I made Marcella Hazan’s Pasta Sauce and lived to write about it

My girlfriend and I have what we call Pasta Fridays.  This traditionally (it’s a tradition even though we’ve only been doing it for the 3 months we’ve lived together) involves making a pasta dish for dinner, lots of wine, and chocolate for dessert while we watch old episodes of Top Chef.  Oh the exciting lives we lead.

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Eurovision, Explained for Non-Euros

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you combined American Idol with the Olympics, and then also added in a voting system that was as asinine as the Electoral College?  Welcome to Eurovision, Europe’s singing contest that doesn’t actually include all of Europe and also includes countries outside of Europe.

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Why the Primary Elections Don’t Matter

You may have heard that there were some elections this week – primaries in several ‘key’ races across the country.  The results of these elections are being interpreted and analyzed to see if they can portend doom for the Democrats in November, or if they mean nothing and the Democrats still have the same advantage we thought they had before.

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4 Days in Berlin

Back when Facebook was The Facebook and was cool and not evil and was only something people at cool colleges could use and not something used to spy on everyone, it was a trendy thing to play around with the Relationship Status feature.  I was in a fake Facebook relationship for several months.  Girls (it was almost always two girls, likely in a sorority, and likely from ‘Chicago’), would try to be cheeky and say that ‘It’s Complicated’ with one of their other girl friends.  I’m nearly certain that the ‘It’s Complicated’ option has never been used to describe an actual relationship.

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College Basketball Champs

Oh, you thought this was going to be a post about Villanova, and how they were the best team in college basketball this year, and props to Jay Wright and yada yada yada?  Or maybe you thought this was going to be a ‘way-too-early’ Top 25 list, or a list of which schools have the best odds to win the title next year.  Sorry, no, this post is about the racket that is college basketball.

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The Definitive Rankings of Seinfeld Seasons

Neil Armstrong.  Amelia Earhart.  Sirs Francis Drake and Edmund Hillary.  These are some of the bravest people in the history of the world.  Trailblazers that have dared to be the first.  The first to step on the moon, the first to fly or to sail around the world.  The first to climb the highest peak this precious planet Earth has to offer.

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