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Monday Random Ten

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Seoul is still on the map, and the G20 came and went.

It is beautiful out there! The world is drenched in a quilt of well-worn pink, orange, gold, ruby-red, burgundy, and faded browns. We took a slow (very very slow) walk up to Nam San the other day to take pictures and play in the leaves and let the bite in the air push our lungs open. In was well worth the wearing out of my legs, and the pictures were amazing.

Anyone else going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part I this week? *is jealous* We’ve been seeing only free movies on base to save up for the IPark IMAX viewing when it hits Seoul. NO ONE TALK TO ME ABOUT THE MOVIE UNTIL I SEE IT I MEAN IT I WILL DISOWN YOU!!!!11!!ELEVEN!!

*ahem*

Now it is crunch time, and I have a stack of back-logged writing to finish. So, here you go, your weekly pick-me-up. Please to be playing along!

  • Turn on your iPod or music device of choice (our XBox 360 plays ours from the teevee!)
  • Blog the first 10 songs that come up (no cheating! yeah! no cheating! *wink wink*)
  • Have fun. If you post a video, I strongly encourage lyrics and video descriptions.

Now with little more ado, since I am not a concise person, I bring you this week’s MRT:

  1. Anything But You — The Moldy Peaches
  2. Crazy Little Thing Called Love — Queen
  3. Face to Face (demon remix) — Daft Punk
  4. Rotten Apples — Smashing Pumpkins
  5. The Poet and the Pendulum — Nightwish
  6. Assdrop — Sevendust (how did that get in there? *looks suspiciously at partner*)
  7. Poker Face — Lady Gaga
  8. A Place Called Home — Kim Richey
  9. I Believe In a Thing Called Love — The Darkness
  10. Don’t Stop — Fleetwood Mac

All right, kids! Whatcha got?

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Monday Random Ten

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I think, more than any Monday I have seen in a while, we are going to need an MRT today.

We have a little conference coming to Seoul this week…you may have heard of it. A few important people are gonna show up and chat about some stuff. I have some thoughts. I may discuss them (ad nauseam) in the future.

Anyhow…on w/ the show.

If you haven’t played before:

  • Turn on your iPod or other music playing device.
  • Turn it to “shuffle.
  • Blog (or drop into comments if you don’t have a blog or Facebook/LiveJournal/Dreamwidth/any medium for such things) the first ten songs that come up!
  • Share!
  • Enjoy!

I am not playing by the rules, and you don’t have to either. I first heard this done at Feministe by Jill, who did it on Fridays, and I adopted Natalia’s idea of doing it on Mondays, because my Mondays needed a lift more than Fridays.

  1. To Binge (featuring Little Dragon) — Gorillaz
  2. Viva La Vida (Coldplay Cover) — Lady Gaga
  3. Eternal Flame — The Bangles
  4. Follow Me — 2NE1
  5. Technologic — Daft Punk
  6. Money, Money, Money — Mamma Mia! Company (Korean Cast)
  7. Redemption — Switchfoot
  8. Love the Way You Lie Featuring Rhianna — Eminiem
  9. Say Hey (I Love You) [featuring Cherine Anderson] — Michael Franti & Spearhead
  10. Holding My Own — The Darkness

Michael Franti & Spearhead — Say Hey (I Love You)

Video Description: Filmed at Vigário Geral favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the video features Michael singin’ his tune while people are dancing, singing, drumming (on a variety of really cool drums), running, jumping, and children are playing in the streets, in the buildings, and on the beach.

Monday Random Ten

Mark Hammill as Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. When teenagers try to get liquor in outer space. Text bubbles read: LUKE: We could have the Wookie it up. HAN: Yeah, you look like you're over 21. CHEWY: Ah, I'm not sure about this.

Are the leaves turning where you are? Do you have a yard full of them?

We don’t have either, really, yet. I noticed yesterday that the cherry blossom trees are just beginning to pink up at the top, and the oaks are just as stubborn as ever. I expect they will have their leaves clean through until next May just like this year.

