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!?)


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.”


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.


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.


 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:

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See you next time, nerd lovers!


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  • 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! :)

    • 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.

    • 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!

  • 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.

    • Ruthy

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

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