Crimea A River; Beetlejuice! Voldemort! Morwena!; Delicious AND Nutricious?!

13 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/13/2014

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1. Toh may toh - Toh mah toh Why don’t you Crimea River?:  Is there a conspiracy amongst newscasters to change country pronunciations from time to time for no apparent reason?  Cait thinks yes.  Otherwise how do you explain the recent shift to calling Moscow “Mos-coh” and dropping the word “the” from The Ukraine?  You can’t.  You’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear Jen and Shelley try to calm her down.  I mean, where do we even get these county pronunciations in the first place and how is there a “correct” way to say them?

Nippon or as we say "juh-pan."  The N, the I, and the O are silent and replaced by a J and two A's.

Nippon or as we say “juh-pan.” The N, the I, and the O are silent and replaced by a J and two A’s. Duh!

2. Beetlejuice! Voldemort! Morwena!:  Is it wise to have no-no words?

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"I'm not bossy!  I have leadership skills!"

“I’m not bossy! I have leadership skills!”

Or to allow words to have as much power as we do?

"This plane definitely won't crash.  So long, Honey!"

“This plane definitely won’t crash. So long, Honey!”

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3.  The best movie Disney, or anyone else for that matter, ever created is “The Happiest Millionaire.”

This darling piece of cinema features a flippant nod towards an alternative view to nutrition summed up in the chocolate cake diet.  The millionaire character explains that chocolate cake contains “all the essential elements” for example, eggs which have protein.  Do delicious and amazing foods such as chocolate cake have nutritional value beyond the sheer bliss they bring?  Does it behoove parents to pull this nonsense?:


Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by the wacky antics of adults on par with cats on the internet (listen for a lovable anecdote.)
Cait is enriched by Springtime in Chicago!
Jen is enriched by (the IRS, of course!) and the television show Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas.

 

No Podcast Today

7 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/06/2014

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You'll have to listen to something else for this week--bummer.

You’ll have to listen to something else for this week–bummer.

the importance of being arrogant; I’m sooo busy; conscious uncoupling

31 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/30/2014

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1. Arrogance is usually an insult, but I think it might be a key to success. We discuss the two sides of the coin:

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Cait declares her intent to be more arrogant and I impugn the good name of the actor James Franco.

2. In The Atlantic, we get another piece from the frazzled cultural contingent about the downside of being so darn busy. Mom goes on an epic rant. You must hear it. Comments can be sent to @wholeshebangers on twitter.

3. In honor of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cool, calm, and collected break-up from Coldplay’s Chris Martin, we run down the best and worst in celebrity break-ups. Some were obvious, some were mean, and some still break our hearts.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by catalog simulated spring brought to her by Land’s End and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.
Cait is enriched by her new job starting tomorrow. Go full employment!
Jen is enraged by digital tipping. It is a cash game people!

 

Internet Justice; Internet Humanizes Scientific Discoveries?; Poetry-philia

24 Mar

Whole Shebang 3/23/2014

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1. Internet Justice. The ladies were blown away by this article in Rolling Stone concerning as the sub-heading so aptly states, ” A Shocking Story of Citizen Detectives, a Videotaped Murder, Animal Cruelty, and One Disturbed Celebrity Wannabe.”  We discuss the ethics of cyber vigilantism, the deep, dark, dank sub-sub-basement of the internet that unfortunately reflects that of humanity, and crowdsourcing as a super cool yet very scary tool as evidenced by the genius of Luis von Ahn and Tomnod.

2. Internet Humanizes Scientific Discoveries?  Clever radio astronomers at Stanford University proved the theory of the Big Bang Theory of the beginning of the universe, or cosmic inflation theory(CIT), by seeing and recording the, until this point only theorized, gravitational waves generated at the time.  We are talking the trillionth, trillionth, trillionth of a second! …And the general populace does not know nor care about this incredible discovery.  So, scientists are trying to use technology to get their message out. To that end, Chao-Lin Kuo, one of the Stanford scientists, takes a video crew to tell Andre Linde who spent his entire career defending the CIT that he was vindicated. The subsequent video goes viral.  We discuss the efficacy of such methodologies for bringing scientific news to the non-scientific. Cait’s cynicism comes to the fore.

3. Poetry-philia.  Shelley loves poetry and was delighted to come across a modern poem in The Christian Science Monitor. The ladies discuss the value of modern poetry particularly whether all the good stuff is the old stuff.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Shelley is enriched by the incredible home shading design of architecture student, Tyler Short.
Cait is enriched by being at home for the weekend. Bless her heart.
Jen is enraged by the phony yet terrifyingly convincing phone scams claiming to be the IRS.

