proggrrl: (Coffee happy to serve ya)
I decided to test out my lovely little brand new Flip Mino vidcam by taping the assembly of my favorite fruit crumble recipe from 101 Cookbooks.   In this version I'm using nectarines/raspberries instead of peaches/plums; also substituting agave syrup for the sugar in the filling, and olive oil for the melted butter in the topping.

While I was at it, I also tried out the fun new YouTube feature for video voila: here's the annotated version...

And here's the non-annotated version (apparently you can't embed it):

(Note this video is silent too...)

This recipe works with just about any fruit you prefer to bake this's almost vegan, except for the yogurt.  Bon appetit!
proggrrl: (LOST - Ben..."SO?")

This is huge if you care about wild fish populations worldwide.

I'm going to tell my local fish sellers about this.  You should too if you eat lots of fish.
proggrrl: (Iron Man-next time babee)
TCM's Sydney Pollack retrospective on June 2

Ausiello leaving TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly

The Cylons will fail because they run Windows

Interested in DOLLHOUSE arg madness? More here.

Interactive Map shows what's in season at the grocery store in every US state

For the fellow post-it maniacs out there: SHEER POST-ITS for borrowed materials

And this, which is massively great (even though it's for the Cylon mainframe Windows):

Meanwhile, it's pimp time for you BSG fans: have you voted in the poll? Are you readying any questions for my fanterview with BSG writer Mike Taylor?
proggrrl: (Clockwork - top o' the mornin' ta ya)
What the!?!  It's like someone turned on the Muggy-Crappy-Summer-In-New-York switch today...

Hope you all had a great weekend...I did lots of full on chillaxing, hanging out in Brooklyn eating at amazing restaurants and seeing bizarrely cool Steampunkery in action, going to the very enjoyable kinda-new Brooklyn Flea, and making "urban hikes" all over the place during perfect weather.  I avoided INDY (cuz, blech)...and didn't get to THE FALL quite yet.

Also, I had way, way too much fun helping everyone on Whedonesque get hooked on transmedia for new Fox shows.  F.T.W. !!!!   I highly recommend reading that thread all the way through if you're interested in the FRINGE and DOLLHOUSE transmedia - it's all Fox approved and the thread has become bloated with excellent research and links.  *glee*

Btw you may have heard that the great Sidney Pollack has passed away after fighting serious illness for some time now.  The guy is cinema royalty, go over here for a few samples of his whole scene.  He directed THE WAY WE WERE, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, TOOTSIE, and OUT OF AFRICA, and produced a zillion more things, just for starters.  I had just seen him this weekend in the terrific documentary STANLEY KUBRICK: A LIFE IN PICTURES, which I highly recommend to any cinephile out there or anyone considering dipping their toes into Kubrick's films.  Pollack has some great interview bits near the end when they are discussing EYES WIDE SHUT.  RIP, sir.
proggrrl: (Torchwood - something blue)
I too support The Politics of Optimism.

Jones Soda is planning a series of new bottle labels featuring LOLcat macro art.  Finally.

The first ep of S2 of THE TUDORS is up on Showtime’s website if you just cannot wait.  But apparently that’s an edited version.  Meanwhile, Salon calls the show “beautifully costumed soft porn.”  Yeah? And your problem with that is?

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is starting next week (yay), IN TREATMENT is ending this Friday (boo)…and soon after that my DVR will be overflowing with all the shows coming back from strike-hiatus.  Whoa!

New music is out from The Raconteurs, and me likey.  First video here.

Also, a nifty new Spoon video here.

Think about cutting meat out of your diet now and then – it’s The Green Thing To Do.

A list of Judd Apatow’s favorite films.  All worth seeing.

Joss-related-news: no surprise to see a DOCTOR HORRIBLE fansite pop up…but check out this great video they have of NPH & Jason Segel singing.  Very promising for Joss’s little webshow.

Promo ad for Showtime’s new import, THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL.  Hmmm.

Ian McKellan uses the words “the fevered imagination of slashers” in a sentence.  *glee*

Thanks to BoingBoing, the source of this skullphone art, which I used to see EVERYWHERE on the streets of LA, has been revealed.  And why am I not surprised: there’s merch!

I first heard of this on Bill Maher’s show last Friday: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is hoping to get a bill through the house to decriminalize personal pot use in small amounts.  Well.  Good luck with that.  *inhales*

The I <3 TORCHWOOD Department:  Still squeeing over the last 3 eps.  I've seen everything up to the wedding.  Fun stuff!  We Jack/Gwen fans have a lot to love right now – “unstated” or not, it’s CANON bitches.  Terrific eps recently; the show is really proving itself as an adult-themed merger of BUFFY and THE X FILES.  I just caught up with Pop Candy’s podcast interview with Eve “Gwen” Miles, what a sweet lady.   Plus…Marsters returns!  Love!  Currently I am ignoring rumors/spoilers about the show that are swirling around.  But seems to be hunting them all down, stringing them up, and stuffing them for our amusement, if any of you are looking.  Meanwhile: photos from John Barrowman’s wedding (erm, civil partnership) last year.  Awww.

