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iPhone Video!!!

June 30, 2007 By: admin Category: NewsQuake!, Video

I filmed people waiting in line for the iPhone at my local Apple Store. Check it out.

Empanadas!

June 28, 2007 By: admin Category: Blogging Dinner, Cooking, Fatblogging, Food, Health, Mom

Well, a milestone has been reached: I made Mom’s empanadas AND THEY DIDN’T SUCK!!! I re-interpreted Mom’s incredible recipe by adding a few things which I’ll explain after I type-up the recipe, per Michael’s request. This will benefit everyone – cook at will!

EMPANADAS ALA NILDA

Filling
2 tablespoons oil or butter
about 3 cups onions, chopped (she’s not kidding about this!)
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (hot pepper)
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup beef boullion
1/3 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Heat the oil. Add the garlic and brown lightly. Add the onions and brown lightly, add meat and brown until is cooked. Add together the rest of the ingredients and cook for about ten minutes. Cool and refrigerate overnight.

Pastry
2 cups flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water, cold

Sift flour into a bowl, chop in butter with pastry blender. Add egg and sugar. Add salt and water combined and mix well. Roll dough out very thin on a floured board. Cut into round 3 or 4 inches across. Place about 1/3 cup filling on each pastry round. Add 1 wedge hard cooked egg and a piece of a Greek black olive. Fold the dough to make a turnover, press around the filling to seal. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated hot oven (450 F.) until brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.

So, that’s what Mom typed out for me a few years before she died. One Christmas she gave me a stack of her recipes as a gift. It was like getting The Keys To The Kingdom. And, rightly, here I am sharing the Kingdom with all of you. :)

Anyway, here’s how I adapted the above recipe: instead of beef I used Trader Joe’s organic ground turkey – worked GREAT! I also added a 2nd 1/4 slice of hard boiled egg inside the empanada, as well as 5 more pieces of Greek black olive. I think the olive really makes this dish and every time I ate it always wnated more, so there ya go.

ENJOY!

Next Steps

June 28, 2007 By: admin Category: General

First, here’s my latest NewsQuake article. I so appreciate being able to write commentary rather than journalistic reports. That kind of storytelling–the reporting kind–I do best with video, and…..drumroll…. NETSCAPE VIDEO IS ALMOST BACK!!!! I say “almost” because there are still a few buggies to work out, but the good news is that our genius development team has designed a workaround so I can upload the rest of my New Orleans vids. SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS!!!

Check back to the NewsQuake Video tab often after I post the first vid. There’ll be lots of great stuff coming!

“That” Song

June 21, 2007 By: admin Category: Health, Living, Mom

M is playing “that song” again. The one that reminds me of Mom. M was writing it around the time Mom got sick and then died. She’d been working on this one riff for so long and then all of a sudden it just came out… I was sitting in my office one day and heard the most beautiful tune you could ever imagine coming out of M’s studio down the hall. Instantly, I burst into tears.

How can it still be so fresh? The pain is like she died yesterday, and I keep seeing her lying in her bed at the hospital. I wanted her, so badly, to get up. I wanted that more than anything. That’s the false promise of drugs, isn’t it? We can keep sick people looking and sounding so healthy and then the next day they die.

What is the world like now, without her? More than a little bit empty, I have to admit. It’s thinner. Lacks the same amount of color as before.

We’re approaching The Anniversary. There are a few, actually, in this time. Michael’s birthday is the 26th, mine is July 7th, Mom’s death-versary is July 15th, and Dad’s birthday is August 10th. The morning of my 38th birthday Dad and I were driving to the hospital in the morning. Michael called my cell phone and Dad, otherwise distracted, heard me say: “Thanks.” When we got to the hospital and chit-chatted with Mom a bit, Dad volunteered, “Mama, guess what we forgot?” Then he told her that it was my birthday.

What would I like for my 40th? I’d like my mother back.

