Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 51

(#SundayLeftovers, #Halloween, #WalkingDead)



Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This has been a long week and I am coming off a great trip to Nashville (just got home a few hours ago). Excuse the disjointed thought patterns, I am running between the keyboard and the door to answer trick-or-treater's requests for candy. Candy aside, lets open the fridge and see what is leftover.

[The Back Window]





CREDIT: Ryan Adams - Halloween

[Recipe of the Week: Squash Gnocchi]

One of my friends shared this on Google Reader this week and I thought it was the perfect fall meal (Thanks Jenn - credit: Cannelle et Vanille).

makes enough for 2 large or 4 small servings

1 lb (454 grams) roasted red kuri squash puree (1 medium red kuri squash)
olive oil and salt to roast the squash
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup (60 grams) quinoa flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) hazelnut flour
2 Tbs (20 grams) tapioca starch
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Dusting gluten free flour mix
3 Tbs butter, browned
2 Tbs frsh sage, finely chopped
2 Tbs toasted hazelnuts, chopped
Parmesan cheese, optional

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Cut each half into strips and place them on a baking sheet. Toss them with a little olive oil and salt. Roast them at 400F for about 30 minutes or until tender. Let them cool for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.

Puree the squash into a large bowl with a food mill or a potato ricer. This allows the puree to be light and fluffy and the dry ingredients are incorporated quickly without having to overwork the dough. Weigh 1 lb of puree.

Add the egg yolk, quinoa flour, hazelnut meal, tapioca starch, salt and nutmeg. Mix with a fork. It will be a sticky dough.

Dust a wooden board or your work surface with flour. Coat your hands with flour. Take a medium ball and roll it into a long log that is about 1/2" thick in diameter. Cut this log into 1- 1 1/2" pieces. Roll each piece on your fork to create indentations and drop it on a baking sheet lined with lightly floured parchment. Repeat until you have cut all the dough.

You can cook them on freeze them at this point. To freeze them, stick the baking sheet in the freezer and when the gnocchi are hard, put them in a freezer bag. If you decide to freeze them, do not thaw them out before cooking.

To cook them bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the gnocchi in it. They are done when they float to the surface.

In the meantime, heat the butter in a large saute pan. Let the butter brown. Add the sage and toss the cooked gnocchi in it. Serve with toasted hazelnuts and parmesan.

[DIY of the Week: FM Bug]

Here is an interesting little DIY on building a bug out of old FM radio parts:



Complete Instructions: Lucid Science

[Video of the Week]

I have covered the Tiny Movement on this blog before, but this one takes the cake..er...I mean pie.



[Conclusion]

It is dark out, yet they still tap on the door, with hunger... hunger for brai... candy. Hope everyone is having a safe Halloween! I am going to wrap this up and get ready for The Walking Dead. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at joeylombardi.com". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Concert Review: The Avett Brothers @ The Ryman Theater (Nashville, TN)

( #Avett, #GracePotter, @dookiefinger, #Ryman )

Opening Act: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Location: The Ryman Theater - Nashville, TN
Band Website: The Avett Brothers

[Nashville]

My wife, a few friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to Nashville to see the Avett Brothers and enjoy the “City of Music.” Fall in Nashville was excellent: the weather was mild, the downtown area was decorated for Halloween, and there was a palpable excitement in the air. I will get to a recap of our adventures in Nashville in the next few days, but I wanted to share this concert experience first.

[Grace Potter and the Nocturnals]



When we sat down in our excellent center-stage seats, I started chatting with the costumed college kids in front of me. They had been to the show the night before and I asked them if there was an opening act, they said Grace Potter. I had heard of her, but did not know any of the material. The college kid said she was average the night before and I guess he must have been smoking some of the good stuff because...

Grace Potter was fantastic. This woman can sing her ass off, she knows how to put on a show, and she surrounds herself with excellent musicians. Her two guitars players were really good in that understated-but-know-when-to-turn it up kind of way (very similar to Sheryl Crow’s long time guitarist) and her bass player is one of my all time music crushes Catherine Popper. I wish I had caught this band when they were in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, but they are totally on my radar now.

