http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/03/29/175684862/on-making-it-up-in-the-media#comment-851161369

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/03/29/175684862/on-making-it-up-in-the-media#comment-851161369

Interesting article from NPR’s 13.7 blog.  I am always intrigued by their thoughts over there.  I think this article raises some fascinating points but I don’t think the author really completes the circuit with his thoughts.  It just needs a bit more hashing out to really hit home for me.

CPAC Speaking times

CPAC Speaking times

Maybe this list means nothing, but I don’t think so.  It seems quite significant to me that Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are given the most time except the keynote speaker at CPAC.  Why does the base of the Republican party continue to be enthralled by morons and people unwilling to concede their point even when confronted with rock-solid evidence to the contrary?  Again I am not even a Republican but I find it fascinating that these goobers are the famous ones and people like Chris Christie and other reasonable moderates are reviled.  It’s as if even interacting with Obama is now a sin.  And unfortunately I have a hard time not seeing a racial quality about it.  It’s almost as if most of the base of the Republican party has a hard time stomaching someone shaking hands with Obama, mostly because his name is Barack Hussein Obama, but also partially because he’s black.  It’s pretty disturbing to me…  Here is a quote from last week’s political junkie column on NPR: “Many in the conservative movement support the exclusion. Morton Blackwell, a longtime GOP activist from Virginia and an ACU board member, said, ‘He is a Republican, but I don’t think he would accurately be described as a conservative. … And a lot of people have in their minds the image of him hugging Barack Obama in the late stages of the presidential campaign.'”  That sounds crazy to me.  As if hugging Barack Obama is in some way an indication of your politics.  I know there’s an ellipsis there but it is still a fairly strong implication.

noma norovirus scare

noma norovirus scare

I have been intrigued by noma ever since I heard of it a few years ago.  I consider myself a locavore and noma takes that to another level, along with designing a menu that consists of many things I have never heard of/didn’t know were edible.  I heard of one dish that was designed with local moss that was harvested near the sea.  Also, they are a distinctly Nordic restaurant so the food is already strange enough for anyone outside of that diaspora.  Anyways, apparently this outbreak was caused by an employee who had norovirus that didn’t wash his hands well.  NPR did another follow up today.  In the second story, the proprietors of noma are criticized for not checking their email when they were sent an alert from the local health inspector.  And tisk tisk to them.  But my question is, what kind of uncreative thinking is that from the health inspector??!?!?  They see that there may be a major outbreak of a not-so-life-threatening illness and just decide one email is sufficient warning to the restaurant?  What about calling them on the phone?  Or just walking to the damn restaurant?  I blame bureaucratic thinking.  Ugh.

Fascinating music article

Fascinating music article

I heard this really interesting story on the way home the other day.  It’s about these youtube videos that take famous songs and change their key, i.e. from minor to major or vice versa.  It seemed silly in some ways but it also made me realize how little I know about musical theory (I had to ask Kelly what major and minor keys were).  And the article pointed to some research that found that songs major keys are usually interpreted as happy songs and songs in minor keys are interpreted as sad songs….across cultures!  That is, when the researchers tested this theory with people that lived in Asia(I can’t remember the country) that had never had contact with modern Western culture, they found that those people still interpreted songs in minor keys as sad and songs in major keys.  That idea fascinates me.  I have no idea what its implications might be, but I am fascinated nonetheless.