Helloween 3: Gypsies, Tramps, and Botched Abortions
A few horrible Halloween costumes, and this:
Monday, October 31, 2005
Helloween 3: Gypsies, Tramps, and Botched Abortions
gizmag Article: ZORK NOT CORK – it was only a matter of time
New resealable wine cork replacement. More upscale than scew tops, less spoilage than cork.
Posted at 3:22 PM
Friday, October 28, 2005
Cocktail Times | Halloween Cocktail
- 2 oz Whiskey
- 3 oz Orange Juice
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 Lemon Juice
- Garnish: Olive
Stir in collins glass with ice. Don't forget to carve your olives.
Several Halloween Drinks from drinkoftheweek.com, including:
- Jack O' Tini (vodka martin with splash of pumpkin liqueur)
- Brain Hemmorage (shot using Bailey's, peach schnappes, and grenadine to give it that bloody brain look)
- Vampire's Kiss (high octane bloody mary variation)
A Party Punch from Emeril via Food Network:
Spellbinders with Devil Eyeballs
- 1/4 cup blue curacao
- 3/4 cup galliano liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups coconut rum
- 2 quarts pineapple juice
- 2 quarts seltzer water
Spooky Ice Cubes:
- Food coloring
Special Equipment: Novelty ice cube trays
- 20 maraschino cherries
- 20 chocolate chips (white or dark chocoale)
- 20 lychee nut fruits (canned and pitted)
For the Punch:
Combine all ingredients in a large glass punch bowl and mix well.
For the Ice Cubes:
Color water with desired food colorings and pour into ice cube trays. Freeze until firm.
For the Devil Eyeballs:
Remove the stems from the cherries. Insert a chocolate chip, point side in, into each cherry to make "pupil" of the eye. Stuff cherry into pitted lychee nut fruit.
Wish there was a picture of the Devil Eyeballs.
Posted at 2:11 PM
ESPN.com - MORESPORTS - Still kickin': Fan wins $1 million by making 50-yard FG
The best part is that he started with kicks of 20, 30, and 40 yards for lesser prizes and missed them all. Can you imagine being in the stands watching and rooting for the guy, then saying screw it, I'm heading to the concession stand before he kicks the money winner?
Posted at 8:58 AM
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Friday night at Oculus: Hunter Roth "The Loss of Innocence"
Reception 7-10pm, Show runs through November 16
Hunter's works include: steel sculptures, paintings, wood-cut prints, papier-mache and more, but his theme is the same: political mockery of American history. The show also features collaborations with: Charles Barbier, Clark Derbes, Ryan O'Malley, Jeremy Grannan, and Craig Roth. The reception will include music by Brown Leaf Vertigo, a country Misfits cover band.
Saturday Night at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery (Shaw Center) : Edie Tsong "Making Contact"
Closing Reception Saturday, October 29, 6-8pm
Saturday Night at the Baton Rouge Gallery: Movies and Music on the Lawn (Last show of the season)
Featured this Halloween weekend will be Pathe films The Red Sceptre. It may not be a horror movie by today's standards, but it was pretty scary for 1903. Full of camera tricks copied from George Melies, a terrible demon in a cave shows off his magic in full color. Also showing will be The Fall of the House of Usher (1930), Pathe's The Pearl Fisherman(1904) and the science fiction serial The Power God (1925). This is your last chance this year to experience this truly unique event which combines silent vintage films with talented local musicians.
This program will be free for residents of New Orleans (with a picture ID.) Admission is $5 and free for Gallery Members. Concessions will be sold and popcorn is free. Please bring picnic blankets and/or parade chairs. The back lawn will be sprayed for mosquitoes, but bug spray is still recommended. Films will be held indoors in case of rain.
Posted at 4:06 PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
IsraCast: THE CAR THAT MAKES ITS OWN FUEL
And if it looks like that, even better! An Israeli company has designed an engine that creates it's own source of hydrogen by heating water around metal coils that will bond with the oxygen. The metal oxide waste can be recycled for further use by the metal industry.
