Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interesting factoid about Inception's Music

( #Inception )

I read found this on BoingBoing and thought it was really cool.

More about the song at BoingBoing

Zooey Dachanel - "Don't Look Back"

( #ZooeyDachanel, #SheandHim, #CraigFerguson )

A lot of the snarky blogs like to rip on "She & Him" saying its boring. I am not sure about boring, but I know I like my music a little more on the miserable side. That aside, I know my readers like Zooey, so here she is on Craig Ferguson:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

NEWS: Ninjas stop muggers in Australia

( #Ninja, #Australia )

A group of muggers robbed an Australian med student and chased him into a dark alley. Unfortunately for them, that alley was home to a Ninja dojo...

Ninjas kick muggers ass (for real)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Reflections on the Tour De Philly (2010)

( #Philadelphia, #TourDePhilly, #JosePistolas )

My friend Tom started the Tour De Philly in 2004. We were young, single, and (mostly) ready to mingle. Over the years, the tours has reflected the changes in our lives. Girlfriends and wives (and husbands) became part of the team and those favorite old college bars started to get replaced with Center City bars. Regardless of the location and the people, a good time was always had. The 2010 edition of the TDP was no different: good friends came out and we had an excellent time, but as I clicked glasses filled with various compounds, I knew the era of the Tour De Philly was coming to a close (for us).

Before we even started the tour, the decision was made to reduce the number of bars. The last few years, the constant jumping made it hard for those falling behind to catch up and it was really hard to get drinks unless you stayed a while. So I made the executive decision to cut it down to three core bars (McGillins, Ladder 15, Jose Pistolas). This year was extraordinarily hot and the Philadelphia bars struggled to keep their businesses cool for the masses; this made the crew eager to jump to the next place, which had the effect shorting the duration of the tour.

While mostly everyone was pleased to start a McGillins, once the call for car bombs was made and the waitress informed us that they didn’t serve Guinness, the crowd wanted to move on. Ladder 15 wasn’t crowded and had plenty of seats. It was nice in there for about 30 minutes, but then the place started to fill up (and get warm) with people younger than I wearing flip-flops. One of the bar employees asked my friend who was wearing a jeff cap and a kilt to take off his hat (it was okay for kids to wear sandals and baseball caps, but Ladder 15 was too cool for the guy in the kilt). I was ready to leave.

We made a detour into Fado and it was packed. I left anyone who wanted to stay in there and made my way over to Jose Pistolas. Even though the AC wasn’t at 100%, Joses is always worth the sweat. Universally beloved (by my entire social circle) Buddy was working the bar on the main floor and I enjoyed a brief conversation and a good drink. As the Fado slackers started to shuffle in, they took over the 2nd floor of the bar. I stayed downstairs with Buddy until he told me the AC worked better up there. My friends ended their night eating and drinking, the way all TDPs should.

Sounds like a pretty good night right? Yup. But the passion is gone. The tours have been ending earlier every year and getting home via train and other safe means is becoming a headache. Additionally, who the hell wants to drink themselves into oblivion and feel like crap for the next 3 days. You are witnessing forced maturity boys and girls. It’s time for a new crop of young people with disposable income to run around the city getting completely trashed, I am too old for this shit and got stuff to do the next morning.

When this doesn't look fun, it's time to run

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 37


Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! Last night was a little rough with the Tour De Philly (article coming on that), so I will make SL short and sweet. This week we will discuss my kick-ass Empanadas, Girls with Rockets, and a little more. Let's open the fridge and see what's left over.

