Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tothian Pizza

Here's a Pizza I discovered and popularized a few years ago. Philly Cheesesteak Pizza had never really been a mainstream pizza in the past. But when I tried it and discovered how delicious it was, I wanted others to be able to enjoy this kind of pizza the same way I did.

And it was even added to the Urban Dictionary!

There are different variations of it. The way I like to make it, is starting off one of two ways. The first layer could either be a thin layer of mozzarella cheese, or garlic sauce (butter w/ garlic powder), then the other one next. Then, you cook it for a few minutes, just enough to melt the cheese a little bit.

The steak should be cooked separately. You don't want to use that thick steak, you could just use either steakums, then shredded (and of course using a paper towel to absorb some of the grease), or you could also use sirloin beef steak, which starts off as like a frozen block of steak but once cooked, it starts to shred up a bit.

If I use the steakums slices, I don't mix any cheese with it yet.

If I use the beef sirloin steak, which shreds up, once it starts about getting cooked to where I want it, I put a few slices of american cheese in there and then mix it all up in that while it's cooking on the pan.

Then, the pizza should be out of the oven now, with the cheese melted a little bit. You place the steak on the pizza now.

If you used steakums, shred them up now and cover the entire top of the pizza with them. Then you rip the pieces of american cheese and spread those all over the pizza, which you'll see an example in the first picture, before I put the pizza back in the oven again the 2nd time.

If you used beef sirloin steak with the american cheese already cooked with it, you won't need to add any more american cheese on top.

Either way, sprinkle some more mozzarella cheese on top.

Then cook it in the oven or toaster oven at about 350 for approximately 10 minutes. And of course it's always good to pre-heat, too.

And again, since each one of you reading this has your own unique taste buds, you can feel free to make your own variations of it. There are some good secondary toppings I've tried with it, that I think go well with it, like mushrooms, and tomatoes. I haven't tried both of them at the same time on my Tothian Pizza, though. But if you like either of those toppings on your pizza, try it. You'll be glad you did.

Here's a picture of it before I put it in the oven: 

Here is Tothian Pizza after I took it out of the oven. As you could see, it glows with awesomeness. And tastes unbearably delicious, too!

And should you decide to try it, feel free to contact me and let me know what you thought! Whether you like it or not! Although I feel pretty confident in saying that I think most people would enjoy it.

The 4 Aspects of Fighting Evil

I've spoken about this before, and I will again. From my studies and experiences, I've theorized that there are 4 aspects of fighting evil, and there are even other ways to interpret this in your own ways, but here are some of my ways of viewing it. And I will share them with you.

The Fire Aspect- This one is obvious. Just think of the term used time and time again. "Fighting fire with fire." That's what this one is. Vengeance. The advantage of it lies in how effective of a tactic it is at scaring evil. The disadvantage is overkill, taking things too far, when sometimes the punishment may not seem to fit the crime.

The Earth Aspect- This one makes me think of a fair, balanced version of fighting evil. Reaping what you sew. Since this planet Earth consists of all 4 aspects, any of the other 3 aspects can be applied where necessary. Justice. The advantage is that it's actions are equal to the evil it's attempting to fight, destroy, punish, or teach a lesson to. Not too much as to be considered unfair, yet not too little as to be considered weak and afraid to fight back. This one I feel most in line with, because I understand and accept all of the aspects, but agree with this ideal the most.

The Water Aspect- To fight hatred with love, cruelty with kindness. It's advantage comes with the times it's able to make an evildoer see the error of their own ways by comparison to the seemingly undeserved respect you show towards them. As in, if you want an evil person to be good, then first show them what good is. The disadvantage is for the times it can be viewed upon as a weakness.

The Air Aspect- This one I can interpret in a few ways. The first way I thought of it, a while back, was ignoring evil. It's advantage is against the type of evil that thrives off the attention it's given. Ignoring those types of evil people make them lose the motivation to do evil. Another way I had interpreted it had to do with a combination of knowledge and indirectly fighting evil. Such as being a strategist or someone in a support role who may not necessarily fight evil themself, but yet in a sense indirectly does by offering some type of advice or useful resource to help the other person fight evil. Praying could perhaps be considered this as well, yet supplemented with the intentions of any of the other 3 aspects.

Each of those 4 represent common tactics you see with Police, when interrogating people. The Good Cop (Water), The Bad Cop (Fire), That one Cop who is serious, can be friendly but also firm and strict (Earth), then there's that one quiet Cop that you don't know what they're thinking (Air).

One mistake I see certain Warriors make is denying the importance of aspects other than their own, rather than learning to balance out those other ones.

There are also mixtures of these elements as well, such as Lava, Ice, Mud, Smoke.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Spirit of Camaraderie

There used to be something in most of the RLSH Community a few years ago, from around 2007 to 2009, around the time I was the President of the Heroes Network. There was a real spirit of camaraderie there. I could try to explain it but you really had to be around there back then in order to really understand it. For the past year or so, I've felt it was very important for me to remind the RLSH Community about it, but it was hard to find the right words. I'll try anyway, though.

Back in the good old days, RLSH's got along with each other... sorta... There were some occasional arguments, but unlike now where things can get really messy, back then they were constructive arguments that got heated, and if they did lead to bitter disputes, they often got settled, as a community, like a family. And from then on for a while the community seemed happy again, and people understood each other and got along better than before. And more often, if there were any disagreements, RLSH's agreed to disagree. When ever there were arguments, people often agreed to forgive each other and make peace with each other, because they mostly understood how important it was for RLSH's to all be on good terms with each other.

This was before a lot of the media attention in this community. While there's a huge misconception nowadays that the success of an RLSH has to do with how famous and popular they are, and that all the media attention was good for the community in moving it forward, the truth is that these things have caused a lot of problems and actually moved it backwards.

Being an RLSH is not about public image, it's not about popularity. It's about befriending those who need friends, saving those who need saving, protecting those who need protecting, fighting evil.

That's not to say that all media attention is bad entirely. It can serve as a very effective networking tool, with people who need your help or wish to work with you. But, make sure it's for the right reasons. And understand that the more well known you are, the more problems it can cause you.

There were times when RLSH's would defend outcasts in the community. Nowadays they outcast the unusual people as weird, because they're worried that certain people are bad for the public image of the RLSH Community (It's not a Movement). That's also a harmful way of thinking. People who say things like that and think like that are the ones who (in my eyes) make themselves look bad.

You can't define the standards of a Real Life Superhero, especially since many of those who I've seen try to define it as a whole have got it (in my strong opinion) wrong. You can define the standards of certain cliques of people, and while it can serve it's purpose in some ways if it's within certain groups, it can't be spoken for as a whole. I've seen many good people feel outcasted by the in-crowds. When in-crowds try outcasting people, they're not just outcasting those people from their inner circles, they're outcasting their own selves from enacting heroic ideals. Especially in the eyes of those they're outcasting.

By trying to unite this community, people will only divide it further. In my opinion, the way it works best, is when people let everyone be themselves. Not conformity, but rather self-expression. Acceptance, not outcasting. Let people be themselves, not who you want them to be.

When the Spirit of Camaraderie existed in the RLSH Community, there was a good balance of seriousness and joking around. And that was accepted. Too much of one and not enough of the other is not good.

It used to feel like a family or like a loose network of individuals who had this evil-destroying Warrior Spirit about them. It felt like a real superhero community. Nowadays, it feels like the U.S. House of Representatives.

I say this with the hopes of my friends in the RLSH Community reading this and if they were around back then, I hope they remember this and allow the spirit of camaraderie to return back again. For those who weren't around back then, please bring it back.