Monday, August 2, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

News: The cap-and-trade bill may be dead, but the issue of dealing with climate change is not going away.
But the main reason is simply this: at some point, the country is going to have to raise revenues to fix the deficit. And cap-and-trade, if done the right way -- if permits are sold, rather than given away to the industry -- can produce quite a lot of revenues...
Most of those costs will be passed onto consumers in the form of higher energy prices -- although interestingly, the CBO analysis suggests that the public will bear less of the cost if the permits are indeed sold to produce revenue rather than given away.
But my premise is that tax increases are inevitable: it's a question of who bears those taxes and how they bear them. And at some point Congress -- which is surely headed for some massive showdowns over the budget at some point in the next several years -- might conclude that cap-and-trade is a more acceptable way to raise revenues than an omnibus tax increase... But other than increased taxes on the very wealthy, and some gimmicky stuff like sin taxes and windfall profits taxes that don't have all that much revenue-generating potential, it polls a lot better than other types of tax increases, and may be a more politically palatable compromise.
Picture: Los Angeles parking fun (via)

Video: Ridiculous compilation The Chairman announcing every "secret" ingredient on Iron Chef America.

Video: The "rapist" video I posted last week gets the Auto-Tune remix treatment

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Diddy: The Awl Makes a Good Point: "I Don't Think The Word 'Humble' Means What Diddy Thinks It Means"
Vibe: Dr. Dre said that the last beat that floored him was 'All About the Benjamins.' How does that make you feel?

P. Diddy: "It’s humbling. I was in the studio with Dre the other day. He started working on a record for me. Watching him as a producer is watching greatness. We had a lot of similar traits. It was like looking in the mirror. He would ask questions like, 'How you feel about this?' People don’t really understand true producers want to know how you feel about things. We are some of the most observant people on the planet."
Sometimes humility doesn't last very long.
List: Top Ten Foreign Films of the Decade

Video: And here I thought the local news was a waste. At least check out the 1:00 minute mark (Via)

Imagine: What the posters would look like if films followed their original casting

Watch: Buzz and Woody Talk Dreamworks

Watch: Sitcoms "filmed before a live disappointed audience"

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quote: “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”  - John Steinbeck, East of Eden (h/t Slaughterhouse 90210)

Chart: Quality of Death analysis courtesy of the Economist Intelligence Unit:

Video: Check out this CNN Video about Sarah Palin Making Up a Word (h/t Lacey)

Watch: Kevin Devine "I Could Be With Anyone." Simple concept, but emotionally effective in my opinion