Zikes, what I wouldn't do to get one of these framed BSG ads that a bunch of (mostly unappreciative) journalists received recently.  Sigh. might say that this vinyl ad banner I JUST WON ON EBAY, might be a tad better, y/y?  :D

Hilarious 1995 Newsweek piece about how the internet will never amount to much.  [hat tip to MCN]

So do any of you have an opinion about the web series SANCTUARY?  Would I like it?  I'm a BSG & FARSCAPE fan, but cannot get into the STARGATE shows.  Yet I am intrigued by the concept that Tapping's character is 157 years old.  Sounds like a merger of ANGEL and THE X FILES.  ;)
proggrrl: (Bowie told me to do it...)
Has anyone out there gone to see this new exhibit at MoMa, “Design and the Elastic Mind?  I first heard about it here, and the Times recently had more info.  Sounds trippy.  Also looking forward to the Whitney Biennial, which opens this week...and apparently the crazed poppiness of Takashi Murakami is coming to the Brooklyn Museum next month.  Sweet!  He's my favorite superfreak, and that'll give me an excuse to go check out this cupcake shop I've been hearing about called Baked (which is in Red Hook and therefore a pain to get to unless you use the water taxi). 

Also on the food tip...I finally ate at Elephant and Castle, and it was great.  Terrific brunch spot in the Village, and they have lots of vegetarian options, as well as two nifty beverages: a "Champagne Carlton," which is champagne with raspberry syrup and raspberries; and a "Spanish Latte," done with consensed sweet milk.  Yumma.  Another great brunch spot I recently found is Belcourt, in the East Village, really delish.  And don’t forget you can never go wrong at Rice, a favorite of mine for about 5 years – note their Nolita location has moved from Mott Street to Elizabeth, into a bigger space.

I'm always seeking more good NYC eats, if any of you want to throw something out in the comments.
This post is so random that I could barely think of a title. I'm sitting here at the office, chillaxing after the movie I worked on for so many months, so long and so hard, swept the Oscars in all the top categories. *pats self on back* In a year of fantastic, intense movies by most of the filmmakers I have obsessively tracked my entire adult life (Cronenberg; Burton; Lynch; Coens; Anderson), it was a joy to work on this one.

OK, let's linkspammit people!

Jezebel: "Uh, thanks for RUINING our orgasms, mens magazine!"  I suppose I’m supposed to think this is sad? I just laugh uncontrollably every time I reread this and look at that (what? 100 YEAR OLD?) advertisement clipping at the top. Heh.

Awesome Nathan Fillion/Nicholas Brandon Whedonverse Con panel vids. LOL. Several parts if you have the stomach. Such charming and bizarre boys.

You recall those Paley Center panels that are starting next month with the casts of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, MAD MEN, CHUCK, PUSHING DAISIES, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, and that pesky little BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reunion? Well how cool is this: you can submit questions for the panels to the Paley Center mods. Open until Monday March 10th. FTW. [via [profile] paleyfest08  ]

Both sad, and hilarious: Spike Jonze's new film version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is apparently making children cry in fear at early test screenings. I still cannot wait to see it.

A food comm I read, [profile] about_food  , has posted all the concepts Michael Pollan lays out in his latest book, IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, right here. Please read them and do as many as you can – it’s GOOD FOR YOU! Also that’s a very cool comm if you’re interested in slow food, local food, etc.

OMG, look at this crazy adzuki/green tea cupcake! I don't know if I have the energy to make it...*considers*

I suppose a lot of my flist will consider this old news, but I just found out about this FIREFLY fanfic novel by established fantasy novelist Steven Brust.

Let's discuss for a sec, how much I lurve this photo of Ellen Page. *sigh*

If you missed Jon Stewart's hour last week on Larry King, it's all on youtube now.

Wired has a ton of cool pieces this month that blew my mind, inspired me, made me want to get out and MAKE SHIT, and made me very impatient about my business. Here are the ones that are online now: The mysterious honeybee CCD and the world of 'metagenomics' - reads like a Neal Stephenson or William Gibson plot bunny; FREE STUFF is the future of business (by Chris "Long Tail" Anderson). If you have access to the print mag (free copy available here), check out the pieces in the March issue about online gallieries that let us all become art collectors; the concept of the PMOG - does anyone want to play this sounds AWESOME. Let's all regroup about the PMOG after I can linkspam you later.