The Wider View – The 1st Anniversary of Netscape

June 15, 2007 By: admin Category: Mom, NewsQuake!, Web 2.0

When you’re at a start-up it’s easy to see the world at the start-up’s-eye-view. Everything becomes about the start-up, is relevant to the start-up, etc. All the articles you read, TV shows you see, all the annoying folks you meet at time-wasting “see or be seen” parties all seem to be talking about the thing you just launched. Or, at most, stuff that you think–from your narrow perspective–has to do with the thing you’ve just launched.

Netscape has been around for one year–June 15th, 2007 is our anniversary–and let me tell you, the blinders are off and I’m still really, really happy to be a part of this beautiful, social opportunity.

Just over one year ago today I had no idea what social news was. When CK and Randall interviewed me in LA, all I knew about social-“anything” was MySpace, and I would prefer you stab my palms through with red-hot pokers than have anything to do with MySpace. But I did know that I loved the internet, loved video production, and loved what I was seeing in their combination: ordinary people buying tiny, simple video cameras and making movies. This is something that will always warm my heart to think about. Ordinary people making movies. This is my nirvana. The walls of exclusivity come crashing down and everyone has the ability to express themselves. Now THAT’S 2.0!

My passion for this comes from my history: my whole professional life people have told me what I couldn’t do. They were experts and had been doing “it” for a long time and because I was a girl, or because I had no experience, or because I was saying crazy things like “DV will revolutionize film distribution” these freaks always came at me with: “Oh, you won’t ever be able to do that.'” Thankfully, I didn’t believe them and now I do “that” for a living.

I bought my first video camera at 30 years old while still a PA in a small production house in New York City. I’d never gone to film school, never been on a film set, never read a “How To” book, but somehow instinctively knew I could learn to shoot. Next came editing. I was reading video magazines and websites on an old, beige, klunky desktop Mac trying to soak up everything I could and started hearing about Radius EditDV. Remember that? The company had a free version you could download from their site so I did and cut my first film, a documentary called “Mom In Brooklyn.” It’s a beautiful little film that follows my amazing, sweet, gardening-obsessed mother as she walks through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens pointing out plants.

What could be better than that?

And so, on her 1st birthday I toast Netscape–the browser turned social news site turned browser! THREE CHEERS! You’ve made my life better, and I thank you.

-Alexia :)

Lunch

June 14, 2007 By: admin Category: Fatblogging, Food, Health, Living

We have no fresh pepper and so, classically, I will now have a nervous breakdown.

Update

June 14, 2007 By: admin Category: Body, Fatblogging, Food, Health, Music, NewsQuake!

Hey y’all!

Sorry for the delay. We’ve been slammed at Netscape–all good things –so I’ve had my nose to grindstone and haven’t been able to blog for a bit out side NewsQuake! And speaking of NewsQuake!, here’s my latest article.

In other news M’s album is going very well and it has been confirmed that I can’t write songs for shit. She and I took a day over the weekend and tried to “fix” one of her new songs. I put “fix” in quotes because from here on out I will have no idea what I’m talking about… Her issue is that she doesn’t have a “funny” song. Or a “sassy” song, or something–which is totally wrong, btw–and wants to write one. I guess she thought that I might be able to contribute/help because I’m a writer. I tried to emphasize the chasm between Writer and Lyricist but she wasn’t having any of it, so on we went, making me look like a fuckin’ asshole. :)

The other things I’ve been thinking about recently have to do with our nation’s future. Specifically, the current Presidential election. I was all jazzed when I saw Hilary and Barack on a “faith-based forum” on CNN moderated by the great Soledad O’Brien. I was jazzed because they both seemed to kind of “come out” as humans, and to see that in politicians was a fucking breath of fresh air. But then yesterday I saw a headline that read: “Clinton Beats Obama to Spielberg Endorsement.” Spielberg = Steven = support for Israel. My heart sank. God bless all nations, but our support of Israel gets us into A LOT of trouble, and if Europe would get in on the assistance then it wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m done with the Israel lobby cranking decisions out of our President. So, seeing Hilary standing next to Steven was disconcerting because I know he said to her: “I stand next to you, and you promise me continued support for Israel.” The way deals are made in a nation the majority of who’s populace has nothing to do with the welfare of Israel.

