Friday, May 23, 2008

Humor Dissected

I saw this quiz on a blog last night. I was browsing through my back-log of unread favorite blogs, so I have no idea which one I found it on, or I'd give credit/blame where it's due. Feel free to go through my blogroll to the right and fail to find it yourself. There's plenty of really interesting stuff in there. Or at least I think so.

Your Score: the Comic

(42% dark, 38% spontaneous, 47% vulgar)

your humor style:

Yours is the most versatile and also the most popular kind of humor. You'll crack a joke about just about anything, but you're not mean-spirited or intimidating, so you can get away with it--even when, for example, you bust on Mexicans.

You appreciate a good dirty joke as much as next person, but, over all, you've got a brainier approach to humor than most. Now just go out there and write up a routine; it's likely you'd be good at it.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Dave Chappelle - Rodney Dangerfield

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -

Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

(edited to clean it up a little. I couldn't get it to fit in the area provided, though.)


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pot Luck

I have an irrational dislike of pot lucks. I have unpleasant memories of digging into what appeared to be perfectly innocuous dishes only to discover that they were horrible and I had to eat them, lest the anonymous but present cook notice and be insulted.

When I have to cook for a pot luck, I usually cook too much. I panic if I have less than a huge pot of food, just in case - what, I'm not sure.

I've solved my pot luck dilemma by distracting myself with a challenging task: cook vegan. (My sweetheart just piped up, "Not an actual vegan, you understand. Just something that they'd actually eat." He has the sense of humor I lack. Sorry.)

So, I found this great website: I pick a recipe, substitute a couple of things because I'm on the other side of sensible, and take it with me, terrified that there won't be enough.

So I ended up modifying a recipe from that site. Warning: this has a lot more smell to it than it does flavor.

Approximately 2 Tablespoons olive oil
Approximately 2 chopped onions
Approximately 1/2 chopped dried ancho pepper (Not enough. This was a substitute for 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. I should've thrown in the whole pepper)
Approximately 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder (This was supposed to be two tablespoons but I didn't have that much. I'd encourage you to add more)
1 can chickpeas

Saute the onions in the oil until golden. Add the pepper and dried mustard. I didn't add enough. At this point, I threw it in the fridge overnight. The next day, I put the sauteed onion mixture together with the rinsed and drained can of chickpeas, added 4 cups of water and simmered for an hour. It was fine. Next time I'll throw in more seasonings and see if I can manage to have any vegetable broth on hand.

Oh, yeah, the recipe called for cilantro. I can't stand cilantro. If I had any parsley on hand, I would've thrown some in.

It was a little watery, but good.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Murderers and Secret Pal 12

First I want to ask you to help a friend of mine, who's a mystery author. This week she was the featured blogger on her publisher's site and she did something a little different from what they wanted her to do. You know, marketing departments want you to push your books. She wanted to muse about murderers. As you may know, comments are king in the blogging world, and she needs all she can get. So if you find the topic interesting, please go put in your two cents worth!

Secondly, Secret Pal 12 has opened for sign ups! They're doing things a little differently this time. I hope it works better for them. If I read the blog correctly, sign ups close on May 30, and I think they're limiting participants to 300.

If you're still reading, let me tell you how I've recently wasted a lot of time - go to You Tube and search on Derren Brown. Watch as many as you can in any order that strikes your fancy. He's addictive.

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