Spicy Coconut Almonds
Really, I did. I tried to find something of interest this afternoon. I clicked on every icon on the channel bar and came up empty. I mean totally empty. Dealer was looking at his machine and typing, his head under a big black cowboy hat. Lisa was sitting on the edge of her bed trying on a sweater, engaged in mindless banter with her drooling viewers. The NakedCowboy was in Times Square in the middle of what I would imagine was a very very cold rain storm. I’m not sure there will be many people out on the street, but he’s committed. MagicRich was watching other channels, eTard was sleeping, the less than green LindsayLights channel was broadcasting a great snow storm and so it went.
The one that caught my attention was phixx — a channel showing Home Alone (not sure whether it was the original or a sequel) with what appeared to be Swedish subtitles. I wonder if they think that it’s legal to rebroadcast a copyrighted movie if it’s got subtitles? Or maybe their command of the English language is not clear enough to understand the CDMA guidelines.
When I came back after lunch and a return trip to Radio Shack for the correct USB cable for the new kitchen camera set up, I once again tried to find something of interest. Instead I ended up hopping over to my current favorite food blog site The Smitten Kitchen and as always was in for a good read and a look at some DEElicious looking food and recipes. I am going to need to make the Rugaelach Pinwheels sometime in the next week or so. They just look too DEElicious to not try them with all of you. I think they should be part of a challenge giveaway, what do you think?!
Lifecasting? Livecasting? Postcasting?
After my trip around the food blogosphere I ventured back to JTV and saw more of the same. I noticed Nekomimi Lisa in the #1 spot on the channel bar however and when I took a look to see what she was up to I was a bit surprised to see her in a tank top and panties. I guess her apartment is warm, but it did make for top channel placement. What I noticed that was odd was that her USTREAM feed was running far ahead of the JTV feed — to the tune of about 20 minutes according to some.
That raises a question. What is lifecasting — in terms of chronology? If it’s supposed to be live streaming video why isn’t it live? Pastcasting seems a more suitable term.
Current Events Remains Taboo on JTV
So, it happened again and I am pissed off. I tuned into JTV after copying some recipes and paying bills. I suppose paying bills put me in a bad mood, but it’s likely that had nothing to do with it. I am just looking for a good excuse for what made me feel all prickly.
I went into Arnaud’s room. I pop in and out of there from time to time, but usually do not speak up. Today I threw a comment out there because the talk turned to the US and what Americans think of the French. I made a comment about how the generalizations, the stereotypes are ridiculous. People were saying that Americans started “hating” the French with the onset of the Iraq war and their refusal to become involved, but I made a comment that this goes back to WWII. No one seemed to pick up on it. The talk went around and around and Arnaud was talking about the rioting in France that happened a couple of weeks ago. Again, people were not really picking up on it. I made a comment about how a couple of years ago the US media made it appear that France was burning down with rioting and Arnaud spoke to that comment a bit saying he was in Boston at the time, but that it was not really reported accurately.
Then the conversation turned to the current rioting and Arnaud’s perception that it is an issue with Algerian immigrants. Most people seemed to either be clueless to what went on or to not want to talk about it or anything that was not “fun.” That’s what got my ire up. I have had enough of people saying things like, “I don’t read the paper or watch the news because it’s too depressing.” Well damn it! It is depressing out there! Things are not all that hunky dory, but pretending like they don’t exist won’t make them go away. At the very least keep up with the news and current events so that you know what is happening in the world around you! How can you know where your life is going if you don’t know what’s going on all around you?
As if you didn’t know, it makes me crazy! I had a brief conversation with one chatter and to me it was not inflammatory at all. We were having adult conversation — talking about educating yourself to what’s going on, but apparently people in the room thought we were fighting. Is that what the Millenium generation thinks? That having a conversation that doesn’t revolve around T&A and drinking and football and other light-hearted topics is not worthwhile and is boring and uninteresting? I am afraid to see what our society will be like in 20 years. If no one cares about the things around them, what will become of us? People complain that other countries have overtaken us in education and in the workforce, but if we don’t value these things as important, how will we overcome this problem?
I don’t have the answers. I am no saying I am making a positive impact to help with any of this, BUT — I do care and I do vaule the knowledge I get from reading, watching, having intelligent conversation with people. I suppose JTV is just not the place to get that on most channels, is it?
Maybe lifecasting is really about Getting Away from Life-casting.
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 cups unsalted blanched almonds
- Sea Salt
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the coconut and toast, tossing occasionally, until it turns an even light brown, being careful not to let it burn, about 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add the oil. Stir in the honey and cayenne. When the oil and honey are combined, add the almonds and stir until they are evenly coated. Add the toasted coconut and gently stir until the nuts are evenly coated with coconut. Season with sea salt to taste. Immediately transfer nuts to a large nonstick baking sheet and spread them out to cool. Transfer to a bowl and serve.