20 Questions with Cory Geryak

(via Satellite News)

Check out 20 Questions with Cory Geryak.

Cory Geryak is the cinematographer (and other assorted credits) for Future War (immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000 in episode 1004).

Heres a sample:

15. When did you become aware that FW was selected for an MST3K episode? What was your reaction? The reaction of your fellow crew members?

I found out that it aired on MST3K through the internet. I was thrilled! It is the only way that the movie is remotely watchable, so I’m grateful that MST3K made it somewhat entertaining.

Chocolate Waffles With Poached Cherries

(via www.nctimes.com)

(Prep and cooking time 1.25 hours)

  • 2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
  • .75 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • .5 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • .25 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Powdered sugar

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, stir cherries, .5 cup granulated sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla bean until cherries are juicy and sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer; stir occasionally until cherries are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; if making up to 2 days ahead, cover and chill (reheat before serving).

Meanwhile, in a bowl with a mixer on low speed, beat mascarpone, cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and chill up to 2 days (if needed, whisk to thicken before serving).

In another bowl, mix .25 cup granulated sugar and the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a bowl, beat egg to blend with milk and butter. Stir into flour mixture until evenly moistened.

Turn a waffle iron to high heat; spray both sides lightly with cooking oil spray. When hot, add about 1.25 cups batter; close iron and cook until waffle is well browned, about 9 minutes. Remove waffle; keep warm on a baking sheet in a 200 F oven up to 15 minutes. Repeat to cook remaining waffles.

Place a waffle on each of 6 dessert plates; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with cherries and juice (discard vanilla bean), then mascarpone cream.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 632 cal., 10 g pro., 33 g fat (20 g saturated), 78 g carbo., 3.7 g fiber, 376 mg sodium, 110 mg chol.

Yet Another Bush Joke

(via Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener….)

How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to replace a lightbulb?

The Answer is SEVEN:

  1. one to deny that a lightbulb needs to be replaced
  2. one to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the lightbulb,
  3. one to blame the previous administration for the need of a new lightbulb,
  4. one to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of lightbulbs,
  5. one to get together with Vice President Cheney and figure out how to pay Halliburton Industries one million dollars for a lightbulb,
  6. one to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the lightbulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag,
  7. and finally one to explain to Bush the difference between screwing a lightbulb and screwing the country.

Elvin Jones Dies at 76

(via NYT)

Elvin Jones, whose explosive drumming powered the John Coltrane Quartet, the most influential and controversial jazz ensemble of the 1960’s, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 76 and lived in Manhattan and Nagasaki, Japan.

Mr. Jones’s death, which came after several months of failing health, was announced by John DeChristopher, director of artist relations for the Avedis Zildjian Company, maker of Mr. Jones’s cymbals. Mr. Jones continued to perform until a few weeks ago, often taking an oxygen tank onto the bandstand.

If I wanted to, I could do it myself

Dear Mr. Flash Logo Animator Spammer Guy,

If I want to clutter my web site with annoying Flash animation, I’m certain I could do it myself. If I were to hire someone to do this work for me, you can be damn sure you would not get my business. The fact you advertise your business via unsolicited email, either means you are totally clueless or simply a crook.

Another Waffle Recipe

(from gilroydispatch.com)

Overnight Waffles

  • 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 T. butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Oil or Pam for waffle iron
  • 2 eggs

Before going to bed, combine the dry ingredients and stir in the milk, then the butter and vanilla. The mixture will be loose. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight at room temperature.

Brush the waffle iron lightly with oil and preheat it. Separate the eggs and stir the yolks into the batter. Beat the whites until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter.

Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately or keep warm for a few minutes in a low oven.