Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bad dog acting

You know what I'm talking about - bad dog acting. You see it often in movies and TV. When it's obvious the dog doesn't give a crap about the actor that plays his owner and doesn't react emotionally as he should in certain situations. The dog would run off screen excited when he should just walk away (obviously running to his trainer who's holding a treat for him) or just stare at his owner after not seeing him for a long time instead of jumping around happily.

LOST has pretty crap dog acting. Cute dog, but very unconvincing. I mean, compare it to the heart wrenching performances from the dogs in Eight Below. A big hit series like LOST can't afford better dog trainers?

Just saying.

--Mickey

Monday, August 07, 2006

Nacholicious

I've been neglecting this blog a bit, but I found a good reason to write. I'm going to share my Nachos recipe with the billions of readers of this blog.

It's not an entirely original recipe, just a spin on an old favourite that's super easy to make, tasty and filling. Now when I order nacho plates at pubs I'm disappointed that it's not nearly as good as the one I make at home.

Ingredients:

A big bag of nachos (I use Tesco plain Nachos, avoid flavoured ones)
A can of beans (experiment with different types, my favourite is Tesco's Taco Mix)
A jar of Salsa (I really like the Nando's Peri Peri Salsa)
Mature Cheddar Cheese (I grate my own since it tastes better, but you can buy it grated to save time and effort)

2 tomatoes, a bit of garlic and salt.

Sour cream

Process:

Take a soup/cereal bowl and put a thick layer of nachos. Tops it with salsa, beans and cheese until the nachos are all covered. The exact quantities are not an exact science and you could experiment to find your favourite balance. Cover the mess with more tacos and repeat (I usually use three layers of nachos) until the bowl is heaped with goodies.

Preheat oven to 180 (160 if fan assisted) and heat it for 8 minutes.

The garlic, tomatoes and salt should be put in a blender until they become a creamy smooth dip. Again, the amount of garlic and salt is up to you. Another way to approach is to just chop it all into tiny bits.

Pour the tomatoes dip to one ramekin and put sour cream in the other ramekin.

The nachos bowl should be very hot, so be very careful!

Either dip nachos in the dips (hence the name) or spoon it over the bowl.

With a bit more effort you can add to the bowl fried minced beef or cooked chicken to make it more substantial and carnivore-friendly.

Writing all of this makes want to have some nachos now. Damn.

Please let me know if it turned out OK for you or if you have any ideas how improve it further.

--Mickey

Monday, July 31, 2006

Apologies

Don't know how many people read this blog regularly, but just in case: I'm sorry.

Sorry I didn't get to update it often enough.

The main reason for this blog was to provide me with a way to keep my writing skills sharp. Right now I'm in the middle of writing something else, something I could hopefulyl reveal here when the time is right.

And I'm also doing the weekly Puppy Love strip which is still on schedule.

So sorry if this blog isn't updated as often as I'd like.

I've been to Alton Towers last week and I might write about that soon. Ooooh!

--Mickey

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

My good deed for the day.

Yesterday after walking home from the tube, the woman walking in front of me dropped from her bag something that looked like a few cigarrettes. Another guy also noticed it too, but kept quiet. I was about to bring her attention to it and then, as I got closer, I realized these were tampons. So I just shut my mouth and kept walking. I'm sure she would've prefered losing a few tampons than being told in front of several strangers that she just dropped a few tampons.

I exercised quick thinking and sensitivity in a manner worthy of praise. Yay me.

--Mickey

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pupstar

After announcing the Puppy Love blog comics on the official World of Warcraft forums the blog was flooded with visitors. A nice stream of new readers kept coming thanks to Blizzard being super cool and putting a link to the blog on their main page! In fact, I think most of the readers on this personal blog have arrived here through the link from the Puppy Love blog.

I also got tons of positive feedback and compliments which great. It's always nice to know you managed to put a smile on some people's faces.

Episode 4 is going up tomorrow!

I got requests for a proper website, so I might give Puppy his nice little corner in Cheese Comics. We'll see.

--Mickey

Friday, July 07, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Europride 2006 Report

On Saturday I was on my first ever gay parade. It was hectic, busy, crowded and very very hot (weather and otherwise) and I loved every minute.

I got up fairly early (which means I had no porper weekend to recover from the jetlag since getting back from my vacation), took care of the doggies and headed to town to meet Jane. I was a bit late because of many London Underground closed routes and stations. We found the signing up point fairly easily as we just followed anything that looked gay.

All dressed up and nowhere to go (yet)

We signed up, ending up with a really weird Senior Steward who did not instill us with confidence. He sounded a bit crazy and kept leaving his radio with us when he went wandering about. We had to sit around and wait for a while in the park which wasn't too bad considering the lovely weather. I had three delicious chocolate muffins for breakfast and because they were sitting in the sun a little it made all the chocolate chips melty and yummy. But since this post is about Europride and not yummy chocolatey treats I'll leave it at that.

Eventually, after helping carry a box of condoms to a van, we finally started walking toward our spot in Trafalgar Square. The parade already started, but it was quite slow and we had plenty of time to get there. On the way we passed Christian Voice (or as I prefer to call them, Christian Void). We weren't fortunate enough to be working near then and get to see them screaming their heads off at the parade.

Christian Void

I assume since there weren't enough volunteers, our team was spread around very thinly and we could barely see each other. Still, the crowds were fairly well behaved and things moved smoothly. I hope I wasn't the only one annoyed to see Ken Livingstone marching at the head of the parade- You can't pretent to be a supported of the gay community while hosting visits from Mugabe and other hate mongers from around the world. Avoiding his speech was one of the reasons I gave the rally in Trafalgar Square a skip. There were a couple of really long breaks in the parade, leading people to think that it might have been finished and since I didn't have a radio and my Senior Steward was nowhere in sight I couldn't tell either. But it was eventually over.

Ken "Mugabe's Best Friend Forever" Livinstone

There were some clever costumes and floats and lots of average ones. Some clever and some just provocative.

Men (and women) in uniform! Niiice.

More niiice.

We signed up at the end and used the volunteer discount to eat in Balans, one of the best restuarants in Soho, with a 50% discount. Soho was also fun, busy and colorful. It was sunny and many nice bodies (and some not so nice) were exposed to the sun. We were too tired to volunteer for the afternoon events and we just went home, tired and happy.

It was nice to see Israeli representation.


My initial problem with gay parades was the celebration of cliches. That those people marching are giving gay people a bad name and enforcing cliches of gays being sexually obsessed freakshows. While those examples were on this parade, there were also many others: we had policemen and sailors, gay parents, family and friends, Muslim gays, Jewish gays, gay parents and so on. The parade was an interesting portrayal of the diversity within the gay community.



And yes, there were drag queens, S&M fetish lovers, half naked guys and outrageous costumes. So what? What's wrong with any of that? Since when did we become a fashion and moral police, telling consenting adults what to wear and how to have their sex?

It's all about freedom, isn't it?

--Mickey

And now: tons more pictures! Enjoy.


This girl was a complete nutter. Still pictures do her no justice.







Fruitcake anyone?












Gay muslims unvieled. Yay gay muslims!





This gal stopped every second to take pictures and without a doubt one of the main reasons for the gaps!

This is what I'd look like if I wasn't too lazy to work out in the gym. *sigh*













This frog was promoting the Rainforest Cafe restuarant. No idea if he's gay, but he's CUTE.