Thursday, January 27, 2011

Green Documentaries [documentary]

No Impact Man

Read Colin Beavan's No Impact Man blog here.

Garbage Warrior

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Space Docs [documentaries]

Since I am particularly fond of documentary film, I am going to try to make a weekly post in which I feature free documentary films available online; usually they will all have a theme or some common subject about them, but I am known to be random.

This week's post features space/astronomy-themed docs. Enjoy!

From Top Documentary

Space Race is a BBC docudrama series first shown in Britain on BBC2 in 2005, chronicling the major events and characters in the American – Soviet space race up to the first landing of a man on the moon.
It focuses on Sergei Korolev, the Soviet chief rocket designer, and Wernher von Braun, his American counterpart.
The series was a joint effort between British, German, American and Russian production teams.

Living on Mars

On the surface, the red planet’s freeze-dried world of rocks, ice, and dust looks like an unlikely place to plant a garden.
But rocks and minerals found by the Mars rovers show it must once have had warmer, habitable living conditions.
Now, using photo-realistic CGI visualizations, we’ll make a science fiction dream of Mars – a world of trees, rivers, and blue skies – a plausible future, bringing it to life after three-and-a-half billion years in a deep freeze.

Secrets of the Star Disc

When grave robbers ransacked a Bronze Age burial in Germany, they had no idea that they had unearthed the find of a lifetime.
The disc they found combines an advanced understanding of the stars with some of the most sophisticated religious imagery of the age.In intellectual achievement and also age, it surpasses anything yet found in Egypt or Greece. It seems that civilization had already dawned in North Central Europe.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Egypt Bans Twitter, May Ban Facebook [world news, tech]

Earlier this week Egypt banned social networking site Twitter to fight protests and may also ban Facebook soon, according to TechCrunch.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moving Back to SF [life stuff]

I can't believe Meghan and I are moving back to the Bay area in 14 days! There is much packing to do.

We will be moving to the East Bay but hope to find a place in The City or perhaps Fairfax in the next few months.

I am going to become a master packer having to move around so much!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Obsessed Paula Abdul Fan Commits Suicide Near Her LA Home [celebrities]

I'm not quite sure how this one got past me, but Paula Abdul-crazed American Idol hopeful Paula Goodspeed committed suicide outside of Abdul's Los Angeles home in November of 2008.

Celebrity stalking is nothing new, sadly neither is death of a celebrity as a result of said stalking, though this is one of the first times I can recall a stalker/fan committing suicide near the home of their "beloved."

Here is Goodspeed's 2006 American Idol audition (her singing is not to be missed!):

King of Juicer, Infomercials Jack LaLanne Dies [celebrities]

Jack Lalane, King of the Juicer and infomercials for just about everything has died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at age 96 in his California home.

The Juicer, the Legend:

Jack LaLanne Face Workout:

Jack LaLanne Fingertip Push-ups:

95-year-old Jack LaLanne pens new book:

Jack LaLanne - "How to Live Forever:"

Kelly Osbourne's Engagement Ended by Fiance's Affair with Transwoman [celebrity news]

Kelly Osbourne ended her engagement to fiance Luke Worrall because of his affair with a transgender woman named Elle Schneider, calling him the "biggest piece of shit" and the "worst thing that has ever happened" to her on her Twitter.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spain's New Garbage Hotel [the world we live in]

Madrid, Spain's new Beach Garbage Hotel was "made entirely out of trash and constructed to draw attention to pollution in the world's oceans." [gawker]

Below is a picture of the hotel's exterior:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tomato Cream Sauce [recipes]

I recently posted a couple photos of my signature tomato cream sauce, and was asked to write out the recipe, so here it is!
Tomato Cream Sauce

1 garlic clove, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped (optional)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
½ cup fresh parmesan cheese
basil, chopped (or parsley)(optional)
salt and pepper (to taste)
olive oil (or butter)

Saute garlic, onion, and basil in olive oil in medium saucepan until onions and garlic are nearly done. Add can of tomato sauce, let simmer for 5 minutes. Add heavy cream, integrate thoroughly into tomato sauce mixture. Add fresh diced tomatoes now if desired.

Stir in handfuls of parmesan cheese, integrating fully with the sauce before adding more. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spinach also can be added to make a more hearty sauce.