Anyway… that’s what I’ve been thinking about…. :)

Spirulina, Day 4

June 09, 2007 By: admin Category: Body, Fatblogging, Food, Health, NewsQuake!, Politics

The spirulina thing is going well, although it’s hard to tell when I’m so bloated. PMS is like climbing Everest: you know it’s going to be tough, but no matter how much you prepare, you’re not going to be ready for it.

I did Chinese herbs for a while, but am now a bit hesitant while taking spirulina. My favorite television physycia, Dr. Sanjay Gupta had cautionary things to say about herbs recently in TIME magazine, and if I”m going to believe anyone other than my Dad about medicine, it’s going to be Dr. Sanjay Gupta. :)

Today will be fun. M has a show in Ojai. That’s about 1.5 hours North and East of us. She’ll be playing in a gallery on and off for roughly four hours -not bad-while the Ojai Music Festival goes on. So it’s possible that she’ll get a shitload of new fans from people just walking through. The gallery is fairy famous where she’ll be playing.

I’ll be writing all day. I have 2 articles to finish for next week’s NewsQuake! A thing about gay marriage, and one about a high school in LA that teaches environmentalism. Cool, huh?

Mopping With Method

June 07, 2007 By: admin Category: General

I think I’m a clean freak. I’m still in denial but it’s getting harder and harder to just pass off. I clean the whole house once a week and thanks to an $800 vacuum cleaner and a closet-full of new eco-cleaning products that job is not only much, much easier, but has become something I look forward to. I swear to God…

My vacuum is the Miele S514 and it’s making me OCD. We have 2 cats and when I see even just a tiny tuft of hair making it’s way down the hallway, I break out the Miele. It makes me want to vacuum. All the time. That’s not normal, is it?

Now, when it comes to the rest of the house, only my new Method cleaning products could make me happier than the Miele. Method is a company that makes eco cleaning products using environmental science. They’re a bunch of chemistry geeks, basically, and make their products out of non-toxic, natural goodness. They’re fragrances are also awesome — and no, I have not been hired recently by Method to pimp their products. I’m just happy to do it, happy that my house doesn’t choke me after I mop the kitchen floor, and that I can toss the empty bottles with impunity because they’re all recyclable. :)

Fuck it. It’s true I’m a clean freak.

Spirulina, Day 1 – 10:30am. Fatblogging.

June 05, 2007 By: admin Category: Body, Fatblogging, Food, Health

I’m trying something new – an herbal supplement. Spirulina, it’s called, and is, in the wonderful words of this article, effectively, “pond scum.” I’m going to be eating it religiously for the next week to see if it’s any good for me.

Since I began running all kinds of things have already changed for the better.

#1, I can run. No, seriously, it’s been as foreign and impossible to me as pole-vaulting (which I’m still never going to try, cuz come on!) and so the fact that I can actually do it without tripping or hurting my knees or shins is nothing short of amazing.

#2, I seem to be sort of good at it. I can now run for 12 minutes straight. I’m actually pretty sure that I can run for much longer, but the circular route I follow every morning only takes me a very satisfying 12 minutes and so I’m too lazy to deviate from it just yet.

#3, I’m sleeping better, getting up earlier, and have more energy all day. Also, my mood has evened out. I still get pissed by things that piss me off, but you know what I’m saying: I’m more unrattleable.

So, after all this running and good change, and after I’d read this article, I decided to try Spirulina again. After all, I’m The New Lex, and The New Lex is Healthy and Sporty and knows about things like Spirulina!

I’d tried it a while ago with friends who put it in their morning fruit smoothies, but I didn’t eat it regularly so there wouldn’t have been any positive effects to look out for. This time is different. I’m going to take the recommended 6 pills per day “with food” for one week and see if, at the end of it, I’m able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. That would sure be awesome.

Check back to the blog for my progress!