Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Pop Culturally Speaking


Saw "Captain America: Winter Soldier" today, and it was awesome. One of the best superhero movies. Even Marvel Agents of SHIELD this week, which tied into the movie, was better than usual.

Sunday's "Game of Thrones" was amazing. So good to have the show back. So, here's a roundup of some links I found.


A few other fun links:




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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Random Entertainments


This bit of spam showed up in the comment moderation queue for my book review blog:
"I don't write a ton of remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here "Wear a Book Around Your Neck".
And I actually do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind.
Could it be only me or does it look like a few of the responses
look like written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you
are posting at other online sites, I'd like to keep up with
anything new you have to post. Could you list of the complete urls of your community sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?"
That was followed by a link for some streaming site that I'm sure I've seen in previous comment spam. I'm a bit surprised the spammer didn't ask for my mailing address, phone number, and Social Security number, too. The post the comment queued up for was a simple link to something fun and bookish. And I'm not sure why the spambot included an insult to other commenters. That's not a good way to get a comment posted. I suppose I'm lucky, though. In the last year or so, comment spam is way down for my blogs.

Another reason to love Hugh Jackman: Wolverine, the Musical.

Some other entertainments. I finally finished reading George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and found this Honest Trailer for "A Game of Thrones" to be particularly fun.

Continuing on the "Game of Thrones" theme, these charts are rather funny. And these cast Q&As are fun. And then there's this, "Long Story Short." "Game of Thrones" returns for its 4th season on HBO this Sunday. If you haven't figure out by now, it's my latest obsession.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Some Items of Note


Seriously? A study was needed to discover that chocolate is a great incentive?

A friend told me about a bakery near her that sells chocolate hammentaschen. I need to try one because hammentaschen--triangular cookies eaten during the Jewish Purim holiday--are typically filled with fruit.

Baseball is back! The Mets started with a loss. Gonna be a heckuva summer!

How I Met Your Mother ended with a phenomenal episode. I'm still a bit teary-eyed.

And I finally finished reading all the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books by George R.R. Martin. Bring on the new season of "A Game of Thrones"!


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies


I got a couple of chocolate chip cookies from Epicure Boulud a couple of days ago. They looked so yummy. However, though they were tasty, they were disappointing, especially since they weren't cheap, considering their size. They were a bit bland, and the chocolate didn't seem dark enough. It didn't taste like milk chocolate, but just didn't have the richness I was expecting.

Chocolate Chip Cookie



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Play Ball


Flickr has removed support for Blogger, so I thought I'd test the embed code. It means I'll have to keep opening Blogger to post, rather than use a button on flickr. It seems that so many more people photoblog from flickr to Twitter and Tumblr now and so few of us who use Blogger, that they felt they could cut us off. I never thought I'd be blogging for so long, I'd be doing it from the time Google brought Blogspot to a time when Blogger and similar services (WordPress has also been booted to the curb by flickr) become less relevant than microblogging services. But I am still here and have no intention of leaving. So there.

Anyway, the official start of the baseball season here in the US is less than a week away, so I thought I'd commemorate that with a photo. And test that embed code thing I mentioned above.

Nope, can't do it. Can embed only a slideshow of my entire photostream which I do not want to do. So, it'll mean uploading pics directly to Blogger, which means using up my free Google storage. I'm not sure how long that will last. But here's the photo.

The Peeps Eagerly Await the Start of Baseball Season


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Since My Last Post


Went with a friend to see the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. So many beautiful flowers eager to have their photos taken. Here are a few.
Orchid

Orchid

Orchids
Over the weekend, I saw Paul Taylor Dance Company at Lincoln Center, my main cultural activity each year. As usual, they were awesome. I'm not a big fan of ballet, but modern dance of this calibre is wonderful.



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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's About the Burger


I'm always happy to find a new burger place to try out, so today I had a late lunch/early dinner at Twist and Smash'd here in Queens, NY. Manhattan is the borough (county) that gets all the trendy restaurants, so it's always nice to have one find its way to Queens. Their specialty is fried potatoes on a stick. The presentation is attractive, and the taste is pretty good.


I opted for a classic Smash'd burger, basically a slider with melted cheddar cheese. The imprint of the brand name on the bun is pretty cool, and the buttered bun was very tasty. They offer gluten-free buns for those who need 'em. The burger was tasty enough, nothing special. I chose the Japanese Sweet Potato option for my twisted potato. It was quite yummy, but the crispy bits were much better than the rest. With a Bareburger down the block, I'm not sure I'll go there again, but for a quick snack, it's fine.


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