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: La Luz De Jesus

CREDIT: Laura Marling - Ghosts

[Recipe of the Week: Buffalo Chicken Empanadas]


1 Pack of Empanadas Disks (you can get them in the international isle or frozen food section)
1 lbs of chicken breast
2 cups grated Monterey-Jack Cheese
1 large Spanish onion diced
3 bulbs of garlic finely diced.
1 bell pepper diced
1 chili pepper diced
8 tablespoons of butter (a stick)
1 egg (beaten)
1 tablespoon of chili powder
2 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of cumin
hot sauce
1 packet of Sazon seasoning


1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the chili powder, salt, cumin, and some hot sauce. Shut off heat. Add chicken in hot water. Cover. Leave it alone for 35-40 minutes. The chicken will fall apart with a fork. Put it aside in a bowl.
2. Cook the onions until translucent in a large pan, then add the garlic, and after 2 minutes, add the papers. Once everything is cooked, add the shredded chicken. Clear some space in the middle, put the oven on low, and add 4 tablespoons of butter, once melted, add hot sauce (to your liking) and mix around. Put mixture aside.
3. Get the empanada disks and lay out of flat surface. Using a small ice cream scooper, add the filling to the disk shells and then folder the shell over in a half moon shape. Crimp the fold with your fingers and then seal with a fork (giving it a nice finish too).
4. Beat an egg and use it for an egg wash on the shells. Then melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, add the Sazon seasoning to the butter and then brush on the shells as well.
5. Put the empanadas on a cooking tray lined with parchment paper, and place in over heated to 375 degrees for about 20 minutes (keep checking, you want brown and delicious).
6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then eat!

[DIY of the Week: Make your own model Rocket]

It's good to see American kids actually do intelligent fun stuff.

[Video of the Week]


Check back later today or tomorrow for the Tour De Philly stories. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Creepy Yet Awesome Pug

( #Pug, #Batman, #CreepyDogs )

This dog can say Batman, let's roll the clip...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Winnie the Hulk?

( #WinniethePooh, #TheHulk )

I am not much of a Disney fan (I am totally not letting my future children watch that stuff), but this is fantastic.

Check out more at the creator's blog: Andrew Harkins

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Moon Landing Anniversary

( #NASA, #MoonLanding )

41 years ago today a man landed on the moon... Party.

News: Amish Teen arrested for Drunk (animal) Driving

( #Amish, #DrunkDriving )

An Amish teen was arrested after being chased by police for drunk driving... a horse and buggy.

Simply Awesome.

Read more at:Buffalo News

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 36


Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week I am doing away with all of the formalities and just giving it to you straight-up; Let's open the fridge and see what's left over...

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Jeremy Messersmith - Organ Donor

[Recipe of the Week: Watermelon Salad]

My friends mentioned how delicious watermelon tasted this year, and I found this recipe from Slashfood

Salad Ingredients

1 cup watermelon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup yellow tomato, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 cups arugula, chopped
8 Basil leaves, torn
Pinch sea salt
8 coarse grinds black pepper
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice

Toss all ingredients together.


6 oz. Catapano goat cheese feta, crumbled
½ cup olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbs snipped chives
Salt and pepper, to taste

Spoon vinaigrette over salad.

Read the whole article

[DIY of the Week: Filtered Pet Watering Bowl]

Shout out to Sean - I thought you could use this DIY Buddy

Filtered Pet Watering Bowl - More DIY How To Projects

[Video of the Week]

Myth and Infrastructure 4 minute excerpts from miwa matreyek on Vimeo.

MIWA MATREYEK is performing this live in Philadelphia TONIGHT at Space 1026. Click here for details.

[Thank You]

The blog experienced its best week since I started tracking traffic two years ago. The Jack Johnson and Chris Isaak concert reviews brought in readers, and the Geno's Steak Rant is like a slowly rolling snow ball, getting bigger with each day.

Whether you agree with each post or not, I hope you are finding my writing interesting and like the odd and unique posts I share from the internet browsing. The uptick tells me I am doing something right, so thanks for the positive reinforcement.


I think it was a pretty good week, so no point in pushing my luck. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Funny or Die: Wrong Hole

( #FunnyorDie )

How the hell did I miss this video? Totally NSFW!!!!

The Oatmeal: Ride a Polar Bear to Work

( #TheOatmeal, #PolarBears )

The Oatmeal has provided this informative pamphlet on the benefits of using Polar Bears as your primary means of transportation.

