Posts from January 2009

Friday, 30 January 2009

Good Greek Cooking (or How To Fake It)

I’ve been kinda craving Greek food for a while now, and I live much too far away from Taki’ s Mad Greek to make casual trips there for some good Greek cooking.  So last night I decided to cook my own Greek food, or at least fake it good enough. 

Y’know how to get stuff to taste Greek, right?  You need basically three ingredients: 

  1. Olive oil (xtra virgin = best)
  2. Lemon
  3. Fresh Mediterranean Oregano 

So here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • a bunch of little white or gold potatoes
  • lemons
  • fresh Mediterranean oregano
  • fresh rosemary FROM MY BACKYARD
  • ¼ to ½ red onion
  • ½ of a big cucumber
  • bell pepper (any color)
  • spinach or romaine lettuce
  • cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Feta cheese
  • tahini in a jar
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic cloves
  • olive oil 
  • soy sauce
  • salt & pepper

Potatoes:
Take a bunch of little white or gold potatoes, cut them in half so there are enough to line the bottom of a corningware dish. Liberally apply olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and finely-chopped fresh oregano, and toss it all together so it’s all evenly distributed and all the potatoes are coated.  Take some garlic cloves, smash ’em up and distribute them amongst the potatoes.  Put the potatoes in a 400-degree oven and cook ’em until they’re done (about 30-40 minutes probably).  

Salad:
While those potatoes are cooking, dice up your cucumber, red onion, and bell pepper.  Slice your tomatoes in half.  Tear up your spinach or lettuce.  Toss it all together with some crumbled feta cheese.  

Dressing:
Scoop a big spoonful of tahini into a food processor and squeeze a bunch of lemon into it.  Pour in a gloop of olive oil. Add a dash or two of soy sauce and as much pepper as you want.  Smash up some garlic and toss it in, and add just a pinch of cayenne pepper.  Whirr it all up until it’s a nice, smooth consistency like salad dressing, which is exactly what it is.  You can adjust the thickness by adding more tahini (to thicken it up) or lemon juice or olive oil (to thin it down).  

Chicken:
When the potatoes are about 10 minutes from being done, take some chicken breasts and liberally apply olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, finely-chopped fresh rosemary, and finely-chopped fresh oregano, and toss it all together so it’s all evenly distributed and all the chicken is coated.  Heat a pan on med/high and sear the chicken in it until it starts to turn golden on the outside and is cooked all the way through, about 4-5 minutes per side depending on how thick your chicken is.  Squeeze more lemon juice all over those suckers during their last minute of cooking.  Squeeze lemon juice all over the potatoes as well and remove them from the oven.  

Plate the chicken and the potatoes and sprinkle some leftover fresh oregano over them.  Toss the salad with only enough dressing to lightly coat it.  The dressing also tastes excellent on the chicken and the potaotes.  Partake and enjoy.

I must admit that I didn’t make everything; Carrie concocted the dressing.  It all tasted quite excellent accompanied with wine and Animal Crossing.

Categories: Cooking.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Samus Aran is a Hottie – The Final Update!

Samus Aran without her armor

Well, only four years after I wrote the first version of the article, I’ve finally finished it: a chronicle of how Samus Aran looks without her power suit in the endings of all of the Metroid video games.

This article is also what gets me about 80% of my hits.  Somehow, and I have no idea how, when you type “Samus Aran” into Google, my article is the 2nd link listed, right after her Wikipedia entry but before her entry in the Metroid wiki.

Don’t believe me?  TRY IT.

That’s crazy!  But anyway, I’ve finally added entries in the article for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  And that, at long last, brings me entirely up-to-date with the games in the Metroid franchise.  Except for Metroid Prime Pinball.

Anyway, go read the end of the article, or the entire article if you haven’t read any of it yet:

Samus Aran is a Hottie — Updated Again!

Categories: Articles, Video Games.

Presque Fini

So WordPress is all set up. The site is lookin’ pretty much how I want it to, though for some reason I can’t get any twitter widgets to actually work on my sidebar →

There is some legacy code in some of the old pages I ported over, but I’m fine with that for now.  My main navigation links changed, though, so I’m gonna have to go into each of my other sections (Movie Reviews and Articles) and change those templates. 

