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While looking up bombe for my crossword puzzle, I came across this image.

What's funny to me is that I know there's now way in hell a fork made that rounded cut into the mini-bombe. It had to have been a spoon or even something like a melon baller.

But, here's a couple of really nice recipes:

German Chocolate [Mini] Bombes

Chocolate Cherry Bombs

Double Chocolate-Espresso Truffle Pie (dies of diabetes)

Another Chocolate Cherry Bombe made with kirsch

EDIT: Okay, technically that fork could have made that cut if the fork was turned upright instead of on it's side and scraped around into the confectionery, but who would actually do that?
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You know an article about tetrachromats is going to be fun when it has that line in it.

Speaking of tetrachromacy, I was looking at some of the paintings made by known tetrachromatic Concetta Antico. It reminds me of how I had to accustom myself to the color effects created by my polarized sunglasses the first time I ever wore them (a couple decades ago now - god I'm getting old).


Looking at the sky and otherwise black cars through the tinted glass in the car was almost a psychedelic experience. Many times I had to lift my glasses up to confirm that it was a visual effect of the polarized tint causing the color changes I was seeing. The glowing letters on the outside of the JCPenny store were especially vibrant. It took a moment to realize it was my sunglasses preventing me from viewing the gas pump screens, causing them to be completely dark. I'm still annoyed that my favorite app game on my phone requires me to turn the phone sideways, again causing the screen to go black when viewed through my sunglasses. It makes it hard to play the game while outside on a sunny day.
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Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger Goes Giant

So, for all the folks out there like me that would buy the Jr Bacon Cheeseburger BECAUSE it's quite smaller than all the other burger options, rather than because of the price, or maybe with price simply being an added bonus...well...HAH! The joke's on us.

Hopefully Wendy's isn't flat out stupid and is still keeping the regular-sized JBC on the menu, because when it's portion control you care about, only having something twice the size of your stomach paired with additional chicken nuggets is just plain dickery.

By the way, this is only made all the more stupid by the fact that Wendy's has had on their menu a double bacon cheeseburger called the Baconator(R) for the past couple of decades.
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So, I got a bit of a kick out of this article about a Panera Bread customer upset that "stupid bitch" showed up on her order receipt.

On one hand, sure, the employee should be dealt with by their supervisor, which the supervisor said they would do. The "higher ups" have hired a supervisor to deal with the situation, so yeah, it's a bit of an annoyance when a customer moves their complaint up the hierarchy just because they want to continue with their bitching, but I've seen higher ups get involved at times and request proof that a situation has been handled appropriately and not just brushed off, but apparently they either weren't doing that or simply weren't doing that to this customer's satisfaction. Oh, but social media to the rescue, to which the customer is finally satisfied, because Panera Bread issued a statement that an employee was fired (it says it was the associate involved, but why not also fire the supervisor and the higher ups, because obviously they were also keeping this bitchy customer from being heard).

BUT, my favorite part about this bit is the last line.

She's still going to continue to be a stupid bitch that wants to bitch about the other stupid bitch that entered the stupid bitch comment onto her receipt, so I'm thinking there might have been cause for her being called a stupid bitch in the first place.

Fucking bitches, lol.
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There's already a ride at Six Flags Over Texas (which no longer flies the Confederate Flag anymore, although that was a long-in-coming decision) called Haley Quinn Spinsanity (which just happens to be the same Rock-N-Roll ride that I love to ride at the Texas State Fair), so I wonder if they're going to take that one down or just rename it back to Daddy Long Legs, or whatever it was they were calling that ride previously.

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"Jolly the Pimp" image search only comes up with a single image of Ethan Hawke's character in Valerian, and it's an image out of a teaser book sent to press agents around the same time as the first trailers were being shown titled 100 Days of Valerian.

The same also goes for searching for inter-dimensional space market guide Thaziit.

So much for trying to get a better look at the characters through a basic internet search.

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The music in this is beautiful.

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Google knows it's my birthday, so the Google Doodle is a bunch of letter candles with "Happy Birthday, Nicole" as the hover text.

So.....I had to go looking up today's actual Google Doodle, Teachers' Day 2017 (Nicaragua), which is actually pretty gosh darn cool looking, and I kind of wish I could see it instead.