You must read the whole thing at The Oatmeal:
Ride a Polar Bear to Work

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My first published article: Arconis Security Suite

( #Acronis, #JoeyLombardi, #InternetSecurity)

I totally forgot to repost this link. This is my first (and only) review for that I had mentioned on Sunday Leftovers. I gave them permission to print the article, but completely forgot about it. You can check it out at the following address:

7Tutorials: Acronis Security Suite

It's nothing special, but it's cool to get publish in other sections of the web.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Concert Review: Chris Isaak @ Longwood Gardens (Philadelphia Area)

( #ChrisIsaak, #LongwoodGardens, #ConcertReview )

Opening Act: Marc Broussard
Main Event: Chris Isaak
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa (Philadelphia Area)
Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010


I have never been to Longwood Gardens before and wasn’t sure what to expect in regards to a rock and roll show; I discovered Longwood Gardens is a great place to see a concert. The grounds are beautiful, the staff is really nice, and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house (or botanical garden in this case). The concert stage was situated right in front of a big fountain which added a nice backdrop to the show.

[Opening Act]

My friends were very happy that Marc Broussard was listed as the opening act, so that amped up my expectations of this singer. Sadly, instead of the rough and rowdy blues act (that my friends had witnessed a few years ago), Marc focused on generic ballads (yawn).

The last song was a swampy blues number which was absolutely the best of the set. It’s a shame Broussard decided to leave his nuts backstage, because the guy is talented and has a great band, just lame material this time around.

[Chris Isaak]

Chris Isaak put on a fucking show tonight. The weather was hot and sticky, but that didn’t slow down this seasoned performer. Isaak walked on stage with a neon pink sequined jump suit: that’s hell of a statement to make in this heat.

The backing band was fantastic. All of these guys can play well and fill out the sound on the stage. Music aside, they all seem to have a really good time playing to the crowd and goofing around. Chris leaned on the whole band to to dance, shake, act as a 60’s soul back-up singers, and an “olde-time” church revival... let’s just say these cats were versitile.

Isaak immediately won the crowd over with his banter and high energy. He showed no fear in knocking out his trademark high notes several times per song. All of his popular tunes sounded note perfect (“Somebody’s Crying”, “Wicked Game”, “Forever Blue”, “Bad Bad Thing”). My favorite line of the night is when he remarked on the heat by saying “I am sweating more than a whore in church.” Damn right.

For the encore, Isaak decided to take his sweating up a notch by donning a mirrored suit (it had to weigh at least 30-40 lbs). He last few tunes were very high energy including a great rendition of the Roy Orbison classic “Pretty Woman” (he sounded exactly like Orbison). A fantastic show by a great performer; other musicians should go see Isaak and take notes - this is how you do rock and roll baby!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chupacabras are real?

( #chupacabra )

A farmer in Texas thinks he discovered a Chupacabra or really ugly mutant greyhound...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Concert Review: Jack Johnson @ Camden Entertainment Center

( #JackJohnson, #Philadelphia, #Camden )

Main Event: Jack Johnson
Opening Act: G Love
Date: Sunday, July 11th 2010
Location: Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)

[Opening Act]

I can’t say one thing about G Love because I completely missed his performance. My wife and I left our house at 6:00 PM for the 7:00 PM show (we live about 20 minutes from Camden). Everything was smooth until we got about 1/3 of mile to the Camden Entertainment Complex exit (5A); we were stuck there for the next 100 minutes. It took another 20 minutes to get forced into a $25 parking lot.

As you could imagine I was pretty pissed off getting into the concert, but thankfully I didn’t have to wait in line to get into the show.

[Main Event]

I have never seen the Camden Entertainment Complex (it’s called the Susquehanna bank center but this place changes names every 18 months, so screw it) so packed. The lawn area was an absolute sea of people (this show was definitely oversold). There was no room to put down blankets. This was one massive standing room only concert. In addition to the crowds, the PA for the lawn area was underpowered. You could hear the music, but not well (you don’t normally read me complaining a concert was too low).

Overall, Johnson sounded really good (like he always does). He put on an earnest yet laid back show. G Love came out to jam on a few songs (I was glad I got to see him play). Jack’s band was very good tonight; especially his multi-instrumentalist (mainly keyboard instruments). I don’t know the guy’s name, but he made slower songs like “Banana Pancakes” pop.

