Archive for March 23rd, 2011
Editor’s note: We’ve been following the new web series Foodies for the past few weeks. Now, food blogger (and Foodies star) Danny Domenica joins the HuffPost Food family.
Watch the final episode of this mini-season of Foodies:
I need your help. And before you roll your eyes, there’s a prize involved. Also, it’s about booze.
I am a simple man, with a simple dream: To have a drink worthy of the name “Tigerblood.”
Oh sure, Charlie Sheen will be dead by sweeps, but in the meantime there’s the stage tour (continue reading…)
The ferocious tsunami that devastated Japan’s coast is a tragic reminder that we have an uneasy relationship with our oceans. While we can’t prevent earthquakes, we can minimize at least some of the damage from tsunamis on American shores by dealing with climate change and rising ocean levels now.
March 20th marked the beginning of National Tsunami Awareness Week. We will continue to hear more about the tragedy in Japan and about which preparations worked or which ones didn’t. We will hear much more about awareness and warning systems (continue reading…)
The no-confidence vote, due on Friday, stems from a ruling that the government has acted in contempt of Parliament by failing to disclose spending costs.
A vote on the government's budget plan is expected on Thursday or Friday.
A defeat for PM Stephen Harper on either vote would trigger Canada's fourth federal election in seven years.
An election would probably take place on 2 or 9 May (continue reading…)
The worlds of fashion, art and the environment don’t often collide, even in New York City. But that is exactly what’s happening on March 29 at the second annual Christie’s Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth — an event that my husband David and I are proud to be hosting for the second time along with Anna and Graydon Carter and Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault.
The auction again benefits four top environmental nonprofits: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International and Oceana.
This year, the Green Auction includes the Vogue-supported Runway to Green, which will feature a runway show with top designers such as Derek Lam, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and many others. NRDC has been working with these designers to incorporate practices from its Clean by Design campaign, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry.
This auction isn’t just about greening the fashion industry (continue reading…)
Lauren Bush is President George Herbert Walker Bush’s granddaughter, “W”s niece, a model, fashion designer, photographer and soon to be daughter-in-law of fashion legend Ralph Lauren. Bush is also the CEO and co-founder of FEED Projects LLC and the Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation. In 2006, somehow she found the time to design a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Program’s (WFP) School Feeding operations. Bush, a WFP Honorary Spokesperson, had visited eight WFP food aid operations around the world, and was inspired by the plight of the people she met on her travels (continue reading…)
Haiti has come a long way in the past six months, and the presidential vote last Sunday is an indication that we are on the way to change, a change that I envisioned when I declared my candidacy for Haiti’s presidency last summer. Ruled off the ballot by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), I kept going, embracing the candidacy of Michel Martelly, who has been propelled forward with his message of change and hope to the youth of Haiti, bringing a new sense of leadership to Haitian politics that has never existed and will be in the forefront for the world to see!
Despite the many stories about my wound on the eve of the Haitian election, I am glad to say I am doing well and recovering quickly. The story shouldn’t be about my hand, but instead, what happened on the day of the election in Haiti. For the first time in a very long time the youth of Haiti, making up over 52 percent of the population, heard democracy ring through the mountains (continue reading…)
They were the band of the aughts, and their style set a new standard for the cool-kid set. With a new album, Angles, out yesterday, we take stock of a decade’s worth of sartorial lessons learned from Casablancas, Hammond, and company.
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Lesson 1: Wear the living hell out of your jeans.
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Last month I wrote a blog post about my lack of confidence in educational research, some of which strikes me as politicized. My basic point was that in some cases you could read only an author or think tank’s name and guess a study’s conclusions with a high degree of accuracy.
As you might imagine, the post created a stir. I had some stimulating conversations with Kevin Welner, a University of Colorado education professor and director of the National Education Policy Center, which I mentioned in my post. Our discussions were (to use diplomats’ language) frank and open and at their conclusion we decided this was an interesting enough topic to merit a broader conversation.
