Saturday, June 30, 2007
That morning, 24 hours after Paris Hilton was released from a California jail, Us Weekly, the magazine I edit, made headlines for its decision to ban Hilton coverage from its current issue...
What I was unprepared for, however, was the apparent banning of Bush coverage from CNN. That day, as the Senate judiciary committee issued subpoenas to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office, the Justice Department, and the National Security Council in its investigation of the wiretapping scandal, the cable news network that bills itself as "the most trusted name in news" chose instead to devote two prime-time hours to the woman widely credited for inspiring Britney Spears to not wear underpants...
But I get it. I understand why Paris Hilton trumps interest in Bush's eavesdropping, whether or not she's on the cover of Us Weekly. The Paris story may be getting old, but the Bush one feels even older.
--Janice Min, Slate, on Paris vs. W.
--Ezra Dyer, NYT, on not embarrassing yourself back into midlife crisis
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
--Grady Hendrix, Slate, on the Jewish contribution to ninjas in American pop culture
Sunday, June 24, 2007
“We tasted it, and horse sushi was pretty good,” he recalled. “It was soft, easy to bite off, had no smell.”
If worse comes to worst, he said, he could always try horse and deer again. The only drawback he remembered was customers objecting to red meat in the glass display case on the counter of his sushi bar.
--Martin Fackler, NYT, on responses to the growing tuna shortage
A couple fall in love and get married. To properly regulate their emotions thereafter, they get a prescription for a few months of "being in love" drugs and use them to enjoy their honeymoon and the beginning of their marriage. Being in love is too intense an emotion for the long term, so they then switch to the "long term attachment" prescription. Later, as their schedules permit, they temporarily switch back in order to experience a second, third, fourth honeymoon...
The new drugs provide a new option—choice of mate not by either our parents or our hormones but by our reason. You employ some suitable search strategy to find a woman who is well suited to be your wife and will think you well suited to be her husband. Once the marriage contract is signed, the final step in the ceremony is for both of you to take your love drugs. You look deep into her eyes ... .
--David Friedman on an implication of advances in psych drugs
Saturday, June 23, 2007
For a good deep-fried olive, for instance, head to the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona where deep-fried strawberries and avocados can also be sampled. The San Diego County Fair offers squid on a stick and deep-fried alligator. In Florida, deep-fried pickle slices are called Frickles. Or head to the Texas State Fair where a visionary named Abel Gonzales Jr. was able to create deep-fried Coke last year by mixing soda pop into the batter and then covering the result with cola syrup, cinnamon-sugar, whipped cream and a cherry. (Mr. Gonzales had won the fair’s top taste award the year before, as well, for a deep-fried peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich.)...
No slight to Texas, but it is the Minnesota State Fair that may well be the epicenter of stick and hot-oil cuisine. Spaghetti-and-meatballs on a stick. Deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies. Alligator sausage on a stick. Deep-fried cheese curds. Pork chops on a stick. Wild rice corndogs. Pizza on a stick. Deep-fried chocolate chip cookies on a stick. Grapes. Pineapples. Both honeydew and cantaloupe melons.
--Rick Lyman, NYT, on the greatness of deep frying
--Tim Harford, Slate, on the power of Asian stinginess
Friday, June 22, 2007
At the same time, the Hiltons had concluded an agreement with People magazine for the first exclusive post-release interview with Ms. Hilton in print. The magazine had agreed to pay a fee, reported to be $300,000, for photographs of Ms. Hilton’s homecoming from jail...
Whatever understandings were in place with any of the media outlets, all of them, including People’s deal for print rights, came apart Thursday night after a spokesman for the Hilton, Michael Sitrick, released a statement saying that Paris Hilton would not receive payment of any kind for the interview or for what he called “collateral material,” like the photos or videos.
“I don’t think it was playing tonally the way the way the Hiltons wanted it to play,” said one of the executives involved in the negotiations. “They decided it looked bad asking for this money so they just pulled out of everything.”
--Bill Carter, NYT, on quick reversals
Thursday, June 21, 2007
An actual amount was not discussed, but Ms. Walters told ABC that based on her previous conversations with the Hilton representatives, she believed that the offer from NBC surpassed $750,000.
