September 5, 2011
Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.
Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.
Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”
Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!
Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.
I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”
March 30, 2011
Pobrecitos! Fortunately, they don’t seem to end up any worse for wear, but I’ll think of them every time I walk down Pine towards the water squinting into the strong winds coming off the Sound!
November 22, 2010
November 10, 2010
I thought this was quite funny, and brilliantly done–I watched it twice! Especially chuckle-worthy is the premise of the video’s context alongside the fact that Glenn Beck reportedly earned 32 million dollars last year. Yep, $32,000,000.00. “Do you feel like you’re working harder and harder these days just to stay financially afloat while fat cats are getting richer and richer? Well, it’s not just a feeling, and you’re not alone…” Heh.
The readers’ comments on the blog post where I found the video are also interesting and insightful. For example, did you know that Glenn Beck is a year younger than Johnny Depp?
November 10, 2010
Seems like this video has been around for quite a while now, but I’ve just seen it today. Besides being cool and very well-done, the video raises the question of Edward’s behavior: Is it romantic, or is it stalking?
Upfront, full disclosure: I haven’t actually seen or read any of the Twilight movies/books (I know, I know). Also, I didn’t see the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Lastly, I don’t believe I’ve ever actually seen an entire episode of Buffy on TV, either, or any other Buffy stuff.
Surprisingly, what struck me most as I watched this remix was a sharp pang of disappointment that I’d never watched Buffy. I had just graduated from high school when this movie came out, and was preparing to go away to college.
I don’t know if the character depicted in the movie has the same confidence, strength, and self-assuredness as the bad-ass woman depicted in this remix of the TV show. If she does, then in retrospect, I would have made this film “required viewing” prior to leaving for school.
Prior to adulthood, I don’t recall ever having seen behavior like hers convincingly modeled or practiced by a woman: Buffy says, “No,” firmly and tells Edward (or whoever, in the actual episodes) to leave her in peace–without any trace of fear about the consequences of that action. I wish I would have learned how to do that much earlier in my life. Every little girl should learn that she can say “no” when she finds herself in an uncomfortable situation, no matter if she has to say it to a romantic interest or a teacher or a pastor or her friend’s father.
Quick post-script: Is Edward this creepy throughout the movies? I’m hoping the video artist just selected the ickiest bits, but based on the behavior displayed in this remix, I would hate to see my daughter or niece breathily idealizing this guy’s behavior as “sooooo romantic!!!” Yikes. Your thoughts?