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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Dave!Sniff. I don't really celebrate my birthday anymore, but I'm sitting here burning a candle that smells like birthday cake, so I guess that's something. I haven't kept up with the "candle renaissance" that's going on right now, but it's freaky the dozens of flavors they've got for candles now-a-days. Birthday Cake was strange enough, but Pineapple & Pomegranate? Mojito? Lemongrass?!? The flavors I want are Pizza, Beer & Pretzels, and New Macintosh.

Crushed. Well, the Huskeys couldn't really pull it together, leaving Louisville (at the top of their game) to blow by with a 14-point win. It's kind of a sad day for Washington State, but the Dawgs had a great season, so there's really no reason to whine about it.

Order. One of my all-time favorite music groups, New Order, is releasing a new album Monday! It's called Waiting for the Siren's Call and they have a limited-time free preview where you can listen to every song in its entirety. Very sweet. Since Apple has most of New Order's stuff on the iTunes Music Store, I am hopeful it shows up on "New Music Tuesdays" on the 29th.

Pie! My favorite pie is my grandmother's apple pie, which is unearthly good. Next on the list would have to be Key Lime pie, which I am rarely able to get around here (heck, authentic Key Lime pie made with real Key Limes is hard to find even in Key West!). I've tried making it once before, but it ended up being a difficult, sloppy mess that tasted like ass. Now I have a no-cook solution that tastes pretty darn spiffy and is rediculously easy to make. I'm going to record it here in case I ever lose the recipe card...

Fast & Easy Fake Key Lime Pie.
Dump two 8-oz. packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, a cup of sugar, and the juice from 6-7 limes (with just a bit of the pulp) into the scary Cuisinart machine along with 2 drops of green food coloring and 2 drops of yellow food coloring. Pulse until blended, then run full-out until smooth and green-like. Now add an 8-oz. tub of Cool Whip topping and pulse gently until it's all mixed in... do not over-blend. Slop everything into a pre-made graham cracker crust, then refrigerate a few hours until firm. Eat delicious green pie until you puke. Mmmmm... pie.

Release. March 24th seems to be a popular day to release a new product. MacOS X was released on this day in 2001. Four years later, Sony has chosen this date for the American release of PlayStation Portable. Unlike the Nintendo GameBoy DS which looks like a clunky toy, the PSP is serious. A big, beautiful screen that not-only plays kick-ass games, but audio and video as well. Since Steve Jobs continues to be astoundingly short-sighted about releasing a video iPod, perhaps this is the answer for me? I wonder how much trouble it is to re-encode downloaded TV shows for PSP playback? I want one.

Tru. Fox has dumped the boringly awful Point Pleasant and is replacing it with the second season of Tru Calling, starring the delicious Eliza Dushku! I really enjoyed this show, especially when they introduced the "anti-Tru" (played by Jason Priestly) late in the season. Unfortunately, the second season was short-ordered, but it's better than nothing... and at least now we're finally going to get to see it.

Mars. I've been going insane while Veronica Mars has been on TV hiatus, but the up-side is that I've been slowly working my way through all the previous episodes. I am now seriously starting to wonder if Duncan is responsible for both raping Veronica (his then ex-girlfriend and now potential half-sister!) and killing Lilly (his sister and Veronica's best friend). It's an odd theory, all things considered, but I wonder...

Movie Quotable of the Day: "It was something your wife said while we were in bed together. She said we had the same build... from the waist up, I'd imagine."
Yesterday's Answer: Se7en (1995) with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt.

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Comments

  1. Dennis says:

    Here’s a link for encoding movies for the PSP. And yes, with a Mac. Pretty handy, aren’t I?

    http://homepage.mac.com/major4/psp.html

  2. Inigo says:

    From one Veronica Mars fan to another, you might be interested in the next phase of the plan to save the show from those who created the $2 bill. This is one of the notices we sent out on launching it last week:

    “You know “Veronica Mars” is the best thing on TV, right? Do your friends know? Does your family? Are you struggling to find a way to describe the show that doesn’t sound a) cheesy, b) too teenagery or c) just like Buffy or Nancy Drew? Have you managed to persuade them to watch only to have them go ‘Huh?’ because they’ve missed the last [insert number] episodes and the show’s intricately woven mysteries and multi-layered characters are too perplexing?

