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Just so you know just how bad my last couple of days have been, I spent many hours laboring over my car changing the intake manifold. Now the job is not all that complicated, but for some reason a left handed engineer (this is not any k...
Just so you know just how bad my last couple of days have been, I spent many hours laboring over my car changing the intake manifold. Now the job is not all that complicated, but for some reason a left handed engineer (this is not any kind of code for anything - I believe left handed engineers are determined to get back at the rest of the world) decided to have one bracket that is nearly impossible to remove and re-install. I know that 65% of my time working on this project was spent on that one bracket. By the way the job turned out just fine, however as an old guy that cannot do Yoga moves to loosen said bracket I am still in pain as I write this. To top it off, my wife's car's cooling fan decided to quit working. No one had one in stock so I get to play the waiting game of having one ordered. This all after the Sunday nighmare game we watched. Anyway, that frustration is likely nothing like that of some of the Texans players. So here to this week's "Thingy" Before our game I saw these comments said about the Browns Special Teams: Antho10000: If only we had Special Teams like that.... The Night Owl: I can't believe I'm jealous of the Browns But I'm sure we'd kill to have a special teams unit like theirs A quote after the game: What did you tell the team afterwards? (Asking Coach Kubiak) "Just - it's got to be rock bottom. The sad thing is, it looked the same. It's been heading in that direction from the standpoint of us turning the ball over and getting in those situations as a football team that we can't dig ourselves out of. It's got to stop. Hell, it has to. There's no way you can win in this league helping people out. " Just because: by OneManBlitz : I just want to be included in the BRB story that shows snippets of gameday thread posts Do I send $5 to someone, or just lift my shirt and show what I got going on under the hood Mardi Gras style? How do I get included on that story? (note: no $5 was received by me) 9 number of questions about the pick six in the after game presser 40 Passes thrown by Texans QBs 3 Number of times Shane Lechler punted the ball (for a 50.3 yard average) 3 Also number of Tackles by JJ Watt, Tackles for Loss by JJ Watt and QB hits By JJ Watt 1 Number of Sacks by the Texans 6 Number of pass completions by Kaepernick , Also number of times Kaepernick was sacked (1) and hit (5), and number of tackles for loss by the Texans defense. -8 Turnover ratio for the Texans so far this season. This is worse than horrible. FYI Myers bad snap to Yates is ruled a fumble on his part. Seriously - at what point do you realize that doing the same thing over and over expecting different results quits happening? I know there are several movie examples to disprove me (Karate Kid comes to mind) This week's Venn Diagram (though not totally accurate - just go with it) via i1264.photobucket.com One Pot Recipe 4 Skinless boneless Chicken Brest halves 2 TBsp Butter 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup 1 onion diced 2 "cans" of buscuits Place chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker and just cover with water (Again you can use a covered pot on the stove, just adjust the heat accordingling) Cook 5-6 hrs on high, about 30 minutes before serving, tear up the biscuit dough from the cans into chunks and throw them into the cooker. Cook until dough is done (usually about 20-30 minutes) This makes a tasty Chicken and dumplings. I have often used other variations of chicken, if you use some that has bones, just do the same thing, but fish out the bones with a slotted spoon or something similar before adding the dough. When even bleach cannot help you... And... via i1264.photobucket.com Whatever you do - Stay safe! Week Four Thingy
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Artist: VA Title: Buenos Aires 13 (Mixed by Markus Schulz) (2013) Source: WEB Catalog #: ARDI 3407 Style: Trance, Progressive Release date: 4 October, 2013 Format: MP3, mixed Quality: 320kbps | 256 Kbps Tracks: 38 (no *.cue) | 38 + 2mix ...
