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Happy Thanksgiving! November 24, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Food.
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As per usual I will be dining with the Parental Units this afternoon. A our Thanksgiving meal Dad’s cornbread dressing is actually the star and everything else is the side dish. Maybe next year we’ll have the meal over here and I will cook the turkey. I really, really want to do this:

I’ve never had a fried turkey, but I’ve heard they’re awfully good.

Oh, and thanks for everyone who still drops by this place. I know it’s not been very good lately but I am going to try to be better.

XBox Bling November 23, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Science & Technology, Yorling.
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Headset Baby!

This here is the Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 (XBOX LIVE Chat + Wireless Digital RF Game Audio with Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound) headset that Amazon kindly delivered to me yesterday:

Setup was a breeze and it sounds great! Now I just need somebody to play with 😦  I haven’t been on Xbox Live for very long since before I got my router it was a huge pain in the butt to switch the internet connection from the pc to the xbox. But everything is up and running now. I don’t have many multiplayer games yet but I did get Halo Reach as a download with the new xbox and that does have multiplayer capability. I also have Halo 3. I suck at first person shooter but I’m trying to get better.

So, any other xbox live folks out there? My gamertag is Poolsnark. Look me up!

Delerium November 21, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Music.
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The financial world Humpty Dumpty teeters, wobbles, and is doing the desperate arm-wind milling action to try and stave off the horrible shell-and-earth-shattering crash.

Here, listen to some pretty music while you try not to think about it:



I’ve bought four of their albums in the last week or so.

At Least It’s Thursday November 10, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Home, Meh.
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This week has kinda sucked. Batman put the beatdown on my xbox and it needs to be repaired. Or replaced. And I was this >< close to being on the verge of being almost finally maybe getting enough Riddler thingies to finish off the last side quest! GAH!! To get it repaired will require quite a bit of hassle & unknown expense. Hmmmmmm.

Today I noticed Arthur from Renaissance Art tweeted another story about unfortunate hunting accident where somebody died. It was the second in two days. I had to ask him about it.

Me: Big fan of these “Hunter dies” stories eh, Art?

Art: LOL…that is why I post them 🙂

Me: Yeah, it’s *funny* when people die. I’ve been giggling about this one for days: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/11/man_found_dead_in_occupy_new_o.html See you around Art.

I no longer follow Art and I took the link to his site off my sidebar. Adjust your Christmas shopping as you see fit. Oh, and you might not have heard about this but last week Men’s Wearhouse decided to declare solidarity with the “Occupy X” “movement”. They even put up a sign in their Oakland storefront window declaring this support and even closed the store for the “General Strike”. The window got smashed anyway. I will no longer shop at Men’s Wearhouse.

Funny & endy

Happy 11/1/11! November 1, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Leather.
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Apollogies for the extended absence, but the thugs in Arkham City aren’t going to pound the snot out of themselves. I’m sure you understand.

First up, I need to call attention to the this nice offering to the readers here from the owner of Renaissance Art:

Hi… this is Arthur of Renaissance Art. I just saw this. Thank you so much for your kind words. So, as a thank you I would like to offer readers of your blog only 10% off the base price of anything on my site thru Friday of this week (including the leather knitting basket), Nov 4th. Just enter the coupon code; ANOMALY

Btw.. anyone who calls will talk directly to the craftsperson who will be making their stuff.

Take advantage of this if you can! I can’t praise the quality of the materials or the craftsmanship enough. The journals I’ve bought are absolutely fantastic. I like them so much I turned around and bought another one. Christmas is just around the corner folks!  EDIT: Link added per Lemur King’s suggestion. Also I registered with my email address under the “Specials and FREEbies” and got a special code for a “New Writer Bundle” that I used for my first order. You get the medium Recession refillable journal, a nifty Lamy rollerball pen, free initials on the cover and free shipping on that item. It’s a pretty good deal and they don’t spam you with a lot of stuff either.

Halloween Pumpkins

The pictures are kinda meh and the pumpkins were rushed. I always forget how long these things actually take even for simple stuff.

After I started getting into the teeth I really wished I’d done a different design.

3 AM Chili

After reading this post last week at Hookers & Booze I was inspired to make a pot of chili my own, with a few tweaks. I ditched the corn and greanbeans, used 2 lbs of cubed stew meat instead of ground beef, used 1 can each of kidney & pinto beans, and used two cans of Rotel tomatoes. Other than that I stuck pretty closely to the recipe as given over there. Oh and I used a crockpot instead of doing it on the stove. The results were quite excellent! I admit that in the past I used the grocery store seasoning packet, but this mixture is certainly going to replace that. If you go the stew meat / crockpot route figure on at least six hours until the meat is sufficiently tender, but eight hours is better.