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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ohio State University Marching Band

The Ohio State University
Marching Band

This week, The Ohio State University marching band set its sights on Hollywood, converting blockbuster movies from the silver screen to the playing green. "Superman" gets a nod at 1:20, 
"The Lord of the Rings" - Sauron's "Eye" makes an appearance about a minute later, and "Harry Potter" drops in, then hops on his broomstick at 4:59.

"Hollywood Blockbuster Show"
The Lord of The Rings
Pirate And The Caribbean
Harry Potter

At the video's 6 minute mark, the marching band's "Jurassic Park" tribute portrays a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex that walks downfield and eats someone.

But the real special effects don't kick in until 7:27, where the band uses fireworks to recreate a battle between two ships for "Pirates of the Caribbean."
As you'd expect, their accompanying theme music for each movie isn't too shabby, either -- certainly enough to make John Williams proud.

"Michael Jackson Tribute"

"Disney Tribute"

 "The Beatles Tribute"


Best Recipes To Make In Your Cast Iron Skillet

The Best Recipes To Make
In Your Cast Iron Skillet

Our cast iron skillets are some of our most prized kitchen possessions. Oftentimes, when we talk about what to do with cast iron, we're talking about what NOT to do. 
For a few of us, before we cook anything we think, "Can I do this in my skillet instead?" The answer is not always yes, but there are lots of great cast iron recipes that might be a little bit unexpected.
We pulled together a list of the 10 best things to cook in a cast iron skillet, in no particular order -- because ranking them would be impossible.

1  Cornbread
You can make cornbread in other cooking vessels, but we have no idea why you would.   
Get the Southern Cornbread recipe from Simply Recipes

2  Steak
Of course we love to grill our steaks, but that isn't always an option (sometimes you live in New York City). A cast iron skillet is the next best choice, uniquely capable of producing a salty, delicious crust.  

3  Roast Chicken
Whether roasting whole atop vegetables destined for a future bath in chicken fat, or spatchcocked and flattened into the skillet itself, cast iron loves roast chicken. So do your friends, make them one.  

4  Pizza
The even heat-conductivity and shallow, wide shape make your cast iron skillet a perfect pizza stone. Added bonus: if your pan is well seasoned it will make your crust crispy and caramelized.

5  Late Night/Lazy Morning One-Pan Egg Dishes
This is basically a quick creamed spinach with eggs baked on top. Perfect late night/lazy morning food, one dish, full of deliciousness.Get the Black Skillet Florentine recipe from Food52
6  Pies/Crumbles/Cobblers
All your pie plates occupied already? Never fear. Your cast iron skillet is here.Get the Skillet Apple Crumb Pie recipe from Food52

7  Lasagna

There is something about preparing a traditionally carefully layered dish like lasagna (or enchiladas!) in a cast iron skillet that promotes sloppiness and laziness. The great news is, laziness and sloppiness in this situation actually taste really good.

8  Dutch Babies
Hummingbird High - This giant, fluffy, oven pancake is one of the best ways to spend Saturday morning.Get the Dutch Baby Pancakes with Fresh Orange Sugar recipe from Hummingbird High High
9  Roasted Vegetables
Do you love crispy, caramelized bits on your roasted vegetables? Make more of them in a cast iron skillet!Get the Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe from Simply Recipes

10  Brownies/Giant Cookies

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reinventing Opera at the Met

Reinventing Opera at the Met
October 27, 2013

Bob Simon reports on the Metropolitan Opera's mission: to make opera as popular -- and populist -- as it once was. Whether it's streaming live feeds around the world or updating the classics, GM Peter Gelb is reinventing the art form.

Reinventing opera at the Met
Rigoletto at the Met set in Las Vegas

Michael Mayer's new production of “Rigoletto,”
set in 1960s Las Vegas

"Questa o quella"

(Piotr Beczala)

Web Extras

Opera for Broadway-lovers? 60 OT: Opera for Broadway-lovers?

First chance at the Met First chance at the Met

Opera singers also acrobats? Opera singers also acrobats?
Opening night for Opening night for "Rigoletto"


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?
Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

One evening, an elderly grandfather told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is evil
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good
It is joy, peace love, hope serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

“Which wolf wins?…”

The old man simply replied,

“The one that you feed the most”

Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks That Actually Work

10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks
That Actually Work
(VIDEO below)

There's a list of 10 interesting ways to make that bottle of vinegar work for you.
  • For instance, take getting rid of fruit flies. Who knew a little apple cider vinegar and some plastic wrap could do the trick? 
  • Or what about dying flowers? You can easily revive them with this household product.
Topics covered:

1. Unclogging a drain
2. Removing adhesive residue
3. Getting rid of awful smells.

4. DIY Cleaning Products
5. DIY Fruit fly Trap

6. Getting Wrinkles out of clothing (My favorite)

7. Preventing pets from scratching

8. Make flowers last longer
9. Removing baked on gunk in a frying pan

10. Eyeglass Cleaner - Cleaning your glasses perfectly

 Uses For Vodka  - You may have heard of 'beer goggles' but did you know you can use vodka to clean your glasses? Just pour a dab onto a clean cloth, and use it to wipe down your lenses. It does a great job removing any grease and smudges.

Clothing Deodorizer
If you need to refresh some clothing but don't have the time to launder it, you can use some vodka. In a spray bottle, mix one part vodka with one part water. Spray the garment lightly. The best part is it doesn't leave a scent.

Rust Remover
If you have some rust accumulating on an antique key or hardware, don't fret. Instead turn to the vodka bottle! Let the items soak in vodka overnight, and the liquid breaks down the rust.