Don’t Get Frumpterable; H&M Wedding Dress; Writing on the Rails

16 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/16/2014

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1. Is Frumpterable Fashionable?

Greatest outfit ever?  Or falling apart, joyless blanket?

Greatest outfit ever? Or sad, sad, saaaad blanket thing?

The Whole Shebangers have noticed a trend towards the frumpy in the clothing world (and some of us are more okay with it than others.)  We are not alone in our observations–Jessica Probus of Buzfeed has noticed it, too.  And if you check out the Old Navy website, you’ll see how prevalent this trend has already become.  Eek!

2. H&M debuted a $99 wedding dress!  Here it is:

$99 at H&M

$99 at H&M

And some inexpensive options from J. Crew:

$295

$295

Also $295

Also $295

And for a whopping $229

And for a whopping $229

3. Hey writers, do you have trouble focusing, setting deadlines, or getting inspired?  Why not let Amtrak pay for you to ride one of their trains and write about it?  (We have a reason or two.  Listen in before submitting your application.)

But before you totally abandon the idea, remember that fun things can happen on trains.

But before you totally abandon the idea, remember that fun things can happen on trains.

 

And shoutout to fellow podcaster Mur Lafferty and her podcast “I Should Be Writing.”

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by the Korean film Masquerade available for streaming now on Netflx.
Cait is enriched by a classic Chicago moment last night where a very drunk fellow bought her gummy bears out of appreciation for giving him the proper time of day.
Jen is enriched by the clothing store Boden USA.

 

hipster homemakers; electric Caddies; Ghostbusters recollections

9 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/09/2014

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1. I am tilting toward a cultural category known as the hipster homemaker – Emily Matchar’s term for women who are choosing crafting, cooking, canning, farming, and intensive parenting over the 9 to 5. I am shocked and appalled to understand that now that I carry this mantle, I must choose whether it is, as The Washington Post article suggests, fun, empowering, or a step back for American women. Can’t a girl just grow a tomato in peace?



2. Cadillac has a new electric car and a commercial to go with it. We discuss the Huffington Post outrage over this commercial that we all enjoy and think it funny. Is the Huffington Post taking things too seriously?

3. Harold Ramis who wrote and starred in the Ghostbuster movies recently died. I loved Ghostbusters when I was a kid. I learned alot of life lessons from these movies. What could you possibly learn from such a movie, you ask? Well you will have to listen to find out.

For your enjoyment, mom’s favorite scene:

Good news! Ghostbusters I and II are both streaming on Netflix if we inspire you to do some reminiscing of your own.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the anachronistic stupidity that is Daylight Saving Time.
Cait is enriched by Danny MacAskill’s bicycle prowess. [Jen's comment: Holy cow! He is both adorable and talented. Thanks for this Red Bull!] Red Bull Imaginate Danny MacAskill
Jen is enraged by her struggles to stick to her beer free Lent.

 

House of Cards; Rural Paradise Lost

2 Mar

Whole Shebang 3/2/2014

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We were in luck this week as we were joined once again by nephew and cousin, Tripp, who, as per usual, enlivened our discussion with his wit and wisdom.  And, as per usual, when we have a guest, we only discuss two topics.

1.  House of Cards. The genius of Netflix is alive and on display in this riveting political drama. Season Two is out and being devoured by all and sundry, including Tripp’s fellow student politicos who were blown away by certain instances in the first episode.  Ensuing discussion involves Tripp differentiating fact from fiction; Jen being awed by the cool devotion of Claire and Frank;  Caitlin having aspirations; and Shelley portending Claire blowing up in Season Three.  Tripp has a fun final word.  There are some spoilers in this discussion, but all participants made an effort to not give it all away.

Hero or Devil?

Hero or Devil?

 

2. Rural Paradise Lost.  Vermont, that environmentally pristine haven of rugged individualists reveling in their healthy lifestyles, is beset by an appalling statistic–a 770% growth in heroin addiction since the year 2000. What is up with that?  Jen slams a February 19th article in The Daily Beast  which with almost charming naivete suggests that such  growth is inexplicable in a place where there is almost universal healthcare and low unemployment.   So, why do people take drugs to their own destruction? Cait is gloves off in her explanation.  Both Jen and Cait recommend this video for insight.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by the patience and support of beau, Perry, in her search for lucrative, satisfying employment.
Shelley is enriched by male-authored historical fiction.

Jen is enriched by the agility, persistence, and joy of goats balancing on a steel flange.

