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Fist Fight offers good audio and video - but that doesn’t help

If you like your comedy movie foul mouthed, mean spirited and populated with sexual predators, Fist Fight is for you. But if it’s representative of today’s comedy films, I weep for popular culture and the society it supposedly reflects.

Rocky or Fight Club it ain’t!

Fist Fight is set on the last day of school, also known as Prank Day, when the students perform pranks on the faculty. Judging by the pranks, these students put a lot more effort into this day than they do into their studies. On the other hand, I think if these folks were my teachers I’d have played hookey a lot more than I did in my misspent youth.

Greetings from 97-year old World War II Veteran

Fellow Veterans and Friends of Veterans

Aldo Dipre`, 97-year old World War II Veteran as he convalesces at the Los Angeles VA.

Photo taken by his loving wife Yvonne who watches over him with the same loyalty and vigilance that our U.S. Military protects our American Flag and U.S. Constitution.

God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!


By Robert L. Rosebrock - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Full Story

Why a crackly crust is essential to a baguette’s aroma and taste

An authentic French baguette is one of those key staples that foodies hunt for. Now scientists have gained new insight into why a crisp crust is a must for this quintessential bread. They report their findings on how crumb and crust structure affect aroma — and therefore, perceived taste — in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The smell of baked bread that’s fresh out of the oven is mouth-watering, but the effect of aroma doesn’t stop there. Chewing food also releases molecules that waft in our mouths, interacts with olfactory receptors and influence how we perceive what we’re eating. Understanding this dynamic could help food scientists improve the taste of products. Taking the baguette as an example to explore this possibility, Anne Saint-Eve and colleagues wanted to see how its texture would affect its aroma when chewed.

The researchers had three study participants eat samples of nine baguettes, each with different crumb and crust densities, water content and elasticity. An analysis of volatile organic compounds that are exhaled through the “nose spaces” of the participants along with their chewing activity showed that firm bread and brittle crust led to more chewing and a greater rate of release of aroma molecules. The findings could help food scientists create new bread types better tailored to meet consumers’ expectations, the researchers say.

Effect of Bread Crumb and Crust Structure on the in Vivo Release of Volatiles and the Dynamics of Aroma Perception

By American Chemical Society - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Full Story

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Someone once defined military veterans as those who recognize that love of God, fellow man, and country is the willingness to write a blank check, payable for an amount up to the last full measure of devotion: life itself.

On August 16, 1960, Colonel Joe Kittinger proved his willingness to write such a check by ascending in a helium balloon to an altitude of 102,800 feet — almost twenty miles.

Wearing only a thin pressure suit, he placed his life in God’s hands, and stepped out of the gondola.

ESPN: Look, we re-upped with Tim Tebow, so get off our case

We love Tim Tebow here - even if he does play in the Mets organization - and we’re always happy to hear that something positive has happened in his career and in his life. So when ESPN re-upped with Tebow on his deal to be part of its college football studio offerings, we were nothing if not pleased. If Tebow wants to do TV while pursuing his baseball dreams, we’re all over it.

But we couldn’t help but wonder: Does ESPN usually make such a big deal out of an existing talent re-signing? Because if one were inclined to be a little suspicious, one might almost suspect they had an ulterior motive in trumpeting this:

ESPN has announced a multiyear agreement with Tim Tebow, who will continue as an analyst on the SEC Network.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

“’Pologize, Dice!”

As a boy growing up on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm in the 1950s, I looked forward to Saturdays, mainly because I didn’t have to go to school, but also because Friday’s paydays were always followed by Saturday’s dice games.

I watched and listened, crouched beside Jaybird, my best friend and mentor. After I grasped the fundamentals of craps, as the old black man called the game, he spotted me some change and let me join in.

“If you win, repay me and keep the rest,” he said. “If you lose, repay me from your allowance for doing chores.”

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

Into The Heartland

Rumors of my death are exaggerated. The reason my wife Mary and I dropped off the face of the earth is because we have not had internet for almost a week, which as y’all know feels like an eternity. We drove up from Florida to close on our new home in a tiny West Virginia town, population 500. Why?
To move close to our parents and family.

The drive up from Florida was quite interesting. The number of Trump signs on display in yards, rooftops and billboards tells me Trump has connected with every day Americans like no other president before him.

By Lloyd Marcus - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

Oh by the way, Led Zeppelin might reunite this year

First we heard it from this guy last weekend:

I have some well placed sources in the industry telling me that Robert Plant has agreed to reunite Led Zeppelin for Desert Trip 2017.  Rumor has it they turned down a reported $14 million dollar pay day to play at last years festival and that this year there are “millions & millions” of more reasons why they should do it.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, May 5, 2017 - Full Story

Israel’s surprising way of teaching skills for innovation

On the global scale, Israeli youth are falling behind in academic achievements.

According to recent research conducted by PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), Israel is in the bottom 40 percent in mathematics and science. Israel consistently trails behind countries such as China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Austria.

Yet it has the highest density of startups per capita in the world and is ranked No. 2 in innovation, according to the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report.

