I am made of blue sky and hard rock and I will live this way forever.

May 15, 2008

The key to taco pizza.

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , — Nate @ 10:36 am

I have found that the difference between most taco pizzas is the “sauce” base.  After some research, here is the perfect blend:

8 oz. refried beans

1 4 oz. can, diced jalapenos

16 oz. taco sauce, your choice of heat.

chopped cilantro

1 lime, juiced.

Mix all that together and it doesn’t really matter what else you put on it, you’re in business.


May 14, 2008

A pearl of wisdom, which may actually lead to a proper blog post.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nate @ 11:37 am

I give you the truest words I’ve read today:

As Doug of Hot Doug’s says, “There are no two finer words in the English language than ‘encased meats,’ my friend.”

May 8, 2008

Ken Jennings I’m not.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nate @ 8:34 am

So the folks at the local Comcast offices decided a while back to start a new local game show, “Absolute Zero”.  The Register Star picked up on it and ran a couple of articles that you can read here:

Absolute Zero article


Anyway, they announced another set of auditions and I decided to give it a shot.  I also managed to talk my mom into coming along so I’d know someone there, plus I thought she’d get a kick out of it.  We ended up in the same tryout group and had a spirited practice game – they didn’t keep proper score at the audition but we both answered a decent amount of questions.  We were both invited back for tapings, and they’re now airing.

If you live in the Rockford area and have cable via Comcast, you can see the debacle at the following times:

The show can be seen on Cable Channel 17 at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, May 7th – 7:00pm
Thursday, May 8th – 5:30pm
Friday, May 9th – 8:30pm
(TENTATIVE) Sunday, May 11th – 8:30am (subject to change)
It can also be seen on Cable Channel 57 at the following dates and times:
Thursday, May 8th – 9:00pm
Saturday, May 10th – 3:55pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, May 11th – 1:35pm

I’ll let you watch to see how it turned out, but I had a good time at the taping.  The other two contestants were very nice guys, and everyone at Comcast was more than hospitable.  I kept telling myself that it was just a local access quiz show, there were only 8 or 9 people in the room and that only a handful of people would ever see it air, but I still had nerves like it was Jeopardy.  I’m such a dork.

I do agree with Justin, though.  They need the Adjudicator to run the event.

Oh, and Best Buy has the new Tokyo Police Club for $7.99ish.  Go buy it NOW.

May 7, 2008

Walking for Asthma – May 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Nate @ 9:52 pm

Good grief.  I haven’t blogged in 6 weeks.  I’ll get back to a regular routine at once.  Well, maybe.

For now, though, I am making a last-minute plea for pledges for the American Lung Association’s Asthma Walk this Saturday.  Those of you who HAVE sponsored me, thank you VERY much.  Everything helps, especially when there are so many fundraisers and charities and money only goes so far.

If you’d like to make a pledge, click here:

My Asthma Walk Page


Thanks very much for the support.  I’ll be back to snarky and annoying before you know it.

March 28, 2008

So it is written: Baseball 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Nate @ 7:57 am

I guess I really should have posted this before that engrossing 2-game series in Japan between the Red Sox and the A’s, but here are my predictions for the 2008 MLB season:

American League:

East Champion: Boston Red Sox

Central Champion: Detroit Tigers

West Champion: Seattle Mariners

Wildcard: Cleveland Indians

AL Champion: Detroit Tigers

MVP: Grady Sizemore

Cy Young Award: Erik Bedard

Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria

National League:

NL East Champion: Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central Champion: Chicago Cubs (okay, okay.)

NL West Champion: Arizona Diamondbacks

Wildcard: New York Mets

NL Champion: Chicago Cubs

MVP: Ryan Howard

Cy Young Award: Jake Peavy

Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome

World Series winner: Chicago Cubs 4-2 over Detroit Tigers

Your opinions, please.

March 27, 2008

The Idol voters blew it, or R.I.P. Chikezie.

