Month: April 2012

The TRUTH4TIME mess is still playing out

If you head on over and visit Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters you’ll see that a character known as LTP from TRUTH4TIME has been harassing Alvin at HBHM!

LTP has a blog which Alvin hasn’t posted yet. I wish he would so we could educate LTP. Because LTP loves to use Cameronisms, even thought the originator of such things has been widely discredited. But never you mind, religious bigotry knows no bounds. It matters not if the information they’re presenting is patently false, they hope that if they say it often enough it will become truth.

But we won’t let them do it. I’ve challenged NOM’ers several times and it usually results in them blocking me. But I’ve pointed out the mis-truths, lies, fibs, and omissions of the NOM jerks a lot on this blog.

So come on Alvin, let us know who the rest of the TRUTH4TIME’ers are so the rest of us in the blogsphere can have a little fun with them.

Fuck the cable TV companies, fuck them all!

I just read that you may be required to give Hulu.com your account number for your cable provider to watch certain shows. What? I note Cox isn’t mentioned but Comcast is mentioned.

And cable companies are hemorrhaging tv customers. I’ve seen where some have lost up to 30% or more of their tv subscriber base. I want to see them lose 50% more if they want to play this fucking game.

Put it this way, cable tv has overcharged us for YEARS. Granted, over the last few it’s been the media companies demanding an ever bigger part of the pie. But you know what, if Hulu starts this crap I won’t be using their service any longer either.

Matter of fact most of what I watch on Hulu is network based programming from Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. But if the cable companies think they’re going to extract revenue out of us one more way, they have another thing coming.

Disconnect the cable for TV services. Disconnect it right now. I don’t care if you’re a Cox subscriber, Comcast, Time Warner, or what have you, ditch it now!

RI House Approves Warrants for Cell Phone Searches

While Rhode Island in general may be a fucked up mess, sometimes our legislators get it right.

Rep. Edith Ajello who I have written about before has sponsored legislation to require police to obtain a warrant before searching a personal electronic device such as cell phones, pda’s, laptops, and GPS units. The bill was approved by the House and approval of the Senate must be obtained.

But RI is an interesting place. Civil liberties are for the most part taken seriously here. Several years back the courts made the correct judgement that DUI checkpoints were unconstitutional.

And now the legislature is acting to secure us further in our persons, places and things! Excellent!

Another pieces of legislation is designed to protect minority voting rights introduced by Rep. Anastasia Williams. Basically you need a minimum of 500 voters in a location to qualify for a polling place.

Now if we could only get rid of the ridiculous Voter ID law.

Why must all ear and head phones suck?

I had been given a pair of Pantronics 400DSP headphones. Not my favorites as I like cans. The Plantronics let in too much exterior noise.

Well, after two months of use they gave up the ghost. The left channel dropped out. I’m going to bite the bullet, spend the $20 and order the bluetooth module for my computer. That way I can use my Motorola S9’s which are fairly reliable.

So if you are shopping for headphones to work with VoIP I can tell you to avoid the Plantronics crap. And it is crap.

More on Cox TV Service

Well, I have been watching the stats on my post about ditching them. And I note that based on the number of hits I’m getting per day, we could if we all told Cox to fuck off on video services, cost them close to $10 Million a year.

So do it! Ditch them! Go with Roku, Amazon Video, Hulu+ and Netflix. It’s cheaper in the long run, less than 1/3rd the cost of Cox.

Lets hit them where it counts – in the pocketbook. And thanks for reading!

Food: Beef and Broccoli

I love making home made beef and broccoli. I use the cut of beef that *I* think is best and it turns out a good meal.

Here it is just before the leftovers went into the fridge:

Beef and Broccoli
Home made beef and broccoli.

It is REALLY simple to make.

Ingredients:

Qty. 1 of a 1.5lb top loin steak, sliced in half then slice on the bias
6tbsp Soy Sauce
4tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 Can chicken stock
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into small pieces
1 inch peeled ginger, chopped into small pieces
3 to 6 cloves of garlic chopped into small pieces
4 Qts. Brocolli florets

Marinate beef in 3 tbsp soy sauce. Stash in covered container in the fridge for 30 minutes. This is a good time to make some rice to go with the dish.

You can also chop up your aromatics.

Combine the ginger and garlic and add 1 or 2 tsp of peanut oil.

Reserve the Red Bell Pepper.

Once steak is marinated, heat a pan over high heat and add 2tsp of peanut oil and swirl it around. Now with regard to pans, I use a non-coated but you can use non-stick, just halve the oil. Fry each piece of beef and then put aside. You can put a batch of about 10 to 15 in a 12″ pan at a time.

Once the beef is done, add the peppers to the pan and cook until they start to blacken. Once that happens dump in the ginger/garlic mixture and count 30 seconds. Add 3 to 4 qts. of broccoli florets to the pan and add a little chicken stock.

Cover the pan. Combine 4tbsp Oyster Sauce, 1.5 cups chicken stock, 3 tbsp soy sauce, and two tbsp corn starch. Let the broccoli steam for 3 or 4 minutes.

Add the beef to the mixture and then pour in the combinations of stock, soy sauce, oyster sauce and starch. Cook for a few minutes until sauce thickens. It’s ready to serve.

Now lets cost the meal out:

The steak was $6.66
The ginger was $0.50
The pepper was $0.50
The garlic was $0.25
The stock was $1.39

I don’t count soy and oyster sauce since I always keep those on hand, but if I have to assign a cost:
Soy and Oyster was $0.50
Rice was $0.50

Total $10.30 – this makes approximately 4 servings. So per serving it is $2.58. Not too bad.

So total for dinners thus far over the past week:
$10.30 for two days
$11.28 for three days
So average:
$2.15 per day per person.

I like making big pot meals that last more than a day. It means I don’t have to cook every day.

Browser Stats

Did a quick breakdown of web browsers that visit this blog:

IE 33%
Safari 29%
Firefox 19%
Google Chrome 19%

So as you can see, the top browser is Internet Explorer. {Sigh} I feel bad for you folks as IE is just one big security hole just waiting to be exploited. But it is the default browser in Windows so a lot of folks just go with the flow and use it.

Now Safari is interesting. You might think a lot of Apple Macintosh users but it’s not. It’s mostly mobile phones running Android and IOS.

Firefox and Google Chrome both come in at 19% and totals 38% if tallied together. So I’m glad some of my blog visitors are using slightly more secure browsers.

Coming in second is Safari.