As a Simpsons fan, I love this. As a Seahawks fan…

Mr. Madison…


Terminator Genisys just became the movie I’m most looking forward to in 2015. Yes, I know that there will be an Avengers movie and a Star Wars movie next year. Don’t care.

(h/t to my friend Mary Anne Butler at for the link.)


Posted on December 4, 2014, 11:31 By
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That pale blue dot…

Go fullscreen, turn off the lights, and put on your headphones for this one.

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Getting back on the horse

I’ve been very remiss in posting to my blog. It’s been sitting mostly fallow for years. Well, that ends now. I’ll be posting at least once a week with updates. Whether they’re about me personally or insight/thoughts on what’s going on with the world, tech, or entertainment.

Carl Sagan on our place in the Universe

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

― Carl SaganPale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Jack London on Death

“Life is a strange thing. Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins. To live is to toil hard and to suffer sore, till old age creeps heavily upon us and we throw down our hands on the cold ashes of dead fires. It is hard to live. In pain the babe sucks his first breath, in pain the old man gasps his last, and all his days are full of trouble and sorrow; yet he goes down to the open arms of death, stumbling, falling, with head turned backward, fighting to the last. And death is kind. It is only life and the things of life that hurt. Yet we love life and we hate death. It is very strange.”
― Jack London

Test post via WP7

So, there I was poking around the Windows Phone marketplace when I see the WordPress app. Well sir, I downloaded it, installed it, and here we are!

Mom’s Popeye Patties

My mom’s in town for the weekend and I asked her to help me make something that I loved as a kid and continue to love well into my adult life. Here’s her recipe for what we called “Popeye Patties” and this recipe should serve six (or three and a very hungry/reminiscent Ted):


  • 1 lb ground beef (I prefer 93/7 and I suppose you could use turkey if you really wanted to, but it would come out dry if you ask me)
  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (condensed is fine)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • cooked egg noodles or rice (optional)

Heat a pan with olive or vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Combine the hamburger, spinach, egg, and cheese in a bowl and make them into patties and then dredge them in the flour. Put the dredged patties in the pan and brown them on each side. Once browned, place the patties in an oven-safe container (9×9 baking pan or lasagna pan) and bake for 30 minutes.

After you’ve browned all of the patties, take the pan off the burner and let cool for a few minutes. Once cool, combine the cream of mushroom soup and one can’s worth of water into the pan and mix with the left over drippings from the patties.

When the 30 minutes have elapsed, pour the gravy made from the cream of mushroom soup and drippings over the patties, making sure that you cover the patties with the gravy as well. Continue baking for 10-15 minutes.

While I prefer to cover egg noodles with the patties and gravy and eat them that way, you could just as easily serve with, or over, rice.

D&D Encounters Week Seven: The Big Orb

I missed a week’s post (Week Five) and had to miss last week’s game to stay home with the girls since Jen was healing from some out-patient surgery so I apologize for the both of you who are reading this for updates…

Week seven began with us opening a door with no keyhole with a magic key.  There was a staircase leading up to a large room (50 feet by 50 feet at least) with a large emblem on the floor.  Once we entered the room the door slammed shut and was sealed by some sort of magic that prevented us from leaving.  As soon as the door slammed shut a huge 10 foot by 10 foot orb appeared in the middle of the room and it was time to roll for initiative.  After that got sorted out it was time to take out the Orb that was flame resistant which precluded me from casting my Daily (can only cast once per gaming “day”) Flaming Sphere spell but I did pick up a Staff of the Apprentice which added +1 to any implement-used attack (most of them since I’m a Wizard), this came in handy because I was a spell-casting fool (again, I’m a Wizard so I spend the overwhelming amount of the time waaaaaay in the back using the rest of the adventuring party as a meat shield to soak up damage that I might otherwise take.  Also I’m of an evil alignment so, you know, why not take advantage of that…)  Well, sir, that didn’t do me much good because the Orb was pretty much a ranged-attack kind of creature.  After some very good attacks, and quite a few bloodied adventurers (myself included), we were finally able to get the Orb itself into a bloodied state at which point it cracked open and out emerged an Eladrin (kind of like an Elf) who begged us to finish it off before the spell that was affecting it caused it to teleport and start attacking us again.

We fought bravely and finally finished it off.  After she died, her ghostly lover (?) gave it a final kiss and she shuffled off this mortal coil after whispering [redacted].  I put two and two together and spoke that name plus [redacted] and [something pretty cool] happened.

I decided to loot the body and found an amulet that was shaped like a pyramid with seven diamonds on it. I was able to determine that it was a [redacted] and one of my cohorts opened it and we also determined that it was worth around 100 gold if we were to sell it at market, which I don’t think I’ll do as it may be worth more to me if I keep it.  That said, I am evil, so we’ll see…

Beyond the gameplay, the group of eight Adventurers and the DM, Wes, had a good time throwing one-liners out when appropriate and, in my case, not so appropriate, and discussing geeks things like comic books and Star Trek DS9.  The fun vibe was great this week and I enjoy the folks I play with as much as the game itself, I really hope that after this 12-week run is over, we’ll find some way to continue playing.  Wednesdays can’t come soon enough!

(Fittingly, the post about an orb is post #360 on this site. Hooray for happy coincidences!)

Posted on April 28, 2010, 21:19 By
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