It’s hypnotic. 50 minutes of 56 episodes of Star Trek TOS played at the same time, tiled next to each other. If you get through the whole thing, it will make the 49:15 mark, and following, that much more enjoyable.
56 Episodes of Star Trek At The Same Time
Mead. Honey Wine. Grog. “Pond Water”. For Renaissance Faire-goers, sweet wine aficionados, and the normal mortal human alike, there can always be Mead. The sweet honey nectar starts at the basic part of fermentation and home brewing, and can reap some amazing rewards. Some brewers opt to add fruit and spices, each creating a new, bright, and unique taste. However, it can take up to a month for the brew to finish. If you’re rushed for a refreshing glass, and don’t have a store that carries it nearby, here’s an exceedingly easy recipe that can cost as little $7.50, and that’s if you have to go out and buy the wine and honey. Ladies and gents, I give you: Minute Mead. *Slainte*
This recipe creates a moderately heavy honey taste. The Chablis is the undertone flavor on this. You can always adjust according to your own preference.
1 – 1.5L bottle of dessert wine (using Chablis)
2/3 cup honey
(2) 2cup, or larger, liquid measuring cup, one of them should be Microwaveable
Warning: Due to displacement with the honey as a denser additive, there will be a slight bit of extra wine. Consume as necessary.
- Pour 8 ounces (1cup) of wine from the bottle into each measuring cup. Into the one microwaveable cup, add the 2/3 cup honey.
- Microwave the honey and wine mix for 1 minute on High. Keep an eye on it to prevent boiling.
- Stir mix to make sure that the honey is incorporated into the wine to create a uniformed concentrate.
- Pour this back into the wine bottle.
- Replace cap on the wine bottle & shake gently to mix. Remove cap to allow any heat built up to escape. If there is still a bit of room in the bottle, feel free to add any more of the remaining wine from the other measuring cup (if not yet consumed). Remember to leave a little room in the bottle for agitation.
- Replace cap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Enjoy. The longer that it sits, the more it will “mature”, and the honey flavor will deepen slightly. Use within a month. (Personal experience has left bottles for up to a year, although it gets a little murky).
For times when more would be required, many stores also carry the Chablis in the big jug bottles (Carlo Rossi has a 3.0L bottle, which would mean that you just double everything). Muawahahahaha.
This week’s NOMonster recipe is for all you unicorn owners, breeders, and seekers. This fun and easy recipe is for Unicorn Kibble, to lure and keep your magical creature happy, sweet, and in non-attack mode. It also includes the sacrificial butchering of any leftover Peeps, from Easter, who were previously not content with being consumed.
These treats usually pull the best magic when left out in a green-filled nature area, close to midnight, on a full moon. And you have to believe. *Results are not guaranteed*
3 tablespoons butter
35 marshmallow chick Peeps (if none available, convert count to equal 1 ½ bunnies per 1 chick)
6 cups Fruity Pebbles
Wilton’s Sparkle Gel (optional)
Preferred Cooling Platform (Greased baking sheet, muffin/mini muffin molds, etc)
- Cut Peeps into small pieces to make the melting process easier, and to minimize the Peep movement for color cross contamination.
- Turn on stovetop to a medium-low, more towards the lower side. Add the butter to a pot and melt completely.
- Add the sacrificial Peeps bits, keeping the colors separate. DO NOT STIR OR MIX.
- If you are not sure if the Peeps are melting, as they can generally keep their form due to the sugar coating, use a buttered spatula to gently prod the Peeps. A well melted Peep will give way easily. The non-melted Peeps will still hold their normal strengthened marshmallow form.
- Once the Peeps appear to have all melted, remove from heat.
- Add in the 6 cups of Fruity Pebbles, and stir to combine.
- Once combined, move to the Preferred Cooling Platform until set.
- If applicable: Use a brush to apply the Glitter Gel
***Making these long after your Peeps are gone? This recipe works fine and dandy with regular marshmallows. Just substitute the Peeps with 1 (10 oz.) package marshmallows.***
And as always with nature, what goes in, must come out. Digested magic in Unicorn Poop! Make it at home!
Fun Unicorn Facts
Robot Unicorn Attack (Game) from Adult Swim
Charlie The Unicorn
A new themed restaurant has opened amongst the bustling hub surrounding the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. It shows promise, as long as the general public gives it a chance, and the restaurant can hold up to the high standard that the décor, theme, and prices that it shows off.
It’s christened “Excalibur Medieval Restaurant”. Now, your mind might automatically jump to the kitschy feeling that the standard Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament can bring about, but this restaurant seems to have something different. It takes the heart of the medieval ideals, and combines them with food. It’s not your standard turkey leg, goblet of beer type of place.
This past evening, on April 12, they held their Grand Opening, complete with a King and Queen, Knights, a Jester, a world-traveled magician, musicians, and dancers galore.
Vaclav, the magician, displayed some serious skills with his card tricks, one of which involved a dagger pistol, as well as “tapping” into the energies and aura of an unsuspecting volunteer. Andrew, the Scottish piper, played his heart out while the dancers (almost all from the Celtic Arts Center in North Hollywood) entertained with some traditional Ceili group dances. As the night progressed, Peter McGowan and Suman enchanted guests with a tribal rhythm and sound which had hints of a Celtic line at times, along a belly-dance display by Suman. As the evening came to a close, and the music was still going, it was pleasant to see some of the wait staff getting involved with the music and dancing. It’s those spontaneous moments that every human spirit encounters that can bring magic to a time and space.
