Friday, January 22, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, Jan. 22

Read: On Friedman & spending money at home vs. abroad.

Listen: It's a little too early to tell, but after a couple of spins, I love the new Los Campesinos album. An early favorite lyrically: "Straight in at 101"

Fun: Boy Meets World & Les Miserables.

What?: The Economist compares McDonald's to Thomas Keller's French Laundry. "The French Laundry and McDonald's may well be America’s two most internationally renowned restaurants. McDonald's has long served as ambassador for American culture and cuisine, while Thomas Keller’s restaurant has more recently reached the pinnacle of Michelin-starred global prominence. But worldwide fame is just the start of their similarities..."

Impress: How to be a superstar bartender

Download: Mp3's of the Top 50 Songs of 2009 according to We All Want Someone to Shout For. 

Abstract: The Economics of Getting Sloshed. "There is a trade-off between the efficiency gains due to the signaling effect and the loss of productivity associated with intoxication"

Eat Less Processed Food: A new study suggests that a national program to reduce dietary salt could cut as much as $24 billion from the national health care budget. [WSJ] "In the current study, researchers found that lowering salt intake by three grams a day would cut new cases of heart disease annually by a third—an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 cases per year—heart attacks by 54,000 to 99,000 cases and strokes by 32,000 to 66,000 cases. It would reduce about 100,000 deaths a year in the U.S."

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