Monday, August 03

Music Monday: Songs About The Elements

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! What are we, deep deep down? Why, we're nothing but piles of elements! So by saluting the Periodic Table, we're really just saluting ourselves. Which is good. Because we deserve it. So let's get started with Scott's tribute to... The Elements!

Coven - One Tin Soldier

 

Tin's atomic number is 50, and it's one of the vital parts of Bronze. That means Tin helped us get to where we are today as a species! Thanks, Tin!

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Tuesday, July 28

The Debunker: Does Searing Meat "Seal In the Juices"?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: Does Searing Meat "Seal In the Juices"?

The German chemist Justus von Liebig was the Alton Brown of his day. In 1847, he published his landmark Researches on the Chemistry of Food to great international acclaim, influencing chefs like Auguste Escoffier and cookbook pioneers like Britain's Eliza Acton. One of Baron Liebig's most successful innovations: the idea that meat should be quickly seared, so as to form "a crust, or shell, which no longer permits the external water to penetrate into the interior of the mass of flesh. . . . The flesh retains its juiciness, and is quite as agreeable to the taste as it can be made by roasting."

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Monday, July 27

Music Monday: R.I.P. Moebius

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! This week Heaven's prog band got a little bigger, as Chris Squire was joined by the grand Dieter Moebius. It's very possibly you've never heard of Moebius because he spent more time in electronic music than in rock. But today, aren't they one and the same? The answer is yes. And you're going to enjoy his music very much. OR ELSE.

Harmonia - Walky Talky

 

I'm starting with this because it's my favorite Harmonia song from my favorite Harmonia album. This album from 1975 still sounds astonishingly current, even if the synths have that retro/dated feel. Bits from this record pop up all over Brian Eno's career and even as late as 2004 some bands were still paying tribute to the record. And that's just ONE of the things Moebius had his hand in.

More good good music to come, after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 21

The Debunker: How Many Pounds of Undigested Red Meat Are There in My Colon?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: How Many Pounds of Undigested Red Meat Are There in My Colon?

That title sounds like the worst carnival guessing booth of all time, but it's actually an important question. Many otherwise bright people believe the longstanding urban legend that the average human intestine is packed with a delicious meat filling—like a Hot Pocket, I guess. "Five pounds" of meat is the most commonly quoted quantity, thanks in large part to a quote in the movie Beverly Hills Cop, of all places! But this factoid is, if you'll pardon the expression, full of crap.

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Monday, July 20

Music Monday: Happy Birthday To A Bunch Of People

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today is the birthday of five different people who made a contribution to music. Carlos Santana, Kim Carnes, Howard Jones, Chris Cornell & Stone Gossard were all born today. Are you about to say "Who?" to any of those names? Well, good! Because if you knew who they were, you wouldn't need to read the rest of this blog post.

Carlos Santana - Evil Ways

 

I have fond memories of driving around with friends, Santana records playing in the car. I have less than fond memories of what Santana did with Rob Thomas in the late 1990s, but it certainly paid off for him then, didn't it?

One down, four to go! More after the jump.

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Monday, July 13

 

Tuesday, July 07

The Debunker: Is a Rare Steak Really "Bloody"?

by Ken Jennings

Ah, July, season of the backyard barbecue. If you're a vegetarian, we'll throw some kind of veggie burger on the grill and quietly pity you, but for most of us in the summer, meat is where it's at. But how much do you actually know about the flesh of the dead animals that you're consuming? Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings is here all month to chew the fat with us about some particularly stubborn meat misconceptions. Are you ready to work on your protein proficiency? Let's see what Ken's cooked up today.

The Debunker: Is a Rare Steak Really "Bloody"?

Remember Jack Rabbit Slim's, that '50s-style nostalgia restaurant from Pulp Fiction, the one with all the fake cars and celebrity look-alikes that looks like in real life it would have blown through its investors' capital in about a week? At Jack Rabbit Slim's, you may recall, the only two options for ordering your meat are "burnt to a crisp" or "bloody as hell." (What would happen to the poor diners who just want their steak or cheeseburger medium, I'd like to know. Would they be summarily run out of the diner by a waiter who looks like Joe McCarthy? Executed by a waiter who looks like Charles Starkweather?)

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Monday, July 06

Music Monday: Rock 'N Roll 1955

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Way back in 1955, Bill Haley was celebrating his birthday and preparing for a number one hit that would forever change the face of music. Today Scott's capturing the music of 1955, as recorded by the nice people at Billboard. Enjoy!

Billy Haley & The Comets - Rock Around The Clock

 

You might know it from Happy Days or you might know it from the one AM station that still plays music. This song might sound a bit dated now, but back in the day, THIS was what would make parents go nuts and call a priest. Just imagine.

Here we go, back to 1955! Next stop... 1955! 1955, here we come! It's 1955 or bust! After the jump.

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Monday, June 29

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Colin Hay

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! About a year ago Scott was talking with forums emperor Sam Kemmis. Sam had heard a Men At Work song and wanted to know more about the band. Scott said he'd hook Sam up. Scott forgot about that promise until today. And, coincidentally, today is Men At Work lead singer Colin Hay's birthday! You can probably figure out the rest. Let's get to it.

Men At Work - Overkill

 

If you had to pick only one Men At Work song, this is really the one to pick. It was played into the ground and back again and it STILL sounds pretty okay. A nice snapshot of what it was like to turn on the radio by the pool back in 1982. And that last memorable bit is way up high in the stars, too!

 

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Tuesday, June 23

The Debunker: Did Deep Throat Tell Woodward and Bernstein to "Follow the Money"?

by Ken Jennings

The most beloved show in television history about daytime drinking, Mad Men, just wrapped up its eight-year run, with Don Draper and his ad-pitching peers marching boldly into the 1970s. For past Mad Men seasons, Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame has helped us debunk some persistent myths from the 1950s and the 1960s so we've asked him to keep on truckin' and do us a solid by debunking some "Me Decade" misinformation as well. It turns out that a lot of what we think we know about the seventies is pretty "far out."

The Debunker: Did Deep Throat Tell Woodward and Bernstein to "Follow the Money"?

Aside from Richard Nixon's immortal declaration "I am not a crook," it's probably the most famous quote of the Watergate era. Picture the scene: Bob Woodward in a darkened parking garage, a broken reporter, all his Watergate leads having turned out to be dead ends. There stands his ace in the hole, a highly placed administration source he calls "Deep Throat." "Follow the money!" urges Deep Throat. Woodward and Bernstein begin tracing donations to Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign, and break the story wide open. The three-word phrase has become a watchword of other investigations, both real and fictional, ever since.

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