Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Smell of Charred Blubber...

Last night was another episode of "Far-Out Scape", a Savage Worlds game run by my very good friend, D-Man. All in all, things went pretty well. The only scary point is when my character, Willie-Rob Bodine, the obese, redneck hillbilly professional alien abductee got barbequed by a gun implacement for a seven-wound hit that he could not manage to soak enough of. Things were tense as I made some obscene Vigor checks to stay alive long enough for action-star Marcus Tempesta to try (and succeed) an unskilled Healing check and save ol' Willie-Rob's bacon. Even if the fat man had bought the farm, I wouldn't have minded. He got shot while providing cover for another character who wouldn't have survived. Even though he's six kinds of mixed nuts, there's a dash of chivalry in the hillbilly.

Beyond that, not much to report. I'm waiting for the Necessary Evil and Savage Worlds Revised PDFs to be posted, and I'm starting to plot out the work I need to do for this year's Winter War.

peace... RHM

Friday, September 24, 2004


One of the things I like to do every now and then is cook. Usually for a whole bunch of folks at once. Whenever I do, I break out my taco recipe and go to town. Now I will warn y'all that this recipe is NOT for the casual taco consumer. It can be considered hot though not so hot as to be inedible by most humans. Also, the recipe makes a LOT of food. Thus you have been warned...

Tacos ala the Red-Haired Maniac


5 pounds of ground beef
20 ounces of medium salsa (I use Tostitos Thick 'n' Chunky)
16 ounce jar of jalapeno slices in water/sauce
1 package of taco seasoning (mild intensity)

Step 1 -- Place the ground beef into a pan large enough to hold the contents. Drain the oil from the jar of jalapenos into the pan. Brown the ground beef (with the jalapeno oil) over medium heat. Once all of the meat is a nice brown color, reduce the heat and drain off the grease and oil using a large strainer. Once drained, place the cooked meat back into the pan.

Step 2 -- Place the jalapeno slices into a food processor or blender and fire it up to puree. Once you have a green paste, stop the machine and scrape the spicy baby food into the pan with the meat.

Step 3 -- Add the salsa and taco seasoning to the meat-paste and mix well. Cover and simmer all of this on low heat for about ten minutes or so.

Once this is done, heat up some tortillas (I use flour tortillas), gather some toppings (cheese, lettuce, olives, sour cream, and such) and chow down.

I have found that this recipe creates tacos that are flavorful and possess a slow-burn to them that lingers for a bit.

Try it out and then drop me a comment to let me know what you think.

peace... RHM

Small Steps Into The Unknown...

Hey There!

Welcome to my blog. Here I hope to comment on myself and my interests, and possibly elicit some feedback from the rest of the internet community about the subjects.

First off, I'm new at this. Second, I hope to post something at least once a week. Topics will vary wildly at times, but will mostly center on music and gaming (D&D and the like). Beyond that, who the neck knows.

peace... RHM