Artist: VA Title: Buenos Aires 13 (Mixed by Markus Schulz) (2013) Source: WEB Catalog #: ARDI 3407 Style: Trance, Progressive Release date: 4 October, 2013 Format: MP3, mixed Quality: 320kbps | 256 Kbps Tracks: 38 (no *.cue) | 38 + 2mix Playing Time: 123 min Size: 283 Mb | 527 Mb Tracklist: 01. Marscela – Momento De Gloria (Intro) 01:46 02. Sequ3L – We Evolve (radio edit) 04:57 03. Sensetive5 – Sin City (radio edit) 02:59 04. Crystal Design – Scarface (radio edit) 03:40 05. Rodg & Ruben De Ronde – Remain Different (radio edit) 02:45 06. Tucandeo – To An End (radio edit) 03:20 07. KhoMha – Cyclone (radio edit) 03:05 08. Rex Mundi – Aureolo (radio edit) 03:41 09. Ruffault – Progressive Dreams (radio edit) 02:46 10. Grube & Hovsepian – Palermo (radio edit) 04:00 11. Danilo Ercole – Point Of View (radio edit) 03:05 12. Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Barracas (radio edit) 02:46 13. Wellenrausch & Basil O’Glue – Wickaninnish (radio edit) 04:34 14. Markus Schulz – Nothing Without Me (feat Ana Diaz – Markus Schulz Shadows Of Coldharbour radio edit) 03:51 15. MIKE – Before Dawn (radio edit) 03:00 16. RemeMber This (radio edit) 03:32 17. Mr Pit – Catch Me (radio edit) 03:31 18. Aaron Camz – Suburbia (radio edit) 03:25 19. Rex Mundi – Back Pain (radio edit) 03:04 20. Various – Buenos Aires ’13 (full continuous DJ mix Pt 1 by Markus Schulz) 1:17:57 21. Protoculture – Talisman (intro radio edit) 04:16 22. Markus Schulz & Rex Mundi – Towards The Sun (radio edit) 03:18 23. KhoMha – Dimensional (radio edit) 03:01 24. Digital X – Stratosphere (radio edit) 03:12 25. Purple Stories – Praia Da Adraga (radio edit) 03:47 26. Danilo Ercole – Freezing Rain (radio edit) 03:15 27. Fisherman & Hawkins Vs Nifra – The Battle (radio edit) 03:20 28. Elevation vs Grube & Hovsepian – Fair Winds (radio edit) 04:00 29. Vassilakis & Tarr – Galea (radio edit) 03:36 30. Grube & Hovsepian – Trickster (radio edit) 02:34 31. Basil O’Glue – Gilgamesh (radio edit) 04:02 32. Solid Stone – ScraMbled (radio edit) 04:01 33. Mardi Gras (radio edit) 03:25 34. Harry Square – Royal Flush (radio edit) 03:39 35. Digital X – Phantom (radio edit) 03:43 36. Skytech – The Other Side (radio edit) 02:59 37. Elevation – Stadium Control (radio edit) 03:01 38. Solarstone – Solarcoaster (Markus Schulz Coldharbour radio edit) 04:00 39. Marscela – Viaje Completo (Outro) 01:50 40. Various – Buenos Aires ’13 (full continuous DJ mix, Pt 2 by Markus Schulz) 1:17:57 Short preview: ( Lower quality – 64 kbps ) mp3 download links: uploaded.net Buenos Aires ’13 (Mixed by Markus Schulz) (2013)
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I reviewed Gravity last week and loved it, but of course the only thing *I* know about rockets is the red one that comes out when I jerk off my dog. It seemed pretty realistic to me, but then what the hell do I know? So I went ahead and ...
