Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Benticore wrote:
Minarchist wrote:

I am about to put 11 pounds of brisket, 16 pounds of pork butt, and 5 pounds of turkey breast on the smoker. I feel pretty good about this.

I did this last year for Memorial day. 11lb Brisket, 6lb boston butt, 5 slabs of ribs, 2lbs of wings, 2lbs of brats. I was banned from the grill for the rest of the year because I cooked for 40 people but had INVITED NO ONE TO MY HOUSE. We still refer to that day of 24hr grilling as the Meatpocalypse.

So basically, I'm drooling in jealousy. Care to share any rub/marinade/bbq/tips for the rest of us smoker/grill worshippers?

Priceless!

Earlier this week, my girlfriend and I were frustrated once again with our douchebag, super cheap, passive aggressive, a 30 second issue always takes 3+ weeks to deal with landlord. We like this apartment but he always makes things such an unnecessary headache. Due to my girlfriend's insane study schedule this year, there's a very narrow period of time in which we could feasibly move and the likelihood of us finding something we wanted in that window was minuscule. Then my Mom forwarded us a classified ad from her school board's intranet and everything changed.

We're about to go meet a lady who owns a detached house in the older (i.e. not crappy Agrestic-like part) of Ottawa's Kanata suburb. It's 450 square feet bigger than our apartment, has a finished basement, a garage, an epic back yard (especially by suburban standards), brand new central air, she's fine with us painting the place and will even pay for the paint (our current landlord was a dick about that), she'll pay the water bill in exchange for us maintaining the lawn, the utility bills will be the same or maybe even lower than here and the best part? Each of us will be paying a measly $100 more in rent for all this and the move in date is exactly when we needed. We're still kind of dumbstruck by it.

This will be my fourth move since 2008 and I'll be packing most of our stuff alone because my girlfriend has to spend June in Toronto at a course. But I'm not even bothered by that because this is such an incredible step up for so little money. I can't wait to give our current dick landlord his 60 days notice. He's been waffling back and forth on replacing our 20 year old, basically broken A/C unit here in exchange for another 1 year lease and I'm stoked to go "You had a chance to lock us in and you blew it."

Benticore wrote:
Minarchist wrote:

I am about to put 11 pounds of brisket, 16 pounds of pork butt, and 5 pounds of turkey breast on the smoker. I feel pretty good about this.

I did this last year for Memorial day. 11lb Brisket, 6lb boston butt, 5 slabs of ribs, 2lbs of wings, 2lbs of brats. I was banned from the grill for the rest of the year because I cooked for 40 people but had INVITED NO ONE TO MY HOUSE. We still refer to that day of 24hr grilling as the Meatpocalypse.

So basically, I'm drooling in jealousy. Care to share any rub/marinade/bbq/tips for the rest of us smoker/grill worshippers?

We call it the "festival of meat". I've done it on the grill before, but this is the first time cooking that much in the smoker.

I'm using a couple rubs out of Smoke and Spice, which was recommended to me (and is a ludicrous deal at its current price of $10). Great book. Mostly I just smoked everything at around 215-220F for six hours -- chunks of cherry, my favorite for mixed meats -- then refrigerated the turkey breast and threw the brisket and butt in a 200F oven. When I woke up at 6:30, I pushed it up to 225F and wrapped the butt tightly in aluminum foil (it was hitting the stall just then, believe it or not). The brisket has since been extracted so I could separate the flat from the head, and is awaiting its return (along with the now-deboned turkey) to an oven set on "warm", as soon as the butt crosses 180F.

It's the first time I've done turkey, and I didn't get a chance to brine it or anything, so I dunno if it'll be good or not. It had no smoke ring, but I guess that's just a poultry thing because the brisket's smoke ring was gorgeous (pics to follow, I'm sure).

EDIT: I should really start mopping the stuff. I'm already opening the smoker to add wood every hour, you'd think it wouldn't be that hard to mop too. Ah well, my brain's been a bit frazzled lately.