The apples are in abundance, and I have found a few varieties on local stands that I haven’t seen before! Oh the excitement! I am dusting off old favorite Fall recipes and trying out some new ones. The chill in the air is pleasant after a long and wretchedly hot Summer, and it is surely welcomed.

I really miss most of you back home. Some of you that I haven’t talked to in a long time… I really miss you this time of year.

On with the show.

  1. Here it Goes Again — OK Go
  2. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness — Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Beginnings — Chicago
  4. Loose Lips — Kimya Dawson
  5. Mamma Mia! — Mamma Mia! Company (Korean Cast)
  6. I’ll Turn to You — Christina Aguilera
  7. Get Your Hands Off My Woman — The Darkness
  8. Love Will Never Do (Without You) — Janet Jackson
  9. It’s Alright, It’s OK — Leah Andreone
  10. Carol King — Where You Lead

I sincerely hope you all have a great week, with more downtime than I have staring me in the face. What I was thinking letting us take on all of these activities I am not sure…but I will tell you, the smiles on faces around here are worth it.

Have a great one, all!

Tacos!

Seriously! It’s been a big day, what with me starting a Twitterfight and all, which resulted in me being five kinds of hungry. I tell you, Readerland, it was the kind of hungry that could only be satisfied with my own throwdown into the contest of who makes the best tacos EVAH!*

All I could think about all day long was tacos.

I have a love of those messy disasters of meat and pico and whatever you can cram into a tortilla (corn, of course!) and have come to understand that there is just Not a Way to eat them Neatly. I must have either the best in town, or the cheap ones you get at that ridiculous chain, the one Outside the Box or whatever. One day I dream of visiting abbyjean and taking the Unofficial Taco Tour of L.A. (Vampires Not Included). (That was an Inside Joke, Soz.)

So, I searched all day, Readerland, from one end of the Internet to the Other, which should be read as half an Earth Hour, because that is really the length of time it took me to come across a recipe that we ended up using, Via an old NYT article entitled “The Taco Joint in Your Kitchen”, which I ran into while perusing Smitten Kitchen’s archives (I am in love with Deb’s blog, so, thanks, Maia, from Change, who I doubt reads my blog, but thanks anyhow!).

And damn my luck, my camera is down in the car in our parking garage and I just couldn’t muster up the energy to go and get it, but trust me, these tacos were beautiful and delicious, and well worth the time it took to make them.

We have limited availability of some fancier ingredients, so we didn’t roast all of the spices like it says to, and substituted powdered instead, and put a few drops of liquid smoke into the spice paste. We have it on hand from making Kalua Pig in our crock pot like big cheaters, what with not having the backyard and brick pit for burying an actual pig. The taste was quite good. Oh, who am I kidding? The taste overall was just great!

We also put the rinds of the citrus fruit (we used limes instead of lemons because that is what we had on hand) in the roasting liquid which made the meat slightly bitter. This was evened out by the salsa fresca or pico or whatever you want to call it we made to top it.

I have yet to come up with a good technique for baking corn tortillas. I am far too health conscious lazy to fry them when I am really tired, and we really love fresh corn tortillas. One of these days I promise to make them myself, but for now the brand of fresh-like ones we buy will do, if only we could get them tastier by baking. Without buying a fancy uni-use item for our tiny kitchen.

Oh, and would you believe our commissary actually had Tapatío? I have never seen a hot sauce other than Franks on the shelves! Better believe we bought that shit! Almost make up for the total lack of avocados, so sadly, our pork tacos had to go without guac OR yummy slices of fresh avo. OH THE HORRORS!

And if I wasn’t so privileged and aware of it, I would think that was a real tragedy. I got over it when The Guy bought me a champagne cola from the aisle where they keep the pre-made salsa, because I’d never had one, and it made my tongue kind of numb, which amused me. I remembered again when we had to eat our tacos with no avocado.

