Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
God bless the Make A Wish Foundation. They have a gift for shaking money trees. For the next 2 days MAW is on the lookout for wealthy nerds and geeks. Who is the wealthiest, nerdiest, sci-fi, Star Wars geek out there? Sunday we'll find out.
When asked about the process of creating this helmet, the artist said:
We create characters for film and television. So I thought, why don't we create a character in the Star Wars world that could further a story from the film itself? And, what story could we tell? For ages, fans and film goers alike have wondered what happened to Boba Fett at the end of "Return of the Jedi". Boba Fett falls into the Sarlac pit and there's been endless discussions as to what his ultimate fate was. So we figured, after his untimely demise, perhaps a small inhabitant of Tatooine discovered his helmet and moved in like a hermit crab.
It was a great idea because it allowed us to help tell a story even further. A story we've all thought about a million times, and that has been deliberated for years. The concept was very clever and it gave us a great starting point for collaboration. It allowed for organic creature work, model shop work, working animatronic movement, lighting effects, and ultimately, a mini movie within the piece. This approach allowed for the whole team to participate and creatively contribute to the end result.
After a collection of concept alien life forms were presented, the team collectively determined the best of all the elements, to create an extraterrestrial being that fit within the world they were trying to expand. In the end, the entire team decided the final design of the creature."
Gulf coast tropical storms often come to Mayberry to die, and so it seems shall Isaac, Saturday afternoon. No one here is complaining though. The trees are so dry they'd weep, if they had the moisture. In Mayberry we have a homegrown version of hurricane preparation. We look for aldergators.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
You may recall our recent discussion of how to remove recalcitrant stains from area rugs. Today, we'll discuss the flip side; what lies beneath.
After try a number of "guaranteed to work" home remedies, we called in the pros. The party line amongst floor guys is "Just cut out the bad part and replace the wood. It will be good as new. Won't cost too much either"
And so we did, or rather they did. Watching trained troops taking saws to your dining room floor is not for the timid, we working on faith preferred not to look.
In less than 2 hours the old was out and new was in. An hour after that the entire floor was sanded, vacuumed, wiped clean, matching stain mixed and applied.
The guys were right on all counts. With luck, one week from now we just may have the china cabinet back in place, its contents shiny and bright, the baseboards cleaned and touched up and the room ready for duty. The dogs are no longer welcome.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Jack loves Jill and Jill hates Jack. They both go to heaven. Do they meet?
Mrs. T and I are spending the weekend babysitting our little rug rat friends. See ya Monday, if we survive.
Friday, August 17, 2012
For a million and one individual reasons there are countless men with zero interest in the clothes on their back who leave the chore of buying their clothes to the women in their lives. I'd like to pawn off the job myself at times, but haven't a taker.
Prince Charles may be the best dressed man on the planet. His day to day wardrobe is probably fairly small, considering all the business and professional engagements he has. He keeps clothing until it can be mended no further, yet always looks sharp, even in khaki's and blue jeans. It may be that his people are acquainted with irons, but he is a walking clothing tutorial, and his look can be copied on a modest budget. Once again, proper fit is everything.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Have you ever been to Kansas? The Gomez family hadn't either, but having seen The Wizard of Oz they knew the Wizard of Oz was there and would grant their wish. They sincerely wished the Wiz to cast out the demons which possessed their 2 youngest children.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
One of mom's treasures, taking pride of place on the shelf, was The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child. In the golden age of television, before the constant barrage of food programming a wanna be foodie's only choices were Julia and later Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet. I now have my mother's copy of The French Cookbook which I had never opened until last night.
The thought of my mother reading Julia's cookbook is as unlikely to me as imagining mother saying yes to one of her children's requests. It's an image I simply can't conjure up. The book does look as though it spent a lot of time as a spoon rest. That I can imagine.
Julia, remember Julia, was born 100 years ago today. She died 8 years ago last Monday (13th). I am forever grateful to the woman who offered home cooks everywhere, the opportunity to expand their culinary horizons, if only in their dreams.
PS: Have you tried any of these recipes? Thumbing through The French Cookbook I can see how Craig Claiborne may have been influenced, but other than Julie I can't envision anyone tackling these.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
“That’s all right, then,” I said.
They took the empty snail-shells away and soon afterwards they brought on the grouse. By grouse I mean red grouse. I do not mean black grouse (blackcock and greyhen) or wood grouse (capercaillie) or white grouse (ptarmigan). These others are good, especially the ptarmigan, but the red grouse is the king. And provided of course they are this year’s birds, there is no meat more tender or more tasty in the entire world. Shooting starts on the twelfth of August, and every year I look forward to that date with even greater impatience than I do to the first of September, when the oysters come in from Colchester and Whitstable. Like a fine sirloin, red grouse should be eaten rare with the blood just a shade darker than scarlet, and at Maxim’s they would not like you to order it any other way.
We ate our grouse slowly, slicing off one thin sliver of breast at a time, allowing it to melt on the tongue and following each mouthful with a sip of fragrant Volnay.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A few seconds is all you'll need.
Toad- I couldn't make this up.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Remember the photobooks "A day in the life of..."? 200 photographers would scatter around a country, photograph visually memorable stories all in the course of one day. The hope was you'd see page by page how diverse life was.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Not often enough do I include a woman in the Cool Guy's Club, but today I'll make an exception in order to include today's birthday girl Martha Stewart in the pantheon.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It feels like ages since we've taken any time off. Our plan for the month of June was to tackle projects long put off and then enjoy the rest of summer lounging by the pool. June projects have stretched into July and now into August. It's too hot to play outside, yet vile temps haven't stopped our vacation planning.