Posts from December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas

Wrap-a-cat

Finally, the solution to all of life’s problems!

Good visual instructions:

This (very funny) video is actually from 2009 and has over 8 million views, so I can’t believe I’d never seen it until now! Thanks, internets. Thanks a lot. Now I seem like I’m way behind the times, like an old man in his mid/late 30s or something.

Categories: Holiday, Videos.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Mary Lambert Covers “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus

Mary Lambert covers Teenage Dirtbag

She Rings My Bell.

Mary Lambert, the (now Grammy-nominated) chanteuse behind the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s smash hit song “Same Love,” was recently on Billboard’s Candid Covers internet show thing, where she covered the 2000 song “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus. If you’re not familiar with that song, here are a couple of things you should know about it:

  1. The original Wheatus version is a pretty rockin’ power-pop song.
  2. It’s actually one of my favorite songs. It routinely makes it onto my mp3 player mixes.
  3. You can listen to it here.

Good? Okay. Now let’s watch this cover (you’ll probably have to sit through a commercial, unfortunately).


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I am a bit disappointed that Mary left out the “he brings a gun to school” line, but in fairness that line was omitted from most radio-broadcast versions of the song. But I do think it’s pretty awesome that Mary Lambert thought that the lead singer of Wheatus was a girl.

I really appreciate that she completely takes this kinda power-rock song and completely transforms it into her own plaintive, sad style. I’ve never seen the point of doing a cover of a song if it’s just going to sound like the exact same song. It also isn’t done in an ironic way, like all those folky covers of hip-hop songs that appeared after Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” cover. It turns a kind of cheeky song into something really heartfelt.

This reminds me a lot of Tori Amos’s pretty durned amazing cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (listen to that here).

What are some of your favorite covers?

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Holiday House: Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas time in the city!

Categories: Holiday, Pictures, Tacoma.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

So, Mr. Winger… Community Returns January 2nd!

My favorite TV show of the past 5 years returns somehow for a 5th season. Even though it’s a show that’s already run 4 years… and is about a 2-year college…

It’s gonna be hilarious. And that’s the Winger Guarantee!

Categories: TV, Videos.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Have a Depressing Christmas with Three Ninjas!

Three Ninjas IS Christmas.

Three Ninjas IS Christmas.

For the past couple of years, underground Seattle record label Green Monkey Records has put out compilation Christmas albums that have included original Christmas songs by Three Ninjas. Threeni did them in his old-school-country style, so, true to the genre, they aren’t exactly the happiest of yuletide tunes. So here’s the latest depressing Christmas song from Three Ninjas! It’s called “Joy & Goodwill” and is about lotsa killin’ yerself:

It goes pretty well with the song that he made last year for that year’s Christmas compilation with the help of Lee Rude, called “The Birth Of Our Savior (Is the Death of My Dream)”

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Categories: Christmas, Music.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

WHO are the New Fools of Fools Play Improv?

Last Saturday the crew at Fools Play Improv got two new full-time Fools: Kalum the Teal Fool and Andre the Crimson Fool!

They’re the latest in a long line of Fools, stretching back decades. To commemorate the event, Fools Play released this promotional image showing all of the Fools in chronological order:

Who Are the Fools?

Who Are the Fools?

Of course, a couple of hours later they released another photo with this message:

Errata: Fools Play recently posted an image that we identified as all of the Fools in chronological order. It has since come to our attention that the image actually depicts time lords. We have corrected the image. Fools Play regrets the error, as does NPR, curiously. And congrats again to the new Teal Fool and Crimson Fool!

100% Accurate.

100% Accurate.

It was a very exciting night for me, because I actually went down to my first Fools Play in over a month! I did a run-in during the last couple of minutes of the show and (with help from a puppet) delivered the Crimson shirt to Andre. There were a lot of Fools in attendance for this night!

Lookit dem Foo's!

Lookit dem Foo’s!

There have now been 14 colored-shirt Fools! That’s more than there have been Doctors! Who are they? Find out all about ’em here!

Categories: Fools Play.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Ice Cream Bread Recipe

Ice Cream Bread: Ingredients

Ice Cream Bread: Simple as can be!

I don’t know where I first saw it, but for the last month or so I’ve continually been stumbling upon recipes for “Ice Cream Bread” all over the internets.

What is Ice Cream Bread, you ask? Well, it’s bread made out of ice cream. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, even better is this: the only ingredients are ice cream and self-rising flour. That’s it! Two frikkin’ ingredients. I just had to give it a try eventually.

So I went out and got some nice Moose Tracks ice cream and some self-rising flour and got to work.

General consensus on the internets puts the ingredient ratio like this:

  • 2 Cups Softened Ice Cream
  • 1.5 Cups Self-Rising Flour

That’s it! Mix those two ingredients together in a bowl until they seem like they’re mixed enough.

Ice Cream Bread: Mix the Ingredients

Mix the Ingredients

Either grease a loaf pan or line it with parchment paper and transfer the mixture into it. It’ll be pretty sticky and viscous. Just do your best.

Ice Cream Bread: Put the mixture in a loaf pan

Put the Mixture in a Loaf Pan

Then put it in a 350-degree oven and bake it until it’s done (until a toothpick stuck into it comes out mostly clean). It really took me only about 25 minutes to bake this loaf.

Ice Cream Bread: Finished Product!

Ice Cream Bread: Finished Product!

Pop it out of the loaf pan and let it cool a bit. It ends up with kind of a soft-but crumbly consistency, somewhere between cake and sliced bread.

It has a surprisingly subtle flavor, like bread that has been just tinted with ice cream, and just slightly sweet. Spread some butter on it while it’s still warm (or use the Japanese Better Butter Grater) and it is quite good.

Ice Cream Bread: Yum + Easy!

Ice Cream Bread = Yum + Easy!

Next time I make it I might make a double batch. The self-rising flour didn’t make it rise quite as much as I expected it to. It’s not Earth-shattering, but for something that takes two ingredients and about a half an hour, it’s pretty durned good.

Categories: Cooking.