Music Video Saturday - 06/25/2011

In honor of one my most missed childhood traditions, I present theme songs from 1980's era Saturday morning cartoons. I spent almost every Saturday of childhood watching cartoons and then playing Nintendo games. It was the life I tell you. So please sit back and enjoy this little bit of nostalgia.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one of my favorite franchises. They also have been extremely profitable since they first ninja'd there way across Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (First Classics)). The cartoon is far more comedic and upbeat than the comics by far. No outright death scenes, swearing, or drug references.

This is more than meets the eye.

Like Eminem says on Just Don't Give A Fuck [Explicit], "I'll form like Voltron and blast you with my soda missiles."

Unlike cartoons today, the cartoons of the 80's and early 90's at least ended with a message. The above is a collection of some of the best public service announcements from G.I. Joe. Snake-eyes was always the coolest. I wanted to be him. Look:GI Joe Movie 12in Ninja Snake Eyes Figure. Twelve inches?! That's not fair!

Finally, the classic school drama showcasing all the troubles of being a teen. It also launched quite a few Hollywood careers. This is a fan favorite for anyone that grew up watching it. I am so thankful I no longer deal with being in high school.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Music Video Saturday. Please post any comments, criticisms, or trolls below. Thanks and have a good weekend!

Rice Cooker Recipes - Spicy Steamed Tuna with Brown Rice and Vegetables

I recently purchased a rice cooker with a food steaming tray. My first experiment is detailed below. Aside from failing to check the quality on the final photo (before eating everything) I am pretty happy with this first shot at using the steamer.

I used two parts blackening season to one part Old Bay. Obviously adjust that ratio to your personal taste. Evenly season the piece of fish to taste. Place it to one side of the steam tray. You could fit two filets easily along with the vegetables in this tray. Check your local grocery freezer for frozen fish filets. Popular choices include: tuna, tilapia, snapper, or grouper to name a few.

The vegetables were just a bag of frozen vegetable medley from the local grocery store. I seasoned them with Italian seasoning and some sea salt. Fresh vegetables would have turned out crisper and a little tastier. It is hard to beat the convenience of the frozen vegetables though. The fact that I am actually eating the vegetables is the important part.

I am trying to eat more brown rice. Brown rice usually needs a little more water to cook properly compared to white rice. I used 1.5 cups of brown rice and 2.5 cups of water this first time. The rice stuck a little bit, but I think that I could have checked it a little earlier.

I didn't take a good picture of the finished product. I was half-way through eating it before I actually bothered to check the picture. This is what I ended up with. But the food was great. The smell of it cooking a pleasant surprise. It's a quick and easy meal that's actually healthy for you.

Stay tuned for more rice cooker recipes. I love it so far, and look forward to all sorts of culinary experiments!

Not What I Expected... (NSFW)

Check this out. I am both impressed and disturbed by their existence. I understand their usefulness, but man, I would never want to clean up a spill.

Netflix Gem: Goemon

It is no secret that Netflix has taken the business world by storm. Various reports show traffic has greatly increased for Netflix. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the pie now, especially the owners of the pipes and tubes that bring the content into your house. Monthly transfer caps do nothing but limit the usefulness of streaming products.

Anyway, enough ranting. The point of this post is to get you to watch Goemon the next time you get a chance. It is an excellent ninja movie. The fights are spectacular and the visuals are eye-catching. It is shot with a bright, vivid color palette for some scenes and then gets dark and gritty when necessary. If you are a fan of anime, you'll enjoy Goemon. Even if you're not a fan of anime, you'll enjoy Goemon.

It is based loosely on Japanese folklore dating to the 1500's. The main character is modeled after Ishikawa Goemon and he features the crazy ninja skills and the Robin Hood personality. There are some steam-punk elements to the movie as well, with arms dealing Christians providing some interesting props to the Japanese.

The voice-over acting is pretty good, though I would prefer subtitles. If you've got some time to kill and are looking for a good fight and some excellent visual film making, give Goemon a shot.