Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Doctor as Deity

I'm way too lazy to research and write about this in-depth, and I'm sure it's been done before, anyway. But I found something I haven't read about before and wanted to point it out:

Jesus is a form of the name Joshua.

Jason is a variant of the name Joshua which means "healer."

What's another word for "healer?" 


Merry Christmas.

Note: I was brought up Christian but am an atheist. It's fun to find possibly coincidental parallels like this, and I'm not interested in hearing anyone cry "blasphemy!" so STFU.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

F.U., Shepherd's Pie

I wound up using the ground beef I bought to make shepherd's pie to make hamburger patties instead.

So much simpler. Plus, I'm out of eggs and for got to buy edamame.

I took a pound of 90% lean ground sirloin, added a handful of shredded fat-free cheddar, 2 tsp minced garlic, and a buttload of salt & pepper.

I pan-fried them in a skillet spritzed with olive oil then ate them with dijon mustard, two handfuls of cherub tomatoes, two slices of onion, and two dill pickle spears. No bread. And I didn't miss it.

The pound made six patties.

This was for supper.

For breakfast today I had two eggs, two slices of Canadian bacon, and 6 oz of V8. Not enough vegetables, I know, but I was feeling wild & rebellious.

For lunch I had a some of the guacamole with celery. Yum. I'm considering making cottage cheese in  guacamole a permanent thing. But I'll have to switch from crushed pepper flakes to Cayenne pepper and scrap the cilantro.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

South Beach Diet Mexican Food

The writing here will be far from interesting & the format will be shitty because it's a log for me. But you are welcome to read it, too. :-)

It's Sunday; I've prepped lunch for work for the next couple days.

I'd planned to make Shepherd's Pie from the SBD book but I am craving Mexican food, so I made taco chicken, pinto beans, and "guacamole" instead. The "guacamole" is a snack dip for celery sticks. I'll probably also take about 2 cups of raw kale and a vinaigrette to spritz on it to boost my veg intake.

BONUS: Strange Italian twist of what I like to call a "Caprese cup" for tomorrow's 2nd snack.

Pinto Beans

1 cup dry beans
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 chicken bouillon cubes
Black pepper
Water, obviously

Prepare according to the directions on the package, obviously not adding the onions and seasonings until the cooking stage (not the soaking stage).


3 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 375F.
Arrange the 3 breasts in a glass pie pan (or whatever baking dish they'll fit in).
In a shallow bowl, mix the seasonings and olive oil.
Smear the mixture on top of the breasts.
Bake for one hour or until cooked through.
When done, let them cool for about 30min, then slice and put 1 breast into each container with 1/3 of the beans to carry to work. Three days of lunch (with the kale) DONE.

[Seasoning mix adapted from $5 Dinners.]

I adapted the Guacamole recipe from Spices and Aroma, but I made a full batch (because what am I going to do with 2/3 of an avocado sitting in the fridge, anyway?) before I read her entire blog post. D'oh!

I don't know that mine will turn black, though, because I mashed the avocado with lemon juice before I added any of the other ingredients.

Instead of the juice of half a lemon, I just poured two Tablespoons from a bottle of lemon juice. And obviously I skipped the lemon zest. At this point, I'm not sure I used garlic, either (can't remember). But that should be OK since I don't normally use garlic when I make guacamole the regular way.

Caprese cup:

Tiniest Ziploc bowl I have
Half a handful of cherub tomatoes
A stick of string cheese, quartered & pulled apart
Couple dashes Italian seasoning
Drizzle with balsamico
Microwave on high for 15 seconds

Monday, October 8, 2012

List: Podcasts I'm Enjoying (Updated 20160309)

Do me a favor? If you try these podcasts and like them then follow the folks on Twitter, tell them @binkytoes sent you. ;-) Nobody pays me, but ya know...I like to see that people mention me on Twitter. :-p

Kind of an ultimate #FF, yeah? :-D

In no particular order...
  1. ProYou Podcast (@proyoupodcast) with @tomjdeters who is Chris Hardwick's & Matt Mira's trainer
  2. Friday Night Comedy News Quiz (BBC Radio) with Sandi Toksvig
  3. Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (NPR) with @petersagal
  4. 7 Day Saturday (BBC Radio) with @ajhmurray
  5. Dining with Doug & Karen (@DougBenson & @KarenAndersonHi)
  6. Frank Skinner (Absolute Radio)
  7. Graham Norton (BBC Radio) (@grahnort)
  8. The Nerdist with @nerdist, @MattMira, & @jonahray
  9. The Smartest Man in the World, @GregProops (a.k.a. Proopcast)
  10. This American Life (WBEZ) with Ira Glass
  11. Dr. Karl and the Naked Scientist (BBC Radio) with @DoctorKarl & Dr. Chris Smith
  12. StarTalk Radio (@startalkradio) with @NeilTyson
  13. The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC Radio) with @ProfBrianCox & @robinince
  14. The Joe Rogan Experience (@joerogan)
  15. Science Friday with Ira Flatow
  16. SModcast (@thatkevinsmith & @smosier)
  17. Professor Blastoff (@blastoffpodcast with Tig Notaro, @kyledunnigan, & @huntsbergerjunk)
  18. Wits (@wits from @mpr, hosted by @johnmoe with musical director @munsongs)
  19. Plus One (@jenschwalbach & @thatkevinsmith)
  20. Welcome to Night Vale (@NightValeRadio)
  21. Generations Geek: A Father/Daughter Nerdcast (@GenerationsGeek)
  22. The Dork Forest (@jackiekashian)
  23. You Made it Weird (@peteholmes)
  24. Nerdist Writer's Panel (hosted by @BenBlacker)
  25. KCRW's The Treatment (hosted by @kcrw's Elvis Mitchell)
  26. KCRW's The Business (hosted by @KimMasters)
  27. The Dinner Party Download (@dinnerpartydnld)
  28. NPR's Ask Me Another (@NPRAskMeAnother, hosted by @OphiraE with house musician @jonathancoulton)
  29. The Mental Illness Happy Hour hosted by Paul Gilmartin (@mentalpod)
  30. UK Scriptwriters (@UKscriptwriters)
  31. The Comedian's Comedian hosted by Stuart Goldsmith (@ComComPod)
  32. Answer Me This! (@HelenAndOlly)
  33. WTF with Marc Maron (@WTFpod with @marcmaron)
  34. Bertcast (@bertcast with @bertkreischer)
  35. The Alton BrownCast (@altonbrown)
  36. 2 Degrees of Alie (@2degreesofalie)
  37. Come to Papa (@tompapa)
Others I've downloaded, haven't listened to yet but expect I'll enjoy:
[none at this time]
Thanks to @bandback2gether for asking for this list & to @k_fred13 for reminding me to update it. :-)