--Bill Carter, NYT, on the most lucrative 3-week jail sentence ever
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
--Thomas Crampton, NYT, on false dangers
Friday, June 15, 2007
But today, getting ingredients is no longer an issue. Instead, the principal obstacle to improving Chinese fare here is the difficulty of getting visas for skilled workers since 9/11. Michael Tong, head of the Shun Lee restaurant group in New York, has said that opening a major Chinese restaurant in America is next to impossible because it can take years to get a team of chefs from China. Chinese restaurateur Alan Yau planned to open his first New York City restaurant last year but was derailed because he was unable to get visas for his chefs...
Imagine, if you will, what it would be like to discover for the first time Memphis-style barbecue, New York deli food, soul food and Creole, Tex-Mex, Southwestern, California and Hawaiian cuisines all at once. Eating food prepared by an influx of Chinese chefs would be like opening up a culinary time capsule.
When authentic Chinese cuisines reach our shores, we can expect a revolution in ingredients and styles that will change the way we prepare food for years to come.
--Tim and Nina Zagat, NYT, dissing General Tso's Chicken
Thursday, June 14, 2007
--Wikipedia on the cheerio effect
CASTING CALL IN
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IS HOLDING AN OPEN CASTING CALL FOR THE FEATURE FILM
“COLLEGE ROAD TRIP”, A FAMILY COMEDY
STARRING MARTIN LAWRENCE
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IN THE NEW HAVEN AND
SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2007
THE LITTLE THEATRE
Screen Actors Guild members 10am – 12 noon All others 1pm – 4pm
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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, COLLEGE STUDENTS AND FACULTY
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“Yes, a little.”
“We have one book in the Writers Union translated from America.”
“Which is that?”
“Jonathan Seagull. But so far it is only available to Union members, not the public.” ...
I was astounded by the ignorance of this writer facing me across the soda pop and the apples and candy on this lovely afternoon, until an old joke about the English passed through my mind, the one about the London headline: “Dense Fog—Continent Isolated.” How many Chinese writers did I know, free as I was to read anything? And had he not a better right than I to provincial sequestration when there were going on one billion Chinese, a quarter of the human race, while there were only two hundred million or so Americans? In fact, he had more compatriots than the populations of Europe, Russia, and half of India combined. Who was the provincial?
I thought about this a long time and decided that he was.
--Arthur Miller, March 1979 Atlantic Monthly, on who is really at the center of the world
Monday, June 11, 2007
It’s no secret that the cast and crew of “Indiana Jones 4” will be traveling to New Haven, Conn. to shoot a sequence for one of the most anticipated films of Steven Spielberg’s career, and now’s your chance to be a part of the action!
The production is holding an open casting call for extras to appear in a sequence where Indy tears through campus on a motorcycle (along Chapel Street in New Haven). The call, organized by Billy Dowd Casting, will be held on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 at the Omni Hotel at Yale between 1 p.m.-9 p.m. both days.
You must be 18 years or older, and you must bring a headshot with you to the casting call. (Photos will not be returned, so make sure that it’s not your only copy.) Filming of the New Haven sequence will take place between June 28 and July 7.
--SpielbergFilms.com on your chance at 1.5 seconds of fame
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
If things keep going the way they are, Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University and Robert J. Scherrer of Vanderbilt University calculate, in 100 billion years the only galaxies left visible in the sky will be the half-dozen or so bound together gravitationally into what is known as the Local Group, which is not expanding and in fact will probably merge into one starry ball.
Unable to see any galaxies flying away, those astronomers will not know the universe is expanding and will think instead that they are back in the static island universe of Einstein. As the authors, who are physicists, write in a paper to be published in The Journal of Relativity and Gravitation, “observers in our ‘island universe’ will be fundamentally incapable of determining the true nature of the universe.” ...
[Future cosmologists] will puzzle about why the visible universe seems to consist of six galaxies, Dr. Krauss said. “What is the significance of six? Hundreds of papers will be written on that,” he said.
--Dennis Overbye, NYT, on the grim future in a universe where Jesus doesn't return to establish the new heavens and the new earth