July 20, 2008
Decoding the Evil League of Evil

I had heard much of a hullabaloo in Twitter about Joss Whedon's new show, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog during the week. Yesterday, I bought the show on iTunes and sat down to watch all three acts. Thanks to the Apple TV, I was able to watch on a nice television set, rather than in front of a computer.

The show was fantastic. I can only hope for a series. I suggest you buy it on iTunes immediately.

Spoiler Warning: If you are a complete spoiler queen and get all worked up about minor plot points that are obvious, then stop reading. Otherwise, I will continue to discuss part of the show that doesn't impact your enjoyment in any bit.

Of course, the most intriguing moment is the obvious teaser at the end, revealing of the Evil League of Evil about to begin a meeting.

Here is the clearest shot we have of the assembled Evil League of Evil.

From the end credits, we are given the roster:

Professor Normal
Fake Thomas Jefferson
Dead Bowie
Fury Leika
Snake Bite
Bad Horse
Dr. Horrible

Now, I carefully grabbed screen shots of each character and made my best guess as to match the name with the face. The face of evil! Muah-ha-ha-ha!

First, with the most obvious matches...

Quite clearly, Bad Horse, leader of the Evil League of Evil. I don't put it past Joss Whedon to not have the actual horse be Bad Horse, but I think this is a safe assumption.

This is Dr. Horrible, now in his red costume and actually wearing his goggles.

Next, another safe assumption that this is Fake Thomas Jefferson. In other shots, he is shown holding a quill, further reinforcing the link to Fake Thomas Jefferson.

Slightly bit riskier is assuming that this is Dead Bowie. The general 70s look and makeup kinda gives this one away.

On the right side, in multi-colored garb, is who I believe to be Tie-Die. There are only a few frames of Tie-Die, but I believe the costume and the peace symbol necklace establish this conclusion firmly.

In this shot, I assume that on the left is Professor Normal. Mainly because he's the most professorial looking one at the table. To his right is Dead Bowie. Interestingly, the feet on the table are NOT those of Dead Bowie.

In this wide shot, we see entire Evil League of Evil. Between Professor Normal and Dead Bowie, owner of the feet on the table, shown above is Fury Leika. I believe it is Fury Leika due to the Viking-esque look, battle staff, and angry look.

This leaves only one person left, who we can assume to be Snake Bite. Not a lot to go on here. She doesn't really match up with any other name and she does look like she's more into nature by virture of holding a bouquet of flowers. Nothing snake or bite like in any shot to confirm this. Maybe she's got fangs we can't see.

One more wide shot of the group, with Tie-Die cut off on the right.

With this rationale, I give you my best guess as to who is who in the Evil League of Evil.

What do you think?


Based on comments by Jeff Donaldson and Eeyore, I think I may have reversed Fury Leika and Snake Bite.

The point being made is that the woman in white with a bouquet, could be a woman scorned at the altar. And we all know that "Hell hath no Fury like a woman scorned." I can see the idea of a 'Cobra Cowl' on the woman with a staff. So she could very well be Snake Bite.

I guess we won't know for sure, until Joss wants us to know for sure...

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July 18, 2008
Batter Blaster

A while ago, Michele brought home a can of Batter Blaster that one of her spinning buddies gave her.

Obviously, Michele wanted nothing to do with this, but I, obviously, was intrigued.

Not only is it pancake batter in a can, it's organic. A strange overlap of the organic hippy mindset with the geek cool packing mindset. We aren't organic fanatics, especially after reading the Omnivore's Dilemma. But it was nice to find a product with no corn products at all in it.

I was able to talk Michele into helping me test out the Batter Blaster. Usually the girls help, but when we did this, they were in China with their Grandparents.

The nozzle tends to make a star pattern of the batter on the griddle. There is pretty good control on how much batter comes out. You could easily draw pictures or letters with the can and make special pancakes.

I made a short video of the cooking process.

I edited a bit because watching pancakes slowly cook is a bit dull.

We did find that this batter was a bit more heat sensitive than the usual powder mix. Maybe cooking on a skillet instead of a griddle across two burners would be better. I wasn't going to question Michele's cooking method. After 14 years of marriage, I know better.

The real question is how did they taste. Not bad, but not great. The flavor was good and and I ate them all up. The texture is the issue. Being in the can, I don't think the batter can rise when being cooked enough. The pancakes were a bit rubbery. I like a light, fluffy pancake. If you like the fluffy style, the lack of rise will be an issue.

These pancakes would be perfect for pigs in the blanket. Mmm, sausages...

Overall, it's not something we'll be buying again. If you are a pancake fanatic, you need to try it. It's neat the first time your try it, but I think powder mixes makes better pancakes and are worth the extra effort. I do think it's perfect for camping though.

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July 15, 2008
The Pirates Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

Last Friday was my daughter Mira's birthday, so my wife reserved us a suite at the Disneyland Hotel for the celebration. We got lucky, and they upgraded us to the Pirates Suite. Not the Dream Suite, but pretty damn cool. I was completely blown away by the room.

For a couple years, I've been making videos of my hotel rooms, so this was no different. Here's a short video of the suite.

There are a bunch of pictures of the Suite in this Flickr Set.

Of course, we had a great time inside Disneyland. Here are two videos of us riding the Matterhorn. Do you hear enough little girls squeals for your yearly quota?

Matterhorn Ride 1 at Disneyland from Michael Pusateri on Vimeo.

Matterhorn Ride 2 at Disneyland from Michael Pusateri on Vimeo.

Posted by michael at 06:34 AM
July 01, 2008
Flux Capacitor

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