I reviewed Gravity last week and loved it, but of course the only thing *I* know about rockets is the red one that comes out when I jerk off my dog. It seemed pretty realistic to me, but then what the hell do I know? So I went ahead and asked a real-life former NASA contractor to see it and provide us all with the unique perspective of someone who knows something for a change. He said something about not technically being a “rocket scientist,” but whatever, too late to change the headline now, dickhead.Vince Mancini (aka @FilmDrunk) asked me to write a piece on the new movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I knew I was underqualified and would probably be a terrible writer even though run my own site that is terrible at ThrowTheFlagBlog.com as @NAWTADIGM, but fortunately I majored in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida and then went on to be a NASA contractor for about four years. Not many people know how NASA operates. People think they do but most people have absolutely no clue. By the way, nothing I say on here or anywhere represents the views of my past or current employers, NASA, or the United States Government. I’m going to pick apart this movie like crazy, but know that I liked it. Also, there obviously will be spoilers.I think we should start with my background. It’s always been a joke that I’ve considered myself a rocket scientist because in all reality, I’m not really one. I worked on all of the ground systems that get everything into space. I had to understand how components would work in space but I wasn’t the guy designing the engine. I was the guy at Kennedy Space Center talking to some guy in Alabama at Marshall Space Flight Center about some umbilical not matching or some interface. I was doing Systems Engineering which is usually really boring. I know enough about ground operations but in-space operations are something I’m only moderately proficient in. Feel free to make fun of me in the comments for that. Think of me as Jesse Pinkman to a Walter White in outer space with no meth production.I made my way into the local theater where some teenage girls wanted to talk the whole movie till I told them what every Masshole would. The movie opens in an alternate timeline in which the Space Shuttle Program has continued and was never retired. They even mention how they are on flight STS-157 (I believe the last Space Transportation System ended at 135) and they are on the Space Shuttle Explorer (This doesn’t exist in real life). They are working on the Hubble Telescope, which is funny because there were several missions to fix that thing that just never worked. Some technical adviser is a genius for putting that in there. Sandra Bullock (Dr. Ryan Stone) is that woman who lost her daughter and put all of her life into her work. She explains that she was trained to be an Astronaut in six months including holidays. This would be absolute BS if it wasn’t hinted that her work is putting some spy satellite technology in the Hubble which would be used for some dark purpose. Kowalski keeps asking Dr. Stone how she only managed to get through 6 months of training to come to the Hubble. He knows the explanation is definitely military and top secret but he is trying to get her to say it.George Clooney (Matt Kowalski) represents everything that is an Astronaut to me. These guys are BAD ASS. They’re crazy but not stupid. You don’t get paid much for being an Astronaut. It’s good but it’s not great. These guys were housed in the building I used to work in. One day I’d be enjoying Taco Tuesday at the cafeteria at the Space Station Processing Facility and BAM, an Astronaut would sit down with a plate of tacos too. These guys are trained to know every procedure backwards and forwards. Go watch The Right Stuff. So Clooney’s character is the type of guy who got crazy at Mardi Gras and still can run a 4.3 40 yard dash. They’re truly super human. In the beginning of the movie, he’s just float
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Upcoming New Orleans readings feature a radio star, a well-regarded Carnival authority, and a poet with best-selling prose works on his resume.
Upcoming New Orleans readings feature a radio star, a well-regarded Carnival authority, and a poet with best-selling prose works on his resume.
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The Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on October 3 and upcoming on the 10th showcase music that inspires many of the brass bands playing October 11-13 in Honk, probably the largest gathering of street brass bands in the world. This program foc...
The Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on October 3 and upcoming on the 10th showcase music that inspires many of the brass bands playing October 11-13 in Honk, probably the largest gathering of street brass bands in the world. This program focuses on early brass band music-mostly from New Orleans. The next show will feature the new brass music from New Orleans and some Balkan music, another strong influence for Honk! bands. Here's the show. Playlist The Laneville-Johnson Union Brass Band"Preaching tonight" from "Music From the South" (1955), on Folkways James Reese Europe "That's Got Em" from "That's Got Em" (1919), on Pathe Louis Armstrong "When the Saints Go Marching In" from "Jazz at Newport" (Jazz, 1919), on Wolf Louisiana Rep Orch. "Panama" from "Marching, Ragging" (Jazz, 1989) on Stomp Off Eureka Brass Band "Panama" from "Jazz At Preservation Hall" (Jazz, 1966) on Atlantic New Tuxedo BRass Band "Hymn Medley" from "Jazz Begins" (Jazz, 1959) on Atlantic Bunk Johnson "Oh Didn't He Ramble" from "Bunk's Brass Band" (Jazz, 1945) on American Music Eureka Brass Band "Just a Little While" from "Jazz At Preservation Hall" (Jazz, 1966) on Atlantic George Lewis "Fidgety Feet" from "At New Orleans" (Jazz, 1946) on Riverside Olympia Brass Band "Down By The Riverside" from "Here Come. Da.." (Jazz, 1974) on Preservation Hall George Lewis "Salutation March" from "At New Orleans" (Jazz, 1946) on Riverside Chosen Few Brass Band "Mardi Gras" from "Mardi Gras" (Single, 1985) on SYLA Olympia Brass Band "Eh la Bas" from "Jazzly Yours" (Jazz) on Maison Soul
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Tipitina’s will be the place to be for the debut of a ground-breaking collaboration. Dubbed “Parlez Vous Nah Ney,” the concert will feature a cross-pollination of musical stylings between the all-star Indian collective and the newest sen...
Tipitina’s will be the place to be for the debut of a ground-breaking collaboration. Dubbed “Parlez Vous Nah Ney,” the concert will feature a cross-pollination of musical stylings between the all-star Indian collective and the newest sensation on the south Louisiana music circuit. The evening will begin at 10 PM with a solo set by Helen Gillet. The acclaimed cellist/sound artist and founding MGIO member has been wowing audiences around the globe with her passionate intensity and inspiring performances. Sweet Crude features Sam and Jack Craft, two fixtures on the indie pop/classical music scene on violin and cello respectively, and internationally known vocalist Alexis Marceaux. The band is a seven-piece, percussion-heavy, Francophone ensemble (both of the Craft Brothers also triple on keyboards and drums.) Besides keeping dance floors shaking, the band is helping to sustain the Cajun French language of south Louisiana while staying true to their progressive musical focus. Expect Big Chief David Montana of the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra to unite with Sweet Crude during their set for the debut performance of his original song, “Parlez Vous Nah Ney.” Montana (pictured above) will also reprise “Parlez Vous Nah Ney” with the full orchestra during the closing set. The Craft Brothers join the evolving cast of the MGIO for the final set. The orchestral big band, which includes violinist/arranger Harry Hardin and cellist Helen Gillet, will feature a four-piece string section (two violins and two cellos) for the first time. Additionally, vocalist and percussionist Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes will don his accordion for instrumental versions of classics from the black Indian canon such as “New Suit” and “Big Chief.” The post The Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra and Sweet Crude team up Saturday night, 10/5 appeared first on The Vinyl District.
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To thoroughly enjoy the glory that is Top Chef New Orleans, we welcome Alison Leiby, who will be here every week to take us through the season. [Photo: Bravo] Well, it turns out that Top Chef was thankfully not affected by the shutdow...
