Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2010

List: Love this list of Hollywood's 15 Worst Kept Secrets. I knew Tim Allen had been in jail, but Oprah had a kid at 14? What?

News: Trader Joe's is going  more sustainable with their seafood after pressure from Greenpeace.

Watch: I read this article about McDonald's opening a $250 million dollar Hamburger University in China that aims to teach students how to run a successful McDonald's franchise. I thought it was kind of amusing. Then I watched the following video that the article linked to and then I proceeded to laugh heartily and feel a little sadness for my country. Enjoy:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, Mar. 29, 2010

Read: Fat Mike of NOFX did an Unplugged-esque set at SXSW as Cokie the Clown. I really want to see a video of the set, but here is a disturbing read of the heavy show. I'd recommend reading a couple of the comments to get additional context.

Click: Great before and after Earth Hour pictures. Make sure to click on the pictures to see the lights fade.

Listen & Download: Mashup of Notorious BIG and the entire xx album

Friday, March 26, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, Mar. 26, 2010

Eat: I'm finally going to have dim-sum for the first time this Sunday, and this WSJ article made me even more excited. Be sure to watch the video. Counting down the days until I visit China.

News:  "Critics have, in recent weeks, accused Barack Obama of not treating the war on terrorism as a war, of coddling al-Qaeda detainees, and of picking a fight with Israel. In a short message released today to al-Jazeera, Osama bin Laden (or someone pretending to be him accurately enough to fool al-Jazeera) accuses Mr Obama of...escalating the war in Afghanistan, mistreating al-Qaeda prisoners and "supporting Israel's occupation of our land Palestine". He threatens to kill Americans in response. It's all in where you sit." - Democracy in America

Infographic: Timeline of Health Care Reform 2010-2018

Laugh: Abott & Costello Get an HIV Test webcomic

Watch: Medley of TV Theme Songs

Watch: I've Been Watching Way Too Much Funny or Die Today

Watch: Serious Problem Associated with Spring Break

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010

Read: Why it Isn't Unethical for the Dems to Pass the Reportedly Unpopular Health Care Bill

News: Red light cameras appear to be costing LA more money than they bring in.

Read about Health Care Reform:
1. Economist has a good basic summary (as they always do)
2. UCLA Professor Andy Sabl has a very interesting look at the grassroots effort behind it
3. A more in-depth look by the Economist America blog at what the bill does (with a focus on redistribution of care)
4. Two cool pictures telling the story of the debate.

Nutrition: A new study about how high-fructose corn syrup is worse for you than regular sugar.

Listen: Hipster Tracks: See what hipsters are currently listening to. You can also stream the new MGMT album on their site.

Consider: Do you think the media has a bias towards the status-quo? I never thought about it until I saw Mark Kleiman write about it, but I think it rings true.

Eat: 10,000 Pound Rice Krispy Treat

Laugh: An RA's Brain, Too Hot and Two Cold genius, and a story about a rectum wanting to be in charge.

Watch: This futuristic device would be awesome.

Watch: Beastie Boys vs. Battlestar Galactica Mashup

Monday, March 22, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, Mar. 22, 2010

What?: Tiger Woods Sexts Paired with Pictures of Kittens

Laugh: Rep. Alan Graylson (D-Fl) Gaves a Verbal Spanking to Sarah Palin after Palin took a few shots at him.

Architecture: I'm really liking Frank Gehry's latest building in Vegas.

Laugh: High-brow Calvinism webcomic, and a low-brow Russian Doll webcomic

Cook: Brown Rice, Lentil, and Spinach Soup. I might make this for a party if I throw another one of those soonish.

Travel: Top 15 California Destinations

Watch: You may remember me posting a video of a Ben Folds sounding guy doing a live Chatroulette song. While, Ben Folds does one of his own in tribute.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Round-Up: Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010

Cook: When I feel like cooking something more complicated, I might have to try this halibut recipe from Providence chef-owner Michael Cimarusti (who cooked one of the more memorable meals I've had)

Drink: 10 Things Not to Do When Ordering Wine

List: Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

Watch: What if Nightmare Before Christmas Centered on St. Patrick's Day Instead?

