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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 07:38:30 AM »
music performed by VERY UGLY MEN

Probably my favorite genre.  I mean, look at YES, for instance.  And Led Zeppelin...Jimmy Page and Robert Plant looked like Frodo Baggins and Galadriel, respectively.  John Bonham as Gimli?

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:56:31 PM »
I thought the left wing were moon bats, and the right wing were nut jobs? 

You are correct sir!   ;D

De gustibus non est disputandum.  I've spent the last year studying a style of music that makes all of that seem pretty "poppy" and simple, but man, Beatles and Led Zeppelin...that was good stuff.  But still, remember what was on AM radio in the 70s, or so my parents tell me...

Listened to Zep yesterday after consuming almost nothing but Hindustani classical for rather a long time, and it was pretty sweet...sort of like a fast food hamburger after eating heathily for a while...hits the spot.  That is a group with a natural groove. 


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The Pub / Re: Steve Jobs Dead at 56
« on: October 09, 2011, 12:03:28 PM »

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The Pub / Re: Anyone besides me think the price of
« on: October 02, 2011, 04:47:05 AM »
Used cars in particular.  Cash for clunkers did that, but new cars actually can be surprising...Nissan is advertising a sedan for a base price of 10k.  For the first time in my life I would give actually serious consideration to buying a new car.

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The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:54:29 AM »
I was about to comment on how old I felt seeing people on here talk about how they were in high school during Sept 11th.  I was in college...I suppose I'm still youngish by the books, but I feel old, very old.  I like to think you're as old as you feel, and I've happily entered my crotchety old man phase.  You!  You kids!  Get off my lawn!

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The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:12:54 AM »
I remember the first gig of my first teenage band, we played that tune...I'd never even heard it before, they taught me the chord changes, simple as they are, before we went on.

31 years is a good run for a band!  At least they didn't fizzle out playing USAF base dance gigs like another famous band from the 80s!  :D

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The Pub / Re: Alton Brown BBQ Special
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:16:54 PM »
I'm a bit of a Raichlen devotee, and I love how much he strays from usual cuisines.  Great teacher I think, certainly a great writer of recipe books, in that so many of my grilled or smoked recipes started from a kernel of one of his, but I'll admit he has a funny on-screen persona.  For some reason I enjoy taking things he says with a healthy amount of double entendre...I mean, as much as he talks about rubbing, err, meat, and then his mantra of "keeping it hot, clean, and lubricated", I mean, he just walks right into that stuff!   ;D

I've never had cable TV, so I wouldn't know Alton Brown from...a thing that is not Alton Brown.

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The Pub / Re: $12,000 per serving??
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:07:43 PM »
Look at it this way...it's a lot cheaper than your average plate of dinner at a bigwig political fundraiser!

Anyway, with 62 years of aging, it's more like you are paying the distillery back-rent!   ;D

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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:35:39 AM »
Never heard of them. Ever. Not bad but I wish it were Metallica instead.

Heard of the individual components, but not the band.  Very technical players!


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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 18, 2011, 05:30:26 PM »
Rick Bayless has done really well in convincing the unwashed masses (particularly, me) that Mexican food is more than just red sauce, cheese, and "taco seasoning".  That mole sounds awesome.  It's one of those recipes that would consume an entire day probably (at least for me) but I may have to try it.

Tonight, refried black beans, guacamole seasoned with lime and cilantro, and a pot presently steaming, full of tamales.  Dough made with bacon lard, masa, and spices, and filling is made from diced trimmings of a spare rib smoke I did a few days ago, with fried onions, tomatoes, chilies, cumin, oregano, etc.  Then tomorrow with the leftover filling I'm going to panfry some quesadillas using the smoked pork filling.

OK, so I'm still in the unhealthy realm of probably inauthentic Mexican food, but hey, it IS good.  Hard to beat the smell of cooking tamales, especially now that there's a bit of nip in the air.  Comfort food from down south.


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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 17, 2011, 02:11:12 PM »
Oh holy crap!  Where was my invitation?!   ;D  Looks fantastic.  And a great time of year to cook outdoors.

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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 16, 2011, 06:29:43 AM »
Ever had hakarl?  Heard it is pretty horrendous.  Icelandic rotten sharkmeat.  

I'm all for using as many of the "nasty bits" as I can, because (drawing on my experience as a father of a 3 year old) I am every bit as cheap as Mr. Krabs, but what I usually do is boil them with bones and then discard, making stocks.  I would have a real hard time eating raw poultry innards unless that duck had undergone a serious veterinary examination including blood tests before being dispatched!

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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 15, 2011, 05:04:10 PM »
I'm going to go out on a limb here and be closed-minded about this! 

Raw bird organs in fresh blood is a bridge too far for me.  Hope you at least enjoyed it, though!  Nice of the place to share it with you. Unless this was their Vietnamese practical joke for the credulous American foodie that keeps visiting them!   ;D

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All Things Food / Re: Buckboard Bacon
« on: September 13, 2011, 08:42:59 AM »
I've made that quite a bit meself!  Good use for a meat slicer...I then pack and freeze bags of the stuff.  Sure it may be packed with salt and nitrates, but at least I was the one to pack it with salt and nitrates!  :D

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The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 11, 2011, 05:55:53 AM »
Was sitting in a computer lab at the university, and rather rapidly the interwebz "shut down" basically.  Never seen such general unresponsiveness from news websites since.  Finally got through and sorted out what "allegedly" was happening.  I was thinking, hoax, or mild accident at that point.  Stared at the unresponsive "refresh" icons for a good while before the girl that I was keen on (later would become my wife) came and got me and we left together.  Skipped all our classes, and we each went home to our families and started actually watching news...  

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