Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MTV's Video (Videos From MTV?) of Ben Folds on Chat Roulette

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM


I've avoided getting drawn into Chat Roulette. Not because I'm afraid of the rampant nudity, but because I'm afraid of what a time suck it will become. I have a lot of work to do. Plus, I can't find my Web cam.

Pop pianist Ben Folds, however, turned the diversion into a performance piece during a show in Charlotte, N.C.

Read the story here.

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The Bridge on the River, Why?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM

When we saw this morning that the Gray Lady’s eye had fallen on Boise’s own Vista Interchange project, our response was: “April Fools?” Turns out it was for real, despite its somewhat dubious headline: “A Bridge to Fame in Boise, Honest”.

Don’t get us wrong, we think the Vista Interchange rebuild is a pretty big deal, and made more interesting for the fact that it’s being retooled as a “single point urban interchange”—a design hitherto unknown in Idaho.

We like seeing Boise mentioned in the Times, but is the work on Vista really worthy of coverage in the nation’s newspaper of record?

Our theory is that reporter William Yardley—who was in Boise to cover Walt Minnick's attendance at the Ron Paul event on Saturday—happened past ITD’s Interstate-84 kiosk at the airport and figured he’d fire off a quickie for the folks back East.

As the saying goes: All press is good press, so chalk one up for ITD’s marketing efforts, honest.

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Need Something to Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Julia Child is best known as a bubbly-voiced TV chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of very few must have cookbooks. Her personality was so large that she's been played and parodied by the likes of Dan Akroyd, Meryl Streep and Bill Cosby, and her show has been referenced by—and in the background of—more popular culture outlets than can be kept track of. Child is a legend.

But before the world had ever heard of her, before she ever took her first cooking class, Child was busy saving the world from tyranny as a genuine hero. She was a top secret researcher for the OSS in World War II, tracking agents and communications across Asia and helping coordinate rescue equipment from Washington, D.C. And if that wasn't enough, she assisted on a project to develop shark repellent to keep sharks away from mines, so that they would take out German U-Boats instead. And all that, is pretty effin' rad.

So why do we primarily know her as a chef?

The answer is simple: The woman made a mean cup of fish soup.

Wouldn't you like to know how to make soup so good that it eclipses Hitler? Well, have no fear soup patriots, you can. Because today at Pottery Gourmet, culinary educator Sylvie Ryan will show you how. With no shortage of wine "tasting," on the side. The class will take you through every step of preparing the classic South France bouillabaisse. Then you'll close with a faboo French freedom lemon tart, and be home in time to see something on the History Channel about the war that Julia Child won for America. Sadly, Shark Week will have to wait until August.

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Burning Question of the Day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:53 AM


All right, tonight we're having pizza. And then tomorrow night, burgers! And the, after that, pizza. And then burgers again. Then... wait a second... Methinks there may be a rut forming. But what ever could be done about it? Questionland perhaps?

Burning question of the day powers activate!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Grocery Outlet Wine Sale

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM


Recently I confessed my love for that dated Fairview landmark, the Grocery Outlet. I’m totally smitten with their random assortment of super cheap gourmet vegan frozen dinners, organic cheeses and fancy olive oils. Well, things have just gotten more serious.

Starting today, Tuesday, March 30, and running through Saturday, April 3, the Gross Out is offering 20 percent off EVERY SINGLE wine that they have in stock. Swoon.

That means if you tend to shoot in the $7.99 price range per bottle, you’ll only have to shell out $6.49. Or if you’re more of a $2.99 wino, you’ll only have to scrounge up $2.39 in change from your couch cushions for a primo vino.

Now that's love.

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Buzzer-Beater Women's Basketball

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM


Why don't we ever hear about office betting pools for the women's NCAA basketball finals?

I just witnessed what might prove to be the most exciting game yet in determining contenders for the Final Four, and it was enough to convince anyone that women's basketball deserves at least as much attention as men's. I'm normally an NCAA tournament agnostic—I don't pay much attention to it and don't really care—until my alma mater, Stanford University, gets involved. Then, I become a devoted disciple for a few hours on a few evenings, and I enjoy every second. Strike that last bit. I mean, I enjoy every tenth of a second.

Tonight, the Stanford Cardinal (I get a lot of static about that mascot, and I'm as clueless as most alumni) edged the Xavier Musketeers after trading the lead back and forth all night long. It was a buzzer-beating lay-up by Jeanette Pohlen, following a full-court drive, that gave Stanford the two-point advantage. And while the close-scoring game was already suspenseful, the moment of victory was delayed for confirmation of the clock stop. Interestingly, had an earlier time-out not been adjusted to reflect a more accurate stoppage, the winning bucket would not have counted.

