Cooking Bacon at the Creative Marathon

Mrbaconpants.com’s sponsorship of the Creative Marathon was a big success. I was surprised how many people already knew about the blog and who I was. I guess being one of the few people in the world that blog about bacon it’s not that hard to be recognized for it. You can view all the pictures of the event on flickr.com and read the live updates about the event at 24hourcreativemarathon.com.

Mosleys Artwork
This is the artwork I created during the event. I used colored ink, acrylic, water color. I also scratched a tree into the wood. People say in certain light it’s hidden but if you look at it long enough you will find it.

Since this blog sponsored the event, I thought that it would be fun to cook up some bacon Saturday morning.

Mosley Cooks Bacon
Me, a world class bacon chef. Everyone told me that they enjoyed waking up to the sweet smell of bacon. It was a good way to start off the day.

The gallery show after the marathon was a lot of fun. It was a BYOB event with live music. The artwork was for sale and a lot of if sold, which was good for the Treehouse since it gets a percentage of sales. The bands at the event were diverse, it went from nerd rock to blues with a little folk in the middle. I can’t wait to sponsor more events in the future.

Break Out of the Nine to Five

A lot of people are going to think that I am crazy for doing this, but I am going to start working Nine to Six. This means that I will be able to take a two hour lunch in the middle of my day. Two hours of freedom from work where I can unwind and get all my blogging activity done.

I thought of this idea when I realized that I wasted the time when my brain is most active and creative being at work. I could use this time to blog and brainstorm my art projects if I wasn’t there. So I figured out that I could take a two hour lunch if I just push my leaving work time to six instead of five.

Next week I am going to start this so I will keep you posted. You never know, I might not be able to handle getting out so late, but I think the two hour creative window will be worth it. Plus, now I have no excuse not to update everyday, since I will now have two hours to do it.

eMusic and Amazon: A Match Made in Heaven

iPod TouchI have honestly not illegally downloaded music in years, I don’t believe in it. I feel that the record labels that support the artists I enjoy deserve my money, too. So I buy my music legally. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a rip off to pay $15-$20 for a CD, so I buy my music digitally. That way I get the cheaper prices and the labels and artists still get supported.

The cheapest place I have found to download music is eMusic, which offers subscriptions plans for credits to download music. The plan I have is $9.99 for 30 downloads a month, it means that I can download 30 tracks at only$0.33 each. On top of that their DRM Free which means that I can use them on any mp3 player, put them on as many computers as I want, and burn them an unlimited amount of times.

The downside of eMusic is that since it is DRM Free and so cheap, a lot of major labels will not sell their music with them. They mostly have music on independent labels or larger labels older catalog. So when I couldn’t find it on eMusic I usually would have to go to someone like iTunes to get the music. But that meant that I would have to pay more for music that had DRM. Which I never like to do so I only did it on the rare occasions when I really wanted an album.

Amazon Mp3 has come to my rescue and is now offering DRM free music, from major and Indie labels for only $0.89 each. That is $0.10 less then iTunes and it’s DRM Free! Now when I can’t find it on eMusic I will just got to Amazon next. That way I still get DRM Free music legally and at a decent price.

Finally there is a decent alternative to the iTunes music store. Maybe now more labels will take DRM Free music seriously. If I pay for something I do not want to be limited to what I can do with it. All DRM does is punish the people that buy music legally and sadly most major labels don’t realize that.

Note: Amazon Mp3 link is am affiliate link.

Listen to Bacon on the Radio

Bacon BurgerI know you all have been dying to hear how my interview with WGN 720 in Chicago went. Well, they just posted it to the audio archive section of their site. Here is the link to it. Sadly you will need to install Real Player to listen to the file.

My favorite part of the 15 minute long segment was the callers. Who knew people would be actually listening at 11:07 pm. Also, I mentioned Heather from Bacon Unwrapped so be sure to check her site out, too. Well that’s about it, go listen to it now!

Needs More Bacon

A few days ago I posted a recipe for Bacon, Cheese, and Potato Chowder. Well, this week I gave it try and wanted to let you all know what I thought about it.

Here is what the chowder looks like:
Chowder

This is what it looks like being consumed:
Eating Chowder

My only complaint about the recipe is that it only calls for two strips of bacon for the whole recipe. This is supposed to top six bowls. I knew this would be a problem so I cooked up five strips instead. Compulsively, I ended up eat two before I could top my soup. So trying to make the three strips that were left stretch over two bowls was a challenge. I think the recipe should call for two strips per bowl, not two for six.

Other than that I give this recipe a Greasy Thumbs up!
Chowder Thumbs Up

If you know any good bacon recipes you want me to try, just send them to me in an email.

MrBaconpants Sponsors the Creative Marathon

The 24 Hour Creative Marathon is a round-the-clock artistic blitz followed by a gallery show and sale. It will be located at the Creative Treehouse in Bellevue. I could make this a long post about the event, but am just going to direct you to their website.

24 Hour Creative Marathon

I participated in this event last year and had an amazing time. I ended up selling two art pieces. This time around I wanted to be more involved, so I am donating 4 cases of water and will cook up some bacon for artists Saturday morning.

This is the first event my blog has sponsored, and I hope more follow. Since I am starting to make some money blogging, I now have a promotional budget. I could use the money to buy more junk I don’t need, but I feel helping out local art and music events is more productive. This will kill two birds with one stone by supporting local artists (Me) and giving MrBaconpants great publicity.

A List of News About the iPod Touch

iPod TouchWhen I first heard about the Apple iPod Touch I was extremely excited. I can now get an iphone with out the dumb Phone part. But then the news started flying around about the bugs that plagued the Touch. The first news story was about how some Touches had no OS installed on them. Then there was news that it thinks it’s still an iPhone. The latest word on the street about these things is that some have low resolution screens, so the video looks dark and unimpressive.

With all this bad hype, I wonder what Apple was thinking when they were releasing this thing. You think they would have waited until they worked out all the bugs. But I guess Job’s was in a hurry to stick it to AT&T. He no longer wants his awesome toy to be their new exclusive phone.

If you have been in the dark about this, here is a nice long list of stories about the iPod Touch. Enjoy!

CrunchGear.comSome iPod Touches Have Screen With Cruddy Video Quality? – September 18th, 2007

SlashGear.comUnboxing – Apple iPod Touch – September 16th, 2007

CrunchGear.comiPod Touch Mistakes Itself For An iPhone – September 16th, 2007

Washington PostFirst Look: 16GB iPod Touch – September 16th, 2007

Engadget.comAn iPod touch ships without OS X – September 14th, 2007

iFixit.comFirst iPod Touch DissectionSeptember 14th, 2007

CrunchGear.comHands On With The iPod Touch, Nano, Classic – September 9th, 2007

CrunchGear.comiPod Touch Is Not The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread – September 5th, 2007

BoingBoing.comConfirmation: No Bluetooth in iPod Touch – September 6th, 2007

CrunchGear.comiPod Touch Tour – September 5th, 2007

Even with all the news about bugs I still want one, but I am going to wait until after Christmas. Maybe by then all the bugs will be worked out.

Also, when are they going to come out with an iPod that cooks bacon?