Posted in cooking on September 22, 2012 by heckblazer

A nice relaxing sunset

Today in DC was the Trucktoberfest food truck festival over at the Union Market.  First up was Takorean, a truck I’d heard about before that as the name suggests serves Korean BBQ in taco form.  I was looking forward to trying it and I wasn’t alone, the line to order was something like a half hour long.  I had the bulgogi taco and it was quite good, almost worth the wait.  Next door was DC Empanada, another truck I’ve wanted to try.  Again the name sums up the food, as they sell empanadas.  I tried their daily special El Matador empanada, one filled with chorizo, potatoes and spices.  It was hot, crisp and very good.  Wandering around I next tried Stix, a truck that specializes in food on sticks.  I had their firecracker shrimp, which consisted of a skewer of five large shrimp, two slices of crusty bread and a tub of spicy sauce served in a cone of brown paper.  The presentation was nice, as was the food.  I finished the day at the Tapas Truck, yet another truck with a straight-forward name.  Here I had a chorizo sandwich with chimchurri sauce and a side of garlic fries along with a Coke to drink.  I pretty much inhaled the fries.  The sausage I lingered over while I watched the sunset.

Overall a nice dinner.



Posted in comics, cooking on September 20, 2012 by heckblazer

I’m a regular reader of the online comic Girls With Slingshots, which recently had this comic:


Those cookies sounded damn tasty, so I looked around for a recipe on the internet and found one.  They were indeed awesome.  Then I learned that the comic’s creator was going to be at the Baltimore Comic Con (and simultaneously learned that there was a Baltimore Comic Con).  Being so close I had no excuse not to go, and of course I brought some of the pear ginger cookies to give to Ms. Cosetti.  Unfortunately she’s gluten intolerant and couldn’t actually eat them.   However, I got a second chance since the she was also attending the Small Press Expo in Bethesda the next weekend.  kind enough to draw a skecThis time I made a gluten-free version, and she was kind enough to draw a sketch in return.  I requested a drawing of McPedro attacking a vampire watermelon.  Why?  Because I just learned about that crazy bit of folklore and it seemed appropriate for a talking cactus to fight one.

What are ants doing in my freezer?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 20, 2010 by heckblazer

Well, what are they doing besides dying.    Seriously, there’s a huge pile of dead hypothermic ants in my freezer.


My Ten Favorite Comic Characters

Posted in comics with tags on October 1, 2009 by heckblazer

I recently cataloged my comics collection .  Based on number of  appearances in the issues I own here are my ten favorite characters:

  1. Batman
  2. John Constantine
  3. Punisher
  4. Wolfsbane
  5. Multiple Man
  6. Wolverine
  7. Strong Guy
  8. Cyclops
  9. Conan
  10. Shadowcat

And as we all know statistics never lie…

Actually this list doesn’t feel far from the truth, except for Cyclops.  If you buy X-books he shows up no matter what you think of him.  I’d also add the clarification that the Punisher I like is specifically the character as written as Garth Ennis.  Two of my favorite characters, Hellboy and Lobster Johnson, also aren’t didn’t make this list but they just don’t get published as regularly as the top guys.

Random Anime Still of the Day

Posted in anime, random on September 5, 2009 by heckblazer

Chorus dancers who encourage reckless borrowing (that’s an ATM they’re dancing in front of):

Money is the only important thing!

From Nerima Daikon Brothers ep. 1, “Please touch our Nerima Daikons”

Real Spy Movies

Posted in movies, Politics with tags , , , , on August 9, 2009 by heckblazer

My favorite story about a failed adaptation of an SF novel was the 1980 production of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light 1979 (which also happens to be a totally awesome book).  The reason why that film never got made was because the production company was actually a CIA front working to free American diplomats trapped in Iran after the revolution (they were separate from the ones held inside the embassy).

There’s also the 80s action flick Red Scorpion, which was secretly funded by South African intelligence as propaganda supporting South Africa’s intervention in Angola.  The script was written by Jack Abramoff.  Yes, that Jack Abramoff.

Random Anime Still of the Day

Posted in anime with tags , on July 27, 2009 by heckblazer

Necronomicon panty shot (NSFW-ish):

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