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17 Apr 15:15

We Try Four Exclusive Peep Flavors for Easter

by Erin Jackson

From Sweets

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

I tried Peeps for the first time four years ago and couldn't really understand the appeal (besides torturing them in the microwave). Given the choice between a classic Peep and a stale marshmallow that rolled under the couch sometime last Christmas, I would have gone marshmallow every time.

That is, until I tried four exclusive flavors available at Walmart ($1.08 for a pack of 10): Bubble Gum, Sweet Lemonade, Party Cake, and Blue Raspberry—the newest edition to the line. As far as candy coated-marshmallows go, they're all surprisingly delicious, taste exactly as advertised, and for people who want more than just mallow flavor, are a huge improvement over the classic Peeps. There's also a sour watermelon flavor, but the store closest to me was out of stock.

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Top: Bubble Gum, Blue Raspberry; Bottom: Sweet Lemonade, Party Cake

The Party Cake Peeps taste like yellow sheet cake with vanilla frosting. Under the green sprinkles and flecks of rainbow sparkles, the marshmallow chicks are even the same tone as the classic cake. This flavor is the most straight-forwardly sweet of the foursome I sampled, but also the least exciting since it's so one-note.

Sweet Lemonade is a good choice if you want something different but not too crazy. A touch of tartness cuts through the otherwise very sugary lemon flavor, bringing some balance, but overall, like the name implies, this Peep still leans heavily towards the sweet side of the flavor spectrum. That being said, I think smushing a Sweet Lemonade Peep between two halves of a strawberry would be pretty excellent.

The Bubblegum Peeps hold nothing back, and taste exactly like full-sugar bubble gum. Even when I circled back through the flavors for a second taste, I was surprised at just how intense the flavor is... especially compared to classic Peeps, which don't taste like much. I was sure it would be my favorite flavor until I tried the Blue Raspberry.

Damn, Peeps. You really nailed it with this flavor. The tart/sweet balance is perfect, the flavor is full-on, and the color is just right. I almost feel bad for beheading all 10 chicks in various ways... and then doing this...

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Look at those Peeps. So young, so innocent.

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Peeps, meet the microwave

So... dead.

About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax

17 Apr 17:00

Watch Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and NBA Stars Live-Read Space Jam

by Jesse David Fox

On March 23 of this year, a ragtag group of comedians, actors, and basketball players assembled to do a live table read of Space Jam, the 1996 Michael Jordan–Looney Tunes "classic." The cast included Blake Griffin as Jordan, and Seth Green, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Ben Schwartz, Danielle Fishel, and others, as a variety of talking animals, aliens, and '90s basketball players. Sadly, the whole thing isn't online, but Funny or Die has a delightful ten-minute highlight reel. It's like one of Jason Reitman's LACMA live-readings but a bit more highbrow. 

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Filed Under: space jam ,blake griffin ,seth green ,paul scheer ,nick kroll ,ben schwartz ,danielle fishel ,stage reading ,movies ,candy

14 Apr 15:00

Leonardo DiCaprio Dances

by ent lawyer
This is 13 seconds of fun. Leonardo DiCaprio was at Coachella this weekend and this woman managed to get a few seconds of Leo dancing. He certainly has his own style. Is that a dance off?
14 Apr 20:49

Cool Map Thing: Here's a Map of All 2,043 Los Angeles Bike Crashes in 2012

by Adrian Glick Kudler

The MIT Media Lab's Social Computing Group has created a really delightful project called You Are Here (via io9): "Every day for the next year, we will make a map of a city in which we have lived. Each of these maps will be an aggregation of thousands of microstories, tracing the narratives of our collective experience." One of their first endeavors is an interactive map with points for every one of the 2,043 bike crashes reported in Los Angeles in 2012, plus data on which streets are the most crash-prone (longer ones, naturally) and Google Street View for each crash area (a lot of nastily-wide intersections).

Olympic, 72 crashes
Venice, 63
Sunset, 55
Van Nuys, 54
Pico, 52
Washington, 49
Vermont, 49
Sherman, 46
Wilshire, 43
Western, 42
· Biking Accidents, Los Angeles [You Are Here]

14 Apr 17:00

Stream Kelis’s New Album, Food

by Lindsey Weber
Kevespada

"I don’t know what Paul Newman’s situation is, but I make sauce."