My friend (who doesn’t follow any music not on the mainstream country stations) started screaming like a little girl when Potter invited country musician Kenny Chesney on stage. Chesney managed to bother me by standing in front of Popper, but sounded at home on the Ryman stage. Potter and the band finished their set and the curtains closed in preparation for the main event.

[The Avett Brothers]



When the curtains re-opened 30 minutes later, the stage was decorated for Halloween. The entire band came on stage dressed as mummies (and remained in costume the entire 2 hour show) and proceeded to entertain the crowd in their typical high-energy fashion.

While the band played well, it was really hard to hear over the audience singing along. Having long heard of the Ryman’s excellent acoustics, I was disappointed I couldn’t experience it for myself (I think it amplified the crowd instead of the band). The Avetts played several crowd favorites (but not many of their singles). The personal highlight of the night was the solo performance of “Murdered in the City” because the crowd went silent and I got to really hear the song.

Being their last show until New Years Eve, the Avetts really went for broke. Costumes aside, you could tell that the whole band was really happy to be playing (and then taking a break). Cellist Joe Kwon seemed to be soaking in the crowd as he left the stage before the encore.

This would not be an Ordered Chaos concert review without a little crowd report. Overall, the crowd was super cool and respectful. It was a nice mix of younger and older fans and everyone seemed to be mindful of each other... except the kid sitting next to me. The Ryman has these wonderful church benches to sit on (which of course nobody used), but it served the purpose of breaking up the crowd and providing personal space. This kid next to me kept getting closer and closer, crossing over the divider and bumping into me. As I learned to accept that, he started doing this wide clapping thing, almost elbowing me in the face at least a half-dozen times. I shot him a few dirty looks, but he did not get the hint. Eventually my friends left early and I got the personal space I craved.

Overall, it was a great show in a wonderful city and venue. I kinda wanted to see if I could get Catherine Popper’s autograph after the show (she was a part of my favorite album of all time), but a.) I had no idea how to do it and b.) I didn’t want to be that creepy fucker bothering a musician after a show - besides, my wife and I had to pack for the flight home.

Until the next show...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Moby Dick 2010?

( #MobyDick, #Remake, #WTF )

Here is a trailer for something that is wrong on every level - INCLUDING CAMPY! On a related note - is that the sidekick from Xena?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Phillyist: Guster Review

( #Guster, #Philadelphia, #ElectricFactory )


Phillyist published my review of Guster's performance last Friday at the Electric Factory, you can read it **here**

Some interesting background stories:

1. There were three younger people (just barely drinking age) that were totally rude and pissing off everyone in my area. Guster crowds are usually pretty chill, but these two boys and their gal pal were "white people dancing", not giving a shit who they bumped into, and by the middle of the show were acting the songs out with their hands. People were leaving the nice spot we were in just to get away from them. The taller kid must have messed up 20 shots for me by throwing up his hands in Guster-ecstasy. Also, the girl had the most intense crazy-eyes I have ever seen - she didn't blink.

I tried to take video of her, but it didn't turn out so well.

2. My favorite security guard was on duty, but we didn't stay in his area. He would have destroyed the "Trio of Assholes"

My readers make me laugh...

( #Thankyou, #LucyLawless, #Burritos )

I was checking the stats this morning to see how Sunday Leftovers did yesterday and the report showed that several people in different states viewed this totally random post from June.

This was one of those "for me" posts because I was thinking about Lucy Lawless singing about Burritos and making fun of Stevie Nicks (after ranting to my wife how annoying I found the real Nicks - and she would be far more awesome if she sang songs about Nachos). The clip was not easy to find, so I guess somebody else had the same idea and found my blog instead.

Thank you to my readers for validating my random thoughts.

Anyway, I will save you the trip over to the other link, here is the clip again....

Lucy Lawless spoofs Stevie Nicks

Digital Mischief | Myspace Video

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 50

(#SundayLeftovers, #Halloween, #WhiteStripes)



Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to a special Halloween edition of Sunday Leftovers! That's right, this week is dedicated to all things Halloween (but if you have been reading Sunday Leftovers this month, I have thrown in at least one Halloween related item each week). So let's open the fridge and see what is leftover!

[The Back Window]


CREDIT: The Park - Maciek Pozoga



CREDIT: The White Stripes - Little Ghost

[Recipe of the Week: Jello Blood Worms]
Credit: The Idea Room

INGREDIENTS:

100 flexible plastic straws (make sure they have the bendable necks)
An empty, cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws (the taller the better).
1 package (6 ounces) raspberry or grape flavor gelatin
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
3/4 cup whipping cream
12 to 15 drops green food coloring
Waxed paper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine gelatins in a bowl and add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 min.
2. Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container. Wrap together with a loose rubber band to hold straws together.
3. Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Carefully pour into container, filling straws.
4. Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.
5. Pull straws from container or, if you're using a carton, simply tear the carton away from the filled straws. Pull straws apart. Run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time.
6. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers.
7. Lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Worms will hold at room temperature for about 2 hours.

[DIY of the Week: Cheap Blood Squirting Effect]

Intructables has a pretty cheap, easy, and cool way to fake blood squirting out of your neck... Great for Halloween or giving your mother a heart attack year round.

Almost Free Squirting Blood Effect

[Video of the Week]



Sears actually has a whole Zombie website. Check it out - Zombie Sears

[Conclusion]

Okay, hope I didn't scare you all too much. Check back this week for my official Phillyist review of the Guster Concert from Friday and the end of the week, live blogging from Nashville! If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at joeylombardi.com". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rocky has to go...

( #Rocky, #Stallone )

Sly sure looks like he has to make a #2 in this picture... (yes I know it is low-brow, I don't care.)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Phillyist: Find a place with Commonspace

( #Commonspace, #Phillyist )

Hi readers - a new Phillyist article has been published in case you were interested. The article is about a new Philadelphia-based social planning tool. When I first took the assignment, I was planning to be an asshole about the service (my thought was "great - another fucking social network"), but as I explored the site, I realized it was less a social media site and more of a tool (that could actually be useful), so I changed my approach...

Check it out:
Find a Place with Commonspace

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Philadelphia: 1900

( #Philadelphia, #OldPictures )



Philadelphia circa 1900. "Delaware Avenue, foot of Market Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Image courtesy of Shorpy.com (you can see a bigger image there).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oatmeal: Things you should never take pictures of

( @Oatmeal, #StupidPeople, #Pictures )

The Oatmeal owns the masses again, this time, terrible pictures....

PREVIEW:


Click Here for Full Comic

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Editorial: A note about confidence

( #Confidence, #Rant )



I was thinking about interactions I had over the last few weeks and a pattern I have been falling into: sitting in a circle and listening to friends or co-worker’s issues and offering advice. I get feedback from my social circle that I am “so confident.” This perceived confidence was all bullshit until recently and even now, it isn’t really confidence as a lack of confidence in everyone else.

I was never confident as a child - never trusted my own impulses. In fact, I spent several years of my life training myself not to follow my own instincts. One thing I always craved, produced, and excelled at was instituting order. I always needed to follow a plan or clear direction, it helped me to sleep at night. This served me well until I found myself repeatedly questioning the plans and methods of others. I noticed that other friends, teachers, co-workers, managers were just fucking winging it, and these ideas I silently kept to myself would have produced better outcomes. This my friends is not arrogance, it is the truth.

Having no confidence in yourself can produce several personalities traits, in my case I didn’t become sullen and quiet - I had enough self-hatred and well-bred Italian spite to force myself to learn. Learn what? Anything I needed to overcome that pit in my stomach because I didn’t know what to do. This involved reading, asking for advice (and learning what advice not to take), research, finding mentors, finding models to base examples from - and over the years, I have built up a decent database of experiences to draw from (either my own or through others). That internal spite and hatred was eventually unleashed at the people making my days longer and less productive. That doesn’t mean yelling and getting nuts, but I won’t lie to you - it definitely means letting people know in subtle ways that your time is being wasted.

So what does that have to do with confidence and what am I driving at? The only way to gain confidence is by action. That action might be reading a book (or building a bench), but it is a step in the direction you want to head in. Do you think the people setting direction and offering you advice are making efforts to better themselves and the decisions they make? How many people do you know at work are losing sleep over the bad, uninformed decisions they are making (unless they are about to lose their job)? The only way to avoid going down with the ship is to learn how to swim (and to know when to get off the damn boat).

PS - To keep with the swimming metaphor, learning to swim does not have anything to do with confidence, is it all about survival. There are way too many people drowning out there.

Sink or Swim.

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 49

(#SundayLeftovers, #TinaTurner, #BacktotheFuture)



Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week we discuss space sex, mac n cheese, and Back to the Future. I know, I can't wait either - so lets open the fridge and see what is leftover...

[The Back Window]





CREDIT: Ike and Tina Turner - Idolize You

[Space]

Last night, my wife and few friends saw a special about sex in space and the question came up about conceiving a baby in space. The put that question to bed, the answer is NO.

[Recipe of the Week: Tex Mex Mac and Cheese]

Recipe Credit: YumSugar

Ingredients

Butter (for the dish)
1 pound poblano chilies (4 to 6 chilies)
Olive oil (for sprinkling)
6 white corn tortillas
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups half-and-half
3 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces elbow macaroni
8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, grated
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Directions

1. Turn on the broiler. Butter a shallow 3-quart baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2. Rub the poblanos lightly with olive oil and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil the peppers as close to the element as possible, turning often, until the skins are blackened all over.
3. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let them cool to room temperature. Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
4. Remove and discard the charred poblano skins with the stems and seeds. Chop the chilies coarsely and transfer them to a food processor.
5. In a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat, lightly toast the tortillas for 30 to 60 seconds per side or until they're just softened and give off a toasted-corn aroma (don't let them become crisp).
6. Coarsely chop the tortillas and add them to the chilies in the food processor. Add the cilantro leaves and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed.
7. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, salt, and pepper until well combined. Stir in the chopped chili mixture.
8. Drop the macaroni into the boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes or until the pasta is not quite cooked through. Tip it into a colander, shaking it to eliminate excess moisture. Add the pasta to the egg mixture with two-thirds of the grated cheeses. Stir to combine.
9. Pour the mixture into the buttered dish. Scatter the remaining cheeses evenly over the top. Bake the dish for 40 minutes or until browned and bubbling at the edges. If you want to brown the center more, turn on the broiler again and let the dish brown, watching it carefully. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

[DIY of the Week: Zombie Barbie Garden]

In keeping with my Halloween ideas, here is a easy how-to on making the front of your house infected with Zombie Barbies....

Zombie Garden

[Video of the Week]

Shot-for-shot remake of "Back to the Future" Trailer



BONUS: Did you know that Eric Stoltz was originally hired as Marty McFly?



[Conclusion]

Okay, that's all folks! If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at joeylombardi.com". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Awesome Ghostbusters Poster

( #Ghostbusters, #Slimer )

The Autumn Society created this awesome Ghostbusters inspired poster.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 48

( #SundayLeftovers, #JohnLennon, #Cheesesteak)



Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! Only one month to go before Volume 2 of Sunday Leftovers is over - anybody have suggestions or changes for Volume 3? This week we celebrate John Lennon, Philly Cheesesteak Empanadas, and Earthquakes. Let's open the fridge and see what is leftover...

[The Back Window]


This week would have been John Lennon's 70th Birthday....



