Some fun "book smell" related gift ideas
Some fun "book smell" related gift ideas
I saw this fun little contraption, a "delux adventure matrix," at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Paper Darts event a few weeks ago, and it really brought back memories. Remember Choose Your Own Adventure? The interactive stories on the site are hilarious and you can even submit new ones!
Delicious. I've used this recipe for years now, and it never fails to satisfy. Quick, simple, and tasty. I generally double or triple the amount of balsamic vinegar, though.
I like how one of these "WTF Japan" images is actually an ad for a trendy sushi restaurant in Minneapolis.
Ah, I see. Men are morons! I get it now. Thanks Free Republic! Seriously, why am I stumbling on a decade old piece of unspeakably awful "humor" that should have died years ago in the inbox of my computer illiterate grandfather? I don't normally comment on these, but this one was just too horrible to let pass. No more.
I saw these in downtown Minneapolis earlier today and was pretty amazed. Pretty cool!
I'll need to experiment with it in more detail, but this seems like a very useful resource in planning your commute by bike using the Twin Cities extensive network of bike paths. Now that biking weather has come again, perhaps I will be finding out how well this site maps out bike routes.
This is a greatly interesting and extremely sobering article about the current state of death investigation in the United States. I was surprised and disturbed to learn just how far the slick high tech forensics facilities and crime solvers of pop culture like CSI are from the truth as officials struggle to cope with tight budgets and a lack of qualified candidates. States like Massachusetts and Oklahoma don't even perform autopsies on many suspicious deaths (apparent suicides, persons over 40), leading to what one official described as "murders being missed." Even more disturbing is the lack of political oversight in coroners offices, in which examiners are less than thorough when it comes to the victims of police brutality. Shockingly, one coroner, Minyard of New Orleans, who signed the causes of deaths of many victims of police violence, "believes criticism of coroners is "malarkey" -- in fact, he doesn't believe coroners even need a high-school diploma to do the job.
"Being a good coroner involves a lot more than finding out a cause of death," he said, adding that the key skills are the ability to speak to grieving families and to the media. "It has nothing to do with education. It has to do with you as an individual and the love that you have for your fellow man. And so that's why I say having a coroner who has no education sometimes is better than a medical examiner who has all of the education in the world."
In other words, they do what is "right," not what is factually "correct" in the eyes of science.
A perfect expression of the American tea drinker's lament. I rarely bother to order hot tea in most restaurants (Asian establishments are generally okay) due to, as Hitchens points out, most simply plop down a small assortment of Lipton and a coffee mug of lukewarm tap water and expect you to pay them a dollar fifty or more for the privilege. I'm no tea snob (okay, maybe a bit) but that's just ridiculous, especially in a otherwise great restaurant or coffee shop.
A cool, entertaining hoax!
An amusing blog showcasing the use of "errant" and bizarre "quotations" in signs, notices, and other everyday "English." I have seen a few examples myself, and it is always fun to try to imagine "why" the authors chose to place emphasis on certain random words.
I stumbled on this blog just as I was beginning my own reading of this milestone of world literature. This seems like a great project and a great resource to look at as I too explore the text.
If the authors of this had actually read Pollan's book "The Omnivore's Dilemma," they would realize that he understands well that "big organic" is an industry, and a profitable one at that, that is host to a variety of contradictions and failings. Pollan is certainly no proponent of a "vegan" diet either (slaughtering chickens and hunting in his search for the origin of food) no matter how cool the authors think they are quoting Anthony Bourdain. This smug list illustrates that they really have no clue as to what Pollan's arguments are, only that this "food snob" questions where the corporate controlled food supply comes from, and the economic/ecologic/health cost of cheap "fast food."
An entertaining little short film demonstrating what to do if you've been bitten by a zombie, in one of the many "Improbable Scenarios Leading to the Extinction of Mankind," a little known 1950s public safety series.
A rather odd sounding, unusual mix that actually proves to be a quick and tasty meal. I've tried it several times now, and recommend it for a good twenty minute snack.
A very sad story, told in a beautiful way. Illustrates how an urban legend can form around one person's loneliness in an effort to understand.
Part of the great 2010 Art Shanty project on frozen Medicine Lake, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, I really enjoyed being part of this mini-vacation from the dead of winter to a distant location, at least in the imagination.
I first discovered congee at a traditional Chinese restaurant in Vancouver, and ever since I've craved the smooth, filling dish. Congee is a great comfort food for the cold months, and I'll be having a lot more of it now that I know how to make it!
A treasure trove of period documents from Winona, MN newspapers ranging from the 1850s to 1990s and featuring local, national, and world news. Many interesting tidbits can be found.
A local 'zine from Mankato, Minnesota, with subjects ranging from kitsch movie reviews, to poetry, to slice of life essays. Very well done, I haven't read an issue that did not cause me to smile or think. Well worth the read, particularly for Minnesotans living in college towns.