Kelis has a new album out this week and it's streaming over at NPR. Food is not only where she's at musically, but it's where she's at professionally, too — she's got a sauce line called Feast and a show on the Cooking Channel. The New York Times Magazine recently asked her about how those things relate and it went a little like this:

You’re like Paul Newman.
I don’t know what Paul Newman’s situation is, but I make sauce.

That's right.

Stream the full album over at NPR.

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Filed Under: music ,kelis ,food ,right-click

08 Apr 12:09

Geep, Geep! Rare Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born on Irish Farm

by Sam Brasch

Murphy told the Guardian he didn’t notice the animal’s peculiarities the night of its birth late last month. In the light of day, it was clear something different had landed at his farm in County Kildare, Ireland.

For one, the black baby came from a white ewe, but apparently colors can shift between generations of sheep. A few other signs had Murphy thinking a billy goat might have, um, intervened. The animal moved faster than a normal lamb thanks to its long, spindly legs. It also had a pair of goat-like horns atop his head.

On thinking back, Murphy remembered one ambitious goat cavorting with the ewes five months earlier. “On the hill, on the back end of last year, the ewe’s were tippin’ and there was a goat tippin’ ‘em as far as I could see,” he told the Irish Farm Journal.

The pieces fit. Murphy is now asking geneticists to confirm his suspicion that the little black bundle of joy has got some goat.

“He has been a great source of craic for the lads in the pub, we might even have a competition to name him,” Murphy said. “Craic,” if you are wondering, is a Gaelic word for gossip or fun.

Armed with notorious libidos, goats have been known to completely disregard the barrier between species when an unlucky sheep is nearby. Few of those attempts result in living animals.

Rams have a set of 54 chromosomes bundling their DNA and sheep have a full set of 60. The genetic gap means most geeps come out stillborn, but every once in a while the math works out. One healthy hybrid born to a veterinarian in Botswana split the difference with a set of 57 chromosomes. Others geeps have popped out in Chile, Jamaica, Malta and Germany, where Lisa the geep earned coos from around the world.

Many have proposed the name of “shoat” for the rare genetic hybrids, but as luck would have it, that’s already the name for a young pig.

So for now, Murphy is classifying the little guy as a geep until the public can help him land on something more specific.

The post Geep, Geep! Rare Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born on Irish Farm appeared first on Modern Farmer.

10 Apr 17:37

Quaking: 10 Terrifying Lessons From the LA Seismologist's Reddit AMA

by Bianca Barragan
There is no such thing as "earthquake weather" and the "Triangle of Life" theory about earthquake survival is bunk. Oh Dr. Lucy Jones, LA's on-call seismologist, what would we do without you? (Probably all the wrong things in response to an earthquake.) Dr. Jones took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A today and killed it, answering questions about where to go and what to do in the event of an earthquake, how to prep for a tremor, and whether or not fracking causes earthquakes. While a lot of what she has to say should scare the crap out of most people (there's no way of knowing how quake-safe your apartment is, really), at least having that knowledge is strangely comforting. Here are the big takeaways:

· "[A]ny big earthquake will overload the cell phone network," but post-quake, texts are more likely to get through than phone calls because they use less bandwidth.
· The chance of your building collapsing is very small, but that's not the only place you might be when the shaking starts. Have comfy shoes, a first aid kit, water, and a flashlight in your car.
· Though the chance of your building totally falling to pieces is small, there's still a chance: "Your building is only as good as the code that was in place when it was built. That means in general that older buildings perform worse than newer ones. They can be retrofitted but that has never been required - with the one exception of 'unreinforced masonry buildings'. These are the worst possible buildings and the retrofit is only to keep them from killing you."
· The upside to drought? At least we don't have to worry about soil liquefaction too much. (It is as it sounds: If the water pressure underground is too high, the pressure can't escape and temporarily turns the soil into quicksand.) "[W]e have drawn down the water table to such an extent that very few of our soils are water saturated" enough to cause this phenomenon. Whew! Wait, no ... that's terrible.
· Homeowners: Get in touch with a foundation specialist to see what you can do to make your house more structurally sound in preparation for an earthquake. Get a few estimates.
· Renters: You're out of luck because there's no way at present to tell how safe your building is. "One part of my project here at LA is to find a way to get that information to consumers so they can make their own choices about how safe they want their buildings to be." Anyone living in a post-1997 building is as safe as possible; everyone else is on their own. So find a friend who owns and make their home your shelter.
· A gap or drop in the number of earthquakes doesn't necessarily mean that a bigger one is coming, though when the "rate of smaller earthquakes goes up, your chance of a bigger earthquake goes up."
· Because there's no "big subduction zone fault" on LA's coast, the risk of tsunami is relatively small. In that respect, we're luckier than other coastal cities at high-risk for earthquakes.
· "Drop, Cover, Hold On" is still the best thing to mutter comfortingly to yourself (and to actually do) in an earthquake. "[T]he most frequent injury in California is from falling objects or trying to run." The best place to go is wherever you have to move the least to get to. (Under a table is good.)
· After a big earthquake, you've got a whole new host of things to be worried about, like "potentially catastrophic" fires.
· I am Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS Seismologist & Earthquake Adviser for Mayor Garcetti – AMA [Reddit]

