Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Classy Craig sports MEMPHIS in Italy!

Classy Craig Daniels of the Leather Uppers relaxing in Regio Emilia in Italy wearing a favorite MEMPHIS shirt, available via Goner!

Friday, February 9, 2007


I like Queen, but I love KWEEN!

Pablo Cruise- Love Will Find A Way

thanks to Andrew Earles.

Enjoy your afternoon!

drummerboydeluxe (3 months ago)
Great band, Great song, What happened to these guys?
Anyone know? Singers got alot of soul. Love it!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Steak Drapes

Beef has been on my mind lately, as it usually is. Specifically I've been thinking and daydreaming about the eye of round cut, something that is often sold for the bargain price of $1.99/lb at my local grocer. The problem is I can never seem to figure out how to cook one. Roasting/rotissering it usually tends to make it tough, as does cutting it into steaks. You can stew it, but it's pretty lean and doesn't work as well as the more inexpensive chuck roast. Yessir, this meat is a doozy. So one day last week, the idea popped into my head to use it for carne asada. I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I bought one.

To make carne asada or beef fajitas the proper way you're supposed to have flank steak or skirt steak, cuts of meat that are difficult to find in my grocer's cooler. Even when it's stocked, it is absurdly overpriced. Skirt steak is used for fajitas because it's thin, lean, and stringy. It absorbs marinade well, and becomes tender and delicious, especially when cut into strips against the grain of the meat. Well, the eye of round is lean and stringy as well. Problem is, it's not thin. It's about the same shape and size as my bicep. Not really conducive to throwing on the grill.

Luckily, I have a sharp knife and an imagination filled with beef fantasies. I lay awake at night thinking about it; how I can turn an eye of round roast into a makeshift strip steak. The idea is simple enough- cut it in a spiral fashion, the long way and unravel it as if it were a meaty magna carta. Would this work? Or would I literally butcher a perfectly good cut of meat into oblivion? Well, there was only one way to find out. After a few pints of beer I got my knife out and slapped the meat onto the cutting board.

I wish I had photographed this procedure so that one might have a better understanding of how I did it, but my hands were too messy to hold a camera. It wasn't all that hard, I just sliced and unravelled, trying as hard as I could to maintain a uniform thickness of meat throughout. I like to think I succeeded on this front.

The end result of the butchering could only be described in one way: MEAT CURTAINS. Actually, just one large meat curtain, which I proceeded to cut in two. I then prepared a marinade thusly:

1 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
pile of black pepper
dash of cumin
dash of coriander
dash of oregano

I put the meat curtains in two separate ziploc bags and filled with equal amounts of marinade. I froze one of the bags for some other time. The other bag, I put in the fridge overnight. This is what it looks like after taking out of the fridge. The meat is about 1/2"-3/4" thick.

I grilled over an extremely hot fire for a short period of time and then let it rest while I cooked the onions. Then I sliced it (against the grain!) into thin strips.

It came out pretty good. If I did it again, which I probably will, I'd eliminate the red wine vinegar, no need for that. It covers up the delicious lime taste. I'd also cook it hotter, the outside of the meat wasn't quite charred enough, although the inside was nice and pink.

So there you have it, a way to make the boring and unversatile eye of round cut into something more exciting. I would venture to say that it's more tender and juicy than your average flank or skirt steak, and cheaper as well.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

? is a Hero of Mine

Question Mark is a hero of mine.

Tilton In Tongues

thanks to Roastingears, who put this together with RON EASLEY... Psychodelic Tiltonics!

Wonder Spot Is Closing, But Mystery Spot is Hiring!

As reported by the Associated Press, Wisconsin's WONDER SPOT is closing its doors... sad news for fans of weird attractions in the Dells.
Over in Santa Cruz, the MYSTERY SPOT is hiring... (thanks jahna!)
(more discussion @ goner board

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Here We Are

"Here we are.

Where are we?" - Ken Nordine

CONDITION GREEN (thanks Jason!)

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Goner Board Posts of the Week

from Banned, in brian jonestown massacre, wtf???:

I like assholes, but I don't like bitches.


structural build may have been sub-par

Not likely. The panel she hit was a precast concrete panel, attached with no more than 6 fasteners. The building code requires that the panels be able to withstand a 6000 lbs load at 1'6" (roughly the height of the bumper) from the slab level. That's a static load (acceleration 32.2 ft/s2) so if her pickup weighed like 2 tons then it would easily exceed that as it decelerated from 30 mph over a distance of like 6" (the crumple distance of the bumper). Those panels are meant for cars rolling into them at speeds no more than 10mph.

Also (I work in the structural dept of the engineering firm that has been retained by the University to investigate their liability), one of the guys at work went out, surveyed the scene and found there is a lightpole directly in front of the panel. That, coupled with the fact that her truck was at angle diagonal to the edge of the slab, indicates that she must have hit the panel at an angle. She was more than likely trying to miss the lightpole, slam on the breaks and swerve (like she should) into the direction of the turn, unfortunately here, off of the edge of the building. Right now, they're trying to figure out how fast she must have been going using analysis of projectile motion (something we don't have to do too often at work).

I'm more concerened about her blood-radness level. Levels such as .8 or .9 indicate "Xtreme", while a level of 1.0 would be "pushing the envelope" but, if, as I suspect, her levels come back at 110% -then wow! Those kind of levels (technically described as "out the box") are rarely seen off of the sports fields and only in the case that a coach gives a stirring speech when the team is down by a sizeable margin at the end of the first half. Also, I would like a formal inquiry into the whereabouts of her black/asian/overweight sidekick (probably in a humorous food/marijuana/alcohol induced state of catatonia), who should have been in the passenger's seat.


(this might be one of the greatest posts of all time.)