Here’s something I need, though: any of you out there in the tubes who have a blog AND know me personally, please send me the link for my links page.  This doesn’t count Livejournal or MySpace blogs or things like that.  You can either leave a comment or contact me directly. Help a brotha out!

Also: If anyone was following my RSS feed, you’ll probably have to re-subscribe seeing as how I’ve switched servers AND blogging software.  My feed is prolly all different.  SUBSCRIBE TO MY FEED NOW

Categories: Updates.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

C’mon, Man… Don’t Make it Weird

Things might get a little weird on this website today, because I’m trying to switch to WordPress and it’s… well, a little weird. Bear with me.

Categories: Updates.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Tiny Living Doll FOR REALS

I heart Japanese science!!!

People at University of Tokyo created a 5-millimeter-tall living doll out of living cells.


It reportedly lived for more than a day in a culture solution. The goal of the project seems to be to be able to build human tissue and organs from scratch. But what a way to start!

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Science.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

A Shelf of Note

I didn’t get very much sleep last night—only about five hours. So this afternoon after doing some work and delivering it, I decided to relax by playing some Animal Crossing: City Folk.

I very quickly fell asleep. And, since it was what was on my mind when I fell asleep, I had a dream about Animal Crossing. For some reason, though, it was kind of a hybrid between animal crossing and The Legend of Zelda.

For instance: The game had a cartoony, “Minish Cap” style of art instead of the regular Animal Crossing style. Also, in the real Animal Crossing, you will periodically see big bugs clinging to the trunks of trees. In my dream there was a Peahat clinging to the side of a tree. It got startled when I got to near it and started (slowly) fluttering away towards the east side of town, where there’s a big cliff. When it reached the cliff it floated up to the top of it. Luckily, in my dream a mushroom-like dog lived at the top of the cliff and caught the Peahat, dropping it back down into town so I could catch it in my bug net.

My favorite part of the dream, though, was that there were Octoroks running around all over town. They were absolutely harmless, and you could catch them in your bug net if you wanted. They always traveled in groups. There would be a large one in the front and then four or five smaller ones would follow it around in a straight line. Then my dream people got absolutely stumped. What do you call a group of Octoroks?

Y’know how you call a group of geese a “gaggle” of geese, a group of fish a “school” of fish, a group of crows a “murder” of crows, a group of buzzards a “wake” of buzzards, etc.? Well, my dream people wracked their collective brains to try to come up with what to call a group of Octoroks.

What they came up with was a “shelf of note” of Octoroks. “Note” as in the sense of importance or consequence (as in, “Nothing of note happened”). So there were all these shelves of note of Octoroks running around my Animal Crossing town.

I thought that was so absolutely bizarre a choice that I had to wake up and write it down. At first, though, I only dreamed that I woke up and wrote it down. I had to catch myself and say, “Hey, you didn’t actually do that. You’re still asleep.” Then I woke up for real and, like Abraham Lincoln, wrote “Shelves of note of Octoroks” on the back of an envelope.

Categories: Dreams, Video Games.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Happy Anniversary, Girls

Yesterday (Monday) was the 10th Anniversary of the Powerpuff girls. Did you know that? I didn’t know that until I happened to be flipping through channels and saw that there were several episodes on in a row.

“Hmm,” I thought. “I haven’t seen that show on television for years. I wonder what episodes they’re playing”

Turned out they were playing Craig McCracken’s favorite episodes, so they were all pretty good. I watched a handful and then at the end of the marathon they played a brand-new episode.

Holy crap it was funny.

There were many surprising things that happened in it, such as Mojo Jojo singing a Tears for Fears song. Look!

There was also a very pleasing Mario Kart reference, some very wacky reaction animations, and they actually showed Ms. Bellum’s face for one frame. Click here if you wanna see it! Don’t click there if you don’t wanna.

But far more important than all of that stuff was the fact that the timing of the episode was impeccable. Just spot-on. It was fast, it was funny, but most importantly it had what we at Fools Play call “heightened telling.” It just served to illustrate exactly how excremental most of the cartoons on TV are right now.

So good job, girls. We miss you. And—hey! Put your movie out in widescreen format for pity’s sake!

Categories: Cartoons, TV, Videos.