Watch: Ben Folds-sounding guy improvises songs on Chatroulette.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, Mar. 15, 2010

News: San Francisco is the second craziest city behind Cincinnati. Los Angeles is #26
"While L.A. ranked in the top five in eccentricity, our low psychiatrist density and our low drinking level (53rd out of 57!) drove us toward the middle of the pack of the nation's craziest." My guess is that we drink less because drinking a lot is nearly impossible because of the need to drive everywhere.

Dine: Best Sandwiches in Los Angeles & 10 Things to Eat to Hollywood Farmer's Market

Laugh: Posture webcomic, Iraq Voting comic, Toyota Pedal comic, CSPAN comic,

Bake: Irish Car Bomb Filled Cupcakes (Check out the pictures, they look quite fun & tasty)

Watch: Toby from The Office Snaps

Watch: Another Terrible (& funny) CA Campaign Spot (Fiorina going after Sen. Boxer's CA Seat)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, Mar. 12, 2010

Read: Ruling coalition in Israel is fighting over a proposed path to easing conversion to Judaism. And it sounds like it can get pretty petty: “When I die, I’ll go straight to heaven just for having pushed through this bill,” says David Rotem, chairman of parliament’s law committee and a member of Yisrael Beitenu (meaning “Israel is our home”). “I don’t know where opponents of the bill will go.” Ultra-Orthodox members, apparently confident of their place in heaven, protested. A member of the Labour party, another coalition partner, said that if the ultra-Orthodox were in heaven he would rather not go there."

Listen: Stream the Pavement Retrospective

Download: Mixes by UK Mashup artist Kleptone

Watch: Insane Lady Gaga Video

Watch: I saw Manchester Orchestra play two shows at the Troubadour this week, and they confirmed my belief that they are one of the best live bands

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

Eat Healthy: Diet Foods that Make You Fat. Some of these are somewhat obvious (beware of many smoothies, granolas, etc...) but some were surprising (avoid fat-free salad dressing).

Laugh: Honest Movie Posters from this year's Oscars. Love it.

Read: More intelligent things being said about health care reform.

List: 50 Weird Things about the Human Body

Waste Time: Ten Word Wiki. Example: Pulp Fiction - "Tarantino’s critical success, like listening to an audiobook on shuffle."

Laugh: How to Write a Rom-Com. Step 4: Popular Songs Used in Painfully Literal Ways.
"Again, you’re not painting the Sistine Chapel here.  You’re basically rubbing a dog’s tummy.  You know what the dumb animals like, just give it them (no offense to actual, cuddly puppies). And what the dumb animals like is songs they know, delivered in ways they understand.  Therefore, when the couple has sex the first time, you need “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner (actual example from Valentine’s Day, btw); when she learns to stand up for herself, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (Bridget Jones Diary — Notice that the link is in Italian and yet you can still tell exactly what’s going on?  Perfect); when he sets off alone on a journey, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.  You might be thinking, wait, if he’s taking a journey, why not a Journey song?  No.  You’re being creative again, stop that.  Besides, it’s not literal enough.  The lyrics in the song have to perfectly match what the people onscreen are doing. That way even the stupidest moron in the audience can say, “Oh, I totally get why they’re playing that song!”  If you want to use Journey, you’ll need “When the Lights Go Down in the City” while lights are actually going down in the city.  Go ahead, you can even have that one."

Watch: 5 second films

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010

Watch: Rip! A Remix Manifesto. I used part of this great documentary in the music industry class I taught. Now the whole thing is finally online for streaming. Check it out and learn about the history of copyright, remix culture such as artists like Girl Talk, and efforts by the music industry to resist change.

List: 10 Foods With Potentially Misleading Names

Chart: What Does a Big-Mac Cost More than a Salad?

