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I’m still around… somewhat. Let me tell you about a baked potato and some movies

September 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Howdy folks. The fall semester is in full swing, and one class in particular is already driving me batty, leaving me less time to update this here blawg. But, this is hopefully my last semester so I just need to keep a good sense of humor for the next couple of months.

Anyway, so you want a decent baked potato? Let me share with you my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • A couple of potatoes. Russets usually hold up well, but I also like the smaller golden potatoes myself
  • Olive or canola oil
  • sea salt

So here’s what you do:

  • Set the oven for 375.
  • Wash the potatoes very well to get all the grit off, then pat dry. You’ll want to keep the skin on for this recipe, so treat it kindly.
  • Stab the tater a few times on each side or you’ll have an explosion in the oven you’re not going to want to deal with.
  • Pour some sea salt into a small plate.
  • Put a little oil in the palm of your hand and coat the potato. Then, roll it around in the sea salt and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat for each potato (up to 4 is best here).
  • Bake for 1 hour

Your potato is now ready to rock and roll. Delicious!

I was supposed to be studying, but over the weekend I managed to catch a couple of movies on Netflix that I somehow had avoided viewing for many years. First up is Requiem for a Dream.

In a word, I’d say this is probably the best “say no to drugs” movie out there (moreso than even Trainspotting). However, let me stress that this movie is not made for children. At. All. I felt like my soul fell out of my body and was chilling out on the floor by the end. Still though, great movie all the same. Ellen Burstyn devastated me with her performance.

Then I popped in There Will Be Blood. Normally I’m not too fond of P.T. Anderson because his movies tend to be way too long, but it was great. I re-discovered my affection for Daniel Day-Lewis and his ability to lose himself in every character he plays.

Netflix has also been releasing more of the Classic Album series of documentaries (or rockumentaries, if you prefer). I enjoy watching them immensely.

And, last but not least, if you’re a George Harrison fan you’ll like George Harrison: Living in the Material World. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese, and it’s definitely epic in scope. George was always my favorite Beatle, and I wish he was still around to make the great music that lived inside him always. He was a beautiful man, inside and out.

Scorsese has it right (music documentaries worth watching)

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Ever since re-reading Keith Richards’ Life (seriously, read it… it’s glorious) I’ve been updating my back catalog of music, physically as well as mentally. Oftentimes in between sessions of Queens of the Stone Age or Massive Attack, I feel the need to commune with the artists that influenced me from childhood. My earliest memories right before the 80s hit mostly involved toddling into my Dad’s workspace while he played his 8-track tapes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Seriously parents… whatever music you play your kids early on is going to be a huge influence throughout their lifetimes. I’m living proof of that. So is my iTunes playlist.

Later on when I got introduced to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it was a musical awakening of sorts in the sense that I realized that certain artists have the ability to transcend time with their work and artistry. Listen to Sympathy for the Devil or Tomorrow Never Knows, and you’ll hear the glorious sounds future generations will keep buying long after the Justin Biebers of the world have burnt out (not soon enough, in this blogger’s opinion).

Martin Scorsese directed two documentaries that I highly recommend. One is George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and the other is Shine a Light (a Stones doc). The Harrison documentary is being rebroadcast on HBO, and is available for viewing on the HBO Go app as well. I managed to catch it over the weekend, and it was interesting to me to see what really drove Harrison as he matured as a musician and as a person.

Towards the later years with the Beatles, George Harrison wanted to explore his capabilities as a songwriter, and felt like he wasn’t able to do that so long as Lennon and McCartney called the majority of the shots. In that grew a desire to explore his spirituality, which also influenced his music (with the Beatles and as a solo artist).

People lament the breakup of the Beatles and blame it on various reasons and people (*cough* Yoko Ono *cough*), but a large part of that was George Harrison wanting to play and write his own music – something he felt he wasn’t able to do enough with the Beatles. Living In the Material World goes into much detail on the subject.

Anyway, here are the trailers for your enjoyment:

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