Friday, November 27, 2009

Video Phone

The first time I heard this song I was not feeling it. At all.

But now I'm obsessed with it.



Beyonce is just ridiculous in this video and I'm really feeling her Bettie Page look in the video (makes me want to bust out the winged eye liner).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Tumblr

Just a roundup of things I've recently hearted on Tumblr.





I do not take credit for any of these graphics or photos unless otherwise noted.

Monday, November 23, 2009

"If it made you uncomfortable then maybe I'm not for you."

I think it's interesting that Adam Lambert's American Music Awards performance was edited for the west coast feed of the show and I thought his thoughts on the subject were pretty poignant.

Performance:



Comments:



Lambert does have a point when it comes to the double standard. I also really love his statement, "If it made you uncomfortable then maybe I'm not for you," because it lends an authenticity to him as a performer that not a lot of people have. (Not that I'm the authority on who is or isn't authentic obviously.)

Either way, not sure if I'm loving the song but I am definitely loving the perspective.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gift Ideas

Tis the season for random gift ideas to be sprinkled across the internet for those who have a hard time deciding what to get people for Christmas.

(I got to admit I’ve never had that problem. Gift buying is super easy for me. My biggest problem has always been low fundage, but beyond that I’m golden.)

With that in mind, I decided to post some gift ideas that I think are pretty awesome. You won't see any cashmere scarves on these lists - but who honestly wouldn't want a model of the anatomy of a pig?

Left to Right:Pizza Boss ($14.99), Herb growing taterpots ($11.99), Grenade Screwdriver Kit ($8.00), Bone Chiller ($5.99), 3D Swine Anatomy Model ($38), Mp3 retro guitar-amp ($17.99), Bungee Bird Feeder (£7.50), Wall and Piece ($24.99)


Left to Right: Labratory Flower Vases ($14), The Better to Bond You With ($15.99), Polaroid notes ($14.95), Dog Coasters ($21.95), DigiDude tripod ($24.99), Punk Suspenders ($12.50), Holga ($75), Red Alert Robot Alarm Clock ($52.99)



Left to right: Incredible 3D Doodle Kit ($8), Magic Garden ($10), Space Food Sampler ($19.99), Hanging Harry Light Pull (£7.50), Undercover Camera ($34.99), ABC 3D Pop Up Book ($14.99), Inflatable Fruit Cake ($7.99), Murder Ink Sticky Notepad & Pen ($7.99), Holy Toast Bread Stamp ($3.99), Kawaii Bacon Air Freshener ($2.99), Circuit boards business card case ($19.99)

As you can see most of these gifts are small and inexpensive. I did that on purpose since it seems it's the office/book club secret Santa gifts with a price limit are always the most difficult to shop for.

And let's be honest with one another, this is all mostly just stuff I'd like to own myself and a nice way to pass some time on a sleepless night.

You’re welcome.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Esperanza Spalding

Ever since I heard Esperanza Spalding's performance at the White House I've been completely smitten.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kevin's Spicy Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp

Last night I made "Kevin's Spicy Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp" and it was super tasty. Yes, there are a lot of ingredients but I had almost all of them on hand and many are used twice so it’s not as daunting as it seems.


Upfront I want to say that I made a few changes. First, I used chicken breasts instead of thighs cause I’m a white meat kind of gal. Also, mirin is a type of sweet Japanese wine. Supposedly you can find it in wine shops and sometimes at the grocery store if you’re lucky enough not to live Utah. Unfortunately for me, Utah doesn’t sell wine in the grocery store and I wasn’t gonna go on the hunt for 3 Tbs of some special wine. So I used Sherry instead and added a teaspoon of sugar. It tasted great so don’t stress about it. And one last thing, the author (Kevin I’m guessing) comments at the end that cornstarch can be used instead of tapioca starch and that’s exactly what I did and it didn’t change the flavor for me at all.

Oh and next time I plan on halving the sauce since I had TONS left over. It has an amazing flavor, but it is also really flavorful so there is no need for so much of it. I have a whole bowl full of left over sauce sitting in my fridge as I type this (but I definitely plan on using it).

Spicy Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp
Serves 4-6 people (and makes excellent bento box lunches)

Ingredients:

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (~3/4lb.)
20 medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (~3/4lb.)
1.5 Tbsp olive oil
Steamed rice
Your favorite vegetable

Marinade:
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp ground ginger
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 a fresh minced chile pepper (I used a jalapeno)
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
squeeze of lemon juice

Sauce:
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 cups water
1 tsp ground ginger
5 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 a fresh minced chile pepper (the other half)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
7 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp white pepper
3 Tbsp mirin
2 Tbsp tapioca starch*
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 tsp fresh orange zest

Directions:

Begin by mixing the marinade ingredients in a small pourable vessel. Pour half of marinade over chicken and half over shrimp, each in their own small bowl. Stir to mix evenly, and let sit.

Prepare the sauce by putting all ingredients but the starch, cold water and orange zest into a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Mix a slurry of tapioca starch and cold water. While stirring, stir small portions of slurry into the sauce, until sauce reaches desired thickness. (I usually use about 4tsp worth of starch). Bring off heat, and as sauce cools, stir in orange zest.

