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Costco Gold Kist Farms frozen chicken

Yes, I am about to write about chicken breasts.

I normally buy a brace of chicken breasts from Costco and bag them, two at a time, in small Ziploc bags. I freeze the little chicken bits until I need them for grilling, and then I put them in the fridge the night before. While not particularly wracked with hardship, I didn't like this system for a few reasons. The first reason was that the chicken breasts were a little too large to both be in one small back, but too small to be put in a larger back. I know this speaks terribly of some sort of container-compulsion issues I may have, but damn if I didn't get peeved by having to smash two chicken breasts into a small bag. Secondly, it sucks having to bag ten pairs of chicken breasts.
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Plantronics Discovery 640 Bluetooth Headset Review

One of the things I was most excited about when I purchased my new E815 cell phone was acquiring a Bluetooth headset. At the time, I still had the potential of traveling up to Rockville every two weeks and out to California once a month. Having a handsfree kit was really attractive, and the thought of not having a corded headset was very appealing.

The problem with Bluetooth headsets, and my highest-priority criteria, is that it could not be the size and shape of a damn Star Trek phaser. It's the rage out here to wear big-ass Motorola ear pieces that flash blue every few seconds. HAY GUYS, I CAN'T MISS THIS EMPORTANTE CALL FRUM MAH WIFEY!!

The second criteria was range (the longer the better), then sound quality, and then price.
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Face to face

I have been using Anthony Logistics Shaving Cream for well over a year. As I wrote last August, I hate shaving, and the smooth, thin, slightly minty shaving cream from Anthony's helped make shaving tolerable.

I have gone through two bottles (one small, one large). Instead of ordering another $15 bottle from Mens Essentials, I decided to try a four pack of Edge Advanced Sensitive Skin with Aloe. Standing tall at 9.5oz per can, The entire four pack was $9.99 at Costco. If the Edge gel sucked, I would be out a meager amount, and maybe some of my buddies could use it on their less sensitive, less crazy-to-shave mugs.
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Motorola E815 Review

Near the turn of the year I was able to get a new phone through Verizon Wireless at new customer prices via their "new every two" program. I had always envied the phones available on Cingular with bluetooth and (by now, common) speaker phone, voice activate dialing, etc. Verizon has a very good network where I live, but the phones are a bit behind the technology curve.

I had really wanted the LG VX-9800 but after seeing it I discarded it from my list. The phone is very, very large by today's standards. Putting it in my pocket was out of the question, as I wasn't about to field questions about "is that your VX-9800, or are you just happy to see me?" The quest continued for a phone that had the features I was looking for.
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Two Movies Enter, One Movie Leaves

I don't normally do movie reviews, because I feel that what I like about a movie differs quite dramatically from what normal people like. I have some basic requirements before I'll see a movie, although there are a few notable exceptions. A movie must have at least one:

  • Monster

  • Shootout/brawl

  • Aliens

  • Car chase


At any rate, even if I find folks who like movies that I like, I tend not to discuss particular films with them until we've all seen it. If someone asks me what I thought of Movie Such-and-Such, I just say, "Go see it," or "Rent it," or "Naw. HELL NAW." With that in mind, I present Brothers Grimm and Lucky Number Slevin to the DrFaulken cinematic crucible.

Brothers Grimm: rented via Netflix, I hereby have weighed your merits and found you horribly, horribly wanting. Naw. HELL NAW.

Lucky Number Slevin: it reminds me of two of my favorite movies combined, and features some of my favorite performers. If you like action films with plot twists, Go see it.
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Is That You, Van Gogh? Or, Gillette Fusion Review

Warning! A rant follows.

It is a well known Gibberish fact that I hate shaving. Unfortunately for me, I inherited my father's Sasquatch gene and would need to shave twice a day to avoid a serious 5 o'clock shadow. If you've read some of my grooming entries, you may recall reviews on various shaving creams, tonics, ju-ju, balms, and mystic formulae.

That being said, Lady Jaye bought me a starter set for the Gillette Fusion, which includes the razor and two blade cartridges.
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Sight for sore eyes

I've been wearing contact lenses since I was sixteen years old. Going from glasses to contact lenses was an amazing experience. I hadn't realized how much one's peripheral vision is lost while wearing glasses. I originally started wearing contacts because of my involvement in contact sports, but continued to wear them diligently for the next decade. I was pretty good about cleaning my lenses, although I do miss the days of thermal cleaning instead of the chemical process that's so prevalent now. I swear the chemical system is a conspiracy not only to sell more consumables, but also to push the more expensive, and less durable, disposable contact lenses.
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And I Would Walk 1000 Miles

No, this post won't be about the Proclaimers. It's about Inara, the 2006 Pontiac Solstice roadster I bought almost a month ago. I've tacked on just a touch over 1000 miles since I bought her, and I figured now was a good time for a short review.
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Meet Megatron

Every time I visit California I get a funky rental. Despite asking for a "midsized" car every time, I normally get something different, like a convertible, or an SUV, or even a full-sized Ford F-250 truck. I am pretty sure it's because all the tree-hugger enviro-friendly tourists want more efficient cars. But since I'm on the company dime, I don't mind getting various gas-guzzlers. Besides, it gives me something interesting to write to you about.

However, nothing could have prepared me for Megatron.
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Suggestive Tunes

About a week or so ago I found out about Pandora. Pandora is a Flash-based streaming music site founded by some part mathematician, part musician brainiacs. What makes Pandora different from other online streaming services such as SomaFM is that Pandora utilizes algorithms and plain-old human hearing to profile music in order to suggest similar music for you to enjoy. Pandora asks you to type in one artist or song you like. I entered in "Mocean Worker," and almost immediately started hearing music that I liked, but had never heard before, even on my beloved SomaFM.
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