First off, having both Christmas and New Year’s Day on Saturdays is totally awesome, and should henceforth be the arrangement for all eternity. Wasn’t it so much easier? With the start of a new year, I thought I’d mention various non-food-related things that I find interesting from time to time. I’m going to add a sidebar widget for short posts like this in the future, as soon as I find one that works.
The Secret of Kells is an animated film that offers a most welcome alternative to the unrelenting onslaught of 3-D CG kids’ movies. It’s much more like a beautifully illustrated childrens’ book that happens to move and speak. It’s also utterly devoid of the sassy sidekicks and snarky pop-culture inside jokes that lead to jaded 9-year-olds. A certain first grader I know ran downstairs as soon as the credits rolled, grabbing pens and paper and getting right to work illustrating his own book. He also gathered all his glass beads and glued a pattern of them onto a piece of cardboard for the cover. Each subsequent viewing rekindled that spark.
Completely different (but with a similar effect) is a documentary called Between the Folds about origami. Exploring the subject via artists who work both figuratively and abstractly and engineers and scientists who use paper-folding to investigate the secrets of structure and protein folding, it proved even more inspiring to said 6-year-old, who has now folded and/or crumpled damn near every sheet of paper in the house. He watches it once or twice a day, folding the whole time, and the progress is amazing.
We’ve also been watching a lot of Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton, and you should too.
Since this is, after all, a food blog, here’s a link to a spot-on critique of all the lame restaurant websites we’ve all shaken our disbelieving heads at lately.