Today’s installment of “Movies Worth

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:26 am

Today’s installment of “Movies Worth Watching” takes us to Go!, a new video release directed by Doug Liman (Swingers). Go begins like a hip teen comedy, so much so that I almost gave up on it after a few minutes. After a quick dive into some fairly dark territory, though, I kept up with it. The movie tells a series of overlapping stories told from three different points of view. The stories are presented sequentially, so we see some of the same scenes more than once as the characters converge here and there. The first story ended on a similar note to the first story in Run Lola Run (my favorite film of last year), and when the events began right back at the beginning, I wondered if I was watching an American knock-off. When the cameras focused on a new main character, though, I finally figured out how this movie was structured. I didn’t realize this while I was watching, but the lead actress in Go! also played a main character in Exotica, which I talked about a few days ago.

Two cooking adventures last night.

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:52 am

Two cooking adventures last night. First, I made some sourdough pitas. They looked just right up through baking, puffing up in the oven and the whole bit. But when they were done, they were very, very crispy. I thought they’d soften up by letting them cool wrapped in a warm damp towel, but they stayed very, very crispy. They’ve got a nice taste to them, but they’re more fragile than a taco shell. The second adventure was much more successful. I made some spinach & chicken stuffed manicotti, but instead of chicken I used eggplant. I had no idea at all if this would work (I made up the recipe as I went), but I knew for it to work at all, I’d need thin firm strips of eggplant. I did this by peeling one and slicing it 1/3 inch think. I salted the slices and stacked them in a colander, alternating layers of slices with paper towels. I placed a weight on top (my ceramic crockof sourdough starter) and pressed them for about 6 hours. I took these slices, brushed them with olive oil, and roasted them under the broiler for about 5 minutes to a side, until they were just starting to brown. I then julienned the slices, using a non-serrated knife. The result was a supremely tasteful dish. I used mozzarella and ricotta that I made myself as well. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to lunch! If you want the recipe, send me an email.

I guess they didn’t like

Filed under:General — eric @ 8:32 am

I guess they didn’t like what they saw. Earlier today, webloggers were pointing to stories on David Letterman’s suprise announcement that he was to have a angiogram, an announcement he made while interviewing Regis for a show to be aired tonight. Now, he’s recovering from an emergency quintuple bypass. Get well soon, David Letterman! Back in the day (1992 or so), I was an active participant in the usenet group alt.shenanigans. Back then it was an outlet for culture jammers and the like, and one thing we did was mail many coconuts to Letterman. It turns out than you can afix stamps to the outside of a coconut, write an address on it, and just drop it in a mailbox. I have no idea how many were sent that week (I sent three), but Letterman inserted into one of his top ten lists that next week “What’s with all the coconuts?” Perhaps now would be a good time to send him a get well coconut or two. On a complete side note, while reading the alt.shenanigans FAQ, circa 1996, I see that Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom is listed in the credits. Any other shenanigan folks in the weblog community?

Tommasi Pinot Grigio Le Rosse:

Filed under:General — eric @ 7:49 am

Tommasi Pinot Grigio Le Rosse: I don’t yet know a whole lot about wines, but I like Pinot Grigio, and this in particular was very good. And only $10 a bottle!