Watch: Joanna Newsom Perform on Fallon (Also take a look at the lyrics on the right)

Listen: Jenny Lewis Covers the Traveling Wilbury's with some help from her friends. Jenny Lewis singing George Harrison's part, Ben Gibbard singing Roy Orbinson's part , M.Ward doing Tom Petty's, and Conor Oberst taking on Bob Dylan's.

Watch: I can't believe Insane Clown Posse is still around. I thought they were long gone, but then a friend mentioned "juggalos" to me and now ABC Nightline just did a story on them. Reminds me of my research on the link between violence and video games. Maybe I should quote Violent J in my research.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Round-Up: Monday, Mar. 8, 2010

Listen: White Stripes concert from their new documentary

Bake: It's Girl Scout Cookie season, but here's a recipe to make your own Thin Mints (support the Girls though and buy something anyway).

Study: Humans can taste fat, sensitivity to the taste may affect what and how much they eat.

Read: Comparison of new Oscar voting & alternative ways of holding US elections.

Stream: Pavement retrospective gets a 10.0 on Pitchfork. Stream it and enjoy a great 90s band.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Round-Up: Friday, March 5, 2010

Listen: King Charles - "Love Lust"

Read: Printing Organs

Eat: How to Cook and Eat Artichokes

Laugh: Exchange between Chef/Author/TV Show Host Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Bourdain: “I kind of want to put a bag on my head … Every once in a while I’ll try to be in disguise and I’ll order that stuff. It’s a very shameful dirty thing — it’s like going into a porn shop. Not that you’ve ever done that.”
Ripert: “I’ve never been there … I don’t even know what they serve.”
Bourdain: “Really? You’ve never been to see the Colonel?”
Ripert: “No. No.”
Bourdain: “You’ve never been so stoned or so drunk that you staggered into the Colonel?”
Ripert: “I have been very stoned and very drunk, but I’ve never been that bad.”

Bake: Orange Walnut Whole Wheat Scones & Sweet Potato Pecan Cupcakes (Made these recently. So good. I didn't do frosting, however, so it was more like a muffin).

Chart: Worldwide Comparison of Retirement Age vs. Life Expectancy

Listen: The Shimmer - "No Surprise at All"

Watch: Parts One and Two of the Ed Hardy Boyz. I actually Saw Kick Kroll (Bobby Bottleservice) do stand-up about a month ago

Watch: Backlash from Judd Apatow - "You're not being the lovable guy from The Office right now"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010

Listen and Learn: NPR Discusses "Rules for Eating" featuring Michael Pollan

Laugh: How to Get Nominated for an Academy Award,  If Restaurants Were Honest,  When Cake Decorating Goes Horribly Horribly Wrong

Read: One of the More Interesting Obituaries You Will Read: Charlie Wilson (Remember his war?)

Search for a New Job: 100 Useful Sites

Drink: 10 Things You Might Not Know about Sake

Listen: NPR Streams a SXSW Playlist with 100 Songs.

News: New York is a Mess. "At this point, only two of the six statewide elected officials, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, were actually elected to the positions they hold."

Stupid News: "A North Carolina congressman has announced new legislation that would put the smiling face of Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill, booting aside Ulysses S. Grant in favor of what Patrick McHenry calls "a modern-day statesman whose presidency transformed our nation’s political and economic thinking." McHenry also points out that Reagan is much more popular than Grant in opinion polls! Democracy in action!" (Via)

Watch: This has made the rounds already, but it's worth a rewatch

Watch: One of the More Solid Daily Show Segments of Late

Watch: Macarons at MacDo

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Round-Up: Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010

Read: "America's Top Bartender" talks about his move to the Edison in Downtown LA. Includes a few recipes.

Read: Female Orgasm, by the Numbers

Learn: Health Care Costs Infographic

Laugh: Internet Sex Moves

View: Cool pictures of breakfast from around the world.
Watch: Learn Everything You Ever Want to About ChatRoulette

Watch: Best Book Trailer Ever?

Watch: Nerd-it-up as the Economist Quickly Discusses the Economic Rise of Asia