Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Hate Windows Vista With An Unbridaled Passion!

Fuck Vista. Hate it. Hate it.

If anyone wants me to work on a computer with this piece-of-shit operating system, I charge them extra.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I guess I have to weigh in on the AIG controversy.

The more I look at the bonus issue the more I believe the problem is the word "bonus". A bonus is something extra that you get for the job you do. If you are successful at what you do and if what you do adds to the bottom line of the company then by all means you should be given a bonus. The way the AIG story unfolded we were told that people are to be given a bonus that utterly failed the company. Outrage should be the norm for such behavior. But now I read that these people were contract hires that don't work for a regular salary, but work under a contract for money paid to them at the end of their tenure. That is not a "bonus" by definition, it's compensation for work done. Calling this compensation a "bonus " is what makes everyone so angry.

Of course anger and outrage feeds the media so the media piles on feeding the anger and outrage. It's a vicous cycle.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Best Steak Recipe

I have never been able to get that "steakhouse steak" taste at home until I tried this recipe from Ina Garten:


2 (10-ounce) filet mignon
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fleur de sel (kosher or sea salt will work - just don't use as much)
1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, optional


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat a large, well-seasoned cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot, 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and brush them lightly with vegetable oil. Combine the fleur de sel and cracked pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture, pressing lightly to evenly coat all sides.
When the skillet is ready, add the steaks and sear them evenly on all sides for about 2 minutes per side, for a total of 10 minutes.
Top each steak with a tablespoon of butter, if using, and place the skillet in the oven. Cook the steaks until they reach 120 degrees F for rare or 125 degrees F for medium-rare on an instant-read thermometer. (To test the steaks, insert the thermometer sideways to be sure you're actually testing the middle of the steak.)
Remove the steaks to a serving platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

I have tried this with strips and ribeyes too.

Not Surrounded Yet

Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris have lost their goddamned minds.

If we need to be afraid of anything, it should be these motherfuckers.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I Stand Corrected

The spring like weather of late has given way to a cold rain and a high temperature of only 36.

So much for yard work.

At least for a week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

To All You Republicans Complaining

That President Obama is trying to do too much.

Shut The Fuck Up!

If you can't get behind our president and support him in his efforts to help fix the problems you made, get out of the way and let the rest of us do what needs to be done.

Out In The Yard

The warm weather has me outside looking at all the shit that has to be done. I've got a rotted place about half way up on the gable end of the house. I'll have to get a 20 ft. extension ladder and get up there, cut the fascia board out where the rot is and put another piece in it's place. Then prime and paint. Also the whole outside of the house could use a good cleaning.

I started some seeds for my vegetable garden. I only have one corner of my property that stays sunny most of the day. I think I can get 3 4'X12' raised beds in there. I'm not much of a gardener. I've grown a few tomatoes in my time, but I want to grow a lot more than that. It will be another learning experience for me.

I got the mower out yesterday. I was completely out of gasoline (that high dollar stuff I bought last summer when it was $4 a gallon). Had to make a trip for fuel ($1.79 a gallon - bargin!). Pouring the gas into the tank, fuel started running out of the carborator. The bolt that holds the bowl was loose. Did I do that last fall? Anyway, a quick fix and I got the old girl fired up. With the longer day I got the mowing done. First one of the season!

Monday, March 02, 2009

The Modern GOP

The modern GOP has been successful at nationalizing the hatred southerners have for yankees and revenuers.