This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.
Today’s viral thing is a note posted on a Texas restaurant door. It's here. It contains bad language, so you’ll have to choose to look at it. It’s a going-out-of-business sign that says, in essence, you stupid rednecks have no appreciation of good food.
In somewhat saltier sentiments.
This site says “don’t know if it’s real, but here it is,” and then people debate whether it’s Photoshopped. Proof: it’s behind glass! Paper isn’t reflective! Yes, kids, remember: when trying to decide if something is Photoshopped, take advice from people who have never spent more than ten minutes with Photoshop.
Gawker seems to think it’s real, and again: it’s behind the glass, people! They point to the restaurant’s Facebook page, where the owners posted an update this morning: “Don’t believe all you see and hear folks!” That’s not exactly a strong denial.
But. Let’s take a look at the restaurant’s location on Google Street View:
Let’s turn around 180 degrees.
Does that match the reflection? Sort of. But the second view is on the other side of an interstate. Turn the first view around 180 degrees to see what you’d get if you stood by the restaurant door and turned around. I don’t know; isn’t conclusive one way or the other.
As for Photoshopping something so it looks like it’s behind glass:
That took me five minutes.Take the original, copy it, put the letter on top of it, paste the original over that, and set the transparency low.
Not photoshopped: the restaurant’s own pictures of their food.
Some photoshopping might have helped.
ARCHITORTURE The next thing about which you should worry and be outraged and adopt an air of cynical contempt: skyscrapers aren’t telling the truth about their height.
Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to increase height, but remain unoccupied. Wasteful!
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a not-for-profit organization that tracks the world's skyscrapers, just released some data on that subject. Surprise! Some really tall buildings don't need to be so tall.
The CTBUH uses the term "vanity spires" to describe tops of buildings where a ton of extra height is added, even though that space isn't used for people. By unused height, here are the 10 buildings with the most ridiculous spires:
And it goes on to call out the worst offenders; the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has almost 30% of its space devoted to non-useful sky-poking floors. No one will ever live or work up there.
The author notes that the early 20th century skyscraper competitions in the US produced some “vanity” space in the Empire State Building and the Chrysler. These buildings are now - what’s the word, class? Everyone together - ICONIC, so no one’s complaining. But these recent buildings are wasteful! and deserve to be chided. In related news: there’s a non-profit that tracks skyscrapers? Yes - and they’re the ones who say how tall something is, no matter what someone else might say. The site had some pictures of recent award-winning buildings, and I was struck by these enormous slabs of butter holding up a boomerang laden with salad:
GREEK YOGURT UPDATE They haven’t made Motor oil with Greek Yogurt or Round-up Herbicide with Greek Yogurt, but give them time. Meanwhile:
Chobani says it's recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, a move prompted by reports of illnesses by some customers.
The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were "swelling and bloating." Chobani had previously said it wasn't issuing a formal recall.
Be sure to hit the comments, where people get mad at total strangers over their food choices. Stop liking what you like if I don’t like it! Just stop!
In related news, the Wall Street Journal notes the effect Greek Yogurt is having on customer choice:
These are dark days for fans of regular yogurt.
The creamy snack is being edged out on grocery store shelves by its thicker, tarter, higher-protein sibling, Greek yogurt.
Over a third of the yogurt in a typical grocery store is now Greek, in varieties from low-fat to fruit-on-the-bottom to tubes for kids. Because shelf space is limited, the Greek squeeze means consumers have had to say goodbye to some varieties of traditional-style yogurt and more obscure flavors. (R.I.P. Stonyfield Farm's Whole Milk White Chocolate Raspberry and Strawberry Acai flavors.) Pudding cups, margarine and other products with the misfortune of usually sitting near yogurt also are harder to find.
It'll pass. Meanwhile, expect more. Is it in shampoo yet? Not yet. But soon.
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