I seriously thought 2013 would be the year my wife got a break from cooking between June 1 and Labor Day. She encouraged my desire to share the culinary duties, agreeing that it was time to purchase one of those pricey gas grills that all of our neighbors seem to own. I had been laboring on a rusty Weber model that I feared would buckle and collapse if I placed too many briquettes in the kettle.
The new grill
arrived in late spring; cooking tools and a beefy book of BBQ recipes
featuring everything from braised salmon to grilled celery made their
appearance on Father's Day. Suddenly, I felt like an Army Ranger adorned
with the latest equipment and ready to do battle with whatever pork
chop, chicken breast or ear of corn came my way. I would emerge
I flipped through page after page of the cookbook,
searching for something, anything, that didn't require consuming a meal
while I was preparing another meal. Chicken tenders, a staple of my
children's diet, normally required about 15 minutes in a conventional
oven, or three to five minutes in a microwave. But Cilantro Pesto
Chicken Tenders? We're talking two hours of prep time. Chicken McNuggets
from McDonald's never sounded so appealing.
Don't these recipe
authors have kids of their own? Don't they know what it's like to try
and cram something other than macaroni and cheese down their throats in
between soccer practice, softball games and swim lessons? These
activities only get cancelled due to inclement weather, which would free
me up to spend two hours grilling acorn squash in a driving rainstorm.
how I long to sit down with my family and savor the fruits (and
vegetables) of seven laborious hours spent chopping, dicing, basting,
pureeing, marinating and skewering. But I don't see that happening until
at least 2020, at which time both children will be living on their own
and, most likely, consuming macaroni and cheese at every meal. Then, my
empty day planner will allow me to slowly, carefully, prepare Beer Can
Chicken, which no doubt calls for brewing your own beer prior to
starting the grill.
Until then, I need BBQ delicacies that
require me to "Sizzle, flip and serve" as opposed to "Put aside until
next week." I need a grill that can lock in that smoky flavor in the
time it takes my children to set the table. When they ask, "How long
until we eat?" I don't want to reply, "As soon as Leno comes
on."Kristens outing comes after it was rumours she had been hooking up
with Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt after the pair met during a
Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris C however, the claims have since been
A rep for the actor,These personalzied promotional bestchipcard comes
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Bochert, recently denied the claims to E! News, telling the site."While
we do not comment on our clients' personal lives, please know that there
is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this rumour that Michael Pitt and
Kirsten Stewart are dating." .
Kristen, however, seems to be
finally adjusting to life post Robert Pattinson and is currently filming
for Camp X-Ray, based on the story of an American soldier, played by
Kristen, held prisoner at a Guantanamo Bay detention camp.A source
previously revealed that the actress has been looking to the future
despite losing Rob. "Its been hard, I mean she lost her best friend," a
source told HollywoodLife, adding: "She is still sad, but is trying to
make the best of the situation."
At $99, the tiny box and
downloadable games in the $20 range are priced low enough to attract
casual and occasional gamers who dig playing time-wasters on their
smartphones. And, because of the Ouyas potential to emulate several
other earlier-generation consoles, its also likely to appeal to
nostalgic and retro-gamers.Ouya was funded through a Kickstarter
project. Reviews of an earlier, beta version werent flattering, so I was
somewhat skeptical as I unpacked the console. The strip of red plastic
film printed with the message And so the revolution begins atop the
console did nothing to allay my journalistic skepticism.We offer the
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literally not much to Ouya, which was released on June 25. Ive had
coffee mugs bigger than the little round-edged cube, which features a
single power-on button, but an array of ports on the back. The Ouya has
an HDMI port that let me display at a full 1080 resolution on my home
LED television, plus a LAN port, a power port and a USB port.
Ouya started right up, but required us to both establish a network
connection and update the consoles Android-based firmware. That proved
to be somewhat of a problem in my office. Our intranet firewall settings
precluded our using a wired connection, so we quickly paired the
consoles wireless controller to the Ouya and sought out one of several
wireless networks we maintain. We connected to the first and began the
system update, but the Ouya kept getting disconnected from wi-fi and
cutting off the update. We then tried a second of the office wireless
networks, with the same discouraging result.
At that point, we
opted to tether the console to the wi-fi hotspot created by a colleagues
iPhone, and around a half-hour after getting started, we were updated
and ready to go. Its important to note that youll have to create an
account for yourself on the Ouya, including providing your sign-in name,
a password, an email and a credit card number. That raised some
questions in my mind about the security of Ouyas servers, ones that I
will be posing in a telephone interview with CEO and founder Julie
Uhrman on Tuesday.
I took the Ouya home and found it failed to
stay connected to my wired LAN. I play Xbox Live just fine on that
connection,We have become one of the worlds most recognised cheapcellphonecases brands.
so I dont understand why the Ouya kept disconnecting and canceling game
downloads or giving me error messages. That, by the way,Weymouth is
collecting gently used, dry cleaned customkeychain at
their Weymouth store. is a common theme with the device, Im finding.
Often, after clicking on a button to start a game or perform another
action, Id get an error message on the screen. Clicking again would make
the message disappear and the game open or the action continue. I
noticed the machine worked fine when in constant use, but after Id put
down the controller for a minute or two, Id tend to get the errors.
Anyway, I was unable to tether the Ouya to my own iPhones hotspot, but
it worked very well on my home wi-fi network.
The Ouyas opening
menu features several very clear and basic commands, like play, manage
and discover. Discover takes you to the games menu, where you can find
listings for around a couple hundred games in several easily navigable
categories. All that I tried were free to download and play in a test or
demo version, with a button to purchase the full game. The games,
themselves, are a mixed bag, which I will get into later.
a bit tougher to figure out what the make category was all about. It
lumps together the development and testing functions for Ouya game
developers,We are one of the leading manufacturers of parkingassistsystem in China but as I found out while poking around, there also lurked the Ouya Web browser.
navigate your way through the menus and set up your account using the
Ouya controller. Ive used game controllers for years with many different
computers and consoles. Theyve gotten quite sleek and ergonomic. The
Ouyas is neither. The controller felt like cheap plastic and was a bit
too slippery for me at the start. I also have no idea why you have to
crack open battery cases on both the right and left wings to slip in the
two AA batteries needed to power it. The grey controller also has two
analog sticks, a D-pad, five gameplay and navigation buttons on top, as
well as two triggers and two bumpers on the front of each wing.
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