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An Ode to the Internet

Now that the Olympics are coming to a close, I thought that it would be important to look over this year’s highlights. Unfortunately, I do not own a TV, but what is different from the last Olympics that, at this Olympics, I was able to view live TV on my computer for free, courtesy of NBC. The ability to view television on the computer is revolutionary. When I miss a show (and don’t have my Tivo ready), I can simply watch a show on my computer, in HD quality, skipping several commercials and pausing the show whenever I want.
Thanks to online TV, I was able to view the game on CTV, the Canadian channel that showed the game, with some Canadian pride of course. Although I am an American, I was still able to view the game from the Canadian’s perspective, by simply viewing the game highlights on their website. (http://www.ctvolympics.ca/video/index.html?assetid=a06b5b23-ab82-48b8-9e5a-08d727a490d4)
The internet, however, has caused some controversies during the Olympics as well. Recently, an American snowboarder won a medal at the Olympics. However, scandalous pictures of him with the medal suddenly became posted on TMZ, causing embarrassment for the athlete as well an early plane ticket home from the Olympic Committee.
Additionally, with the ability to constantly report news on the internet, it was very easy to see which country was winning a certain medal at the exact instant the athlete won the medal. It created a sense of unity for the world, throwing away the barrier of the time zone. Unity, essentially is the core meaning behind the Olympics. It brings the world together.
So, thank you internet for making the Olympics accessible despite not having a television.
Now, here is a healthy recipe, to promote a healthy lifestyle. After all, life is like an Olympic event!
(recipe courtesy of the food network)

Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Ingredients

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  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 8 lemon slices (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine (or white wine)
  • 4 teaspoons capers
  • 4 pieces of aluminum foil

Directions

Brush top and bottom of salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Place each piece of seasoned salmon on a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal. Top the each piece of salmon with 2 lemon slices, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of wine, and 1 teaspoon of capers. Wrap up salmon tightly in the foil packets.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Place the foil packets on the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of salmon. Serve in the foil packets.

Politics Today

Over the years, politics has become something that is easier and easier to get in touch with. As technology advances, so does ways of communicating ideas by politicians. There are also easier ways to make fun of politicians – a classic thing to do during elections. Before, many writers and comic creators would simply create caricatures of politicians. But today, the ability to make fun of a politician has become so diverse that it also creates negative effects. In this past election, for example, Tina Fey did a very hilarious interpretation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. Although it was quite funny and meant to be harmless, people began to think that the real Sarah Palin acted like this. It was interesting to hear people impersonate the skits and begin to lose respect for Palin, a newcomer to the political game.
Now, Im not siding with Sarah Palin or anything, but it is interesting how the media has the power to twist what people say. For example, during the interview with Katie Couric, a proud democrat, CBS seemed to edit the “good answers” and leave only Palin’s “bad answers.” While Joe Biden did not have a perfect interview, CBS left the good parts in, causing him to look good and Sarah Palin to look bad.
Here are some interesting links that have had powerful effects:


“YOU CAN VOTE HOWEVER YOU LIKEE” – parody of “whatever you like” by TI


YES WE CAN!


como se dice obama?

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-palin-rap/773781/
PALIN rap

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/mccain-qvc-open/805381/
QVC – Sarah Paling & John McCain – SNL

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/presidential-debate/704121/
SNL first presidential debate

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-thursday-debate-open/742065/
SNL second presidential debate

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-thursday-final-debate/768721/
SNL third debate

I Love You or ILY?

