Accidental Recipe: Caramelized Garlic Butter Sauce

Cooking dinner tonight, I tried a little experiment with the garlic butter sauce, and made a tasty accidental discovery! I wanted to share it with ya’ll.

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A savory and slightly sweet garlic butter sauce. The perfect companion for barbecue ribs or pork chops.

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large galic clove, minced
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

In a saucepan, add olive oil. garlic, butter, Italian seasonings, and salt. Stir on medium-high heat until boiling.

Add rice wine vinegar. Stir and remove from heat.

Hold saucepan at a slight angle, so mixture pools. Allow to bubble for a few seconds, and then swirl gently. Return to pooling.

Repeat until garlic is caramelized and sauce no longer has a strong vinegar smell.

Set saucepan on a trivet and allow to cool. Toss into hot, drained pasta until noodles are fully coated.

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How to Bomb a Job Interview in 8 Easy Steps.

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It has been an interesting experience for me to get used to job interviews as the interviewer instead of as the interviewee. It isn’t that I haven’t had to interview for a job before, but I’ve spent more time on the boss’ side of the table than anything.

In the process, I’ve learned something: articles and classes on how to nail a job interview are crap. Guess what, ya’ll? Interviewers read those too. We know when you’re putting on an act.

So I would like to present to you the truth about job interviews from a different angle. Here’s a handy guide on how to tick me off during the hiring process and ensure you DON’T get hired.

Step 1: Get informal with me.

I don’t care if you’re used to calling your professors, your supervisors, or even your parents by their first name. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you. Thus, I am Mr. McDonald to you.

One guy started off really good. His initial email was really formal. When I emailed him back, I maintained the last-name-basis. His response? “Hi Jason.”

I didn’t even schedule an interview.

Step 2: Memorize Interview Questions

Oh, ya’ll think you’re being sooooo clever, rehearsing for a job interview. Guess what? We know all of those interview questions by heart. Personally, I compare my checklist to those online question lists, and ensure they have nothing in common.

You will never be prepared enough for a good interview. We plan it that way. You might get lucky and find a weak interviewer, but don’t bank on it.

Step 3: Don’t Research the Company

My radar goes off when someone doesn’t know basic things about MousePaw Games. Instead of wasting time on researching job interview questions, learn as much as you can about the company you’re interviewing at. That kind of preparation pays off.

Besides that, why would you interview for a company you know nothing about? We could specialize in robots to club baby seals for all you know.

Step 4: Be Late

This one really burns me. If you miss appointments and deadlines during the hiring process, you’ll miss deadlines and appointments as an employee. Be punctual. When you are late for the interview, you’re telling me that you that my time is not valuable, and that you are unreliable. It will shut the door in your face right away.

Step 5: Sell Yourself Like An Infomercial

This is the WORST advice I’ve seen given to job seekers! Show me who you really are. We can see right through you, and it really boils us to have someone trying to deceive us. Even if you manage to get the job, as soon as your true self comes out, you’ll fall short of expectations and get fired. Save us all the paperwork.

On that note, if you want a fancy job title without a lot of work, let me fill you in on a secret: there are no jobs as “just an idea person.” If you’re not willing to work hard, don’t bother applying at all.

Step 6: Act Cocky

I know full well that you’re going to college/have graduated, and that you know things I don’t. I know things that you don’t as well. We’ll have time to swap knowledge when you’re working for me. Show me what you know, but don’t be a know-it-all. I dislike people who aren’t humble and teachable.

BONUS: Post on public social media that the job is totally in the bag, and I’ll be sure to chuck your resume in the garbage right away.

Step 7: Stay Stoic

My hiring process is designed to make you as nervous as a cat in a room full of set mousetraps. I am hard to impress, and that’s intentional – I want to break through your confidence and see who I’m really hiring. If I get a flat affect, there are only two conclusions I can draw: either you’re overconfident, or you’re hiding something.

Step 8: Remain Stubborn

I will challenge you during the hiring process. I like teachable people. If you aren’t, then you don’t work for me.

Bonus Advice: How to write a shredder-destined resume.

Those resume classes lied to you. Here are some commonly spouted resume tips that will guarantee we don’t call you.

A. Include Fancy Formatting

“Hm, very nice border and fancy font. What is he hiding?” Your resume should be clean and well-aligned, with a nice font. Leave all the other bells and whistles off the page. It makes you look like you’re trying too hard.

B. Pack In the Catch Phrases

“A motivated self-started,” said one resume. My blood ran cold. I know all of those catch-phrases they tell you to weave into your resume, and they are one of the fastest ways to tip me off that you’re desperate. Tell me about yourself in your own words.

C. Leave Off References

Companies that tell you to leave off the references are idiotic. Yes, I just posted that publicly online. In this day and age, smart interviewers know better than take anyone’s word for anything. Give me two or three previous employers or professors to call and ask about you, and I’ll be much more likely to hire you.

No references? If I really like you so far, I might ask you for some. More than likely, I won’t.

D. Skip the Proofreading

This seems to be “advice” given purely by omission – I don’t see many reminders to proofread your resume. If you can’t spell or use proper grammar, I can’t trust that any of your work will be quality. Think that’s unreasonable? Tough. I don’t have time for lazy people.

E. Always Include “Microsoft Office” On Skills

Please, I beg you, don’t include this unless you really ARE a pro, and then specify what you’re good at with it. We glaze over that bullet point, because everyone includes it if they can manage to start the program.

