Random Crap We Like: The Blackberry Curve.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Last weekend, as a result of a little incident with an exploding washing machine A.M.'s old cell phone got wrecked.  That led us to taking an emergency mission to the Verizon store (she's a hall director, which means that if she isn't constantly available people start freaking out).

While we were there looking at potential candidates for a new phone for her a Blackberry Curve, quietly minding its own business caught my eye.  I guess I like shiny things with lots of buttons.

As I was playing with it, it also caught A.M.'s eye.  So we decided to ask the sales-dude about it.  And found out that not only was it awesome, as the result of A.M.'s job at a university we could get it cheap and get a cheap internet/e-mail plan.  Further, we discovered that low-and-behold we both were eligible to upgrade our phones.  So before better sense could quash the impulsive urge to buy a new gadget, we both got ourselves shiny new Blackberries (A.M.'s is pink while mine is a manly-super-macho silver and black).

Now that I've had this contraption for a week now, I can't believe that I was able to survive without the constant ability to check e-mail, surf the net, and various sundry awesomely cool fun things that the Blackberry allows me to do.  It was like when the cave-dude (or if you think that the Earth is only 6000 years old, Adam) discovered fire.  Now that I have a Blackberry Curve, I no longer have to eat my woolly mammoth raw!

With the Curve, I can check my e-mail from any of my numerous e-mail accounts at any time I want, I (after the addition of a sweet, sweet 4 GB microSD card) can store a butt-load of music, movies, pictures, PDFs, and pretty much anything else to keep me amused, and can take surprisingly good pictures with the 2 megapixel camera on the back of it.

Also with the full qwerty keyboard, text messages and e-mails are a breeze to send with the Blackberry.  I'm seriously in love with this gadget.  Also, the thing is damn near indestructible with my butter fingers, I've dropped it at least a dozen times in the last 4 days and it works perfectly (though I did think ahead and buy a hard plastic case to put it in, that's probably what has allowed it to survive a week of me using it).

Finally, I've found that the Blackberry is actually a pretty sweet phone on top of being a great e-mail/text message/PDA gadgety thing.  It gets far superior reception than my old Motorola and has a far better pick-up and speaker so people get to hear my voice in all its glory without static and line noise.  All-in-all my Blackberry curve is perhaps the best gadget I've ever purchased (yes, I think it might be even better than my iBook, which is a pretty sweet gadget).  

Now I know there are some folks out there who are all, "Why did you get a Blackberry rather than an iPhone, especially given that you're a super-duper Mac-o-phile?"  To that I have a two-part answer.  One, the Blackberry is made by Research in Motion, a Canadian company.  And, I am proud to support the Canadian tech industry.  Two, the iPhone has a stupid touchscreen that really doesn't accommodate my fat clumsy ex-rugby player fingers particularly well.  Every single time I've tried an iPhone out, it takes me a good five minutes just to get the thing I want opened open.  

The Blackberry actually has keys, which are raised and far enough apart that I can actually hit just the keys I want, even when I'm thumb typing.  Even when I'm one handed thumb typing.  Seriously, I love my Blackberry so much that A.M. should be a little jealous of it.

Recipe for my famous oven "BBQed" beef ribs with Asian fusion flare!

Monday, August 25, 2008

4 lbs beef ribs (preferably back ribs)

4 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons of salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 pinch nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika is even better!)

5 tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon honey (optional, A.M. is allergic to honey so I tend to exclude this one)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 dash worcestershire sauce
salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients of the rub. Then rub the rub on the ribs (I like that alliteration). Let the rubbed ribs sit in the fridge (that alliteration is pretty good too) for about an hour so that the deliciousness can sink in a bit. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the ribs in the oven for about half an hour (remembering midway through to flip the ribs over so that they cook evenly). Then take the ribs out, turn the oven up to 400 degrees, flip the ribs, brush on some sauce and put the ribs in for another 15 minutes. Then flip the ribs again and brush on the rest of the sauce. Pop the ribs back into the oven for another 15 minutes or so.