10 Apr 00:00

Nightmares From YouTube: Dirty Dancing Fembot

by Blaire

Nightmares From YouTube: Dirty Dancing Fembot

Nightmares From YouTube: Dirty Dancing Fembot

By dirty I mean LITERALLY. She looks like she has been dancing in a BBQ pit. This bionic woman is part of an exhibit. I do not know the context of this showpiece, so maybe soot all over her might make sense. The audio at the end is equally as creepy, but I’m sure it’s supposed to be thought provoking. Either way, this animatronic choreographed masterpiece is going to haunt my dreams.

That Eyes Wide Shut mask isn’t helping either.

Sweet dreams, Gigglers!


The post Nightmares From YouTube: Dirty Dancing Fembot appeared first on HelloGiggles.

08 Apr 19:53

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08 Apr 14:05

3D Peeps Pan

by Nicole

3D Peeps Pan
Peeps are one of the most fun candies you can eat around Easter. The fluffy marshmallows manage to have a good mix of sweet and cute that makes the a favorite for people of all ages. There are a few Peep pans out there, but none will make a Peep as impressive as this 3D Peeps Pan. The pan bakes a giant Peep that is easily 10 times the size of a standard Peep chick, which makes for an impressive centerpiece at Easter or a fun birthday cake for a big Peep fan.

The pan has two pieces that snap together to give it a Peep shape. Batter is added to the lower portion of the pan and the top half is snapped in place, so when the batter rises, it will fill up the unfilled half of the Peep pan. The pan bakes on it side, not upright, and it has a metal projection on the top of the Peep’s head that allows it to sit flat and even in the oven. That said, you might want to place it on a baking tray just so it is easier to maneuver in and out of the oven with potholders on. Once it is baked, you can slather it with frosting and a generous layer of colored sanding sugar to give it a really authentic Peep look.

The pan is backordered on the Wilton site right now, but I have also seen it for sale in craft stores like Michael’s and Joanne, so you might be able to pick one up by searching through their baking section or where they keep their Easter goodies.

07 Apr 14:40

Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince George Deplane in High Style

by Dodai Stewart

Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince George Deplane in High Style

That coat! Has us seeing red.

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28 Mar 03:38

Pinterest Hacked! Repurposed Mason Jars Replaced By Tons of Butt Pics

by Rebecca Rose
Kevespada

it wasn't me

Pinterest Hacked! Repurposed Mason Jars Replaced By Tons of Butt Pics

Pinterest is the latest victim of hacking, which has resulted in people seeing less creative lifestyle inspiration and a lot more butts.

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03 Apr 14:05

Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold

by Nicole

Peeps Silicone Mold

Peeps are one of the most iconic Easter candies – right up there with hollow chocolate bunnies. The colorful, sugar-coated marshmallows are enjoyed every spring by both young and old. They’re so popular, that they’re soon going to be available year-round and there are all kinds of spin-off products that allow you to enjoy Peeps in other ways. This Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold is one of those products. It’s a silicone baking pan that has 12 cavities in the shapes of Peeps chicks and bunnies, so that you can make your own Peep-themed treats at home.

The mold is both oven and freezer safe, which means that it is very versatile. You can pipe homemade marshmallows into the molds to create your own homemade Peeps that look just like the real thing. You can use them to make little gelatin Peeps, or freeze them into Easter ice cubes. You can also fill them with cupcake batter to bake bunny and chick tea cakes. Whatever you make with the pan, you’ll capture the fun of Peeps and create cute little treats that are perfect for springtime celebrations.

