Sunday, August 2, 2009

Organic Food: Not Healthier than Regular?

Organic food isn't healthier than processed food, item to item. It's just more expensive. That's what CNN says. From the article:

Researchers looked at 50,000 studies conducted over 50 years — and found no significant differences in the foods. They focused on a wide range of crops and livestock raised and marketed under organic standards.

I suppose that could mean one of a few things:
  1. This entire study is just propaganda from Big Food, carefully calibrated as a response to Food Inc. Having worked in PR, this wouldn't surprise me.
  2. The study is legit, but ignores the environmental impacts of non-organic foods.
  3. The study is legit, and we should stop spending nearly 2x on organic foods.
Maybe there's a compromise: buy from farmer's markets/local producers when you can, but go to the largemart foodcorp store when you can't. Who knows. How do you buy groceries, dear blog reader?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lessons on Humility from Kanye West. . . Wait, Kanye West?

Is it the economy? Maturity? Not sure the reason really, but Kanye seems to have mellowed out. In response to this roasting from the guys at South Park -

he said:

Wow. As a huge fan of humility, I'm amazed. And I should know, I'm, like, the best at being humble.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I Really Do Love April Fool's

Leave it to The Economist to strike first this April Fool's day: Announcing Econoland. Apparently, The Economist is branching out into a them park. From the article:

Among the thrilling experiences Econoland will offer are:

The currency high-roller: Float like a butterfly with the euro and drop like a stone with the pound! Chamber of horrors: Tremble at the wailing of distressed debt! Fiscal fantasyland: Watch the economy shrivel before your very eyes as you struggle to stop growth falling! Bankrupt Britain: Pit your wits against the government as you try to sink sterling and bring the country to its knees! The Severe Contest: Try your strength against a bear market!


Of course, whenever anyone quotes the economist, I have a reaction like the second guy in this story.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Three Basic Truths from George Will

Having a lot of free time, I watch a lot of TV. Like a lot. But don't worry, dear blog reader, I only watch shows of great cultural or analytical merit. Like reruns of the X-Men cartoon.

Anyways, one of the shows I watch is This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The main reason I watch is this guy:
(Conservative thinker George Will. Sure, he's "the other side," but you gotta respect his giant mind).

This week, Mr. Will laid out a few truths, as part of his commentary on the epic hip hop battle between a zany basic cable entertainer and an insightful market analyst: Jim Cramer and John Stewart, respectively.

In the segment, George Will lays out three wise precepts, reposted here:
  1. Never play poker against a man named Slim.
  2. Never buy a rolex from a man who's out of breath.
  3. Never take financial advice from a man who's shouting at you.
So there you have it. Sound advice, yeah?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Bald Man is Watching You

For the last few years in Seattle, I've been seeing this bit of street art. Does anyone know anything about it?

(watching *me,* bald man? watching me?)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Who Makes a Joke about watching the watchmen? I do!

Me, and the rest of the internet, that is.

By the way, I didn't think the movie was that good. And I wish Rorschach would let go of my pinky.

Makes it hard to type.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New Music Friday - Seventy-Eighth Edition

Blog, I missed you. Did you miss me?

Back from Cali (vacation) and ready to post a fresh batch of free, legal mp3s for your listening enjoyment. Ok, let's get into it:
Ok, enjoy the music and have a safe weekend everybody!

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Music Friday - Seventy-Seventh Edition

It's time, it's time, dear blog reader, for another exciting edition of New Music Friday! Ready to get to this week's free music?


Ok, enjoy the free MP3s and have a rocking weekend everybody!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Here Are The Nominees in the Category of Tired Expressions in 2009

Hey, the internet, are you noticing certain phrases getting used a lot? Some of these I think are humorous. Others annoying. So without further ado, here are my nominees for 2009 overused expressions. Best of all: this year - everyone's a winner!
  1. At the top of the list, the incredulous "Really? Really?" As in, "you're telling me that my favorite expressions are lame? Really?" Really.
  2. In the number two spot, the overuse of the phrase "literally." As in, "this work is literally groundbreaking." Are you actually breaking the ground, like with a shovel? No? Ok, let's move on.
  3. Using myself/yourself as a synonym for me/you. As in, "there are three parties in this conference, including yourself." Not only does it sound pretentious, it brings the added frustration of being grammatically incorrect. Use myself (the reflexive) when you're both the subject and the object of the sentence. As in, "If I had the chance, I'd ask the world to dance and I'll be dancing with myself." More on that here.
  4. The term organic when not used in chemistry or USDA-certified products (soap, food, shampoo). As in way too many to mention.
  5. Hella. You might not think it's common. But talk to someone under the age of 20. You'll find that hella is alive and well(a).
  6. Lists in facebook that start with 25. If you're on facebook, then you know what I mean. If you're not, then consider yourself spared. Granted, this list of 25 is not exactly an expression. But I'll still include it on the naughty list. Oh and by the way, you know who else feels this way? Time.
  7. "_____ we can believe in." In 2008 our now-president used it to great effect. Now, it's such a cliche. Like the expression, "it's such a cliche."
  8. "I'm over (it)." Or "I am so over it." As in "I am so over Kanye." Hey, you're over it? Guess what? So am I. Forever.
Ok! That's it(?) What do you think, dear blog reader? Did I leave any out? I'm sure there are more. Any you're not ready to give up yet? Drop a comment!

On a personal note, I admit to using cliches, just different ones. Like the high five. Or using the word sweet, which made a prominent list of cliches - in 2007. But what can I say - awesome is still awesome in my book. It works for me. Whatever's clever. So don't throw me under the bus. Seriously. Ok, I'll stop.

And lastly, I want to say congratulations on ending the expression fo shizzle, my n*zzle. Glad to see that's over. I mean. Fo' shizzle? Really? Really?

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Music Friday: The Return

What's up, the internet -

Back in action after a few weeks off. Back when I was writing for 'insider, I had a little Friday tradition: find cool, free and legal music on the web. Then link to it, all in one post. Pretty straightforward. And, pretty awesome. Well, the internet, I think it's time to bring that back. So ready for some free music to load up to your **** or your ****? Thought so.


Ok, enjoy the free music and have a great weekend everybody!

Friday, January 23, 2009


Welcome, the internet, to my very special blogsite. You are special too.

Thanks for visiting. In this site, I'm going to talk about stuff that interest me on a personal level: music, technology, culture, faith, sneakers, beer, gaming. Not necessarily in that order.

You know, being let go from a job is never great, but I'm hopeful that good things will come out of this. I'm hoping that the first good thing is this site.