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Nutella Cup Cakes

Monday, January 6th, 2014
Two Nutella mug cakes

My first try at making Nutella mug cakes

The sugar appears to only be for sweetening, so it was no problem to substitute it for Splenda. I’ll eventually calculate a way to use corn syrup by reducing the milk, and hopefully find a recipe for fructose free Nutella substitute.

For now, I used:

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons Splenda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Then I threw it all in a microwavable mug, attacked it with a fork until it was smooth batter, and microwaved in for 3 minutes.

Original recipe: Nutella Mug Cake – livelovepasta.

All Region DVD

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

All Region DVD

Dietbet Over

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I lost my Dietbet. I only lost 83% of my goal. But this isn’t really a negative thing. I didn’t get nearly as much walking done as I intended. I could have won if I had. So let’s recap. I spent a month not getting enough exercise, and stuffing myself with meals that looked like this,
Bacon, eggs, and whole milk
along with chips, candy, and syrupy waffles, and lost nine pounds. I think I made my point.

Here’s my entire diet plan for life:

  • drink no calories except milk
  • eat no fructose or alcohol
  • get the heart pumping at least once per day

That’s it. I’m healthy. I’m happy. I’m still a little overweight, but that matches my current lifestyle. My work is sedentary. As I find more active ways to play, that will change accordingly. But as long as I’m healthy, I’m not terribly concerned about the weight I’m left with.

M&M’s failure of a website

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

“M&M’s are like crayons; all the colors taste the same.”


If you are still doing this to people in 2013, you don’t deserve to have a website anymore. The fact that I had to enter my date of birth to get this far was just the icing on the cake. I didn’t think I was looking for M&M’s porn. I just wanted to get a list of all the flavors they have now.

When I was little, they only had chocolate and peanut, and I had been told that they used to have red ones that were poisonous. I was afraid to eat the red ones for a long time after they finally brought them back and to this day, my brother won’t eat the yellow ones because he says they will make him less of a man. (You can Google the adverse affects of yellow #5 to men on your own time.) But I seem to have gotten off track…

Boo! Your website stinks, M&M’s!

Why There Are No More Ninjas

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The ninjas are all gone due to a basic lack of trust. I suppose trust is hard to come by when you are training assassins.

Ninja School

Ninja School

Presumably this guy’s teacher knew 1001 ways, but held one back from him. Holding back one technique seems like a reasonable plan at first, but not if you follow it out to its logical extent. Each subsequent generation of ninjas had one less technique to use. There is a limit to how far this can go.

The End is in Sight

The End is in Sight

And one that limit is reached, you’re done. Where do you go from there? The kid with the throwing stars is obviously the last ninja. You can’t teach now; only threaten.

The Last Ninja

The Last Ninja

And that’s why there are no more ninjas today.


Monday, October 15th, 2012


How to eat at Whataburger

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I used to think Whataburger was everywhere like McDonald’s. Then I found out it was mostly just a Texas thing, but now I don’t know how far they have spread. There are over 700 of them. I worked at #24, the first A-frame one that became the icon for the company. I have two pieces of advice for you whether you have eaten there are your life, or are just seeing one for the first time.

Order a Whataburger!
Or a Whataburger Jr., or a double, or a triple… Cheese? No cheese? Doesn’t matter. Extra pickles? Mustard on top, ketchup on bottom? Fine. Cut it in half? Toast the bun on both sides? Wheat bun? No problem! It doesn’t matter how you want it, just order a Whataburger. One half decent fry cook at Whataburger can easily handle 20 burger orders, all with different configurations, without batting an eye. You want to throw off rhythm of the kitchen? Order a salad, or chicken, or fajitas. Now you’re going to wait an extra 20 minutes and something is going to get messed up.

Don’t worry about cleaning your table!
I know you think you’re helping by throwing all your own trash away, but here’s the deal… if your table doesn’t look like someone just ate there, it’s not going to get cleaned! I want to believe my table was wiped down and sterilized before I ate on it. Please don’t let me find out that some kid just waxed it with his own snot and nobody knew because mom picked up her trash and blew the crumbs away. Take the big mess if you like, but leave something visible!

Empty Refrigerator

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Everyone is gone for the summer and I finally got around to cleaning out all the dead and undead items [no photo, you’re welcome] from the fridge. Basically, I threw everything away that I didn’t purchase in the last few weeks. This caused a temperature problem. I keep a thermometer in the freezer, refrigerator, and oven because there is no other way to know what the real temperature is. You can set the oven to a particular temperature, but this is the only way to verify if it ever gets there and how long it takes. There is no way to set the fridge/freezer to a specific temperature. Mine just says 1 though 9, cold to coldest. This thermometer confirmed that I just unloaded all the cold from the box, and was no longer keeping a safe temperature for proper refrigeration. I shut the door and let it cool back off. It took a few hours. The problem is that cold air doesn’t stay inside when the door opens. It falls out all over your feet. Then it would take hours to recover again. I can’t have this happen every time I open the door for a Pepsi.

I got an idea to go buy twelve gallons of water to use as ballast. That way, when the door opened, just a little cold air would pour out from between the items, and the cold water would stay cold and stay in. I knew it would take time to chill the water, and I told myself to just put two jugs in, wait for the temperature to recover, then put two more in. However, when I actually got there, I found myself shoving in all twelve gallons of water.

The temperature jumped to 55°F and took nearly two days to recover. But that’s ok! There was nothing in there at the time but some unopened mayonnaise, unopened mustard, butter, and eggs. For those of you who are about to yell at me for letting the eggs and butter get up to 55°F, I’ll have you know that salted butter can be kept in a butter crock at room temperature for weeks. There is no problem there unless the fat goes rancid. And eggs are kept at room temperature in most of the world. The probability of getting salmonella is less than getting struck by lightning, and even then, fully cooking them takes that chance down to zero. When I need raw eggs for something (egg nog, maybe?), I grab pasteurized-in-shell eggs.

Back to the point! The fact that it took so long to get all the heat out of those water bottles is a good thing. Taking two days for them to cool off basically means I can stand there with the door of the refrigerator open for almost two days before it becomes a problem again. That’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea. All the cold I can keep held in there doesn’t have to be replaced, which is good for the food, and also good for your power bill, since it doesn’t have to run the compressor as much.

I guess what I’m saying is this:

  • Get a refrigerator thermometer, use it.
  • Get one of those HUGE mascara brushes and clean the coils under and/or on back of your refrigerator. When is the last time you did that? Never?!
  • Never leave a bunch of unused space in the refrigerator, but don’t pack it to tightly that you cut off curculation!
  • Don’t put twelve gallons of water in all at once if you have stuff that can go bad in there already.
  • Your mileage may vary.
  • Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  • Contents may have shifted during flight.
  • Not responsible. Park and lock it.

Colored shadows

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I’ve always loved holding up a pair of sunglasses and looking at the shadow. They look like a projected image rather than a shadow. It works with my anaglyph glasses, too! :)

BBB Loves CC (feat. Big Buck Bunny)

Monday, May 28th, 2012