Minimum Income; The Facebook Curse; and Dowdy De-evolution

3 May

Whole Shebang 05/03/2015

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1. Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, two candidates one would expect would oppose one another, have both come out in support of Minimum Income.  The idea being that we replace a number of government programs to help those below the poverty line and the government simply writes a check to everyone so that they can survive.  Jen talks about reframing how we think and discuss solving poverty away from simply providing money and towards reducing cognitive load.  Listen in.

2.  Cait has found that the people who are posting lots and lots of happy posts on Facebook have lives that are the most in shambles.  Do you look at photos of delicious meals and smiling couples and suspect it is but a calculated veneer?

This man is miserable.

Suicide watch.

 

3.  Once a dowdy shoe, always a dowdy shoe–is that so?  Does dowdy refer to an idea intrinsically linked by way of being juxtaposed to the constantly shifting and evolving idea of beauty or is it something unto itself?  The Shebangers examine dowdiness and whether Cait was unfair in her dismissal of a pair of shoes Shelley tried on for a graduation.

Meh.

(Not the actual shoe, but, you know, Shelley deserves better.)

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by her new furnace (and the purging of her old, bad mojo furnace.)
Cait is enriched by Springtime in Chicago.  Break out the sundresses and fling open the windows!
Jen is enraged by the below big ol’ bird-eating snake hanging around her chicken coop.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

HGTV Smart Home; Dr. Oz; Our slang

19 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/19/2015

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1. The 2015 HGTV Smart Home sweepstakes has begun! This year’s home is in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, TX. We reviewed the “smart” features of the home.

Sign up to win this remote controlled house here.

By the way, the HGTV show whose name I couldn’t think of where they do a beautiful job fixing up houses and speaking to each other with genuine love and affection is Fixer Upper.

2. Dr. Oz is on the outs with some in the medical community that want him ousted from Columbia’s faculty.

I really enjoyed The New Yorker article by Michael Specter which explains Dr. Oz’s show, his relationship to Oprah, his wife, his current surgery schedule, and his career as a celebrity doctor.

Dr. Oz on This Week Tonight:

3. The Atlantic has started a video series following middle schoolers. This week’s episode was about their slang. It is a delight to watch middle schoolers express themselves.

Cait doesn’t use slang. But I said: “Yo mama, your snazzy outfit is on fleek. That purple hat is hella cute and, dude, dude, dude, it is representing the G Funk Era, bruh.”

I think I nailed it.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the whole presidential campaign gambit (already!). She thinks we should all just stay home. If candidates want to reach us, they can film their presentations and we can watch if we so choose at a later date.
Cait, after being slapped with an additional $3000 in taxes owed, is enraged by our tax law’s oppression of the poor and struggling.
Jen is enriched by her eight downy, goofy, brilliant chicks. I am sure there are more chicken stories to come.

 

ps:

The “Fuck” scene from The Wire:

The lady bug water saving showerhead:

Cars Can’t Fly!?; April Fool’s Day; Nikelab Strikes a Blow Against Feminism?

5 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/05/2015

 

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1. Cars Can’t Fly!? Such is the theme of the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7, as the Toretto team shows over and over again that they can indeed fly.  Lots of spoilers in this one.  Cait rhapsodizes. Why does Jen keep saying, “Get in the car!”? Shelley exclaims over biceps. Is this movie your favorite in the series?  Lots of disagreement there.  One thing is for sure, the Academy Awards needs to create a new category–Mind-Blowing Stunts.

2. April Fool’s Day.  We are surely unclear where the spoofing convention originated, but some of the pranks in The Atlantic article tickled at least Shelley’s funny bone. Dragon’s are real; the new sloth cam at the National Zoo; and scientist Ben Kenoobi actually found The Force at CERN.

 

3. NikeLab Strikes a Blow Against Feminism? Slate writer Megan Weigand is incensed by the new women’s sportswear collection by NikeLab and Japanese design house, Sacai.  The ladies love the clothes and feel not at all that their right to vote is threatened.

 

I can fly!!

