I like to use these charts to set up our DVR’s. I always go through a pruning session very early in the season, but try to give all the new shows a good try! Which shows are you looking forward to, and which ones are already doomed?
|Dancing with the Stars||Castle|
|How I Met Your Mother||2 Broke Girls New||Two and a Half Men||Mike & Molly||Hawaii Five-0|
|Gossip Girl||Hart of Dixie New||Local|
|Terra Nova New||House||Local|
|The Sing-Off||The Playboy Club New|
|Last Man Standing New||Man Up New||Dancing with the Stars the Results Show||Body of Proof|
|NCIS||NCIS: LA||Unforgettable New|
|Glee||New Girl New||Raising Hope||Local|
|The Middle||Suburgatory New||Modern Family||Happy Endings||Revenge New|
|H8R New||America’s Next Top Model||Local|
|The X Factor New||I Hate My Teenage Daughter New||Local|
|Up All Night New||Free Agents New||Harry’s Law||Law & Order: SVU|
|Charlie’s Angels New||Grey’s Anatomy||Private Practice|
|The Big Bang Theory||How to Be a GentlemanNew||Person of Interest New||The Mentalist|
|The Vampire Diaries||The Secret Circle New||Local|
|The X Factor results show New||Bones||Local|
|Community||Parks and Recreation||The Office||Whitney New||Prime Suspect New|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Shark Tank||20/20|
|A Gifted Man New||CSI: NY||Blue Bloods|
|Chuck||Grimm New||Dateline NBC|
|Rules of Engagement||Repeats||Repeats||48 Hour Mystery|
|Cops||Cops||America’s Most Wanted||Local|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos||Once Upon a Time New||Desperate Housewives||Pan Am New|
|60 Minutes||The Amazing Race||The Good Wife||CSI: Miami|
|The OT||The Simpsons||Allen GregoryNew||Family Guy||American Dad||Local|
|Football Night in America||Sunday Night Football|
and click here for a downloadable version: Fall 2011 TV Schedule
Berries – YUM! Especially blueberries! YUM YUM! And I think I recall they are good for memory – or was that….. what was that?!?
ONE of summer’s great pleasures is eating berries of all kinds by the basketful. One of summer’s great frustrations is having baskets of berries go moldy overnight, or even by nightfall.
Fruits go moldy because mold spores are everywhere, readily germinate on the humid surfaces of actively respiring, moisture-exhaling fruits, and easily penetrate the smallest breach of their thin skins.
The first thing I do with a haul of berries, after eating my fill straight from the basket, is to unpack the rest and spread them out on kitchen or paper towels, so they’re not pressing against one another and trapping moisture.
If I want to keep them overnight or longer, I refrigerate them, because cold temperatures slow fruit metabolism and mold growth. I repack the berries as sparsely as possible, nest each basket in a second empty one to leave an air space at the bottom, and inflate and tie off a plastic produce bag around the baskets, so there’s room for the berries to breathe and the bag itself doesn’t cling to their surfaces.
Even with these precautions I’ve had baskets mold overnight in the refrigerator. So I followed up right away when I saw a reference in an agricultural journal on extending the shelf life of strawberries not with a chemical treatment or gamma irradiation, but with heat.
I gathered a dozen or so reports that hot-water treatments suppress mold growth on berries, grapes and stone fruits. The test temperatures ranged from 113 to 145 degrees, with exposure times of a few minutes at the lower temperatures, and 12 seconds at the highest.
I found it hard to believe that any part of a plant could tolerate 145-degree water. My finger in the same water would get a third-degree burn in less than 5 seconds, and eventually reach medium rare.
I bought pints of various berries, divided each batch into two samples, and heated one by immersing and swishing its plastic basket in a pot of hot water. I emptied the heated sample onto towels to cool down and dry. Then I repacked it, and encouraged both baskets to spoil by wrapping them airtight and letting them sweat on the kitchen counter. After 24 hours I counted the moldy berries in each basket.
The strawberries fared best when I heated them at 125 degrees for 30 seconds. In two samples from different sources, this treatment gave a total of 1 moldy berry out of 30, where the untreated baskets had 14. I also treated some bruised berries, including one with a moldy tip. After 24 hours none were moldy. The tip mold not only hadn’t spread, it had disappeared.
I tried the same treatment, 125 degrees for 30 seconds, on raspberries and blackberries, and got the same good results. There were many fewer moldy berries in the heated samples.
For thicker-skinned blueberries, a Canadian study recommended a 140-degree treatment for 30 seconds. I tested it twice, with samples of around 150 berries each time. That heat took the bloom off. It melted the natural wax that gives the berries their whitish cast, and left them midnight blue. It also cut the number of moldy berries from around 20 per sample to 2.
Research has also shown that exposure to hot air slows fruit spoilage. But hot air can take several hours, and I found it harder than hot water to apply precisely in the kitchen. I did spread some raspberries out on a sheet pan lined with towels, and put them in a 150-degree non-convection oven for 20 minutes. The berry bottoms got hotter than the tops, which were cooled by evaporation. Still, only 1 out of 48 heated berries became moldy, compared with 7 out of 52 in the unheated basket.
