Monday, February 20, 2017

List Day: 20 Vetoed Baby Names

  • Brian Uri, Jr.

  • Lunchmeat Uri

  • Donald Uri

  • Papaya Uri

  • Creighton Barrel Uri

  • Popeye Uri

  • Bribecca Uri

  • Plinky Uri

  • Gonorrhea Uri

  • Stonewall Antietam Uri

  • Euwanimus Forsythia Uri

  • Michael Jackson Uri

  • Jedediah Ezekiel Uri

  • Virginia Tech Uri

  • Oedipus Uri

  • Garage Sale Uri

  • Null Uri

  • White Fang Uri

  • Axl Rose Uri

  • Genghis Grill Uri

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Review Day

    There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

    Travelers, Season One:
    Like Colony before it, this is a sci-fi show with a lot of potential that immediately gets squandered when the plot goes nowhere fast. The characters remain relatively flat, and little sparks of great world-building ultimately end up showcasing just how little actually happens in the first season. Free on Netflix.

    Final Grade: C-

    Finding Dory (PG):
    This is a fun revisit to the world of Finding Nemo although it never quite reaches the heights of the original movie. I enjoyed the ride, but I'm getting a little tired of the "bounce from one panicky set piece to the next" pattern of most recent animated movies. Free on Netflix.

    Final Grade: B

    Boogie Nights (R):
    This epic about porn stars in the 1970s feels a little self-indulgent by the time it's all over (two and a half hours later). It follows the typical "rise to fame and brought down by drugs" plotline you see in all of these grandiose types of movies but ends on a quieter, redemptive note that keeps it from being too depressing. If you enjoy long, single-take shots, you'll appreciate the artistry, and the soundtrack is solid (in spite of the fact that Heatwave's "Boogie Nights" isn't played even once). Free on Netflix.

    Final Grade: B-

    Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special:
    This is a collection of skits, parody songs, and cameos that works in spite of (or maybe because of) the fact that Michael Bolton is the most wooden presence in the show. Fun and over quickly, and not as bad as I worried it might be. Free on Netflix.

    Final Grade: B

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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Recipe Day: Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


    • 8 large Portobello caps, stems and gills removed
    • 2 tbsp. reduced-fat Italian salad dressing

    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 20 oz fresh spinach, chopped then microwaved for 45 seconds to wilt
    • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 6 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Brush mushrooms with Italian dressing. Arrange on baking sheet, gills up.
    3. Bake until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain juice from inside mushrooms.
    4. Meanwhile, beat egg, garlic, salt, pepper in large bowl. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, mozzarella, breadcrumbs until evenly mixed.
    5. Fill mushrooms with mixture. Sprinkle tops with more mozzarella, breadcrumbs. Continue baking until topping is golden brown and cheese is melted (10 minutes).
    6. Serve immediately to weird people who don't eat meat.

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    Monday, February 13, 2017

    Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

    5:38 AM: Up early to get some work done.
    5:46 AM: In the home office.
    10:04 AM: Cats waiting for me to finish working so they can eat.
    11:00 AM: Early lunch of Safeway fried chicken.
    11:24 AM: Trying to keep the faucet from slowly closing when we wash the dishes.
    12:31 PM: Cat nap on the couch.
    1:32 PM: Level 506 in Overwatch.
    3:49 PM: We decide to go for a walk.
    4:13 PM: Walking through Sugarland.
    6:35 PM: Early dinner at Singh Thai with Michelle and Sara.
    7:06 PM: Updating the grading policy of the Ormond Stone Middle School Band.
    8:00 PM: Couch time with Booty and You're the Worst.

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