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Saturday Bloody Saturday: Five Short Films From the 2009 Jacksonville Film Festival

Jacksonville 2009 Film Festival

This past Saturday, I decided to donate a small amount of coin to the Nuts on the Road cause. That coin would have been ear marked to go see Star Trek or something. It is not like I am a cheap person and yes I can donate and see a film, but in the true sense of donations giving it should come as a small sacrifice of some sort to help others. (Widge’s note: Thank you, Rox! Mwaaa!) After listening to the afternoon edition of Nuts on the Road and seeing the new addition to the Technocave secret hideout I ventured out to my Five Points to run an errand or two.

I stopped at a store that is right next to our newly renovated 5 Points Theatre. There was a crowd milling about as a feature film from Jacksonville’s 2009 Film Festival was getting out. Living in a small section of Jacksonville in the historic area of Riverside Avondale area is pretty much like a small town where one runs into folk you know all the time. Today was no exception. I chatted with an acquaintance I know who was very gracious in giving me a screening pass for the Saturday Bloody Saturday Horror Short Films screening. What goes around comes around. I gave a gift in good faith and through some good karma I was given a ticket for a movie showing. So I did not miss out on a movie night. Wheel of Fortune if you like.

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Starbucks: VIA Ready Brew Instant Coffee – Review

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

During this economic downturn Starbucks has taken a beating with people staying away from buying its higher end coffee. So, they decided some time ago to reclaim some of its footing from its devastating losses of last year by jumping into the instant coffee market. Why, you ask? Answer: companies will try anything to keep the bottom line in check.

I am not a typical coffee drinker, though when I do want a coffee I want good coffee. I do not own a coffee maker, so my need for good coffees come from coffee shops and from friends who brew great coffee (thanks, Cosette). As I do not drink coffee on a regular basis, I like to experience drinking coffee as a relaxing activity. So I thought that with spring in the air, the windows open, a nice cup of coffee would be enjoyable to have this morning.

As for instant coffee: the last time I had instant was at my mom’s house at Thanksgiving and she prefers flavor crystals. I know that instant does not have the aroma that drip coffee has and it is good for your caffeine need in a pinch. I received from Starbucks a mailed packed of “Via, Starbucks Columbian Coffee in an Instant.” Via is Italian for road, giving the consumer the idea that you can have good coffee anywhere. The cute little packets are individual servings for an 8 oz cup of joe. Starbucks have created a natural process of roasting and grinding the coffee used for instant. I opened the packets with some scissors so not to spill any of the product.

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Coraline (2009) – Rox’s Movie Review

Coraline movie poster

Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants

My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.

Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.

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Fuel for the Boiler: A Steampunk Cookbook – Book Review

Fuel for the Boiler: A Steampunk Cookbook cover art

Written by: Elizabeth Stockton aka Ms. Boo Dreadful
Published by: Lulu

It is the holiday season and one’s thoughts turn to family gatherings. These gatherings are always centered around food. And in some households there’s a focus on sports, but we wont speak of that here. Food is at our core and we all seem to have recipes we like to collect and to give out as a token of our care and love to others.

As a cookbook collector of sorts, I have a relatively small library of cookbooks but they are top notch. Recently I received the Vincent Price cookbook for my birthday. I have already taken on his version of Spaghetti Bolognese to a welcome success. In fact I was perusing the internet and my favorite food sites for holiday items and I found a delightful cookbook centered around the Steampunk subculture.

It is called Fuel for the Boiler: A Steampunk Cookbook by Elizabeth Stockton. There are 91 pages in the book with images of the steampunk-bedecked crew members of HMS Ophelia, also known as Abney Park, as well as some good folk from Brass Goggles. There are plenty of people in the steampunk community that helped Ms Boo Dreadful (aka Elizabeth Stickton) bring this book to fruition. Such as the handy conversion chart for U.S. to Metric capacity and a very handy cooking measurement equivalents. I am sure she had received some help from our friends from across the pond. The layout and design allow the owner of the cookbook to make notations in the margins–a handy feature as I like to alter recipes on occasion.

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Black Phoenix Steamworks and Research Facility Review

Widge’s note: Ladies and gents, please welcome to the podium: Rox of Spazhouse, our resident artist and advocate for more lighting.

Phoenix Alchemy Lab has created a very large selection of scented wonders based on themes and holidays over the years. Such themes run from gothic to the very intriguing Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett perfume oils. These perfumes are oils, which which have a more concentrated scent than colognes, which are diluted with alcohol.

As the Need Coffee’s Steampunk aficionado, I am happy to review two samples of Phoenix Lab’s Steamworks and Research Facility perfumes. Airships, linen, velvet, gears, mechanisms, and of course goggles are some of the accoutrements to the world of steampunk. The perfume names and descriptions invoke a times and adventures that occurred in the unlimited expanse of your imagination.

First up: The Coil.

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