Wonderful documentary on Les Paul’s life and musical contributions on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Colleagues, friends and Les himself share memories of his greatest achievements, from his invention of overdubbing to his exquisite records with Mary Ford to the creation of the Les Paul Gibson.
Lucky you - you can watch it all right now on Hulu.
“He was a Rabelaisian figure in the Senate and in life, instantly recognizable by his shock of white hair, his florid, oversize face, his booming Boston brogue, his powerful but pained stride. He was a celebrity, sometimes a self-parody, a hearty friend, an implacable foe, a man of large faith and large flaws, a melancholy character who persevered, drank deeply and sang loudly. He was a Kennedy.”—Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies - NYT(BrianVan)
“On the way down I stopped in the fragrance room and sampled the Laguna Beach body mist. It smelled like Jolly Ranchers being breathed on my face by Hayden Panettiere. Here the store also sells its California fragrance, which is spritzed on the mannequins every hour; it’s a noxious concoction that, I assume, is distilled from mink sex glands and the tears of broken-hearted teenage girls.”——From Mike Albo’s brilliant review of the new Holister store, in The New York Times (Fashionista)
Do you love or hate that restaurants are required to post calories in many cities?
My answer: More information is always better when it comes to nutrition at restaurants, but I don’t think posting the calories on menus will have any impact on obesity rates. People already know that a double cheeseburger is worse than a single cheeseburger is worse than a veggie burger. It’s not rocket science. We will continue to indulge in these foods because they’re ingrained in American culture. What people might notice now is that a salad on the menu has the same number of calories as a cheeseburger, and they might decide that it doesn’t matter which they choose. Grams of fat are not listed, sodium is not listed, fiber is not listed, vitamins are not listed – important things to consider when making food choices. It’s the equivalent of telling someone the average SAT scores of students at two colleges and NO other information and asking them to make the decision that’s best for them. What we need is a system in place to educate Americans about proper nutrition and making correct food choices on a day-to-day basis. It needs to be a comprehensive campaign, not just some meaningless numbers on a board.
There are some recipes online involving chicken cooked into omelettes or fritattas… yet I’m kinda grossed out by that. Having chicken with eggs? Ugh. BTW, when did I become a Jew?
Actually, kosher jews can have chicken with eggs, just not chicken with milk or cheese. My grandma has a great recipe for cornflake crusted chicken, and she dips the chicken in raw egg, coats it in cornflakes and bakes it. Yum.
“In his book, “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human,” Wrangham argues that it was not agriculture, tools or meat eating that led to the rise of human beings. The big leap forward came about two million years ago when hominids first discovered the joys of the barbecue.”