Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mm... beer

I did a little baking the other day. I decided to use the box of Larry the Cable Guy Beer Bread that was sitting in my cabinet, and a bottle of Kirin Ichiban beer and make beer bread.

Out of all the alcohol I've made with this bread, I think the Kirin Ichiban adds a solid flavor to the mix when eaten within 24 hours (and man, can you easily eat it in a day).

I've tried Shock Top Lemon Shandy, and it was okay, but not "gotta get me more of this!" good. Blue Moon was tasty, as well as Sam Adams. In a way, you can get technical and say it's "alcohol abuse" by baking it in bread, but it's a good way to get rid of the bottles that are weeks away from being skunked.

The bread makes a good party favor, as everyone ends up wanting another piece. Mix your favorite brand in it, pair it on chili night (game night, perhaps?) and you've got yourself something to always whip up at last minute. It only takes 55 minutes in the oven, so it's not a whole day wasted.

Pictures or it didn't happen:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I want her to say "uhm", "you know" one more time

I happened to stumble upon the Huffington Post article / video of "Anna Paquin Brilliantly Schools Larry King On Bisexuality".

Someone knows Paquin from somewhere .. as early as 1993's The Piano or 1996's Fly Away Home (Special Edition). Even Marvel comic nerds and geeks will know her as Rogue in the X-Men (Widescreen Edition) series. HBO now whores her as Sookie, in the True Blood series, based on the Charlaine Harris "Southern Vampire Mysteries Series" (aka Sookie Stackhouse / True Blood).

Larry King has been around long enough, that even a simple Google search will tell you who he is. Great interviewer by all means, and knows how to keep guests talking.

The HuffPost's headline happened to get my attention. I'm not a frequent reader of the site, nor do I really say I am in the know about the things they share, but the fact someone "schooled" Larry King about sexuality, got me watching. There's no meat of an article, but for an excerpt of the interview:

During a lengthy interview this week, King seemed a bit confused by Paquin's self-identification as bisexual despite her monogamous, opposite-sex marriage.

King: "Are you a non-practicing bisexual?"
Paquin: "Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married."
King: "But you were bisexual?"
Paquin: "Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense thing."
Larry King: "No?"
Paquin: "No. Are you still straight if you are with somebody -- if you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that."
                                          Source here

She does raise a good point - you break up or divorce someone, maybe your partner dies, are you still straight? What makes you un-straight? It's actually a common question I've heard through out the years, but to hear someone ask that to Larry King is kind of funny. Almost like she's being a bit naive, but in the most serious sense.

Aside from that, I seriously had a hard time staying on the webpage. Getting to that point, and then continuing made me squirm. She definitely was acting her hair color and kept doing a subconscious Valley Girl type of movement. Hence the reason I just want her to say "uhm" and "you know" one more time, because she obviously couldn't say it enough. How can someone school her, on proper interview techniques?