Thursday, January 31, 2008
Song: "Jungle" by ELO/Jeff Lynne (1977)
Video: This guy
Listen to his essay "The Universe is Conspiring to Help Us" for NPR's series This I Believe
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
"The cultivation and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom. It is also the antithesis of freedom and peace. Every increase of needs tends to increase one's dependence on outside forces...only by a reduction of needs can one promote a genuine reduction in those tensions which are the ultimate causes of strife and war."
-E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered 1973
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
PARIS — On the elite trading floors here, where France’s brightest minds devise some of the most complex instruments in global finance, few people noticed Jérôme Kerviel.
He was lucky to be there at all. Many of his colleagues had been plucked from the prestigious Grandes Ecoles — the Harvards and
1-1.5 cups of dry roasted peanuts
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tbsp of butter
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt (or less)
Micorowave safe bowl - Large
Hard plastic or metal mixing spoon
Measuring cups & spoons
Cookie sheet, large caserole dish or tin foil for spreading mixture
Airtight container for leftovers (if any)
- Mix peanuts, sugar, cornsyrup & salt in the microwave safe bowl
- Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir mixture and quickly return to the microwave for another 4 minutes
- Quickly stir in butter and vanilla and return to the micorwave for the final 2 minutes
- Add the baking soda and stir quickly until the mix is light and foamy
- Immediately pour the mixture onto a lightly-greased baking sheet, caserole dish or tin foil spreading it out as thinly as possible.
- Allow the mix to cool - then break it into small pieces and store in an airtight container.
Use a flexible plastic bowl for the microwave steps. To clean, just run cold water in the bowl to harden any leftover brittle. As you bend and move the bowl, the brittle will just pop off.
Use a hard plastic spoon for mixing. Clean it by knocking it against the sink. The brittle should pop right off.
3 days ago
MEXICO CITY (AFP) — "Traveling among women is so much more pleasant," says Alejandra Lugo as she takes a seat on the women's only bus that began circulating earlier this month in Mexico City.
"Otherwise, I have men sticking to me," she says of her past days on the mixed-sex buses. "And here I am, 58 years old. Imagine how they treat the younger girls."
The just-for-women city bus began on Monday as part of an experimental program aimed at protecting female passengers who are frequently exposed to sexual harassment on public transportation, where officials say 14 percent of rapes, sexual harassment and abuse took place in 2007...