I’m over it again.

OK. Enough babble for now. Let’s get to what you came here for! I think the original recipe might be under subscription, so here it is!

Slow Roasted Pork Tacos

Slightly adapted from this recipe at the NY Times

10 cloves of peeled garlic (that is not a typo)

2 pound boneless pork butt (that’s a shoulder if you are not familiar with butcher terminology, since I know some of mah peeps are new with the cooking, so I try to accommodate that) We used a 4 pounder tonight because that is what they had and adjusted.

1/2 Tablespoon each of:

ground, mixed peppercorns

oregano

cumin

cinnamon

coriander

salt

2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

Allow the meat to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 300 F or about, umm, 150 C. Slice four of the cloves of garlic into thin slices, and with a thin knife make small slits in the pork to slid the garlic into. Tuck the garlic on in there.

Combine spices, salt, and remaining garlic in a food processor and make a paste by slowly adding the citrus juice (we didn’t need all of it to do this). It should be a smooth puree that will rub easily all over the surface of your meat. Do that. You can let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours or in the refrigerator for 24 (but we didn’t).

At this point you can either put it on a grill that is covered in aluminum (al-oo-min-ee-um) foil, or in a roasting pan in that preheated oven (the original recipe wasn’t clear if you were supposed to cover it. We assumed you should and did) for at least two hours. The longer the better, as we understand it. You should baste it periodically to make sure it doesn’t dry out on the top, and add more liquid if it isn’t producing enough. We stuffed the citrus peels in after the liquid appeared, but it did make the meat a bit bitter. If you are us, you are going to take the lid off for the last thirty minutes to get the nice browned chewy bits on the top.

Take the hot meat out of the pan and shred it up all nice. You can serve it hot or room temperature on nice warm, tortillas. Corn if you love tacos, and flour if you are a monster! Ha! Just kidding! Eat your tacos however you like them! We served ours with a little fresh pico and even some sour cream!

Our fresh pico (today’s version, anyhow):

4 big beefsteak tomatoes

2 medium yellow onions

1 Pablano pepper, seeded

1 yellow Anaheim pepper, seeded

a few cloves of garlic (we lost count)

a bunch of cilantro, stems removed

sea salt and lime juice to taste

toss it all in a food processor and whirl it around until the chunks are the size you like.

Enjoy!

*This is a trick statement and of course, misleading. The best tacos are made at Rosie’s Cantina in Hale’iwa, HI. The fish tacos are to die for. I hope that clears things up a bit.

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Well, a flood, an internet crisis, and now, catch-up time!

But it sure is time for some tunes, because there always seems to be time for those!

  1. Hazel Eyes — The Darkness
  2. If You Leave Me Now — Chicago
  3. Maneater — Nelly Fertado
  4. Stronger — Britney Spears
  5. Zebra — John Butler Trio
  6. Invincible — MC Mong
  7. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich — Lady Gaga
  8. Mama Kin — Aerosmith
  9. New Genious — Gorillaz
  10. Fireworks — The Tragically Hip

If iTunes hasn’t broken up with me, as it seems to have with a few of my friends here in Korea (some weird thing going on) I am hoping to explore some new music suggestions soon.

In the mean time, how ’bouts a vid, huh?

One of my favorite Britney songs, “Stronger”.

Video: Britney, close up of her well made-up face looking at some dood who gives her a shrug as we see another woman, presumably a new relationship after ending one with Britney, wrapping her arms around him. Britney says “Whatever”, and walks away. She cuts to an all black stage where she is dressed in all sparkly black and has obtained a metal chair, and proceeds to do a kickin’ dance routine with the chair that mimics many actions taking place in the mostly white-decorated club scene that is frequently cut to. In the club scenes, a rotating platform allows Britney to continue walking away from this dood as he falls and trips over things while trying to follow her.

