All posts for the month January, 2008

Zune marketing — callous, clueless

Published January 23, 2008 by lisaolisa

laika This is so fundamentally retarded and insane, revisionist, and insensitive that I’m dumbstruck. Laika’s calculated, gruesome death is an unswayable truth, which frothy fantasy can’t erase or make mirthful. Look how cute this little dog is — like Eddie/Moose on "Frasier." It’s all happy big-eyed cuteness.

laika-real What the hell does this PR even mean — "we finally know what happened to Laika"??? We’ve always known: she died alone, in pain, a slave to the ultimate in pathetic chest-thumping, nuclear brinksmanship.

What is a "core fact" of fiction? Earth to copy desk.

I didn’t think my buyer’s remorse of my Zune could grow after the initial incredulity of how unusable it was. It has.


Ro Rao, Aliens tell untold story of space dog Laika

Redmond, WA – January 9, 2008

Core Facts

Fifty years ago, Russia launched a rocket manned by a dog into space and soon lost contact with the vessel. Today, we finally know what happened with “Laika,” the new film by Ro Rao featuring music from The Aliens. An endearing, intergalactic tale at just how far one will go to share with friends, “Laika” loosely nods to constructivism, incorporating a range of 2D and 3D photographic elements and textures.

Visit to view “Laika.”

For more on the film’s artists, visit or


overnight "oatmeal"

Published January 20, 2008 by lisaolisa

Something approximating oatmeal was burbling in the slow cooker this morning. A modified version of the following became gummy and soupy, with the flesh of the craisins becoming at one with the slurry, leaving their mushy cases empty and yet annoyingly not also dissolved. There were no figs to be had…or perhaps their were. Either way, that much dried fruit seems like a precalculated insulin spike to defeat the purpose of serving grainy goodness. Half and half is included "because if you’re going to make oatmeal…" but oatmeal isn’t a special occasion to be indulged with extra sugar and extra fat. It’s a food we eat to lower our cholesterol, not delight the soul. But perhaps whole milk might stand up better to the overnight. Either way, it’s too much liquid for our appliance.


Overnight Oatmeal
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Show:      Good Eats
Episode:      Oat Cuisine
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried figs
4 cups water
1/2 cup half-and-half

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.

Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. This way your oatmeal will be finished by morning.