Co-worker tied 3 birthday balloons to my chair, Roommates are treating me to Razzoo's for dinner, I promised to join the family at Six Flags tomorrow after work, and I'm using up as many freebie birthday restaurant app gifts I can, which means I'll be taking the nephews for a lot of ice cream this weekend.
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This is a thing, and it's exquisite. Go do an internet search for yourself and see.

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I've been watching the Resident Evil movies, and this evening I watched No. 4: Afterlife.

I agree with Kevin, the soundtrack is awesome.

As far as the movie review goes, I think Ultraviolet should have gotten an award compared to this.

The first 15 minutes was just to tie up loose ends from the previous movie - bring in the clones, kill them off, pick up Ali Larter, and then move on to this movie - because fuck all of those meaningless loose ends.

Air Raid Siren (this wasn't as important at first, but proved prophetic to the rest of the movie, as you shall see)

At 1 hour in I was bored and trying to keep myself awake.

Then Pyramid Head showed up, and they got their peanut butter in my chocolate, and I figured someone secretly switched out the video game in the console when the writers were halfway through with the script. Yeah, I know the Executioner is from the actual Resident Evil game franchise, but still....AIR RAID SIREN!

Predictable plot is predictable.

Oh, look, it's the guy (Wentworth Miller) who played the whiny brother in Dinotopia. Seriously, I will always remember him as the whiny brother in Dinotopia. HAHA - I totally didn't mean to predict he was going to be a whiny brother in this movie too.

I got gypped out of getting to see the special effects of the "urban pacification vehicle" mow down a bunch of zombies. Instead, I got a stupid blood trail from a tiny prop plane from way up high, which, by the way, I don't think would have survived that little run in with hundreds of zombies. Cheap.

Fog out of freaking nowhere - see I told you they got my Silent Hill into their Resident Evil.

White room getting tainted with blood. Okay, so not quite the hell world of Silent Hill, but still...
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"Update: The launch was originally scheduled for Sunday evening. It was been postponed for Monday evening."

Adding two sentences to an article, and yet still there is no one bothering to read it over AT LEAST ONCE before posting it and then forgetting about it.

I am so frustratingly annoyed at constantly seeing typos and grammatical errors in online articles. I give a pass to online blogs, because those are just blogs, but professionally written articles and blogs that are presenting themselves as professional journals intended for a marketable audience should go through some form of an editing process during which blatant errors can be eliminated. Having no more telltale misspelling squiggly lines flourishing your submission doesn't mean the entry has been properly edited.


I'll give this particular article one bit of credit: There is a "Report a Typo" link at the bottom of the article. Now to see if they actually do something with that info.

Ear Worms

Jun. 11th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Brandy and My Sweet Lord are stuck in my head on repeat.

It could be worse.

Speaking of which, when I was in Spanish classes, we learned the translation for and meaning behind La Bamba. It's like the complete opposite of the meaning behind Brandy. Or maybe just a prelude to Brandy - make her swoon with your Captain's charm, and then dump her like the sea bitch you really are. This was the plot of John Wayne's Seven Sinners, which was probably my most favorite of all his gazillion movies, because the focus was on the woman, not the man or the battle or the posse. Would he give up his life in the Navy to marry the girl at the bar, the girl he fought the other Navy officers and local boss man over?

Incidentally, that movie is the reason I have coveted a wingback rattan chair since just about forever. It's Bijou's favorite seat. Oh my, it's on sale.

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Middle nephew that loves riding the big roller coaster rides with me asked if we could go to Six Flags today. He's learned from me the value of going to Six Flags on skeptical weather days, like cold, possibly rainy days in the fall, and scattered thunderstorm days like today.

We got rained on twice, once as soon as we arrived and again right after eating dinner. That second storm cell included a few park-wide notices of the weather service alert accompanying it, which the alarm sound over the intercom made Little Bit nervous for a moment. I had to pull up the radar on my phone and talk him through understanding that it wasn't a tornado warning, and that we were safer staying there than leaving and driving in the car TOWARDS the oncoming assault. We stayed in the restaurant while the bulk of the second storm passed, which had already started losing power once it reached us and was only a mid-level rain rather than the OMG pummel of doom it started out as on the other side of Fort Worth. The A/C was making us cold, so we were happy to start walking around in the light rain again once the storm subsided. There were puddles to walk through everywhere, and nephew, along with many younger kids throughout the park, were loving stomping and splashing in them. Some bigger puddles were unavoidable while walking through the wait-line corrals Luckily I wore sandals instead of socks and shoes. I know how crinkled my feet get when they're trapped in water-logged shoes all day, like they did when I was a teen and rode the soaking water rides first thing upon arrival on a hot, hot summer day.

