Archive for November, 2008
I’m a philosophical naturalist, but if I wasn’t, I’d definitely be a Tarvuist:
Tea sandwiches, in all their pretentious glory:
Pink and green tea sandwiches: egg with capers and smoked pimentón, turkey with a cranberry-pecan-orange zest cream cheese, smoked salmon with cucumber and an herb-infused cream cheese.
Via flickr user Chotda.
Pretty ill color combos available:
I’m not so fond of this economic depression, but I’m loving the strides that people are making to make cultural reference to it.
For instance, one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles, The Edison, is toasting the financial meltdown with a melt-down of their own:
Soup Kitchen Fridays, with complimentary grilled-cheese sandwiches and tomato soup from 5-7PM
And on Thursdays, Depression-era cocktails are given Depression-era prices: 35¢!
Also, Friday December 5th, they’re going to be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the repeal of the Prohibition!
I wish I could teleport myself there every week.
108 W. 2nd St. #101
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The Bororo Indians, a primitive tribe who live along the Vermelho River in the Amazon jungles of Brazil, believe that there is no such thing as a private self. The Bororos regard the mind as an open cavity, like a cave or a tunnel or an arcade, if you will, in which the entire village dwells and the jungle grows. In 1969 José M. R. Delgado, the eminent Spanish brain physiologist, pronounced the Bororos correct. for nearly three millenia, Western philosophers had viewed the self as something unique, something encased inside each person’s skull, so to speak. This inner self had to deal with and learn from the outside world, of course, and it might prove incompetent in doing so. Nevertheless, at the core of one’s self there was presumed to be something irreducible and inviolate. Not so, said Delgado. “Each person is a transitory composite of materials borrowed from the environment.” The important word was transitory, and he was talking not about years but about hours. He cited experiments in which healthy college students lying on beds in well-lit but soundproof chambers, wearing gloves to reduce the sense of touch and translucent goggles to block out specific sights, began to hallucinate within hours. Without the entire village, the whole jungle, occupying the cavity, they had no minds left.
Excerpted from Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.
Now you know:
Turkey meat and drowsiness
One widely-held belief is that heavy consumption of turkey meat (as for example in a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast) results in drowsiness, which has been attributed to high levels of tryptophan contained in turkey. While turkey does contain high levels of tryptophan, the amount is comparable to that contained in most other meats. Furthermore, postprandial Thanksgiving sedation may have more to do with what is consumed along with the turkey, in particular carbohydrates and alcohol, rather than the turkey itself. This is demonstrated in a popular episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld” when characters of the show drug a woman using turkey and alcohol in order to play with her toy collection.
It has been demonstrated in both animal models and in humans] that ingestion of a meal rich in carbohydrates triggers release of insulin. Insulin in turn stimulates the uptake of large neutral branched-chain amino acids (LNAA) but not tryptophan (trp) into muscle, increasing the ratio of trp to LNAA in the blood stream. The resulting increased ratio of tryptophan to large neutral amino acids in the blood reduces competition at the large neutral amino acid transporter resulting in the uptake of tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier into the central nervous system (CNS). Once inside the CNS, tryptophan is converted into serotonin in the raphe nuclei by the normal enzymatic pathway. The resultant serotonin is further metabolised into melatonin by the pineal gland. Hence, these data suggest that “feast-induced drowsiness,” and in particular, the common post-Christmas and American post-Thanksgiving dinner drowsiness, may be the result of a heavy meal rich in carbohydrates which, via an indirect mechanism, increases the production of sleep-promoting melatonin in the brain.
(preface: though Emily is from Spanaway, WA, I’d always thought she was from Oregon like the rest of her close family)
Me (6:01PM): Going out tonight, Em?
Emily (7:18PM): I went down to my parents’ place after work. I wish I could!
Me (7:45PM): OMG ur in Oregon!? Well then ‘G’Day, Mate!‘ Is that what you say down-under, below Washington?
Emily (7:50PM): Indeed! My, this Vegemite is yummy!
Me (7:51PM): OMG on toast?! I love Vegemite. Are there kangaroos jumping around in ur living rm? Be careful of Koala bears, they look cute but they’re secretly plotting to kill humans.
Emily (7:57PM): Actually I am cuddling up to one right now. Wait they r dangerous?!
Me (7:57PM): NOOOOO!!1! EMILY!!
Emily (8:00PM): It is too late for me, save yourself
Me (8:26): DAMN YOU!!! DAMN YOU AUSTRALIA!!!
Action starts after 00:50.
Starbucks just made a really stupid PR move. They’ve decided to sponsor Product (RED), which in turn donates to The Global Fund to fight HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Sounds great, right?
Except that Starbucks will only give 5¢ for every beverage you buy, and only at participating US and Canada locations, AND this excludes ready-to-drink beverages and Ethos® Water.
Real generous, Starbucks.
