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June, 2010 Monthly archive

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Airplanes, Part II (feat. Eminem & Hayley Williams of Paramore)

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I’ve been awake for the last 12 hours.

Seriously.

If you have a PS3 and you haven’t played this yet, you’re just silly.

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In the vein of keeping this discussion on technology going, I wanted to bring up an article I read in The New Yorker a few weeks back that raised some interesting questions about the limits of technology in solving certain global challenges.

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Here’s more.

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Check out this lady I came across over the weekend on my way Cougar Mountain for a hike. The second I saw her I couldn’t believe my eyes. Also, not shown in this photo is another wheelchair bound crazy granny who had an eye patch blazing the trail for her compatriot. Classic.

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…but totally wishing I was in New Orleans.

(Yeah, this is totally after watching the most recent episode of Tremé.)

(Also, making Gumbo tonight!)

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… [Some] researchers compare the lure of digital stimulation less to that of drugs and alcohol than to food and sex, which are essential but counterproductive in excess.

The New York Times Science section has an in-depth article about the ups and downs of our our increasingly technological lifestyles.  Someone over there must be getting their daily dose of Juice!

Much of the story is told by following a slice of the life of Mr. Kord Campbell, a 43 year old family man, software developer, entrepreneur, and gadget user.  It’s a good read. Here it is.

[UPDATE: An earlier version of this post listed Mr. Campbell's first name as "Thomas", which is his given name]

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No mention of JTB (this one or that one), but it looks like fun:

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…Seriously.  And it doesn’t look it will be disappointing either, such as that other documentary based off some other internet video fad .

I TOTALLY FUCKED UP EDIT: It’s not entirely a double post, but this is pretty damned close.  Chad totally brought this up over a year ago, and I totally forgot about it, so sorry Chad.

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I referenced this in my last post, but I think it deserves its own.  Enter: nostalgia.

URTV Hour of Power 1: TV Show Intros from Power Hour HQ on Vimeo.

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This post is inspired by BLin’s previous post… it’s nice to hear people talk a bit about the benefits of local produce and sweet, sweet jam. The topic of food shipment brings up a good opportunity to talk about the homogenization of supermarket produce sections (yay!). Not only do suppliers pick fruit early (and use chemicals to delay/instigate fruit ripening), but they also choose breeds that are more tolerant to traveling conditions; breeds that have long shelf lives, are resistant to damage, and are able to retain some remnants of flavor when ripened en route instead of in vivo. Add that to the fact that suppliers also choose cultivars which produce near factory-quality visual consistency (color, size, shape), and the sum total is a bland and watery crate of tomatos. I used to hate tomatoes until a friend gave me some of his own homegrown heirloom beefsteak and cherry tomatoes — it was an epiphany.  I was biting into an entirely different food.

I believe this is a symptom of mass consumerism in American food culture; consumers value consistent appearance, practicality, and predictability over flavor.  It’s true that sometimes flavors offend… not everybody has the same tastes. But the more we try to please everybody, the more we please nobody, a problem which is clearly portrayed in American beers (wait, hear me out!).

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Fruit trees are somewhat ubiquitous in suburban America.  Chances are, in any given neighborhood, someone is bound to have a fruit tree or two.  Unfortunately what is equally as ubiquitous is letting all the fruit from these home fruit trees fall off the tree and rot.  This is a shame.

At some point in the not too distant past, everyone seemed to have decided that canning was a strangely laborious process that was not worth the effort.  I’m puzzled by this.  Compared to making a meringue, or even roasting a chicken, I think that canning comes out as something fairly easy, and it becomes especially easy when we’re talking about fruit.

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This commercial was made using the original Star Wars cantina footage. Amazing stuff!

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