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by finding another pair of the perfect shoe–Merrell Women’s Barefoot Pure Glove Running Shoe in Lavender Lustre. Thank you Birkenstock Store in San Diego!!
Cait is enriched by her boffo bringing-down-the-house rendition of Alanais Morisette’s You Oughta Know.Wish we had the video!
We all are enriched by Jen’s brilliant idea inspired by the ensembles worn by Claire Underwood and Jackie in House of Cards–all elected civil servants in state and federal positions of power should wear uniforms, perhaps comfie jumpsuits and slip-on tennies, to remind them that they are in those positions to SERVE not suck all the juice from the orange. Go, Jen! You are so right!

 

 

Euthanasia; Waste Management; and Chairs

22 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/22/2015

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1. The Shebangers discuss euthanizing animals and plant life after Cait faced a tough decision with a dying fly in her shower.

Can we keep him?  I'll call him Mr. Cuddle-Poison!

Can we keep him? I’ll call him Mr. Cuddle-Poison!

Listen to hear why this jerk made Jen cry.  Burn in hell, Aristotle!

Listen to hear why this jerk made Jen cry. Burn in hell, Aristotle!

2. In dirty olde 1874
Albert Fryer invented the Destructor!

Cait wonders how we can possibly still dispose of waste by flushing it into our drinking water. The current state of waste, particularly in Chicago, are discussed as well as why infrastructure is a way sexier political platform than this, Mr. President:

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3.  God bless hospitality; most importantly: chairs!  Why are all communal spaces not littered with an array of very comfortable seating?  Why is the standing desk so damn popular?  And why don’t all offices, look like this?:

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Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the preying upon of viewers by ailment, drug, and class action lawsuit commercials.  Time for a new Jeff We Can?
Cait is enriched by not caring any more and embracing what she wants above all else.  Go, Dagny, go!
Jen is enriched by Rehab Addict on HGTV (well, Netflix, really) and the philosophy and putting love back into homes.

 

 

JeffWeCan; IMPRESSION; cat music

8 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/08/2015

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1. John Oliver took on the tobacco industry in a Last Week Tonight monologue. This resulted in the social media sensation Jeff the Diseased Lung. We can’t explain it as well as he does:

2. Are we suffering to be beautiful or is the photographer featured in this Refinery 29 article shallowly exploiting the plight of the fashionable in his IMPRESSION series?

3. A research organization called Teyus has composed music that house cats seem to find pleasurable. All three of us are catless, but your feline friend may enjoy these recordings.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the pointless continuation of daylight savings time.
Cait is enriched by her participation in SXSW.
Jen is enraged by the super invasive permissions required to download smartphone apps. Next time you download an app actually read what it is asking permission to do. Scary!

 

Arm yourself with knowledge about Daylight Savings Time. If you’re not outraged and/or sleepy you’re not paying attention!:
Time
 
The Atlantic I
 
The Atlantic II
 
Nat Geo
 

The College Experience and Emoji Fever

1 Mar

Whole Shebang 3/01/2015

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1.  The Shebangers, and guest star, Tripp, discuss The College Experience from the purpose, the fun, stories, and whether they were prepared for it and whether college prepared them each for “the real world.”

 

We were prepared for the Real World--just not the Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

We were prepared for the Real World–just not the Real World Road Rules Challenge.

Tripp offers a fresh perspective as a second semester senior at a small, liberal arts school.  Listen in for some lively disagreements regarding shenanigans versus pragmatism.

2.  The Wonderful World of :EMOJIS:  Well, the Shebangers sure showed their age in this one, as we were all a bit :s about the common parlance of the Emoji.  Or shall I say:

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A recent photo of the Shebangers.

A recent photo of the Shebangers.

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

 

Cait is enriched by becoming violently ill from eating oysters (getting her off the hook for eating seafood forever.)
Mom is enraged by clunky websites.  Figure our partial refresh, yo!
Jen is enriched by the Step Up movies and wants you to watch these two amazing dances, too.

 

Superstitions; Stages of Life; Lent

15 Feb

Whole Shebang 2/15/2015

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1.  Superstitions.  Jen and Cait’s visit to the Vodou(Haitian version) exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum  sparks a lively discussion on what is superstition, what are the origins of superstitions in general,  and  a staunch defending of their own.

Release the Kraken! Cassiopeia should have knocked on wood.

 

Stages of Life.  Some are born old; some never grow up. Jen and Cait feel like old ladies in young lady’s bodies and are quite comfortable with the arrangement while Shelley is Peter Pan.  Strong feelings emerge on the belief that there is an expiration date for the Cult of Youth.  Does your chronological age match your behavioral and outlook age?

