Daily Weekly Favoriting: Weird Al’s #8videos8days Project

I caught the newest Weird Al video, “Tacky”, over on Nerdist.com and it seriously made my afternoon. The lyrics are great, a quality parody of Pharrell was absolutely necessary, and the cast of characters is pretty much a who’s who of my fave nerdy-funny people.

Weird Al's new album, Mandatory Fun, drops tomorrow, but he’s got 8 videos lined up for 8 days of awesome releases. (Hence the #8videos8days… it just makes sense somehow.)

In looking around the web at what others had to say, I think Jesse David Fox from NY Mag’s Vulture got it spot on when he wrote “It’s easy to forget how great Weird Al is, but then every few years he comes back with a new batch of parodies, and you’re like, Oh, yeah, this is what I’ve been missing.

And indeed, this is exactly what my Monday afternoon was missing.

Can’t wait to see the rest of the videos coming up this week!

Let's See How This Goes... by @shomgotoshihttp://beyondtheblacklines.com/2014/07/09/lets-see-how-this-goes/

Daily Favoriting: More Daily Favoriting!

I’ve decided to go a little bit meta (and borderline ostentatious) with my Daily Favoriting today and favorite my good friend @shomgotoshi who has started doing her own Daily Favoriting on her blog Beyond the Black Lines.

I’ve been living vicariously through her #howispentmysummer hashtag project already, as she’s a teacher who is making “summer break” look pretty darn good (especially while I sit in my office feeling totally jelly), so I’m excited to see her favorites!

Long live Daily Favoriting! ha ha ha.

The Simpsons in CSShttps://pattle.github.io/simpsons-in-css/

Daily Favoriting: The Simpsons in CSS

It’s just like it sounds — Springfield’s finest made in pure CSS.  You can also see how you can play with the code to make it your own.

A genius, aka Chris Pattle, created this little gem late last year, but I just found out about it now… so, I may be behind the times, but that doesn’t make it any less cromulent.  

I think use of this code could embiggen even the best of websites.

Daily Favoriting: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return
There are just so many things RIGHT about this.  As an English Lit major and a super nerd, I really am disappointed that I haven’t read any of the Shakespearean Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars "Verily, A New Hope" reads the first book, with The Empire Striketh Back being the second.)
So, like most things that fall under #dailyfavoriting, this too will make its way to my wish list… now if only someone were kind enough to buy it for me. *hint hint*
Thanks to Ian Doescher for writing what I’m sure will be my new favorite trilogy of books, and to the great people at Uncrate, for once again showing me something new to covet.

Daily Favoriting: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return

There are just so many things RIGHT about this.  As an English Lit major and a super nerd, I really am disappointed that I haven’t read any of the Shakespearean Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars "Verily, A New Hope" reads the first book, with The Empire Striketh Back being the second.)

So, like most things that fall under #dailyfavoriting, this too will make its way to my wish list… now if only someone were kind enough to buy it for me. *hint hint*

Thanks to Ian Doescher for writing what I’m sure will be my new favorite trilogy of books, and to the great people at Uncrate, for once again showing me something new to covet.

David BowieFame - 1999 Digital Remaster

Daily Favoriting: “Fame” by David Bowie

Surviving a four day week is sometimes harder, amiright?

To make it through the afternoon, I’m pumping “Fame” on repeat.

Sing it, Bowie, sing it.

(Source: Spotify)

Daily Favoriting: iStick™
How is it that you can go along not knowing something exists, but then the second you find out that it does exist you wonder how you lived without it?! That would be me upon discovering the iStick, a portable flash drive that has a USB for plugging into your computer to transfer content, and a lightning connector to plug directly into your iPhone — making the media on the iStick instantly accessible! 
I would be more likely to be an early adopter on this if I had a newer iPad with a lightening connector — not that you really care about my reasoning — but instead I think I’ll wait to see how it works for people, and if it meets the high hopes I have for it.
In other words, this is firmly placed on my wish list, and we’ll see who’s cool enough to buy one for me. *hint hint* That means you! *

Daily Favoriting: iStick™

How is it that you can go along not knowing something exists, but then the second you find out that it does exist you wonder how you lived without it?! That would be me upon discovering the iStick, a portable flash drive that has a USB for plugging into your computer to transfer content, and a lightning connector to plug directly into your iPhone — making the media on the iStick instantly accessible! 