SciFi Wire and io9 pimping the WANTED footage screened at Wondercon.  I wanna see!

Let me leave you now with a great quote from this outta-control rant about the Oscars that popped up on Salon today.  You just have to give this writing some props:

Hollywood is always a lopsided reflection of the political situation we're in.

In this sense, performing artists, classically a fairly high-strung, hypersensitive lot, have always been pretty effective canaries in the cultural coal mine. What they've been telling us, lately, is that we have a very, very sick culture on our hands.

It was a terrible, tooth-gnashing year of hideous self-reflection, for America: the ugly flipside of cultural narcissism. Our country, on the back end of a rapacious tear of sophomoric jerkbag behavior, is moving into the slightly more mature adolescent phase of starting to hate its own smell.

I am the greatest country in the world / I am the piece of shit at the center of the universe.

After shaving its head and driving drunk around the globe with no panties, calling itself the Antichrist, and finally abandoning its children, totaling its SUV and getting its ass kicked in the parking lot of the Persian Gulf, America is realizing that it is internationally loathed, broke, soulless, tasteless, fat, drunk, malicious, greedy and stupid, and has been generally behaving like a lousy excuse for a world superpower for long enough to lose all its friends and position.

Conspicuously missing from this Oscars was any loose talk of politics or the war, until the designated time block for dissent during the presentation of the documentary film awards. This was especially weird: Why, if they didn't want to acknowledge the outside world, did they get a truth teller like Jon Stewart to host the thing?

Huzzah!  Who is this Cintra Wilson?

proggrrl: (NCFOM - Call it friendo.)
Is anyone in the NYC area thinking of going to the Spout/Reeler Oscar party? I'm considering it.

And, if you are in the NYC area and have some mad money, these are the Best. Oscar Party Favors. Ever....Eleni's Oscar Cookies!

LOL...that airgun cookie! (Pick up at Eleni's in the chelsea market)
proggrrl: (Cupcakes!)
I just made my two favorite vegan recipes yesterday, from this great book HOW IT ALL VEGAN, which I highly recommend. Let me share with you.

Faux Tuna Salad )

Vegan Lemon Cake )

Vegan Lemon Icing )

Pom <3

Nov. 7th, 2007 05:32 pm
proggrrl: (Marie A-le sigh)
It's true: pomegranates are a very, very sexsaaaaay fruit. Just bought one yesterday. Mmmm. They always remind me of this music video...

If you ever get one and bust it open to feel the magic, opening it in a bowl of water helps prevent the staining.
proggrrl: (FNL-welcome to dillon)
Wow, this looks great...

I may try to make this tomorrow. I've got a huge bag of apples, and another of pears. I was going to make some fruit crumbles, but maybe this above would be yummier (and even easier).  MMMMMMM.
proggrrl: (green forest)
I've been subscribing for a couple of years now to Dr. Andrew Weil's Health Tips email list (you can sign up at the bottom of this page), and this week he posted this great list of delicious and healthy vegetables we should all be eating.  Yum!  Most of my favorites are on here. 

1. Onions: This classic, pungent vegetable adds flavor to any meal. Allicin, a phytonutrient found in most varieties of onions, may be responsible for its health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

2. Garlic: This fragrant bulb contains many of the same phytonutrients as onions, as well as antibiotic and antiviral compounds. It may help boost the immune system, prevent colds, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight fungal or yeast infections.

3. Spinach: This dark leafy green (and others like it, such as kale and collards) contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Spinach is also a source of calcium and folate, a B vitamin that helps to prevent birth defects. Buy organic spinach, since pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.

4. Cabbage: This low-cost yet highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable contains nutrients called indoles, which may protect against both breast and prostate cancer. It also provides significant amounts of fiber and vitamin C.

5. Sweet potatoes: Rich in beta carotene, these vegetables may help boost the immune system, deliver vitamin C and folate (which may reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent certain birth defects), and are low on the glycemic index and glycemic load charts.

6. Beets: The deep red color of these root vegetables comes from anthocyanins, phytonutrients that protect against carcinogens and may help prevent heart disease. Beets are delicious hot or cold, versatile, and inexpensive.

7. Squash: With a wide variety of types, flavors, shapes, and sizes, squash is very versatile - it can even be used in pie! It provides beta carotene, potassium, and fiber, nutrients that are necessary for good overall health.

8. Tomatoes: This red fruit (often considered a vegetable) contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and some types of cancer, particularly prostate cancer. Use tomatoes in everything from salads to sauces, but know that the lycopene is most easily absorbed when the tomatoes are cooked with a little oil.

9. Broccoli: This vegetable platter classic and other cruciferous vegetables offer cancer-protective benefits. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin K and calcium - both of which help keep bones strong. It is tasty both raw and cooked, and can be a stand out in soups, casseroles, and salads.

