Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tonight's Happy

Season one of LXD is streaming on Netflix. AND season two started up on Hulu.

So, in honor of one Episode 9, one of the best, my happy is:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Cheer Jackpot

Want to get happy fast? I have the answer.

New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad.

I tried to find a good clip that sums up why I love this show so much.
The best one was the very first one. It gives you great insite into Andreas.
He's cooking outside- check.
He's twitching around- check.
He's looking at you like this food is really turning him on- check.
He's making bizarre food- check.
He's swimming in his speedo- check.

In this clip he's making vegetable soup. Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong! This soup is an awesome blend of: raw green pepper, roasted red pepper, over boiled carrot, baby cucumber, splash of beer all in the blender. No additional cooking necessary, just topped off with a raw egg yoke and served in a drinking glass. AWESOME!

Several other videos are available at their website such as this one about making colored fish cakes- ground pike colored with beets, because kids love pink food! Or this one about pickled rosemary halibut- that's jarred raw fish with red onions lightly cooked and kept forever. How about this one- deer and rutabaga stew cooked over a campfire (note the dead deer hanging in the background) with some sort of stranged condensed cheese whey caramel.

Hosted by the very strange and fidgety Andreas (pounced Anders) Viestad, every episode is a mini lesson on the culture and history of the Scandinavian people. Everytime you try and find this show it's not there. It just shows up on CET and PBS whenever you least expect it and most need it.

Anders takes his show on the road literally. He sets his kitchen up on mountains, beaches, ffords and ferry boats. I love this man. He brings my cheer level to top notch.

If you don't watch anything else I linked to in this post, watch this two part series. I wont tell you what it's about, it's just awesome!

Part one
Part two

And remember, you all love cheese AND bacon, so don't judge.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm downgrading from cheer...

We've moved into, lets find a reason to get out of bed. I'm running out of awesome.

1. This totally awesome and very creepy artificial reef being built off the coast of Cancun:

2. This Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake recipe from Sprinkle Bakes:

3. The fact that I get a mileage check sometime soon and might just keep afloat!

4. Booturtle's Darth Fairy Costume. Check out the Death Star Wand. That's awesome:

And finally:
5. Castle does Steampunk:
6. Watching bad 90's movies in bed I happened to hear Ryan Reynolds voice coming out of my computer. Lo and behold, a 90's made for TV miracle.
Ryan Reynolds in the original Sabrian the Teenaged Witch

I should also mention, coming soon to a computer near you, my weekly update on Why I'm Going to Hell.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I'm not cheered yet

But everyone's done a great job of getting me going on my way. It's no one's fault I have to find the money to invest in a new wardrobe because mine is no longer appropriate... because my job title changed.

Here are today's happy thoughts.

1.This awesome video, with an even more awesome song from the amazing Jeremy Messersmith, which I found on the Craftzine blog

2. Amy reminded me that I got a copy of Zombies vs. Unicorns yesterday. It's edited by Holly Black, who we all remember from Geektastic... because you read it when I told you to... right?

3. Continuing with the unicorn trend, Kat send me this Adult Swim game- Robot Unicorn Attack

4. This recipe from The Geometry of Pasta by Jacob Kennedy and illustrated by Caz Hildebrand

5. Finally, these Ninja Bread Men cookie cutters from Fred and Friends

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cheering Up

Do you need some cheering up? I need some cheering up. I've had a shit week. Scratch that, a shit summer. I was minding my own business, getting my pathetic wallow on, when I read this post from The Bloggess about saying screw it and being frivolously happy.

Frivouls might be out of my reach, but I can enjoy the internet.

These are the things that caught my internet eye this week.

1. This puppy from Katie Sokoler's blog Color Me Katie. It made me happy.

2. This video I found in the same post by TheBloggess- Lisztomania by Phoenix featuring the cast of every John Hughes movie ever. (Except Home Alone... or Maid in Manhattan... or Drill Bit Taylor... Poor John Hughes, he really lost it at the end.)

3. This shot of Joshua Jackson and Random Girl with No Eyebrows from Fringe. I don't particularly like Fringe, and I've never really liked Joshua Jackson much (although the Pacey Con video he made for Funny or Die during Comic-Con was pretty awesome), and I really hate the Girl with No Eyebrows... But everytime I scrolled through Hulu looking for something new to watch, this picture was there, catching my eye. Judge not, as I can't explain why.

Yes, I had to google how to take a screen shot... seriously, stop judging me.

4. Picking a new background image for my blog everyday. Go Blogger for finally getting something right.

5. The entirety of Better Book Covers, especially this one:

Also known as: Joy of Cooking by Irma S Rombauer

6. Number 6 is a late add on, but totally awesome, posted on facebook by my friend Nick:
Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Mark Gray on Vimeo.

I plan to pick three things that make me happy every week. Be prepared. And maybe send me the things that make you happy... so they can make me happy too.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books Week 2010
Or How Censorship Affects Our Everyday Lives.

I don't have time now to tell you my epic story of censoring (but suffice it to say we will not be celebrating Banned Books Week in Clermont County) but there's only one day left in this year's Banned Books Week (my most favorite ALA holiday!), and I wanted to get my proclamation out. Now, mind you, the proclamation is set up to be delivered by a library, not an individual, so I had to do some text editing, but if I missed any bits, just pretend they make sense.


WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and
WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others; and
WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and
WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and
WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and
WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and
WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and
WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and
WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and
WHEREAS, the American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and
WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle celebrate the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, September 25-October 2, 2010, and be it further
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle, encourage all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further
RESOLVED, that I, Laura Settle encourage free people to read freely, now and forever.

Adopted by Laura C. Settle
October 1, 2010
New Richmond, Ohio