There is an undeniable lure to obsolete media. The internet proves it every day. Case in point: a stubborn revival of the VHS format. Supplanted by DVD, which in turn was supplanted by streaming video, the once-mighty, now-humbled Video Home System is now bathed in the warm, forgiving light of nostalgia. Wiped clean away are any unpleasant memories of unraveling tape spools, hopelessly jammed machines, forever-blinking digital time displays, late fees at video rental stores, judgmental clerks, and less-than-pristine image quality, not to mention the horror that was panning and scanning. All that remains in the collective unconscious is a vague yearning for those admittedly eye-catching VHS covers of yore, those oh-so-tempting rectangles of delight that once filled up aisle after aisle in rental and retail establishments alike, igniting the imaginations of all who saw them. In that backwards-looking spirit, there is now a very cleverly-designed Tumblr that presents appropriately … [Read more...] about Some dude has created VHS covers for modern movies and TV shows
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A cocktail, writes the food historian Joseph M. Carlin in his book Cocktails: A Global History, “regardless... of what [it] is composed of, or when it is consumed,... is always served chilled; in fact, the colder the better.” By this standard, I can’t call any hot drink made with booze a “cocktail.” Carlin didn’t provide any alternative terminology. So I’ve decided this gives me license to ignore him—at least on this one point. Whatever you choose to call them, hot beverages made with booze are especially delightful this time of year. There’s something sweet and old-fashioned about them: it is, you may recall, the preferred drink of Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, in It’s A Wonderful Life, and it got him laughed out of Nick’s Bar in Pottersville. But there’s also something luxurious and comforting about a drink that needs to be heated up. It requires time to make, and so it should take time to drink, slowly, … [Read more...] about Hot booze: a taxonomy
Dear Salty: It’s snowing on a Friday night, and I decide I’ve been cooped up enough to head to the BBQ down the street. It’s not a 5 star restaurant, but it is definitely not a walk up fast food place either. I am male. I ask to sit at the bar, and I am the only one sitting at the bar. The male bartender acknowledges me, gets me a menu, and takes my order—no conversation, but politely handles the necessary essentials. Then he goes back to watching the basketball game. Shortly after walks in a single attractive girl. He immediately turns into service overload, and then I am in the middle of a conversation about both their interests, day, hobbies, ski trips, and what interests them on a Friday night. It’s not like I want to date the guy, but am I wrong in thinking this is a reflection of his service? Sincerely, Not as cute as the girl next to me Dear Cutie Pie, The answer to your question, honey bun, depends on how much you value conversation as part of … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: Why is the bartender talking more to the cute girl next to me?
Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) spends her days behind a glass window in a Chicago Transit Authority booth and her nights home alone with her cat. On the surface, it sounds like the While You Were Sleeping paints a refreshingly honest portrait of the painful reality of urban loneliness. Unlike rom-coms that center on romance for romance’s sake, While You Were Sleeping roots the idea of dating and marriage in what it actually is for many people: a way to start, join, or blend a family. That thoughtful emotional core is even more impressive considering it comes from a movie about a woman who pretends to be a coma patient’s fiancée. The plot kicks off because Lucy doesn’t have any family to spend Christmas with. She was raised by a single dad who recently died after a protracted illness, and she’s been working all the major holidays ever since. Because she’s at her CTA token-taker job on Christmas Day, she’s there when handsome lawyer/object of her … [Read more...] about Sandra Bullock became a rom-com star with a cozy love story about crushing loneliness
A 23-year-old woman in northern India was set on fire by five men as she traveled to a court hearing on her rape case. Two of the men arrested for setting her on fire are also men accused of raping her. The woman was eventually airlifted to a hospital in Dehli where she is undergoing treatment for extensive burns. On Thursday morning, television station NDTV reported that she was attacked by the five men who poured kerosene on her body. “The two men set the 23-year-old afire to take revenge,” a senior police officer from Lucknow told NDTV. She “walked nearly a kilometer screaming for help before a witness saw her and called the police.” The woman spoke to the police as a witness held up his cell phone, the station reported. “We saw her coming towards us, screaming for help. She had been set on fire. We were scared. She had walked for nearly one km before she reached us,” a witness said. According to reports, the woman is conscious but in critical … [Read more...] about Five Men Set a Woman on Fire as She Traveled to Court For Her Rape Case