I spotted this pan at Michaels, but it might be available from other cake and craft stores that stock Wilton products. It’s seasonal, so it is one of those things that you need to pick up when you see it – or you might have to wait until next spring for your next chance.

03 Apr 19:16

Jon Jones and Ben Henderson appear in insane trailer for Christian MMA documentary Fight Church

by Brent Brookhouse
Kevespada

"Jesus never tapped out."

A new documentary focusing on the world of "Christian MMA" features top UFC fighters Jon Jones and Benson Henderson in between complaining about men being feminized and a fairly brutal full-contact bout between kids.

03 Apr 22:15

Meet Hello Kitty's New Friend: Gudetama, the Sad Egg

by Hillary Crosley
Kevespada

mameshibaaaa

Sanrio has introduced a new sad sidekick for Hello Kitty and his name is Gudetama. He is an egg yolk, literally, and appears to be the Eeyore of the crew, though his woe-is-me demeanor is probably because he’s just waiting to be eaten.

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03 Apr 13:15

James Franco Tried To Pick Up a Teenage Girl on Instagram

by Callie Beusman

James Franco Tried To Pick Up a Teenage Girl on Instagram

Everyone's favorite Spring Breakers star/MFA student James Franco was up to some sketchy shit two days ago. Namely, he attempted to pick up a 17-year-old girl via Instagram direct message.

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02 Apr 18:17

Los Angeles Things: Los Angeles is the Biggest Anti-Sprawl Success Story in the US

by Bianca Barragan

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[Image via Hkpuipui99 / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Los Angeles is changing its identity. It's moving away from the car and the single-family house and toward transit and denser living. And now it's even getting dramatically less sprawly. According to a study from Smart Growth America that factored in density, land use mix, robustness of "activity centers" like downtowns, and street accessibility (length of blocks, etc.), the LA metro area is now the twenty-first least sprawly place in the US, and the seventh least sprawly among metropolitan areas with more than one million residents. (The study also reminds us that LA is the second densest place in the US overall, after New York.)

Los Angeles's staggering urban density, coupled with denser housing developments and the efforts to improve transit, all helped make LA the "biggest success story," according to one researcher quoted in The Atlantic Cities. "Los Angeles has actually densified very substantially," says that researcher, and the report specifically calls out the area for its anti-sprawl policies, including a push for light rail and transit-oriented development and giving out density bonuses, which let developers build more densely if they include affordable housing.

In the end, says one urban planner, the reduced sprawl is the result of the demands and tastes of the population, especially "young professionals and empty-nesters," as the LA Times puts it, who value walkability and are willing to pay for it. So people like living in less sprawly places, it turs out, and that of course means they're expensive: "the places that fared best on the sprawl index – which is topped by New York and San Francisco – also tend to have high housing costs."
· A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care [TAC]
· Los Angeles Is Changing In The Two Most Fundamental Ways [Curbed LA]

01 Apr 20:00

Anderson Silva training with the LAPD, studying to become an officer

by Nate Wilcox

The former UFC champ tells a Brazilian paper that he's working towards joining the Los Angeles Police Department.

Future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva has revealed a surprising new hobby to the Brazilian press, by way of MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz:

"I train every morning, take my kids to school and go to the police school," Silva told Folha de Sao Paulo in Brazil. "I'm studying at the Los Angeles School Police Department. I'm studying to become a police officer."

Silva doesn't plan to put on the uniform and fight against crime, though. According to the UFC star, he wants to honor his uncle, who raised him in Curitiba.

"It's a personal wish, something that will make my uncle happy," he explained. "He thought it was a little weird that I'm not doing this here (in Brazil), but it wasn't the right time. My brothers are police officers, my nephews are police officers. It's a family thing."

So rest assured, even though snapping his lower left leg at UFC 168 is going to keep him out of the Octagon for all of 2014, the Spider is keeping himself busy.

31 Mar 08:11

Curbed Inside: Touring Glendale's Refreshed and Beautiful 1904 Brand Library

by Pauline O'Connor

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[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels]

After a two-year closure, one of Glendale's loveliest assets, the Brand Library & Art Center, is now ready to begin a new chapter. Located in the Verdugo foothills, the library is housed in a 1904 mansion that was once the home of early Glendale developer Leslie C. Brand and his wife Mary Louise. Dubbed El Miradero, the residence was designed by Leslie Brand's brother-in-law Nathaniel Dryden with a late-Victorian interior and an Indo-Saracenic exterior modeled after the East Indian Pavillion at the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago, which Mr. and Mrs. Brand had attended. The wealthy couple hosted many grand affairs at El Miradero, including 1921's legendary fly-in party, during which the estate's gates were locked and the only way to gain access was to land a private plane on the property's landing strip. Brand, who died in 1925, bequeathed El Miradero to the city, his will stipulating that the property be used exclusively for a public park and library. Following Mary Louise's death in 1945, the residence was converted into a library. It opened in 1956, with an adjacent gallery and 140-seat recital hall added in 1969.