They even paid Facebook to give them preferential visibility on the right sidebar:
Facebook users, predictably, provided some great responses. Here are some of the more than 32,000 so far:
Lee Longfellow (PNCA):
YOU PAY STARBUCKS 3 DOLLARS
STARBUCKS PAYS THIRD WORLD FARMERS TWO CENTS
STARBUCKS DONATES 5 CENTS TO CORPORATE CHARITY…
YOU’RE STILL A TOOL.
Quinn Erickson (Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN):
oh yes, make her feel good about buying a six dollar fucking beverage.
people, you cal live without six dollar beverages. how about instead of buying rip off shit you make a 30¢ cup of jo at home and donate the remaining $5.70? that will make a much bigger difference. nice try star**cks.
John Wilde (Atlanta, GA):
NAZI CORP. 5 cents of a 5 dollar coffee.. nice donation.
Sarabeth Benjamin Neumann (Fossil Ridge High School):
Personally, I am not interested in attending World AIDS Day. I do not want aids in my coffee.
Christopher Morgan (Bridgeport / Stamford, CT):
AIDS is engineered as a ‘soft kill’ bio weapon that targets ‘black’ people. If you want to help save lives in Africa, take a stand against the global elite that have engineered this.
Lillian Martin (Myrtle Beach, SC):
what 5 cents????? f*** starbucks!!!
Cameron Newland (Seattle):
WOW! FIVE WHOLE F***ING CENTS! THANK YOU STARBUCKS YOU HAVE SINGLEHANDEDLY CURED AIDS WITH YOUR MAMMOTH GENEROSITY! HOLY FU** BATMAN!!
Sara Phillips (Rutgers):
They charge $5-7 per drink… you think they could spare more than a nickel.
Jonathan Yen (Michigan State University):
5 cents outta $3 dollar profit, that’s awesome.
Robert Hancock (MidAmerica Nazarene):
Starbucks is fail
Judd Furlong (Des Moines, IA):
Starbucks does blow balls.
Ryan Reed (Seattle, WA):
You guys gave out free drinks for voting… aids < voting?
your mom has aids.
Brian Rubinow (Loyola Marymount):
The so-called “AIDS epidemic” is a scam set up by the liberal media. DON’T BUY INTO THE LIES. VOTE RON PAUL.
Hieu Nguyen (JMU):
where did starbucks get all this money to donate 1% of each drink to a relief effort?!?!?
F Cole Anderson (University of Alaska Fairbanks):
the only way to even begin to cure AIDS is to completely clear Africa
Rashied Amini (Washington University in St. Louis):
Great, I’ll pay for an overpriced cup of coffee so I can take some smug satisfaction that I marginally improved someone’s life whom I’ll soon forget about!
Anthony Reid (Arkansas Little Rock):
5¢, oh you guys are just too generous. Cheap C*nts.
Emily Anna Rose Lynch (Bend, OR):
i hate you, starbucks.
Drew Jones (CSCC):
f*** this idea
Kevin Yazdi (Saddleback):
i hope starbucks gets aids.
Mark Baker (New Orleans, LA):
WTF? You sure Starf*cks can afford it???
Alex Khan (Baylor):
wow! 5 cents of my 6 dollar beverage goes to aids. way to go all out guys!!!!!
Drew Jones (CSCC):
my seed is going to bust all over the owners face
87 Dead, 243 Injured in Day 1 of Weeklong Event
With would-be pilots lining up by the thousands and crowds predicted to grow larger everyday, the excitement and death toll are both expected to rise. MORE
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela (AP) – Russian warships sailed into port in Venezuela on Tuesday in a show of strength as Moscow seeks to counter U.S. influence in Latin America. Russia’s first such deployment in the Caribbean since the Cold War is timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Venezuela, the first ever by a Russian president.
The deployment of the naval squadron is widely seen as a demonstration of Kremlin anger over the U.S. decision to send warships to deliver aid to Georgia after its battles with Russia, and over U.S. plans for a European missile-defense system.
But U.S. officials mocked the show of force.
“Are they accompanied by tugboats this time?” U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack joked to reporters in Washington. He noted that Russia’s navy is but a shadow of its Soviet-era fleet.
As part of a drive to cut $15 billion in costs, GM is no longer keeping the 562 clocks in working order, which will eliminate the expense of replacing and disposing of the clock’s batteries and the cost of resetting them twice a year for daylight-saving time.
It’s not the only new measure GM is taking to save every last nickel. In its Renaissance Center headquarters, employees working late have to climb stairs when navigating its labyrinth of lower floors — the company now stops the escalators at 7 p.m.
Ford of Bellevue eliminates coffee creamer inside the dealership to cut costs (happened around July or soon thereafter).
A few months later, they went as far as taking away the coffee maker completely.
Now, they have a coffee vending machine that even customers have to pay for.
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