Mighty Life List
Jul 11 2014

See a Real-Life Cockeyed Experiment in Action? Check.

I suspect a lot of you know of Cockeyed, Rob Cockerham has been around since the dawn of internet times when modems made sounds and and only the very dedicated could download porn. This Fourth of July, Rob met up with us and conducted one of his famous experiments. This one was about which firework is loudest, and we were right there to watch him at work.

If you don’t know Rob, he’s the guy who made the crazy Disneyland costume that was making the rounds. He’s into silly pranks, experiments, and amazing Halloween costumes. Some of my favorite stuff he’s done:

The photographic height/weight chart
His Llyod Dobler costume
Formal Dinner Party at Ikea
Sign replacement prank
Paparazzi costume

Thanks for letting us sit in on your mad genius, Rob.

Jul 10 2014

I’m in Minneapolis!

I’ve never been to Minnesota before, but I’m in Minneapolis for a few days, so I’d love some tips. I’m particularly looking for delicious items of food to put in my mouth — like the best doughnut, or best bloody mary, that kind of thing. Also, I’m curious about fun places to shop, especially vintage and second hand.

Last night our waiter at the Mexican food restaurant said, “The green salsa is gonna be our Salsa Verde.” Also, there were key terms on the back of the menu explaining the types of peppers and what “queso” was and such. For me, it was exotic, like the menu at Denny’s needing a glossary. The food, in case you’re wondering, was delicious.

So far, Midwesterners are living up to their reputation of being crazy nice, and the streets downtown are clean enough that I’d feel comfortable picnicking on the sidewalk.

Hat in the air,

(Update: I wanted to edit the menu paragraph after a couple of people pointed out that my comments came across as rude, but decided to apologize and explain my intent in comments instead. Search for *** to find my notes.)

Jul 7 2014

Rookie Yearbook 3

“I just feel like, overwhelmed by not knowing who I am now or what my Identity is or what my Core Me–tools are to come back to when I feel sad. Going back to what used to be myself just pulls me into a lot of painfully bittersweet memories, so I’ve been talking less and drifting more and actively testing a theory that reincarnation can happen to live bodies by trying to turn myself into a blank slate. It leaves me both terrified that I could become an actual monster, as well as thrilled that I could become the exact person I ought to be, WE CAN BE HEROES Bowie-style.” -Tavi Gevinson from her July 2014 Rookie Mag editor’s letter.

The New Rookie Yearbook is available for pre-order.

Jul 3 2014

Say, Do You Have Lips?

Image from She Shoots He Scores

This is Jihan, head balloon trooper at Geronimo Balloons, and she is a damn delight. Jihan is having a birthday Sunday, which also happens to be National Kissing Day.

She’s hoping to break the world record for kisses (1,001) in three hours, and who wouldn’t want to kiss this face?

Obviously, she’s going to need some help, so come on over and pucker up:

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This is going to be fun.

Jul 1 2014

Dinner Party Ideas

I’d like to improve my dinner party repertoire. Are dinner parties still a thing? I met an older woman when I was in college who mentioned that she had several meals memorized in case she needed to host an impromptu dinner party. Magician.

Years later, I read a piece in Vogue (I think) about a woman who was known as one of the best hostesses on the New York social scene. She would make a giant pot of stew, pick up some crusty bread, and overfill wine glasses while people ate cross-legged on the living room floor.

One of the best dinner parties I ever attended was hosted by my friend Pableaux, who put everyone into service chopping, grating, running for ice cream, and then shooed everyone toward a giant table in the kitchen. He kept the conversation running late into the night, and I’ve rarely felt more welcome.

I’m working on building out my recipe tin, and I added a section for dinner parties. So far I have one go-to: Homemade Guacamole and chips, Fish Burritos, Cucumber Salad, Strawberry Shortcake, Sparkling Wine.

So I want nine more solid meals. What do you serve when you’re having people over, either casually or for a more formal dinner?

Jun 30 2014

My Life List Proceeds Apace

I’m looking for ten solid recipes to go in each section of my recipe tin. I’m particularly light on veggies (because I tend to just steam and serve), pork, beef, and appetizers.

Some simple, fun things I’ve was doing on Go Mighty when I wasn’t here:

My little fire escape garden is so life affirming.

I’ve added five bathtubs to my 100 bathtubs goal.

Mulberries, I have decided, are not very delicious. I’ve tasted around 110 of my 1,000 fruits, but have yet to move them all over to Go Mighty. Trust.

Peppers are pretty in a bouquet, and they sort of look like fingers. That makes 16 out of 100 bouquets.

I’ve made 19 of my 100 cocktails. So I’m probably drunk right now.


Jun 26 2014

Robot Dance Party!

(This post is sponsored by Target.)

For decades humans have feared that when robots unite, they’ll do so to subsume humanity. But, come on. Robots just wanna dance!

Since we started building his box robot, Hank and I have been talking about a robot party. I like using toys to decorate, and now that Hank’s Transformer collection has achieved critical mass, these robot tableaus are really coming together.

Details if you’d like to host your own Robot Dance Party or Transformer Party:

The table centerpiece features several of Optimus Prime’s alter egos — the 16-inch tall Optimus Prime, Silver Optimus Prime, James Brown Optimus Prime — and Grimlock, who is temporarily suspending his desire to supplant Optimus as leader of the Autobots… in the interest of getting down. (And because, from a franchise standpoint, he is way outnumbered.)

These are my startled robot cupcakes. I made the marshmallow heads first. A toothpick secures the Dots gumdrops on either side of the head, and little dots of icing are holding the candy eyes in place. Then I trimmed down some Sour Punch Bites to be mouth size, and attached that with icing too.

You can make the heads while the cupcakes bake, and once they’re done, add a little dollop of extra icing in the top center to hold the marshmallows in place. I like this guy because his head is tilted in question of our inferior logic.

I used the Grimlock vs Optimus battle set to guard the snacks. They’re like a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robot update with flat bottoms, so they stand on their own in the bowl even when they aren’t propped up by chips.

These tall, slim bottles come in lots of flavors/colors, and the labels peel off easily. (These are Market Pantry Blue Raspberry Lemonade.)

Trying to line up labels on a printer makes me want to knock my head against the desk, so I just photocopied Transformer logos off some packaging onto glossy paper, then taped them to the bottles with thin double-sided tape.

We requested that guests arrive as their favorite robot alter egos. We made this for the top of our Facebook invite, but we don’t mind if you use it too:

Everyone loves good robot gif.

This post is sponsored by Target. More Transformers, More Than Meets the Eye: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Transformers at Target.