Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Nostalgia for DOS?

Remember WordPerfect?

I loved it.

Finally, my handwriting did not get in the way of my writing.

In fact, I once had a dream in WordPerfect. I still remember the f commands to this day. Of course, real men only used Edlin. But for you quiche eaters -- like me -- out there, WordPerfect (before the evil Michael Copland got his dirty Corel hands on it) is available here:

See how bloody damn fast it is. Makes you wonder how far we have come along. In any event, many other great examples of "abandonware" are to be found here:

Wolfenstein 3D anyone?

Mr. Bean's Holiday -- I loved it!

We went out as a family to see Mr. Bean’s Holiday yesterday. Normally, I am neither a fan of Mr. Bean or Rowan Atkinson for that matter (except, of course, for the brilliant Black Adder series) but I really rather liked this film.

Although it started out with what I really dislike about Mr. Bean, his selfishness, irritating mannerisms, facial ticks, and odd lexicon of grunts, the film evolved into something really very sweet, a buddy road trip from Paris to Cannes via St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Ville-France in a restored Mini Minor.

Both Emma de Caunes as aspiring actress and Willem Defoe as narcissistic auteur shone. Seeing the French countryside pass by was also lovely.

If you were thinking of taking out any of the under four foot set to the cinema and are tired of talking computer generated animals with voices you know, I don’t think you would go far wrong taking them to see this film. Somehow, in a way that I have not seen done since perhaps Louis Malle in his heyday, has France been caught so well on film and by Mr. Bean of all people.

Not a recipe to be tried at home


Recipe By :
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Main dish

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
Vegetable cooking spray
2 c Frozen corn, thawed
1 cn SPAM Luncheon Meat, cut in
-2″ strips (12 oz)
1 Red bell pepper, chopped
1 Green bell pepper, chopped
3/4 c Chopped red onion
1 1/2 c Whipping cream
2 tb Chili powder
1/4 t Pepper
12 oz Angel hair pasta, cooked
-and drained
2 Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 c Minced fresh cilantro

In skillet coated with cooking spray, saute corn, SPAM, bell peppers,
and onion over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Transfer
mixture to bowl; keep warm. To same skillet, add cream, chili powder,
and pepper. Bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes or until cream has
slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Pour over pasta and toss
well. Spoon SPAM mixture over pasta. To serve, sprinkle with chopped
tomatoes and cilantro.