Next Wednesday, the 13th, the Caseyville Cafe will be featured on Restaurant Impossible as everything recieved a makeover-the physical building, kitchen, food prep and menu ideas, as well as staff management. Pictures of before and after by John Swistak at the link.
We're expecting to be in the midst of a big weather event today as is most of the central part of the country. Every school in the St Louis metro area cancelled for today during the early evening last night. This winter storm, which is covering large parts of the country, is supposed to hit here around the noon hour and oddly, has not been given a name. When the snow storms hit the east coast recently they were all named by the weather channel. I guess the midwest isn't snow storm name worthy.
What's amusing though, is how St Louis forecasters can simultaneously tell us this will be a "can't miss" storm while at the same time reminding us that we are, as usual, "right on the line" of weather or no weather." Just one year I'd like to live somewhere that is not "right on the line."
So Channel 5 is hedging their bets and reporting this morning on the snow falling heavily in Wichita Kansas. They sent a reporting team to Kansas City the other night to cover the
big fire in Country Club Plaza and must have told the group to stay in Kansas for
storm reporting. We'll get a look at a big snow in case it actually does miss us.
Saturday Night Live presented a skit last night as a take off on a James Tarantino movie trailer called Djesus Uncrossed. The skit had Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained) as Jesus coming back from the dead and killing everyone in sight in the bloodiest way possible. And the audience screamed and laughed in delight.
They laughed. Didn't we throw a movie maker in prison for making a movie which insulted Islam and supposedly brought on the Islamic riots and Benghazi? No riots here, just laughter for a sacrilegious, blasphemous, insulting and offensive put down of the story of Christ. And in Lent no less.
Rolling Stone loved it, here's what they had to say by way of review:
The movie trailer for Djesus Uncrossed was
stunning, in the best way possible. This upcoming blockbuster is "the
ultimate revenge fantasy" – a spot-on send-up of Quentin Tarantino’s
films, where Jesus (Waltz) rises from the dead, cuts down armies of
Romans with swords and Uzis and leaves behind equal amounts hilarious
blood and hilarious one-liners. Every last line in this gory sketch was
written with impeccable sophistication.
"Impeccable sophistication". Indeed we as a culture are hitting bottom fast.
"Norwegian public television plans to broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours from Friday evening, with firewood specialists providing color commentary, expert advice and a bit of cultural tutoring. They''ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but also have cultural segments with music and poems."
Actually as dull a non stop broadcast of a fireplace sounds, it might be something I'd watch for a bit. But, while they had me at 'advice and tutoring', they lost me with the 'music and poems'.
Reading that most of us would think, wow, let's see how it's done. Turns out the way you do this is to get rid of cable and buy a Roku box which will allow you...let's see...access to hundreds of channels but you don't get to watch them until a day or two later. You also won't get HBO or some other popular premium channels. You also need to buy a good HD antenna.
If you are the kind of tv watcher who does a lot of recording of programs to watch later, this might well be the item for you. If you like to see things as they broadcast in real time, maybe not.
But truthfully the story misleads, you aren't lowering your cable bill, you're getting rid of it and paying another company a smaller fee for a different type of viewing.
The Chinese New Year's animal for 2013 is the snake. Words cannot do justice to how much I do not like snakes. They creep me out and I do anything I can to even look at them in magazines or newspapers. Every so often a snake photo appears in something I'm reading and my heart stops and I can't turn the page fast enough. Ugh
But today begins the best two nights in television, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. All the dogs and their often humous handlers on display. All tricked up with fancy hair do's. Love it. But Dale thinks the dog show is about as interesting as watching the cable channel list scroll up and down. However, he's gracious about letting me have the tv for two nights.
The thing to know if you want to watch is that each evening will see it broadcast on a different channel. Tonight CNBC will carry it and tomorrow USA will have it. In St. Louis Charter's CNBC is number 792 on high def and 46 on none high def. USA on Charter is 782 high def and 28 on the regular stations.
January had the inauguration and a couple of senate confirmation hearings. The top news programs on cable are pretty much dominated by Fox News programming with the first 9 spots out of the top ten. Rachel Maddow comes in at 10. What interested me was how far down on the list Morning Joe sits because we watch this every day and note that they seem so pleased with themselves and their own POV in the news commentary world. You'd think they were crushing the competition with all their self congratulations.
The Five is number two with totally dominating numbers not only in their time slot against Chris Matthews but total day. This is how we bookend our news day, Morning Joe in the morning, The Five in late afternoon. The list of cable news shows in order of their ratings can be enlarge to read by using the little magnifying glass at the bottom right corner of the list.
Did you ever try to take a picture of something on tv in the pre digital days? I bet you did and what you got was an image of a mess of lines, maybe one wide black line running through the middle or just a white screen.
Well those days are over since the dawn of digital. Digital cameras, digital/high def tvs all make getting a picture of something on tv almost real life. I've been aware of this for a while but never paid too much attention to it until yesterday when I took a picture of little Max who was visiting and got the tv in the background as well.
Yes, there's Ina Garten plain as day. Taking a snapshot of something on tv may be rare, but it is now possible to get a pretty darn good image. Just an FYI