I knew it!  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/10965887/People-who-claim-to-worry-about-climate-change-use-more-electricity.html

July 15, 2014: News Of Note!

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/07/15/thor-is-now-woman/ On the one hand, it makes a hell of a lot more sense than Thor Girl.  On the other, I’m sure hugely disappointing for fans of the existing incarnation.

Making Cheesesteaks with Joe.  God Bless America!

Glassholes abound: http://nypost.com/2014/07/14/is-google-glass-cool-or-just-plain-creepy/

Three hanky alert!  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/dog-last-day-robyn-arouty_n_5585074.html?1405362504&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular gforce.

38 thoughts on “July 15, 2014: News of Note!

  1. Thanks for the dedication, Joe.

    I had mentioned yesterday that my step-mom was not doing well, and today sadly, she passed away just after noon. We had grown quite close since my Dad had passed away three years ago, and I would visit pretty much every day and I would take her out for lunch on Sundays. Luckily, Martha was still very capable mentally, in fact last Friday we were discussing financing for a house I’m hoping to build. She had taken a sudden downturn over the weekend though and things got worse rapidly. Mercifully, it was calm and pain-free.

    Anyway, I feel quite a hole in my life and miss her terribly already. I know things will get better, it might just take a while to get from here to there.

    I really enjoyed the cheese steak video, and did you say we were going out for apple pie after? That would be great! 🙂 And give those pups a big hug for me.

  2. I’ve never had a cheesesteak sandwich but I want one now. Great video and thanks Akemi! No American cheese at the store? You foreigners 🙄 🙂 .

  3. @gforce I hope your step-mom pulls through.. she (and your family) is in my thoughts.

    Well Joe I suppose if you’re going to make something as American as cheese stakes it helps to wear a Captain America shirt.


  4. That cheesesteak looks great. I bought some buffalo chuck steak from a butcher store I frequent on trips to and from MSP-CHI. Your recipe looks perfect. I have been meaning to re-watch Ameki’s rice dish. It looked simple and enjoyable as well.

    I was reading a Blog called Hotair and one of the writers made note of the change in character. He quoted the press release in part:

    “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

    Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” – I bet.

  5. @ gforce – I am so sorry about your step mom. I have enjoyed hearing you talk about her over the years. I will miss the stories. You were a good and faithful son. Praying for you and the entire family during this sad time.

  6. @ gforce – – So very sorry to heaer about your step-mom. My condolences. Sending hugs and and comforting thoughts your way.


  7. Interesting take on the cheesesteak; in NJ we use shaved beef to make ours. The real Philly cheesesteak uses processed cheese, which I won’t use. I like provolone on mine. No mayo though!!!

  8. Great video Joe, Loved the background dog comments, the audience, and the hello kitty plate 😀

  9. Joe, on my next visit, I will gladly judge your cheesesteak against 35-yr.-old memories of those made at Ursinus College. Though I grew up in Central NJ, never had a CS until my freshman year, when a junior, “Chuckie Cheesesteak”, ruled the grill at the Student Union.

    Damn, now I’ll dream of cheesesteaks and Ursinus…

  10. Your…um…Canadian cheesesteak looks wonderful…but a Philly cheesesteak it’s not!

    Here’s a Philly cheesesteak (interestingly, I can hardly find any videos of Philly cheesesteaks that are actually made in Philadelphia – this is one of the few – the cooking part starts about 2 minutes in):


    Some tips if you want to make an authentic Philly cheesesteak:

    1. Mayo – really? 😕 What are you, European? 😉

    2. Use bell peppers (green, or red – but usually green).

    3. American cheese, provolone cheese, or Cheez Whiz…NOT swiss. 🙄 (I have never had Cheez Whiz on my steak, that’s mostly a city thing to expedite orders, so not as common in the outskirts of the city as it is within.)

    4. I won’t pick on the meat since there’s no rule that you must use rib-eye. However…

    5. What the hell kinda roll was that – a hotdog roll? Get yerself a good Philly Italian roll, Joey! Crispy-crusty on the outside, soft as a cloud inside. It’s what makes a Philly cheesesteak a PHILLY cheesesteak! (Perhaps it was a good roll, but the color was all wrong…)

    Since going gluten-free this is the one HUGE thing I miss…because no matter how right I get the rest of the ingredients, I can never eat an authentic Philly Italian roll ever again…so I can never eat a true cheesesteak ever again, either. 🙁 I miss it more than anything – more than beer and onion rings and jalapeno poppers and pizza and all those other yummy treats. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. 🙁


  11. The awesomeness of this video has inspired me to venture out of lurkdom. Send more, please! 🙂

  12. Hello joe i know you don’t have alot of free time on you hands these days with the new production and all but like myself i know you are a big fan of anime well if you have Netflix you might be interested in checking out a new original production of theirs called knights of sidonia or (Sidonia no Kishi) as it’s listed on IMDB let me know what you think.

  13. @gforce: Sorry to hear about your step-mum. She’s had a rough time of it lately but she’s at peace now.