What Minarchist said. Go buy a copy of Smoke and Spice, and just follow the directions. I haven't had anything from that book turn out bad.

Huzzah Parallax if i was anywhere near Canada i'd come help you pack but sadly being in sunny CA makes that a bit difficult.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Earlier this week, my girlfriend and I were frustrated once again with our douchebag, super cheap, passive aggressive, a 30 second issue always takes 3+ weeks to deal with landlord. We like this apartment but he always makes things such an unnecessary headache. Due to my girlfriend's insane study schedule this year, there's a very narrow period of time in which we could feasibly move and the likelihood of us finding something we wanted in that window was minuscule. Then my Mom forwarded us a classified ad from her school board's intranet and everything changed.

We're about to go meet a lady who owns a detached house in the older (i.e. not crappy Agrestic-like part) of Ottawa's Kanata suburb. It's 450 square feet bigger than our apartment, has a finished basement, a garage, an epic back yard (especially by suburban standards), brand new central air, she's fine with us painting the place and will even pay for the paint (our current landlord was a dick about that), she'll pay the water bill in exchange for us maintaining the lawn, the utility bills will be the same or maybe even lower than here and the best part? Each of us will be paying a measly $100 more in rent for all this and the move in date is exactly when we needed. We're still kind of dumbstruck by it.

This will be my fourth move since 2008 and I'll be packing most of our stuff alone because my girlfriend has to spend June in Toronto at a course. But I'm not even bothered by that because this is such an incredible step up for so little money. I can't wait to give our current dick landlord his 60 days notice. He's been waffling back and forth on replacing our 20 year old, basically broken A/C unit here in exchange for another 1 year lease and I'm stoked to go "You had a chance to lock us in and you blew it."

If you need a temporary location for all of your games and knick-knacks (i.e. toys) my address is, 666 My House, Rocking Avenue.

Benticore wrote:
Minarchist wrote:

I am about to put 11 pounds of brisket, 16 pounds of pork butt, and 5 pounds of turkey breast on the smoker. I feel pretty good about this.

I did this last year for Memorial day. 11lb Brisket, 6lb boston butt, 5 slabs of ribs, 2lbs of wings, 2lbs of brats. I was banned from the grill for the rest of the year because I cooked for 40 people but had INVITED NO ONE TO MY HOUSE. We still refer to that day of 24hr grilling as the Meatpocalypse.

So basically, I'm drooling in jealousy. Care to share any rub/marinade/bbq/tips for the rest of us smoker/grill worshippers?

I live like 3 hours from you. Why am I not invited to these things!

Had a really great weekend away with the wife in Portland. Went to see Cirque de Soleil, played retro games at Ground Kontrol, and ate a lot of really good food.

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

I've just recently discovered a movie theater that serves drinks and food *at your seat* and is only 10 minutes up the highway from my house (local folks, here's a link). The upside is that there's never any kids in there.

I've resolved that the only time I'll see a movie anywhere else is to see it on an IMAX screen.

Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

We've been doing ~7pm showings at a local theater on Tuesday nights for several years now. Most of the time, we end up with private showings. It's awesome.

Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

Oh god, I love that. The last time that happened was with The 13th Warrior. I saw that movie 11 times in the theater, and almost every time I was the only person in there.

Huh, writing that "out loud", I'm actually not sure if that's awesome or just weird.

Jonman wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

I've just recently discovered a movie theater that serves drinks and food *at your seat* and is only 10 minutes up the highway from my house (local folks, here's a link). The upside is that there's never any kids in there.

I've resolved that the only time I'll see a movie anywhere else is to see it on an IMAX screen.

I've been there a bunch, it's pretty great. It's owned by the people who run the Alamo Drafthouse but for some reason without all of the awesome events. When my wife and I moved to Seattle the first thing we did was try and find a replacement for the Alamo. I think we've seen one movie in a traditional movie theatre in the last 4 years.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

I've just recently discovered a movie theater that serves drinks and food *at your seat* and is only 10 minutes up the highway from my house (local folks, here's a link). The upside is that there's never any kids in there.