Posted at 11:40 AM
Monday, October 24, 2005
Just had to follow-up on the Amore Dolce cocktail from Friday. It is by far the best cocktail of the week that I had not tasted before I decided to post it. I did adjust the recipe somewhat to cut the bitterness of the Campari. I went with a 2part raspbery vodka to 1 part Campari mix, with a splash of soda to top it off. It is a crisp cool drink, that will remain in my repetoir. I might also try it with tonic instead of soda if in the mood for something a little sweeter.
Posted at 4:52 PM
Friday, October 21, 2005
Miss Cocktail's Bubbling Brew - cocktail.com
Also stumbled onto this advice for making a bubbling punch for Halloween parties. According to Miss Cocktail, it's safe to put dry ice into punch, but not into glasses that people will drink from. If you get food grade dry ice, it's the same carbon dioxide as in soda fountains, so it's not doing any harm. As the dry ice bubbles and breaks down, some of the dry ice may become covered in regular ice and float. You don't want that to end up in a glass and into someone's mouth. Some dry ice will sink to the bottom and you don't want that either. Best not leave the punch bowl unattended. Maybe you could put the dry ice in the bowl first, cover it with a collander or strainer, then pour the punch over top?
Forget it, don't do it.
Posted at 4:01 PM
Amore Dolce Cocktail Recipe | In The Spirit
When I lived in Cincinnati, I used to make regular trips to the party store to keep the bar well stocked. The party store (the actual name was party source I think) was like the wal-mart of liquor stores, with everything you could possibly imagine in terms of exotic cocktail ingredients, wines, beers, party foods, decorations, etc. I used to make it a point of buying something new and different each trip (or at least on most trips as the budget allowed). So, I've had the same bottle of Campari for a few years now. Whatever drink I used it in the first time was awful and I haven't been tempted by it since. This cocktail looks like a potential winner and I have all the ingredients on hand.
- 1 shot campari
- 1 shot Raspberry Vodka
- 3 spoons Caster Sugar
- 1 lime
- crushed ice
In looking for a cocktail for this week, I stumbled upon a personality quiz that said I'm an orgasm:
""Which cocktail are you?""
brought to you by Quizilla
Amusing, but I doubt I'd like the cocktail much. The recipe is combine equal parts of Irish cream liqueur, white creme de cacao, triple sec and vodka.
So I searched for more quizes and found that I am indeed Whiskey:
You Are Whiskey
You're a tough drinker, and you take it like a man
That means no girly drinks for you - even if you are a girl
You prefer a cold, hard drink at the end of the day
Every day, in fact. And make that a few.
How's that for a waste of time on a Friday before quitting time?
Posted at 3:50 PM
A new to me blog covering creative information visualization with so many interesting entries. Here are a few recent highlights:
Common Census Map
Visualize the spere of influence of cities across the country. Contribute your personal opinions of your region to better define the map.
swarmfest collaborative sketch
Draw 100 pixels worth of line in a sketch whose topic has been chosen via search engine, then vote on the opacity of the lines of others. You can watch animations of the whole process and see how the collaborations emerge.
pixelfest group art
Similar to the sketch above, but instead add one pixel to a grid per day. No voting, but the will of the group wins out over time.
Found information aesthetics via Future Feeder
Posted at 2:22 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2005
FYI, I know at least one reader other than myself has been disappointed by the recent infiltration of comment spam. I've just added a verification feature so if you want to leave a comment, it will now ask you to verify a word from an image (in hopes that only a person can do that and not a bot). We'll see if it helps. I do appreciate comments.
I've also added a trackback/backlinks thing as well. If anyone has their own blog, please try it out just so I can see it work.
Posted at 9:57 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
ExtremePumpkins.com - Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Here's the site that first opened my eyes to the rather simple suggestion that we should use a jig saw to carve our pumpkins. I have never more thoroughly enjoyed pumpkin carving. We carved 3 or 4 pumpkins in about 30 minutes and they were the best looking that we'd ever carved.
