Friday, July 31

 

Tuesday, July 28

Windows 10 for FREE

Hey Computer Wooter (Wooter who recently purchased a computer)! Feeling left out because the new Windows 10 made your Windows 7 or 8 old? Good news: Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a FREE UPGRADE for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

You read that right. FREE. UPGRADE. WINDOWS 10. (NOT a trial!)

This FREE UPGRADE will be available starting July 29, 2015. You can reserve your free upgrade now. Like NOW now.

You have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Here’s how to do it. So do it NOW while we all watch awkwardly.

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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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Tuesday, July 14

The Debunker: Did Hamburgers Originate in Hamburg?

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: Did Hamburgers Originate in Hamburg?

Here are some things that originated in Hamburg: Christmas wreaths, the Beatles' stage show, the luxury cruise ship, Angela Merkel. And here is one thing that did not originate in Hamburg: the hamburger. That's right: the hamburger was never eaten in the northern German city for which it's named—not until Americans brought it over in the 20th century, that is.

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Monday, July 13

Music Monday: RIP Chris Squire

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It's Scott here in the italics today! It's been about two weeks since Chris Squire passed away, but from my point of view, it just happened. You're only seeing this post now, two weeks after I'm writing it, because I have two date-specific posts that can't really move. Sorry, Chris Squire! Please don't haunt me! Although... can you imagine how many prog-heads would pay money to see Chris Squire's ghost appear live?

Chris Squire - Roundabout

 

It's no surprise that someone out there went to the trouble of isolating the bass line to Roundabout. But if we're being honest here, do we even need that? Chris Squire's playing wasn't in the way, but it wasn't hidden back in the back either. As complex as a Yes song could get, we always had faith that Chris Squire would keep us from getting lost in the woods. He was that path that always lead us home.

I've got four more Yes songs to come after the jump.

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Wednesday, July 08