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1. Crunchpak is the leading brand in the U.S. for fresh apple slices, and my favorite; their fruit is crunchy, fresh, just sweet enough, and takes a good week to go brown. It’s so much easier to grab a pack of pre-sliced apples and take to work rather than chopping up a new one every day. Very cheap, also – about $4 at every major grocery chain. Pick one up on your next swing through the fruit and veggies section at your grocery store.
2. Brookside chocolate, meanwhile, is the perfect counterpart to the apple slices and the perfect post-lunch snack; the high-quality chocolate is wrapped around delicious, chewy pomegranate (you can get your preferred fruit, I like pomegranate). Dark chocolate is good for the body due to antioxidants, and this snack is rich enough that I’m rarely tempted to eat more than a few at a time. It’s slightly pricier at around $5 per pack, but one pack lasts 1-2 weeks depending on how fast you go through it.
I’ve tried quite a number of work snacks – I also recommend plain almonds – but these are the ones which have stuck as far as ease of use and deliciousness leading to long use. Upgrade your desk food with these easy, delicious snacks.
And finally, Natalie Tran of Lonely Planet went to the world’s smallest country..Monaco
Brilliant 2-minute video about food.
Before their split The Civil Wars recorded an EP of Elliott Smith tunes to commemorate his passing, and you can now listen to it on NPR prior to its Itunes release on the 11th. RT
Unreality’s Nick Verbook has an on-point reflection on piracy and supporting the art and pop culture we love-
“Capitalism is the closest thing we have to true democracy. We vote with our money. If a little video game or indie flick made by an innovative artist comes out and can’t get any financial traction, they go away, possibly never to resurface.
This is why I still buy DVD’s, video games, CD’s, and books. I think of it as donating to the cause. Whenever I can, I try to support the cause. But is particularly taxing for a comic book reader and anime fanatic like myself. Comics are a few bucks an issue and anime series are typically released in pricy box sets. And here I am turning my pockets inside out to find only lint.
Comics in particular have been an issue for me. There are a ton of them out there and it’s nigh impossible to keep up, much less acquaint oneself the classics without devoting yourself entirely to it. This is the medium where I lean on file sharing the most, and feel the worst for doing it. It’s an industry I support as much as I can, but to read an entire run of a comic series is a triple digit investment at least.” RT
Fascinating. An experiment with the human body’s natural sleep patterns. “In a hypothetical future world where Bad Kissingen succeeds in letting all of its citizens and visitors live out their chronotypes, the societal benefits would be huge. The town as a whole would be more creative, happier, and more alert. Social interaction would improve, as would the population’s ability to problem-solve. Chronically tired people often struggle with obesity, immune suppression, and mental illness, so the town’s overall health—both mental and physical—would improve.” RT
Ever-awesome Buzzfeed has a genuinely hilarious post on if famous literary icons had dating profiles. Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, J.K. Rowling and more. RT
The Shiznit redid all the year’s top movie posters with increased accuracy. 12 Years a Slave is now White Guilt: The Movie. RT
This seems very much needed -a needle-free vaccine patch that’s safer and way cheaper, as explained by a TED video RT
Radio stations are apparently phasing out new music altogether in a bid to stay alive, and it’s impacting artists –
“Veteran radio promoter Richard Palmese said he tells programmers they should spin a new song at least 150 times during peak listening hours—basically rush hours—before they draw any conclusions about whether fans like it or not, since many songs take time to grow on people.
But that can be a hard sell. When Mr. Palmese first asked Top-40 stations to play The Lumineers’ acoustic-guitar-driven single “Ho Hey” in 2012, for example, many responded incredulously, making jokes along the lines of: “What are you giving me, a Peter, Paul and Mary record?” RT
These morning winter fruit bowls with hemp seeds and cacao nibs look so good.
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) and Tatiana Maslany(Orphan Black) all have tested for the coveted role of Sarah Connor in Terminator 5. I am so fine with any of these women in the role. HT
The Wall Street Journal tells us the perfect amount of time to nap based on your goal RT
On the Daniel fast – Feola told me that self-denial “makes us more aware of our dependency on the Lord, and it brings us to a place of surrender and weakness.” RT
You can now visit Middle Earth on Google Maps, a sentence that J.R.R. Tolkien quite certainly never imagined being uttered in 1937. RT