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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Happy Wednesday to you all.  I come to you today with links.  There is some good stuff out there on the internet and my well is a little dry these days.  So I’m leveraging the genius of other people to keep your minds (and mine) stimulated.

The Big Short – This book by Michael Lewis is probably the best I’ve read all year.  In it Lewis tells the tale of the financial crisis with unparalleled color and clarity.  If you have any proclivity toward business writing at all, this is a must read.  Even if you don’t it’s still fascinating at every turn.  And if you don’t read the book you should at least listen to the interview he did with Terry Gross on Fresh Air when it was released this past spring.

50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird – There has been much made this week (and rightly so) of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s only and classic novel.  Many writers and commentators have discussed its influence on race relations, its portrayal of the South, and its membership in the canon of modern American literature.  But it was this article about Scout by Anna Quindlen that I found most interesting.

For a Laugh – Nothing thought provoking here.  Just a stand-up comic doing what comics do best… being funny.

For a Cry – Fellow blogger Jane knows how to bring it.  Her stories of childhood and parenthood (not to mention her color commentary on the world around her) keep me coming back for more every week.  But she really outdid herself with this touching and heartbreaking post about her experience as a foster parent.  If you are human it will move you.

And, as a final note, I’m going to be taking a week or so off from blogging.  Work is crazy right now and I could use a little extra down time.  So, as many of my blogging compatriots have already done, I’m giving myself a little breather.  I hope you all are enjoying some good R&R this summer as well.  See you around the 26th.

Weekly Allowance

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

It’s allowance time again.  Here are my favorite articles, posts, videos, and links from the past couple of weeks.

Earth Day – Today is Earth Day.  Find out how you can get involved here.

The Promise of Menu Labeling – When I was “researching” for my post last week about food R&D I came back across this post from Ezra Klein, which is an old favorite of mine.  Apparently menu labeling has more bearing on what is offered than what is ordered.

Cat Calling – GAP sent me this article a few days after he read my post on being cat-called in a parking lot.  I took it as flattery, but according to this piece there are more sinister undercurrents at play.

Propaganda – Can you imagine this video clip being made today?  Regardless of your views on taxes, this is fascinating from an historical perspective.  I can’t imagine the kind of backlash that such blatant propaganda would receive today.

Pick Your Price – According to this ad banner outside the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, you only pay what you think is fair for their entrees.  Apparently many of these pricing schemes have been quite successful, though I don’t know if there are certain settings that get better results than others.

Weekly Allowance

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

It’s allowance time again.  Here are my favorite articles, posts, videos, and links from the past week or so.

Fish Farming – This slide show at The Huffington Post gives an interesting perspective on the ecological effects of fish farming.  I was relieved to learn the tilapia and oysters are eco-friendly.  I was disappointed to learn that shrimp are not.

PS22 – Ezra Klein at The Washington Post writes a daily blog on domestic and economic policy.  His Lunch Break posts, however, are some of my favorites.  He recently highlighted the PS22 Chorus, from an elementary school on Staten Island.  Watching these kids sing their hearts out had me completely slack-jawed.  You can watch them here and here.  

Pioneer Woman – Well, I’m fashionably late to the party on this one, but I was just recently turned onto the Pioneer Woman.  Since then I’ve killed hours trolling her site picking up recipes, photography tips, and riotous stories about her life on the ranch.

It’s Only Tuesday – This article from The Onion is old.  But as I sat in a long and boring meeting on Tuesday it came to mind.  It is exactly how I felt.  Thankfully, the week picked up on Wednesday…

We All Work – This post by Aidan Donnelley Rowley at Ivy League Insecurities really struck a nerve with me.  She brings the truth with this one.  The comments are also quite telling.

Weekly Allowance

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

You’ve been with me for more than two months.  You’ve done your chores – read and commented.  So I think it’s time I paid you your allowance.  Here are the posts, articles, and interviews from the past week that I’ve found most interesting.

Media Watchdogs: This 12-minute video clip interviews various media personalities about the responsibilities of the press, the market for Fox News, and why The Daily Show and Colbert Report have risen to a level of unexpected relevance in the greater media landscape.

Undercover Boss: Arianna Huffington’s piece on a new reality show that exposes the magnitude of the chasm that exists between corporate executives and their low-level employees.  I thought about writing a post in response to this piece, but it’s already expressed so eloquently here, I decided just to pass it along.

A Lard Story: The Kitchen Witch’s post on her love of lard (and the flaky things that it creates) is a riot.  If you need a laugh (or a recipe) go read it now!

Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes: This is the recipe I’m most eager to make, but haven’t yet.