Monthly Archive for June, 2006

Cookshop

Last night we went to Cookshop, a restaurant we’ve been meaning to go to for a while. Normally, it’s quite difficult to get a reservation there, but because we went early (a little before 6pm), we were able to snag one of the tables by the bar that is reserved for walk-ins. At the recommendation of New York Magazine, we had the fried spiced hominy (I am almost positive they use Indian curry powder for the spice), and the spit roasted rabbit over grits. We also had the beet salad with shaved parmesan and (I believe) diced onions, florida shrimp over white and green string beans, and a special, the red snapper. The hominy was great, the rabbit was a bit less delicate than I was hoping, and the shrimp tasted good but the portions were scant (three shrimp). The snapper was just ok. We had a great chardonnay though – a Bricco al Sole Piedmont 2004 ($30). No idea where to find it! The table bread was also exceptional. Finally, we had the brioche doughnuts with blueberry compote and a scoop of buttermilk ice cream. Outstanding. The doughnuts were warm, the buttermilk ice cream rich, and the blueberry compote almost made us want to lick the plate. I should point out that the service was exemplary. Everything came in good time and the wait staff (including our waiter, Kevin) was very attentive and eager to help.

Get: the fried spiced hominy, brioche doughnuts with blueberry compote
Skip: the snapper, rabbit, beet salad, and florida shrimp.

Seth MacFarlane Responds to South Park’s Complete Deconstruction of Family Guy

Just as I’ve added video functionality to this site comes another really great video. So, Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, spoke at Harvard’s graduation. He starts off in his own voice, but then goes into Peter (hehe, he said Peter), Stewie, and Quagmire (giggity giggity). It’s all pretty funny stuff, but a little bittersweet since South Park completely destroyed Family Guy in the Cartoon Wars episodes. After Cartman kept exposing the flaws Family Guy for two whole episodes, the whole show became a little less funny for me. In any case, Seth (as Stewie) finally responds to Trey and Matt’s deconstruction of his show. Check out the video below, and scroll to minute 12:55 if you want to see the exact moment he is responding.




How NOT to Get Arrested

Flex Your Rights has a great video on, you guessed it, flexing your rights in the face of typical police encounters. They go through routine traffic stops, street encounters, and home encounters. As an attorney, I found their presentation very accurate. The peculiarities of each encounter will differ from your own, so you have to be really careful. Everyone should watch this video the entire way through.

Ann Coulter vs. Hitler

It’s no secret that Ann Coulter sucks bigtime. Well, someone put together a list of quotes and you guess who said it, either Adolf Hitler or Ann Coulter. I got 9 of 14 correct. See if you can beat me!

Ann Coulter vs. Hitler Quiz

The Next Step In Movie Promotion

I had the most vivid dream this morning! A buddy of mine from high school and I were sitting at an outside cafe. All of a sudden, a Star Wars type ship in gleaming white starts floating around in the sky. People ooh and ahhhh, thinking its a great movie stunt. All of a sudden, a beam of light shoots from the ship’s hull, destroying an old brick building. The beam continues to fire, disrupting the very shape of each building it touches. The ground shakes. But everyone remains where they are because they recognize that it is an elaborate movie promotion stunt using holograms. That would be sweet.

Come on future-bringers, you already fucked up on the flying car and the computer you can talk to (and no, Dragon Naturally speaking doesn’t count). Don’t miss your third chance.

Why Movies Suck In 2006*

So Da Vinci was a disappointment. X-Men 3 was good, but it had the potential to be great, and thus was an even worse disappointment. I mean, when Professor X died**, I was sorta sad I guess, but if Bryan Singer would have directed it, I could have been bawling. And Cyclops’ death was little more than a footnote! Do not fret, non-existent readership! I will save you from this year’s banal offerings and deliver you unto movie greatness in 2006! There are important, brilliant movies being made right now. I haven’t seen all of these yet, but I will. Walk with me.

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The War Tapes gets a 95% rating from Rotten Tomato. Its a documentary from actual US soldiers in Iraq.

Thank You For Smoking is one I missed unfortunately, but looked great and everyone I talked to who saw it loved it. Technically I think this one came out in 2005 internationally, but arrived stateside only in 2006.

Water is another one i missed. For that matter, I missed Fire and Earth, though I think the concept of naming her movies is a bit derivative, don’t you think? Everyone I have talked to has great things to say about this movie though.

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An Inconvenient Truth No matter what anyone says, I still wish Al Gore was president. He narrates this documentary about how completely fucked our environment is and how we are all going to be wondering if it is Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow (take your time, you’ll get there).

The Cult of the Suicide Bomber by terrorism expert Bob Baer explores the origins of suicide bombing, and the virus-like spread of its use as a tactic in guerilla warfare.

United 93 I really wanted to see this movie. The commercial gave me goosebumps. But I also was a little afraid. 9/11 was pretty scary for us in New York. Now I want to see it again. Apparently it was terrific.

Giuliani Time I want to see this movie right after United 93. Basically it is a Michael Moore-style trashing of Giuliani for his actions prior to, or other than, his response to 9/11, which was spectacular. I happen to think Giuliani kicked ass and took names. I think he brought down crime and cleaned up the city. Maybe this documentary will disabuse me of that theory. Who knows. I’ll keep an open mind.

* Yes, this is a reference to DJ Shadow, before you ask.

**I know some places warn you about spoilers, but if you haven’t seen X-Men 3 by now, you deserve to have it spoiled for you, and you probably won’t care that much anyway, since, after all, you’ve waited all this time to see the movie.