By the way, we don’t even use Microsoft Office at our company – it isn’t worth the money. We use LibreOffice. Don’t waste the bullet point on us – it just alerts us to you padding your skills list.

Save yourself the time and money. Skip the resume and interview classes your college offers. Be honest about yourself in both your resume and the job interview. Don’t worry about being nervous – we plan on that. If you’re the best person for the job, you’ll get the job. If you don’t, brush it off and keep looking!

Oh, by the way…if you’re interviewing for MousePaw Games soon, let me assure you that the above doesn’t even scratch the surface. Don’t try to anticipate me, just be honest and you’ll be fine.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Of Beauty and Rage

Of Beauty and Rage (RED) album coverI’ve been playing the living daylights out of this CD since it was released late February, and even more so since it arrived in the mail. I don’t normally review albums, but this isn’t a normal album review.

“Of Beauty and Rage” releases almost coincidentally with some life events that I feel are worth sharing, and it touches on themes that have been quite prevalent in the events of the past few months. To be honest, based on interviews, I don’t know if RED realizes what they’ve tapped into at times, but that’s not really uncommon for Christian artists in any field. Case in point, I’m still discovering lessons and truths tucked into some of my books that I had somehow missed before. God is good.

So, this is more than just an album review. I’m going to try and outline what truths seem to be hidden in these songs. Just give me a second to start the album over for the fifth time today…

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Excuse My Nostalgia, I Think I Can Be Considered “Old” Now

Unplugged computerfogey gap (n): the amount of time passing between feeling “with it” and catching yourself saying “kids these days”, thereby being designating as a “fogey” by the current generation.

Okay, yes, I made that up, but perhaps someone should have beat me to the punch, because the fogey gap is getting shorter. How do I know? It’s simple: I think I recently landed on the other side of said gap.

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The Lady in Red

If you were in elementary school during the 1990s, you more than likely have chased your share of villains around the world, ultimately pursuing one in particular.

If you haven’t filled in the blank yet, you might as well stop reading. Otherwise, Rockapella just started singing in your mind.

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Ubuntu, Why You’d Love It, and How To Install It

Things went a bit haywire for me recently. I pressed the wrong button on an OS repair and wiped out my hard drive. I managed (thanks to Testdisk on Linux) to get 80% of my files back.

With my files salvaged, I decided to rethink my computer setup. I’m not going to lie, I hate Windows 8, which I call “Windows Ape” (big, ugly, hairy, and takes up a lot of space). I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with a version of Linux called Ubuntu. Finally, I decided to give it the reins on my computer.

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How Dumb Do I Look?

800px-WreckHonestly, I rather enjoy sorting through the spam comments on my blog. Most of them are obviously Engrish copypasta, and frankly, they turn out kinda funny. Thus, I present, the Engrish Spambot Hall of Fame!

Remarkable issues here. I am very satisfied to
peer your article. Thank you a lot and I am taking a look ahead
to touch you.

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Falling Trees, Selfies, and Antisocial Media

Fallen_tree,_Pitmedden_Forest_-_geograph.org.uk_-_120427If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to Tweet about it, does it happen?

That was the question that I posed to my philosophy student friend, Dave. His response, “No Tweet? Never happened.” Of course, he’s totally kidding (I hope), but it brings up a relatively disturbing point: at what point did social media become so incredibly anti-social?

Now, I’m all for using the internet to communicate with other people (I write this blog, don’t I?) My company’s workday is about 95% telecommuting. I keep in touch with my friends around the country and the world via Facebook and Twitter. Besides that, I’ve moderated several forums and an IRC channel over the years. I know how much good can come of social media. I also know how much bad can come of it.

There are basically two ways a social media platform goes down: A) quietly, without so much as a death whimper, or B) in a fiery explosion of flaming and ranting that leaves everyone ticked off. In my experience, it tends to be the second.

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The Art of Shutting Up (and still getting heard)

Silence is an art form – this coming from someone who, by all accounts, can talk a camel into sprouting wings. I’m like most Americans in that I have strong views about politics. Very, very, VERY strong views. And, like most Americans, I had little trouble sharing them. I just opened up and let ‘er fly.

Then God challenged me, two days after New Year 2012: spend the entire year without once sharing my political views. Some of you may remember this resolution, and how it turned out for me. (I got off a month early, after the election, but only to share this message.)

Talk about your paradigm shifts. For the longest time, I thought I had a corner on political (and otherwise) truth. I had the best solutions, and everyone else was crazy. I know I am far from alone in that flawed sentiment. (If you doubt it, read the comments on the online news sites.) Now, for the first time, I realized that all my political views, even the correct ones, were in some way wrong!

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Black and white doesn’t mean narrow-minded.

(Serious post alert.)

In my view, truth is absolute. I know that’s not popular, but I’d argue that if science is absolute, what makes us think that moral law would somehow not be? That said, I also believe that this absolute truth is multi-faceted, like a diamond. That diamond is solid, but how light is affected when passing through it depends entirely on the interaction of these various facets.

But I digress. I’m getting a little tired of being painted as narrow-minded because of my beliefs. At the risk of stepping on some toes here, no, I don’t support homosexuality. At the same time, I don’t HATE anybody. Some of my best friends on my college campus are gay, and you know what? They’re pretty cool people. If they ask me for my opinion, I’ll give it respectfully and clearly, and listen to theirs. If they want a civilized debate, I’m game. If they don’t, I’m going to respect their right to differing beliefs, and I’m not going to force mine down their throats.

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