Then, she ruins the whole video by choosing a crap car to drive, but we get the message that she is still doing really awesome despite poor car choice, but she gets bonus forgiveness for at least opting for the vintage Mustang for her speeding through empty desert scene. She stops the car and gets out and dances a bit in the rain until the scene freezes, and the rain is repelled, presumably by Britney’s awesomeness, and she is dry again.

Lyrics:

Hush… just stop
there’s nothing you can do or say (baby)
I’ve had enough
I’m not your property as from today (baby)

you might think that I won’t make it on my own
but now I’m

CHORUS
Stronger than yesterday
now it’s nothin’ but my way
my loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I…I’m stronger

Than I ever thought that I could be (baby)
I used to go with the flow
didn’t really care ’bout me

You might think that I can’t take it
but your wrong
‘Cause now I’m

Chorus
Stronger than yesterday
now it’s nothin’ but my way
my loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I…I’m stronger

come on now
oh yeah
here I go
on my own
I don’t need no body
better off alone

here I go on my own now
I don’t need no body not any body
here I go

alright

here I go

stronger than yesterday
it’s nothin’ but my way
my loneliness ain’t killin’ me no more

A Message From Lady Gaga to The Senate

Note from imissedtumblr: This transcript is going to be quick & dirty because I have a meeting in 30 minutes. None of the names are spelled correctly, I’m sorry.  (I’m typing this part at the end and I have to run.)  If someone has the time to clean this up, I’d really appreciate it.

This is a black & White video with Lady Gaga sitting in front of a US-flag, looking very serious and speaking directly to the camera.

Transcript by Anna, slightly edited by Yours, Truly:

To my fellow Americans, the Senate, Senators John McCain, Arizona, Mitch McConnell, Kentucy, James Inhofe, Oklahoma, Jeff Sessions, Alabama, and youth, all over the world who are watching

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a law that was created in 1993 that prevents gays from serving openly in the military.  Since then, 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the forces, refused the right to serve their country, and sent home, regardless of honourable service or how valuable they may have been to their units.  400 soldiers under President Obama’s administration alone were discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Advocacy by organizations such as the SLDN, the Service Members Legal Defense Network, have showing the inconsistent and unconstitutional enforcement of this law.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell asks that serving gay and lesbian soldiers hide and keep private their sexual orientation under the protection and promise that the government will not ask them to tell or disclose their sexuality. SLDN’s advocacy proves that these soldiers are being searched, superiors are going through their emails and private belongings, calling family members and operating based on assumptions.  Ultimately the law is being enforced using gay profiling.

And gay soldiers have become targets.

In short, not only is the law unconstitutional, it’s not being properly or fairly enforced by the government.  Our fight is a continuum of the ever-present equal rights movement.  Every day we fight to abolish laws that harbour hatred and discrimination. Against all people.  Laws that infringe on our civil liberties. Unfair laws that, like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, were put in place to eliminate friction and violence but in the end, only delay the process of ending this most serious prejudice.

I am here to be a voice for my generation, not the generation of the senators that are voting, but the youth of our country, the generation that is affected by this law, and whose children will be affected.

We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality, we’re asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution.  As majority leader Harry Reid said, anyone who is willing to fight for this country should have the same civil opportunities to do so as anyone else.  It is my believe that no one person is more valuable than another.

Air Force Major Mike Almy was discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell while serving 6 years in Iraq and a total of 13 years in the air force.

I spent some time with him recently talking about his story with other soldiers.  He said to me “During my time in the air force, when I fought for my country, I never identified myself as anything other than a soldier.”

Just like you, Senator McCain, a distinguished veteran who loves his country, Mike would have done anything during his time of duty to protect America.

Sergeant First Class Army Stacey Vasquez, after 12 years of service, was outed by the wife of a cadet to whom she gave negative reports  based on his bad performance in the unit.  West Point Cadet Katie Miller opted to leave West Point Academy because she felt pressured to mask her identity in school  The most shocking discovery for me was to hear them all say how much they missed serving and protecting our nation, how they joined the armed forces because they believe in America.