    Whenever I hear “Philly Cheese Steak” mentioned I always assume it’s made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and think, “Urgh! Why would anyone want to eat that?” Now I know better. Although, I’m not a fan of peppers (they give me horrendous indigestion) and I can only do onions in moderation (preferably obscured by all the other ingredients) and mayo is an abomination to all that is right and just in Sandwichland but apart from that hot meat and cheese in bread sounds great! 🙂

    I used to live near a Wagyu Beef farm in Northwest Tasmania but I never managed to get my hands on any. It all seemed to get exported to Japan. 🙁

    Does it mean that the next Thor movie will star a woman? I’d go to see that!

  14. gforce – So sorry for your loss. =(

    Joe, that was a pretty good looking cheesesteak. But I’ve got to echo das’s criticisms. We don’t have much to offer here on the right coast, but the Philly Cheesesteak is one. Although, for the record, I put mayo on mine too. Because mayo rules.

    How integral are the Hello Kitty plates to the final product?

  15. @gforce, so sorry to hear about your stepmom, my condolences to you and your family.

  16. @gforce so sorry about your step mom. It is so hard to have to say goodbye to those we love. When my mom passed away last fall, I found a quote by Helen Keller: What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

  17. Loved the 4-legged cameos in your video.

    Dukey’s story was pretty much my shepherd, Bilo’s about 1.5 years ago. Brought back many bittersweet memories. I figure why not give your best bud all his/her favourite things on their last day. The trick is to do it without getting overly emotional so they aren’t concerned about you….

  18. Answer: With the added bonus of arguing over subspace communications. Or do you do that as well?

    …everyday with my wife when I try to explain that I always listen to her but she did not hear my answers because it must be a subspace communications problems !!

  19. Today (the 16th) is the 10th Anniversary of Stargate Atlantis! Thank you for help making my favorite show, one that has become a part of my life more than any other before or since. 🙂

  20. @gforce:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your step-mom…I’m sending prayers your way.


    Your version of a cheesesteak sounds delicious, but I think american cheese would have melted and blended better than the swiss. Shall we call your version a “Mallozzi Cheesesteak” or should it bear a city place name? How about the “Vancouver Cheesesteak”?

    I’m on the outskirts of Milan now (Agrate Brianza), but my customers in the US are still moving forward with designs, so it’s 8 o’clock conference calls and a light dinner for me, and then off to bed. These 18-hour days are wiping me out!

    By the way, what exclamations do you use to express thankfulness for Canada? Is it “God bless Canada” or something else? I haven’t heard anything on my visits that seems as ubiquitous as “God bless America”, so now I’m curious.

  21. @ JimFromJersey – I just don’t get the mayo – seems soooo wrong!*

    *Says the gal who slathers her cheesesteak with ketchup. 🙂


  22. Das & JimFromJersey: I’m a mayo person myself. My late FIL used to put mayo on his grilled cheese sandwiches (very yummy but so much fat!). Mayo does seem to polarize. People seem to be either for or against.

    Das: Are Philly sandwiches off your list because of the bread? Or is it some of the other ingredients also? If it’s just the bread, they make a gluten free version.

    gforce: I’ve been thinking of you all day. I hope you are doing ok. Also, it’s so wonderful that you had a good relationship with your step-mom. You must have been a great comfort to her these last few years. Sending hugs and prayers to you during this difficult time.

  23. @gforce I’m so sorry to hear of your step-mom’s passing. 🙁 You and your family are in my thoughts.

  24. @gforce: You have my sincere condolences. Losing a loved one is so very, very hard. Wishing you strength. Let the good memories and tears flow freely, it helps.

    Holy Moly! Ten years ago this very day Stargate Atlantis was Rising. Ten years. I’m pretty sure I haven’t aged a day. How about y’all?

    Joe, feel free to continue the video recipe series. I’ve shared it with all the hungry people I know (which happens to be just about everyone I know) and they enjoyed it.

    Once again I just want to say that you have just about the nicest group of followers anyone could wish for. Every time I pull up your blog it feels like a mini family reunion. Granted a reunion with people I’ve never met and whose faces I wouldn’t recognize on a wanted poster but I feel at home. Thanks for sharing all of you and especially a big thanks to our gracious and patient host.

  25. @das–During the eight years I was off yeast breads, the cheesesteak providers around here were willing to sub lettuce, creating a cheesesteak salad.

  26. @gforce Condolences on the passing of your step-mom. You talk about her many times is like if I knew her. So Sorry.

  27. That onion-cutting was so pro, Joe! I love the cutaways to Lulu’s cameo.

    I think that will turn out to be Thor’s daughter in a future Marvelverse.

  28. I figured that your Philly cheese-steak was a little off, but as a Chicagoan was in no position to comment. I decided it was best to leave it to them as knows the real thing. LIke das.

  29. The best way to melt the cheese is to squirt a little water (less than half a tablespoon) into the pan before placing a lid over it. This causes the water to steam the cheese.

  30. I am going to post about the cheese steak here. The dogs are just barking because they want some, but seriously you need to get a decent cutting board. You are going to cut yourself. I could smell it through the screen–oh wait–that’s my husband cooking bacon in the kitchen.

    Now I’m going to the current blog post to post a note to gforce because I don’t know if he is following the blog posts this far back.

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