The site includes loads of other extreme pumpkin ideas, like this Carrie inspired pumpkin with flowing blood, and that you can preserve your pumpkin with WD-40 (or better a generic knock off brand from the dollar store). And, be sure to check out the World's Fastest Pumpkin Carver in the Other New Stuff Section. Here, the extreme carver has built a one swipe pumpkin cutter (think cookie cutter on an axe handle) and successfully carves a pumpkin instantly (with QuickTime video).
Posted at 10:22 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Welcome to MusicBrainz!
Do you have mp3 or other music files on your hard drive/portable player that you can't figure out what they are/who performed them/what album they came from originally? I do. MusicBrainz can help. Download the app (windows or mac) and let it go to town on your music files. It will compare your file to files in it's database and add/fix info in the tag fields. I haven't used it yet, but plan to once I'm home.
Posted at 2:34 PM
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
the cocktail chronicles: Easy Does It
Too bad I didn't stumble on to this fine sounding drink before last weekends trip to Florida.
- 1 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 dash grenadine
- 1 dash white creme de cacao
The Cocktail Chronicles blog has many interesting recipes with stories/descriptions.
Posted at 3:45 PM
CultureCandy.org serves as an umbrella organization for several large scale projects each of which contribute to the development of the Art, Music, Dance, Literary and Collector Communities. Our current projects include the Baton Rouge Art Car Parade, Art Tasting, Permanent Wave and the Baton Rouge Artist Network.
New group we're getting involved with. The site features a little more info on the mission and projects. There's also a calendar where you can submit your item, and a hopefully growing list of local artists of all sorts (really all sorts, I included myself). Join Us!
Posted at 2:54 PM
Ann Connelly Fine Art
through November 12
Ann Connelly Fine Art present
Opening tonight from 6 - 9
whereby 100% of the proceeds will benefit
“The Hurricaine Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund“
through The Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
Select works by:
Robert Bean, Lisa diStefano, Clark Derbes, Amy Dixon, Jill Hackney, Robert Hausey, Libby Johnson, Kelli Scott Kelley, Bernard Kilchmann, Janet Link, Dede Lusk, Jamie Meeks, Joseph Poche, Karoline Schleh, Saliha Staib, James Vella and Donna West
Paintings and Photographs by Rick Dobbs
Some kind of event by the LSU Hip Hop Coallition at 10pm. This comes via a comment on the BR Gallery website, so there's not much info, but it might be worth a look/listen.
Posted at 2:43 PM
Esquire Magazine: My Outsourced Life
Funny article about a freelance writer/editor who hired personal assistants in india to help with his professional and personal life. They were so good, they even stopped him from putting his foot in his mouth with his wife. Starts with an email from the author to his assistant Asha:
Hello Asha,Via Waxy
My wife got annoyed at me because I forgot to get cash at the automatic bank machine. . . . I wonder if you could tell her that I love her, but gently remind her that she too forgets things — she has lost her wallet twice in the last month. And she forgot to buy nail clippers for Jasper.
I can't tell you what a thrill I got from sending that note. It's pretty hard to get much more passive-aggressive than bickering with your wife via an email from a subcontinent halfway around the world.
The next morning, Asha CC'd me on the email she sent to Julie.
Do understand your anger that I forgot to pick up the cash at the automatic machine. I have been forgetful and I am sorry about that.
But I guess that doesn't change the fact that I love you so much. . . .
P. S. This is Asha mailing on behalf of Mr. Jacobs.
As if that weren't enough, she also sent Julie an e-card. I click on it: two teddy bears embracing, with the words "Anytime you need a hug, I've got one for you. . . . I'm sorry."
Damn! My outsourcers are too friggin' nice! They kept the apology part but took out my little jabs. They are trying to save me from myself. They are superegoing my id. I feel castrated.
Julie, on the other hand, seems quite pleased: "That's nice, sweetie. I forgive you."