I've resolved that the only time I'll see a movie anywhere else is to see it on an IMAX screen.

I've been there a bunch, it's pretty great. It's owned by the people who run the Alamo Drafthouse but for some reason without all of the awesome events. When my wife and I moved to Seattle the first thing we did was try and find a replacement for the Alamo. I think we've seen one movie in a traditional movie theatre in the last 4 years.

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Edit:

Oh right, love... I bought a booth at a trade show this past weekend, and it looks like it was good for business. Woo!

My girlfriend and I are going to sign the lease for our new place tonight. It's going to be a huge leap up from where we are now, it's closer to where I work, the lady who owns the place isn't a massive pain in the ass like our current landlord and best of all, it's only going to cost us maybe 10-15% more at most. This will be my fourth move since 2008 and I'm not looking forward to packing everything up again and repainting our current apartment but I'm still so stoked to move.

clover wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

Have discovered a new totally safe time to see movies. 11pm or later on Wednesday. I suspect it will no longer be safe once school's out for summer and all the tweens infest theaters every day of the week at all hours but for now, two consecutive movies, two consecutive theaters with 5 or less other viewers. And all of them quiet.

For Cabin in the Woods I was the only human being in the theater. It was glorious.

I've just recently discovered a movie theater that serves drinks and food *at your seat* and is only 10 minutes up the highway from my house (local folks, here's a link). The upside is that there's never any kids in there.

I've resolved that the only time I'll see a movie anywhere else is to see it on an IMAX screen.

I've been there a bunch, it's pretty great. It's owned by the people who run the Alamo Drafthouse but for some reason without all of the awesome events. When my wife and I moved to Seattle the first thing we did was try and find a replacement for the Alamo. I think we've seen one movie in a traditional movie theatre in the last 4 years.

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Edit:

Oh right, love... I bought a booth at a trade show this past weekend, and it looks like it was good for business. Woo!

Great idea and congrats!

My love: Discovering All Dressed chips. Canada is weird but awesome.

clover wrote:

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Sounds like a plan with no drawbacks. What's the next nerd-friendly movie that's coming out? Prometheus might be the winner, although I gotta say, if that's showing at the Pacific Science Center IMAX, I'm doing that instead

Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Sounds like a plan with no drawbacks. What's the next nerd-friendly movie that's coming out? Prometheus might be the winner, although I gotta say, if that's showing at the Pacific Science Center IMAX, I'm doing that instead :)

The Avengers?

Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Sounds like a plan with no drawbacks. What's the next nerd-friendly movie that's coming out? Prometheus might be the winner, although I gotta say, if that's showing at the Pacific Science Center IMAX, I'm doing that instead :)

Why wait for a nerd friendly movie? Safe looks like fun and soon after is Dark Knight Rising.

SixteenBlue wrote:

My love: Discovering All Dressed chips. Canada is weird but awesome.

Do other countries not have all-dressed chips? Weird.

Ketchup-flavoured chips are also, I have heard, a bizarre Canadian anomaly.

Also, those South of the Border think that Smarties are those small discs of pressed sugar/colour/flavour - you know, the ones that are actually called Rockets.

Weirdos.

Feegle wrote:

Ketchup-flavoured chips are also, I have heard, a bizarre Canadian anomaly.

Also, those South of the Border think that Smarties are those small discs of pressed sugar/colour/flavour - you know, the ones that are actually called Rockets.

Weirdos.

That's what I said! /respek knuckles

All-dressed chips are the best.

Jonman wrote:

I've just recently discovered a movie theater that serves drinks and food *at your seat* and is only 10 minutes up the highway from my house (local folks, here's a link). The upside is that there's never any kids in there.

I've resolved that the only time I'll see a movie anywhere else is to see it on an IMAX screen.

