Friday, December 31, 2010

Lusciously Loathsome Lionfish

Editor's note -- The Gazette wraps up 2010 by acknowledging Florida's worst disaster of the year -- the Lionfish invasion.  In fact, the NOAA Ocean Service Education website describes them as graceful and beautiful as a butterfly but as ferocious as the most dangerous predator as it delivers a painful sting with its venomous spines. In an effort to rid coastal waters from this odious sea creature ...

Reuters – A lionfish is pictured in the waters near Miami Florida
MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida marine conservationists have come up with a simple recipe for fighting the invading lionfish that is gobbling up local reef life -- eat them.

"It's absolutely good eating -- a delicacy. It's delicately flavored white meat, very buttery," Lad Akins, director of special projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), told Reuters. He authored the cookbook along with a professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

 k. a. gardner 

"Eat'em" strategem for lionfish invasion in  - Yahoo! News  -- "The Caribbean's New Delicacy" Cookbook!

Editor's note -- The Gazette wishes all (except Lionfish) an auspicious 2011!


 Please peruse these lionfish recipes at your leisure!

Pineapple Lionfish Kabob
Skewer Lionfish filets with pineapple, onion, bell pepper, tomato wedges, and shrimp. Rub a mixture of honey and teriyaki on the skewer as it is over the grill.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

Editor's note --  The Gazette does not endorse a BB gun which is not an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! 

And of course, pop culture has given us 
an indelible impression of the desirability of 
children’s guns during that period. 

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

 Roger Ebert
 by KarenAGardner
Twas the season for sexism, smoking Santas, and deadly weapons. Vintage holiday advertising. web urbanist

Editor's note -- (Update) The Gazette (presumptuously) assumes readers are aware that the featured quote is from the 1983 film classic A Christmas Story -- 
a traditional 24-hour block of Christmas programming on Turner Broadcasting Network (TBN).


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Adornments

Editor's note -- Fabulous Boing Boing Bargains just in time for Christmas!

Wonder Woman Cuff Bracelet
Brass-Plated  with Cubic Zirconia Star
$185.00 each
(Allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery)

Gotham City Ring  
Molded plastic with inset rhinestones. 
Only $225 while supplies last
(One size fits all)


 Boing Boing 
 by KarenAGardner
DC Comics jewelry and the Gotham City Ring  

The Gazette wishes a Merry Christmas to one and all!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Royal mishap

Editor's note -- The Telegraph appears to be confused by the Royal rules for souvenirs. Reporter Caroline Gammell clearly states on Dec. 8 that tea towels are outlawed souvenirs.
 RT @ Royal Wedding: the rules for   
"The rules in relation to Royal souvenirs for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton have been carefully thought out well ahead of time."

~ Those wishing to produce artefacts bearing the couple’s image must follow a set of guidelines issued by the Lord Chamberlain’s office ...

~ Tea-towels, aprons and t-shirts are outlawed, but carpets, cushions, wall hangings and head scarves are acceptable.

This Royal Marriage souvenir plate is in good taste.

Editor's note -- Apparently, The Telegraph did not think out the souvenir rules well enough in advance to prevent this tea towel mishap. Reporter Andy Bloxham devoted an entire story to  the exclusion of said tea towels on the same day Caroline Gammel already said they were outlawed.
  Royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton  banned by palace - Telegraph  -- formal memorandum stating...

"Tea towels have been excluded from the official list of approved memorabilia for the Royal family's next wedding, that of Kate Middleton and Prince William."

Editor's note -- The Gazette is providing a .pdf of Prince William's souvenir rules just in case The Telegraph needs to look at them again.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Uncle Walt!

Editor's note -- The Gazette celebrates Walt Disney's birthday on Dec. 5, 1901. Because of his secret plans in 1965, Central Florida now employs more than 62,000 cast members.

 Disneyland News  by KarenAGardner

Happy Birthday, Walt Disney! Walt is born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901. 

Walt Disney introduces the Florida Project
PRIME LOCATION -- Walt Disney selected Central Florida near Orlando for his newest theme park, Walt Disney World Resort. The project was shrouded in secrecy until Disney unveiled his plans in fall 1965. 

Editor's note -- Also shrouded in secrecy was Walt Disney's role as an F.B.I. informant and 
covert employment by the House Un-American Activities 
Committee as a spy against Communists in Hollywood.

And he and J. Edgar Hoover belonged to the secret 
society of Freemasons, too!

Hollywood's Dark Prince

"This is the definitive and only unauthorized biography of the great but flawed Hollywood legend."  -- Marc Eliot 

Happy Birthday Uncle Walt!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

MegaLeaks is a "cute name"

Editor's note -- No sooner did Sea World dolphins boil  WikiLeaks' down to its essence did it rise again as a WikiKraken!
Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801 
Editor's note -- Good Grief!                                            
 Now the dread Julian Assange unleashes his fury on Big Business ... and a Salmon ROBOT tweets the ensuing mayhem
A robot tweets @ blog Counterparties  -- Forbes blog says Julian Assange Wants to Spill Your Corporate ...

Counterparties ... Early next year, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal documents will be exposed on Wikileaks — Forbes

"A robot twittering Felix Salmon's Reuters blog entries." 

Editor's note -- Forbes' blogger Andy Greenberg interviews the "shaggy haired" J. Assange (when he wasn't being hunted down by the world at large. 

"The slim 39-year-old Wiki Leaks founder wears a navy suit over his 6-foot-2 frame, and his once shaggy white hair, recently dyed brown, has been cropped to a sandy patchwork of blonde and tan. He says he colors it when he’s “being tracked.”

“These big-package releases. There should be a cute name for them,” he says, then pauses again.
 “Megaleaks?” I suggest, trying to move things along.
 “Yes, that’s good—megaleaks.” His voice is a hoarse, Aussie-tinged baritone

Editor's note --  To move things along even further, Greenberg went to the cyber-attacker's London flat for this exclusive interview. 

Fortunately,  the Gazette will move along to another topic on another day ...