Read: Rare interview with Bill Murray.
GQ: Is the third Ghostbusters movie happening? What's the story with that?
BM: It's all a bunch of crock. It's a crock. There was a story—and I gotta be careful here, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. When I hurt someone's feelings, I really want to hurt them. [laughs] Harold Ramis said, Oh, I've got these guys, they write on The Office, and they're really funny. They're going to write the next Ghostbusters. And they had just written this movie that he had directed.
GQ: Year One.
BM: Year One. Well, I never went to see Year One, but people who did, including other Ghostbusters, said it was one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives. So that dream just vaporized. That was gone. But it's the studio that really wants this thing. It's a franchise. It's a franchise, and they made a whole lot of money on Ghostbusters...
Okay. Well, how about Garfield? Can you explain that to me? Did you just do it for the dough?
BM: No! I didn't make that for the dough! Well, not completely. I thought it would be kind of fun, because doing a voice is challenging, and I'd never done that. Plus, I looked at the script, and it said, "So-and-so and Joel Coen." And I thought: Christ, well, I love those Coens! They're funny. So I sorta read a few pages of it and thought, Yeah, I'd like to do that. I had these agents at the time, and I said, "What do they give you to do one of these things?" And they said, "Oh, they give you $50,000." So I said, "Okay, well, I don't even leave the fuckin' driveway for that kind of money."
GQ: And it's not like you're helping out an indie director by playing Garfield.
BM: Exactly. He's in 3,000 newspapers every day; he's not hurtin'. Then this studio guy calls me up out of nowhere, and I had a nice conversation with him. No bullshit, no schmooze, none of that stuff. We just talked for a long time about the movie. And my agents called on Monday and said, "Well, they came back with another offer, and it was nowhere near $50,000." And I said, "That's more befitting of the work I expect to do!" So they went off and shot the movie, and I forgot all about it. Finally, I went out to L.A. to record my lines. And usually when you're looping a movie, if it takes two days, that's a lot. I don't know if I should even tell this story, because it's kind of mean. [beat] What the hell? It's interesting. So I worked all day and kept going, "That's the line? Well, I can't say that." And you sit there and go, What can I say that will make this funny? And make it make sense? And I worked. I was exhausted, soaked with sweat, and the lines got worse and worse. And I said, "Okay, you better show me the whole rest of the movie, so we can see what we're dealing with." So I sat down and watched the whole thing, and I kept saying, "Who the hell cut this thing? Who did this? What the fuck was Coen thinking?" And then they explained it to me: It wasn't written by that Joel Coen
GQ: And the pieces fall into place.
BM: [shakes head sadly] At least they had what's-her-name. The mind reader, pretty girl, really curvy girl, body's one in a million? What's her name? Help me. You know who I mean.
GQ: Jennifer Love Hewitt?
BM: Right! At least they had her in good-looking clothes. Best thing about the movie. But that's all ugly. That's inappropriate. That's just… [laughs] That's why, when they say, "Any regrets?" at the end of Zombieland, I say, "Well, maybe Garfield."

Monday, July 19, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, July 19, 2010

News: Comparing the Costs of American Wars
"More than a trillion dollars has been appropriated since September 11, 2001 for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.  This makes the "war on terrorism" the most costly of any military engagement in U.S. history in absolute terms or, if correcting for inflation, the second most expensive U.S. military action after World War II.
A newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service estimated the financial costs of major U.S. wars from the American Revolution ($2.4 billion in FY 2011 dollars) to World War I ($334 billion) to World War II ($4.1 trillion) to the second Iraq war ($784 billion) and the war in Afghanistan ($321 billion).  CRS provided its estimates in current year dollars (i.e. the year they were spent) and in constant year dollars (adjusted for inflation), and as a percentage of gross domestic product.  Many caveats apply to these figures, which are spelled out in the CRS report.
In constant dollars, World War II is still the most expensive of all U.S. wars, having consumed a massive 35.8% of GDP at its height and having cost $4.1 trillion in FY2011 dollars."

Read: Great interview with the chemist in Inception where different theories on the film are discussed at length.

Watch: Seinfeld Trailer - "Serenity Now"

Friday, July 16, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, July 16, 2010

Listen: Paste's Awesome list of "50 New State Songs For the 21st Century."

Film: Aaron Sorkin is one of my favorite writers. He can (almost) do no wrong in my eyes. I just hope he doesn't screw this one up: "Aaron Sorkin appears to be bold enough to take on the life of John Edwards, the philanderer with a $500 haircut. Sorkin has optioned The Politician, the tell-all written by aide Andrew Young, and plans to adapt it for the screen, producing and directing."

Did You Know?: From The Omnivore's Dilemma, Pollan's book I am currently reading
1. One-fifth of America’s petroleum consumption goes to producing and transporting our food

2. Most researchers trace America’s rising rates of obesity to the 1970s.This was of course the same decade that America embraced a cheap-food farm policy and began dismantling forty years of programs designed to prevent overproduction.

3. Early 1800s, American farmers were producing far too much corn. Corn whiskey, suddenly superabundant and cheap, became the drink of choice, and in 1820 the typical American was putting away half a pint of the stuff every day. That comes to more than 5 galls of spirits a year for every man, woman, and child in America. The figure today is less than one.

