How to eat an apple

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The Price of Wine

From Salon: People have been drinking wine ever since some lucky farmer accidentally fermented his fruit many thousands of years ago. Yet to most people wine remains something of a mystery. We accept that some bottles will cost five or 10 times as much as the $15 wine we pick up for dinner. We may think we know the [Read More…]

On Moderate Mitt

David Brooks, as usual, offers insights: Always dangerous to bring up politics, but do you think Romney shifted in his debate? Do you think Romney is now sketching a moderate course that will appeal to more Americans?  Romney didn’t describe a comprehensive governing philosophy, but he gave us a hint of a strong center-right pragmatic [Read More…]

Does it matter?

Who and whom … does the latter term matter to you? From The Economist: Since whom is becoming less common, many people can’t use it properly even when they are aiming for Formal. (A common mistake is using it in a subject role, for example: That’s the candidate whom I hope will win the election. Here, the mistake is in [Read More…]

Tell me the truth, you swing voters…

Did last night’s debate lead you, the swing voter, to shift your vote toward Romney or Obama? Kevin Baker, at Harper’s Magazine, vented on the President with these words, calling his piece “The Man Who Would be Ex-President,” but I would still ask if the debate is shifting the vote: I mean, think about it. [Read More…]

Organic vs. Non-organic: Healthier vs. Less so?

Mark Bittman says Yes. I tried to ignore the month-old “Stanford study.” I really did. It made so little sense that I thought it would have little impact. That was dumb of me, and I’m sorry. The study, which suggested — incredibly — that there is no “strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than [Read More…]

Top Professions for Coffee Consumption

From iO9, and you can read the article at the link: True to your experience? Most professors I know drink coffee or tea… so I’m not surprised to see them on the list. What about politicians? Among those polled, scientists and lab techs were found to be the heaviest coffee drinkers in the country. Anyone [Read More…]

Gospel Brunches

From WaPo, the rise of some gospel brunches: How does this inspire you? Is this “missional”? Is this “evangelistic”? Is this “kingdom”? What is this? If you want some God with your grits, plan to show up around 9 a.m. That’s when the line starts forming for the first of two gospel brunches held each [Read More…]

HHS vs. Tyndale

From Victor Morton: How do you respond to this sort of news, news in which religious organizations believe the HHS policies are requiring them to do something they do not believe? The Obama administration is claiming that a dedicated Christian publisher of Bibles and ministry material is insufficiently religious to qualify for an exemption to the contraception [Read More…]

Drill, Baby, Drill

Well, not what you think: Drilling to the earth’s mantle is hard. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to reach the Earth’s mantle — a 3000 km-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core which makes up the majority [Read More…]