On Monday, we convened a group of nine people for a two-hour discussion about research, policy, politics and the media (continue reading…)
ANVIK — In only the second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race of his young career, one of mushing’s rising young stars learned that the nuances of dog care for long-distance marathons can take more than just being in tune with your team. By the time Mike Williams Jr. reached this checkpoint, his dogs were noticeably thin. Veterinarians worried they bordered on being too thin, an observation that intensified the scrutiny the 26-year-old experienced in each successive checkpoint along the Yukon River to Kaltag, and from there, overland to Unalakleet and then along the coast of Norton Sound.
The teams of two other mushers — rookies Brennan Norden from Kasilof and Mike Santos from Cantwell — also caught the attention of Iditarod veterinarians, teams of which occupy all the race checkpoints (continue reading…)
Do you love food and want to learn how to eat more mindfully? You may think that these two things don’t go together. However, they certainly do. If you love to eat but are watching your waistline, here is how you can solve that dilemma. Try devouring this list of food themed books (continue reading…)
Surface Truths: Abstract Painting in the Sixties considers the work of 17 artists and the directions they pursued as they moved away from an aesthetic that supported a self-evident creative process to an aesthetic seeking to erase gesture, pictorial depth and illusion. Artists of the 1960s responded to the painterly character of Abstract Expressionism with a cool, linear approach absent of personalized brushwork, refocusing attention on the flat surface of the canvas and applying pigment consistently to achieve “an all-overness.” A significant number of artists redirected their attention to materials. The combination of unprimed canvas, synthetic paint mediums and techniques such as staining made it possible for them to paint in new ways, sometimes without a brush, to achieve the desired effects.
Par Transit, 1966, Kenneth Noland (American, 1924-2010), Acrylic on canvas, 114 x 241 in. (289.6 x 612.1 cm), Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr (continue reading…)
As we head into spring, now is a great time to look back at the fashion trends, models and celebrity winter “buzz” of Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Week and award season. However, conversations along the runways and red carpets tended to focus more on the women, leaving men’s trends somewhat overshadowed. Here at The Drawing Room New York, we want to shift the focus back to men and give the guys in our lives the proper attention they deserve.
Hair has always been an important aspect of a man’s image. Styles have ranged from clean and short in the 20s to longer and less structured “hippie hair” in the 50s and 60s (continue reading…)
Japan’s capacity to absorb its current natural and made-made assaults is one of those important teaching moments we keep hearing about. Civility and dignity rule instead of rioting and looting. Says a lot about this ancient culture. So it may be a surprise to many Americans under 65 to hear we did not always sing in praise of these worthy folks (continue reading…)
Another of the great blues musicians from the Mississippi delta has died, one of the last now. Pinetop Perkins passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on March 21, 2011, aged 97. Just last month, he won a Grammy for Joined at the Hip, his CD with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith who was in The Muddy Waters Band with him for many years. I got to know them 35 years ago when I met Jerry Portnoy, Muddy’s harmonica player (continue reading…)
The forecast for last weekend was rather grim, so I was crossing my fingers and praying that the group of art aficionados I was scheduled to lead on an art tour in downtown L.A. would not be caught in a storm. Somehow, my prayers were heard. Thanks to spring break, the USC campus on Saturday afternoon was eerily empty (continue reading…)
By Rachel Gates of HerCampus.com
So while it doesn’t get much better than an internship at the Her Campus offices (and yes, I’m completely biased), there is a chance that you’re looking for something different this summer. Well, you’re in luck because there are still a ton of opportunities out there! From journalism to social media to non-profits, all it takes is a few Google searches to find that perfect summer internship.
What: Web editorial internship
Who: YAI Network
Where: New York, NY
About: YAI is a nationally acclaimed network of non-profit agencies dedicated to helping people with disabilities and their families.
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My new favorite writer: Edgar Allan ME. That’s Charlie Sheen’s latest nom de plume, in case you’re some kind of troll.
Sure, Sheen’s blazing self-confidence is probably the result of hypomania, but there’s a reason it’s so compelling. It’s a word, it’s a catchphrase, it’s a movement, it’s a T-shirt slogan, it’s a way of life, it’s an evolutionary necessity, it’s even a new parenting philosophy. It’s WINNING.
And that’s where, from my new vantage point as a mother, I see Sheen colliding with another recent pop-culture phenomenon: Amy Chua (continue reading…)
Ban Ki-moon is secretary general of the United Nations. He was interview by Raghida Dergham for the Global Viewpoint Network in Cairo on March 21.
