Inexperienced Chili Taster

And I’m back after a months-long blog writing hiatus.

To get my blood flowing and brain juices churning, I’m posting a ‘joke’ my husband sent me via email way back in November 2007 that I’ve been wanting to share (and put some place where I can find it in the future).

For my ‘Let’s clean out the pantry of nearly expired canned goods’ vegetarian (more or less) chili recipe, see my blog post from December 2010 here.
Warning: Stop reading now if you will be offended by some mild profanity and tasteless (pun intended) male commentary (from Judge #3).

A good day to die . . . For chili.

Inexperienced Chili Taster

Notes from an inexperienced chili taster named Frank, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast:

Recently I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment, and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy, and besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting so I accepted.

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Book Review: Willful Child by Erickson (2.5 stars)

Willful Child by Steven Erickson

2.5 out of 5 stars

Read in October 2014

Releases 11/4/2014

Publisher’s Synopsis:

From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the…

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Did You Know There Are Tests For Sarcasm Detection?

io9: “Did You Know There Are Tests of Sarcasm Detection?”

“… the way of most sarcasm tests. They’re meant to not just discover an inability to detect sarcasm, but sound out exactly what is wrong with someone’s understanding of the non-literal.”

— Esther Inglis-Arkell

“Next sarcastic comment in 3 … 2 … 1 …”

— Text on t shirt I recently purchased for my husband.

I’ve never had a problem with sarcasm or irony.  According to my hubby, I have a problem with humor (as in lacking a sense of one). [Shrugs]

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Article: On The Timeless Appeal Of ‘Calvin & Hobbes’

On The Timeless Appeal Of ‘Calvin & Hobbes’

And I noticed a recent blurb from Barnes & Noble that several collections if the comic are niw available in ebook format.

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Book Review: Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman (4 Stars)

Good Omens
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

4 out of 5 stars

Read in May 2009

This was a hoot!

I thoroughly enjoyed this hilarious satire of Armageddon. The AntiChrist as an eleven-year-old boy with a Hellhound masquerading as a rat terrier mongrel. The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse easy riding to the End of the World. And it all started with the Serpent and the guardian Angel from the Garden of Eden. To top it all off, a 17th century witch named Agnes Nutter accurately predicted everything.

April 27, 2013 AlertGood Omens is today’s Nook Daily deal at Barnes & Noble!  Snatch your copy for just under two bucks today!

Book Review: The Color of Magic by Pratchett (4 Stars)

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

4 out of 5 stars

Read in August 2008

Why did I wait twenty-five years to read this book? Of course, until recently, I wasn’t even aware of its existence. I have to thank the online Science Fiction & Fantasy book club at GoodReads for introducing me to Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series.  Follow these links to view the discussion topics:

SF&F Discussion thread for initial reactions at beginning of group read of The Color of Magic

SF&F Discussion after group read of The Color of Magic

It was a wild ride keeping up with the mad cap adventures of an improbable tourist, his indestructible over-protective luggage and his cowardly, incompetent wizard of a guide.

If you’re looking for wit, humor and head-spinning antics, this is the novel for you!