While the royal company and others would normally not be in attendance at the “castle” during the normal operating (I’m sure they’re off visiting the War Dukes, and bringing the entertainment with them), you can still enjoy what the restaurant has to offer.
The menu has an assortment of single person entrees, each generalized into an earth location: The Land – Meats and Fowl, The Pond – Fish, and The Garden – Veggies. If you are of a stronger will, and want to tempt your palette, they also offer duck, venison, boar, rabbit, antelope, or pheasant, but you may want to call ahead to ensure that it’s available that day. If you are in a group, you may want to opt for one of the Feasts, which covers meals for 2 or more people.
CHEF BENI VELAZQUEZ draws on worldwide influences to re-imagine dining in the Medieval age. His unique menu utilizes fresh organic produce and meats from local farmers, sustainable seafood and an eclectic blend of European-inspired spices and flavors to stimulate the most carnal senses. Excalibur guests are invited to eat with the bare hands as they savor dishes like.
Unfortunately, there was a down side to the evening. It seems that the kitchen may have run out of food, as quite a few guests at the front of the restaurant were not able to sample the delicacies, and left thus left early.
If you find yourself amidst the Downtown area, and are itching for a different style dining experience, or else are going into pre-, or post-, Rensaissance Faire withdrawals, this might be your place. Visit their website HERE for more information!
*I had been invited to attend the Grand Opening as a volunteer Ceili Dancer, but how could the nerd side of me resist taking in all of the other medieval aspects? It was an enjoyable time, and the staff was friendly and welcoming*
- Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first Full Moon, following the Spring Equinox.
It’s brilliant, and one of the few actual life-applying lessons that I learned during that time, since even Algebra apparently changes over the years. The odd thing, however, is that it is seemingly Pagan based with the Spring Equinox, and a method that the Church adopted, making it into their own (gasp!). I have a strange suspicion that this was the beginning of my desire to look at the world outside of the Catholic, and organized religion in general, bubble.
It’s Easter time in the world, along with Passover, Theravadin New Year, and probably a handful of other holidays. These holidays encourage forgiveness, peace, hope, new life, and then it seems to go wrong.
In V for Vendetta, Stephen Fry’s character mentions the Qur’an: “I don’t have to be Muslim to find the images beautiful or its poetry moving”. The Torah and Christian Bible (and its many variances therein) possesses equally powerful passages, however, since a good chunk of the world is Jewish or Christian based, admitting that a completely different script was equally as beautiful makes for a more striking sentiment.
Each religion possesses its own beauty, and in it, core beliefs which are meant to make its followers into the best people that they can be. Each religion is tailored to a society’s specific needs, and a desire for fulfillment that the purpose of life transcends Earthly meaning.
Each religion is right. Each religion will defend its beliefs. Traditions are hard to sway unless forcibly made to. While many religions preach for a display of peace and a show of universal love to everyone, it appears to need only apply to those within the same umbrella of that religion. It’s a teensy bit hypocritical.
There are sparks of hope. While doctrinal religion, overall, holds tight, there are the individuals who accept humanity for what it is, rather than what they believe in.
If a person is a good human being, does religion matter? If a person speaks or looks different, does it mean that they are automatically inclined to hurt you? Alternately, are you automatically inclined to hurt them? What makes you more “right” than someone else? What makes it so difficult to be accepting?
Does another person’s life choice (religion, gender, sexual preference, etc) change yours in any way? You would still love the people you love and go about your daily business in the same way. Why are you allowed to pick and choose the “acceptable” qualities in people, while cutting down anything that doesn’t jive with yours?
If you haven’t noticed, we’re only in this life for a blink of an eye. Why would you want to spend it with hate or fear in you?
Your basis of religion stems from something that was taught to you. You were molded and formed to behave within the collectively agreed upon set of values. While you accept the certain method of thought, you were not born knowing your religion. You may have been born “knowing God” in whichever form you want to believe, sure, but you would have known him in a true essence. You had to grow into your religion. You can choose, at any point in your life, to change.
While the human race has an incredibly long way to go, change is happening. Change will come.
~~Wishing you all of the love and peace that the universe has to offer.~~
Everyone’s done it in one form or another: prayers, spells, visualize receiving an end product. While the Universe/God doesn’t provide everything needed for a cushy lifestyle for everyone, there are small moments where you’re given something as a reminder that whatever Powers-That-Be are still out there.
Notice the small things in life. There are no coincidences. They’ll bring a smile, and a bit of hope.
Personal experience: “With the recent lotto hitting a higher jackpot than ever before, I jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks ago. I asked the Universe for a big win: money, wealth, riches… I phrased it as many ways as possible. Needless to say, I recently noticed that two new friends popped up in my life. The Universe certainly has a sense of humor. I now have more than twice the Rich’s in life than I had before. I treasure all of my friends more than anything else that money could buy, and apparently, the Universe wanted to remind me of that.”
Wayne Dyer is a great starting point for anyone interested in the Power of Intention. He talks about being able to find the answers to inner “zen” through the seven secrets to a joyful life. If you can find creativity, kindness, beauty, love, receptivity, expansion, and abundance in every aspect of life, you’re on a good path.
“The law of attraction is this: You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you are. Most people’s mistake in trying to apply the law of attraction is they want things; they demand things. But God doesn’t work that way,” continues Dyer. “It’s all about allowing.”