February 2013

Maple Bacon Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Joey deVilla on February 27, 2013

bacon cookies 1

This blog still gets a lot of hits for a post from 2007 titled Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maple Cinnamon Glaze. Unfortunately, the recipe to which I linked has long since vanished, leaving more than a few readers disappointed.

A photo from the old article,
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maple Cinnamon Glaze.

I can now correct that error by pointing to this recipe from Yammie’s NosheryMaple Bacon Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They look pretty good!

bacon cookies 2

Here’s the recipe, which I broke into paragraphs to make for easier reading:

Maple Bacon Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks (1 cup) butter1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg
2 cups cake flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup bacon (maple flavored if you want), cooked and crumbled (maybe about a pound)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Kosher salt for sprinkling

Set one stick of butter out to soften. Cook the other stick of the butter on medium heat on the stove until browned. Allow to cool to room temperature and is no longer liquid (feel free to put it in the refrigerator or freezer)*.

Beat in the sugar. Add the extracts, syrup, and egg. Beat until well combined.

Sift in the flours, soda, and salt. Mix to combine.

Stir in the chips and bacon bits, saving some for garnishing the top if you wish.

Chill the dough for at least an hour or until the dough is pretty firm (again, put it in the freezer if you’re impatient).

Preheat the oven to 375º. Shape cookies into balls of your preferred size. Sprinkle with any leftover bacon bits and some kosher salt. Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes or until edges or golden brown. I like to press a few chocolate chips in the top when they’re done baking.

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The Captain Rocks Out to His Favourite Ancient Song

by Joey deVilla on February 26, 2013

headbanging kirk

Can’t stand it, I know you planned it
I’m-a set it straight, this Watergate…
I can’t stand rockin’ when I’m in here
Because your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear

moshing kirk

So while you sit back and wonder why
I got this fuckin’ thorn in my side
Oh my God, it’s a mirage
I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage

These animated pics — found via Sean Bonner — reminded me of the theory of why young James Kirk rocked out to the Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic in the 2009 Star Trek film, in the scene where he steals his stepdad’s car. It’s supposed to be a gentle poke at William Shatner, who insisted on pronouncing the “a” in “sabotage” like the “a” in “hat”. Sabotaaaage. Take a listen:

The problem with having Kirk listen to the Beasties is that another one of their songs makes a very clear Star Trek reference — Intergalactic:

Now when I wrote graffiti my name was Slop
If my rap’s soup my beats is stock
Step from the tables when I start to chop
I’m a lumber jack: DJ Adrock
If you try to knock me you’ll get mocked
I’ll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees’ll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock

Of course, a true Trek fan would simply say that the explanation is simple: the Beasties are Bajoran Prophets — the outside-linear-time aliens from the wormhole in Deep Space Nine.

Now that I’ve mentioned a couple of Beasties tunes, it’d be wrong of me not to include them in this post…

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Admiral Obvious

by Joey deVilla on February 26, 2013

Admiral Obvious

Titled as found. (If you don’t get the reference, here’s a little help.)

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Happy Sunday, Everyone!

by Joey deVilla on February 24, 2013

Man playing a grand piano in Washington Square Park as people look on.

Ah, Washington Square Park and New York City’s outdoor pianos,
which are returning this summer.

Having a lovely time. Hope your Sunday’s going as nicely.

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The “Hit by a Bus” Supercut

by Joey deVilla on February 22, 2013

hit by a busIn some software and engineering projects, the question is sometimes raised: “What if [some key person] is hit by a bus?”. It’s a morbid way of putting it, but the concern raised is a valid one: does the success of this project hang on one or a few key people?

The question has been asked often enough for there to be a Wikipedia entry on the topic. It’s the “bus factor”, and it’s described as “total number of key developers who would need to be incapacitated (as by getting hit by a bus/truck) to send the project into such disarray that it would not be able to proceed”.