To be honest, we cut out at 11 PM because we were terrified of getting stuck for another two hours in Camden and it was so tight on the lawn that you couldn’t scratch your eye without elbowing somebody in the back. While I am a little annoyed at the concert conditions, Johnson is donating all profits from the tour to charity, so I felt good about my money going to good causes.

I keep saying it, but I really do think I am done with the big concert venue shows and any kind of open seating situation: they are expensive, the sound is usually not great, and there are ALWAYS a small group (or pockets) of people that ruin the show for everyone else.

Here’s hoping Johnson does a winter tour in small venues!

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 35


Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week we will talk about how to make broccoli sexy (without smothering it in cheese), some of my recent blogging activities, and Peter Lorre (WTF!). Let's open the fridge and see what's leftover...

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Audrey Kawasaki

CREDIT: Frankie and the Outs - Little Brown Haired Girl

[Blog Stuff]

I am sure you have been noticing that I have been putting twitter "#" signs at the top of every post; simple reason/answer is that I am using a feed system to push my blog posts to both facebook and twitter. Twitter has been particularly fruitful as traffic has increased at least 66% in the last two weeks. I am sort of "teaching myself how to use twitter" - meaning how to actually use it for productive endeavors (not "it's my 2nd poop of the day - w00t!"). I will share my findings with you (I am messing around with different times to post, etc).

I have also started to get some push back from readers. I pissed of quite a few hipster kids with my Jared Leto post (but alot of people found it funny too). My recent post about a certain steak joint seemed to incense and delight people around the country. Since I started my MBA last week, I have been toying around with smaller more frequent posts. They are snap shot reactions to things I am reading. Sometimes I relent a little (with the Leto story), and other times (like with the steak story) I feel firm on my thoughts. It's an interesting experiment for me to read back even a week ago to see if my feelings have changed on a subject.

Whether you like what I write or don't, I appreciate you visiting the site and providing feedback. It's nice to know people are out there reading (and sometimes hating).

[Recipe of the Week: Broccoli Salad]


1 head of broccoli (cut how you like it - I do mine small)
2 carrots (shredded)
2 cups of walnuts (chopped small)
1 red onion (diced)

4 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of white rice vinegar
2 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of low salt soy sauce
2 tablespoons of A1 (or any steak sauce you like - it's to bring out the meatier flavor to the walnuts)


1. Clean the vegetables, and cut everything up and put in a mixing bowl.
2. Chop the walnuts, put into a different mixing bowl, mix in honey (make sure to get everything covered)
3. Make the dressing
4. Add the walnuts to the dressing and mix it well (to prevent clusters in with the walnuts)
5. Add the dressing to the vegetables, mix, and serve.

[DIY of the Week: Speaker Stands]

Ikea Hacker has detailed instructions on making your own speaker stands. I hate the ones I have right now, so I am thinking about doing this.

IkeaHacker - Speaker Stands

[Video of the Week]

I always found Peter Lorre amusing and odd...


That's all I have for now readers - I need to get cracking on my e-Business class. Check back later tonight or tomorrow morning for a review of the Jack Johnson concert in Camden, NJ. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

David Thorne: Missy the cat

(#DavidThorne, #Missy, #StupidPeople)

My buddy Nate sent this to me and it made me laugh because I get asked to do shit like this all the time. While I would never waste the time to go to such extreme levels of torment, I like this guy's style.

David Thorne: Help me find my missing cat

Friday, July 09, 2010

Geno's Steaks: Where Racists go to Eat

(#GenosSteaks, #Racist, #Philadelphia, #Tourism)

After the news that Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento was hosting a "Pro-Arizona Immigration Law Rally" at his business, I had to speak my mind. It is in my opinion that this man is both small-minded and his actions show that he has a problem with Hispanic people (legal or not).
Who cares about this @$$hole and his lousy cheese-steak shop? Vento's actions demonstrate that he is an uneducated loud-mouth. My advice: less talk and just serve heart attacks on a roll. I cannot understand why anyone cares about what this man has to say. How does owning a sandwich shop in Philadelphia makes you an expert on West Coast immigration laws?