Filed under: american idol, chikezie — Tags: , — Nate @ 1:43 pm

sigh.  no more Chikezie on American Idol.  now I have to pray for Jason Castro to do well (or sing Hallelujah every week) and for the part of the stage that David Cook, Carly and Michael Johns are sitting on to fall off.

 Oh well.  We’ll always have Youtube.

Chikezie rocking it, volume 1.

Chikezie rocking it once again.

Quote of the Day, 3/27/08

Floyd Mayweather is considering a rematch with Ricky Hatton at Wembley Stadium next spring, according to the Manchester boxer’s promotional team.  Hatton ruled out a clash with domestic rival and WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter, saying: “If Junior Witter was fighting in my backyard, I’d shut the curtains.”

I think there’s room for both, really.

Filed under: awesome, baking, cupcakes, snack cakes, snacks, whoopie pies — Tags: , , — Nate @ 10:20 am

Whoopie pies.

Whoopie Pies vs. Cupcakes

I need to emphasize the most wonderful words any of us will hear or read all day: “red velvet whoopie pies”. 

Quote of the Day, 3/18/2008

Filed under: awesome, mccartney, quotes, scrooge mcduck — Nate @ 10:20 am

From a random poster on the Football365.com forums, in regards to the McCartney/Mills settlement: 

regardless of what she said in the court case, if id just been given almost 25 million quid for doing little more than sucking an aging rock star’s chopper every so often, i wouldnt be whining in the media, Id be diving into a swimming pool filled with money Scrooge McDuck style.

March 17, 2008

More Movies and Weekend Miscellany

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nate @ 2:37 pm

It’s 2:44 PM and I’m very, very sick of fake Irish accents.

Let’s get caught up on what I’ve been watching (aside from hours and hours of DVR’ed Cash in the Attic):

Live Free or Die Hard: I was up until about 4:15 Sunday morning watching this and can’t decide whether it was worth losing sleep over.  It was fun for the most part, but the believability certainly was a bit lacking.  I was quite relieved when it finally occurred to me that the good hacker is the guy from the Mac commercials.  That was bugging me.

LoudQUIETloud:  This documentary about the Pixies reunion was nice but nothing earthshattering.  I did enjoy seeing David Lovering in his new life as a stage magician.  I need to investigate the Martinis, Joey Santiago’s project with his wife.  Sounded good. 

Hell House:  Creepy documentary about the ultra-Christian haunted houses that demonstrate the dangers of rock music, abortion, booze, drugs, raves and (from what I could tell) the Internet.  I think watching this has pretty much satisfied my curiosity and stopped me from any chance of checking one of these out in person just for the experience. 

Eastern Promises: This was pretty eh.  I think the good reviews I was given were mostly due to Viggo fighting in the buff, so I see how they missed the actual not-so-goodness of the movie.  Viggo’s accent is pretty bad.  I hated the ending but there’s some good stuff in there.  Worth watching.

War: I like Jet Li.  I like Jason Statham a lot.  This movie is terrible.  Do not watch.

Southern Discomfort: This is a documentary from the early 2000’s about pro rasslin in the U.S. south.  Good stuff – the fans are just awesome.  This is what wrestling is all about.  The best line is when a local is asked why he goes to see the shows and he replies, “I go to see the stars, like the Iron Sheik and Bob Jackson, not some jerk off the street.”  He obviously has a keen eye for talent.  Bonus points for Bob Armstrong wrestling at the age of 94.

Other nuggets and tidbits:

  • I picked up the Shout Out Louds record on Saturday and highly recommend it.  Really fun stuff.
  • I have no idea why anyone would go to Qdoba as long as there is a Chipotle within 50 miles.
  • UCLA is going to win the NCAA tournament.
  • I am hungry and tired.
  • If offered an Irish Pride cocktail, do not accept it.  Irish whiskey, half & half and creme de menthe are not meant to be mixed. 
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