Another place in which “hit by a bus” is used as a trope is in television and the movies. It’s a way to suddenly, horribly, often comedically, and quite literally take a character out of the picture. Harry Hanrahan, a YouTube-famous maker of “supercut” videos, has assembled 93 “hit by a bus” scenes from various TV shows and movies into a very painful but still funny montage that runs for almost twelve and a half collision-laden minutes. Listed below are the shows and movies from which each “hit by a bus” snippet was taken, and when they appear in the supercut:

  1. 0:00 – 0:17 Ghost Town
  2. 0:17 – 0:23 The Brothers Solomon
  3. 0:23 – 0:38 Final Destination
  4. 0:38 – 0:46 Mean Girls
  5. 0:46 – 0:54 Nip/Tuck (4×06)
  6. 0:54 – 1:03 The Black Donnellys (1×02.5)
  7. 1:03 – 1:10 Lost (3×07)
  8. 1:10 – 1:14 Dead Like Me (2×05)
  9. 1:14 – 1:23 Supernatural (6×17)
  10. 1:23 – 1:29 Ghost Town
  11. 1:29 – 1:37 Skins (1×09)
  12. 1:37 – 1:47 Felicity (1×13)
  13. 1:47 – 1:59 The Hard Times of RJ Berger (1×11)
  14. 1:59 – 2:09 Eastbound & Down (3×08)
  15. 2:09 – 2:19 Hot Rod
  16. 2:19 – 2:29 Scary Movie 4
  17. 2:29 – 2:40 Dan For Mayor (1×01)
  18. 2:40 – 2:46 30 Rock (7×07)
  19. 2:46 – 2:55 Dead Like Me (1×02)
  20. 2:55 – 2:59 Lost (5×16)
  21. 2:59 – 3:09 Lost (1×14)
  22. 3:09 – 3:17 How I Met Your Mother (3×20)
  23. 3:17 – 3:25 Girls (1×10)
  24. 3:25 – 3:33 The Final Destination (FD4)
  25. 3:33 – 3:42 The Orphanage (El orfanato)
  26. 3:42 – 3:50 End of Days
  27. 3:50 – 3:57 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (5×12)
  28. 3:57 – 4:03 Stargate SG-1 (10×15)
  29. 4:03 – 4:11 The Tournament
  30. 4:11 – 4:18 Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (1×01)
  31. 4:18 – 4:27 Fringe (1×03)
  32. 4:27 – 4:32 Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  33. 4:32 – 4:38 Fringe (4×08)
  34. 4:38 – 4:43 The Viral Factor (Jik zin)
  35. 4:43 – 4:50 Taken
  36. 4:50 – 5:00 Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (1×02)
  37. 5:00 – 5:07 Death Race (2008)
  38. 5:07 – 5:15 Stranger Than Fiction
  39. 5:15 – 5:25 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
  40. 5:25 – 5:32 Tattoo (2002)
  41. 5:32 – 5:38 The Devil’s Rejects
  42. 5:38 – 5:45 Meet Joe Black
  43. 5:45 – 5:53 Constantine
  44. 5:53 – 6:08 One Day
  45. 6:08 – 6:14 Identity
  46. 6:14 – 6:22 The Air I Breathe
  47. 6:22 – 6:27 The X-Files (4×19)
  48. 6:27 – 6:32 Lost (4×11)
  49. 6:32 – 6:40 Accident (Yi ngoi)
  50. 6:40 – 6:50 Fringe (3×03)
  51. 6:50 – 6’59 Ghosthouse (La Casa 3)
  52. 6:59 – 7’07 Crossing Jordan (4×17)
  53. 7:07 – 7:17 Chances Are
  54. 7:17 – 7:25 Star Trek (‘City on the Edge of Forever’)
  55. 7:25 – 7:32 Identity
  56. 7:32 – 7:39 The Devil’s Advocate
  57. 7:39 – 7:52 Stuck
  58. 7:52 – 8:00 The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  59. 8:00 – 8:10 Kick-Ass
  60. 8:10 – 8:18 Margaret
  61. 8:18 – 8:24 Lovers of the Arctic Circle
  62. 8:24 – 8:30 Futurama (6×17)
  63. 8:30 – 8:37 Scary Movie 3
  64. 8:37 – 8:45 Crossing Jordan (6×06)
  65. 8:45 – 8:51 Monk (8×04)
  66. 8:51 – 8:56 Bag of Bones (TV)
  67. 8:56 – 9:02 Supernatural (2×05)
  68. 9:02 – 9:09 Scary Movie 2
  69. 9:09 – 9:14 Journeyman (1×01)
  70. 9:14 – 9:18 Little Nicky
  71. 9:18 – 9:23 Little Nicky
  72. 9:23 – 9:29 RoboCop
  73. 9:29 – 9:37 Bride of Chucky
  74. 9:37 – 9:42 Welcome to Collinwood
  75. 9:42 – 9:50 Run Lola Run
  76. 9:50 – 9:55 Bubble Boy
  77. 9:55 – 10:03 Not Another Teen Movie
  78. 10:03 – 10:13 The Salton Sea
  79. 10:13 – 10:18 Kicked In The Head
  80. 10:18 – 10:24 Snatch
  81. 10:24 – 10:33 Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)
  82. 10:33 – 10:42 Chronicle
  83. 10:42 – 10:52 Scary Movie
  84. 10:52 – 11:04 My Name Is Earl (1×01)
  85. 11:04 – 11:09 30 Rock (7×07)
  86. 11:09 – 11:17 The Comebacks
  87. 11:17 – 11:24 South Park (9×04)
  88. 11:24 – 11:29 Family Guy (10×20)
  89. 11:29 – 11:36 The Simpsons (2×10)
  90. 11:36 – 11:45 Life on Mars (US) (1×01)
  91. 11:45 – 11:51 Life on Mars (UK) (1×01)
  92. 11:51 – 12:02 Superbad
  93. 12:02 – 12:23 The Comebacks