4. Switching a cow’s diet from corn to grass or hay for a few days prior to slaughter reduces the population of E. coli 0157:H7 in the animal’s gut by as much as 80%. But such a solution (Grass?!) is considered wildly impractical by the cattle industry and (therefore) by the USDA.

5. You hear plenty of explanations for humanity’s expanding waistline, all of them plausible. Changes in lifestyle (we’re more sedentary; we eat out more). Affluence (more people can afford a high-fat Western diet). Poverty (healthier whole foods cost more). Technology (fewer of us use our bodies in our work; at home, the remote control keeps us pinned to the couch). Clever marketing (supsersized portions; advertising to children). Changes in diet (more fats; more carbohydrates; more processed foods).

List: Cerebral Sci-Fil Films That Wipe Our Minds


Download: Collection of Free Mashups from Bootie LA
Titus Jones – Imma Stop Loving Drugs (Ke$ha vs. Glee Cast vs. La Roux vs. Black Eyed Peas vs. Iglu & Hartly) 

LeeDM101 – (Find Myself) A Heap of Love (Florence & The Machine vs. Depeche Mode vs. Imogen Heap)

Mochi Beats – Time After Romance (Lady Gaga vs. Cyndi Lauper vs. Three 6 Mafia)
(This one goes out to Courtney Alev)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Good News: FDA Takes a Anti-Antibiotic Stance in Meat Production:
"Perfectly healthy farm animals needlessly consume 70 percent of the antibiotics in the United States. Farmers administer low levels of the drugs to their charges simply because they make animals grow faster. This creates ideal conditions for the evolution of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics that formerly killed them, bad news when animals or humans develop infections that need to be treated.
Late last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came out with a guidance proposal saying that using such drugs merely to increase production was not judicious. The proposal has no force of law behind it, but it is seen as a warning shot from the FDA that future regulatory action may be in the works. In the meantime, if you want to steer clear of antibiotics in your burger or chicken, buy organic. Antibiotics are banned in USDA certified organic meat production."

Review: Excerpt from Pitchfork's review of M.I.A.'s new album (it got a 4.4/10):
Right or wrong, the social contract is simple: If you bring the hits, we'll put up with your shit. With /\/\/\Y/\, M.I.A. has broken that contract.
Slideshow: Enjoy some weird looking creatures courtesy of the LA Times.

Watch: Jewel Karaoke's in Santa Monica

Friday, July 9, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, July 9, 2010

News: The Awl on the BART-Shooting/Oscar Grant Verdict:
"When people say 'there's no such thing as a fair trial,' they're right and they're wrong. Those of us who don't work in courtrooms sometimes forget that the law is an extremely complicated series of if/then operators. So while emotionally and intellectually it's perfectly reasonable to be astounded that a (white) police officer can be convicted of involuntary manslaughter (by an all-white jury) for having shot (in the back) an unarmed (black) person (who was face-down on the ground), there is at least some logic to it in a legal sense. This is a good short primer on California law and voluntary and involuntary manslaughter—the "voluntary" charge involves provocation and passion. The conclusion being that, in this case and others like it, the law is not made for these situations: "Any result from a criminal justice proceeding will fall far short of the consequences that would truly constitute justice. Inherently. Intentionally." In Oakland last night, after the verdict, a largely peaceful planned protest was only somewhat marred by a conflict of agendas between different groups. A smaller anti-capitalist splinter group was interested in the tactic of violence against property—while a much larger group was interested in a peaceful opposition to a verdict that literally could not do justice to the crime. One of those groups received more attention from the media, which as an entity could not quite bring itself to make any differentiation between the two."
Download: Zip file of the top 50 songs according to the blog We All Want Someone to Shout For

Read: The Rules of Touring are Changing. Advice on the business side of touring.

Laugh: Read this great exchange about a graphic designer helping to find Missy the lost cat. (h/t Tracey)

Watch: Israeli Soldiers Dance to Ke$ha in Hebron, Palestine

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Did You Know?: "In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, [Thomas] Jefferson wrote the word 'subjects,' when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with 'citizens,' a term he used frequently throughout the final draft."

