Thursday, June 29, 2006

Engrish + Aerobics

So I've always had a fondness for the hijinks that occur when you combine Japanese culture with the English language. Here's the latest gem:

Engrish + Aerobics

Some of the practice sentences include:

"Spare me my life!" & "I was robbed by two men!"

At the end of the second clip on that page, they switch up languages a bit. I won't spoil it here.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Hidden Frontier on the Today Show!

Here's a Today show segment that features Hidden Frontier, the Star Trek Fan series I appeared on back in April. With all this comic book stuff, I've been out of touch with the HF guys, so I had no idea they scored this interview. This totally made my day! Congrats Rob and company!


SF Gay Pride is right around the corner. The population of the Castro has already started to swell. Today while dropping off one of the comic book ads at a local store, I got whistled at. At first I didn't notice, because I was busy unlocking my bike. But the guy in the pick-up truck at the red light whistled again and our eyes met. He grinned and winked, I smiled shyly back. But then the light changed and he had to get going. Regardless, it totally made my day.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Making a Comic Book, Part 5

Here's the updated version of the homepage, courtesy of Brian Ponce, Pride Comics' artist!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Spanish Rice with Tempeh

Spanish Rice is a bit of a misnomer. The actual cuisine of Spain doesn't feature rice with the strong spices that Americans expect for "Spanish Rice." It's more of a Mexican dish, but regardless of origin, it's quite tasty. Here's a quick and easy vegetarian version using brown rice and fire-roasted tomatoes.

Verdant's Spanish Rice
1 cup dry brown rice (I prefer short-grain, but for something closer to regular Spanish rice you can use long-grain)
1.5 cups of water
2 cups fire-roasted tomatoes (well-chopped and with the juice)
4 oz tempeh, cubed
1 Tbsp each: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, dried oregano
1 tsp each: black pepper, turmeric, cayenne
Optional: 2 tbsp minced garlic (in addition to the garlic powder)
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.

I told you it was quick and easy!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Anasazi Beans

I've been going over my budget recently. With the money I'm putting into the comic book, I really need to start saving more money each month. The biggest preventable loss of money comes from eating out.

So I raided my pantry and pulled out the Anasazi beans I purchased several months ago. I've never had them before, and bought them solely because of the interesting, mottled look. Here's a quick history of the Anasazi Bean.

I kept everything pretty basic and just boiled the pound of dry Anasazi beans with the customary onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and my personal additions of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger powder. Indian cuisine has made me crave the taste of the last three spices in bean dishes. A side benefit is that those three spices are also thought to help the digestion of legumes.

Anasazi beans are quite pretty prior to soaking.

Here's how the beans look after soaking overnight. Soaking isn't necessary, but replacing the soak water prior to cooking helps cut bean gas.

Transferring Servers

All but the most recent posts in my blog will contain dead links. I'm in the process of transferring everything to a new server.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Lordi Wins!

I was rooting for the Monster metal band from Finland to win at Eurovision! I've been out of the loop for a while with Eurovision, so I only just found out that Lordi indeed won!

Hard Rock Hallelujah