were discussing privacy and decency issues connected to sodomy laws and Justice Breyer brought up the point that he thinks lying at the dinner table is quite indecent and wondered whether the Former Chief Justice thinks Texas could regulate that as well. Heh.

Side note: Former Chief Justice Rehnquist DID think that Texas could regulate lying at the dinner table.

Stavros and his son deserve more attention

A few years ago Paul Potts came along. Welsh, a cell phone salesman, and all around awesome fella. If you haven't seen the video of his performance, you should click the link above.

Then in the last week or so everyone has been talking about Susan Boyle. And with good reason,though I do think the reaction of the crowd and the judges betrays an ugly side to our common culture. Anyway, if you haven't checked out the link above, you should.

What I don't understand is why people aren't talking about Stavros and his son. It's worth checking out. :D

The Epic Debate of the Ages

Melissa and I had a discussion this weekend on a topic rarely discussed.

God vs. Aliens

 Not kidding. Here's the basic argument from my side...

Four things:
1) The universe is so vast it's practically infinite from our puny perspective,
2) Our concept of reality doesn't even really take into account things like Dark Matter and the fact that relative weakness of gravity suggests that it's occurring on another plane and we're seeing it's shadow... thus, it could be even MORE vast,
3) We've discovered that life endures in seemingly impossible regions (like the bacteria living underground within the earth's crust near magma),
4) And even Bonobos have figured out how to use tools.

Given those four things, I think it's quite possible that we're not the only life in the universe and if there is life out there it is also quite possible that it's worked out how to use tools. As such, the possibility of alien visitation, while remote, isn't implausible.

Meanwhile, I think it's highly implausible that there is some bearded dude judging you, giving you a private cloud when you die, and being able to do anything but refusing to show his face in modern times (yeah yeah, burning bush... that happened thousands of years ago. Also... is a brush fire at a time when people were generally illiterate and lacked any way to record it the best he could do? Seriously, it looks kinda weak from where I stand.) 

Generally the fall back position for theists (though not raised by Melissa) is "Well, if there is no god, where did everything come from?"  The irony of that argument is that it assumes that a god has always existed and requires no explanation for where HE came from.  Yet, for some reason the concept of a universe without beginning is too difficult to imagine. 

Basically, I'm more likely to be abducted by aliens than to find myself face to face with a god in this or any other lives.

I won't paraphrase Melissa's argument because I don't want to get it wrong.  But there you go, that was our Sunday afternoon discussion.

If Atheists Ruled the World



OMFG <3 <3 <3 I wish I would have thought of this first.

Also: the actors are freaking AWESOME!
Roast Lamb with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

* 5-6lb leg of lamb, boned and butterflied
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
* Olive oil, for drizzling
* Large handful of mint leaves
* Firm goats cheese, (such as Crottin), half frozen
* 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
* Few sprigs of rosemary
* Mint and lemon vinaigrette
* 6 tbsp olive oil
* Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
* Zest and juice of 1 lemon
* Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and put a roasting tray in the oven.

2. Put the lamb on a board and open it out. Season with salt and pepper and rub all over with olive oil. Scatter the inside with the fresh mint leaves, rubbing the leaves into the meat.

3. Take the goats cheese from the freezer and using a microplain, grate it over the mint leaves, followed by the garlic.

4. Roll the joint up and over to form a nice long sausage shape, tucking the ends in, if needed. Secure the joint in place with kitchen string at 3-4cm intervals. Tuck some rosemary sprigs under the knots of string around the lamb.

5. Take the preheated baking tray out off the oven, scatter with a few more sprigs of rosemary then sit the lamb on

top. Season once more and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes.

6. Reduce the temperature to 375 and continue to roast, allowing 20 minutes per pound, basting every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest. To serve, cut into thick slices and serve with mint and lemon vinaigrette.

7. For the vinaigrette pour the olive oil into a small mixing bowl. Add the mint and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in lemon juice to taste, until emulsified. Check for seasoning then drizzle over the lamb to serve.



Potatoes Boulangère

Ingredients

* 1 can chicken stock
* 1 sprig thyme
* 2 sprigs rosemary
* 2 crushed cloves of garlic
* 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
* 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and finely sliced, on a mandolin if possible
* Olive oil
* Salt and Pepper

1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil and infuse with thyme, rosemary and crushed garlic cloves. Strain before use.

2. Gently sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil until softened and lightly colored.

3. Rub an oven proof dish with olive oil and layer the onions followed by the potatoes, repeating until the dish is full finishing with a final layer of potato. Make sure to season each layer as you go.

4. Pour over the stock until it comes 2/3rds of the way up the dish. Press down on the mixture to help the liquid absorb and finally drizzle a little olive oil on top.

5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 20 - 25 minutes or until soft and golden on top.
1. Wet Dog Beer, specially brewed by silentclarity, is rather delicious.

2. I want to try brewing now. I've already decided on a name of the brand. "Disgusting."

3. I'm cooking Roast Leg of Lamb with Goat Cheese and Potatoes Boulangère. I'll post the recipe later.

4. Che is playing at the Hollywood Theater. It's 4 hours long and I can't tell you how excited about that film I am. Soderberg routinely kicks ass.