Read: Rankings of the Top and Worst Presidents by Presidential Scholars.

Listen: My roommate Josh sent this my way: Summer Mix Series 2010. People make mixtapes, allow you to download them for free.

News: The National Association of Colleges and Employers said the average starting salary for this year's bachelor's degree recipients dipped 1.3%, to $48,661.

Analysis: Where Does the Money Go When You Buy a CD?

Predictions: According to online futures market Intrade, there is a 58% chance that Lebron James will move to the Sunshine State.

Read: The Economist blog discusses parenting and happiness research. Short and good read, but here's an interesting tidbit:
"But it's always seemed to me that this anxiety is also driven in part by high levels of inequality. In a society with a large gap between excellent and inadequate schools, parents face tremendous psychological pressure to raise and educate their kids the "right" way. In societies with a more egalitarian distribution, parents don't reproach themselves so much for laying off the kids a bit." 

Watch: 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Watch: Scene from the TV Show Louie that I'm Looking Forward to Watching When it Comes on Hulu

Download: Das Racist Mixtape

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chart: Sweet graphic showing how movie sequels are worse than originals, and trilogies get even worse.

Cook: Chicken Mango Slaw for warm summer nights

Bake: The Difference Between Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup.

List: Angeleno Magazine's 8th Annual Restaurant Award Winners:
Restaurant of the Year: Hatfield’s
Chef of the Year: Michael Cimarusti, Providence
- Runner-up, Chef of the Year: Ludovic Lefebvre, LudoBites
Best New Chef: Michael Voltaggio, The Dining Room at The Langham
Pastry Chef of the Year: Zoe Nathan, Huckleberry Cafe, Rustic Canyon
- Runner-up, Pastry Chef of the Year: Roxana Jullapat, Ammo 
- Runner-up, Pastry Chef of the Year: Jun Tan, Cube
Best New Restaurant: Lazy Ox Canteen
- Runner-up, Best New Restaurant: Bistro LQ
LA's Top 10 new restaurants
No. 3: Wolfgang Puck's WP24
No. 4: Culina at Four Seasons 
No 5: La Cachette Bistro
No. 6: House Cafe
No. 7: South Beverly Grill
No. 8: Waterloo & City
No. 9: Bouchon
No. 10: Red O

Event: Outdoor Cinema Food Fest in LA

Did You Know: In N Out Double Double has 43 grams of fat? See the list of 50 Unhealthy Foods in 50 States.

Watch: Clips of the "The 10 Funniest Movies Scenes From The Last 10 Years." I've seen all ten of these movies, so they obviously didn't dig very deep.

Watch: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Showing Her Sense of Humor during the Confirmation Hearings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, June 28, 2010

Serious Eater: I'm often called a foodie, but no one really likes that name. The term "gourmand" isn't going to make a comeback anytime soon. I'm still a fan of the term "serious eater," which is how I would classify myself if I had to come up with an explanation beyond "I spend way too much time and energy thinking about food"

Definition by French chef Fernand Point in 1949 in The New Yorker:
My friends were "serious eaters"; they loved truly good food and scorned the snobbism of self-appointed "gourmets" and one-dish amateur cooks. They didn't consider themselves gourmets, but they would confide to each other, with the air of brokers divulging something hot in the market, the addresses of good restaurants.

Watch: Are You Sure You Want an iPhone?

