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Let’s see here, at the moment, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics are batting about .100 when it comes to resolving extensive social and ecological issues surrounding their fair city and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. At the present, there’s Zika virus, there’s extensive doping allegations (as is the case with every Olympics, and now there’s news of a fantastic new problem: super bacteria!

As the Olympics draw nearer and nearer with each coming day, there’s a new impending doomsday device/event/debacle that seems to rear its ugly head, with different Olympic groups getting up in arms about some (very real) thing, and the Brazilian government simply scoffs and assures them that nothing could possibly go wrong and that they’re simply over thinking the whole thing! Well with the news of this new super bacteria, most of the Olympic sailing and rowing teams are beginning to voice their concern with the idea of taking to the purportedly “beautiful and pristine” beaches of Rio.

This “super bacteria” has caused boats in Rio’s Guanabara Bay to brown faster than usual, and on top of that, the super bacteria itself is all but impervious to any antibiotic treatment when it comes to culture testing with human DNA. While the origin of the “super bacteria” itself is undetermined, its widely accepted that the “super bacteria” somehow originated in the massive amounts of raw sewage being drained into Guanabara Bay from nearby hospitals.

The lack of clean water quality has been an issue leading up to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics for almost three years now, where in 2013 multiple studies were enacted to try and inspect the water quality. The studies were considered successful in recognizing the substantial lack of clean water, but the Brazilian government has attempted to navigate away from any real recognition of the water problem, by saying “most” of the city’s sewage is treated before it ever reaches the Bay.

The “super bacteria” itself is known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, which is mostly found in coastal waters at beaches like Rio’s Flamengo and Botafogo, two beaches that surround the bay where most of the Olympic sailing competition will occur. Even with that in mind, the Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization have yet to recommend moving the sailing competitions to a different location, citing full faith in the city of Rio de Janeiro’s sewage treatment plants, which treat a whopping 51% of all sewage that comes through their facilities.

While the CRE super bacteria is certainly unsettling when it comes to the health and safety of all the athletes entering the city of Rio de Janeiro this August, they also have to contend civic unrest, lax security around supposedly “safe” areas, and the ever present threat of Zika. All in all, Rio will likely go down as one of the most polarizing and potentially worst Olympics in the history of the event, but here’s to hoping all this magically goes away come August like the Brazilian government seems to believe it will.


Marijuana. Infused. Beer.

It was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.



These days, you can find marijuana infused in everything from alcohol to BBQ sauce to bath bombs to candy bars. So, it was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink: beer. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.

From Business Insider, a report that Lagunitas Brewing Company has released an IPA infused with marijuana. It’s called Supercritical, and it’s available for a limited release in California. In case you don’t know, Lagunitas Brewing Company is based in California and was purchased by Heineken in early 2017.

Sadly, though, it won’t get you high — the beer contains no THC.

For inside scoop, watch the full video. Then let us know in the comments what you think about marijuana-infused beer.

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Donald Trump as Seen by Google’s Deep Dream




Last Summer, Google unleashed Deep Dream, their neural network that takes pictures and tries to identify patterns and overwrite them, on an unsuspecting public. When you put an image into Deep Dream, what you get when it “wakes up” is often nightmarish. Dogs, birds, insects, pagodas are inserted at random places in the image, giving it a surreal and sometimes beautiful–if terrifying–aspect.

So, since this election season is already off-the-charts surreal, I thought to myself, “What would it look like if we ran some candidates through Deep Dream?” Well, now I know.  I started with Donald Trump, who is already deeply weird and unsettling. The results are spectacular.

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An incomplete guide for groceries you can’t find



Arial photo of grocery store

Every once in a while, you find a hapless, bewildered person wandering through the grocery store. Perhaps that person is you.

You’ve been sent out to pick up something unusual for a new recipe or some kind of produce you’ve never laid eyes on, much less judged through the knocking/squeezing/smelling process.

Fear not. This incomplete and arbitrary guide based on random anecdotes is here to help.

Lettuce vs. Cabbage

When I was a kid my father had to feed us when my mother was visiting family. One day we ended up having a raw cabbage salad. I don’t recommend it.

This is a cabbage. It has very tight, somewhat waxy, light green, leaves. Cabbages are dense and feel somewhat heavy for their size.

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Iceberg lettuce looks similar to cabbage except it should not feel waxy and the leaves are more delicate and thin without pronounced veins. It is much less dense and feels light for it’s size.

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When in doubt, just buy romaine lettuce. It has more vitamins than iceberg lettuce anyway. This is what romaine lettuce looks like.

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All fresh leafy greens can be found in the produce section, normally refrigerated and occasionally spritzed.

Cucumber vs. Zucchini

If you’re not in the U.S., zucchini is also called a courgette because why not make things more difficult?

(Pedantic aside: Actually, zucchini’s etymological base is from Italian and courgette’s is from French.)

Zucchini is delicious grilled, fried, or sautéed in ribbons. Cucumber is usually eaten fresh or pickled. Both can be found in the produce section, and both make you feel vaguely uncomfortable at checkout if you also need to buy hand lotion.

Zucchini is somewhat angular and has a woody stem on one end.

This is a zucchini.

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Cucumber is rounder with small bumps and is generally stemless in the store.

This is a cucumber.



They’re like onions but much smaller, ovoid, and with a brownish red papery skin. You normally can find them in the produce section in the bins by potatoes and onions.

These are shallots.

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These are pearl onions, which are bright white and have a stronger flavor than shallots. They are not interchangeable.

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I don’t know why a stranger asked me about scallions instead of a store employee, but I saw desperation in his eyes. Dude just wanted whatever the hell scallions were so he could leave.

While scallion refers to a family of onions, it’s generally fine to consider scallions and green onions synonymous. They’re a little thicker than a pencil and have a white base and green stalks.

These are scallions.

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They are usually in the produce section near leafy greens.



Parsnips look like big carrots that are so terrified the color drained from them. They’re probably next to the whole carrots sold in your grocery store. Since parsnips are more of a niche item sometimes they’re displayed by the fancy organic produce.

These are parsnips, or as one man called them after an exhaustive search, “motherfuckers.”


Cream of Tartar

Moving out of the produce section, cream of tartar is not a cream, not related to tartar sauce, and does not derive from the tribal Tartars. It is a byproduct of wine making that is purified and used to stabilize egg whites for things like meringue.

A friend of mine went through the whole soup aisle several times looking for cream of tartar. This is the wrong place to look.

You’ll usually find cream of tartar in the spice section of the baking aisle.

This is cream of tartar.

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Tahini Sauce

If you’re learning to cook non-Western food, you’re going to be exposed to new condiments like tahini sauce, fish sauce, black bean paste, and more. Frankly, your best bet is to go to a local ethnic grocery store that matches what you’re setting out to make. (Tahini sauce is Middle Eastern for the record.)

However, more grocery stores are starting to have a catch-all not-American aisle that is called “International,” “Asian/Mexican/British,” “World Foods,” etc.

Start in this aisle for those condiments, and if you can’t find them there, try the official condiment aisle. If neither aisle has tahini sauce, you probably need to search a different store.

This is tahini sauce.

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