I’ve Lost My Ability to Can-Internet Linguistics; Is Secret a Secret; Socialized Law: Should We Consider It

16 Feb

Whole Shebang 02/16/2014

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Internet linguistics:  Can you even?  I mean, amirite? Tots.    The nature of language is to evolve.  Language is evolving rapidly with internet and text speak infiltrating day-to-day speech.  The Shebangers explore the new English language as presented in this article from The Toast.  Jen talks about how women are leading the charge in the changes of language as discussed in The Throwing Madonna.  Ain’t nothin’ but a G thing, baby.

2.  Shhh–can you keep a secret?  We’re pretty sure the internet can’t either.  Secret is a new app which people are claiming brings anonymity back to the internet.  The app imports your contacts from your email, then shows you “secrets” (in Post Secret fashion) of your 2nd and 3rd degree friends.  Essentially, you see confessions from your acquaintances for a salacious good time.  Is this a good time or a terrible, blackmail-inducing idea?
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Scores of cases exist where wealthy people are getting away with murder (sometimes literally) because of wealth or their wealth giving them the ability to pay for the most clever lawyers around.  Could Socializing the law be a solution to the problem as Noam Scheiber suggests?  The Shebangers discuss.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by the thoughtful and efficient usage of space in this 420 square foot NY apartment.
Mom is enriched by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory figuring out nuclear fusion. If you don’t know what that means, watch The Saint with Val Kilmer.
Jen is enraged by the use of the phrase “you’ll be on the wrong side of history.”

Mass mobs; Netflix categories; how to celebrate Valentine’s

9 Feb

Whole Shebang 02/09/2014

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1. You’ve seen the Thriller flash mob. The pillowfight flash mob. But have you seen the Catholic Mass mob where they attend a church (en masse)? Pews are filled, but will the hipsters take the bait?

This is not the kind of flash mob we are talking about

This is not the kind of flash mob we are talking about

2. The world’s best job must be categorizing movies for Netflix. Sign me up. We review an indepth Atlantic article that tells us why we spend 15 minutes on Netflix rotating through categories like “Evil Kid Horror Movies” and “Gritty Discovery Channel Reality TV” to find something to watch. How did Netflix become the Movie Genome Project?

Follow Mona Schott’s board Netflix on Pinterest.

3. Valentine’s Day is a tricky one. Third graders agonize over the subtext of their cards. Singles morosely stroll the streets looking in restaurant windows at happy couples. Husbands panic over the responsibility and wives are disappointed. Is the holiday of love even worth celebrating?

Follow Wilton Cake Decorating’s board Valentine’s Day on Pinterest.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by the good night’s sleep you get when you have clean sheets.
Mom is enriched by the mirth and abandon of the Olympic slope style snowboarders.
Jen is enriched by snowdays and the school administrators that recognize them as a cause for celebration.

 

Alien Invasion; Cheerleaders Rebel; Five Must-Haves in Your House

2 Feb

Whole Shebang 2/2/2014

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1. Alien Invasion.  Since the 19th century, man’s use of the Great Lakes has occasioned the introduction of invasive species into the ecosystem.  The latest invader-to-be is the Asian Carp, a grab-bag term covering four species which grow and reproduce very quickly, can weigh 100 pounds, eat a ton thereby decimating food sources vital to natural species, and when agitated by sound especially boat motors will leap into the air 5-8 feet high.  This invader is migrating very quickly up the Mississippi River heading for Lake Michigan.  The solution is easy, but the side effects could be devastating to Chicago.  The ladies discuss the pros and cons, the economic and social weight of city versus that of the Third Coast.  Is the  report by Army Corps of Engineers right that it will cost $15 Billion (in 2014 dollars and with no accounting of annual costs) and take 25 years?  Really?

Errata:  Shelley defined improperly the acronym ANS; it stands for Aquatic Nuisance Species.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5kglGd8Hb50Yikes! Jeremy Wade of River Monsters shows just how bad Asian Carp can be

 

2. Cheerleaders Rebel.  Raiderettes, the cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders, are suing for higher wages.  Shelley was surprised by the vehemence on this issue.  Will such kvetching by the cheerleaders only highlight their lack of relevance and result in their disbanding?  Or, as Caitlin suggests, just like unpaid internships, the lousy wages just ain’t right.

 

3. Five Must-Haves in Your House.  What five things would you absolutely have to have in your perfect house?  The Shebangers answer that question without references to granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, or spa-like master baths the size of football fields.
Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by Keira Knightley’s ague-inducing performance as an American in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Cait is enriched by her friend, Rose Sengenberger, and her performance in 3 Girl Frankenstein.
Jen is enriched by an Amazon Original show, Betas, which reveals truth and eloquently showcases the awfulness and glory of life.