Senators, when you’re sending our men and women into war,  when you’re sending our wives, husbands, sons and daughters into combat, will you honour their service?

Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday, and pledge to them that no American’s life is more valuable than another?

For those watching that would like to reach out to their senators and ask for their vote to repeat Don’t Ask Don’t Tell you can log onto www.sldn.org/gaga or you can call 202-224-3121, like I’m going to do right now.

[Ringing] Hi can I please be transferred to Chuck Shumer’s office? [More ringing.  It rings and rings and rings for maybe two minutes while Lady Gaga waits.]

[Busy Signal]

[Lady Gaga hits redial?]

Recorded Voice: Your call has been forwarded to an Automated Voice Message system.  The mail box belonging to Senator [indiscernible]’s office is full.  Good-bye.

Lady Gaga: I have called both of the senators that operate in my district.  I will not stop calling until I reach them and I can leave them this message.

I am a constituent of the senator, My name is Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germinotta, also known as Lady Gaga.

I am calling to ask the Senator to vote with Senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and oppose John McCain’s shameless filibuster. We need to do this, for our Gay and Lesbian soldiers, and finally repeal, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Try calling after 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.  I’ll be on the phone too.  Thank you. God Bless.

PS: Levin is from Michigan, and he rawks. I emailed Stupak this past week about DADT, despite his other less favorable qualities, he is in favor of this repeal. Good for him.

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Lord Voldemort as portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, gritting his teeth together and squinting his eyes. Text reads "heart you billy corgan!" with a "<3" to mean a heart.Happy Monday!

There was a nice thunderstorm today, which, while it spoiled our pool plans, did have a nice calming effect on some other parts of me today. *LOVE* Thunderstorms.

I dedicate this MRT to the Smashing Pumpkins concert which we will NOT be attending because I refuse to pay the obscene amount of money being asked for the tickets to go see Billy Corgan and the people who are not James, D’arcy and Jimmy. Love Billy’s voice as I do (and as much as I would love to reminisce about how he was indeed my high school fantasy boyfriend…), I voted no.

On with it.

  1. Good Stuff — Shakira
  2. Falling In Love (In Hard On The Knees) — Aerosmith
  3. Hey Bulldog — Alice Cooper (From Butchering the Beatles)
  4. Superfast Jellyfish (featuring Gruff Rhys & De La Soul) — Gorrillaz
  5. Away — Breaking Benjamin
  6. Dirrty — Christina Aguilera Featuring Redman
  7. Seven Days to the Wolves — Nightwish
  8. Hottrack — MC 몽 (Mong)
  9. You’re Out — Wonder Girls
  10. My Blue Heaven — Smashing Pumpkins

Video:

Cover of “Landslide” sung by Billy Corgan (Lyrics) in a long-sleeved t-shirt with a giant spider on it (I swear I have that shirt in short-sleeved! Oh Billy!) with his iconic shaved head, playing the acoustic guitar.

This one I remember quite distinctly from my youth, sitting entranced seeing my favorite song performed live. At that point in my life I wasn’t sure if I wanted to kiss D’arcy or be D’arcy. I had a lot of undisclosed emotions back then and no one to talk to them about.

Video: “Tonight, Tonight” The Smashing Pumpkins (Lyrics) live at the MTV Music Awards in 1996, playing with an orchestra, and a projection of space scenes flowing in the background. Corgan, bald again, is wearing a black,floor-length something or another with a star-theme on it that almost glows in the dark. D’arcy and James are wearing creme coloured outfits, James a swingin suit with his awesome hair, and D’arcy a knee-length dress that I tried to find for a dance that year. Her hair is awesome and swept up. The drummer of course is wearing black, because drummers get no love and should be invisible, even if in this song there are some righteous runs.

OK. I’m done.

Enjoy and have a great week.

(photo from the decibel tolls)

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