Friday, September 27, 2013

Fun Food Friday: Frankenberry


The internet lost its collective mind a few weeks ago, when it was revealed that two long lost monster cereals, Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy, were going to be released along with Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry. The news that the two long lost cereals weren't just being rereleased, but released together for the first time blew everyone's minds. Then, when it was revealed that there were going to be Target exclusive retro boxes, people gathered up what was left of their minds, and had them blown once again. I got a little excited by all this, but mainly because I didn't know Frankenberry has been around the whole time. Here I've been, stuck in my own little world, thinking that the only monster cereal to see the light of day on a regular basis has been Count Chocula. Unfortunately, the only stores that carried any of these cereals were  over an hour away. As much as I love some strawberry flavored monster-y goodness, I'm not about to drive an hour just for a box. Thankfully Chelsea needed to make a trip across the bay last week, because she came home with a box of Frankenberry for me.

It's weird seeing the big, pink, goof in his original design. It's been over 20 years since I've seen a box of Frankenberry, and it takes me back to those irresponsible Saturday mornings of my youth. I don't mean to say that I was reckless, but beyond getting dressed, fixing my own breakfast, and staying out of trouble, there were very few Saturdays that I was required to do anything.


There's a comic on the back of the box detailing the reunion of all five monster cereal mascots. Apparently, Frank, Count, and Boo all got together to eat some cereal under the light of a fruity moon. I've seen a full moon and a hunter's moon, but I can't say I've ever heard of a fruity moon. Their late night snacking is interrupted by a strange sound, and when they go to investigate, they discover a wolf shaped silhouette howling at the fruity moon. The monsters retreat down the stairs, and hide in the basement, only to awaken a mummy from it's fruit filled slumber. Trapped between the two creatures, Frank, Boo, and Count think the situation is hopeless. They cower in fear, not knowing what to do next, when Frute Brute reveals that he only wants to borrow some milk. As for Fruity Yummy Mummy, he needs to borrow a spoon, because his is rather dusty from being locked up in a sarcophagus for the past 20 years. The monsters all have a good laugh, and when we seem them again, they're arguing about who should get the last bowl of milk. Those guys..


The side panel contains some Mega Monster Trivia questions. I didn't know the answers to any of them, so I guess that means I'm not a true fan. I bet you really want to know the answers, don't you? Well, you'll just have to buy yourself a box to see them, because I managed to cut them off in this picture. It's time to answer the most important question, how does the cereal taste?


Fans of Frankenberry may notice right away that something is amiss. The once pink marshmallows are now multi-colored. It's an odd change, and one that still puzzles me. Why use several colors when you only needed one? Something else was missing when I first tore open that plastic vault hidden under the box flaps. The smell. Frankenberry used to have this overpowering aroma of artificial strawberry, that could quickly fill a room with its sickening sweetness. Opening this box, there was a faint hint of berry and sweetnees that disappeared quickly. I was getting a little worried by this point, but I pushed on. I spilled some cereal into a bowl, poured in the milk, and prepared my mouth for an assault of strawberry goodness. I plunged the spoonful of cereal into my mouth, and my taste buds were instantly assaulted by..absolutely nothing. I take that back. It wouldn't be fair to say there was no flavor at all. There was a split secondtaste of strawberry, which was quickly overwhelmed by nothingness. It was like chewing cardboard. The marshmallows helped add some sweetness to the whole experience, but unlike previous generations of Frankenberry, they added nothing to the actual flavor. I managed to fight my way through the rest of the bowl, though the lack of flavor only seemed to get worse. At least it still managed to turn the milk pink at the end.

After my experiences with Boo Berry a couple of years ago, and now Frankenberry, I can honestly say I'm done with the monster cereals. Yeah, it's great that General Mills took the time to put out all the cereals in modern and retro boxes. What's the point if they aren't going to stick with the same recipe for the cereals? I know that everyone is so focused on health today, and most manufacturers have cut back on sugar content, but shouldn't I be able to eat something that isn't exactly healthy if I want to? General Mills, you've tickled my nostalgia bone, but you utterly disappointed my sense of taste.

There is a bright side to this. I'm pretty sure Fruity Yummy Mummy makes a dick joke at the end of the comic on the back.



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hunting advice

Here's Chelsea modeling a fresh, new Elmo hat.


The thing to remember when you're hunting Muppets, is that they really have no meat at all. At the most, there may be an arm's worth of meat inside. There really isn't much to them, and their pelts tend to be a little too small for coats or even scarves. After taking some measurements, I discovered that Elmo's head was the perfect size for a Chelsea sized hat. I saved the eyes and nose to add a little decoration, and help break up some of the red on the front. I think it turned out well. Next up, a set of Cookie Monster mittens and socks, and a Big Bird down pillow.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My new favorite little big knife, Spyderco Techno.