This is our go to theater.

IMAGE(http://www.cidagroup.com/Moolah_Theater.jpg)

There is no seat service, but there is a full bar, including bottles of wine with glasses. Each leather coach or loveseat is separated by end tables to hold drinks. It is close to St. Louis University, so we do compete with college kids, but they are never a real problem.

Feegle wrote:

Ketchup-flavoured chips are also, I have heard, a bizarre Canadian anomaly.

Also, those South of the Border think that Smarties are those small discs of pressed sugar/colour/flavour - you know, the ones that are actually called Rockets.

Weirdos.

Ketchup, Pickle, All Dressed, and Gravy were all a big deal to us this weekend. I've seen pickle chips in the US before but it's actually been years since I have. They must've tested it out here and failed.

Edwin wrote:
Jonman wrote:
clover wrote:

My parents live around the corner from there. We should all get together and go sometime.

Sounds like a plan with no drawbacks. What's the next nerd-friendly movie that's coming out? Prometheus might be the winner, although I gotta say, if that's showing at the Pacific Science Center IMAX, I'm doing that instead :)

Why wait for a nerd friendly movie? Safe looks like fun and soon after is Dark Knight Rising.

Good point. I guess that Prometheius, Avengers, Looper and Dark Knight are all on my to-watch list (and all tick nerd-boxes). Not heard of Safe.

Let me know if you do go, Clover is out of town for the next two weeks so I got plenty of time to go.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Feegle wrote:

Ketchup-flavoured chips are also, I have heard, a bizarre Canadian anomaly.

Also, those South of the Border think that Smarties are those small discs of pressed sugar/colour/flavour - you know, the ones that are actually called Rockets.

Weirdos.

Ketchup, Pickle, All Dressed, and Gravy were all a big deal to us this weekend. I've seen pickle chips in the US before but it's actually been years since I have. They must've tested it out here and failed.

I have some friends from Wisconsin who I met while teaching overseas. They always looked forward to travel into Canada because it gave them the opportunity to stock up on Miss Vickie's Potato Chips. While I'll admit that they are delicious, I'm not certain it's worth a trip over the border just for stocking up.

Actually, for the Balsamic Vinegar and Sweet Onion flavour, it might be. Or the Sweet Chili and Sour Cream.

Aw, hell. It's clearly worth the trip.

Feegle wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:
Feegle wrote:

Ketchup-flavoured chips are also, I have heard, a bizarre Canadian anomaly.

Also, those South of the Border think that Smarties are those small discs of pressed sugar/colour/flavour - you know, the ones that are actually called Rockets.

Weirdos.

Ketchup, Pickle, All Dressed, and Gravy were all a big deal to us this weekend. I've seen pickle chips in the US before but it's actually been years since I have. They must've tested it out here and failed.

I have some friends from Wisconsin who I met while teaching overseas. They always looked forward to travel into Canada because it gave them the opportunity to stock up on Miss Vickie's Potato Chips. While I'll admit that they are delicious, I'm not certain it's worth a trip over the border just for stocking up.

Actually, for the Balsamic Vinegar and Sweet Onion flavour, it might be.

Weird, we have those in the US, haha. A little googling seems to say that it's only available wholesale so sub shops will have them but not grocery stores.

I was just in the office of our VP of Management Systems to setup a new monitor for him. I saw that he had Valve's leaked employee handbook printed out on his desk. He's not a gamer, like at all. He saw me grinning and looking at it and we ended up talking about how awesome it is for about 10 minutes. There's no way our company is going to (or really even could) adopt that methodology any time soon but that was just so awesome to see.

Holy hell. I've just read the Valve Employee's Handbook from cover to cover, and now I want to work for them.

I don't rate my chances of getting hired very high, but holy hell, that sounds like a helluva place to work.

In all seriousness, i think I might apply at the end of the year, when I get vested in the pension scheme of my current employer.