He detracts from the neighborhood (where I grew up and a good portion of my family still lives in), the city of Philadelphia, and Italian-Americans (take off that awful gold chain you walking parody).

To all Philadelphia tourists: stay aways from this place. Go to Jim's Steaks on South Street. They are much nicer and if you are a brown person they will serve you without getting a side of attitude.

I feel better.

More on Vento's Rally: Geno's Mexican Immigration Rally

UPDATE: After I published this article, one of my friends replied in disagreement. I am going to publish our back and forth because I think it adds to both sides of the argument and makes the article more interesting.

UPDATE 2: Vento died of a heart attack on 8/23/2011.

I disagree with your post and I support Joe Venuto and geno's
I am amazed at how people can have no clue yet constantly express their opinions.
A clue about what:
1. That he should just shut up and serve sandwiches?
2. That he utilizes the same Mexican work force that he detests so much to clean his business, to deliver his rolls, and his 2nd rate meat. If he really believed what he was saying he would cut off any of the supply vendors that employ immigrant Hispanics - but that would cut into this "heroes" bottom line - instead he puts up a sign.
3. That he is rude to his customers in general when you attempt to pay him $7.35 for a sandwich
4. That he supports a law that profiles Hispanics in a state WHERE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE ARE HISPANIC?

Just because someone has "the right" to do something, doesn't mean that they should. His job is to sell sandwiches, not piss people off.
reply to #1: he is entitled to say whatever he wishes, one of the rights he has as a legal american citizen

reply to #2: how do you know his employees are Mexican? Did you see their identification. If they are Mexican how do you know if they are illegal or not? Joey Vento does not have a problem with Mexicans per se, his issue is illegal immigrants from any place that come here illegally and do not speak english. Illegal immigrants that take advantage of every public assistance the United States has to offer straining our economy and overloading our healthcare. I could go on but this really is not the proper place for this discussion. Take a look at what your family did. They came here, learned the language, became citizens and became successful and started a new family in the United States. They did not sneak in, take from the government, send money back to their country etcl.

reply to #3: if he is rude to his customers then of course as a paying customer I would not tolerate that and I would not shop there again. Did you go there and experience his rudeness? Is this what prompted your tirade against Joey Vento labeling him a racist?

reply to #4: I support that same law. If you are not here legally I do not want you here. I do not have a problem with immigration as long as you are trying to emigrate here legally and once here become a productive citizen and not a drain on our resources. As for the comment the "INDIGENOUS" people are Hispanic Arizona is not targeting Hispanics as a general only those that are not here legally. if you are here legally what is the point of providing your documents ?
Joey Vento can do whatever he wishes as long as it does not break the law. You assume he is racist, why because he does not want illegal immigrants in this country? You assume he hires Mexicans because you see tan people working in his kitchen? how do you know they are not from el slavador, guatamala, brazil ? Let me inform you of this little fact along Mexicos southern border they have armed guards patrolling to prevent illegals and those guards are not going to book them, fingerprint them and send them on their merily way back from where they came
To label someone a racist is a serious charge especially when you do it on a public forum that could impact his business. I think you should be able to support your claim and be ready to prove your accusations when you decide to put it into print.
What is the big deal about showing ID??????? I'm a legal American citizen and I must show my ID when:
1. Pulled over by the police.
2. Making purchases on my department store credit card.
3. When I show up for a doctor's appointment.
4. When filling out a credit card or loan application.
5. When applying for or renewing a driver's license or passport.
6. When applying for any kind of insurance.
7. When filling out college applications.
8. When donating blood.
9. When obtaining certain prescription drugs.
10. When making some debit purchases, especiall if I'm out of state.
11. When collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.
12. When purchasing beer, liquor or any tobacco product.

I'm sure there are more instances, but the point is that we citizens of the USA are required to prove who we are nearly every day! Why should people in this country illegally, be exempt!!!!! Why shouldn't we guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does?
1. Anybody can say what they want, but they have to be prepared for the backlash of what they say. Hence he has many people calling him a racist. The guy runs a TOURIST DESTINATION and he tells people to order in English: it's ignorant and racist. He doesn't pick on the Asians, Europeans, etc - so that shows he has a problem with Hispanics.

