via flickr/Petras Gagilas
When you turn to the internet in search of something that will drive you completely crazy, it's a pretty safe bet that the New York Times lifestyle content will deliver. Normally the real gold lies in the trend pieces about Brooklyn or Ladies These Days, but don't count out the Dining section! Otherwise you might miss stories about chickens eating Daniel Boulud's garbage and making Jean-Georges (almost) cry. In an "experiment" that seems to have stemmed from a reasonable place (can we apply pre-industrial farming practices to commercial production?), a relative handful of chickens in PA are being fed scraps from Per Se, Daniel and other top NY restaurants, which will then serve the birds that ate their leftovers. And that's where it devolves into self-parody.
The most sensible person quoted in the article wonders why the birds can't just eat local vegetable scraps; the least dreams of force-feeding the birds lemons and ginger because flavoring food with lemon and ginger during cooking is technically impossible, I guess. (Needless to say, the former is the Amish farmer actually housing the birds on his farm, so he's just kind of laughed off, while the latter is David Burke so we will all nod reverently and lament that chickens don't like to eat lemons.) All of this said, it would be awesome if commercially raised chickens could eat better things and live better lives on a larger scale, but this circle jerk of an article is a major drag.
Today on Gawker, Hamilton Nolan considers Outback's edgy new return to their old slogan that... wait a minute, "no rules, just right" ever stopped being Outback's slogan? When? How could anyone even know, when we all immediately turn the channel at the first screeching grate of that spokesguy's accent, right? At any rate, the (allegedly) old slogan is back, with the caveat that it's all about "challenging convention." And if that feels doubtful to you, may I remind you of the chain's recent move to draw in millennials with classic French daughter sauces? Outback doesn't give a fuck about your rules.
And lest I risk coming across as a person who just hates everything, I need to point out this amazing thing I saw on twitter today (via the peerless Holly Moore, via the incomparable Malcolm Eggs): it's an egg font. It's a font made of eggs! And unlike some lazy fonts that somehow don't include parentheses even though they're not even made of eggs, this one actually includes an impressive number of special characters. College students, I implore you to buy this and use it for all of your papers. You'll probably fail some/all of your classes, but it will have been worth it.
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