After the jump car crashes, drugs, wall street and Tony Danza...
You might be hearing things like print is dead, but the plain fact of the matter is that there are around 55 million newspapers still being sold in the United States each and every day of the year. Consider the environmental impact of this bulk of paper being used in only one nation each day! Now multiply that by the dozens of other countries also generating tons of newspaper and paper waste as well.
Today, there are a few good solutions to the paper problem, and these are apart from such great solutions as paperless billing and communications (via email or texting), and include things like electronic paper and electronic readers.
Lets look first at the electronic papers to understand the implications of this option. Currently there are several different technologies being used to create the e-papers and these include using a plastic substrate that creates a flexible and sheet-like reader. These are considered easier on the eyes than regular electronic displays due to their wider viewing angles and their ability to reflect natural or ambient light. What this actually means is that the e-papers can be easily read in full sunlight without any risk of text fading or glare, and this gives them a wide range of applicability.
Summer is almost over. Though it's hard to believe, the kids have traded in their beach towels for backpacks and headed back to school. If you're anything like me, sliding back into school mode is not a seamless process. That first few weeks of transition into our new routine is a bitch, so I'm always looking for ways to make it a little less painful - especially at mealtime!
This Pasta con Broccoli, or Pasta with Broccoli has been a staple meal in my family for as long as I can remember. My grandmother made it. My mother makes it, and I do too. Its not only because it is an incredibly quick and easy dish to cook, though it is. Its also not only because it is a pretty healthy dish, because its that too. My family eats a lot of pasta with broccoli because its just plain delicious.
I sometimes think that a lot of people imagine that Italian cooking, is all about long, drawn out, complicated dishes that take all day to prepare. While there certainly are a lot of those, there are many more that arent. Italians dont just sit around living la dolce vita all day long. They go to work, take their kids to school, run errands and take care of their families just like everybody else. Every Italian housewife I've ever known had a slew of great recipes in her arsenal like this one that could be put together in an hour or less.
So let me show you just how easy Pasta con Broccoli is to make.
Sons of Hippies visionaries Katherine Kelly (lead vocals, guitar) and Jonas Canales (drums, percs, synths, support vocals) introduced locals to their compelling, propulsive alt rock last year and even took home a 2009 Best of the Bay award for their debut album, Warriors of the Light.
This week, the duo-turned-trio (which now includes bassist Ryan O'Neill) celebrates the self-release of A-Morph, a dark sophomore LP that comments on the state of politics, the struggle to gain acceptance and be taken seriously as an artist, selling out and how easily money can corrupt, and staying true to what you believe in, all via poetic abstractractions that allow plenty of room for interpretation while still managing to get all the points across.
Sons of Hippies have continued to dose their fusion of punk, psyche and prog rock with low-key electro flourishes, opening A-Morph with a fleeting instrumental that sets an ominous tone with haunting vocal cries and minimal guitar before it launches into the fast-paced aggression of Jab Away. Kellys sweetly girlish yet demanding snarl takes center stage here, and her own backhanded remarks are layered softly but insistently beneath it, both sets of vocals making vague reference to the governments wicked ways, and brought to a close with surging swells of Sci-fi synthesizers. No. 16 follows with grunge-flavored guitar and a menacing slowed-down rhythmic break where Canales takes over lead, hollering snidely, If you have something to say, why dont you talk to your mama? / If you get carried away, go suck a brick if you wanna!
Porn is not only tempting for fans, but also for young women seeking fame, fortune, and a career. While the majority of actresses get into the business at the amateur level, believing webcam work will lead to Playboy photo shoots or Hollywood acting gigs, most burn out after six months. Why? Probably because many don't treat porn like a profession. However, there is money to be made on the acting level if you manage your career correctly. Here's a list of
Based on the fear of a Rick Scott led government and eased by Alex Sink's decidedly moderate image, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate today has released her first list of Republican elected officials who have endorsed her candidacy.
In what her campaign hopes is just the beginning, Team Sink announced a list of local city council, county commission and mayors who have formally endorsed her candidacy. None are from her home Hillsborough County area, though she is being endorsed by Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston, who says of the CFO:
"Alex Sink has shown that she will work with local elected officials and see us as partners as we work to grow our economy and remake our state. Alex understands what it's going to take to get our state back on track and I'm proud to support her."
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell says of Sink in endorsing her:
"Alex Sink has the experience and problem-solving approach that we need in our next Governor. Sink understands the needs of Florida's business owners and will make sure the Florida's small businesses have the right support to thrive and grow."
What about that other Republican - the guy who refuses to endorse nominee Rick Scott, Bill McCollum. Might he endorse the woman he wishes he were running against?