10. Mushrooms: Prized for their tonic effects, mushrooms can help address a host of illnesses. Maitake mushrooms (known as "hen of the woods" for their resemblance to the fluffed tail feathers of a nesting hen) are particularly valued in Asian cooking, as they have anti-cancer, anti-viral and immune-enhancing properties, and may also reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. Shiitake, enokidake and oyster mushrooms also have immune-boosting qualities, and are easily included in many main courses.

I'll add my other favorite vegetables - carrots, corn and asparagus.  MMMMM I'm hungry! *g*

Looking for new ideas to cook these babies?  I highly recommend the books of Deborah Madison and Crescent Dragonwagon to get you going...Please feel free to leave your favorite book & recepie recs in the comments, I love getting new ideas to cook my veggies.  I'm not a vegetarian just yet, but I'm getting closer.
proggrrl: (firefly-kill u w/my brain)
Friday braindump time!

Ahahaha [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl – they made a tee shirt of it!

GLOBAL ECONOMIC WOES: The chaos in the markets confuses me, because I'm terrible with that sort of stuff.  I read this New York mag piece by Jim Cramer last week and it made me nervous for my 401K & IRA.  This Salon piece may explain it better...but I don't feel any better for reading it.  I always thought those subprime housebuying loans and refinance deals were ridiculous - if you don't have enough money to buy all the bright shiny stuff - DON'T BUY IT.  Pretty simple I thought; though if you need $$$ fast for a medical procedure or other emergency, I can see how this would come in handy.  This is a moment in time where my lack of owning a home seems like a good thing.  Ack.
proggrrl: (coffee worship)

From Slate:
It's been a great week for coffee drinkers: 1) "Data from 10 studies … suggest that people who drink coffee may be reducing their risk of liver cancer." 2) "Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day helped protect older women against some age-related memory decline." 3) "Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of colon cancer in women by half." 4) "Exercise and moderate caffeine consumption together could help ward off sun-induced skin cancer." Unauthorized conclusions: 1) Go pour yourself another cup. 2) And don't forget the chocolate

proggrrl: (BtVS - Buffy GAME ON)
I’m sure there will be endless bits & pieces coming out of ComicCon this week that will make all us fannish types gleeful...especially seeing how The Power And Mystery That Is Fandom has entertainment-biz execs thinking of SDCC as something as important to their marketing plans as Cannes or Sundance.

As the Con wheel turns, life goes on. 
Now I’ll leave you with this amazing video, surveying 20th Century Art via morphing.  And made not with computers but with stop motion claymation.  *AWE*  [via VeryShortList]

PS – the title of this post is a fragment of SOUTHLAND TALES dialogue. Heh.


Jul. 17th, 2007 03:56 pm
proggrrl: (BtVS - On the Joy Train (thinky))
Yay - M.I.A.'s new record is coming in a month or so (why does UK/Japan get first? Not fair), and the first single BOYZ is on her Myspace.  *squee*  I'll be trying to see her at the free SIREN FESTIVAL on Coney Island this weekend.  Lurrves her!

I see Joss Whedon will be directing another OFFICE ep this season...BBC has released a promo photo of James M. in TORCHWOOD...and
Anthony Stewart Head says he and Joss still talk about doing that Watcher TV show.  *sigh*

LOL, read this, it’s hilarious.  I guess this guy is trying to be a TV writer.  If he ever writes a show, I will be there to watch it.  Haha, “trite”… *still giggling*

John K (creator of the great REN & STIMPY) just made a flashbanner ad for Comcast…And he has a blog.  OH, JOY. [via BoingBoing

Via BigscreenLittlescreen I noticed that Todd Haynes’ infamous film which I should not mention by name, long ago pulled from circulation due to legal problems with its subject, is now up in it’s entirety on google video.  If you’ve never seen it, you MUST.   Via House Next Door I noticed that all of WATERSHIP DOWN is up on youtube (broken up into 10 parts) - this certainly isn't the best way to view this lovely animated film, but it's an old favorite of mine from the 70s.  I loved the book and then the film - way back when I was a tween with a rabbitry and a rabbit show addiction.  Sigh.

I am actually gettin' a tad psyched to try to see this XANADU musical...can you imagine?  Oh joy (aka "my first mashup").  No, really, I LOVE ALL THE TUNES IN THIS MOVIE!

Yum, this sounds amazing!  Un-fried falafel in artichoke, wild mushroom, olive and lemon, spinach and broccoli, and jalapeño flavors? I already enjoy the Chickpea shop, cannot wait for these new dishes.

A pet peeve of mine: enough with the bottled water.  Get yourself a lightweight, reuseable container and drink tap.


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