2. There seems to be a problem with separating people who don't speak English with illegals. Just because you don't speak the English doesn't mean you snuck in to the country. I know that his roll suppliers definitely use Hispanic labor force. I have seen them drop of rolls there before. How does he treat these people? He puts up a sign that says "speak english".

My family came here and didn't have command of the English language. What did they do? They helped to establish a community that would support them and their lifestyle.

50 years ago Italians/Irish were treated the same way and that is my issue.

How does Joey Vento know who is legal and illegal? He doesn't. So he assumes all spanish speaking people are illegals.

3. He is a racist and homophobic. The last time I was at that place many years ago I was in line and a tourist was in front of me and was nervous about ordering (since they are so rude). I coached the person and vento (who was working the register) called us both "homos". I told him off and he just had someone else ring up the kid. I got out of line and went to pats.

4. If you notice in my point I said Hispanic labor force. People who speak Spanish and are here LEGALLY are getting shit on in line too. But to my other point, if vento were to find out that Amaroso or his meat distributors were to use illegals - do you think he would go to another supplier? I am willing to bet that he doesn't. Because he freely admits to copying Pat's - so when they change and improve, he switches to the same suppliers. Because he doesn't have an original thought in his head. Instead he makes a name for himself by being a loud-mouth.

To your other post. If I was stopped in the street by a police officer for no reason and asked for my ID I would be pissed. This law enables police officers to do that in Arizona.

How the hell do you define "reasonable suspicion" on grounds for detainment. It's Jim Crow style of law. People who have lived in Arizona for generations can be questioned because they are brown.

It's not a matter of if this law will be abused, it's a matter of how much.

I don't think illegals should be allowed to stay in this country either, but this law is not the solution.

Thanks all for now true be-loggers. What's your take on the Joey Vento situation? Seems like everyone has an opinion on this news item.

UPDATE: This post has become very popular on this blog and a part of me is sad that something so negative has become a feature on my site. I haven't changed my opinion about Vento, Genos, or the political situation at large, but I wish people were reading the more positive posts as well.

Recommendation: Short Story: No Time Like the Present

(#ShortStory, #Scifi)

I found this short story on one of my nerd blogs. I thought it was pretty interesting. If you have 20 minutes to kill, give it a read.

No Time Like the Present by Carol Emshwiller

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Prince Declares the Internet Dead

(#Prince, #CrazyPeople)

Once awesome, now cranky musician Prince has declared the internet "dead." The internet in turn asks "Prince who? Michael Jackson's kid?"

Prince, who refuses to sell his new material in conventional and modern (iTunes/Amazon) methods due to file sharing, is attempting to sell his newest work via a British tabloid.

Read more here

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lindsay Lohan is headed back to jail

(#LindsayLohan, #Jail)

Lindsay Lohan is headed back to jail after repeated violations of her 2007 probation (related to drugs). In recent years Lohan has been the poster-child for "completely wasting golden opportunities."

When I went out in the streets and asked for local residents reactions to this news, nobody gave a shit. Somewhere in L.A., Sam Ronson is breathing a sigh of relief while getting a Justin Bieber haircut.

UPDATE: What the broken link - I will fix that later.
UPDATE2: Video of Lohan getting served

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Quick Rant: Energy Companies

(#Energy, #HeatWave, #Philadelphia)

While listening to the radio today, the news bulletin reported several blackouts in the Philadelphia area due to energy consumption. PECO and other energy companies are requesting limited energy consumption (aka don’t use air-conditioning) during the heat wave.

This leads me to a simple question. If you aren’t supposed to use your air-conditioning unit in 100 degree weather, when the hell are you supposed to? If the energy companies are having a hard time supplying the populous with energy, perhaps it is time to start rethinking energy in the cities.