Photos: Get a sense of what's going on in the streets during the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada:

Travel: Vegas is overrated, but this makes me want to make a trip:

Watch: Hilarious Meltdown in Toronto

Watch: Fluffy McCloud - Something Cute as a Change of Pace

Friday, June 25, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, June 25, 2010

Good Point: Woven reusable bags are an environmentally friendly approach to shopping, but an estimated 97% of users are rarely or never washing them, leading to "whopping amounts" of bacteria, including E. Coli. [AOL News]

Laugh: Twitter Round-Up

@ConanOBrien 11 years between “Toy Story’s” and 7 months between “Twilight’s.” By that measure, the “Jonah Hex” sequel should be out in 3 days.
@michaelianblack Today’s headline: North Korea out of World Cup. Tomorrow’s headline: North Korean Soccer Team Dead.
@boburnham miley cyrus, your dance moves pale in comparison to the moves of the dead feminists rolling in their graves.
@azizansari No idea why carne asada is trending on Twitter in LA, but if BP fucked up carne asada some how, I’m gonna be fucking PISSED

Watch: Pinberry the Musical in 3D

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't Eat: Looks like my Subway days are over (I'd have it every couple months in a pinch. I prefer making my own sandwiches anyways).

Drink: The World Cup What to Drink: While Watching the World Cup

Swim: Who wants to swim with me 55 stories over the city of Singapore?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don't Eat: Arizona restaurant serving lion meat burgers. "Cameron Selogie says his Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa has received a bomb threat and more than 150 e-mails from protesters. He says African lions are on the protected list, but not endangered." Ohhh.... they are only on the protected list, not the endangered list. In that case, can I get fries with that? Ridiculous. 

List: Best Indie Albums: 1970s-2000s

Learn from Others' Mistakes: Three Lessons from the McChrystal Controversy:

1. Know who you are talking to. Reporters have track records. A good public affairs officer will know that record and provide you with articles with highlighted quotes. 
2. Establish ground rules. If you have an embedded reporter, you need to say something like, anything you hear inside my tent is off the record until you check it with us. This goes triple for any event involving alcohol.
3. Reporters doing one-off profiles for magazines such as Rolling Stone and Esquire have less invested in a continuing relationship than do beat reporters covering the war for newspapers and newsmagazines. That doesn't mean you should avoid one-off reporters, but it does mean that they have no incentive to establish and maintain a relationship of trust over weeks and months of articles.

Don't Eat:  Friendly's Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger Melt. That doesn't even look appetizing


Monday, June 21, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, June 21, 2010

Read: Modern Library's Top 100 Novels, plus readers' picks.

What?: Medical Marijuana lollipops were for sale along the Laker parade route today.

Anticipate: I'm digging this poster for the upcoming Facebook movie. I'm mostly excited about the film because the screenplay was written by one of my favorite writers Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Sports Night, A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson's War, The American President, etc...).

Don't Eat: Rainbow Bacon: Gross or delicious? I'm going with gross & unnecessary.

Watch: Awesome mash-up of scenes from Kubrick & Scorsese films

Watch: See How Much Salt Savoy Restaurant Uses on their Duck

HOLY SALT! How Savoy Restaurant Salt Bakes Local Duck for Flavor from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, June 17, 2010

Movies: Anyone looking forward to Toy Story 3? From the reviews I've read, it's well-done, but lacks heart. Heart is what made me like the first two so much. So I'm split. Wait for DVD maybe?

So True: Great list of 10 Restaurant Concepts that Don't Mean Anything Anymore. Examples: Gastropub, Farm to Table, Upscale Comfort Food, etc...
Watch: BP Spills Coffee

Web Comic: What It's Like to be an Apple product owner. Plus Cupidtino: a dating site for Apple lovers.

Design: Pretty cool idea. A French press travel mug.

What?: "Wonderful fake trend alert: Ethnic Frensing: the removal of all people of a certain group from your Facebook, etc." (Via)

Sleep: My coworker Tracey informed me that our company is seriously missing out by not having these sleep pods that Google HQs has. Would you want to take a nap in these at work?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recipe: 10 Reasons to Eat Salad for Dinner Once a Week, plus an Inauthentic Asian Salad recipe

Recipe: Speaking of recipes, here is a recipe for Squid with Swiss Chard that I cooked last night. I had never cooked squid before, but after seeing it at Liborio (a great hispanic market downtown), I decided to give a shot with a modified version of this recipe that I had saved away.

Some fun:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Laugh: Best Soccer .gifs. These are excellent.