    Well we were in the same boat and did something about it. Welcome to Mars Investigations.net, a beginner’s guide to “Veronica Mars”. We have as much or as little as the newbie needs to catch up. Want a detailed episode description? You got it. Need to get a character sketch? It’s there. Want to know who killed Lilly Kane? So do we all, but how about a summary of the investigation to date or a list of all the clues, episode by episode? Come and spend five minutes or five hours and you’ll be as sharp as Veronica with what’s going on.

    Between us, we will show the clueless what they’re missing. They will thank us. There will be chocolate.”

    Given your love of the show, I thought you would be interested to see it.

    Link: http://www.marsinvestigations.net

  3. MRKisThatKid says:

    Woohoo At last something we have in common, J’Adore New Order (and joy division for that matter).
    My fave LP is Technique, yours?

    Their new lp is far from their best but its growing on me more and more. There are some fantastic instantly-recognisable new order styleee bass lines on it. :-)

    I’ve started downloading veronica mars simply from your recommendations (I don’t think it’s shown in the UK even in the darkest recesses of cable), seriously you mention it so often that it was inevitable that i’d eventually cave in. Hated the first 2 episodes, just way too cartoony for my taste, but i persevered and watched episode 3 today and it kinda clicked, really enjoyed it.

  4. Dave2 says:

    Handy indeed! I should start asking more questions on my blog. :-)

    “Technique” is fantastic, no doubt, but I’m going to speak blasphemy here and say that “Republic” is my favorite New Order effort. I had been a HUGE Joy Division and New Order fan for a long time, but somehow forgot about them over the years. Then “Republic” hit and I remembered how much I loved their music, and have been a mega-fan (again) ever since. I agree that “Republic” does not contain their best work, but it got me back into the band again, and I love it for that.

    Did you ever get into the Bernard Sumner/Johnny Marr group Electronic? Fantastic blending of New Order and The Smiths.

    I loved the earlier episodes of “Veronica Mars,” but have to say that the show only gets better with each new episode. The best is yet to come!

  5. I am always thrilled when I meet other keylime people. I have a second cousin who makes real keylime pie and she got me addicted. I have found one restauraunt about 20-30 minutes from here that regularly has good keylime pie on Friday nights. It is so good.

    When it first arrives at the table, I close my eyes and smell it – my tongue starts to water as I think about how tangy and delicious it will be. Once the waiter caught me ogling the slice of pie and thought I was questioning the veracity of his delicacy because it was not green. I was then assured that the key lime pie contained real key limes. Squee.

    I can then spend up to twenty minutes enjoying one slice of pie. Carefully, slowly – it is not something I would do in male company, let’s put it that way.

    Final note: do not get key lime pie from California Pizza Kitchen. You will not be pleased.
    Also: I will very much be investigating your recipe.

  6. Inigo says:

    MARKisThatKid – I am also a Brit hooked on Mars. Who do we have to bribe to get it on our television sets I wonder?

  7. MRKisThatKid says:

    Ah yes i love electronic too, especially the song ‘getting away with it’ which i keep coming back to and it always sounds as good as it did the first time i heard it. Thinking about it, i’d rather like electronic to get back together as i prefer “Twistered Tenderness” to the 2 new order LP’s that have come since.

    Republic did get a lot of bad reviews when it was released but hey it’s still a great LP :-) The song ‘Regret’.. wow!

  8. mairim says:

    MRKisthatkid, can you tell me where/how i can download VM episodes? I don’t have cable and even on cable they are 6 episodes behind the US.Thanx!

  9. Dave2 says:

    Until last week, you could go here: http://www.btefnet.net/

    But the MIAA shut BTE down, so I have no idea where you can go to get them now. :-(

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