To thoroughly enjoy the glory that is Top Chef New Orleans, we welcome Alison Leiby, who will be here every week to take us through the season. [Photo: Bravo] Well, it turns out that Top Chef was thankfully not affected by the shutdown. Government program? No. Hour long advertisement for cars and grocery stores in between Real Housewives episodes? That it may be. Whatever it is, the eleventh season has begun and is off to a sweaty running start in New Orleans. If you like shows with transition shots that are exclusively brass instruments played by old black men and alligators briefly surfacing in a swamp, you are really going to love this season. We meet the new chefs as they arrive at the house and introduce themselves. It's like the first day of summer camp or The Real World where everyone is trying to learn about their newfound roommates and evaluate who they'll try to hook up with. Speaking of wanting to hook up, one of the first introductions we get is to Jason Cichonski. Jason looks like every lacrosse player that rejected me in high school and he humbly admits that he was voted "Philly's Sexiest Chef" in a voiceover during a photo montage of him shirtless. Jason spots his friend Nicholas Elmi at the house and the two bro-hug (that's when dudes are happy to see each other, lean in and slightly bump chests, then pat each other on the back hard enough to say, "I'm happy to see you, but not aroused or anything," before quickly backing away to a safe distance and confidently nodding at one another). Next we meet Janine Booth from Perth, Australia. She is a hot blonde who describes herself as, "not so ugly," which is kind of like saying I was, "not so sober" at my ex-boyfriend's wedding last summer. Also competing is Stephanie Cmar who did not make it to compete in Top Chef Seattle and obviously has something to prove. As everyone is relaxing in their luxurious, Bravo-funded Louisiana mansion, in walk judges Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi. Janine gasps and says that seeing them in the room makes her want to cry and pee, which is exactly how my roommate's dog reacts when I enter a room. Several chefs acknowledge that "Things just got real." Stephanie says, "Things just got really really really real," which is probably the most real something could get on a network that uses "real" in the title of shows where the stars probably couldn't even define that word if they were holding a dictionary. Okay, now I have typed "real" so many times in this paragraph that it no longer sounds like an actual word to me, and also, am I having a stroke? Tom and Padma inform the chefs that there will be no Quickfire Challenge and they are moving right into the Elimination Challenge. I repeat: NO QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE. THERE ARE NO RULES. Okay, there are lots of rules, and most of them are actually the same as before, they're just cutting out a step along the way. The challenge is to cook a dish highlighting a local delicacy for a swamp soiree. Tom and Padma start tossing out strands of Mardi Gras beads which makes no sense because not one person flashed a boob, so I think someone needs to tell them that just because they're changing the rules of their show does not mean they can change the rules of Mardi Gras. The beads tell the chefs whether they will be cooking with alligator or turtle, which are not only New Orleans delicacies, but also two of the animals I remember reading about in Ranger Rick magazine as a kid at the doctor's office. They are both cold-blooded. Nostalgia! Two of the chefs this season are from New Orleans and competed in a Bravo.com series called Padma's Picks. These two, Michael Sichel and Justin Devillier, have immunity this challenge because they "cooked to get on the show," though technically, everyone cooked to get on the show, they are just the only two who helped Bravo make more advertising money through online video. Michael is happy to be cooking on his home turf and says he
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The chefs aren?t forced to cook their way into the competition in Season 11. In fact, there?s not a lot of lead-in for the competition, as the chefs aren?t even given a quickfire challenge this week. Instead, they are tossed mardi gras b...
The chefs aren?t forced to cook their way into the competition in Season 11. In fact, there?s not a lot of lead-in for the competition, as the chefs aren?t even given a quickfire challenge this week. Instead, they are tossed mardi gras beads with a protein on them and asked to head straight to the elimination challenge where they will cook dishes with either turtle, alligator, or frog legs in the swamp. Click To Continue Reading
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Everything — including reality television — is better when you have a little skin in the game, so here’s a guide to which chef-testants you’ll want to draft for your fantasy-sports-style pool. Spoilers! ...
Everything — including reality television — is better when you have a little skin in the game, so here’s a guide to which chef-testants you’ll want to draft for your fantasy-sports-style pool. Spoilers! David Moir/Bravo Justin Stephens/Bravo The latest season of Bravo's Top Chef kicked off Wednesday with Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Co. taking the cooking competition to New Orleans. If the premiere is any indication, there will be Big Easy-gimmicks galore: Emeril Lagasse bearing beignets? Check. Mardi Gras beads? Check. Scenes from a swamp? Alligators? Check and check. In fact, the first challenge involves the contestants cooking alligator — or turtle or frog — in a swamp and being awarded Mardi Gras beads!The biggest surprise in Episode 1? These folks have known they are doing a cooking show in New Orleans and didn't practice cooking alligator, turtle, or frog before they went. But now that you've seen the first episode, who should you bet on to win that $125,000 grand prize furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine Magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the title, Top Chef? Here's a guide to the real Hunger Games: View Entire List ›
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Photo by Marisha Camp “Ach Sameach,” Chaim Rosenfelt said, writing the expression for me in Hebrew as he sipped clear liquor from a water bottle. “It’s one of the Mitzvahs for the holiday. Ach Sameach—O...
