December 23rd, 2008

Allah Sulu-South Park

Flavor Tripping

Geekologie – "Flavor tripping" revolves around the "miracle fruit" (synsepalum dulcificum), a little red berry that, after eaten, changes the perceived taste of things eaten afterwards. "The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids." Neato. People are even starting to throw "flavor tripping parties."

Oh, you wacky kids, and the wacky things you do.
Carrie Dashow dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake." Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: "Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!"
I'm pretty sure that you can do that sort of thing with good old-fashioned tripping, too. Or, umm, so I've heard.
You can get about 30 berries for $90.
Say… anyone else wondering what happens if you try to infuse these things into vodka? Let's see, according to an article in the New York Times (A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue):
Bartenders have been experimenting with the fruit as well. Don Lee, a beverage director at the East Village bar Please Don't Tell, has been making miracle fruit cocktails on his own time, but the bar probably won't offer them anytime soon. The fruit is highly perishable and expensive – a single berry goes for $2 or more.
Highly perishable. Damn. According to the Miracle Fruit Man (now really, who would want to call themselves that?):
Miracle Fruit has a fresh shelf life of 2-3 days. If you do not plan to use your Miracle Fruit upon receipt, please freeze immediately. Miracle Fruit can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Well, since vodka infusions are usually created (and stored) in the freezer, this is still a possibility… I are intrigued.

[Another] Star Wars Musical

Los Angeles (E! Online) – A long time from now, in a galaxy far, far away … the Star Wars money machine will still be cranking. Not content with seven feature films or myriad TV spinoffs ranging from the current Clone Wars cartoon series to the dreaded Star Wars Holiday Special, the Jedi masterminds are readying a stage show. George Lucas has signed off on Star Wars: A Musical Journey…

So far, everyone from Mad Magazine (decades ago!) to Robot Chicken ("The Empire on Ice") has already done a Star Wars musical. (See my attempt in the comments.) The last thing we need is another one that actually tries to take itself seriously, and charges a gazillion dollars for a decent seat.
…a two-hour live musical event featuring a Stormtrooper kick line
OK, now I know we've already seen this, on stage with William Shatner.
and singing Wookiees John Williams' Oscar-winning score.
Singing Wookiees That'll sound even worse than, well, me singing!
Premiering next year in London's O2 arena, the production will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in synch with movie clips from the six live-action films. The show will play in chronological order, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.
Not that I cared anyway, but the inclusion of episodes one through three guarantee my total lack of interest.
The production will blast off April 10 in the U.K. and then embark on a European tour, complete with an exhibition of rare Star Wars collectibles, including never-before-seen models, props, costumes and production artwork. No word when it will visit America.
(Ganked from smwance; see more parodies there.)