This woman just found her first grey hair.

 

3.Lent.  ‘Tis the season for the excesses of Mardi Gras(Fat Tuesday) followed by the 40 days of the deprivations of Lent. The ladies discuss the origins of the practice of giving up something for Lent and whether they themselves are doing it this year.  Jen shares a bit of wisdom about celebration as a way of life.

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by the mood-enhancing, vanilla-scented, remote-controlled faux candles she and Jen mounted on the sconces.
Mom is enriched by two fun books instead of the winter doldrums she usually experiences in January–Skin Game by Jim Butcher of the Harry Dresden series and Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey of the Expansion series.
Jen is enriched by her confidence, expertise, and pleasure in the area of DIY.

 

fermentation; Danish equality; stars on shirts

1 Feb

Whole Shebang 02/01/2015

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1. I have been selectively choosing to hear that beer is good for you. As are other fermented foods and drinks. My mom and sister aren’t convinced. Cait thinks at home fermentation is “ill-advised”. I am not as skeptical and am interested in starting with the books below:

2. The Danish continually score highly on world happiness surveys, but perhaps this is not the good news we think of it as. According to this article, Danes think their equality and therefore their monoculture is “stultifyingly dull.” Yikes.

In other Danish news, if you haven’t watched Borgen, I highly recommend it:

3. When fashion designers use space themed fabrics are they bringing science to the masses or slapping stars on shirts? We discuss The Atlantic article The Devil Wears Pulsars and check out the space fashion blog STARtorialist.

Mom's favorite of the example genre

Mom’s favorite of the example genre

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by the glacial pace of everything in her life.
Mom is enriched by my Dad’s jawbone achievement. He is in the 1% of users for achieving his goals this week. Way to go Dad!
Jen is enriched by the Remastered version the Duck Tales video game from 1989 available on the Playstation.

 

Free-Climbing; Oscar Nominations; Fat Tires

18 Jan

Whole Shebang 18/01/2015

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1. Free-Climbing. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. It took them 19 days. Shelley followed them all the way; Jen was impressed with their friends and family; and Cait was glad it wasn’t her. How does this climb compare to scaling the Biggies–Everest and K2? Check out the stunning photos.

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Would you, could you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Oscar Nominations.
Do we care, or is this just the self-indulgence of the movie industry? Cait singes are eyebrows with her vehement reply. Marko adds a new term to define an audience demographic–funny guy! Shelley tells all about the statuette itself. Jen gets us laughing with the sound effects of space.

3. Fat Tires. Fat tire bikes are the newest innovation for off-road biking in snow, on ice, and through sand and soft soil. Shelley and John tried them out, and as the saying goes, hilarity ensued. John’s characterization was unequivocal.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by the idea that what happens in one’s personal life and personal images of said personal life should negatively effect one’s professional life. Our ears are still bleeding from her vehemence!
Mom is enriched by the joy of riding bikes in the middle of winter. Aaah, technology!
Jen is enriched by a new game, “>Machi Koro, which is easy to learn and a fast play.

Trusted Recommendations; True Colors; and Snoozing Sarsaparilla

4 Jan

Whole Shebang 01/04/2015

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1. Netflix is now giving recommendations based on what the fictional characters we know and love have watched (they’re guessing).  That’s right.  I just received the listing “Watched by Claire Underwood (House of Cards)”  What?

Those are the words of a woman who probably shares my taste in movies.

Those are the words of a woman who probably shares my taste in movies.

2.  It’s the new year and you know what that means . . . we’ll be discussing the new Pantone Color of the Year for 2015: Marsala.   It is a sophisticated color that is an acquired taste (wink.)  Listen to what the girls have to say about tit.

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3.  The Dude will live on in more than jus hearts, but also in the National Film Registry vault in Washington, D.C.  Each year 25 films receive the honor of being added to the collection for posterity.  Let’s put on our bathrobes, paint our toe nails the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, and drink a White Russian to that!

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The Dude’s thoughts? He abides.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by sports bras’ inability to stay locked and loaded through lateral movement.  But the Victoria’s Secret Incredible Front Close Sports Bra.
Mom is enriched by a lovely holiday including a happy travelling companion (Dad.)
Jen is enraged by her trip to her osteopath (the best doctoring experience she has had in years) not being covered by insurance.

 

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