It takes me a long time to buy anything. Once I decide I'm interested in something, I spend the next few weeks doing research, trying to make sure I'm going to make the right decision. I went through the same process when I decided I wanted a new pocket knife. I ultimately decided I was going to go with the Spyderco Techno, and when it first arrived, I thought I'd made a mistake. 


The Techno is a design from Marcin Slysz, a Polish knifemaker. It has a blade made from CTS-XHP, and the handle scales are made from titanium. It is a framelock design, which means part of the scale on the right side acts as the locking mechanism. It's a very secure design, and this particular knife has no blade play in any direction.



The knife is very well made. Fit and finish is the best of any Spyderco that I've owned. Seriously, that's not an exaggeration, it is the best made knife I've ever owned. I think the actual size of the blade caught me off guard. It's right around 2.5" long, and right at 1/4" thick. This is as thick as some of the larger fixed blades I've owned. That thickness, coupled with an unimpressive edge, really hindered the cutting ability of the knife out of the box. I also like having a nice pointy tip on my knives, and that's something that just wasn't possible with this design. I ended up posting it for sale the day after it arrived.

Now, the Techno is a pretty popular design, and it is sometimes hard to get for a decent price. I was a little surprised the offers didn't just come rolling in. Thankfully, that gave me some time to get to know the Techno a little better, and I decided I was going to keep it after all.  First thing, I took care of the edge, thinning out the shoulders, and lightly convexing the edge. I know some of this might not make sense to some of you non-knife folks, but basically I took the edge, and I made it gooder.  




It's a real slicing machine now, which is surprising for its thickness. I have knives with blades half as thick that don't perform as well as this one. The other surprise with this knife, is just how comfortable the handle can be. It seems short and stubby, but it works well in a variety of grips.




Over the past month or so, it's become my favorite knife. I don't even have to think about which knife is going in my pocket for the day, because it's been this one everyday since I decided to keep it. I really don't feel the need to carry or buy anything else, and that's about the best recommendation a knife can get. 

I know knives aren't everyone's thing, but it never hurts to have at least one around the house to take care of those little cutting chores that pop up from time to time. If you're interested in their designs, just visit Spyderco's website and see if there's anything that catches your interest. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Color me blue

This week’s assignment from the League: I’m feeling blue

What was this week's assignment from the League Of Extraordinary Bloggers?

Blue

I could have Googled a bunch of blue stuff, but I decided I only wanted to use photos of stuff I own. So, I gathered up my few blue belongings, and snapped away.


This is one of my favorite shirts. Sometimes I'll put it on when I need to feel invincible.


Blueberry beer! I know some may call it a crime to add fruits to beer, but I love it. This stuff is new to me, so I'm actually looking forward to trying some later tonight.

Neoprene shark bottle topper. Don't ask, because I dunno.


Red Lobster is pepper, Blue Crab is salt.


I've had these Quicksilver flip flops for over 10 years. They're starting to get a little smooth on the bottom now, but I think I got my 10 bucks worth.


Kang didn't get his way once, and his mommy told him he could hold his breath til he turned blue in the face. That was several thousand years ago in the future, and he's still holding his breath.


I always did love the vintage R2-D2, with his chrome top and blue accents. It looks like someone sprung for the top of the line model at the droid dealership.


One of my newest Crayboths. His colors make me want to take him to the beach for some reason.


Blue plane flying through a blue Eastern Shore sky. Chelsea took me on a trip to California for my 30th birthday. This plane was one of the gifts that acted as a hint. Needless to say, I was surprised.


These are the vessels we rely on for our water borne adventures.


This is the backspacer in my newest favorite knife, the Spyderco Techno.


I loved the covers for all the 2099 first issues. This is one line I wish they would bring back.


Nope. Still haven't started watching these yet.


So the set itself isn't blue, but the top of the container is. I miss the days when one of these sets, with its 52 pcs, could keep me occupied for hours on end. Who am I kidding, I could still occupy myself with this set.


This one was given away a while ago, but I still like this picture. This is Surge, from the first series of Hero Factory figures.

Let's see what some of my fellow blue collar bloggers are sharing:

Nerd Rage Against the Machine

Monster Cafe Saltillo

Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool

Achievements in Gaming

Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks

Erik Johnson, Illustrator

VikkiVerka

Neato Coolville

Boo Bobby

D.I. Treasures

The Nerd Nook

Cool and Collected

Happy Haunted Sunshine House

Thirtyish Year Old Boy

Traveling Pics

AEIOU And Sometimes Why

Shezcrafti

Sunday, September 8, 2013

More Glyos goodness

This is another figure I picked up from Onell Design a couple of months ago, Glyan Operator Cane.


I honestly don't have much to say about Cane, other than I love his look and durability. He's made up of 25 different parts, but I still think it would be safe to carry this one around in a pocket. Like several of Glyos' other figures, this one has alternate heads and faces. You can also combine him with any other toy that uses the Glyos system, though I prefer to keep as is right now. I might have to add a couple swing joint sets to him though, if they ever make them in black again.


