Archive for February, 2010

Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

Cast Iron Jack McGrew’s Ultimate Method adapted slightly from: There is really only one successful way to season a cast-iron cooking utensil, and that is to use it, use it, use it. But until the months and years have passed that are needed to properly do the job through use, the iron must be […]

Concertmaster versus Concert Soloist

from Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 3, 2010: Every violin virtuoso faces a major decision early in life. It’s a tough choice:  concert artist or concertmaster?  Both careers attract prodigies.  Choosing one professional career path over the other results in very different lifestyles.  The virtuoso soloist’s life involves travel 32 weeks or more every year; a concertmaster’s […]

Screech Owls

I saw this little guy on TV yesterday.  He is 11 years old, so full-grown.  Didn’t know they were so small. I assume this trainer lived to do another show.

Native Seeds and Rain Gardens

The new Kaw River Restoration Nurseries facility in Lawrence, Kansas, will offer customers throughout Missouri and east-central Kansas high-quality, genetically appropriate, native seed and plants along with the expertise to use and care for them. Their website states that KRRN is dedicated to educating citizens about improving water quality through ecological solutions. Rain gardens are […]

Unheard-of Ways of Finding Truth

In the year of our Lord 1432, there arose a grievous quarrel among the brethren over the number of teeth in the mouth of a horse. For thirteen days the dispute raged without ceasing. All the ancient books and chronicles were fetched out, and wonderful and ponderous erudition such as was never before heard of […]

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

This map from shows (in red) those areas where there are more bars than grocery stores. For more amazing data hacks, visit PeteSearch.

Viral Loop?

I’m reading the book, Viral Loop, a copy of which I was able to borrow from my public library.  While I have only read the Prologue, the Introduction, and the section on Facebook in Chapter 11, I have been fascinated by the stories of Hot or Not, Tupperware, and the early days of Facebook.  However, […]

Be an Olympic Athlete

Or, just work out like one.  These videos show you how: Lindsey Vonn’s workout Apolo Ohno’s workout

What is a Japanese Schoolgirl?

From the Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool, by Brian Ashcraft, product description on “From manga and anime to movies, magazines, video games, advertising and music, Japanese schoolgirls are everywhere. For years, schoolgirls have shown up in internationally popular anime such as Sailor Moon, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and […]

Benjamin Button’s Voice Over

From the screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (find out more about the screenplay here): “…What I think is, it’s never too late…or, in my case, too early, to be whoever you want to be…There’s no time limit, start anytime you want…change or stay the same…there aren’t any […]