CREDIT: Lee Moses - Day Tripper

[Food Poisoning]

I had food poisoning this week. It sucked. I see no need to get into details, but lets just say it impacted my ability to be interesting, find interesting things, and general have an interest in anything besides not being sick. Thought I would share :-)

[O'Donnell Coverage]

I have been asked on several occasions this week why I keep mentioning Christine O'Donnell on this blog. Honestly, I just feel like I have to keep the ball rolling. I didn't really know who she was or what was going on with her when I discovered that clip of her fighting with the guy from the Real World. That put her on my radar as a bit of a wacko, but harmless. Then she won the Republican slot in DE and I start paying more attention and more clips came out about her. The woman is certainly entitled to her opinions, but with all of this footage from past attempts at becoming (I am not sure what - famous?), I am interested to see how she navigates these waters. Her "Not a Witch" commercial looks like it is just feeding the fire.

Very interesting situation. Yes - I am making fun, but I am really curious to see how it will turn out and what will become of this woman long term.

[Recipe of the Week: Philly Cheesesteak Empanadas]

INGREDIENTS

1 Pack of Empanadas Disks (you can get them in the international isle or frozen food section)
1 lbs of chip steak
1 cups grated American Cheese (or cheese wiz if you are into that)
1 large Spanish onion diced
8 tablespoons of butter (a stick)
1 egg (beaten)
2 tablespoons of salt
1 packet of Sazon seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

1. Add some olive oil to a frying pan and cook the steak. Use a strainer to separate the beef from the fat, and set the meat aside in a bowl.
2. Cook the onions until they are golden brown. Mix with the steak.
3. Shred the cheese into the bowl with the steak and onions. Mix it around (It will melt).
4. Take one tablespoon of the mixture and place into the center of the empanada shell then fold 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).
5. Beat an egg and use it for a 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.
6. 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).
7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then eat!

[DIY of the Week: Halloween - Storm Trooper Helmet]

Since we are close to Halloween, I will be bringing you some cool Halloween ideas. I found this DIY while shuffling through the internet:

How to make a storm trooper helmet from a milk jug

It doesn't seem to hard or time consuming and the results are pretty spectacular.

[Video of the Week]

This might not be to everyone's taste, but someone found footage of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. No sound and pretty long, but interesting if you think about how long this film survived to get digitized.

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from Red Channels on Vimeo.


BONUS: If you were not into the San Fran video, here is mock 50's-style trailer for the movie Inception...



[Conclusion]

I am going to make this one short and sweet this week, I have to knock out some other assignments for this blog and Phillyist (make sure to check those out). If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at joeylombardi.com". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Feist: Look at what the light did now

( #Feist, #Documentary )

I got to see Feist's last concert in Philadelphia a few years ago and it was fantastic. Really one of the better concerts I have been to in the last 5 years. This documentary seems to cover that tour and some of the details that went into making the show.

I am really looking forward to this documentary....



My review of the Feist's concert on 4.23.2008

Smell Like a Monster

( #SesameSt, #Grover, #OldSpice )

Friday, October 08, 2010

Christine O'Donnell Parody

( #ChristineODonnell, #Mocking )

This fine fellow made a delightful parody of O'Donnell's "I'm You" commercial.



Ordered Chaos O'Donnell Coverage:

Close encounters with a Volcano

( #Volcano, #Crazy)

This man is closer to churning magma than I ever seen on video.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Hunter S. Thompson Job Reference

( #HunterSThompson, #Gonzo, #JobReferences )



This is a letter Thompson wrote to the editor of the Vancouver Sun...

By the time you get this letter, I'll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I'll let my offer stand. And don't think that my arrogance is unintentional: it's just that I'd rather offend you now than after I started working for you.

I didn't make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he'd tell you that I'm "not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person." (That's a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)

Nothing beats having good references.

UPDATE: Boing Boing found the whole damn letter:
Vancouver Sun
TO JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER SUN

October 1, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City

Sir,

I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In addition to wishing you the best of luck, I'd also like to offer my services.

Since I haven't seen a copy of the "new" Sun yet, I'll have to make this a tentative offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn't know anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I'm not quite ready to go charging up another blind alley.

By the time you get this letter, I'll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I'll let my offer stand. And don't think that my arrogance is unintentional: it's just that I'd rather offend you now than after I started working for you.

I didn't make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he'd tell you that I'm "not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person." (That's a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)

Nothing beats having good references.

