Penn & Teller: Fool Us, notably Kayla Drescher, was especially poignant tonight.  Those with even a passing interest in stage magic should be watching this show.

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TV Production

It’s well-known that we have a fondness for cooking shows.  New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton is a particular favourite; not only do we love his food (we have two of his cookbooks), his personality is as big as the former New Orleans Saints linebacker himself.

We  also quite enjoy Steven Raichlen’s shows (Barbecue University, Primal Grill, and Project Smoke).  The third season of Project Smoke has introduced a new feature at the end: brief interviews with the technical staff on how the show is produced.  The interviews run from the producer clear down to the jib (camera C, the overhead) operator.  For those of us with an interest in video production, it’s quite interesting.

Come for the food, stay for the learning!

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As to Sourdough

…you all ought to have a proper starter; for them as are lacking, we recommend as a good source.

It’ll cost you less than a buck; go do it.

As a bit of history: why did the Jews not have time to let their bread rise before fleeing?  Because sourdough.  Modern yeasts weren’t isolated until the nineteenth century; much as we like them at breakfast-time, they’ll never have the flavour of traditional sourdough.

So…go drop a couple of stamps and get your bread some real flavour.  And if you really want to learn, is always a good option.  We’ve cooked with him before, and learned much.  Our sourdough blueberry muffins are basically stolen from him, with much appreciation.

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Up too late, we find that our evening Jeopardy episode has as a category “Famous Gingers.”

We cleaned up.

Looking forward to some good sleep, followed by a decent breakfast: a (lightly, so as not to damage the sourdough flavor) toasted English muffin, topped with kippers, sautéed in a touch of butter, and with a bit of Worcestershire atop that.  Orange juice, with a splash of lime for brightness.  Earl Grey tea, with heavy cream, of course.

Fortunately, tomorrow looks to be the sort of day to earn such a breakfast.

Meanwhile, a great eclipse video: taken from 16,500 MSL from a Van’s RV-10:

.  Grab hold and drag; it’s a 360° video.

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Oh, Sonavuh…

We were listening to NPR this afternoon when the reporter announced that she’s 26.

When did we become an old man?

We suppose we can still be a soothsayer.

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A Family Connection

For those unaware, we grew up on Baa Baa Black Sheep (under its alternate title, Black Sheep Squadron) occasionally viewed in the local Visiting Officers’ Quarters while traveling.

We chanced to discover upon the following:


Upon referral to Dad (who also introduced me to airplanes, and to proper–read: round) engines, he said “That radial RV is cool.  Almost looked like a scene from Black Sheep Squadron” [same show].

We had  an understanding, perhaps  even a connection.  And he’s even asking my advice about buying a welder.

Family matters.

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Stars Fell on Alabama

It’s nearly August, which means it’s once again time for the Perseid meteor shower.  The radiant for this shower is Perseus (hence the name), which can be found in the northeast, with the peak expected approximately August 12th.  At least one source is calling for this to be a particularly spectacular year, possibly even rivaling the famed 1833 Leonid shower (which famously inspired the jazz standard “Stars Fell on Alabama”).

Jimmy’s cover is, of course, our favourite:

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Cursed From Birth

In the news:

Felon Named “Fellony” Charged with New Felonies

A 22-year-old named Fellony Hudson is accused of felony kidnapping, felony eluding, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and several misdemeanors after police pursued him across state lines.

After a chase that spanned several cities, his vehicle was eventually hit with a set of spike strips, causing a tire to deflate and leading to the end of the chase.

Hudson, who has been convicted of at least four previous felonies, was taken into custody.

Poor kid never had a chance.

Let us remember LawDog’s words of wisdom regarding the naming of children:

When my legions of flying monkeys complete my Plan for World Domination, this bushwa is going to stop.

And because I will be a libertarian despotic tyrant, I won’t even order folks not to hang silly-arsed names on their children.

No, I will simply open a folder for each child stuck with an unfortunately cocked-over name. Inside this folder, I will place several pre-signed, blank conspiracy warrants and two pre-signed pardons.

And every time little Kal-el¹ gets punched in the mouth (“From Krypton, huh?” Pow! “Guess not, loser!”) or young Superman gets thrown off the bleachers (“If you’re really Superman, you should be able to fly!”), then Mama and Daddy get arrested for Conspiring To Make A Child’s Life A Living Hell, and are punished along with the heathens.

The pardons will come into play when young GoldenPalaceDotCom Silverman finally loses his grip on his mud and sets his parents bed on fire. One pardon for one criminal act committed upon each parent.

(Also: LawDog’s first book is out in electronic form, with dead-tree to follow soon.  You go buy now!)

1. We would note for the record that we are personally acquainted with a couple who named their son Kal-el.  Perhaps not coincidentally, dad is a multiple offender in both the misdemeanor and felony games.  But that’s none of our business.

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Sunday at the Lake


Happy birthday, America, and everybody who shares the day.

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