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Sat, Nov. 20th, 2010, 06:12 pm
Boston tonight

I'm gonna be at the Burlesque Marathon from midnight to 6 am tonight, so if anyone's still living in Boston, feel free to swing by.

Tue, Aug. 10th, 2010, 11:23 pm
\*nix

I just finished updating the apt-get info and repositories for my new Ubuntu 9.04 box, and the fucking Linux codec for Shock worked fine until I went to Zero Punctuation. It promptly presented me with a black screen, which is codec for "Fuck off, I don't like displaying teh funniez for you." After fighting with the online installer for Firebug, I finally went around that load of bollocks and did a command line apt-get, and it installed fine. At which point I reloaded the page with Firebug open, to confirm that the file was properly downloading before proceeding any further, and it played just fine. The fuck.......?
Yes, I installed Firebug to feed my fix for Zero Punctuation videos. Well, not JUST for it......anyways.
Last night was nice. I took a bike ride on the racing bicycle. At about 4 miles from home, somewhere in the industrial park section of Wallingford, I blew out a tire rather loudly at ~20 miles an hour. In the space of the 4 seconds I had, I thought to myself:
1) Hmmmm, this bike is hard to control with a flat front tire. I'm about to hit the curb.
2) Flesh heals, while 30-year-old bikes don't. And there's grass in my proposed flight plan. Fuck it.

Not that this is terribly dangerous, mind you, but I haven't wiped out a bike in about 5 years, so I had a nice little streak going there. Entertainingly, this was less than a minute after messaging the Nik "Of course I'll be careful." She being at work,I called everyone I knew in the area (all 4 people), but ended up walking most of the way7 home before the upstairs neighbor passed me on the street and gave me a lift the rest of the way. To top it all off, I found out that night was the Wartorn show I had been looking forward to, and had somehow forgotten about. Goddammit...
I somehow just found a gabber remix of "All Cops Are Bastards" by 4-skins. Pardon me while I erase all memory of the last 2 minutes of my existence. Ah, hell with this. Off to get some exercise.

Thu, Feb. 18th, 2010, 11:46 pm
Ulteria Tomorrow: I spin da moozik.....

For all the Ct people (or those of you interested in a drive),
A quick reminder: I'm spinning at Ulteria in Hartford tomorrow. I'll be doing deathrock/goth, with perhaps a bit of old punk mixed in. If you got a request, send it to me through here, or my e-mail/cellphone if you got it.

- Mange

Fri, Nov. 27th, 2009, 10:08 am

Wow. In and out of the mall in 20 minutes with exACTly what I wanted. And that includes finding parking, and the fact that the cashiers password was fucked up. I am a goddamned ninja!!!! So, my car will now have the ability to make sound of harmonic type come out of ovoid conic receptors, once I install the fucking head unit. Alpine brand with CD (well, duh....) and it takes 1/8" male jacks (no comments, you lot) AND, andandand, it takes USB standard input, which means I can hook up my iPod, or I can just carry a thumb drive. This means that, at some point, I can get this drive and have all the music I really care about in my pocket. GodDAMN, I love technology.
Of course, this will probably be put in with crude stone tools and chewing gum. Because sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get high-tech to be this crude (bonus points for anyone who can name the reference).

Fri, Nov. 27th, 2009, 08:52 am

Last night, I got to see my dead uncle's ex-wife, who got kind of a shock as she hasn't even been in the same building as me for like 20 years. Needless to say, I kinda surprised her. It was nice seeing everyone in my family, and I only had to tell my dad to fuck off once. Ate lots of good food, and then went to Nikki's work to play with kitties. They have a cat there named Salami, I kid you not. He is a sweet little spasmo.
Nikki dyed my hair last weekend, and I already have brown roots under the green. Goddamn it, I sometimes hate how fast my hair grows.
In two weeks, I get a free tattoo from a friend who's apprenticing (like I'm short on them already). Now, I've been up since 7 am (after going to sleep at 2 AM) to go to Best Busy. Yes, I'm going to the (ugh) mall at 8 am on the dreaded Black Friday. BUT!!!

I have a bicycle. Fuck all!! I'm not parking for shit.
And the new Anti-Nowhere LEague album is pretty ok. They have like 4 good songs on it. There's a few videos online for it, and Animal still looks like he always did. Motherfuckers who don't age.........
After the mall will be welding with [M]arcus. I love welding.
Tonight is pool with friends in Hamden area. If anyone wants to join us, drop me a text message or an e-mail. We're aiming for 8 or 9.

Wed, Oct. 14th, 2009, 01:20 am
Relax, it's only paranoia

Bad:
My girlfriend opens a beer, leaves it sitting around for an hour, then takes a huge swig, upending the bottle and causing it to foam all over the place, right next to my computer.

