Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Jerry Statler and Conrad Waldorf the two old guys in the Balcony Booth.
Missy Piggy I can't stand and well Kermit is Kermit but I wish Miss Piggy would get over it already and eat the damn frog so Foozie, Rowlf and Gonzo could run the show and be the stars they so yearn to be lol. That being said I don't know weather I'm actually going to heave over 14 dollars to the movie theater to watch this. I may grab it when it hits the Walmart clearence bin as I'm sure we will see Muppet over stockage very soon. Then again it is a Disney film so you can almost certainly be guarenteed that the DVD will never drop under the price point of $25 whIch is why I very rarely buy Disney Movies. But the Muppets were a huge part of my Childhood, many of ours actually, so maybe I will splurge on seeing this for ol times sake.
So how do you like your pages flipped? What am I talking about? Reading! The way that we read now has been affected by the modern age in many ways. Some people still read magazines and newspapers while others follow blog syndicates, read online magazines, and some just peruse endless web pages. But more specifically in terms of reading novels many people now read their books on electronic devices. eReaders and Apps on Smart Devices such as Kindle or Kobe have changed the face of publishing. There are a number of devices out on the market which have made reading more easily accessible in some ways. With a device such as a Kindle or Kobe Tablet or Smart Phones with the book application you can store numerous books on hard disk and carry it with you anywhere. The age of the paper back is coming to an end or is it? I don't think we'll really ever see print media die out. There is just something about holding a book in hand licking your thumb to turn the next page. While swiping you're finger across a touch screen and having the page flipped virtually before your eyes is really cool I still like the idea of owning hardcovers and paperbacks. Sometimes I own both the ebook and the paperback so if I am away from home and I feel like reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings I can just look it up in my virtual archive download it and begin reading.
I think many people enjoy the option of having the choice to read a book or a eReader. Very cool.
I also think in some ways electronic readers have generated a renewed interest in reading overall. While the price of some eBooks can run high most are very cheap compared to their counter parts especially considering the way in which the Book industry runs their prints now by releasing Hardcovers first and then months later Paperbacks. It does make a difference in the wallet when you buy the eBook as opposed to the Hardcover. One of the great things about the eBook Stores is that often there are many free books made available as well, while many of them are classic novels, it is very useful to have.
While the ability to switch eBooks between different types of readers is still a controversial issue and I don't exactly like the fact that if I purchase a book from Kindle's Store I may not be able to read it in Kobe due to the DRM restrictions (an encoding format which protects the file from being read on devices other than that which it was purchased on). I'm sure in time this will get straightened out. For now I stay in the best of both worlds. I have my Kindle App on my phone and I have my mini-library where I can grab a paperback and sit down by the fireplace.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I put a little Veggie Oil in a skillet heated on Medium High
I used about 5 medium sized Portabella's thinly sliced
Add 1 tbsp each of Red and White Wine Vinegar.
Add 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Add 3 tbsp of Butter
Add 1 clove of garlic chopped
Add 1/2 tsp of Paprika
Add 1 Tsp of Parsley
Add Freshly Ground Pepper
Mix them up good and then throw in the Portabella's
You can reduce the heat to medium
They should take about 3-5 minutes a side. Flip them half way through
They Original recipe which I used as a reference for this can be found here
Also on the agenda today I will be whipping up some Spicy Thai Chicken. I was trying to steal a picture from Rachel Ray (just the pic not a recipe got my own) who had one online that will look similiar to mine but the had it blocked from the internet pirates so we will have to wait until the experiment is over for photo ops. Coming up this week too I plan to head over to Taste of Streetsville so watch out for the post.
The TIFF (Film Festival) is almost over so we won't be seeing any more Blog Entries about Pitt, Fox's Dress or whatever other useless information conjured up in the obsession of "stars" world, haven't heard much about the movies actually. Speaking of movies I have posted some of the trailers that caught my brow:
Saturday, September 17, 2011
For a little History on Meadowvale read up the Wikipedia page
Mississauga News featured an article a few weeks back on the new Air-Rail Link (ALR) which is being headed up by Kathy Haley. Kathy is one of the people who was behind the modern gas station designs amongst numerous other achievements. Her vision of the new ALR is refreshing but it is not enough from the GTAA. Kathy's vision is similiar to that of London England an airport that is fairly well thought out from boutiques to transportation. If you ever fly into London there are three major airports you can land in and a few smaller ones. All of these airports interconnect either through rail or direct coaches which run most of the day. While the price point for fares that she mentions in the article runs from $15-35 it is a little steep if you ask me. I don't recall paying more than 7 pounds when I took it 3 years ago in London. While the direction that Kathy is bringing to the table sounds promising and I believe she will pull it off I think the GTAA seriously needs to step up their vision of the whole of Pearson's operations.
