Southern Bastards Vol. 4 Gut Check

By Jason Aaron and Jason Latour

Starting Volume 4 tonight. So far, with the exception of Volume 2, it’s been a great series.  The Walking Tall homage was interesting if not kind of bland but they definitely flipped the switch on that.

They depict a part of the South that most people sometimes want to hide or just don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. And the ideology of high school football being the be all end all in some towns is something I’ve seen first had.


Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal

Just some random thoughts:

  1. Takahashi Miike’s 100th film.
  2. As a swordsman Manji kind of sucks. Thanks God for the blood worms.
  3. Where can I find some blood worms of the Holy Lama?
  4. Where the hell do these people hide these weapons?

A really decent film, reminds me a lot of the old kungfu movies I used to watch with my Dad when I was a kid, but with a lot more blood and with an anime/manga twist.



Minus 1 for subtitles.

Chicken with a Tarragon Cream Sauce

Obviously I’m on a chicken kick. It’s just so easy. Big chunks of butter on the vegetables.

Heat up some olive oil in a pan on medium heat, mince some garlic and saute for a minute. I like to cut up the chicken breast, just seems like it’s easier to cook and gets all the herbs and spices evenly covered. Anyway, throw in the chicken and some fresh chopped tarragon, add some salt and pepper and toss it around until it’s done. Take the chicken out and set aside. Now, for the cream sauce just throw in a pat of butter (if you think you need it) and let it melt. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of flower and whisk for about a minute. Add about a cup of chicken broth and whisk that around in the pan until the flour is dissolved. Here I  added some dried tarragon to add some more flavor and about a tablespoon of heavy cream to help thicken it up and to be honest the yellowish color from the chicken broth looked kind of gross, so the heavy cream made it look nice. 🙂

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Haiku

The Cowardly Priest

Hester Prynne does not repent

Pearl lived her best life

While reading the book I remember thinking that the idea that having a baby out of wedlock as a sin is still the way some people think, we haven’t really come that far as a people in that regard. The novel is almost wholly narrative so if that’s not your thing (and it really wasn’t mine) probably best to get the cliff notes.