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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Swiss Army Knife of Music Players

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 01:52 PM

Finally, something that can play 78s and MP3s! No more pesky switching between your handcranked Victrola and your iPhone podcast playlist! You can even turn those 78s INTO MP3s! Exclamation points!


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Black Friday Blues

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 01:50 PM

The merino rose corsage cardigan from J. Crew--on Mrs. Obamas wishlist this year?
  • The merino rose corsage cardigan from J. Crew—on Mrs. Obama's wish list this year?

The results are in: About 23 million more people were out shopping than last year, but they spent less money. Not great news for retailers hoping for a jump over last year's dismal season.

But at least one is breaking out the bubbly: Last week J. Crew reported its profits are double what they were for the same period last year, even higher than analysts predicted. The company pointed to "unique, differentiated merchandise that cannot be found elsewhere" and "tailored customer service" as factors, but we know the real reason.

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Decent Headphones For the Holidays

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 12:36 PM

As a sorta-audiophile, I get sad when I see people with expensive mp3 players using the stock, mediocre earbuds, especially iPod earbuds. You may know someone like this! There are better options. I can't guarantee that any of the following are the best that certain amounts of money can buy, but I've used and liked all of these.

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Taking Things Too Far

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 11:56 AM

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The current obsession with bacon is well-documented, but this, via, is just ridiculous.

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11/30 — Free Organic Cocktails at Nacional 27

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 10:14 AM

Tonight from 6 to 8 PM, Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron) hosts a free launch party for Organic, Shaken, and Stirred, a book on organic cocktails written by food and drink writer Paul Abercrombie (Gourmet, Wine Enthusiast, Washington Post). Sample eco-conscious creations like the Snap-Pea-Irinha — made from gin, snap peas, lime, simple syrup, and black pepper — and watch demos on how to make your own organic drinks at home. Abercrombie will answer questions on how to drink more sustainably, and also sign copies of his book.

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Should We Remember Mike Penner or Christine Daniels?

Posted By on 11.30.09 at 09:30 AM


On Saturday, November 28, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner was found dead in his home, an apparent suicide. Penner had been on the sports beat for the Times since 1983, but his public profile skyrocketed in April 2007 when he came out as transgender, began living publicly as a woman, and changed his byline to Christine Daniels. The world lost Christine Daniels before it lost Penner: In 2008, Daniels quietly detransitioned back to Mike.

Penner’s impermanent gender transition left obituary writers with an identity problem. Whose obituary to write: Mike Penner’s or Christine Daniels’s?

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dinner and a Show: Sunday 11/29

Posted By on 11.29.09 at 12:17 PM

Some of tonight's most promising events, paired with restaurants recommended by our critics.

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Posted By on 11.29.09 at 09:48 AM


Through Monday online, over the phone, and at their retail shops, Vosges Haut-Chocolat is offering 15 percent off all items when you use or mention a special code at checkout: 15TG09. In addition to lots of chocolate treats with bacon in them, they also have plenty of options for the ever-hard-to-shop-for vegan.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dinner and a Show: Saturday 11/28

Posted By on 11.28.09 at 12:55 PM

Some of tonight's most promising events, paired with restaurants recommended by our critics.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

What Does It Mean if You Get Vulcan's Fire Salt in Your Stocking?

Posted By on 11.27.09 at 01:40 PM


You could feasibly knock out your shopping for every adult on your list—from the avid home chef to the amateur baker to anyone who might like some cheesey sprinkles—at the Spice House. If they eat, you can find them something here.

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