Monthly Archives: May 2010

Memorial Day

Though the sprinklers came on while we were there (seriously, on Memorial Day Weekend?), it was good to see all the people out there, remembering.

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Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe is a Christian band that I like, they have kinda a southern rock vibe. They just released this, a new video.

By the way, don’t you hate it when an artist releases an album, and then releases a video a year and half later? Just sayin’.

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Interesting Website: Freedom in the 50 States

A friend emailed me this website that rates states by “freedom,” both economic and personal.

One of the graphs they have:

That’s not a great trend, but still kinda interesting…

And one with colors:

I’m surprised Colorado is the same color as Texas.

Check it out, let me know what you think.

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Meanwhile, the City is Attacked by the Province of Saskatchewan!

This video has about every early ’00′s internet pop culture reference you can think of in it.

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You Take My Bacon, I Take Your Thumbs. It’s an Even Trade

Let me start off by showing you a picture.  This picture is the background of my phone, so I see it everyday.  I see it and I love it.

Can you see it?  The luscious, hot, dripping fat, clinging to a crispy, tasty, and salty bacon?  What you see here was two pounds of premium bacon before I fried it into its metamorphosed state.  That’s right.  What was once two pounds of gooey caterpillar was transformed into it’s beautiful butterfly form.  I could go on, but I probably shouldn’t.  We’d be here all day.

So when I say that this issue cuts me deep, please believe me.

From Alan at Snarkybytes comes something most interesting.  Something evil is in the air.  Something so despicable that I had to put down my thoughts in comic form.  The nanny state has been moving into total control territory at a rapid pace lately, and I’m sure many of you have heard stories about the government trying to regulate foods with “high” amounts of sugar, fat, and salt.  Fat and salt, the two things that make bacon what it is.  Here it is, my next political comic:

This will be the straw that breaks this camel’s back.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me… 

Is now

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the BACON from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the BACON from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found BACONITY
But you can’t take the BACON from me…

(Apologies to Joss Whedon, but I’m sure he’ll understand)

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My Ginger Beer Recipe

Today I made Ginger Beer!  I have had different types of store bought, and I made it last year, so in order to make some Dark ‘N Stormies, I made it again! 

I cook by taste, so none of this should be taken as gospel truth.  Play with it, taste it, make it how you like it. That’s what makes cooking fun!

To start off with, I peeled a big ginger root.  It went into the food processor with maybe two tablespoons of water, and was chopped till it was nice and fine.  This was pressed through a strainer to get the liquid.  I repeated the process with some more water to get more of the gingery flavor.  To this was added about a cup and a quarter of lemon juice and maybe a cup and a half of sugar.  Those are the two ingredients that you can play around with until you get a taste that you like.  I also added 2 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar, just because the internet said I could. Enough water was added to make it into a little less than 2 liters, and then the whole thing was poured into a clean plastic 2-liter bottle.  A packet of baker’s yeast was added, with a little bit more water to wash the yeast out of the funnel I was using and into the bottle.  Screw on the cap tightly and put it into a cooler, dark area for a couple of days, or until the bottle is firm.  The yeast eats the sugar and produces carbon dioxide (HAHAHA! I CREATED GLOBAL WARMING!) which carbonates the liquid.  While the yeast does also produce some alcohol, there really isn’t enough to be considered above “trace.” So it’s fun for the whole family!

Making your own Ginger Beer is as easy as pie–give it a try!

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I Visited the New Cabela’s!

Yesterday me and my brother went to see the new Cabela’s in town (FINALLY).

The outside:


That’s my brother in the yellow shirt.

The inside:

 I looked at the guns and dreamed.  My one goal for the summer is to take a concealed handgun class and get a good pistol.  Speaking of pistols, anyone got any recommendations?  I like the LCP just because it is so small and I could keep it in my pocket, but I can’t help but think it is too small.  I have also been looking at the Ruger SR9c and the Springfield XD sub-compact, but you know that 9mm is .45 set to stun.  But then a .45 caliber handgun is bigger than what I want to carry everyday…

In the gun library they had an 1860 Henry lever action rifle worth $46,000.

And here is a picture of a t-shirt that appealed me:

w00t

I didn’t get anything (this time), but my brother got a beefy leather belt that will last him ’till he’s 86.  It was fun.  I’ll probably go back at least once a week… this isn’t good for my pocketbook.

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On Mexico

Attention Mexico,I feel it is time that someone pointed this out to you:

And, as JayG says, that is all.

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Weird…

I just got a hit from Iran

Interestingly enough, it’s not of this page but of this page.  Weird, huh?  Maybe I won’t get any death threats after all.

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Borepatch: News and Comentary

Borepatch has a couple of very good posts that were very interesting to me.  The first goes over the crumbling and tumbling of the leftist agenda over the past 30-40 years, and the other talks about the winds of change coming for Obama, and fickle young voters.  If you haven’t read them, you should.

And they both reminded me why I lean libertarian.

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Power from a phone line

Kinda interesting, useful if your main power goes out, and looks pretty easy to do if you have some basic skilz.
Power from a phone line

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3.1415926535897932384626…

No, the bananas aren’t in the pie.  It’s strawberry-rhubarb, homemade (with the exception of the strawberries).  Not even a recipe used.

What kind of user interface do you use with your pie?

OMNOMNOM

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Dust in the Wind…

The wind has been blowing like mad, here, and it just keeps getting dustier and dustier. 

The normal view out the back door:

Now looks like this:

Yuck! It actually smells like dust inside, which doesn’t bode well for my allergies.  We’ll just have to pray for rain…

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Pentacost Sunday

A hymn:

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,
and make me love thee as I ought to love.

I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.

Has thou not bid me love thee, God and King?
All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek thee, and O let me find.

Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame;
the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove,
my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.

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