I would be more likely to be an early adopter on this if I had a newer iPad with a lightening connector — not that you really care about my reasoning — but instead I think I’ll wait to see how it works for people, and if it meets the high hopes I have for it.

In other words, this is firmly placed on my wish list, and we’ll see who’s cool enough to buy one for me. *hint hint* That means you! *

Daily Favoriting: R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set (as seen on ThinkGeek.com)
I have been coveting this R2-D2 measuring cup set for close to a month now.  On one hand, I’m an adult — so I should be able to buy whatever I want, but on the other hand, I’m an adult — so I shouldn’t be buying R2-D2 measuring cups.  Naturally you can understand the dilemma I’m faced with!
What do I do internets?! Buy? Don’t Buy? Where is my shopping fairy godmother to show me the way?

Daily Favoriting: R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set
(as seen on ThinkGeek.com)

I have been coveting this R2-D2 measuring cup set for close to a month now.  On one hand, I’m an adult — so I should be able to buy whatever I want, but on the other hand, I’m an adult — so I shouldn’t be buying R2-D2 measuring cups.  Naturally you can understand the dilemma I’m faced with!

What do I do internets?! Buy? Don’t Buy? Where is my shopping fairy godmother to show me the way?

Beer & Baking: Two Worlds Colliding…
This week I felt inspired to take my love of beer and baking to a whole new level by baking my own Beer Bread from scratch! 
I was actually able to find a beer bread recipe online, so don’t think for a second that I’m the mastermind behind this — people much wiser than me (and much better at baking) are to thank for this.
I will, however, take credit for taking this bread to the next level by making my beer bread using Central City’s Red Racer ISA — one of the latest additions to my “LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BEER!” list.  Yes, this is a list that exists.
So, if you’re ready to get baking, grab your apron and follow the simple recipe below:
Honey Beer Bread
Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 can of beer – I used the Red Racer ISA, but I’m interested to try it with other flavors to see what happens!
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
Directions:
Preheat over to 350F
Grease a loaf pan (9”x5”x3”)
Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking power and salt.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients. (Microwave the honey for 5 to 10 seconds beforehand so it’s nice and liquidy)
Pour half of the melted butter into the pan, then pour the batter on top.
Pour the other half of the melted button on top of the batter, and use a pastry brush to spread it around.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let it cool for a few minutes and then it should pop right out of the pan. I melted more butter on top right after I removed it from the over because, well, why not?!
So there you have it.  Would love to see what happens when people experiment with other styles of beer, so be sure to tag @djwendo on twitter and instagram!

Beer & Baking: Two Worlds Colliding…

This week I felt inspired to take my love of beer and baking to a whole new level by baking my own Beer Bread from scratch! 

I was actually able to find a beer bread recipe online, so don’t think for a second that I’m the mastermind behind this — people much wiser than me (and much better at baking) are to thank for this.

I will, however, take credit for taking this bread to the next level by making my beer bread using Central City’s Red Racer ISA — one of the latest additions to my “LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BEER!” list.  Yes, this is a list that exists.

So, if you’re ready to get baking, grab your apron and follow the simple recipe below:

Honey Beer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 can of beer – I used the Red Racer ISA, but I’m interested to try it with other flavors to see what happens!
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350F
  2. Grease a loaf pan (9”x5”x3”)
  3. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking power and salt.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients. (Microwave the honey for 5 to 10 seconds beforehand so it’s nice and liquidy)
  6. Pour half of the melted butter into the pan, then pour the batter on top.
  7. Pour the other half of the melted button on top of the batter, and use a pastry brush to spread it around.
  8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Let it cool for a few minutes and then it should pop right out of the pan. I melted more butter on top right after I removed it from the over because, well, why not?!

So there you have it.  Would love to see what happens when people experiment with other styles of beer, so be sure to tag @djwendo on twitter and instagram!