Is It OK to Say a Movie is Boring?

The great thing about twitter conversations is that there’s no need to shorthand them. Here’s a quick, easy read wherein a really nice guy in my twitter feed says he was bored by “Blade Runner.” Which kinda shocked and thrilled me, because even though I think “Blade Runner “is stunningly gorgeous and impactful, I also think it’s pretty flawed. (Although decidedly not boring.)

“The Masterbat0r” is more like it. But, to be fair, those two lingering shots of the boat waves really helped to advance the plot. 

I find that most people demure when it comes to the subject of movie-induced boredom, especially when discussing critically-acclaimed films, and I’m not sure that’s a healthy impulse. Some films–even films with a lot of merit– are just boring, and I think it should be ok to say so. What do you think?


This One’s for the Ladies

A few days ago I did not get around to answering a couple of comments. I’ll answer them now!

In a previous food-related entry where I discussed cooking for people with different food needs/wants, bbkf said this:

I know if i made a light soup or salad for supper, hubbkf would be aghast and rummaging in the cupboards about a half an hour after eating because he tends to not eat during the day and is ravenous by evening…also, he’s one of those a-holish people who can eat all the junk food they want and not gain weight…so, if i do make something on the lighter side, i make sure there’s bread and other things to fill it out…

the thing i find most difficult about cooking for hubbkf is gauging his satisfaction: i mostly get ‘it was alright’…’pretty good’ is high praise with ‘i didn’t care for that’ as being the worst…although one time i made a meatloaf that was so bad that he quietly fed his piece to the dog…who wouldn’t eat it either…

This sounds so eerily similar to my situation, I’m frankly a little freaked out. The whole thing. Especially the part about gauging satisfaction. I get “It’s delicious.” for everything. Now, I know that not everything I make is delicious so that, of course, has no meaning for me. Lately hubby’s been getting “better” about this. It’s pretty easy to coax a “I wasn’t crazy about it.” from him. Soooooooooooooo Yay(?) for me?

oh, hai! i am feeling especially blabby today! here’s a couple of recipes/sites i have had much hubbkf related success with: pork tacos and a racheal ray soup recipe of all things…not a fan at all of racheal’s teevee stuff, but i get her mag and i must say any recipe i have tried from them has never failed…go figure…

I’ve had every outcome you can imagine trying Rachel Ray recipes. Can’t remember a time I actually completed a recipe in 30 minutes, so I have to call bullshit on that, but I think she’s actually pretty great at writing recipes for home cooks that are healthy (they’re well-balanced and don’t use a lot of–if any–processed ingredients), yummy, have a hint of sophistication and are eminently doable. And actually I find that the more of her recipes I try, the more the success rate goes up. I know she’s not considered, like, a hoity-toity foodie-type, but I genuinely think she’s onto something with her formula…so I’m sticking with her.

Rachel’s must-try soup? Her Sausage and Peppers Stoup. It’s almost indescribably delicious.

wiley asks:

Do you make Lord Chubbington’s (he’s growing out of that name, hey?) baby food?

I do not. LC is very sensitive to textures. He hates “in-between” textures. So a food either needs to be toothsome or crispy or completely smoothly blended. It’s very hard for me process my food to the consistency he likes, and when I’ve tried he has disliked it intensely. He also does not seem to like things like fresh fruit and veggie slices. He is, however, learning to like things like little ham cubes, and he he ate some of my turkey chili on pasta and turkey bolognese, so he *is* branching out.

I am always open to suggestions re: toddler food.


A Peach and Some Herbs

I’m planning on writing an entry about using the food that I buy before it goes bad, which, considering there are starving people in the world, I consider almost a sacred duty. In the meantime, I want to discuss herb-keepers. Are they worth the money? Do they actually do what they’re supposed to do? The answer is “yes” and “yes.” Especially if you’re someone like me who only makes a couple of big shopping trips a month. If you’re not an urban shopper who grabs what s/he needs every couple of days, keeping the cilantro from sliming over is crucial.

There’s no sophisticated alien technology at work here. (Because the first thing aliens would want to do is keep their Italian parsley fresh–DUH.) It’s really just a matter of keeping the  the stems wet while letting a bit of air circulate around the leaves. But alien technology or no, it works. I put some tarragon (and parsley and cilantro) in my herb keepers, and they stayed perky and green for two–creeping into 3–weeks. That’s pretty impressive.

So, yeah, they’re worth the money and the teeny tiny bit of effort it keeps to trim the stems and “plant” them in the keepers. Definitely a life-saver for those us who treasure the inimitable flavor fresh herbs lend to a dish.


In other news…

Evan is thinking about getting a degree in Shopping Cart Engineering. Already he fancies himself an expert.

“Let’s get this show on the road. After this, I have more carts to arrange AND PERFECT.”

You sure you want to put that there? I think that’s a grave mistake.

“Lets…just…move this here…and this goes over here. Aaaah. Better.”

“Sir. Bag Man. I do not like the cut of your jib. This is bush league work here. Bush league.”*

“Listen, I’m just passionate about my art. We OK? OK. Thank you for understanding. Good day, sir.”

*Totally a joke. I think working at check-out counter is hard, largely-thankless work, and I would NEVER be a douche to someone who earns a paycheck doing it.