Music Video Saturday - 06/11/2011

This Music Video Saturday features an all female theme. Today we have Mieka Pauley singing, "Run", Sinead O'Connor with, "Nothing Compares 2 U", and finally an old-school throwback with Ella Fitzgerald singing, "Round Midnight." Each woman has a distinct voice and all three songs showcase a different style. Hope you enjoy this weeks selections.



Pauley showcases a great voice on this folk-rock style song. She is another artist I found through a free Amazon MP3 sampler. You can read more about Mieka on her blog.



A classic song, and one of the best cover songs ever. For the original, look through the old Prince catalog or try this link Nothing Compares 2 U. Agree or disagree with her politics, this performance is also one of her best. It was one of those moments that resonated throughout most of the world.



It does not get much better or elegant than Ella. I first heard her voice for a Black History Month report in 6th grade and I have been a fan ever since. Read more about the First Lady of Song. Just listening to her voice should be enough to convince you of her greatness.

What do you think of the choices? If you enjoyed them, you can find the links below to the Amazon MP3 store. You can also try Walmart MP3 or Apple iTunes for alternative sources.



Mountain Biker Breakfast

Mountain biking is one of my favorite hobbies / passions.  Few things are as liberating and it is great exercise.  I learned at a young age with bikes that there is a difference between a Huffy and a Haro. Quality performance comes at a price.  Recently though, I have learned that having a sweet ride does no good if you do not eat the right meal before riding.  I would like to share with you with a simple yet balanced, calorie-packed meal that I enjoy eating before riding.

Disclaimer: This is a heavy meal, so I suggest a minimum of 1 hour digestion time before riding or you might end up like this $#@! guy here or that $#@! guy over there!

The basic ingredients for the M.B.B. are:
  1. Eggs. Either "grow your own" or buy them at the grocery store.  Free Range / Organic or not (?). 1 egg per rider, two or if they are hungry or brave.
  2. Bacon.  Two of the best: Bacon #1, Bacon #2. Bacon A, Bacon Eh?, Bacon B, Bacon C. A quarter-pound of bacon per rider.  (You can never have too much bacon, however.)
  3. BreadChoose 1: English Muffins, BagelsCroissantsToastTexas Toast, or even Powdered Toast.
  4. Cheese.  Sliced on the bread, grated in the eggs, it's your choice.  Cheddar works both ways.
  5. Fresh Fruit. Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Grapes, Pears, Berries, etc. 1 piece / cup per rider.
M.B.B. Assembly
  • Fryscramble, or poach the eggs as you desire.  With scrambled eggs, you can add: grated cheese or diced-peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, etc.  Salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Fry the bacon to your favorite level of doneness.  Use a cast iron skillet.  Otherwise you are using an inferior tool to fry your bacon. 
  • Toast your bread. 
  • Starting at the bottom: bread, (slice of cheese), eggs, bacon, (slice of cheese), (lettuce), (mayo), bread.  
Drink a glass of water while eating this. It will help with digestion and hydration.  Remember what mom said also, chew your food.  Don't choke before the ride. Eat up, enjoy, and crank those pedals. Let me know if you try this quick meal.   

      Public Torrent Tuesday - 06/07/2011

      Torrents have become all the rage for file sharing which comes earlier technologies including Napster and the now defunct LimeWire. Today you can find Bittorrent trackers including MiniNova, IsoHunt, and (sort-of) The Pirate Bay.

      Here I have linked to a public domain torrent that shouldn't get the Feds (or your local copyright enforcement agency) sent to kick in your door and confiscate your computer.

      The movie for this week is "First Spaceship on Venus" which is a classic B sci-fi adventure. Humans send the first spaceship to Venus, for what reasons you'll need to watch it! I am currently seeding the iPod MP4 version. For additional download options, click here.

      You can read the IMDB write-up for "First Spaceship on Venus" by following this link. If you do, you'll learn this movie is actually a remake of a German original.

      If you *really* enjoyed this movie, you can find it on DVD here.

      Online Chess Tournament

      I am addicted to online chess. I consider myself average at this point but I am learning quickly. I am currently running a free tournament called the "Bacon Challenge Open" on Chess.com. It is an open rating tournament, so if you feel like sharpening your skills come play.

      You can find the direct tournament link here.

      If do not have account on already, please use the button at the bottom right to join. It gives me some free premium access. Thank you!