The Paul Krugman Song

February 22, 2010

Guys, it’s no secret. I adore Paul Krugman. I have the biggest crush on him. Every time I’m on the fence or unclear about some major US issue (generally economic, of course), I then see that Paul Krugman has written his weekly NYTimes op-ed about it, and suddenly everything makes perfect sense to me. If I’d gone to Princeton (like one of our other esteemed Taste Testers), I would have sacrificed my beloved English degree for an Economics one just to spend more time with Mr. Krugman. I feel lost and forlorn when he takes a week off and doesn’t write his NYTimes op-ed (okay, I really just read Gail Collins’ twice).

Today, The New Yorker brought sunshine to my email inbox and my gray Parisian life when it made this week’s feature article all about Paul Krugman. I thought I could die happy. And then I read the article and discovered that someone else out there loves the articulate economist as much as I do, possibly even more. After all, he wrote a song about our hero, and I’m just writing a blog post… (video after the cut)

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I’m Getting Married in Philadelphia

December 16, 2009

I went to Philadelphia once. It was nice. Lots of historical stuff. Cute city. I’d like to go back, but it’s been about seven years at this point and there are a lot of places way higher on my list, so I don’t anticipate going there anytime soon.

And then the New York Times just published this article. I now feel an urgent need to go to Philadelphia and make lots of friends who are getting married soon, and maybe get married myself. But mostly just wedding-crash. I want to take cookies home for breakfast the next morning…


Ed: We apologize to any Phillidelphians or Pittsburgians out there who are offended by Kate’s inability to tell the difference between your two great cities.  She obviously visited Pennsylvania a long, long time ago and has since forgotten about it, the way most people do.

Ed. by Kate: It’s okay, because I am probably going to a wedding in Pittsburgh this summer. SO THERE. Also, we apologize to all Philadelphians for Willa’s inability to spell.

Take That, Mary Kate Olsen

August 21, 2008

And my love affair with the continues…

Finally, someone is coming to their senses. Rejoice, women everywhere! All we have to able to do is walk at a steady pace on an increasing-incline treadmill for five and a half minutes and we’re fit! No, seriously. But, more importantly, the importance is being taken off weight as a measure of health, so, seriously, let’s rejoice.

Where The Hell is Matt?

August 19, 2008

I discovered this some time ago (thank you, NYTimes), but an article about it popped up in my local paper yesterday, and it occurred to me that if I haven’t already shared this with you guys, I absolutely have to now.

I suggest reading the NYTimes article first, as it gives some interesting background. After reading that and checking out the website, this might also be a useful link. And kind of amusing.

This is an awesome video/project. First of all, um, who doesn’t want to be this guy?! Because I know I do. I think he discovered how to do my dream job, dammit. Secondly, I’ve teared up every time I’ve watched these videos. I know, I know, I’m sentimental, but, seriously, it just puts everything that’s going on in the world into perspective. While the Olympics may be promoted as a symbol of international unity, people are still competing. Matt’s videos show rather how very much the same we all are, how something so simple as dancing and being silly can bring people together, because it is something with which we can all identify.

Plus, it’s just pretty funny to watch a pudgy white guy do the awkward white boy dance.

Cookie Craze

August 15, 2008

Apparently everyone now has to weigh in on Chocolate Chip Cookies, ever since the NY Times published the “definitive” recipe.

I love a good chocolate chip cookie as much as the next person (and probably more than many – I have a cookbook entirely devoted to chocolate chip recipes, most of which are for various ways of making the cookie), but it does start to get old after a while, when everyone insists upon voicing up. Kind of like the cupcake and frozen yogurt fads – I love both, but tire of all the hype after a while.

So, people should really lay off the cookie recipes unless they have something genuinely new and awesome to add to the equation. For example, the crew over at Cakespy can continue their brilliant contributions. I’m only bummed I didn’t think of these first.

The Best of Living History: Part III

August 15, 2008

What?  You thought Willa was the only one here nerdy enough to blog about Living History?  Oh dear friend, how wrong you were.

I managed to secure a copy of the Times on my Wednesday morning flight back to London (mostly because the flight was less than half-empty, meaning there weren’t enough business class people to snap up all the copies) and discovered this little gem in the Dining Out section.

That’s right, you can go watch men in breeches make whiskey the way they used to make it.  121 proof whiskey.  In Virginia.  Four miles from Mount Vernon.  Whiskey and Washington.  Does this sound like heaven to anyone else?  Or is it just me?

Mark Smash!!!

August 8, 2008

Mark Bittman, The Minimalist, amuses me. As does his pink KitchenAid mixer. And these no-bake blueberry cheesecake bars look yummy. Mmmmm…Kaks like!