Local News: CA Gubernatorial Republican nominee Meg Whitman has written another $20-million check to her campaign -- bringing her personal contribution total to $91 million.

News: Do you think the recent announcement that Afghanistan has an estimated trillion dollars worth of untapped minerals will be a boon to the country or a curse? The Economist has this to say:
"It seems to me that the best Afghanistan can hope for is to become Saudi Arabia or Kazakhstan. The worst that could happen is that it becomes Congo. Given its ethnic, security, and human-development-index profile, the Congo scenario looks more likely. The wild card, of course, is this:
American officials fear resource-hungry China will try to dominate the development of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, which could upset the United States, given its heavy investment in the region. After winning the bid for its Aynak copper mine in Logar Province, China clearly wants more, American officials said."
 UCLA Professor Mark Kleiman's take:
"Mineral wealth is a blessing to rich, well-governed countries. To poor, ill-governed countries, it’s a curse, reinforcing the culture of corruption. Worst of all is mineral wealth in the midst of civil war: it can both finance and motivate insurgency. So the claimed discovery of a trillion dollars’ worth of minerals in Afghanistan is the opposite of good news. What puzzles me is who in the U.S. government thought it advantageous to get this story out now, and why."

List: 10 Ways to Support the War Effort. These include: Send letters and packages to deployed service members and units, don't do drugs, ask Congress to pass a real and meaningful national service act, etc... The most interesting one is:
"Ask Congress to pass a 'War or Patriot Tax' à la Thomas Friedman. When people feel the financial pinch of the war they will connect with the war effort. More importantly, they will be helping to attack the financial infrastructure of our worst enemies by stimulating alternative energy development and dropping demand."
News: Check out this sweet interactive graphic of how much money members of Congress have invested in areas they regulate. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, June 14, 2010

Did You Know: North Korea

1. North Korea has the world's fourth-largest standing army (1.1 million)
2. 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth Kim Jong Il's father, the revered Kim Il Sung
3. Kim Jong Il will officially be 70 in 2012
4. North Korea’s GDP per head is about 6% that of South Korea’s
5. The South Korean central bank has put the cost of reunification of the two countries as high as $900 billion over four decades
6. Following the evidence that a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, on March 26th with the loss of 46 sailors’ lives, South Korea has responded by shutting off the South’s sea lanes to North Korean ships, halting much of the $1.7 billion in inter-Korean trade and reintroducing propaganda broadcasts hurled at the north
7. Famine led to the deaths of some 1m people, or nearly 5% of the population, in the 1990s
8. Some missionaries, even American ones, are allowed in and out of the country, provided they do not evangelise.

Source: The Economist

Consider: Steven Levitt of "Freakonomics" fame shares similar views as me about health care reform challenges:
"A reasonable health care reform would shift the incentives so that when I go and get expensive health care, I pay enough of the costs to get me to think twice about whether the benefits outweigh the costs. It makes sense to have catastrophic coverage. That's the idea behind insurance: When someone is unlucky, you don't want that to ruin their life financially. But we as a society often will spend vast sums at the end of a life trying to keep someone alive for an extra month. It's not something society likes to talk about, but I think people should face a tradeoff: Do I want my mother to live another week, or do I want to have enough money to send my kids to college?"
Watch: A video postcard from one man's visit to Shanghai. The second half does a good job of showing some street food I enjoyed while I was there.

Watch: Only have a minute? Then check out this video of Shanghai in one minute

Watch: The Care Bears are Back, and They Aren't Taking any Prisoners

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm back from China. I'll try to blog about it in the coming weeks.

Watch: This Video Makes Me Miss Venice

Listen: Japandroids - "Younger Us"

Consider: I first started thinking more seriously about urban renewal at the World Expo in Shanghai, courtesy of a ridiculous video at the USA pavilion. Despite a lot of "WTF?" moments, it was fairly inspiring. These pictures of urban renewal by Dutch artists in Brazil keeps the idea burning in my mind and heart.

