Monday, December 19, 2016

Keyless lime Pie

Mark's modified "Key" lime potluck pie recipe.

The key is using Bears limes instead of those tiny little Florida Keys limes.  Baked in a 13 x 9 inch Pyrex baking pan instead of a pie pan, and then cut into rectangles.  Works better for potlucks than pie shaped pies.

Graham Cracker Crust:
16 Graham crackers, smashed into bits (use a zip lock bag and a rolling pin)
2 Tablespoons sugar
5 oz melted butter

Mix together dry ingredients, add butter, stir together with a fork and press into the bottom a 9 x 13 pan.  Don't bother with the sides, just the bottom.  Pro tip: use a 1 cup dry measure cup to flatten the crust.

Bake for 13 minutes at 350 F.

4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14 or 15 oz)
1 cup lime juice (about 4-5 normal limes)

Mix together the first three ingredients then mix in the lime juice.  Stir until it starts to coagulate. (acid reduction reaction between the milk and citric acid)

If you really want to add a 1/2 tsp of grated lime rind you can do so, but personally I think flakes of rind are yucky.

Pour on top of the graham cracker crust once it is ready.

Top with Meringue:

Beat 6 egg whites until foamy.  Then beat some more.
Add 1/2 tsp cream of tarter and beat some more.
Beat in 3/4 cup sugar
Finally beat in 1 tsp vanilla.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until meringue is just starting to brown.
Chill several hours before serving.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Taco Trucks on Every Corner

Taco Trucks on every corner?  Taco Trucks?

That's not a threat, that's America.

I like Taco Trucks. Americans like taco trucks. We like tacos.  We also like Chinese food, and Indian, and Thai. Irish pubs, German Biergartens, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Greek... America will know you and love you for your cuisine.

We might not be able to find your nation of origin on a map. We have no clue what 2-bit dictator made your former life so miserable you moved halfway across the world. We can't tell the difference between a Syrian and a Sikh for goodness sake. But bring us your cuisine... 

Bring us your tacos and tamales, your shawurma, your schnitzel, your perogies, and ravioli, and dumplings of all types. Your Naan. Dear god above all else, bring us your nann.

Because this is America, and in America we don't care where you are from. Just bring something tasty to the Pot Luck.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Foreign Policy Naïveté

But the Libertarians are so naïve on foreign policy...

Oh really? Really?

Let me tell you about naïveté.

It was the neo-conservatives who were naïve enough to think that nation building in the middle east would actually work. That overthrowing a strongman like Saddam would somehow miraculously end up with a result fundamentally different than Yugoslavia.

It was the neo-conservatives who were naïve enough to think that lines on a map drawn by the British Admiralty actually meant something, and that Iraq was actually a country and not disparate groups of peoples only held together by force.

It was the neo-conservatives who were naïve enough to think that a bombing campaign in Libya would result in anything BUT a giant power vacuum to be filled by psychotic death cultists.

The Libertarian reaction to 9/11? Declare War. No nationbuilding. No "resolution to use force." Certainly no "invading nations that had nothing to do with it". No. The Libertarians wanted a proper declaration of war by the Congress of these United States on Al Queda and nations harboring them. We said "issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal" to private entities and hunt them down like pirates because that is how you deal with non nation state actors.

Because Libertarians are not pacifists. Don't believe me? Go look in their gun closets. No. They simply think that adventurism across the world is neither constitutional, nor actually productive in the long term.

Naïve? You are thinking about the neo-conservative "spread Democracy at the Point of Bayonets" wings of the Republican and Democratic parties.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Godspeed STS-107

1-February-2003. I inexplicably turned on the TV, only to see streaks of smoke and flame across the Texas Sky. I knew immediately what it was, and my only though was Damn-it, not Again!

I wrote this immediately after. (slightly different from the album version)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone:

Friday, May 29, 2015

BayCon 2015

Got to BayCon for the first time in many years.  New Hotel (which they have had for several years).

Very spread out function space.  Never did actually find everything.  Lots of good guests though.  Sunday night concerts were outstanding.  Got to see Callie Hills for the first time in several years as well.

10 days before the convention I was offered the 8PM Saturday night concert slot.  Kristoph Klover ran sound.  Had absolutely no problems with my Rainsong. Didn't even need the DI box.

A little piece of the concert.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SoundCloud Rocket_Song

Rocketsong was taken, so I grabbed Rocket_Song.  heh.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For Jennifer - A Song

So the other night I ended up writing a dopy love song for my wife.

Huh?  How the heck did that happen?

Still need to work out the chords:

For Jennifer
Lyrics Mark E. Horning 10/19/2014
Music: Mark E. Horning...

Come my friend, and let me take your hand,
And walk together cross the burning sand.
Watch the stars come out above us like a giant milky flag unfurled

Someone to share the joy and wonder in your life
And to hold you close against the woe and strife
And we're standing both together you and me against the whole damn world.

    'Casue I love you more - than ever before
    And each new day just a little bit more
    Best friends forever no matter what the world may have in store.

So take my hand and tell me 'bout your day
I know that there's obstacles along the way
But together we can meet them, and together savor victory.

Cause a burden's lessened every time it's shared
And a joy is multiplied or even squared.
You're the best partner I could have in all of time and history

    And I love you more now - than ever before
    And each new day just a little bit more
    You're my best friend forever no matter what the world might have in store.

And I know sometimes you feel alone and lost
But nothing cheap is ever worth the cost,
And I know it takes an effort and sometimes we have to work real hard

And sometimes life simply gets in the way
But working together we'll rise above the fray
And I trust you and I love you and I hold you in such high regard.

    Yes I love you more now - than ever before
    And each new day just that much more
    You're my best friend forever no matter what the world might have in store.

Walking along, enjoying the view
Everything's easier when I'm with you
Together forever just the way that it was meant to be.
And oh so very grateful that you chose to live a life with me.

So come my friend and let me take your hand...