RAGHIDA DERGHAM: Is the U.N. Security Council action in Libya a preview of the same thing being done in other parts of the world? Is Yemen next for an international Arab intervention?
BAN KI-MOON: You have seen what has happened in Libya. We had many civilians being indiscriminately killed by government forces and even some mercenaries, according reports (continue reading…)
If I asked you if you work “mother’s hours,” what would come to mind?
It turns out “mother’s hours” is a term of art used to refer to jobs that provide the flexibility around family priorities. It can mean working a compressed day, or working from home while making time to attend a kid’s event during the workday. I’m sure it’s been used with derision more than once. I don’t care (continue reading…)
“Passion was a quality she never lost,” CBS’ Harley Carnes said today about Elizabeth Taylor.
No kidding. I got a glimpse of that in action.
I’d seen Ms. Taylor a few times at events in San Francisco where she’d been blown up like a monster truck tire and moved around in a wheelchair or balancing precariously on a cane. You could only imagine then, as she struggled with various ailments, the striking allure of her beauty, her weirdly violet eyes, her porcelain skin, soft voice and incendiary temper.
At a showing of Cleopatra many years earlier, my preteen self watched as Liz slowly raised herself and her cleavage out of the bath on screen — just a little on the other side of the propriety of the era — and realized for the first time with shock and awe that I had parts of me that could function independently.
Skip to 2002 (continue reading…)
Amr Moussa is the departing secretary general of the Arab League who has declared his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt. He sat down on March 21 with Raghida Dergham in Cairo for the Global Viewpoint Network.
RAGHIDA DERGHAM: Is this an open-ended military operation in Libya, whatever it takes?
AMR MOUSSA: Of course not, of course not. There is a resolution, 1973, of the Security Council that determines the mission and the goal. The goal is to protect the civilian lives, and once the goal is achieved, especially through a cease-fire and observers to the cease-fire are put in place, the mission will come to an end (continue reading…)
I work with a group called Times Up! Toward the end of our recent Pies of March ride, we engaged in a pie fight at the house of one of our political opponents. As the ride ended, there were some negative tweets about our tactics. It made me wonder whether many of these critics had ever studied the history of social movements. If they had they would find that behind most successful movements, right and left, lay examples of disruptive tactics (continue reading…)
Who has it? Who doesn’t? What exactly is it?
The dictionary cites that the origin of “integrity” are the words “entire,” “whole,” or “complete.” So if you are a whole, complete, an entire person, it stands to reason you will have integrity. So are we born with it? Do we forget? Can we acquire it? Do we learn what integrity is? Can we think we have it when we don’t? Do we fool ourselves, or have we managed to integrate our internal conflicts into a whole — a person who lives, acts from heart consciousness and from truth?
An easy test: Do you say what you mean and mean what you say? Do you practice what you preach or do lip service? Do you tell white lies, half-truths, incomplete truths, shades of the truth or just down and out lie when you think it serves you to do so? Do you keep your word? Can others count on you? Can they take your word to the bank? Do you call something truth even when you’re really not sure? Do you exaggerate? Do you correct yourself? Do you apologize and make amends? Is there a price, a number, something that may cause you to relax, compromise, or forget your integrity?
I am not talking about honesty, fairness, ethics or moral character because we can all be honest about some things, then skirt the line on others. We can all be fair, especially when it suits us. We can all have ethics when we have nothing to lose (continue reading…)
Hey, baby, how you doin’? Good? Because you sure are lookin’ good, with that brushed-metal finish, and that sassy little cord poking out from behind, a treasure trail to electric pleasures, and those dials smack dab in the center of your dress, teasing me with their simplicity, begging me to turn them from low to high heat.
I hope you’re ready, baby, because tonight you and me are gonna be cookin’ reeeeeaaaal slow.
I’m gonna take a cut of meat that no one would look at twice — maybe a pork shoulder, or a mix of turkey wings and thighs, or if I’m feeling really crazy, a flank steak, that’s right, some rough, raw red meat known for its toughness – and I’m gonna stick it in you and cover it with sauce till you’re almost bursting.
Bursting with flavor that is (continue reading…)