Kick names, take ass.

10-19-2021 4:14 pm
David: Metroid Dread
If you're not playing this game, what are you even doing with your life?

It's not quite Super Metroid, but it's definitely a very close 2nd.

9-15-2021 3:09 am
David: So You Think 21 Is Gonna Be a Good Year?
Being deaf, dumb, and blind doesn't seem a bad deal these days.

12-04-2020 9:07 pm
David: Mashing Up With The Mandalorian
I'm loving this series, and the different visions captured by the different directors. The genre mashups are fun, and the proficiency with which they're being handled makes me think of Quentin Tarantino.

Which made seeing "Directed by Robert Rodriguez" a fun moment after the most recent episode.

9-07-2020 8:04 pm
David: Damn You Swinging Wonder
Just read the autograph page of my Sophomore yearbook, and this phrase brought the entire comic strip it was referencing back and gave me a good laugh.

Thanks, 15 year old Brandon.

7-06-2020 5:20 pm
David: Masterclass
I've been eyeing a Masterclass membership for quite some time. I probably heard an ad for it on a podcast at some point, but when it really started to pique my interest was when I heard that Steve Martin was "teaching" comedy.

My initial thought was comedy can't really be "taught", but it would be interesting to see how Martin approached the class. If anything, it would offer insight into what he thinks of his process, and that alone would be valuable as entertainment.

Alas, when I looked into it further, the sticker shock pushed me away. Taken as entertainment, I didn't see the value in whatever the cost was at that time.

About a year ago Neil Gaiman started talking about his Masterclass series on writing. This seemed to be more practical than learning from Martin, but still more entertaining than utilitarian. Still, it forced me to reconsider whether there was value in a subscription. I looked, did whatever internal calculus was prevailing for me at the time, and decided that it still was a no go.

Last week, however, they got me.

I've gotten way into barbecue over the past couple of years. My ribs have gotten infinitely better. My pork shoulder pretty solid, and my brisket finally good enough that I'd share it with others (and even cook a few on request as gifts). Still, I felt like I was only 50% of the way there. The flavors were getting really solid, but I wasn't nailing my textures. I'd get close on one cook, adjust for what I thought was off next time around, and then give it another run only to find that it was further off the mark.

Enter Aaron Franklin's Masterclass on Texas style barbecue.

Finally the value proposition for Masterclass was there.

I cooked a couple pork butts over the weekend with what I picked up, and they were honestly better than anything I'd done before. It was all about timing, spritzing, wrapping longer, and not being a slave to the meat temp.

If you can find 3 or 4 "instructors" on there that you are interested in learning from, I'd say it's worth it. I would have paid the full price just for the stuff I got from the Aaron Franklin stuff, but Martin and Gaiman are pretty solid watches as well (I'm working through both concurrently), and there's a ton of other ones that I'm planning to follow them up with.

Plus, as someone who just likes to learn new things, it's pretty awesome to have well produced instructional videos on tap.

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