Monday, August 30, 2021

Meme Time - The Frog of Judgment

Blogs aren't the thing they used to be, but I suppose it's a place to drop new memes.

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Real Bad Side of Joss Whedon

Looking back through old posts, you can see that I defended Joss Whedon against allegations of being a wife-beating rapist based on the content of Firefly. I'd say those defenses are still sound.

It has, however, come out that -- at least on the set of Buffy and Angel -- Joss Whedon was quite the creepy asshat. These are allegations that I find credible. Joss may be decent at the creative writing stuff, but he seems to be a horrible person behind the scenes.

Monday, February 01, 2021

"Hungarian" Cabbage Roll Soup

I'll have to see about getting pictures to add to this later. This ended up being a soup because I was feeling too lazy to deal with steaming and wrapping cabbage leaves. Since I went with a soup instead of rolls, I also left out the rice, which also makes this low-carb.

You will need:
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • Garlic (3 cloves for me)
  • 1 quarter of a head of cabbage
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Bone broth
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
I used Auntie Arwen's Smoked Paprika; it's the good stuff. You can also add some mushrooms if you feel like it; we'll get to that.

It went like this:
  1. Heat a saucepan.
  2. Dice the onion.
  3. Add some olive oil to the pan and heat that.
  4. Add the onions to the pan. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. Chop up the cabbage. Save one leaf.
  6. When the onions are translucent, add the garlic and let it cook until the raw smell goes away.
  7. Add the ground beef and brown thoroughly.
  8. Take out some of the mix and wrap it in the cabbage leaf for a snack.
  9. Add diced tomatoes to the pan.
  10. Add enough broth to just cover everything.
  11. Add additional seasonings to taste.
  12. Simmer for an hour or so.
At this point I realized I had an open container of mushrooms in the fridge that I needed to use, so I sautéed them in olive oil with salt, pepper, and paprika and add them to the soup. If you're eating vegetarian, you could go with mushrooms instead of ground beef.

This is a tasty soup just as it is, but adding a spoon of sour cream when you serve it doesn't hurt at all.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Rise of Skywalker (Review)

I managed to see Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker within the first week of release. That's pretty good by my standards.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. I suppose there's the usual excuse that it would be hard for any movie to live up to this kind of hype. I think this one worked so hard to top everything that had gone before that it went too far.

It's as if this story went through 100 exaggerated retellings via oral tradition before anything was written down and made into a script. That, and some aspects of the writing seem a bit lazy.

That said, the acting is great, the visuals are amazing, and there are some neat Force-related events that add interesting twists to the story.

I'm going to give it three stars and say it's worth seeing.

Spoilerish remarks below the fold (mostly focused on the things that annoy me and keep this movie from getting five stars).

Saturday, January 05, 2019

PS4 Disk Ejection Error

Are you a Playstation 4 user?

Have you ever gotten the disk ejection error? You put a game disk in the drive, you start up the game, things are going well. You're kicking monster ass or winning races or whatever. Without warning, the game crashes and the disk pops out of the drive.

Maybe you can put it back in. Maybe you can't. Sometimes it won't accept the disk. Even if it does, and you get started playing again, the disk just ejects again a few minutes later.

You can try restarting your PS4, but that doesn't work.

You can look for instructions on the internet, but I haven't had much luck with that. The Sony site will tell you to turn the PS4 off, disconnect all the cables, then hold down the power button until you hear two beeps (about 30 seconds). Leave it unplugged for five minutes. Then hook everything up and try it.

That solution is utter BS. The PS4 will never beep, because it's not getting any power. The problem isn't solved, either.

Last couple of times this happened to me, I figured out something that seems to work.
  1. Turn the PS4 off using the power management menu.
  2. Press and hold the power button until you hear a whole lot of beeps in rapid succession. It won't take long. The PS4 will not turn on.
  3. That may be enough. I unplugged everything and let it sit for a while just in case.
When I reconnected and put a disk in the drive, it started up and everything works.

No telling how long until the disk ejection error returns (seems to like happening every few months), but this solution will actually get you back to gaming.

I hope this helps someone.

UPDATE: This did not work as well as hoped. It was a matter of hours before the disk started ejecting again. Annoying. Still looking for a better solution.

UPDATE: I finally resorted to taking it to a local electronics repair shop. They replaced a sensor module for about $35. No problems since.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Chicken Paprikash

This isn't difficult, and I really didn't use any precise measurements. The ingredients are:
  • Six chicken tenderloins
  • Two small-to-medium onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper
  • Plenty of paprika
  • Sour cream
The pasta is just egg noodles, and the sugar snap peas are steamed for about 5-10 minutes in a little salted water.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

That Darned Budget

I don't know how much readers know about me. I actually think that the US Federal Debt is the greatest threat to US national security that exists. That said, let's look at it.

Those numbers are the US Federal Deficit, including projections into the "near" future.

Yes. I see the massive deficit spike in 2009 when Barack Obama was inaugurated.

I also see the yearly decline after he took office.

What I don't see is a projection of smaller deficits after Dumb-Ass Trump took office, since he signed a huge tax reduction bill that mostly benefited people who were already doing very well in an already booming economy.

When the economy is doing well, that's when the government should be trying to PAY DOWN the national debt.

Instead, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell passed a budget that cuts taxes for individuals and corporations that are already doing great, which increases the federal deficit during an economic boom.

I don't get it.

I realize that Bill Clinton is an asshole on many levels, but at least he had enough sense (from listening to economic advisors like Alan Greenspan) to use the boom economy he was experiencing to pay down the National Debt.

But the controlling Republican party in 2017 decided that a massive tax break for corporations and individuals who were already doing well was more important than reducing the national debt.

My mind boggles.

I generally think of  myself as politically central, but Republican politics seems to only care about the profits of big corporations.

How are we going to reduce the National Debt if we run BIGGER deficits when the economy is doing well?

Fortunately, I'm old. I may not live to see the consequences of the current administration. I grieve for those younger than me, though.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Fallen Ones (2005)

Apparently three years ago I watched The Fallen Ones starring Caspar Van Dien and did a live commentary. Heaps of badness below the fold.