It’s Saturday — the day I pull down all those URL links that have been seasoning all week, and assemble them together with some potatoes and veggies and make some tasty news chum stew. I hope you’re hungry — we’ve got a lot of twofers in here:
- Vegas News and Notes. A few items I’ve noted on Las Vegas that I don’t want to forget for our upcoming trip. First, while we’re in town, Vegas Uncorked will be in town. Alas, their events are too pricey for me. We can afford Fried Chicken, however, and Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq now has Gluten-Free Fried Chicken.
- Water, Water, Every… oh, never mind. Here are a couple interesting posts on saving water. The first discusses how to really save water — and shortening your showers isn’t even a drop in the bucket. The second is something that has been really getting me steamed: Nestle, under the guise of Arrowhead Water, is pumping precious groundwater, bottling it, and sending it out of state. If you absolutely must use bottle water, buy water that is bottled where there isn’t a drought.
- How You Look. Here are two articles talking about how things look, and how we react to them. The first looks at a century of iconic food packaging. The second explores how we look at people: specifically, here’s an interesting article about how a larger woman acquired the self-confidence to go on a beach in a low-rise bikini. Remember, folks, what people can see is what you project about yourself — if you are comfortable in your skin and self-confident, that creates an aura that just increases your already present beauty.
- Medical Items. Some medical related articles. In the first, there appears to be a link between length of time on the pill and Crohn’s Disease (if you have a genetic predisposition for it). I wonder if this is true for Celiac as well? The second looks at something closer to home: some new techniques to help with migraines. Lastly, part I of an article on natural painkillers in the kitchen.
- Technical Privilege. Two articles related to privilege. The first looks at silent technical privilege: the inherent increased ability to work with technology that one gets from being in a home where technology is present. The second discusses a girl-friendly middle-school science-fiction anthology. This is great, and might encourage girls to come back into technology fields.
- Google Feud. Here’s a fun one: using Google Autocomplete to play a version of Family Feud. Google did a survey and the number one answer to the question “Family Feud is” was… rigged. (well, really, it was “filmed in”, but that isn’t a sentence). And of course, the audience for Family Feud is old, so here’s a list of discounts for people over 50.
- Send Your Money To… Here are some fund raisers for you to explore: (1) Support “I Love 99” and the movement to save 99 seat theatre in LA; (2) help OERM put a float in the Rose Bowl (although right now it looks to be root beer).