South Florida political blogger Brian Crowley speculates on that very concept today, writing:
Does McCollum's support matter?
Frankly, no. Politics is a cold sport. Five minutes after he lost, Republican insiders were feeling their way toward Scott. And no election night party ends faster than the one of the losing candidate.
Maybe the larger question for McCollum is whether he wants to leave the stage with his dignity intact. The more he continues to question Scott's integrity, the more it sounds like sour grapes.
If he really believes that Scott can't be trusted with the governor's mansion than the right thing for him to do for the people of Florida is support Democrat Alex Sink.
Forget about the huge crowds all weekend, forget about the fact that it's an awful stadium in a crappy location and kills in TV ratings; forget about the fact that this team is so new that folks who "grew up watching the Rays" are still not old enough to drive; forget about the fact that there's simply not as many Canucks as there are stubborn, stupid, loud, obnoxious, arrogant, ignorant, pale, fat, lard-eating, wife-beating, high-school-not-completing Red Sox fans living amongst us to fill the seats; forget about the fact that it's Monday f*****g night and there's another one tonight. Where are you, Rays fans? Wah!
We all know why there's attendance issues here. Stop asking. You're not impressing anyone. In what marketing class does it suggest that, to generate excitement in the community, berate and bully the customer into coming to your broken-down venue in the middle of nowhere? I can see the billboard now:
Rays baseball: Come over and have fun now you rotten bastards, or we'll move
Cut me a break, it's a school night. Admit it. Which sounds better?
"Rays win! Where's the car?"
"Rays win! Where's the remote?"
St. Petersburg Evangelist Bill Keller is one of the most controversial religious figures in Tampa Bay and the country, but he also has a big following, as the leader of the worlds largest interactive Christian websites, liveprayer.com.
The Christian conservative, who has angered gays and Muslims with incendiary comments in the past, is all set for more culture war by launching his '9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero" which would be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The website contains some of Keller's most insensitive commentaries, such as one titled, "The False Religion of Islam and the Courage to Tell One Billion People They are Going to Hell."
Keller says that he'll begin preaching every near Sunday near Ground Zero (at the Marriott at 85 West Street in New York) until the $8 billion 9/11 Christian Center finds a permanent home.
I starting learning to cook for the same reason most guys do: to impress women. The first time I brought crab legs to the table during a date in high school I was met with an, Aww, youre so sweet! I couldnt help but thinking, Really? I didnt even have to cook these things, I just heated them up. (Plus, they were on sale.) Thats when I learned the value and various benefits of impressing other people with your skills in the kitchen.
The following tricks may not make you a culinary expert, but theyll certainly help you look like you know what youre doing. And hell, if you get good enough at faking it maybe theyll even let you write for Creative Loafing.
1. Learn to do that flip thing with a saute pan. Youve seen it on TV, now its time to try it yourself. The ability to do that thing where you flip food in a skillet is not only great for showmanship, but will actually make certain cooking tasks easier. It takes a bit of practice, but its nothing you cant handle.
Take a skillet with a rounded edge, push forward from your shoulder in a quick motion and stop. The food keeps going up the side and into the air. Landing it back in the pan is more of an acquired skill. Practice using dried beans until you get the hang of it. Otherwise, get ready with a mop.
2. Learn the merits of using Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. This trick may be the single most important upgrade you can make in your cooking habits. Plus, it looks a lot cooler than using those little shakers. Store your salt in a shallow container (youll lose points if you keep it in the box) and divvy out the goods in pinches. Fresh ground pepper always classes up your cooking. I like those classic giant wooden grinders made by Peugeot, pepper-mill-pioneer-turned-crappy-French-auto-maker.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up and proposing a rule for the addition of fuel economy stickers to all new vehicles, starting with the 2012 models.
Mother Nature Network writes:
"The two agencies have jointly proposed that all car stickers be printed with a vehicles environmental grade, from A+ to D, beginning with model year 2012 vehicles. The new grades will allow consumers to compare a conventional vehicles environmental impact with that of a hybrid. The same comparison can be made between hybrid and electric vehicles, providing consumers a more comprehensive look at the environmental impact of newer vehicle technologies."
There are two labels being decided upon. One will have a letter grade to indicate the vehicles overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance and will compare fuel cost savings over five years to that of an average gasoline-powered vehicle of the same model year. The second label will still list the vehicle's miles per gallon (MPG) and annual fuel costs, but will also add the new information that compares fuel economy and emissions to other same year models. Both labels will include new information on fuel consumption, tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and smog-related emissions.