“I don’t know what it is,” came a man’s voice in the darkness.
“Oh! That’s not good,” his lady friend responded.
New ground is being broken in the field of absurdist food service. Paris has become home to, “Dans le Noir,” a new blind-themed restaurant. Diners must learn to eat in pitch darkness in order to appreciate the experience of a blind patron, as well as to heighten their own senses (listen to the excellent report).
My first thought: Is the menu lighted?
My second thought: How sharp are the knives?
My third thought: I don’t want to eat it.
My fourth thought: I want to eat it.
The restaurant also features a “mystery menu” which could prove very exciting.
For those who are unfamiliar with my own restaurant concept, it is called “Food and Drink.” The menu consists of two items, “food” and “drink,” each at a fixed price. Dishes are served in a random manner or at chef’s discretion. For instance, if you order “food,” you may receive roast duck with pomegranate glaze, wild rice with herbs, and a field salad with pear, walnut, and gorgonzola, or you may receive tater tots. I have toyed with serving meals in some sort of “feedbag” or other disguised presentation, but I had not yet considered such a sensory-deprived dining setting. Perhaps more details will follow on this topic.
Note: due to popular demand/public outcry, sauces, seasonings, and condiments will no longer be included as “food.” Exceptions may be made at chef’s discretion.
As seen on Slashdot:
Beer Found to be as Healthy as Wine
The article appears to be written from a frat boy perspective, so parts of it are pretty funny:
Trevithick said the study shows that drinking one bottle of beer a day reduces your chances of contracting cataracts or atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries caused by the buildup of plaque) by 50 per cent.
You and I might think that if drinking one beer a day can help you live longer, then drinking five will help you live forever. (This is also why you and I are not scientists.)
Ah, sweet vindication for my beer-a-day plan… Sadly, the 2- and 3-beers-a-day plans didn’t perform nearly as well as hoped. Alas.
EDITOR’S NOTE: E2 is addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Happy tenth birthday to the Assault Weapons Ban. (Sorry this link is biased. For another opinion try the NRA). The country is celebrating this anniversary by allowing the ban to expire. The ban was originally passed in 1994 with the condition that it be confirmed ten years later by a congressional vote. Bush and Kerry both support the weapons ban, but no new legislation was pushed to extend the ban.
Please don’t ask how I found this:
An open source mirror brought to you by “Playboy’s resident tech nerds?”
Yes, you’re thinking of the right Playboy. In related news:
Video game gals take it off for Playboy
Amazingly enough, the open source mirror is more exciting to me than nude video game characters.
Like most writers who are prolific only in their dreams my mind this week has been whelmed by a swarm of post ideas, yet I’ve only managed to write one pithy little thing. What do I do when there’s too much to write about, I don’t write anything, which is pretty much my strategy regarding all too muchess, except for beer.
Topics of note this week who’s screams to be discussed have fallen on all too apathetic ears.
- The last public appearance of James Doohan, famous for his role as Lt Cdr Montgomery Scott on Star Trek. Doohan was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and will be retiring from public life. Best wishes to Scotty and his family as they struggle with his diagnoses.
- Yesterday marked the beta launch of Microsoft’s online music sales service. See this USA Today article for more information. “Microsoft doesn’t ‘look to make any money of note’ from the service, said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsofts’s corporate vice president in charge of its MSN online division. Instead, Mehdi said, Microsoft is hoping the service will serve as a vehicle for drawing more users to its MSN Web site, helping garner more advertising dollars.” (Associated Press, September 3, 2004). Or….Microsoft might just be trying to find another way to crush Apple.
- Chechnyan Rebels seize a school in Russia with horrifically tragic consequences and a death toll in the hundreds. I would like to write a longer piece on societal failings in understanding and grappling with terrorism and “terrorism” from a philosophical and socio-historical perspective, however, I won’t do so if it will bother the other site moderators an members. I would like supercrime to remain apolitical and simply be a sounding board for news of, ideas about, and attempts to understand our world, so if the readership thinks something like this is inherently political, I won’t post it and will just write it and email it to those who are interested. Please comment about this.
- The end of the Athens Olympics. Congratulations to Greece for hosting such a spectacular games and to the many athletes who demonstrated the sportsmanship, class, and honor their mother countries so often lack.