Quick Fork 6: Booze in your tort

I just realized I hadn't linked to our latest episode of Fork You here on Blankbaby! Watch as Marisa makes a chocolate flourless tort (and I even get to eat a crumb!).

We also are in the midst of reworking the Fork You website, so check it out and let us know what you think.

Plus, if you have any questions you would like answered on Fork You (about food, the show, or the hosts) just send it to us via the 'Ask Fork You' feature on the blog.

Quick Fork 4: You don't knead it, you want it

I completely forgot to blog about our 4th Quick Fork. This marks the 8 episode of Fork You all told, and we are just getting started folks.

I embedded the episode above in case you want to watch it here, but if you head over to Fork You you can download the QuickTime version (if that floats your boat).

Fork You is alive!

This is a long time coming, but Fork You is alive! What the heck is Fork You? Why, it is a cooking video podcast that I am doing with Marisa, Thad, and Angie. The first episode is up, and I want you all to watch it. The audio needs some work (and it'll be better in the second episode, which we have already shot).

Let us know what you think in the comments.

The 300 trailer

I like going to movies. It seems a little quant in this day and age to trek to a building that only does one thing (shows movies), but until I have a gigantic screen in my apartment, trek I shall.

Check out the trailer for 300 (I recommend looking at the HD version, if you can) based on one of Frank Miller's graphic novels. It looks pretty damned amazing. Oh, I'll be seeing this one, and it looks like I'm not the only Philly blogger excited about it.

The Caine Mutiny keeps me in

Caine MutinyI was just about to go read for a few hours in Rittenhouse Square but that doesn't look like it'll be happening. Why not?

Well, I sat down for a second to make sure that I was recording Big Brother (I planned to be in the Square for the beginning of the show). I turned on the TV and what did I see before me? Why, The Caine Mutiny.

So, I am eschewing the outdoors for a classic movie. That's not so bad, is it?


FocusMatic.jpgAlrighty all, for many reasons I find myself in the market for a camcorder of some kind. I would like the following (though I am willing to compromise):

  • Record to a hard drive or SD card (tapes are for suckers)
  • Ports to hook up an external mic (on board mics are for suckers)
  • HD (normal D is for suckers)
  • Firewire, aka iLink (USB2 is for suckers)
  • Not too expensive (paying retail is for suckers)

Now, I know that the HD thing really throws a kink into the whole equation, so I am willing to forgo that. The camera MUST work with a Mac though (PC's are for suckers).

Anyone have any ideas or websites I should check out? I really know next to nothing about camcorders.

Oh, and I would really like it to have focus-matic like the camera pictured above.

James Bond

I'm watching A View to a Kill, the James Bond movie staring Roger Moore and Christopher Walken (plus it features a catchy song by Duran Duran). This movie has made me ponder why I like James Bond movies so much, so I think the answer is clear. He is everything I am not, and he get to play with super cool gadgets!

Let me explain, James Bond always says the right thing at the right time, something which I am not known for. He is a man of action, whereas inaction is my specialty. Ladies fall for Mr. Bond's charm with alarming readiness, and the ladies and I have an agreement; I don't bother them and they ignore me.

To top it all off, Bond has Q to outfit him with gadgets galore and he gets to wear a tux fairly often.

What more can you want?

Of course, I know that in our day and age the James Bond character is somewhat out of date (hence the success of Austin Powers, which I also like), but there is still something appealing about Bond, James Bond. Exotic women, exotic locales, and cool crap. Ahh, that's the life.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

spongebob.jpgIs it wrong that I, a 'grown' 'man,' want to see The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie? I have enjoyed the television show every time I have seen it, and the movie is getting good reviews.

From the NY Times:

In the wake of the recent election, there's been some talk of healing, but until today no single figure has emerged with the capacity to repair the deep fissures in the body politic. We are so hung up on blue states and red states that our only hope may lie in the primary color that has been left off the map. We need something -- or someone -- yellow, and also absorbent and porous enough to soak up the ill will and scrub away the lingering bad feelings.

Now more than ever, the country needs SpongeBob SquarePants, and starting today, in theaters everywhere, he answers the call, with a big-screen rendition of the nautical nonsense that has been delighting Nickelodeon viewers -- including a great many grown-ups without the alibi of children -- for the past five years.

If SpongeBob's nautical nonsense, the brainchild of Stephen Hillenburg, is generally not something you wish, then you may find the 88 minutes of ''The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie'' unbearable in their aggressive, puerile whimsy. True aficionados, on the other hand, will leave wanting more.

Sounds good to me. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 68% which characterizes it as 'fresh.'

And the soundtrack (opens in iTunes) looks like it is a lot of fun as well.

J Who?

Normally, I wouldn't link to something like this, but I thought my title was so clever I had to use it.

After 'Gigli,' Less of J. Lo Is Seen as a Good Thing

When news reports in recent months revealed that Ms. Lopez's character dies early in "Jersey Girl," publicity executives at Miramax were displeased. But in the last few weeks, they have begun quietly highlighting the fact that Ms. Lopez barely appears in the movie.