Why is it that delicate berries can survive heat high enough to kill mold and injure fingers? Probably because they have to do so in the field. One study of tomatoes found that intense sunlight raised their interiors to 122 degrees. Such heat hurts the quality of growing fruits, but I couldn’t taste much of an effect on briefly heated ripe fruits.
So if you find yourself plagued by quickly spoiling fruits, start giving them a brief hot bath before you spread them out or chill them. Thermotherapy can be healthy for all concerned.
From My Modern Met:
Our awesome partners over at National Geographic sent over these incredible photos, as they just wrapped up creating a real-life version of Pixar’s animated hit film Up. It’s pretty amazing what human beings are capable of…
Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.
The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.
I thought the saying was “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. Maybe that isn’t true for fruit flies??
Fruit flies are extremely annoying, fast, and a pain to capture and get rid of. Last month we shared a simple no-tools-required fruit fly trap with you. This week we tested it, slightly modified, with impressive results.
When we got back from our Labor Day trip, a few peaches in the kitchen had sneaked well past their prime and attracted a horde of fruit flies. Moving the fruit to dispose of it scattered dozens of fruit flies all over the kitchen. Capturing all of them would have taken way more time than we had to spend on the effort so we decided to test the no-tools-required fly trap we shared with you in August.
We took two small plastic party cups, put about a cup and a half of apple cider vinegar in each, added three drops of dish soap—to break the surface tension and cause the flies to sink—and then set them right where the peaches had been. We covered one one cup with plastic wrap and punched holes in it like the original post suggested and left the other one uncovered like commenters had suggested as an alternative and more effective method.
Within less than a minute fruit flies were flying over to investigate the sickly sweet smell of the apple cider vinegar. We left the two traps out for 24 hours (roughly how long it took for the fruit fly horde to vanish). The covered cup had only a single fly in it. The uncovered cup had dozens of flies in it, blanketing the entire bottom of the cup.
The best thing about this trap was how simple it was. You take a glass, pour a little apple cider vinegar in, add a little soap, and just leave it. The flies practically dive right in.
I love knots! Always have. Must be from growing up at the beach and having a lot of boats around. Here is a great tip on how to make sure stuff stays secure!
A trucker’s hitch knot is used to tie gear down. Learn how to tie trucker’s hitch knots for strapping a load down in this free knot tying video from an Eagle Scout.
Last time you moved something in your car that was too large to fit in your trunk, you probably lamely cobbled together a few insecure knots. (Oh wait, that wasn’t you—that was me.) The Trucker’s hitch is a relatively simple knot you can tie with one rope that secures anything with the power of pulleys.
Watch the video above or walk through this step-by-step from DIY site Instructables. You’ve got a few different options for how you tie off the knot, but the basics are simple, and it’s an indispensable knot worth adding to your DIY toolkit. While, you’re at it, you may be interested in getting to know the versatile bowline knot.
Wow! This is amazing footage. Two suggestions:
watch this in fullscreen HD (720)
watch this on an empty stomach!
I didn’t see any safety lines, and I saw a lot of running (what? UP an icy mountain?!?) Incredible:
Swiss climber Ueli Steck is a superhero. Watch this video of him beating a climb speed record on the Eiger—a 13,025-foot mountain in the Bernese Alps—to understand why.
Hmmm – this is pretty cool. Still not sure how anyone really knows what babies can see….. (btw – the app is $1.99)
In one week, I’ll be staring into my first child’s face. But what will he or she be seeing? How will I look to him/her? I’ve always wondered this, and now there’s an iPhone app that purports to “simulate what your child sees during its first year of life.” It’s called What Do You See?, and according to creators Blixt & Dunder, it’s based on publicly available medical research about developmental milestones in human vision. If there’s an overlapping Venn diagram of “tech dorks,” “science geeks,” “design nerds,” and “expectant parents,” the What Do You See? app pretty much nails it.
Dial in your kid’s birthday, and a custom filter mimics Junior’s POV.
The app experience is ultra-basic: You dial in your kid’s birthday, then hit a button to activate the iPhone’s camera with a custom filter on it that mimics what the world looks like from Junior’s POV. If he’s less than six months old, the answer is: “brown and fuzzy.” You can even snap a photo with this “look” and share it with your friends. Move over, Instagram!
If you start dialing back the age range in What Do You See?, you can watch the subtle changes in perception occur. First that brown tint over the world goes away. Then things start to sharpen up. By around age 2, things basically look exactly like they would to everyone else. (It may happen sooner than that, but I was jumping through the What Do You See? app’s age-dial in 6-month increments.)
Granted, the app has some bugs — unless I’m welcoming a tiny swaddled cyborg into the world next week, I don’t expect his/her vision to suddenly flash black, solarized patterns over random objects with every movement. And the designers include a disclaimer stating that they “can’t guarantee the accuracy of the simulation and you should consider What Do You See? as an entertainment app and not a scientifically perfect app.” Fair enough: After 10 minutes playing with it, I was literally making “goo goo ga ga” noises into the lens just to pretend-watch myself from my soon-to-be-born baby’s point of view. If that’s not entertainment, what is?
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