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few days and I can’t help but realize how much this celebration has changed over the years. In the World War II era and earlier, lovers often wrote love letters to each other, allowing their romance to be written on a single piece of paper to be cherished forever.
However, today, this romance of Valentine’s Day has become something that has become too commercialized. The clichéd sweethearts and boxes of chocolate covered in brightly wrapped red or pink paper can be seen everywhere. Apart from the material things, the expression of love itself on Valentine’s Day is much different that it used to be. Today, somebody can simple just express the daring three words into a three letter text as “ilu.” As much as I like texting, Im starting to find that electronics, although making life easier, are dehumanizing the meaning behind the words. (It’s not often that somebody would text somebody a poem.)
What do the rest of you think? Has Valentine’s Day become less of a holiday of love and more of a day of eating chocolate and celebrating commercialism?
Alright, I won’t leave this post as the grumpy scrooge that I can be, so, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I will post a recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Yummmm.  Courtesy of Food Network, of course.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Cook’s Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.”

Whether one lives in a metropolitan city or a small town, he or she will always be able to know what is going on in the world. With the advancement of technology today, people are able to gain acess to newspapers through their phones, listen to popular music on their ipods, and watch the same television shows as somebody else in another part of the world. Technology has been advancing at a rapid rate for several years, and is still not even close enough to slowing down. In the book, Convergence Culture, author Henry Jenkins analyzes the future of technology in terms of the convergence of various forms of media. Jenkins argues that while one form of technology changes (from radio shows, for example, to television shows), the new and old form of technology seem to coexist (Jenkins 14). Additionally, Jenkins argues that one day, all forms of technology and media will be available through one medium: a black box. With the rapid advancement of technology today, the idea that a black box may be able to exist in the future is starting to become very real.

Less than five years ago, most Americans used a series of “black boxes” for various forms of entertainment. Jenkins stated that “The perpetual tangle of cords that strands between me and my ‘home entertainment’ center reflects the degree of incompatibility and dysfunction that exist between various media technologies” (14). However, On Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, Apple computers released a new gadget: the iPad. This device contributes to the idea that the idea of a black box may begin to exist. The iPad allows a user to read books, eliminating the need for actual books, view movies, listen to music, play games, as well as apply the millions of different applications that were also available on the iphone. Essentially, the iPad allows all imaginable forms of entertainment to be available by a single entity, or “black box.”

The extraordinary ability to enclose all forms of technology can be both beneficial as well as cause negative effects. Today, a teenager may do their homework with “four or five windows, scan the web, listen to and download MP3 files, chat with friends, word-process a paper, and respond to an e-mail, shifting rapidly among tasks” (16). This may cause a serious distraction to those who simple want to use of form of media. Not everybody may want to listen to music while reading a book, or watch a movie while playing a game. The convergence of all types of media may essentially become unhelpful and distracting.

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Because black can be represented as the future and white can be represented as what we know and are familiar with, i have decided to tie this with a black and white cake, recipe courtesy of food network.

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups sifted superfine sugar (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites at room temperature (10 to 12 eggs)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated semisweet chocolate

For the glaze:

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  • 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar with the flour and sift them together 4 times. Set aside.

Place the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on high speed until the eggs form medium-firm peaks, about 1 minute. With the mixer on medium speed, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar by sprinkling it over the beaten egg whites. Beat on high speed for a few minutes until thick and shiny. Add the vanilla and continue to whisk until very thick, about 1 more minute. Scrape the beaten egg whites into a large bowl. Sift 1/4 of the flour mixture over the egg whites and fold it very carefully into the batter with a rubber spatula. Continue adding the flour in 3 equal additions, sifting and folding until it’s all incorporated. Fold in the grated chocolate.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, smooth the top, and bake it for 35 to 45 minutes, until it springs back to the touch. Remove the cake from the oven and invert the pan on a cooling rack. When cool, run a thin, flexible knife around the cake to remove it from the pan.

For the chocolate glaze, place the chocolate chips and the heavy cream in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until the chocolate melts. Pour the chocolate over the top of the cooled cake to cover the top completely and allow it to drizzle down the sides. If you have chocolate glaze left over, you can serve it on the side with the cake.”

Goal

Hello Everyone!

This is my first entry on my new blog. The goal of this blog is to talk about important and/or random things that go on during life in general and relate them to food! Why? because food makes the world go round.

that’s right. don’t make war. make cupcakes.

-M

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