Now you have delicious, delicious ribs that are good with corn, mashed potatoes, rice, peas, steamed carrots, or anything else for that matter. If you're feeling daring and you want to have the sauce a little more caramelization you can turn the broiler on for the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking. I tend not to do this because I either set of the smoke alarm or burn myself whenever I turn on my broiler.

Stephen Colbert on Offshore Drilling.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

For the next little bit, I'll be teaching a summer class which involves me needing to come up with a 2 hour lecture for each day of the week. So I'll be a bit busy to actually write stuff. However, I will keep finding entertaining videos for everyone to watch until I can get back to actually blogging. Enjoy!

Mark Gonzales: As With Most Men.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I know I said that I would write a post about something more substantive but I've been a little busier than I expected that I would be.  However, today one of my students showed me a video that I thought I would share with you all.  It's a slam poet named Mark Gonzales performing (is that what you would call it?) his poem "As With Most Men".  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I hope you do too.

Sweep the Leg Johnny.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The other day when I was in the Conestoga Mall in Waterloo, I happened to catch this song by No More Kings and I must say that it's been stuck in my head since then. And, since I've been a bit busy getting my shit together for the course I'm teaching, I thought I would post it for your enjoyment. I'll write a more substantive post later about something hard-hitting and sexy, maybe I'll say something about the riot in Montreal, the current situation in Georgia, or something like that.

Back from Waterloo!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Well, I'm back for Waterloo and it was a pretty fun trip, though most of it was spent helping my brother move and get settled in.  I discovered several things when I was there:

1) People should listen to me when I suggest that they buy silicone oven mitts.  Silicone oven mitts don't light on fire when you accidently touch the element in the oven.  Even if the traditional oven mitts have a rooster on them so that you can call them your "cock gloves" it's better to get oven mitts made of silicone.

2) London, Ontario has the best radio station ever.  Rock 96FM.  It's so good it made me a better person for having listened to it.

3) Ontario is a surprisingly empty and boring province when you're out of the GTA.  I always thought Ontario would be a province that was full of stuff.  I was wrong, it's really full of a lot of not much when you're outside the GTA.

4) Waterloo is a strangely Asian place.  I've never seen so many Asians in such a small area than around UW.  For a bit I thought the vortex that kept sending into the cornfield had magically sent me to Hong Kong or some shit.  The whole time I was there, I had the theme to Charlie Chan playing in my head.

5) Octopus sashimi tastes like ass.  Gummy, disgusting, bland ass.  I will never eat it again.

6) NPR is better than CBC Radio One.  I used to really love CBC radio but when I was in Waterloo the only decent thing that was on the radio was an interview with The Shatner.  Now, The Shatner is totally the awesome and you never hear him talking on the NPR but a single interview with him doesn't make up for a week of bad radio dramas, interviews with Alex "El Douchebag Avec Cue Cards" Trebek, Anne "Goddamn I'm Boring" Murray, and Rita "My Songs are Way Too Obvious and Completely Overrated" MacNeil.  Jian Ghomeshi, you sir have let me down.

7) I think I've gone native from living in the US for too long.  I spent the entire time I was in Waterloo complaining about higher prices, bad service, and bemoaning smaller serving sizes at restaurants.  I still however, appreciate the better roads, the laughable over-reactions that most Canadians have to crime, and the general better quality of food.  Though my arteries are feeling way too healthy.

8) I've come to the conclusion that I'm allergic to Indiana.  The moment I crossed the Michigan/Indiana border I broke out in hives.  Right now I look, and feel like, I rolled in a patch of poison oak, ivy, and sumac and I didn't even get out of my car.  The air rushing through the window in Indiana is a frickin' allergen.

9) The person who called in the bomb threat that closed the border crossing at Port Huron/Point Edward that left me waiting in my hot ass car for like 2 hours is a big giant douchebag.  If I ever discover who he or she is, (s)he is totally getting the Englewood Jack.

10)  It's fun to threaten people with Englewood Jack.  Mostly because people have no idea what I'm talking about.  I love Coach Jules.

Away in Waterloo/Corb Lund Goodness!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hey boys, girls, and kiddies of all ages, I've been away for the last few days, which is really interfering with my blogging.  But, I thought I would hook you up with a new Corb Lund song to keep you amused while I'm in Waterloo awesoming it up.

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