Watch: Beck and Friends Cover "New Sensation" by INXS

Friday, May 21, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, May 21, 2010

No blogging for the next two weeks since I will be exploring Beijing and Shanghai. I'm excited to take a ton of pictures with my new camera, eat a lot of new cuisine, and just take in the sights and sounds with a few buddies. 

Laugh: How to Ace a Job Interview

Watch: Summary of the show Lost. Series finale is on Sunday, while I am in China. It's going to be hard not to let someone spoil it for me before I get a chance to watch it when I get back.

'Lost' audio: Garnett explains the island to 'Big Baby'.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, May 20, 2010

What?: Nicolas Cage on How He Chooses What to Eat: "I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex. I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds. But pigs, not so much. So I don't eat pig meat or things like that. I eat fish and fowl."

Anticipate: Who Wants to See the Beatles Zombie movie opening night with me?

Listen: Pitchfork's Perfect 10 albums.

Watch: My New Favorite Web Series "Munchies." Watch chefs get drunk or high and take you on a tasting tour. Episodes include David Chang of Momofuku and the chefs of Animal (cameo's of people like Aziz Ansari)

Watch: The best commercial I've seen in a long time

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Read: Haute Stoner Cuisine (NYT)
"Roy Choi, who owns the fleet of Kogi Korean taco trucks in Los Angeles, likens the culinary culture that has grown up around marijuana to the one that rose up around theGrateful Dead years ago. Then, people who attended the band’s shows got high and shared live music. Now, people get high and share delicious, inventive and accessible food."

Drool: Vegetables with Guest Chef Jeremy Fox at Animal Restaurant

Laugh: If Summer Movies Posters were Honest

Debate: What do you think of Your Open Book where you can search people's Facebook statuses?

Watch: Singer Kate Nash

Monday, May 17, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, May 17, 2010

So True: "Not Very Good Album Takes A Little While To Get Into" (The Onion)
"After a number of close listenings, local resident Brian Mott was finally able to get into a music album that is really not very good at all, sources reported Tuesday. "At first, it was kind of hard to penetrate, but now that I've heard the whole thing like six or seven times, I'm really starting to dig it," said Mott, who decided to stick with the utterly unimpressive record, and not be put off by the fact that it was, by any account, underwhelming at best. "It's definitely not for everyone, that's for sure." According to sources, Mott then went back to enjoying the overall crappy album by staring straight ahead for 43 minutes and furrowing his brow in intense concentration."

Watch: Important PSA on How to Give CPR

Watch: This political ad was love at first sight

Friday, May 14, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, May 14, 2010

News: Kagan, New York, and "the Heartland"

Read: "This leads to a tendency to under-acknowledge when politicians are doing a reasonably good job. To be clearer: I think at the moment I and other bloggers are failing to credit politicians for paying a fair amount of attention to the issues that are, in fact, the most pressing ones of our times. If you look back to the 1990s or the 1980s, you'll find the nation's agenda was clogged up with a lot of rather ridiculous fluff. We had constitutional amendments to ban flag-burning. We had lawyers parsing the gender-harassment implications of jokes about pubic hairs on Cokes. (Yes, in retrospect I'm afraid that all seems a bit silly now. Sorry, Anita.) In legislative terms, the second presidential terms of both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were essentially dead-in-the-water partisan standoffs, with public discourse channeled into scandals and distractions.

In contrast, take a look at what's on the congressional agenda this term. Universal health-care coverage. Systemic financial reform to prevent the recurrence of a global meltdown. Climate-change legislation. You may not like the solutions Congress is coming up with on any of these issues, but you have to concede that these are the great issues of our time. They were the great issues of our time five years ago, too, but we weren't doing anything about them. Now we are. To a large extent, that's because looming disaster has forced them onto the agenda; America could afford to dither in the 1990s because things were going pretty well. But I think it's worth acknowledging that our political system is not entirely screwed up at the moment. Congress may or may not be doing a good job of solving the great problems facing our nation, but at least it's paying attention." (Economist)

