One of the reasons I've been posting here less frequently is a little tiny baby
, the other is the side projects and events I organize are happening more often and I've started doing them regularly in other cities. To that end, here are a few things coming out of my events that might make good gifts.
First up, shirts from the Bacon and Beer Festival
. The onesie
really is cute. There isn't a ton of black baby clothes available.
Super Precious Art Gallery
produces its fair share of food related art, but the shows lately have been really great. The latest, Punctuation and Grammar
, is up right now at Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville, and there's an opening party on Sunday
with coffee and prints.
When diving headfirst into the snow to catch mice, foxes are hardly ever successful unless they're facing north in which case they catch prey 75% of the time. Because science.
Maybe it's because I have a 7 month old, but I thought Saturday Night Live's Office Boss sketch from this past week was perfect. Beck Bennett plays a baby's body perfectly. This is the video
they should make you watch before they send you home from the hospital with a kid.
Actor Cary Elwes will write a memoir about The Princess Bride
, the 25 year old movie that's probably the only movie I want to watch.
In the book, Elwes will recall behind-the-scenes memories of the making of the hit through interviews with castmembers, including Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon and writer William Goldman. Director Rob Reiner is contributing the book's foreword.
The 1987 film traces the journey of Westley (Elwes), a farm boy vying for the love of a princess after the two have been separated for five years. It features iconic performances by Mandy Patinkin as the vengeful Spaniard Inigo Montoya and Wallace Shawn as criminal "mastermind" Vizzini.
Here's a Princess Bride oral history
Here's the play diagrammed on the third page of the GOP's strategy memo for opposition to Obamacare. Presumably, the Republicans are the offense in this situation, but they only have 10 players. That's still an advantage over the defense which only has 8 players.
Jonathan Chait does not think the play will work
Instead, the play is a naked bootleg to the left, running straight into the defensive back who isn't guarding anybody. That is to say, imagining they'll face an outnumbered and horribly misaligned defense, the offense proposes to attack the only part of the field where the defense has an unblockable defender. This is literally the only play I can imagine that could not work against this defense.
I like Waffle House. This article about
the closing of a Waffle House in Bloomington, Indiana could be the saddest thing you read today. It's mostly sad because it profiles some of the regular customers, but also because the dishwasher comes to watch the building torn down. Also, it says the Waffle House was the second oldest restaurant in Bloomington, even though it opened in 1967. That must be continuously operating restaurant, right?
At 79, Bud was tired. Except for Christmas, the restaurant was always open, day and night. Now a developer wanted to replace it with another apartment building for college kids. The offer was too good to pass up.
“Where are we gonna eat?” the old-timers kept asking.
“I don’t know,” Bud said. “Where am I gonna eat?”
This had been his place for 16,767 mornings. None ever felt like this.
Real Kitchen dresses up as Alinea for Halloween and makes their version of roast chicken among other special dishes. All for take out.
Real Kitchen as Alinea for Halloween 2013
Via Inside Scoop
From a paper on strange parasitic relationships, this story of a shark with malice on his mind and eels in his heart
. Actually the shark was caught in a fishing competition, so there probably wasn't any malice, just eels.
This was a facultatively parasitic relationship. In other words, the eels didn’t need to be living in the sharks heart (that would be obligate parasitism), rather they took advantage of an opportunity to get a meal. They proposed that the eels probably attacked the shark after it had been hooked and was dangling, distressed, from the longline. They had some evidence that the shark was probably resting on the bottom, which may have made it easier for the eels to find. The pugnoses somehow gained entry (hypothesised to be through the gills) and made their way to the heart, where they dined on the beasts blood up until it died. Maybe they would have burrowed out again after the animal expired, maybe they would have suffocated (remember – the eels had be swimming in and breathing the sharks blood once they were inside, how bizarre is that?).
This pretty neat chart from Jezebel
shows the most popular names by state over the last 50+ years. It's crazy to watch names flood the country.
On Quora, Jon Pennington went into great detail exploring why certain names may have been popular when they were
. It's speculative as hell, but still interesting. I'm also interested by the idea the people I know with these popular names are all a good 5-10 years ahead of the peak popularity of their names.
1962-1969: Lisa (The graphs show that Lisa wasn't a common name until c. 1940. Its popularity gradually increased from the 1940s to the 1950s, then increased exponentially from the 1950s to the 1960s. A likely cause of the exponential increase in popularity in the 1950s might be Nat King Cole's Mona Lisa, a very popular song that came out in 1950, but that doesn't explain why the name started becoming more common in the 1940s. Another factor that may have sustained the name's popularity could be the first US tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which took place in 1963.)
Quora post via @irondavy
Cape Cod beaches are seeing larger numbers of seals this year
, which many believe will lead to an increase in sharks. Great White sharks have been hanging out off the coast of Cape Cod the last few years, which is… not awesome.
The Goblin shark has this mouth that pops out of its mouth to catch prey. Just watch
Peruvian fisherman are illegally killing dolphins to use as shark bait
Idiot man takes paddle board into water specifically to look at sharks
is another follow up to Sharknado.
in Western Australia.
I didn't know there were sharks in the English Channel