I encounter the Q problem whenever I play against the computer (side note to EA: the new iPhone Scrabble app stinks! I want to de-update mine)
Without giving away too much, I will note that this chart proves my childhood strategy to be correct
Fantastic, fascinating analysis of the increasingly loud (and, as a result, less dynamic) music mixes. This is what a generation of earbud heaphones and mp3 compression has wrought. It's not wrong, either–try listening to Zeppelin on an iPod outside and see how hard it is–but it is making music less compelling in important ways. Check out Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer" for a great Exhibit A in contemporary mixing technique
Obligatory joke: George W. Bush can't even pen a book, he has to make it a list
Confirmed: whoopie pies from the Lancaster, Pa., farmer's market are terrific
Lordy lordy, he did it again. Paul is amazing.
There's an off-color joke in here somewhere (I kid! I kid! My wife is 3/4 Polish!)
whoa 1982 hi
In the movie "Strange Days" Ralph Fiennes' character's voice mail asks, "What's on your mind?" I tried it on my answering machine for awhile and got complaints that it was freaking people out
Yes, that's about right
Sometimes I wonder, as I pursue (gradually) healthier eating habits and begin shopping for food for my son, whether buying “natural” foods makes a difference. I’m fairly progressive, but I’ve never fallen hard for organic foods or shied away from processed sweets. The difference doesn’t always shout out at me.
And then I read some labels.
Consider the ingredients in the Skippy peanut butter in my kitchen. I grew up with Skippy, my wife eats Skippy, it’s peanut butter! But take a peek at the ingredient list, reprinted verbatim:
Corn syrup solids
Hydrogenated vegetable oils to prevent separation
Mono and diglycerides
I always assumed, well, that’s how peanut butter is made, right? But then I got into Cream-Nut, the old-fashioned peanut butter made in Michigan and purchased at my local Fairway market. Its ingredient list:
The difference is a revelation. So, too, is the nutrition that comes from each–the Skippy has four and a half times as much sodium, two and half times the carbohydrates and four times the sugar.
In fairness, Skippy now makes a Natural line of its own, so this isn’t really about how Unilever is evil. It’s a reminder to myself that the processed foods of the past half-century do, indeed, come from worse places, no matter how good they taste. The current trend away from these foods is a bandwagon I’m going to try to stick with.
I doubt I can do anything to help Nate’s sweet tooth, which I inherited from my grandmother. But at the very least, I can get him hooked on the right kind of peanut butter.
What I learned today: Joe Leeway of the Thompson Twins is now a certified hypnotherapist in California