Posted at 12:06 PM
Top 100 Artworks of the 20th Century
Survey of art history books to decide the top works based on references. Possibly flawed methodology (are some works easier to obtain copyright? did the author use enough/the right books?), but not completely subjective. Maybe useful for my art appreciation teaching readers. Several dead links, but you can easily google the titles.
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
Clocks in at #4
Posted at 9:36 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Got Swank? I Do! Mister Swank dot com
Learn to Do the Hustle by listening to a record? I don't think so, but it makes for a pretty amusing listen. I've been downloading a bunch of out of print albums in mp3 form lately, mostly exotica. Most of the sources are via PCL Linkdump in a roundabout way. Here are some other sources:
Pinicchio´s Easy-Listening- & Instrumental-Corner
with lots of sources in the Sharity part of the site.
Also has a 2disc set of halloween songs to download.
Finally, Basic Hip
Posting one album a week. I'm digging Apricot Brandy and Albatross by John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims, has some Vampyros Lesbos feel to it, though not as raunchy.
Posted at 3:44 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Overheard in New York: The Voice of The City
Humorous, random snips of eavesdropped conversations
Bookchick #1: I had to go and see a circumcision yesterday. Any mother who does that to their son is evil and should burn in Hell.
Bookchick #2: Yeah, but it's much more hygienic.
Bookchick #1: So? Your labia gets dirty too.
Little girl: Mommy, that guy has a puppy in his car!
Mommy: How many times do I have to tell you that is the first temptation to kidnap you, stupid!
Posted at 8:39 AM
Monday, October 10, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
Heading to the beach for a long weekend, so no more posts today. Last night Anna stopped by to pick up the keys so she can take care of Zandra and I made this cocktail up for her. She liked it, so we had to name it. The breeze on the patio last night was heavenly and she felt the hint of cherry brandy made the drink, so here it is, Anna's Cherry Breeze:
- 1part vodka
- 1part cranberry
- 1part soda
- splash to 1/2part cherry brandy
Mix in highball glass with ice.
Posted at 9:51 AM
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Courtesy of retroCRUSH, The Worst Halloween Costumes of All Time
Look it's Bob Loblaw
Thank goodness they put her name and slightly more realistic picture on the costume.
Many more at the site.
Posted at 4:25 PM
Haunted Houses to hit this month
Janet's Pinhead costume for the 13th gate haunted house was featured on the cover of the Tigerweekly campus magazine. The article covers all the coming Baton Rogue Halloween fun. Janet made the costume only, not the make-up and somewhat cheesy chest wounds. They probably look better in the dark when you're scared anyway. You can see two more pictures in the costume section of her website www.luruart.com.
Posted at 8:54 AM
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
The Sands Mechanical Museum
A museum of "mechanical wonders" thoroughly researched and documented. I particularly like the section on coin-op and pinball machines. The pictures above and below are of the Confucius Say rotor pinball game. When it's the other players turn, the game rotates under the glass, so you don't have to get up, or spin your drink over to your partner. This would go so well in my bar.
Posted at 12:35 PM
New Scientist News - Television shows scramble forensic evidence
Real forensic scientists can't quite deliver the simple and clear message to jurors that the CSI type shows have led them to expect. All science is based on observation and probability, two inherently difficult ideas to explain. Possibly similar to why people voted for our idiot president over the eggheady challenger, forensic scientists believe that jurors aren't geting their message because their message isn't as succinct as on the tv. I find it a little amusing that this article is just speculation/straw poll, and not a report from a study itself.
Posted at 11:24 AM
Monday, October 03, 2005
New Orleans seafood safe to eat again - experts - Yahoo! News
Not oysters, but everything else, as long as it's properly cooked. Tests showed bacteria, but not dangerous levels of chemicals.
That's good since we went cajun dancing yesterday afternoon at Angel's in Whiskey River and ended up at Pat Huval's for seafood dinners.
Posted at 2:41 PM