To All Food/Cooking Program Hosts:

First, I want to tell you that almost no one enjoys food programming more than I do.  In fact, I spend a lot of time watching almost anything on Food Network or Cooking Channel.  (Side note: props to Food Network for remembering its roots and making another channel specifically to actually show more cooking shows and not reality television; that is very Discovery Channel-creating-TLC-circa-late-90’s of you.)  It is partly because I spend so much time watching these shows that I feel comfortable making the following complaints; I certainly have the epistemic privilege to do so, having spent entire hungover Saturdays every week often enough to gather evidence of your hosts’, well, let’s call them annoyances.

I don’t care about the host’s personal life.  If I did, I would google them and look at their wikipedia page like any other person who has been alive for five seconds.  When a show is based almost completely around whatever he or she is pretending to do that day with whomever they mention (I’m looking at you, Giada), it makes me want to cook whatever he or she is making just so I can throw it at the TV.  Or start tweeting details about my personal life at them until they realize how annoying it is and block me.  (Do not test me on this, Food Network personalities.  I’ve done it already, and it worked.  Ask Amanda Freitag.) Continue reading

Reading with Zelda: Prologue to Book Reviews & Why I Bought a Kindle Fire

When I got my Kindle Fire, one of the reasons I was all about it was that I travel a lot (mostly between Boston and Washington, D.C., which is like 9.5 hours on MegaBus), and I need something to do.  Carrying around several entertainment devices was getting painful, especially big heavy books.

Zelda’s real, live cat.

Books are also expensive, and they take up a lot of space that could also be used for other things that don’t translate into digital use very well like clothes or cats.  (I’m not trying to knock Purr Pals or anything; I love that game, but I love my real live cat more.

So, anyway, I got a Kindle Fire, and it was cool.  I’d obviously rather have an iPad, which is better by like, a million billion, but I don’t have the spare cash for that so, regardless of mixed comparison reviews, I think the Fire is a great alternative for less than half the cost.  Specifically, I enjoy the use of the Amazon account integration and the almost immediate availability of good books made to work with all Kindles and especially Kindle Fire.  They do a good job of suggesting shit you’d like (as do most sites) and allowing you to sample quite a good selection at the beginning before you make a purchase.  What I mean is, you get to read more than a stupid paragraph; they give you something to really chew on before cutting it off and saying you can buy it for more.  In my experience, if by the time I get to the purchase option I am thinking, “holy crap I’ll buy it but I wanna read the next page noooooow” then it is probably worth the usually $6-15 I have spent. Continue reading