#926

7:10 pm, Monday, February 11th, 2008

Amy was curious about the Kindle’s display, so I took some pictures and stuck ‘em in this Flickr set.

The snow is finally melting here. Man, was it bad. On top of the stuff I photographed last week, we got another five inches. My car gets stuck way too often. Luckily, whenever it’s happened away from home I’ve had Brett with me to help push it out. But mostly I’ve avoided driving, relying instead on my sister (who has a 4WD SUV) and the bus (which has not been running on time).

I watched You Kill Me today. Great movie; Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson. Starts slow, but it builds to something really great. I kept worrying that it’d nosedive into something depressing and grisly, but it didn’t. The beginning kinda reminded me of The Professional. Hey, you know what’d make an awesome triple feature? You Kill Me, then Grosse Pointe Blank, then The Matador. They should totally sell that as a DVD three-pack. The “Likeable Hitmen Threefer” or something.

Here’s what I had for dinner Saturday night — a steak sandwich with a ton of spinach. I made a lot of the sandwich filling at once, so I had leftovers for Sunday too. Went nicely on French bread with some provolone, broiled open-faced for a bit. I made the filling by searing some sirloin and finishing it in the oven, then deglazing the pan with Brett’s 2005 Covey Run Morio Muscat. Simmered some chopped onion in that, then added 8 oz. of sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, some spices (paprika, cumin, pepper, tumeric), and eventually the juices from the cooked sirloin and then the sirloin itself. Really tasty. And, for some reason, I decided it’d be great with a pound and a half of spinach (which it was, but YMMV).

Steak sandwich with spinach    Steak sandwich, open-faced

I found a really awesome app for managing your iPod without using iTunes — Floola. You can use it to organize playlists (even create “smart” playlists that the iPod generates dynamically by sorting out songs based on year, rating, how recently they were played, etc.), upload songs, track your iPod listening habits via Last.fm, subscribe to podcasts… Really great program. I love that I can add MP3s from my desktop without having to sync “properly” (since I only have iTunes on my notebook). Also good for getting stuff off of other people’s iPods (which isn’t fully allowed with the newer models/firmwares).

I’m going to the Tri-Cities tomorrow to take care of my parents’ animals for a while. Then I’ll be in Las Vegas from the 17th to the 21st for the Western Veterinary Conference. Brett and a few people from the clinic are coming too. I’m hoping we’ll get to eat at Ruth’s Chris and/or Fleur de Lys while we’re there.

Umm… that’s about it for now. Been listening to these three songs a lot lately: Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke, McFly – She Falls Asleep (Part 2), and McFly – Transylvania. Transylvania is especially awesome — check out the video.

Edit: I forgot to mention that Brett and I ate at the Moscow Bagel & Deli last week. It was great. I had the “Sweet Midge” (double beef, special sauce, lettuce, onion, and cheese) on a poppyseed bagel. I also had these really good Terra chips made from unusual root vegetables (taro, yucca, sweet potato, parsnip). And the place is open till 3:00 AM! (How am I just now learning about this restaurant?) Here’s a crappy 320×240 cell phone pic of my bagel sandwich (forgot to check my settings):

Sweet Midge bagel from Moscow Bagel and Deli

Afterwards, we hit a couple wine shops in the area. I’m not a fan of wine, but Brett really likes it. He’s got a special 54° refrigerator and everything.

Edit 2: Random YouTubery: Clips of Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Godfather re-dubbed by the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants. I roffled.

2 Responses to “#926”

  1. Amy:

    thanks for the pics! how are you enjoying the kindle?

  2. hjo3:

    I love it. Now I only have to lug one gadget in my bag instead of a couple easily-damaged paperbacks. Plus there’re so many ways to get free books for it (Baen, CC-licensed stuff, Project Gutenberg, torrents). And the ability to search every document is really handy for rules (M:tG comprehensives and GURPS PDFs). The ubiquitous Wikipedia access is awesome too. Are you thinking of getting one? I’ve been urging Jones to.