Expand the tax breaks for solar paneling/roofing and get them installed on as many roof-tops in Philadelphia as possible. I know it is a dirty word in urban areas, but perhaps it is time to rethink nuclear. Also, what about using the dumps as a source of energy (methane can be harvest from the gases released from the ground - 14% of the dumps in the United States are doing this). None of this is going to happen overnight, so it’s time to come up with a plan and act on it.

Solar Panels: More Information

PS - I am not just going to bitch about this, I will do some more digging on realistic solutions and report back.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 34

Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! Today is the 4th of July, so I am sure my readers are enjoying BBQ, Beaches, and of course Bitches (I have no idea what that means: I just like saying "Bitches". Go head, say it right now... "Bitches". Feels good don't it?). Today I have a somewhat holiday themed blog: A very patriotic punch drink and a how-to on fixing up your grill. Let's open the fridge and see what's leftover!

[The Back Window]

CREDIT: Phillyist - Moocat

CREDIT: Pearly Gate Music - Big Escape

[Sound Strike]

More organized opposition to Arizona's immigration laws has manifested itself from an unlikely group: Musicians. Led by Zack de la Rocha, several musician (including Conner Oberst, Ry Cooler, and Nine Inch Nails) are boycotting the state until reforms to the immigration bill have been made.

Several small concert promoters based in Arizona are complaining about Sound Strike saying it will (rightfully so) impact their business. Connor Oberst wrote a response to one promoter. The whole situation is an interesting read. Check it out: Conor Oberst Pen's Open Letter to AZ concert promoter

[Re-Thought Rant: Jared Leto]

The blog received alot of traffic thanks to my Jared Leto rant and Twitter. Now that I know so many people read it, I feel kinda bad. I hold strong in my "messiah complex" critique, but I kinda feel bad to shit on anyone who is earnestly trying to create anything (and I kinda think he is).

That's all I got (I am not going that deep on it, but feel free to comment).

[Recipe of the Week: Fish House Punch]

From Esquire

Celebrate the 4th of July like the founding fathers.... Drunk.

1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
2 quarts water
1 quart lemon juice
2 quarts dark rum
1 quart cognac
4 ounces peach brandy


1. In a large bowl, first dissolve the sugar in enough of the water to do the trick, then incorporate the lemon juice.
2. Next, add the spirits and the rest of the water -- or as much of it as you wish to contribute (less in summer, to allow for meltage).
3. Slip in as large a block of ice as you can procure. (Use your imagination -- if worse comes to worst, a mixing bowl full of water that's been frozen overnight will do the trick; run a little hot water on the outside of the bowl to unmold.)
4. Let stand in a cool place for an hour or so before serving.

Do not garnish with fruit, herb, vegetable, or paper umbrella.

[DIY of the Week: Bring your old BBQ back to life]

2 cans of Krylon Stove and BBQ Paint
Wire brush
Painter's Tape
Wood Stain
Drop Cloth

Follow the link for detailed directions: Make Magazine: How to fix your old BBQ

[Video of the Week]


Okay I am going to eat some bbq and sweat with a bunch of strangers. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Jared Leto is a Doucebag

(#Douchebag, #JaredLeto)

I know I am not covering anything new here, but how does one semi-rock star/actor become so immensely self-important?

Hipster Runoff posted the sunkist soda commercial using Leto's song (sellout much?). They also featured the original video with the whole band and holy shit... Messiah complex?

The video features Leto looking very sad and concerned and then leading a group of bmx bikers around the streets. BMX bikes - not bikes designed for transport - bikes made for "trix" you silly rabbits. I view the bikes to be symbolic of the band - serves no functional purpose.

At the 4:08 mark, he laments that the "age of man is over". I would certainly hope that is the case as we are responsible for unleashing this shit into existence.

If you aren't Michael Jackson, don't produce 9 minute music videos! And if you are going to make a 9 minute video, at least have the good sense to put zombies in it.

This post got a ton of heat on Twitter. While I don't typically go off like this and the wording was admittedly harsh, I still feel the same way about the video.

Meet the typical Apple Drone

(#Apple, #iPhone, #MacDrone)

What happens when the apple drone meets the disgruntled nerd?

Thursday, July 01, 2010