Table Scraps 9-7-13

It’s Saturday, it’s TABLE SCRAPS, it’s the best collection of random anywhere on the web.  

Here’s how excited I am:

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September 6, 2013 (how is it September already!?)

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Let’s start off with some truth: The Bloggess put together this tongue-in-cheek, Very Important List of things you must do when using social media, or you will be a complete failure at the Internets.  My personal sarcastic favorite is this rule:  “Any article containing more than six words should be made into a 15 page slideshow.”  (Yeah, I’m looking at you, HuffPost.)

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This Buzzfeed article, “The Internet Explained By Prisoners Who’ve Never Seen It” was probably the most fascinating thing I’ve read all week.  I can’t fathom what it would be like without the internet in my daily life- nor can I imagine what it must feel like to have never actually seen it.

“I’ve never seen the internet in person. I was locked up in 1997. CDs were a big deal. I knew the internet was called the information superhighway for a reason, but I had no idea how connected society really is through the internet.”

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Anybody out there following the Great Chicken Washing Controversy?  First, the Kitchn posted that chickens don’t actually need to be rinsed prior to cooking- refuting everyone from Julia Child to Betty Crocker- because possible chicken bacteria can splash, and contaminate the sink and nearby areas.

So, Alton Brown and Michael Ruhlman came out in response, guns a-blazing.  It’s an entertaining rant from Ruhlman on why people should just calm down from fuh-reaking out over bacteria.

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This is me lately:

On the plus side, I’m getting a lot of reading done!  Any suggestions for good books?  My list is running low, and that gives me a panicky feeling.  I can hear my husband snort from here.

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The other day while we were talking, I realized that the Big Man knew way more about the Syrian conflict than I did.  Not to be outdone, I’ve been trying to read as much about it as possible.  This Washington Post article, 9 Questions You Were Embarrassed to Ask About Syria was a good starting point.

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 Music Time.  I have a confession to make, I’m afraid:  I’ve been an embarrassingly huge John Mayer fan since forever.  How long, you ask?  I downloaded my first John Mayer song on Napster.  So, that long.

Anyway, his new album Paradise Valley is incredible.  It’s bluesy and country and a little Grateful Dead-ish in parts, and I love it.  And hey, if you’re still having a hard time warming up to John Mayer in his post-douchebag years, check out this article from Vulture: a 7-Step Plan to Not Hating John Mayer Anymore. 

Here’s one of my favorite songs off the album, Wildfire, with a very Jerry Garci-ish guitar towards the end:

(here’s the link)

iTunes:

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See you next time, nerd lovers!

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  • http://neighborfoodblog.com/ Courtney @ Neighborfood

    So, I don’t really know your reading style, but have you read The Book Thief or The Language of Flowers–they were two recent favorites of mine. Never be left without a good novel on hand! :)

    • http://www.omeletta.com/ Ruthy

      I have not read those! Thank you so much- I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new books. My Goodreads account is struggling under the strain :)

  • Lan | MoreStomach

    i just finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. it’s young adult fiction, but set in the 80s and it’s wonderfully nostalgic and hysterically tragic. Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed is also a great read.
    i don’t like john mayer but i do admit to liking some of his recent stuff.

    • http://www.omeletta.com/ Ruthy

      I heard that Cheryl Strayed books was excellent, so thank you! Definitely adding that one onto the list.
      I think John Mayer acts like a ridiculous idiot most of the time but I just can’t quit his music. le sigh!

  • http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/ Stacy

    I love the Michael Ruhlman essay but I ADORE Alton’s post-it notes. How did I miss that on the interwebs?! Too funny. And the baby on skates! That face! What a wonderful, fabulous expression of JOY! I love that too.

    • http://www.omeletta.com/ Ruthy

      Haha I know! I loved it so much, I’m making it my phone’s screensaver :)