Podcast Review: The Splendid Table

Splendid Table Podcast

Produced by American Public Media, The Splendid Table is a call-in radio show where listeners across the country can ask food specialist and chef Lynne Rossetto Kasper any question they have about food and cooking. The emphasis is upon making cooking fun and interesting again, instead of a mere chore. Food has always been at the heart of social and family life, and Kasper wants callers to remember the spiritual and psychological elements of just having fun with your food and learning something new. Exploration and curiosity are important keywords here. Each weekly show is about 17-18 minutes long and will fill your mind with ideas and things to try, with ingredients both exotic and familiar.

From Ethiopian bread to black Chinese rice to how to use jalapeno harvests, you'll get a scattershot look at all things food and cooking. What's interesting is that since you never know what people will ask, it's fascinating to hear about products that are new to you. I'm always inspired to try something new and enjoy cooking more after I listen to the show. My personal favorite episode includes a phone interview with Nigel White from the British Cheese Board, where he talks about a study showing how eating cheese before bed affects your dreams. Stilton, for example, seems to cause exceptionally weird, funny, and vivid, but not disturbing, dreams. So bear that in mind.

For more information, visit the show's website.
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By |February 21st, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

East Germany Lives: Get Me Nick Rivers, Stat!

East Germany

The blog Strange Maps certainly lives up to its name--even when it doesn't have a map to offer. Here it's revealed that East Germany isn't dead, but lives on in the form of an island off of Cuba, its last official holding. Kinda.

If this is true, it's like a Monty Python sketch waiting to happen, isn't it?
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By |February 20th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Kermit the Frog and Sesame Street: Woosh Woosh You Say

Kermit the Frog, reporter

I never realized before now that Old MacDonald was Groundskeeper Willie's dad! Whoa.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via VideoSift.
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By |February 19th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don't have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find "Promoter". Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By |February 18th, 2007|DVD, Podcasts, Recommendations|0 Comments

The Day The Earth Stood Still: I Assure You, Such Power Exists

I wish the SDI Television Network was a reality. Then you could get stuff like this all the time. But in the meantime, here's some classic sci-fi. Yes, the whole film. And if you dig this, you should snag [...]

By |February 18th, 2007|Movies|0 Comments

Just in Time Watch: Finally, a Solution For My Slackass Lateness

This watch is smarter than I am. Which doesn't take much: my digital calculator watch in the 80s was smarter than I am. But I digress. This Just in Time Watch will figure out what your next appointment is, check traffic via your cell phone [...]

By |February 18th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Baseball Bugs Bunny: That's the Ol' Pepper, Boy...

Some classic Bugs Bunny sporting action as he takes on the Gashouse Gorillas. This cartoon is available on the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection, which if you haven't bought yet, you're foolish. The animation is all restored and they look freaking great. You must.


By |February 18th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Redneck Rollercoaster: Would Love to See Clarkson's Take on This

This first video takes you through how to turn a 1991 Cavalier into...well...a redneck rollercoaster. There really is no other way of describing the thing. Make sure you click below the break to see the moose "hood ornament," among other things.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via MAKE Blog.

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By |February 18th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Penn and Teller: Sleight of Hand Explained

Accompanied by Penn on bass, Teller demonstrates the basics of sleight of hand. Of course, since misdirection is a huge part of this, what you fail to realize is that halfway through Penn quits playing bass and they go to music playback instead [...]

By |February 18th, 2007|Archives|1 Comment

Bored With Just Seven Deadly Sins? Mix and Match!

By |February 17th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments