The Curious Autodidact

August 25, 2009

More Podcasts worth a Listen

Filed under: helpful hints,kitchen tips,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 2:55 am
Pommes frites

Pommes frites

Snacks, Overeating, and Sensory Science (broadcast on NPR’s Science Friday, July 10th, 2009)

Got a weakness for chocolate chip cookies? Kettle chips? Pizza? Ira talks with former FDA commissioner David Kessler about how tasty foods change your brain, and how the food industry designs the fat, salt, and sugar-laden snacks you crave. Kessler, the former head of the FDA during the Bush and Clinton administrations, is the author of the new book “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.” Is overeating a lack of willpower, or a disease?

From KUER in Salt Lake City an interview with Ellen Rupple Shell author ofCheap the High Cost of Discount Culture.
You’ve probably heard stories of people standing in line for an amazing sale or fights breaking out over a bargain table. Chances are – you may have gone to some great lengths for a rock-bottom price yourself. “Cheap” has become part of the American way, but journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell says it comes at a cost. Tuesday on RadioWest, she joins Doug for a look at discount culture and what it means for our homes and our economy.

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From KUOW in Seattle: Marjane Satrapi: ‘Growing up in Iran’

We talk a lot about the Middle East, but what was it really like to grow up there? What does it mean to be a woman in Iran? How do people in Iran feel about their Iraqi neighbors? Marjane Satrapi grew up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution of 1979. What was occurring at that time? What were the fears and the hopes? What is the human cost of war? How do those events play into present day? How did Saddam look from the other side of the border?
Satrapi records the events of her childhood in two graphic novels, “Persepolis” and “Persepolis 2.” She joins us on “Weekday” to share her story. Additionally here’s a short YouTube film with Satrapi speaking on a panel about her film, based on her book, that was nominated for the best animation category.


August 22, 2009

Sorting Out Fruit and Vegetables by Season

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 1:54 am

In today’s modern world it’s hard to keep track of what foods are in season and what have been shipped from halfway around the world.

Here’s a neat listing that shows the seasons of various foods that you may have lost track of. It is helpful to keep you eating more locally and aware of how far things have traveled to get to you table.

August 20, 2009

More from My Heroine Elizabeth Warren

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 3:15 am

An eagle eye for making the financial world a safer place for all

An eagle eye for making the financial world a safer place for all

All I can say is “you go girl” when I read more about Professor Warren’s battle to do the right thing. She is smart, determined, and dedicated to making this country a better place. This is an interview that comes in three parts, here is part one and you can scroll up to the other two segments on the Consumer Reports website.

Yes, I’ll admit it I sent her a fan letter months ago, thanking her for her service and expressing my admiration for her passion. I think that we all should applaud the work that she is doing. Bravo.

August 15, 2009

A Look Inside Netflix….

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,media related — Honilima @ 1:39 am

photo by Fernando de Sousa

photo by Fernando de Sousa

This was a neat posting that I stumbled via the Consumerist website, it shows where Netflix processes its disks and takes you behind the curtain.

Geek Tonic
has an interesting article: Beat Netflix Throttle – 7 Steps to Getting the Netflix Movie You Want.

Here’s a Fortune Magazine interview of interest with the CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings.

August 9, 2009

Justice Sotomayor Sworn in Today!

Filed under: media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 4:16 am

Official Supreme Court photo of Sonia Sotomayor

Congratulations to Justice Sotomayer, for breaking many firsts, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, the first justice who was raised in public housing, and the first with diabetes. Bravo for breaking the glass ceiling and being willing to endure so much scrutiny to serve your country.

I’m sure that Justice Ginsburg is relieved to have another woman on the court again.

If you are interesting in the inner workings of the Supreme Court may I recommend The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court a stunning non-fiction work by court watcher Jeffrey Toobin.

August 7, 2009

Cooling off with Obama

Filed under: media related,social justice — Honilima @ 12:18 am

How can you not smile when you see the glee in Barak Obama’s face in this 1960s photo? Next time a kid this age tells you that he or she is going to grow up and become president bring this photo to mind and encourage the dream.

Indeed it’s cool photo for a hot summer day.

August 4, 2009

David Pogue’s Cell Phone Crusade

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,money saving ideas — Honilima @ 11:42 am
photo by Kprateek88

photo by Kprateek88

I heard a friend talking about David Pogue’s cell phone message crusade today and it got me interested in learning more. Writing for the NYT David Pogue claims:

“These little 15-second waits add up–big time. If Verizon’s 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year. That’s your money. And your time: three hours of your time a year, just sitting there listening to the same message over and over again every year.”

His solution? Figure out how to sidestep the message and use this to record instead a message for Verizon cell phones such as: “Hi, you’ve reached Ginger, press * to leave a message” this takes the listener directly to the beep.

Here are the various codes:

* for Verizon

1 for Sprint

# for AT&T

# for T-Mobile

Now if Pogue would get people rallying behind the world hunger or the dwindling clean water supply…

August 2, 2009

Take Yourself and a Friend to this Movie

Filed under: environmental ideas,kitchen tips,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 8:50 am
The perfect diet movie

The perfect “diet” movie

Go see the movie “Food Inc.” — really. Not only will be help you to stick to your vegetarian diet it will let you know more about what a sickly industry we are supporting in this country when it comes to the production of our food.

You will get a big crush on a farmer in N. Carolina who is trying hard to do the right thing and witness many jobs you are glad you don’t have to do, in environments no one should work. This movie is the update of Upton Sinclair’s book THE JUNGLE and more. There are extensive minutes with Michael Pollan and Fast Food Nation’s Eric Schlosser both of whom have important messages about what we eat and how it gets to our tables.

See it on the big screen if you can, support the movie’s message, and work for more enforcement of the FDA laws that are in place, and help to pass Kevin’s Law.

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