Hats off to Coach VanDerveer and Coach McGuff for coaching the double-X chromosome set that doesn't garner them near the attention as they'd get for coaching their male counterpart teams. Hats off to Stanford's supportive fans. Their number-one seed team has only lost a single game all season, and it was to the UConn Huskies, whom they will undoubtedly face again in the championship game.

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Need Something to Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:31 AM

All right! Fresh new morning! Gonna get up! Gonna stretch! Gonna play some totally sweet disc golf right after work today! Today is going to be totally awesome! I'll just open the blinds to greet the sun.

Oh ...

Lame ... It's, "raining." WTF. I thought we lived in the desert or something. Isn't rain just something that's just supposed to happen to other people? Oh well. Guess it's time to hit up the movies then. Sure am glad to have put some money away for a rainy day. Lessee, where's that piggy bank ... Ah, here it is. We'll just open it up and ... Dang ... It's empty. Stupid global recession.

Well have no fear fearless moviegoer, because Tuesdays are the best days to be cheap broke and in search of cinema in Boise, for both The Northgate Reel, and The Country Club Reel have special Tuesday prices that the change in your couch cushion should cover. One American dollar at The Country Club, and only 50 cents for The Northgate.

Only two bits you say? Why, with prices that low, they must be crazy! Dunno. It's possible. But I'm not going to speculate cause in the journalism biz we call that "slander," and it's a big ol' no-no. Instead, let's just call them prices inspired by the third world.

Showtimes are listed here and here. And for the love of Jeff, turn off your cell phone in the theater, jerky.

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Nashville Rockers Paper Route Roll Into Record Exchange

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 6:00 AM

This Paper Route will not end up with you scrounging through your azalea bushes to fetch the daily news.

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  • "I get the feeling we're being followed"

Nashville quartet Paper Route will make a stop at Record Exchange for a free, all ages in-store performance at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Later that night, the indie rockers will open for a sold-out Owl City show at the Knitting Factory.

Bass/piano/programmer Chad Howat formed Paper Route in 2004, inspired by insomnia and Icelandic songbird Bjork. Their debut full-length album Absence combines sonic guitars with harmonious keyboard and All American Rejects style vocals.

The band gained popularity with the inclusion of their music in an episode of cheesy teen soap, “One Tree Hill.” Tours with Paramour, Phantom Planet and Passion Pit heightened their status on the college rock scene.

The Tennessee foursome has been praised by publications including Paste and The Daily Chorus. According to, Paper Route carries listeners to an alternate universe. That may be, but stay grounded so that you can get to Record Exchange on Tuesday.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Boise Adventurers Leave Kochi on “The Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane”

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM

On Sunday, 64 vehicles lined up at the start in Kochi, India, turned on their engines and with a wave of the flag, off they went. The 2010 Rickshaw Run has started and for the next two weeks, these 64 teams from around globe will travel 2,000 miles to the finish line at the base of the Himalayas. While this race could be categorized as an amateur motorsport, it is vastly different from a NASCAR or Formula 1 race. Advertised as “the amazing race for the clinically insane,” the vehicles used in this race are pimped-out rickshaws. Auto-rickshaws are three-wheeled vehicles with a two-stroke engine that is about as powerful as a lawn mower engine and can only reach a maximum speed of approximately 30 mph. Unchanged since their release in the 1950s, these vehicles are primarily used as taxis in countries such as India and Thailand.

Additionally, there are but few rules to this race. There’s only point A and B - no checkpoints, no specific routes, no assigned accommodations, and no grand champion.

In fact, unlike most races, the emphasis of this race lies not in who makes it to the finish the fastest, but rather on the experience of seeing the vast and diverse country of India—the landscapes, its culture and its people.

The Adventurists - Rickshaw Run Wild Rides Promo from The Adventurists on Vimeo.

The prize at the end of the race is a once in a lifetime experience and humanitarian aid as each team had to raise at least 1,000 £ for a charity of their choice before the starting day.

The Run is about adventure, exploration and humanitarian action.

That is the very reason why three Boise adventurers signed up for the challenge. Alex Lindbloom, Oliver Deppert, and Jacob Black make up Team Shayu Productions that left Kochi yesterday and will navigate across jungle, arid desert, and windy coasts to get from the southwest to the base of the Himalayas in the northeast.

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Foodies: You’ve Got Precious Hours Remaining

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 3:59 PM


Want to know where to snag the best locally raised burger or who has the best value wine list in town? You've got until tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. to ask local food bloggers Guy Hand (Northwest Food News) and Michael Boss (Behind the Menu) their expert opinions on food, blogging and food blogging in the Treasure Valley.

Still haven't read this week's feature, "The Next Byte," on food journalism vs. food blogging? Check out what Hand and Boss have to say, then have your say at

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