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Tuesday, February 18, 2003

For those of you who don't know (read: Dad), Ministry was a kick-ass industrial band in the early- to mid-90s. Came out with some truly seminal albums, including, but not limited to, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and The Way to Suck Eggs. They were overshadowed by Nine Inch Nails, but held their own with "TV II" and "N.W.O." Plus, they had a sense of humor. How else could you make a song with Gibby from The Butthole Surfers called "Jesus Built my Hot Rod" and still have cred? C'mon, say it with me now! "... and the only thing I could do was ding-a-ding-dang my dang-a-long-ling-long."

As far as things go with me, I'm all engrossed in Orson Scott Card's "Ender" series. Right now, the book is Ender's Shadow, a parallel novel to the first in the series, Ender's Game. It's interesting, and engrossing, yet, I can't help but think that it's derivative.

"Derivative? Of what?" you're probably asking yourself.

Of Dune, of course! Yes, Ender and Bean are younger (5 years old at the beginning of the series), but they're both children destined for something greater than what normal children are. And, Ender seems to have adopted some of Leto II's philosophies about leadership (from God Emperor of Dune, for those of you who aren't tremendous dorks (read: all of you)). Interesting situations are posed, like in Xenocide. What is the nature of God? Would He manifest himself as a virus that changes a Piggy (a small, porcine humanoid) into a tree? Would He manifest himself as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Do all governments have God's mandate? Is evil possible when performing the Will of God?

Plus, the series has a killer idea for immortality -- near-light travel. Between the first book and the second, Speaker for the Dead, 3,000 years pass, yet 2 of the main characters are still alive due to near-light-speed travel. Of course, this makes long-distance relationships a pain in the ass. Ender falls in love with a girl on a planet 22 light years away from his current planet. He leaves for her planet immediately, but, of course, she's a different person when he arrives.

Check the stuff out. It's worth it. I mean, if you're into sci-fi.

Also, I'm working on a kick-ass meatloaf recipie. While salsa does add a kick, it's not the best thing to put into a meatloaf. Mushrooms, on the other hand, work just fine. I'm open to ideas.

My current method:

Around 1 pound of ground beef
1/3 cup milk
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 egg
Bunch of crackers, crushed. (As much as needed to soak up excess liquid)
Dried onion
Salt (Kosher, eyeballed)
Pepper (as much as you feel you need)
Garlic powder (as much as you want)
Mushrooms (not the kind in a can. Too much water), chopped. (as much as you want. I used 2 handfulls)

I also put in salsa (Pace Picante with Cilantro) as an experiment. I also topped said Loaf with the salsa. It's tasty, but not what I was looking for.

Any tips on making it less greasy would also be appreciated. I mean, I'm not some sort of Sissy-Mary, but there's only so much beef fat I want in an average dish. Or kick-ass meatloaf sandwich.

Comments by: YACCS