Poison Ivy Helper
Let's face it; poison ivy isn't fun. It turns out that urushiol - the chemical produced by poison ivy that makes you break out - is alcohol-soluble. Just wipe a little vodka on the affected skin soon after the exposure and it will not only soothe, but help you recover quicker.
Bug Spray 
Vodka, water and anise to make a spray to repel pesky bugs. The combination of the scent and flavor is enough to deter most creepy crawlies.

 10 Vinegar Life Hacks
you should know.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Every Day

11 Reasons
Why You Should Drink Coffee
Every Day

There really can't be any adult in this great big world that has never tried coffee. It's consumed everywhere, and judging by the amount of Starbucks locations in the United States alone, (in 2012, there were 10,924!) we love our caffeine.
And that's fine. In fact, there are many advantages to being one of the 54 percent of Americans over 18 who drink coffee everyday. Coffee can be pretty amazing for your brain, your skin and your body. Read on to discover 11 reasons you should wake up and smell the coffee...

Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else.
According to a study done in 2005, "nothing else comes close" to providing as many antioxidants as coffee. While fruits and vegetables also have tons of antioxidants, the human body seems to absorb the most from coffee.

Just smelling coffee could make you less stressed.

Researchers at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress. Note, this aroma study doesn't relate to stress by itself, only to the stress felt as a result of sleep deprivation. Now, we're not entirely sure if this means you should keep a bag of roasted coffee beans on your nightstand every night, but feel free to try!

Coffee could lessen the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

ScienceDaily reported in 2012 that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson's disease control their movement. Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, said, "Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease." 

Coffee is great for your liver (especially if you drink alcohol).

A study published in 2006 that included 125,000 people over 22 years showed that those who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less to develop liver cirrhosis -- an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption that could lead to liver failure and cancer. Arthur L Klatsky, the lead author of the study, told The Guardian, "Consuming coffee seems to have some protective benefits against alcoholic cirrhosis, and the more coffee a person consumes the less risk they seem to have of being hospitalised or dying of alcoholic cirrhosis."
Studies have also shown that coffee can help prevent people from developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School revealed that drinking four or more cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing the progression of NAFLD.

Coffee can make you feel happier.

A study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it's not because of the "caffeine high" -- Coke can also give you a caffeine high, but it's linked to depression. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants.

Coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of suicide.

A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.

Coffee could reduce your chances of getting skin cancer (if you're a woman).

Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed 112,897 men and women over a 20-year period and, apparently, women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are much less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don't.

Coffee can make you a better athlete.

The New York Times reports, "Scientists and many athletes have known for years, of course, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling." Caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows athletes' muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, therefore saving the body's small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise. 

Coffee could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study's researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.

Drinking coffee could help keep your brain healthier for longer.

Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer's disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, "We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer's disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer's or delay its onset."

Coffee may make you more intelligent.
You usually drink coffee when you are sleep-deprived, right? Well, that much-needed jolt not only keeps you awake, it makes you sharper. CNN reports that coffee allows your brain to work in a much more efficient and smarter way. TIME reporter, Michael Lemonick, says, "When you're sleep-deprived and you take caffeine, pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning -- most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence."

Moral of the story? 



Coffee is number one source of antioxidants

Coffee provides more than just a morning jolt; that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.). Their study was described today at the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

"Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close," says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the university. Although fruits and vegetables are generally promoted as good sources of antioxidants, the new finding is surprising because it represents the first time that coffee has been shown to be the primary source from which most Americans get their antioxidants, Vinson says. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, he adds.

He cautions that high antioxidant levels in foods and beverages don't necessarily translate into levels found in the body. The potential health benefits of these antioxidants ultimately depends on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body, a process that is still poorly understood, says Vinson, whose study was primarily funded by the American Cocoa Research Institute.

The news follows a growing number of reports touting the potential health benefits of drinking coffee. It also comes at an appropriate time: Coffee consumption is on the rise in the United States and over half of Americans drink it everyday, according to the National Coffee Association.

Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. For the current study, Vinson and his associates analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. The data was compared to an existing U.S. Department of Agriculture database on the contribution of each type of food item to the average estimated U.S. per capita consumption.

Coffee came out on top, on the combined basis of both antioxidants per serving size and frequency of consumption, Vinson says. Java easily outranked such popular antioxidant sources as tea, milk, chocolate and cranberries, he says. Of all the foods and beverages studied, dates actually have the most antioxidants of all based solely on serving size, according to Vinson. But since dates are not consumed at anywhere near the level of coffee, the blue ribbon goes to our favorite morning pick-me-up as the number one source of antioxidants, he says.

Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease, according to some recently published studies
But there's also a downside: Java can make you jittery and cause stomach pains, while some studies have tied it to elevated blood pressure and heart rates. More research is needed, particularly human studies, to firmly establish its health benefits, Vinson says.

While the findings would seem to encourage people to go out and drink more coffee, Vinson emphasizes moderation. "One to two cups a day appear to be beneficial," he says. If you don't like coffee, consider drinking black tea, which is the second most consumed antioxidant source in the U.S. diet, Vinson says. 

Bananas, dry beans and corn placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

But don't forget about fresh fruits and veggies, the researcher cautions. "Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber," Vinson says. Dates, cranberries and red grapes are among the top fruits for antioxidants on the basis of concentration (antioxidants per serving size), he says

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

The paper on this research, AGFD 10, will be presented at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 203A, during the symposium "The Potential Health Benefits of Antioxidants."

Source: American Chemical Society

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