Of course if you asked some of the other people I've worked for, you'd get a different set of answers.
If you're interested enough to answer this letter, I'll be glad to furnish you with a list of references — including the lad I work for now.

The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It's a year old, however, and I've changed a bit since it was written. I've taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.

As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you're trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I'd like to work for you.

Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.

I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don't give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.

I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

It's a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I'd enjoy the trip.

If you think you can use me, drop me a line.

If not, good luck anyway.

Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson

This letter and many more like it were published in The Proud Highway (links to Amazon in case you are interested in purchasing - I think I am going to buy it).

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Oatmeal: Bad Email Habits

( @Oatmeal, #Email, #Comics )

The Oatmeal has done it again! Check out this comic about people and their terrible email habits. Every single one has happened to me - in the last week.

PREVIEW:


Click here for the full comic

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Breaking News: Christine O'Donnell not a witch

( #ChristineODonnell, #Witches )

In a follow-up to last week's article,Delaware senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is responding to claims that she is a witch. She isn't. Just in case someone really believed it.



Instead of responding to witch claims, she should probably go on the offensive about those pesky rumors about her being a moron and woefully unqualified for the job she is applying for. Just saying...

Man fined 30k for growing too many veggies

( #Farming, @DeKalbCountyGA )

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sunday Leftovers: Volume 02: Issue 47

(#SundayLeftovers, #ChristopherWright, #Chili)



Howdy true be-loggers, welcome to Sunday Leftovers! This week I share with you the greatest Chili recipe ever, we listen to some tunes, and we see a trailer for a movie that you should watch while eating this chili. Lets see what's leftover...

[The Back Window]





CREDIT: The Daredevil Christopher Wright - How to get my head back on my shoulders

[Recipe of the Week: Jack's Philly Chili]

My buddy Jack shared this recipe with me. I am sharing it with you my readers. Treat this like gold.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups medium onions, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 lbs ground beef
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 28 oz can of stewed tomatoes
2 cans Ro-Tel diced tomatoes & Green Chiles
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 15.5 oz. can of chili (red) beans
1 14.5 can of chicken broth
3 tablespoons of chili powder
1/3 cup sliced Jalapeno peppers
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon black pepper
3 tablespoons "Original Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
4 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 16 oz. bag of tortilla chips


DIRECTIONS:

1. Chop up 4 medium onions and 1 large green pepper and set aside.
2. In a 10 inch skillet, brown 2 lbs. of ground beef, drain excess fat in a strainer, and place beef in a 6 quart pot.
3. Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet and saute 2 cups of chopped onion and entire chopped green pepper for 5 minutes over medium heat.
4. Add sauteed onions and green pepper to ground beef. Over medium heat, stir in stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, chili beans, chicken broth, chili powder, jalapeno peppers, dark brown sugar, cocoa, black pepper and "Original" Louisiana Hot Sauce. Cook for 15 minutes.
5. Add Philadelphia Cream cheese and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and stir until Cream cheese is melted completely.
6. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

Ladle Chili into serving bowl and top with shredded cheddar cheese and raw chopped onions to taste. Add 5 tortilla chips on edge of bowl. Serves 6.

[DIY of the Week: Candy Dexter Bloodslides]

Technically, this could be considered a recipe since the DIY is edible, but screw it.

If you want to delight the adults at this year's Halloween party, bust out these candy Dexter Blood Slides.

What you need:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbs water
red food dye
bamboo skewer or tooth pic

Hit the link for full directions. Forkableblog.com

[Video of the Week]



[BONUS]

Family friend Mariella Esposito was interviewed on Temple's Blog. Check out Mariella talking about her store Fante's. (I don't have to plug Phillyist all the time!)

[Conclusion]

Thats it. If you need to reach me, you can do so via email at: "blog at joeylombardi.com". As always, don't take shit from anybody.

Smell You Later,
~ Joey

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Holy Shatner! Capt. Kirk Western?

( #WilliamShatner, #Westerns, #EvilTwins )

Saying anything would ruin this...