The first thing that needs to be changed is the customs area. The last time I went through in July they had completely eliminated the individual lines for the counters so all travelers went into one big line and eventually went to the next available counter. I am not convinced that this saved more time or was any more efficient. In many airports I have traveled to there is always a line for citizens of that particular country. This in my opinion is the first thing that should be on the GTAA's list of implementing. There is absolutely no reason why a Canadian should be subjected to waiting behind a group of people traveling on Visa's who are being branded as suspicious or warranting long periods of questioning. As bad as that sounds that is the reality of some countries reputation. Unjust in most cases yes, but security is security and we have protocals for a reason. By that is not sufficient enough for those of us who live here. We should be given priority plain and simple. Just like those who go through the process of enrolling in the Nexus program are given a preferred treatment the same should be applied to those who are traveling on Visa's, they should get their own line. Nexus, Citizens and Visa's should be how the lines operate.
It is great that there are shuttles running between the terminals 1 and 3 (who know what happened to 2 it closed actually) but nevertheless the shuttle rail has made things a lot easier and cut down on travel and wait times. But the other big problem I have seen is the how slow the people working at the terminal are to actually get the plane offloaded from the passengers to the baggage. I'm not commenting on people's work ethics but rather the overall system. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've waited up to ten minutes for the door of the plane to be opened, this is just stupid. Then there is customs and then the baggage pickup. I have waited up to almost an hour on one trip, 40 minutes on a few and very rarely under 30 minutes. Again I say in perspective to many airports I have seen who have a lot more terminals the wait is never more than 20 minutes, actually that's a long wait.
So Kudos to the GTAA for putting a new initiative together to ease the method of travel to and from the airport. Now its time to live up the vision that Kathy has for the ARL being "Something that's considered world-class." In a great city like Toronto why can't their airport live up to the same ideals.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Prepared a light dinner tonight... whipped up a few Portabella Mushrooms stuff with Cheese and a few extra ingredients.
Chopped up some almonds 1/4 Cup. Shredded 1 Cup of Mozzarella cheese (had no Gouda).Mixed up in a bowl 2 teaspoons of parsley, 2 teaspoons of basil, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Flakes, 2 teaspoons of Veggie Oil and1 cup of Bread Crumbs. You will use about 5 mid size Portabella's for these measurements.
Turn on your grill to Medium High and Cook the gill side of the mushrooms for about 3-5 minutes. Mix up all the other ingredients in a bowl while the first side of mushrooms are cooking. Once done flip the Mushrooms over and spread your mix on top of each one. Lower the grill lid and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until your cheese is melted to your liking. Ring the dinner bell and enjoy a nice juicy appetizer or make a whole bunch and have Mushrooms steaks for dinner.
Being absent from the Blogosphere for the last week and a bit I meant to post on a number of items the most interesting being this alarm clock (on the left) which is shaped as a bomb which you have to diffuse before it goes off. So for all you enthusiasts of exploding stuff this may tickle your fancy. Some people may have too much time on their hand (seriously no pun intended) Speaking of exploding stuff I have been living in dreadful fear of my laptop battery possibly exploding as the good old laptop ( at least a few years and counting) is heating up quite a bit. Other than when I am typing a lot in these rants and discussions I fill my spare time with, I have found that I can run my laptop on AC only .. I know!.. Who would of thought .. actually I reached the point where I had to do this...
Seriously it came to such madness. Yes I had the Cryopak 250 out. I had the mini fan blowing too seems like the fan on the motherboard is gone. (That is not my picture I stole if from Teche Blog) But that aside there have been some interesting topics brought up in other Blogs which I would like to have commented on but being days old and getting a bit late for a Thirsty Thursday Session I may have to cut the discussions short tonight. Unfortunately my dream of picking up my new EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens will have to wait as I had to splurge unexpectedly on new kitchen appliances. That story I will not disclose but yes ceramic top stoves are breakable.
I also added a Bolivian Ram, three Otto Cats, and a Black Ghost Knife who is not being so friendly today.
Bolivian Ram (he will get more colorful)
Tank (glass needs to be cleaned a little)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Calling all Avenger fans, Empire Online has noted on their website that the first in the series of "Marvel One Shots" has been posted online. The series of mini clips was announced at Comic Con and will focus on tying together any loose ends that may need explaining as we lead up to the big film.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Some parents may be relieved that the Toronto Catholic School Board has now implemented a uniform Policy under the "dress code for pupils policy." Beginning this school year students will no longer be wearing street clothes. A welcome move by some as buying new clothes at back to school sales and doing laundry may now be reduced also as a result. I for one am totally for this. This will in some ways create a more focused atmosphere for students to learn and will alleviate some of the popularity pressures that have arisen due to the over emphasis on fashion that retailers and the fashion industry have placed on our children. Not to the mention the branding association that leads to bullying. I have a good friend who is a Chaplain in the Dufferin Peel board and he has even stated on occasion that branding due to the clothing can even go as far as determining where kids sit in the cafeteria. By branding I am referring to kids only associating with kids who dress in the same clothing style whether its grunge, preppie, rocker vs rap etc. I remeber in grade 8 even at a uniformed school I attended you were really cool if you had a Raiders jacket and maybe a Guns n Roses, Metallica or Public Enemy T-shirt. You were semi-cool if you had a Georgetown Hoyas jacket. I had a lumber jacket which made me semi-nerdy and a Hoyas jacket which made me semi-cool too. Our kids don't need this pressure they need to learn in a positive environment which is getting harder to provide. This is a great move on the board's part. Maybe the trustees at Dufferin will relook at this issue again soon. Read more here
Anyone think this is a little bit of profiling? So the government has a plan to watch you at the airport and based on your body behavior they may be able to apprehend terrorists. Signs of detection include sweating. So if you're late don't run because that morsal of bodily cooling agent may do you in. I think the government should stop using terrorism as a scapegoat for their "global plan of tyranny" as Alex Jones puts it. Conspiracy theorists will be having a field day with this article
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I was looking for something quick to prepare last night after taking a few pictures in the City Center. There were a couple of packs of Potato Gnocchi (pasta) kicking around in the fridge so I decided I would try mixing up this recipe. With only 20 minutes of prep and cooking time this dish makes for an easy dinner. It had an interesting flavor not one that everyone may enjoy. I did add a little more garlic and Parmesan than the recipe recommended but personally I found that it could use a little more flavor. This may simply be because of the variety of spices that I tend to throw in the mix when I am cooking. Still a good dish and I will be playing with the ingredients more next time.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I have always been a lover of arts, culture, religion and history. Once some one said "you seem like you are very modern but you are very cultured. A rather interesting contradiction" I agree but I also believe that we should have a healthy respect for our history, traditions, religion and cultures. I have never been fond of the ideology that plagues my fellow younglings and the lack of respect for History and yet the obsession with pop culture and modern technology while at the same time having little interest in their own culture.