I’ll bet that you look both ways — twice — before crossing the street after watching this video.

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Continuing the theme from yesterday’s article…

My friend Wil McLean (“Half Korean, half scot, all fun”) pointed me to this ad in Craigslist Toronto:

creepy craigslist ad

The text reads:

Looking for nice quiet and mature roommate

This is bachelor apt close to yonge subway in the high rise building

it has KITCHEN , WASHROOM , BALCONY

The rent is $0 / month included internet + utilities

*****Rent will be FREE for open minded lady

About me:–working professional 33 old asian GUY

Perfect for ASIAN working lady or student to save some money

The rent — $100/month for an apartment right by the subway on Accordion City’s main north/south street — is incredibly cheap, and it becomes even cheaper if you’re an “open minded lady”. “Open-legged” may be more like it, seeing as the lucky tenant will be sharing this bed:

shared bed

A rather cozy arrangement, don’t you think?

Oddly enough, there’s no anime girl body pillow on the bed. Mind you, that’ll be the tenant’s role!

By charging practically no rent for a “shared bed” tenancy in his condo, this guy clearly isn’t looking to make some money or reduce his cost of living. Without knowing more about this guy other than his being a 33 year-old Asian professional, the only things we really can ratiocinate are:

I sympathize with the guy’s case, but I think his approach isn’t all that novel (open a “private browsing” or “incognito” browser window and search for “Mike’s Apartment”) and comes off as rather creepy.

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Dating Lesson #1: Don’t Be a Creep

by Joey deVilla on February 20, 2013

John Scalzi, who’s one of the leaders of geekdom as the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, wrote a great introductory guide for geeks and fedora-wearers on how not to be a creep. Even if you’re the most charming, socially-savvy, scintillatingly conversant accordion player out there, it’s a worthwhile read.

Scalzi admits that his guide is incomplete. Let me add one more pointer to his guide: If you must have a full-size anime girl body pillow, please, please please leave it at home. Don’t be like the guys in the photos below (I’ve blocked out their faces, because I want to be kind).

anime body pillow 1

The older gentleman on the left may not be creeped out, but he’s certainly unimpressed.
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anime body pillow 2

“Yes…these pillows will show those girls how sensitive and attentive to their needs we can be.”
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anime body pillow 3

What better way to soften a parachute landing than an anime girl pillow bound to your crotch?
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