This face is on the opposite side of the head from the above picture, and I have to name it my second favorite. It definitely has a more sinister look to it. As far as my favorite look for this guy, it would have to be this one...


I think the reason I like this one so much, is the resemblance to the older Transformer toys. He's this alien creature, yet there are signs that there may be some "humanity" in him. That's more than can be said for some of the other Glyans, none of which look particularly friendly.

I may have mentioned it before, but my main complaint with the Glyos line, is that it's hard to piece together the backstory. The story is told through several comics and mini-games on Onell's website, but they don't seem to cover everything. If there's a line that definitely needed it's own wikia to describe its characters, it's this one. Still, the lack of story means you're free to come up with your own history for them. I guess it's hard to complain about a toy that makes you use your imagination when you're playing with them.

If you're interested in learning more about Glyos, the best place to start is Onell Design's website. They actually have a product drop coming up at 9:30 PM Eastern time, so go check out the store and see what goodies they're adding to the current line up.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

What's my name fool?!

This week’s assignment from the League: Hello, my name is…

This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers:


Hello, my name is… Tell us a little about yourself — even if we all know who you are, there are plenty of new folks wondering if you’re in fact a dog.

My name is William Christopher Joseph Mapp. My mom didn't want to upset any ancestors, so she just gave me all of their names. Officially, I'm William but to all of my friends I'm just Chris.


I'm actually adopted, and my biological parents are still unknown. You know those stories about babies that get left on doorsteps? Well, I was one of them. I've spent most of my life here, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We're separated from Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay,which means we're actually closer to Maryland. It's always a tough decision when we decide we want to go to a mall. Do we want to have to pay $17 in tolls to go to Virginia Beach, or do we want to drive to Maryland. Honestly, Va Beach still wins most of the time..


As isolated as the Shore may seem, I was still able to enjoy all the things kids in more developed areas had. The local stores may not have had the stock and selection of a Toys R' Us, but they carried everything I liked, which meant I was a happy child indeed. We had several movie theaters, and I remember at least 4 different stores that rented videos in our area. So, it may be a small area, but I certainly wasn't deprived.

Growing up, I had aspirations of being everything from an architect to a comic book artist. Fun fact, I actually drew up a couple of characters and sent them in to Image Comics. Unfortunately, they weren't interested in what was basically a Morbius ripoff. They did send me a couple of postcards, which I've regretfully lost over the years. After careful consideration, I settled on a career in law enforcement. I moved off to Richmond, where I attended VCU and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation, I worked in loss prevention for Target for a couple of years. I had some fun there, but in the end it wasn't for me, and I moved back home. I was working as a technician at a clam hatchery, when the opportunity to join the local sheriff's office came up. I was a deputy at the local jail for several years, when I realized that I was working with people that should probably be on the other side of the bars. When you see the inmates are more trustworthy, it's time to go. I went back to the clam hatchery, and I've been there since.

I actually started a blog while I was working for Target. It was mainly something to do in my free time, but after I moved back home, it was sort of forgotten. I'm not sure what I wrote about on that blog, but I know it was nothing like the one I write now. I took it way too seriously, and it never felt fun. I guess I just needed the right inspiration, and I eventually found that when I met my girlfriend. Chelsea knew I was a bit of a geek, so our first Christmas together, she gave me the Snake Eyes featured in my first post, as well as one of the newer Transformers figures. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, I started becoming more interested in toys and random stuff from my youth.

"Ha Ha! Remember me? Oh wait, I'm not supposed to talk." "......."


It was a random Google search that led me to eclectorama, which led me to Toyriffic, and so on. My bookmarks folder grew exponentially that first week. It looked like everyone was having a ball with their blogs, and I wanted to join in on the fun. Then I won a caption contest over at Toyriffic (still my proudest moment), and that pushed me over the edge. Initially, I was going to go with StuntDouble, since that's the name I use on every forum I've joined. Fortunately, that name was already taken. I still wanted something that would be easy to remember, and would stick out in folks' minds. Then one day I happened to run across a photo of Evel Knievel, and I thought about how funny he would look as a zombie. A zombie dressed in a red, white, and blue jumpsuit performing stunts in front of millions. Zombie doing stunts...a stunt zombie! Yeah, it seems like a round-about way of coming up with a blog name, but I swear it's true. "But why is the url stuntzombies?", you may ask. That's because I somehow managed to delete the first blog I made, which means stuntzombie.blogspot.com is forever lost to me. My mind tends to switch focus on things rather quickly, so it's nice having a blog title that's non specific.

So there you go, more info than you ever wanted to know, without me sharing much at all. Who are some of my fellow bloggers?

Monster Cafe Satillo.

Las Vegas Yankee

Erik Johnson

Geek Show Ink

Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks

BooBobby

PopRewind

The Trash Man

The Holidaze

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