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<b>Bad:</b>
My girlfriend opens a beer, leaves it sitting around for an hour, then takes a huge swig, upending the bottle and causing it to foam all over the place, right next to my computer.

<b><Worse:</b>
In the process of grabbing paper towels to clean this stuff up, I stab myself in the eye. WITH. A.
PAPER.


TOWEL.

<b><Even Worse:</b>
Nikki asks me how I managed to stab myself in the eye with a paper towel. I reply in my best Maxwell Smart impression:

Me: Sheer....
Her: Talent?
Me: .....Talent.

The timing was impeccable. I loves me this woman.

Sun, Oct. 11th, 2009, 08:49 pm
Flights for the teminally bored

In the course of looking for flights from CT to NOLA, I found this gem:
16hrs 40min - 3 Stops
Start in New Haven, CT (NVH)
Change planes in Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Change planes in Boston, MA (BOS)
Change planes in Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Land in New Orleans, LA (MSY)

Wait, what? CT to PA to MA to NC to LA>? So, it goes South, then North past point of origin, then South past point of origin AGAIN, then finally figures out where it's going, and heads further South to get to the right place? Yeah, that's ok....
Oh, and the price for this flight? $1061. It leaves mid-afternoon and arrives the next day.

Tue, Oct. 6th, 2009, 03:13 pm
Further proof that fashion designers are all on crack...

Today, I had to run out before work and grab a dress shirt because I left mine at home. After leaving the store and driving most of the way to work, I noticed it's a small. I'm 6'1", about 190lb, and not exactly "scrawny" anymore. how the FUCK am I wearing a men's small?

Mon, Sep. 28th, 2009, 04:55 pm
If I ever start doing drag burlesque......

...I'm using Chelsea Smiles as a stage name. Just 'cuz......




Look it up if ya don't get the reference.

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009, 12:55 am
Tonight on Iron-stomach Chef

Mushroom steaks with teriyaki-rum vegetables

4 protabella mushroom tops
Mix of veggies. In this case:
1 bushel asparagus
1/2 pack snow peas
2 cups baby carrots
1 giant penis for seasoning (just kidding.......maybe)
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
rum (white or dark)
cheese to fit your tastes (in our case, Italian medley and parmesan/romano mix)
tabasco sauce (optional)
seasonings (to one's own taste, we used:
garlic salt
sea salt
paprika
ground black pepper
ginger
napalm)

1. Take a pack of Portabella mushroom tops (the ones about 6" across), wash them, and rub down
with olive oil and sea salt. Put them in a pyrex dish top down, so you're looking at the
venting on the underside (yes, I know "venting" is an automotive term, just go with it).
2. In a mixing bowl, combine some horseradish, balsamic vinegar, and worchestershire sauce
(this requires tasting and a lot of stirring with a wire wisk). You want about 1 1/2 to 2
cups, though more is never a problem (it does not hold in the fridge, though).
3. Sprinkle paprika, black pepper, ginger, and garlic salt on the mushroom vents sparingly,
then pour the mixture from the last step on the mushrooms, soaking the venting and pour the
rest into the bottom of the pan. If you're planning to let these marinate for a long time,
occasionally spoon some of the sauce over the mushrooms. I tend to marinate things for a
day or two, but then I'm a bit obsessive, aren't I?
4. When you're ready to make the food, take your veggies for your side dish and prep them (ie:
cutting asparagus in half). This is where you need to know what to sautee first. In this
example, I did the carrots first, and the asparagus and snow peas can go in together. A
good rule is, whatever veggie is hardest, sautee first for a few minutes to soften it up.
Mix a hint of butter, liberal teriyaki sauce, and some white rum (or dark if you
prefer/that's all you have) in a stir pan. We happen to have a deep stir pan with the side
opposite the handle sporting a raised lip, which is useful for tossing veggies in a snap and
happens to be the same diameter as the lid of our biggest pot. A lid is important, as it
allows you to keep the moisture in with the veggies and really get the flavor to permeate.
5. Mix sauce from step 4 with veggies and sautee in whatever order you need.
6. Put the mushrooms in the oven on low broil (this is where pyrex comes in handy, as you
can cook food in it). Keep spooning the sauce over these mushrooms. At 5 minutes, check
them for browning on the edges. When you see browning, take them out for a moment to put
on any toppings you prefer. We use Italian medley cheese from Stop & Shop, along with some
parmesan/romano mix. I don't suggest vegan cheeses for any vegans, as they have really
weird cooking properties, and I've never found one I thought tasted right. Put back in
the oven, and cook until the cheese browns. Once cheese has browned, you can put a bit of
tabasco drops on to improve the spiciness.
7. Keeping an eye on the veggies? Good. Keep cooking until they're only as limp as you like
(stop sniggering in the back, you pervs!). We like our Asparagus firm and jaunty .
8. That's it. Cook while playing Iron Maiden and Napalm Death liberally.

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