Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
In case you missed it, many stories we published have accompaniying online features, something we've been doing for a while now.
Below are the videos and songs linked with our features.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Bart Thrall's "The Collector"
Delmark Goldfarb's "Up to My Neck"
1. "Shoot the Angels Down"
2. "I Need Your Love"
3. "Portable Man"
4. "Got Something Good With Her"
5. "Hungry For My Baby's Love"
6. "Don't Bring Me No Flowers"
7. "Somebody's Got the Blues"
8. "If You Lose Your Money"
9. "Mr. Jailer Man"
"X Files" trailer
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Fast food follies
To add some value to the column, unlike my worthless "value meal," here are some useful links:
* "Exiling the Happy Meal," by the Wall Street Journal
Here's the video (messing up the layout of this page) that goes with that story
Here are some links to "Nutrition Facts," which are facts, indeed, but I'm not so sure about the "nutrition" part.
* McDonald's numbers are listed on its web site, but for the ingredients, you have to go to this almost misleading page.
Why "almost misleading"?
Because the first listing is of hamburger ingredients, which are "100% Beef Patty, Regular Bun, Ketchup, Mustard, Pickle Slices, Onions." But scroll down and the bun's ingredients are listed:
"Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, soybean oil, canola oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of each of the following: sesame seed, salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium chloride, calcium carbonate, baking soda, soy flour, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: distilled monoglycerides, DATEM, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, enzymes, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, guar gum, mono-and diglycerides, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate & sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin. CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY."
Ingredients for the Big Mac Sauce are equally disturbing.
* Burger King has a "Big Book of Nutritious Facts" which list more ingredients a single brain can handle, much less a stomach.
* Wendy's ("it's waaaay better than fast food") is fast food, nonetheless. And just as nasty. Here is a link to Wendy's "nutrition facts."
Here and there:
* Notice how all Web sites promote "healthy" activities, hence the surfer in the online version of the column, taken from McDonald's main site.
I added the burger to add flavor.
* And just what in the world constitutes "Natural Flavors"?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
1,000 words (and a rap sheep)
"Break-in suspects found asleep on stolen goods" -- by the Associated Press
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Freeman's David Malachowski called his last album, 2007's "Thief of Time," a "modern masterpiece."
Here are some tracks from that album.
1. "Bonnie Jean"
2. "Thief of Time"
3. Midnight Blue
4. "Back In The Sugarcane"
5. "Where The Blues Began"
6. "Cuckoo Bird"
7. "Last Tree In The Bronx"
9. That Secret Place
10. "Insult A Man"
11. Country Boy Blues
There is a page of remembrances on his Web site.
Folk musician Michael "Moose" Dmoch of Rosendale died on Sunday at Kingston's Benedictine Hospital. He was 59.
With Rebekah Lowden, he was "Redwood Moose." They had also done classical music with the Woodstock chorus Ars Choralis. The duo had also performed with Voices for Peace. He was musical director of the Rosendale Street Festival.
The photo you see here is of the couple standing in front of their burned home in Rosendale last year. Area musicians organized a fundraiser to help them in February 2007.
A memorial concert is being planned, according to family friend and soprano Danielle Woerner.
Check the Freeman for updates.
Friday, July 18, 2008
So many festivals, so little time
Other ongoing summer festivals include Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock and Bethel Woods not in Woodstock.
Our area colleges also join the fun with Bard's Summerscape in Annandale-on-Hudson, Vassar's Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie and SUNY New Paltz's Pianosummer.
I'm sure I'm forgetting a whole bunch more.
Thankfully, it's all in Preview today.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Plea bargains 'R' Us
... by a judge.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The New Yorker
So while everyone debates the important issues like who's more offended by the cover or who would pay $4.50 a week for a magazine, here's some useful stuff for those who can see past satire:
* Here's Ryan Lizza's article about Barack Obama, "Making it," published in the outrageous magazine nobody bothered to open.
* National Public Radio's Terry Gross talked to Lizza on "Fresh Air" Monday.
* Here's magazine's cartoonist Liza Donnelly of Milan, who told the Freeman's Bonnie Langston at the end of 2005 that her "stuff is pretty gettable."
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A global phenomenon
The article is titled "A Private Dance? Four Million Web Fans Say No."
The video has more than 5.5 million hits as of Thursday morning.
He's definitely on to something.
YouTube does the Valley
Here's my favorite, via "mailgoddess", whom I'm tracking down as you are reading this.
Kingston in the 1960s:
UPDATE: The video belongs to Tom Rigney of Kingston. It was shot by his father. Rigney said he was "dabbling on YouTube" and that the quality of the original video is much better. He also has other Hudson Valley 8mm videos from 1965 to 1974 that he's transferred into a DVD and might upload to YouTube.
We'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
There are 17 other listed limousine companies around, according to SuperPages, a Web site that's not super and it doesn't have any real pages, but maps.
* The Hummer comes in black and metallic grey and other colors that are supposed to appease your inferiority complex, but it doesn't come in green, which would have made the column a lot better. You can "make" your own Hummer on its Web site.
* Talking about The Hummer's Web site, I must say it is really well done, especially if you have a sense of irony. Mostly every photo of the beast is in a place that suffers from the truck's emissions.
* "I like to waste gas and run over children" is an actual sticker.
And a T-shirt.
A Hummer summer
The following beauty uses gas AND electricity.
The purpose is to kill mosquitoes.
This 48-pound killing machine is listed at $279 from Mosquito Central.
And get this: It has to be turned on -- all day and night -- and will run out of gas after 21 days.
Take that, Al Gore!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
His sense of humor throughout his ordeal has been inspirational, though he's still not fond of the hospital's phone bill payment "Nazi," who apparently demands cash when patients are on some heavy medication or vulnerably showcasing body parts that are usually not for public exhibition.
And, if you must know, when I'm a visitor, I'm the "How are you feeling?" kind. And I knock on the door.
Terrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies
The entire thing is available online. If you are crazy enough to read it, you might run into the image used in the column.
The reassuring guide has sections like "What we don't know" and features some tips like this:
"No reliable test exists."
"No antidote exists."
"There is no vaccine at this time."
"When a nuclear weapon explodes, a large fireball is created."
The first and only time I received a copy was 2005.
So I'm guessing the terrorists lost.