Thursday, November 23, 2017

How to Roast a Chicken

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)

Cook whole (thawed) chicken for 10-15 minutes.

Then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
and roast for 20 minutes per pound.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Charles Manson Has a Posse

Charles Milles Maddox
November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017

Charlie Manson has a posse.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Hillary voters aren't immune to tribalism but it's clear that Trump voters are egregiously tribal.

Double standards. It goes back to right before the election, when Trump was saying he'd only respect the vote outcome if HE won. There's no subtlety there. (You know he would have preferred her winning, too: he could have thrown a big tantrum and spent 4 years bragging about how much better he would have been if he'd actually won, without actually having to PROVE it. Instead, he and his supporters are forced to deny reality and try to convince people that 2+2=5.)

I forget where I read/heard this analogy—and I'm paraphrasing—but it's like the Democrats and Republicans are playing a board game. And the Democrats are trying to play strictly by the rules while the Republicans are literally burning the entire house down around them.

Rules apply to Democrats. Rules don't apply to Republicans.

This becomes worse when we've got a situation like Al Franken, because now you've got bipartisan condemnation of this senator. While Republicans simultaneously and fastidiously defend their own sex offenders.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Airpods Review

My college friend Nicko is a long-time member of the Church of Apple. He's the one who turned me onto Apple's wireless Airpods.

That in combination with the fact that my new iPhone 8+ doesn't have a headphone jack.

Anyway, let's just cut the shit...

They're great when they work and they're great in theory but there are some big issues I've got with them.


Paired with the latest iPhone, they sound great.

Not having wires is really liberating and the little charge case is a great way to store them in your pocket without losing them. It's a lot easier to slip them in that case than it is to wrap earbud wires around in a coil.


Paired with the small iPod I've got, a few generations old, the volume is far too low to the point where it's not usable. Which is a pain because a large part of wanting to get these airpods was to have an easier time at the gym.

They don't automatically pair quickly and consistently with my iPhone. Sometimes, I'll pop in the airpods — I'll hear the little "paired" sound — press play on my iPhone only to have the audio come out of my iPhone speakers. This happens far too often. When this happens, I go to the bluetooth settings where it'll always say that the airpods are "connected", and yet it'll still play the audio over my iphone speakers. So I'll go through this process of turning off my bluetooth and turning it back on. Sometimes I'll have to take the airpods out of my ears and put them back in. Sometimes, I'll have to actually restart my iPhone. This is EXTREMELY shitty. Arguably far shittier than the inconvenience of unwrapping and untangling a coiled earbud cord from my iPod before popping them in. Wired earbuds always work when plugged in. Airpods don't work consistently.

Controls through the Airpods don't always work. You can't do a lot through the Airpods because there are no buttons, because of Apple's apparent hatred of convenience. Any control is done through "double taps". You can start and stop. And you can skip a track. But it doesn't always work. The start/stop is critical, especially when walking through the world and needing to turn a track off abruptly. It's super annoying when it doesn't work.


They don't really replace wired headphones, in terms of convenience and consistency. Not yet.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Young Doctors (in Love)

Time for a proper update? Not just a celebrity death marker?

The above GIF is something I made this weekend. Part of a series on hitRECord I'm calling "99 Zorkballoons". Remixing this balloon I drew into other people's work. Gonna make 99 of these GIFs, then make a music video featuring all of them. Fun little creative side project, which also highlights the greater community. This particular piece is, of course, a parody of Botticelli's Birth of Venus that someone painted, depicting her Las Vegas boss as the "Venus" character. I had the idea to make the towel slip, which meant I had to draw them cock'n'balls. I think it works, esp because it's filtered through the opacity of the red balloon. This is 28 of 99.

Now let me complain about young doctors...

It's obvious that growing up, doctors were always older. And there have been admittedly irresponsible extended stretches in the past 10 years when I've gone without health insurance because of particular employment situations. But as I'm catching up with overdue doctor appointments, it just seems to highlight this Rip Van Winkle feeling that suddenly... everyone's younger than me. Like, I don't want to know how much younger. And it makes it just a little more annoying when you've got some snot-nosed kid giving you instructions for how to live.

I get it already: I'M OLD! Do I need to be reminded every fucking place I go?

Happy Daylight Savings day, FALL BACK EDITION.

Growing up, I used to like NOT adjusting my clocks back. So, at first glance, it always looked like it was an hour later than it actually was. Just extended that feeling of gaining an hour during this time. Now, of course, all my major time-keepers self-adjust. Have I mentioned that I'm old?

I had to wake up early to go see an 8am show of THOR:RAGNAROK in IMAX today...