Friday, December 14, 2012

Batch of links

- Have you ever been travelling and wished for a home cooked meal? Do you ever want to host dinner parties with people from around the world? Enter Meal Sharing, an online community that allows you to do just that.

- Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old widow, is going to the Supreme Court to fight a law that requires the federal government to deny marital benefits to gay and lesbian couples living in states that allow such unions (more on her here). I hope she wins.

- I already spoke about how global warming is affecting food prices, corn in particular. Now the effects are being felt on wheat, which is a cool-weather crop. This would negatively affect traditional pasta production (you can make pasta with other grains, of course, but it’s not quite the same). Wheat, corn and rice are the three grains most consumed worldwide, and all three are affected negatively by current climate change.

- How to have the Happy Meal talk, assuming you don’t want your kids worshipping junk food as they grow up.

- TED Talk: Your brain on video games. I was pleasantly surprised by this; I’m sure the Engineer will say that he knew it all along (he’s playing Magic – The Gathering as I type this).

- Finally, I’ll leave you with two movie trailer, both for May 2013. There’s Star Trek 2, which looks just as fabulous as the last one; and there’s Man of Steel, which looks a million times better than the last one! I’m so excited that it seems like they finally got it right with this movie. Hopefully this will lead to a decent Justice League movie!


Anonymous said...

Forget the Happy Meal talk, we are having a pro-spinach campaign in my house:
Monday: steamed spinach (not eaten)
Tuesday: spinach in a ham and cheese omelette (eyed suspiciously but eaten)
Wednesday and Thursday: spinach and red grapefruit salad (not eaten Wed, eaten Thursday, Lucie liked it very much)
Friday: sneaked spinach in the ground meat in the sheperd's pie (eaten with relish, no comment made)
Saturday: Spinach risotto (partially eaten)
and coming soon: spinach in peanut sauce!
our rule is: you don't have to eat it, but you have to sit through the course: so they often taste it out of boredom.
... if they learn to like spinach, happy meals will taste bland... (that's the plan)
Maman des zigotos

Amélie said...

I think that's a great plan! "You don't have to like it, but you don't get out of sitting at the dinner table just because you don't eat it." I'm always told you need to have patience and keep reintroducing the new food, over and over, before it is accepted.
I made a soup recently where I added spinach even though it wasn't in the recipe:
It was delicious! Just cut it small enough and it's easier to swallow (literally).