Saturday, January 30, 2016

Writing & Music

I applied for grad school through Southern New Hampshire University this last week.  They have an online Masters in English & Creative Writing (screenwriting emphasis) program.  I'm pretty sure I'll get in.

I have a new screenplay that I'm working on.  I'm just about finished up with Act 1, but I don't think my hook is exactly there.  Maybe I'm just overthinking it.  Anyone want to give it a glance and tell me what they think?  Email me.

Since December, I've been in a band.  We have no name yet and we just do covers.  We're still in the "learning songs and learning to play them as one" stage.  Today I couldn't make practice.  I woke up with a sinus migraine and that was added to by 11am with some low blood pressure.  It's cleared up, but ARGH  I put in about 18 hours of practice on my bass.  Shit man.  I couldn't just wait for the head pain and low blood pressure until tomorrow?  I'm going to push for these songs (tell me what you think): "After Dark" by Tito & Tarantula, "Like A Bad Girl Should" by The Cramps, "Hey, Hey, My, My" by Neil Young, "Shoot 'Em Down" by Twisted Sister, "Private Idaho" by B-52s, and "Down In The Park" by Gary Numan.

As always, looking for comments!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Projects

I feel like I have not made much presence online in a while.  I have been up to things.  As on January 1, 2016, I was made the new MUFON State Director for Alaska.  That has brought around many evenings of deep thought in how to manage the state in regards to UFO investigation and awareness. MUFON Alaska website.

I have also decided to start publishing a Quarterly.  I've done monthly newsletters before, so I'm not new to this idea.  The Alaska Paranormal Network Quarterly (APN Quarterly) will be published for March, June, September, and December.  It will feature a variety of articles that are Alaskan-oriented and topics range from paranormal to unusual history to strange science to true crime.  I am constantly looking for submissions, though it appears that I am left to do the entire thing by myself (as always).  You can check out the website or the facebook page.  Feel free to send in submissions.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Banana Coconut Chocolate Roulade

Banana Coconut Chocolate Roulade

Sponge:
1 Banana
4 Eggs, separated
1/2 cup Almond Flour

Filling:
1 can Coconut Milk
2 TBSP Coconut Butter, melted
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder
1 TBSP Agave Nectar

1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Separate your eggs into two bowls.  Whip the egg whites until very stiff.
3. In the other bowl, combine the banana and egg yolks.  Beat until smooth and frothy.  Add in the almond flour and beat some more.
4. Fold the egg whites into the banana-yolk mixture.
5. Spread the sponge mixture on a lightly greased silpat mat or a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper.  Spread into a somewhat long rectangle shape.  Bake this for 10 minutes.
6. Open the can of coconut milk and place the solid white matter into a bowl.  Discard the rest.
7. Add to the white solids the coconut butter, cocoa powder, and agave nectar.  Beat this until smooth and light.
8. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
9. When the sponge comes out from the oven, remove from the silpat mat or parchment paper.  This will cool fast.
10.  Once the sponge is cool, spread the filling over the sponge.  I suggest more at the end you will start rolling it and less at the opposite end.
11. Roll up the sponge and gently move to a serving plate.  Serve as soon as possible.  It can survive for a day or two in the fridge.

I'm sure that you could decorate it.  You might make extra filling to place on top of it, you might serve with banana slices, etc.  Mine, as you can see, was just left plain.  It also cracked because I did not grease my silpat mat.

This is not overly sweet, but is delightfully light and creamy.  Goes well with coffee and tea.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Death

I am not one who usually gets upset or emotional when celebrities pass, but this last Sunday David Bowie passed away.  At the end of December, it was Lemmy from Motorhead and today it is Alan Rickman.

David Bowie played a big role in my life from a young age.  I've always liked his music and the films that he was involved in.  I always wanted to meet him.  I get along with people named David and I thought it would be no different with Bowie.  I never had the chance.   When he died, I had quite the emotional day - completely out of the norm for me - and I tried burying emotion in a piece of tiramisu from the grocery store.

I'm not sure how you guys feel about David Bowie's passing.  You might not care,  you might just say "that's too bad", or you could be just like me.

The emotional journey:

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Surprise

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Refusal to Believe

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Sadness

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Broken Heart

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Media Over Exposure

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Questioning Life

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Goals for the New Year

I was thinking about goals for the new year while out with my mom this morning.  If I make goals for the new year, I like to make them be something totally achievable and I like to plan out how to reach those goals.

I have three goals.


#1 - Get back to eating Paleo.  I have drifted and it's showing.  I'm still a plump size 8 and my jeans are not comfortable...if you get my drift.  When I ate a strict paleo diet, I lost size fairly quickly.  This means, no more little snacks at work unless it's paleo, no more Friday work lunches (they are never paleo), and no more going to my parents' place for dinner (never paleo and way too tempting).  It's me and my trusty crockpot for the next few months!  If you eat paleo and don't mind having the same thing for a few meals, crockpotting is the way to go.  Throw a roast in and you have meat for a week!  Just have to make your veggies.  Before anyone judges, my doctor said that the paleo diet is best to keep my thyroid under control without any drugs (I'm avidly against most pharmaceuticals).

#2 - Lose size, get back to a size 4/6 jeans.  I don't care much about weight because I'm muscular.  I am also sporting a nice new layer of blubber.  I currently am in size 8 jeans and they don't fit well.  I think that if I aim for a size 6 by March and a size 4 by summer, it's reasonable.



#3 - Increase my exercise.  I already go to the gym first thing in the morning and run for 30 minutes.  I get about 4 miles done and I'm totally cool with it.  I'm thinking that maybe I should go to the gym after work and walk for a few miles or something.  I need to figure it out.