Watch: "The charming short film "Pixels," in which various classic arcade game characters destroy New York City, has been picked up by Adam Sandler's company for a full-length version—a "'Ghostbusters'-style action comedy." (Awl)

Watch: "Gorgeous timelapse video of Eyjafjallajökull set to the music of Sigur Rós vocalist jónsi. By Sean Stiegemeier." (Via)

Watch: Spiderman Reboot

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Did You Know: Supreme Court Justices:
If Elana Kagan is confirmed,
1. All 9 justices will have studied law at either Harvard or Yale
2. There will be six Catholics and two Jews, and zero Protestants
3. 4 of the 5 Burroughs of New York will be represented
4. "Justice Stephen Breyer recused himself from the [Monsanto GMO] case because Charles Breyer, the lower court judge, is his brother. Notably, Justice Clarence Thomas, who was once a lawyer for Monsanto, did not recuse himself."

Analysis: Great take on the Hyundai car ads that attack young drivers.

Tweet of the Week: DougBensonI wish GLEE had a weekly results show. #iwannavotesomeoneoff

Watch: Sing Talk (Tik Tok Ke$ha parody)

Watch: Techno Dog

Friday, May 7, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Laugh: Defrost the Chicken!

Anticipate: 25 Albums that Paste (and I) are looking forward to this summer.

Unecessary but Cool: A Google map of all the places mentioned in Mountain Goats songs.

Laugh: Top 20 "Shit My Dad Says" Quotes

List: Artists that are technically one-hit wonders. Examples:

  1. Weezer - "Beverly Hills"
  2. Jimi Hendrix - "All Along the Watchtower"
  3. Blink 182 - "All the Small Things" (my least fav. Blink song)
  4. White Stripes - "Icky Thump"
  5. Garth Brooks - "Lost in You"
    More including: Ben Folds Five, Beck, Janis Joplin, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Rush, Norah Jones, Grateful Dead, etc...

Grill: 5 Grilling Tips from Chef de Cuisine at Wolfgang's Cut:

  1. Light the briquettes at least one hour before you expect to grill.
  2. Season meat at least one hour ahead of cooking. 
  3. Allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking.
  4. Before you start cooking, make sure that you have a gradient of heat, Start cooking the food that will take the longest first, Start cooking your meat on high heat first
  5. Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes after you pull it off of the grill
Watch: The Curse of NBA Jam
The Curse Of NBA Jam

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Round-Up: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Learn: 13 Facts about Cinco de Mayo

Drink: Google Map of LA Weekly's Top 50 Happy Hours

Eat: Is Chef Ludo the Chef of the Future? Time seems to think so.

List: 6 Things about Disneyland They Didn't Want You to Know

Listen: Stream the new Dead Weather album on NPR.

Cook: I've been hoping to have a sushi-making party, and this Bittman article is pretty helpful.

Watch: This 30-minute short film by Spike Jonze about robots in love in LA.

Watch: Grammar Nazis

Watch: The Inner Monologue of Conan O'Brien in his 60 Minutes Interview

Monday, May 3, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, May 3, 2010

Drink: 10 Things Learned from Beer Chicks @ Beer School

Politics: Read about the young staffers in the West Wing. "The Obama campaign, one young West Wing staff member said, was a romantic 'crush' full of jitters, firsts and ups and downs. Governing, on the other hand, 'is like the way you love your girlfriend' — meaningful, but often more taxing and frustrating."

Drink: IPA Recommendations

Shop Locally: Tips for Shopping at a Farmer's Market. Also, find a Farmer's Market near you.

Dine: Top 50 Restaurants in the World (LA got zero = robbed).

Grilled Cheese Invitational Food Porn

Design: What do you think of these redesigns of our currency?

Eat: I love sandwiches. Can't wait to eat all of these.

Debate: NYT: Is high-fructose corn syrup worse for you than regular sugar?

Watch: Conan on 60 Minutes

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