Our drink spilled a total of three times - once on the table, once on him while we were on a ride, and once on my hoodie while it was sitting in the bin during another ride. Apparently the lid doesn't seal as well as it should. Luckily we were already thoroughly damp, so while the spillage added a level of soaking to our clothes, you couldn't tell while walking amongst the other water-drenched souls.

The park was emptying out by the time we arrived at around 4pm, so much so that I thought maybe they had decided to close due to the rain, but they stayed open the full day until 9pm. I think most people got in their fun in the morning before the rains started, but those dry folks probably also had much longer lines to stand in. There were absolutely no lines for us. The longest we waited for a single ride was The Justice League at maybe 30 minutes, which on a normal busy day is 2+ hours. I know this because the first time we rode it I got leg cramps from a 2-hr long line, and I've seen the corral be even fuller than that on some days.

We ate a churro and popcorn and carried around that Mr. Pibb in our free refill bottle. We rode the Batman ride with zero wait. We had a burger, chicken nuggets, onion rings, fries, a fruit cup, a fruit roll-up, and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish for dinner. Then we rode The Justice League and Runaway Mountain, the two inside rides we knew would for sure be open again once the storm passed over. Then we rode The Texas Giant twice, The Titan twice, and The Texas Giant another two times. Any other regular summer day, weekend or not, and ALL of those rides would have ~2 hours wait times.

In summary, 5 hours, a snack, a dinner, two water shows, and 9 rides, all for the cost of gas (since we have the season pass with meals).

At least I didn't have to worry about sunscreen.

The best parts about today were our conversations to and from the park. Little Bit definitely has a scientific mind. On the way out he asked about the myth that green skies always means tornado, and I explained super cell clouds, wall clouds, and light dispersion, especially during sunset, through such a gigantic super cell. He now knows green skies and tornadoes are correlated, but not causality - I would have shown him a Venn, but I was driving. We simultaneously debunked the rain-means-no-tornado myth. We also talked about vortexes in general, including dust devils, hurricanes, whirlpools, and even the smoke vortex you can see coming off the iron cooking slab at our favorite Mongolian grill restaurant. I discussed how the power source for some come from the heat coming off the ground/base of the vortex and some get their power from the top. Later, while riding The Texas Giant the second set of times, we enjoyed the sunset and the going-away thunderstorm clouds while the train was pulled up the main drop hill, and he commented to me that he understood the light dispersion stuff better while looking at the pretty sunset colors.

On our drive back, he asked me to clarify the magnets installed in the cars affecting stop lights concept. He was close, but not quite right. I told him about the grooves in the road and how the metal car disrupts the inductance, so we played Where's Waldo looking for the grooves at the next couple of intersections. I didn't go into as much scientific depth with that as I did the green tornado clouds stuff. Next time I hang out with him, I'll introduce him to henry.

But Wait, There's More!

He also asked about college, and if I went to college, and how degrees work. So we spent the rest of the drive home talking about undergrad Bachelor, grad Master, and post-grad PhD/MD/JD degrees.

Whew. What a day.
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Not only good music, but the video is an intriguing study in texture, movement, and the human form.


May. 29th, 2017 09:33 pm
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You know how TV shows will have Christmas Specials and Halloween Specials, so that when you go back decades later and watch them on DVD you knew when it was Halloween week and Christmas week, and sometimes Sweeps week because of all the TV show crossovers?

I've been watching Boardwalk Empire during my elliptical workouts, and I decided I would throw an extra workout in this evening. It's easier to do at the moment, since we're short roommates in the room next to mine, so I don't have to try to get the workout in earlier in the day before they go to sleep, as I worry the elliptical and TV sounds will be too loud.

So, at 9pm I decide to jump into a workout. I'm on episode 5 of season 2, and it just so happens to be set on Memorial Day, 1921. It's not like I knew it was going to be set for Memorial Day, but I still thought it was quite a fitting nightcap for this evening.

Incidentally, this episode first aired on October 23, 2011, a far cry from Memorial Day.

Twin Peaks

May. 21st, 2017 04:04 pm
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Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks


Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks

That's what my tail would be wagging and saying if I had one.

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