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We have a decent method for listening to music—it could be better but it could also be much worse. We don’t have a stereo but we do have an iPod which, coupled with an iTrip, plays simultaneously over two Bose radios in two separate rooms. (Keep in mind, we only have four rooms.) I wouldn’t call it stereophonic but it can certainly be loud and sometimes lots of volume can give the illusion of being surrounded by sound. Generally speaking, I like the Two Bose Method.

But today I decided to plug the iPod into our piano speakers and truly, nothing can make you realize how inadequate your life is like a subwoofer. (I imagine Charles Goodyear felt similarly when he accidentally discovered vulcanized rubber.) It still isn’t glorious surround sound but it’s formidable bass! It’s more depth! It’s great.

I haven’t completely given up on the Two Bose Method, though. There’s a time and a place for the Bose—mainly when we’re in the kitchen—but the Piano Method will probably dominate all other times. This is especially exciting because with all of the warm weather we’ve been getting, it’s inevitable that evenings be spent outside on the porch, which is out of Bose range. Skippy!


Food For Thought

Global food security has been on my mind a lot lately, greatly due to the fact that this issue has been in the news so much. (I’m an avid feed reader.) Some of the articles that have passed through my Inbox include:

UN calls for farming revolution – “The Unesco study recommends better safeguards to protect resources and more sustainable farming practices, such as producing food locally.”

World Bank tackles food emergency – “World Bank head Robert Zoellick warned that 100 million people in poor countries could be pushed deeper into poverty by spiralling prices.”

Rising Food Prices Spark Growing Concern – “Deadly rioting broke out this week across Haiti and Egypt, where rampaging inflation has driven up food prices.”

Can People Have Meat and a Planet, Too? – “But one could envision someday a model, say, of a solar-powered facility in southern California or Singapore basically turning sunlight and desalinated seawater into growth medium and then tons of cruelty-free, sustainable nuggets of chicken essence.”

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All the News Scientists Want Your MacBook for Earthquake Detection, Old Nick, ‘West Memphis Three’ Inmate Makes New Appeal

This Charming ___ charm bracelets, finally bought Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, whites / neutrals with kapow! colors

Wishful Thinking

Favorites: Men’s Hair

I was just pondering if-I-was-a-man-what-would-my-hair-would-look-like. (Who knows why.) (Maybe its because the woman behind the espresso machine was talking about having a sex change for Michael Stipe.) (I wouldn’t want his hair.) (More parenthesis, please!) So while I’m thinking about it (and random as it may be), here are my top three favorite if-I-was-a-man-what-would-my-hair-would-look-like picks: Keegan Singh, Nick Cave circa 1984 and Johnny Suede.

For the love of product.

Origins A Perfect World™ Nighttime antioxidant mask with White Tea Anyone that knows me is all too familiar with how frighteningly dry my hands get in the winter. I can’t begin to over-exaggerate how thoroughly desiccated they become. It’s bad. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I finally found a moisturizer that smoothes out and hydrates my poor little paws and it’s been sitting next to my bed all this time. I used this mask on my hands twice last week and they’re completely healed, a million (!!) times softer and on their way to fewer lines.

Emilio Pucci Vivara The most heavenly scent in the world. I initially got this as a free sample from Sephora but instantly declared, “This will be mine!” And now it is. I love it. The notes are Italian bergamot, amaretto, sambac jasmine, narcissus, Indonesian patchouli and iris butter. The amaretto is very pronounced, which I love.

bareMinerals Liner Shadow in “Bark” I feel like I’ve already written about how much I like this eyeliner but I wear this every day so it’s definitely worth praising. I mix a little bit of powder with two drops of Bare Escentuals Weather Everything Liner Sealer and it lasts the entire day. As someone with bad allergies, I’m very careful about what I put near my eyes and this is completely non-irritating. (Plus I have to really claw at my eyes to make this stuff flake off!) To apply (cat eye-style!), I use a Sephora Professionnel Angled Liner #15 brush.

Murad Resurgence Hydrating Gel Mask I’m a bit of a product junkie so I’m always rotating my skincare products, mainly masks. (Because I finally found a cleanser I think I like.) Right now I’m using this handy dandy hydrating gel mask which does the job. I always get random dry patches on my face (I suspect the culprit is my deeply dehydrated self) and thus far, this has been keeping that at bay. It might not be The One but it’s good.

A week of links.

New-to-me artist Ana Bagayan. I can’t remember where I found out about her.

Some eye-catching photographs at the Cut: Slimane Shoots Sasha for French ‘Vogue’, Magazines Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Especially the shot of Guinevere van Seenus.)

Takashi Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum. The walk from my mom’s house to the Brooklyn Museum (with stops at the farmers market and Botanic Garden) is really nice in the summer.

BigDog: The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth via Coilhouse. Watch the video, it’s actually pretty cool.

Perhaps a new weeknight staple? Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta. For next time, I’m halving the amount artichokes and not settling for canned. Too watery and salty.

Some highlights from NPR: Wading Through an Endangered Species Backlog, Boston Wants to Harness Composting Energy, Brooklyn Spill Dwarfs the Exxon ‘Valdez’ Disaster

Reznor vs. Radiohead: Innovation Smackdown and a brief interview with Trent Reznor (via Wired).

Huge Iceberg Breaks Away, Antarctic Ice Shelf ‘Hangs By A Thread’ via Wired. Also video of the British Antarctic Survey’s flyover and a thin silver lining?

Awesome guest room finished at Making it Lovely.

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