This is sad! I am a full fledged Canadian! I am a 3rd generation Canadian there's even a little of the Native blood running in these veins if you go back a few generations. Not sure if that last part is true or one of late Auntie Roe's Fables she told of our relationship to Princess Lily Feather and Chief Shot-in-both-sides. But on the lighter side I have been thinking of a way to include in this Blog some of the Cultural and Historical aspects of Mississauga. Not many of the people who now live in Downtown City Center would even remember the Ol man's Farm on Eglinton. Being a 3rd generation Canadian I envy people who come here and have a cultural tradition. While some argue that Canada has its own culture and tradition I mean Culture more in the sense of Filipino, Spanish, Indian etc.. It is actually kind of sad that so many young people feel embarrassed that their parents want to incorporate some cultural traditions in their lives. But thanks to James Dean being cool still seems to plague our young minds, malls, Tim Horton's and School Parking Lots heck even Churches.
So as I brainstorm keep tuned to the Bat channel for Bloggin Blodgett will be adding a new category to the Blog: Sauga back in the day. For now if it pleases you have a look at this site Heritage Mississauga a site I stumbled upon while doing some research on the Villages and Lost Villages of Mississauga. Stay tuned for the new category in the coming months.
Old Skool Blodgett
Raised in Mississauga he has spent much of the last ten years outside of school and work developing his production skills. This was one of the topics on the table as we enjoyed a bit of Crest and Remy Ma. While in his own right DJ Vader is a humble man yet he still recognizes his own growth as a producer. I have had the privilege of knowing him for about 16 years and we spent much of our high school lunches together listening to hip hop mix-tape cassettes sharing headphones one ear bud in an ear sharing a little box of french fries. This is where much of the love for the underground began for F.O.2.d.X .as we have always called him. It was during the commercialization of the Rave Scene where underground for a short lived time came into the spot light and this is where Vader stumbled upon DNB and in so many words fell in love. Since the early 2000's he has spent time making mix-tapes and slowly began to throw his own track's in the mix. Since then he has in many ways begun the road to perfecting his sound. A few years back Vader launched Sinister Recordings the label which he now releases his EPs under. A dream of Vader's that dates back to the origin of the term of Sinister Six itself but that's a long story that we'll save for another day.
About four years ago Vader also began experimenting with Hip Hop production and this in some ways ties in with how The Garage Talk Chronicles began as well as Thirsty Thursday's. So this past Thursday we were discussing a little about Classical Hip Hop and the new music which later sparked a discussion about the evolution of music production which in essence sparked the topic of this blog post.
Music production has come a long way. From records to crackling tapes, to when DJ's were actual DJ's and mixed songs (hence mix-tapes) ... now they just yell words over songs they were given to promote. A conversation that DJ Vader and I have had and a style that we have criticized relentlessly for some time. Music now is much different than when we were growing. Most of it is electronically produced and that's why much of the DNB, Trance, Dub Step and many of the new Rap sounds is mixed in the category of Electronica. That being said there is a lot of tools that help with the trade. While the latest pirated apps may assist a producer, Vader has been around long enough to have experimented with a variety of equipment. His growth as a producer has begun to emerge as his own sound style takes to the streets, the radio and now his own commercial releases. Keep an ear to SoundCloud for upcoming projects and mix cds.
Look for Part II of Garage Talk Chronicles : Turn the Beat Up this weekend.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I came across these bad boys over at Zellars last week and I couldn't resist.
I believe the Sideswipe (to the left) has two different versions this being the more colorful of the two. Tailpipe and Pinpointer are pretty awesome figures too. Have a look at a few images I snapped real quick. "BlogginBlodge Roll Out!!!!!!"