How is a country so successful in technological entrepreneurship, which demands extensive knowledge in mathematics, science, finance and business, so far behind in math and science education?—More…

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Full Story

Heartwarming: When singer’s mic fails, 18,000 Canadian hockey fans fill in on U.S. National Anthem

I’ve been to a lot of NHL games. When you’re born in Detroit, they slap your butt to get your lungs working, then they pretty much issue you a set of Red Wings tickets and a little jersey.  That’s just how it works in Hockeytown. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, hockey fans are a different breed. There’s not a happier, nicer, more congenial crowd in professional sports.

By Robert Laurie - Monday, May 1, 2017 - Full Story

Roger Goodell actually does something good . . . lays the smack to marijuana advocates

Just because the culture is moving in a certain direction does not mean that direction is wise. It usually just means that the people behind that direction are more determined than the people who might be inclined to resist it, or that they’ve managed to strike fear in the hearts of all who might oppose them.

Or that the resistance figures it’s no use because they’re going to lose anyway.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, May 1, 2017 - Full Story

Anyone who thinks ESPN’s decline isn’t because of its liberal bias is either in denial,

Last week all-sports cable TV channel ESPN sent out pink slips to 100 employees, many of them on-air personalities. Profits have been declining since last year in large part because of the 12 million viewers who, since 2011, have dropped their subscriptions.

Yet even at this late date, there are those who insist this has nothing to do with the network’s pervasive left-wing bias, preferring to blame it on customers switching over to mobile viewing.

Among the usual suspects promoting this view is Kevin Draper of Deadspin.

By BombThrowers - Monday, May 1, 2017 - Full Story

Virgilene’s Mean

Uncle Virgil wanted a son to name Virgil, Jr., but ended up with a bunch of girls. When the last one came along, Aunt Lillian refused to let the child be named after her father, reasoning that a girl named Virgil would be worse than a boy named Sue. Grudgingly, Auntie agreed to let Virgilene be the child’s middle name. Everybody but me called her Alice, her first name.

Virgilene was as uncomely as they come, and because her buckteeth poked out like a piranha’s, she was so ugly that she’d make a freight train take a dirt road. I not only made fun of her middle name, but also of her frightful fangs.

A Real Fool

“Only fools think money can solve any problem,” my lifelong best friend and mentor, Jaybird, once told me.

As a boy I didn’t always pay attention to the old black man’s wisdom, but one day, while lolling with my pals on Uptown Avenue in our Mississippi Delta hometown, I learned the hard way to abide by his wise words about money. I didn’t have a cent, and was certain money could solve a problem I had: coming up with twenty-five cents to buy an All-Day Sucker at Peach-Eye’s Grocery.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Full Story

This is quite possibly the greatest TV commercial ever created

Maybe it’s that queasy, inescapable, instinct that tells us millennials are awful. Perhaps it’s just a desire to see the adults back in charge after a decade of ...weirdness.  It could be that people are yearning for a time when men were men instead of strange adult man-children.

Whatever it is, we’re all feeling it, and this new Carl’s Jr. ad is tapping into it - in spades.

After ten years of bikini-clad supermodels eating giant burgers and rolling around in soapy car washes, the fast food chain has decided to rejigger its image.

The result is, quite possibly, the greatest TV commercial ever made.

By Robert Laurie - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Full Story

Easter Hands

One fine spring day, on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm, my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird told a story to a group of us children, a story he called “Easter Hands.”

As the old black man slipped into the hypnosis of his bullfrog bass voice, we little ones clustered at his feet, leaning toward him like eager flowers toward the rising sun. He told us the story of Easter.

We had heard Jesus Christ called different names — Savior, Messiah, the Nazarene, Son of Man — and our young minds were confused. Jaybird told Jesus’ story in a way we could understand.

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, April 10, 2017 - Full Story

One Helluva Bad Day

It was a torrid July day in the summer of 1961. On my father’s Mississippi Delta farm, a huge field was covered with 80-pound hay bales that had to be loaded by hand onto trailers and hauled to the barn. 

At five o’clock, Dad opened the bedroom door. “Hay time, boys, git up. Jaybird is waiting outside for y’all.”

By Jimmy Reed - Friday, March 31, 2017 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Flowering Indoor Plants

There are hundreds of candidates to provide colourful blooms, some even scented, for house and apartment. Unlike those grown principally for their foliage, most require a little more care to persuade them to flower. But the results and almost guaranteed admiration from visitors is worth it. ‘Bright light’ means several hours direct sun a day, while filtered light means at the back of such exposed room or perhaps near a window in an east or north room. Always use room-temperature water—cold water is almost certain to cause flower and bud drop.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Full Story

Going to Pot: The Stoned Age

When—not if—Canada’s government legalizes recreational use of marijuana, gardeners will enter a new era.

Decades ago potted plants, usually sold for home d√©cor, became termed ‘pot plants.’ These have also been referred to as ‘houseplants,’ but with the advent of their becoming popular for offices and other commercial spaces, ‘indoor plants’ perhaps fits the bill better.

By Wes Porter - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Full Story

True Blue to Dye For

True blue blooms, as gardeners know, are hard to find. No less for our ancestors searching for such a source to dye both textiles and themselves.

A reliable blue was discovered at least 6,000 years ago, in various species of Indigofera, a genus of some 700 species of leguminous annual and perennial herbs, shrubs and small trees native to tropical and warm regions. The major natural dye source has been I. tinctoria, a deciduous subshrub with pink and blue flowers originating in southeast Asia.

By Wes Porter - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story