Guns are a big deal, and increasingly on people's minds, at least online. Seems like there are more and more school shootings, workplace shootings, and so on each year; and seems like there's more kvetching about what should and shouldn't be allowed. I'm not an expert or lawyer or anything, but I do have a decent amount of common sense, and I have thoughts!Read More
My little garden is starting to come in, and my basil and mint plants are getting out of control, so needed something to trim them back a bit. The basil mayo is great on a nice caprese sandwich (tomato slice, mozzarella slice (normally a basil leaf, but forgo that since, y'know, fancy mayo) on Italian bread).Read More
From what I understand from the internet, yakitori is kind of street food in Japan. It is, however, really good. This recipe is not, strictly speaking, culturally accurate, but I think it's quite good.Read More
Alexander Dumas wrote, “If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.” Epicurus (or maybe some other Greek philosopher) asked, “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”Read More
#48. Visit Chicago #s 49-58 . Visit Various Chicago Sites While in Chicago, I visited Millenium Park and the Cloud Gate it houses; the Museum of Contemporary Art; Wrigley Field; the Lincoln Park Zoo; Chess Records (now home of Willie Dixon's Blues Foundation); Navy Pier; the old Water Tower; Lincoln Park; and heard some Chicago blues at Buddy Guy's Legends.
59. Try Chicago Style Pizza I'd heard the legends of Chicago pizza, but never had it. In my quest to find the best place to try it, I learned that two chains claim to be the inventors of the style. Pizzeria Uno is officially credited, but Lou Malnatti's was started by the guy who claims to have been the first to sell it. But I also read that Uno always has an insane wait, so I went with LM's.
Chicago pizza is tasty. But it's not really pizza per se. It's all backwards, with the cheese on the bottom and the sauce on the top. I did enjoy it, though.
60. Try Italian Beef Another Chicago staple. This was disappointing. An Italian beef is, basically, a French dip sandwich with peppers on it. It did nothing for me.
61. Have a Chicago-style hot dog in Chicago
62. Visit a Great Lake Navy Pier juts out into Lake Michigan. I could not believe how big it was; every lake I've ever seen/been on, in Florida and Georgia, you could see each shore from the other.
63. Eat Street Meat The place I was staying in Chicago was in a very, very Hispanic area. On the weekend, people were out on the sidewalk, grilling meat and onions and selling tacos. They were delicious.
64. Go to C2E2 C2E2 is the 4th comic convention in my collection, and my 2nd favorite of those. (Heroes Con, in Charlotte, remains number 1.) The floor layout was kind of...odd, with huge empty spaces in places and almost no room to move in others; there's nothing really newsworthy getting announced, so the panels from the big names are mostly pointless. But there are loads of cool creators there, and loads of nerd shopping. It's fun, and preferable, in my opinion at least, to the way more populous New York Con, or the wildly over-crowded DragonCon. Plus, I got to meet a load of internet friends/acquaintances.
65. Cosplay at a Comic Con On Saturday of the con, I dressed up as Red Hood. It was a lot of fun. Like Halloween, but instead of getting free candy, people takes pictures of/with you.
Country singer Brad Paisley (who, for what it's worth, is a pretty great guitarist) and rapper LL Cool J teamed up for what may well be the dumbest country song ever recorded—no small feat. The song is rife with extremely questionable logic leaps, presumption, and factual errors, and I thought it'd be fun to point them all out, if only because my Twitter peeps would get irritated if I posted the thousand tweets it would take to cover all this.Read More
When I was a kid the only radio station I listened to was the oldies station. So my favorite music, as a genre or type of sound, has always been stuff from the 50s-70s. You may not know this, but the Beatles were something of a big deal; so I heard a lot of their stuff growing up. But I'd never listened to their whole studio discography; I set out to rememdy that. It was...rough going at first.Read More
U2 is one of my favorite bands, if not the favorite band. But I'd never listened to their complete studio discography. I got into their music the way (I think) most people do: heard some songs on the radio that I liked, got the Best Of album, then their most recent album, then started filling in the gaps. So their pre-How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb catalog was, too me, made up of the singles and that song on the Batman Forever soundtrack. But now I've listened to all of them, all the way through.Read More