Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The End of an Era of Ephron

Can anyone tell me if there was..or is now...any female writer-screenwriter-director
who had/has a body of work anything near the amazingly talented Nora Ephron.
Nora Ephron RIP
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Nikola Tesla - Smarter Than Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Combined know who I'm talking about
Nikola Tesla
The greatest geek who ever lived
Let's just say that basically every major technical advance of the early 20th Century, from alternating current to hydroelectricity, radar to radio, came directly from Tesla.
The gives us a basic Tesla for Dummies post that is worth reading.
Is Tesla had lived longer, he surely would have invented the internet.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daenerys Targaryen - Wrong For Dragons - Wrong For The Realm

If you've been watching the Game of Thrones series like I have
you will surely agree that it is just asking to be parodied.

There are GOT parodies all over you tube
and a particularly funny but raunchy one done by Saturday Night Live.
But my favorite ones are these political ad spoofs from The Week.
They are hysterical.

When is George R. R, Martin every going to finish the last book so that we can finally learn what happens after winter comes?
Does anyone know?
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Around Town - A Final Fling For Foie Gras

Oh California...why do you do these things to me?Banning foie gras, one of my five favorite foods,
is that really necessary?
This photo of foie gras was snagged from Just Luxe
California Chefs Fight Ban On Foie Gras

I'm not saying that I support the original method of force feeding ducks and geese
but isn't there some sort of humane alternative?

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck has famously supported the ban on foie gras since its inception, while television chef, author, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain believes there are alternatives to the way the dish is procured. Bourdain, who visited the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm on an episode of his show "No Reservations," has said "Every duck for foie gras that I know at Hudson Valley, for instance — and I've been there, I've walked freely everywhere, all around. When the ducks come at you when a human enters the barn, if all the ducks in the place move towards you, that is an indication that their experience with humans, it's not awful...A distressed, unhappy animal is bad food...inarguably that kind of suffering and stress leads directly to the quality of food that we don't want."

In the soon to be demise of this delicious dish, a group of local chefs have preparred special menus last month as their last hurrah for foie.
From LA Weekly
California Chefs Host Foie Gras Super Dinner
In protest of California's rapidly approaching foie gras ban, C.H.E.F.S. (the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards), an organization that sounds like a maniacal conglomerate out of a James Bond film, or perhaps a culinary-slanted take on the Avengers, announced yesterday that it will be undertaking a massive four-restaurants-in-one-night series of dinners loaded with 23 star chefs -- enough toque power to be worthy of big-screen adaptation. Melisse, the Royce at the Langham, Lemon Moon and Animal will host simultaneous dinners on May 14, with each assembling a team of guest chefs from all across California.

These special dinners will continue through this month and I hope to be able to enjoy one.
If not...I will just have another reason to start planning a trip to France.
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Friday, June 8, 2012

How To Wear Estate Jewelry - The Chanel J-12 Watch in White For Summer

I love white jeans for the summer
don't you?
They pair perfectly with navy, black and tan tops and blazers
which are all staple colors in my wardrobe
This summer in addition to my white jeans I would like to wear this Chanel J-12 diamond watch in bright white.
It's not too fancy and it's not too fussy.
Here's the close-up shot
I'm not necessarily a fan of all things Chanel, but I do think that this watch is cool.
What do you think?
What will you wear with your white jeans this summer?
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wonderful Words For A Wedding or My Nomination For Blog Post Of The Year

Like most of you, I've enjoyed reading the many by invitation only wedding inspired posts by my favorite bloggers.
And, I was particularly moved by the lovely post by Tish at A Femme d'un Certain Age.
Tish posted the speech written by her 'reason for living in France', that she gave in his place at her own daughter's wedding.
Here's just a part:
1.) Love is easy -- it's simply chemistry.
2.) Happiness is not merely a word. It is a decision.
3.) Once that decision is taken, it allows you to face any situation no matter how difficult. (And you can be sure there will be difficult situations.)
4.) And how about fidelity? Fidelity is the supreme luxury one offers the other no matter what the price in order to preserve and protect your precious couple.
5.) A sense of humor makes up for the rest and heaven knows you and Will are rather gifted in that domain.

Not that anyone asked my opinion but I nominate Tish's post as the blog post of the year.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Conspicuous Consumption American Style - Showing The Goods

Lest you think that I only comment on conspicuous consumption Italian designer style
I saw this lovely young lady at the Antique and Estate jewelry show in Las Vegas last weekend.

Aside from her very obvious and stunning assets
she is wearing a bikini top with over 500 total carats of yellow and white diamonds.

Obviously, I know that this is just brand the Prada racing yacht.
But, unlike the yacht, which needs a crew and extra capital to keep it seaworthy
and this diamond top can easily be taken apart
and the diamonds can be reused in something that is actually wearable.

Just saying.
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