December 27th, 2009

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Critics Idiots: Sherlock Holmes Movie Excellent!

I have a modestly spoiler-laden review below the cut. But I can say without spoilers that I think this is a splendid re-imagining of the characters and far more faithful to the original corpus than the much-lauded Rathbone-Bruce films. They are also unlike the television adaptations staring Jeremy Bret in that it is not an adaptation of a Conan Doyle story but an effort to create a new story.

Guy Ritchie has done meticulous research into the details of the cannon, and many of the things critics complain of or scoff at have a firm basis. For example, for all the carping of Holmes participating in a bare knuckles boxing match, Holmes is described as a gifted bare-knuckles boxer in the Sign of Four (indeed, much of the characterization of the characters relies on facts establish in The Sign of Four, and seems to take place chronologically between The Sign of Four and The Valley of Fear). In a few lines of dialog, they reference that Irene Adler is originally from New Jersey and explain away the husband whom she married at the end of A Scandal In Bohemia to explain why she is available again and up to her old tricks. Where he departs, it appears to be a deliberate departure to give things a 21st Century sensibility. But, accepting this as a reinvention no more heretical than Basil Rathbone's Holmes fighting Nazis, it is quite enjoyable.

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So How Dinner Actually Turn Out Friday Night?

As usual, the best laid plans of mice and men are usually about equal. The menu underwent some alteration. But I'm pleased with the finished product, the pairings worked well, and I give myself a pat on the back for pulling it together (with Becky's help on the Cauliflower and the sesame sauce) in only 2.5 hours. Whose your Chopped Champion?

Overindulgent onion soup paired with Tamdhu. A light Highland strong enough to stand up to the flavors of the soup, but not smoky. wine=Argentine Cabernet, which is also used in the soup.

Layered salad of cucumber, roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta cheese garnished with avocado with homeade dressing of balsamic vinegar, garlic clove, fresh basil, and a drop of light olive oil. wine=same.

Palate cleanser=tyrconell single malt Irish Whisky. Light, springy, refreshing after the salt of the feta.

Main course:
Acorn squash with molases and pecans
Brocoli with sesame sauce
Cauliflower salad
Lentil/mushroom tomato curry with ginger yogurt
Teriyaki salmon

Wine=White Zinfandel, which matches the salmon better than the cabernet as the salmon is delicate and would be overwhelmed. Scotch=Highland Park single cask strength. A few drops of water bring out the flavor notes and reduce the alcohol, which would otherwise be overwhelming.

Dessert= cheddar and blue cheese serves with sliced apples and pears, stawberries, blackberries, walnuts and pecans.
Scotch=Speyburn. A light highland with a vanilla finish that matches the creaminess of the cheese and the fruit notes.

For afterdinner political discussion (my visiting friends being in the same line of work), kill the remains of the Glenmorrangie 18 yr old special reserve.

Gonna have to do more meals like this. But would like to share out the cost and work some. Ideally, I'd like to have a bunch of folks bringing one dish and one drink that pairs with it. But the problem with keeping kosher is that this is rather difficult.
Edumacte Teh Masses

Link Harvest: Kohl/Hatch Letter on Spectrum

Puting more spectrum out without spectrum caps will not help competition any. Nor will giving more spectrum to T-Mobile and Sprint solve all problems. It's either regulation or massive ETFs, because the problem is inherent in market structure for this industry sector. Wireless carriers are not supermarkets, and the mere presence of competitors does not create a classic Econ 101 market dynamic.