The marinating of the meats can easily be done the night before, and the sauce can be made well in advance. If you're a multitasker, the sauce can also be made fresh while cooking the meats.

To cook the meats, heat 1.5 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan and cook until no longer pink and juices begin to boil off. Remove chicken from pan into serving dish, and add shrimp to hot pan, cooking until fully pink. Serve chicken and shrimp over steamed rice with whatever vegetable suits you. I usually use steamed green beans. Pour sauce over meat once added to rice and garnish with sliced scallions or sesame seeds if you wish.

*You can use cornstarch as a substitute if you cannot find tapioca starch. However, tapioca provides a smoother, silkier texture than cornstarch, is freezer stable, and adds less of a flavor to the finished sauce. It can usually be found in even the most basic asian grocery store.

-You can see the original recipe here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Tumblr

Just a roundup of things I've recently hearted on Tumblr.




I do not take credit for any of these graphics or photos unless otherwise noted.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Amazon's Best Books of 2009

School has been a major time sucker lately. Though I'm sad that the semester is almost over, at the same time I can't wait to have some more free time to feed my book habit.

Even more tempting, amazon recently announced their Best Books of 2009 list and I haven't read any of the 10 books that made the fantasy/SF category (and I've only read one in the teen category).

How disappointing is that?

You can see the fantasy/SF list here, but out of the ten I am most interested in these six:

1. Palimpsest 2. The Red Tree 3. The Other Lands (Acacia, #2)
4. Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel 5. The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart 6. Boneshaker

Amazon's top pick is Catherynne Valente's "richly imagined dreamscape" Palimpsest. I hadn't even heard of it, but I will definitely check it out.

I've also been dying to get my hands on these three books:

1. Push 2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 3. Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles

My "to read" list seems to get bigger and bigger no matter how many books I read. And I have to say I love it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bad Romance

I'm a little bit obsessed with Lady Gaga's new song "Bad Romance:"


I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it's free
...
I want your psycho
Your vertigo stick
Want you in my rear window
Baby your sick

I'm not even that big of a Lady Gaga fan (which I've always thought was weird since she pretty much embodies everything I like in the world). Hearing her sing "Poker Face" acoustic did a lot for changing my indifference towards her and this song just might have sealed my fate.

It's weird, I used to hate pop music. HATE it. Either my taste in music has completely changed or pop music is just bangin nowadays. (I also have this song stuck in my head by Lady Gaga.)

And I'd really love it if gold chin plates came in style. Seriously, that would be awesomely ridiculous.

Female Chauvinist Pigs

I just finished a really interesting book called Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy. Instead of writing a post as usual, I decided to do a video instead (even though I alsways sound slightly retarded in my videos).

This book is especially great because it brings up issues that I think a lot of women think about. Where do we draw the line between sexual expression and fitting into the stereotypical idea of the female sexual expression that was created by men? It’s a difficult question to answer but I think Levy raises the dialog to a new level.



I had to cut out seven minutes of the video because I started rambling, but you can read a great critique of the book and a more in depth conversation about some of the ideas Levy brings up here.

Part of what I had to cut out though, was the quote:
A tawdry, tarty, cartoonlike version of female sexuality has become so ubiquitous, it no longer seems particular. What was once regarded as a kind of sexual expression we now view as sexuality.

I really think this is one of the strongest points Levy makes in the book (as well as “raunchy doesn’t equal liberated”) so I wanted to mention it. Her chapter "Pigs in Training" is also really illuminating.

So check it out.

Edit: I re-uploaded the video and it's loads better.

Rodarte for Target

There are so many reasons to look forward to December, but I have to say I'm most excited for the Rodarte GO International collection at Target. It arrives in stores and online on December 20th and I can guarantee you I'll be checking it out.

Here are some pics I found at Musings of a Fatshionista:




(images from nitrolicious and fashion indie)


Bonnie and Clyde, Rosemary's Baby, and Harold and Maude are their inspirations? Seriously, if you threw something sparkly in there, like Velvet Goldmine, I think I'd lose my shit. (I've wanted a yellow umbrella since I saw Harold and Maude too. Maybe I'll find one this year.)

I think my brain almost exploded when I saw that sequined skeletal dress.

According to a Target spokesperson, the new collection will be “very feminine, yet very modern. The collection incorporates a rich mix of patterns and fabrications and everything from sequins and bows to faux fur. The key with Rodarte is layering.”

Sequins, bows, and skulls? That's what the inside of my head looks like. I can't wait.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lollipop Pendant

I've started playing around with clay and the first thing I tried to make was a Lollipop Pendant:

excuse my crapy web cam pics

It was crazy easy and I think it turned out pretty cute. The hardest part of this whole thing is kneading the clay and it'd be a nice project to do with children.

If you're interested you can find step by step pictures and directions here.

Tuesday Tumblr

Just a roundup of things I've recently hearted on Tumblr.





I do not take credit for any of these graphics or photos unless otherwise noted.