2. Saw Maximum RNR last night, for the second time - holy fucking shit do I love those guys. It's pathetic that the crowd was so small, but they play the same to 2 people or 200. The only reference I can even begin to grasp after seeing them is that they are probably the closest I will ever experience to seeing the Stooges live back in their heyday, and even then I don't think that's a good comparison because it makes Maximum RNR sound derivative or subsidiary. They're not. They're just one of the finest rock and roll bands working in Canada right now.
3. This article on Food TV (not just the network) is mostly just entertaining, but there's an interesting hyperstitional point buried in there:
[Julia Child] made people want to cook, often inspiring them with a single detail. To make one of those famous omelettes, for instance (WGBH produces a compilation DVD), Child recommends an extremely hot pan. Nobody knew that. The omelette is then distinguished by a duplex texture—slightly crusty on the outside (because the pan is so hot), custardy in the middle (because you flip it before it’s cooked through). “No one made omelettes then,” Morash said. “No one used garlic, except the Italians in the North End. Few people went to restaurants—only rich people, and the restaurants were formal and fussy. People cooked, everyone did, because you had to eat, but it was meat and potatoes. Even fish was exotic. It had a Friday stigma.”
I mean, I think it's pretty accepted that perception effects reality, but who out there has really considered the effect cooking shows dating all the way back to Julia Child has effected our eating habits? I'm not claiming that's the only factor affecting the change, but I think it's a bigger one than people tend to think it is.
And now, I get to work for the rest of the night. Everyone else I know is going out drinking.