Photo by Marisha Camp “Ach Sameach,” Chaim Rosenfelt said, writing the expression for me in Hebrew as he sipped clear liquor from a water bottle. “It’s one of the Mitzvahs for the holiday. Ach Sameach—Only Happy!” It was 4 AM on Monday, September 23rd. I was in the Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn's Crown Heights nieghborhood. Around us other young teens were drinking and flirting in small groups, hundreds of men of all ages danced in ecstatic circles, trucks dolled out Kosher ice cream, and the streets were lined with hundreds of wooden shacks that hid groups of more men singing, drinking, and telling stories. Chaim continued, “Should we pretend to be happy even though we’re sad? Or should we do what we otherwise shouldn’t to be happy? It’s unclear, but I will do anything in my power to be happy for the holiday.” Grinning, he added, “Only legal stuff, of course!” To less-Orthodox Jews and gentiles alike, the Hasidic lifestyle seems grim and austere. We imagine their days as gauntlets of prayer and synagogue visits, massive families in minivans, and a patriarchal rejection of modern life. Wild dancing in the streets until sunrise, cruising, and public intoxication are unusual associations, but for the first week of fall these are not uncommon sights in Crown Heights. Capping off Judaism's High Holy Days at the beginning of fall, the harvest festival Sukkot is meant to remind Jews of their nomadic and agrarian past. Throughout the world Jews build wooden shacks with their neighbors. They eat all their meals inside for that week, and attempt to live the idealized social practices less possible year-round. Within this holiday is Chol HaMoed, a six-day reprieve from the rigors of typical holiday restrictions. And within those days is Simchat Beit Hashoeiva, a resurrection of ancient Jerusalem’s water-bringing ceremony. When King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem still stood, Jews from around the region would bring their harvest to Jerusalem for a torch-lit and wine-soaked communal feast that Greek King Antiochus IV considered a parallel to Bacchanalian orgies. In recent centuries the festival has been celebrated by Hasidic sects worldwide, but only by men and only in the synagogue. In the last two decades Crown Heights’s broader Jewish population has become renown for breaking the trend and bringing the party to the streets. Photo by Gedalyal Gottdenger The festival is funded and organized by the Hasidic sect Chabad, the world’s largest Jewish organization. An outgoing bunch, these are the guys who may have asked you if you’re Jewish, and if you said yes, may have wrapped a strap around your arm and put a box on your head—or just given you a Menorah. Unlike more conservative Hasidic sects, Chabad has a come-as-you-are attitude, believing that reawakening the souls of secular Jews will bring the Messiah sooner. At midnight on Monday their huge synagogue on 770 Eastern Parkway (just 770 to locals) was filled with men praying, studying texts, and gathering around a television screen in the lobby to watch speeches by the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, thought by some to be the Messiah. A few blocks from 770 was the block-long stage and dancing area for men. Women had a section on the sidewalk, but traditionally no dancing occurs there. Outside the cordon was a small clearing that my Hasidic friend Gedalya Gottdenger called the “singles area.” It was a scene out of a lowly fraternity’s mixer: drunk young boys milled about trying to attract the attention of the few girls their age in the periphery. The most ardent few might get lucky, Gedalya told me, but the vast majority, usually separated from the opposite sex during school and at synagogue, had no game and spent their night wandering in small packs, weaving around other groups of “J
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