Glendale's City Council approved plans for a restoration of the century-old house and further expansion of the facilities back in 1998, but they were scaled down significantly by subsequent budget crises. Work on the project finally began in 2012, with architecture firm Gruen Associates overseeing the $9.5-million project in partnership with Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects. Updates include seismic bracing, a reconfigured entrance, a new roof, new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, and enhancements to make the site compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Preservation specialists Spectra also played a major role in the rehab, uncovering, restoring, and reproducing original interior aspects that had been lost over time, including ceiling stencils, wall colors, windows, doors, and the home's main fireplace. Fragments of El Miradero's original ceiling murals that had been hidden behind asbestos for decades have been mounted for display in the library's solarium, while a small section of its unreinforced masonry walls can be seen framed between two newly reintroduced windows in one of the reading lounges.

Updates to the Brand's commodious art annex include new gallery walls, a new kitchen suitable for catering large events such as weddings or openings, and a new plaza for outdoor concert/dance performances. Currently on exhibit through May 5 is "Turmoil and Tranquility," featuring works from artists Jill Knox, Gilda Davidian, Razmik Samvelts, Natasha June, and Jon Rajkovich; a schedule of upcoming exhibits, performances, lectures, and screenings can be found here.


· Brand Library & Art Center [Official Site]
28 Mar 22:50

See a Fantastic Picture of Cersei, Tyrion, and Other Game of Thrones Cast Members in Beach Chill Mode

by Gilbert Cruz

This picture (now burning up Reddit's front page) of several members of the Game of Thrones cast straight chillin' is simply fantastic. From left to right: Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister). And here are two more pictures from Headey's Instagram feed.

Headey with Charles Dance, who plays her on-screen dad Tywin.

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Filed Under: photos ,game of thrones ,lena headey ,peter dinklage ,off duty ,candy

28 Mar 22:00

Baby Goats Use This Lady as a Springboard

by Blaire

Baby Goats Use This Lady as a Springboard

Baby Goats Use This Lady as a Springboard

Welcome to the baby goat circus where there is one ring and one trick: jumping on and off of this poor lady. Watch as she patiently sits there while these two kids take their turn springing off her lap:

The post Baby Goats Use This Lady as a Springboard appeared first on HelloGiggles.

27 Mar 17:30

Bane Cat Is Not Amused

by Blaire
Kevespada

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Bane Cat Is Not Amused

Bane Cat Is Not Amused

Last month, we were treated to a fun special effects filled video from Wolverine Cat. To show that we are fair and balanced, we have a super villain cat that is the BANE of his owner’s existence:

The post Bane Cat Is Not Amused appeared first on HelloGiggles.

26 Mar 21:15

Wu-Tang Made a Second, Secret Album

by Amanda Dobbins
Kevespada

C.R.E.A.M.


In addition to A Better Tomorrow, the 20th anniversary release due this July, Wu-Tang Clan also apparently recorded a second album, called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, in secret. It gets far more complicated: RZA claims they're only making one copy of the double album, which will travel from museum to museum (in an "engraved silver-and-nickel box") being played for paying customers. Then they'll sell the single copy for millions of dollars, like a piece of art. ("This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," says RZA.) The anti-leak strategy involves "heavy security" and headphone-only listening, which seems optimistic. But if you are interested in paying $30 to $50 to listen to an album once on headphones in a roomful of strangers, then hey! There's a second new Wu-Tang album.

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Filed Under: surprises ,wu tang clan ,music

25 Mar 19:40

Poop Emoji Loafers Can Be Yours for a Mere $340

by Kelly Faircloth

Poop Emoji Loafers Can Be Yours for a Mere $340

No doubt you've got a few hundred bucks just burning a hole in your pocket. Luckily, there's an absurd luxury clothing collection to relieve you of your unwanted cash. Feast your eyes on a $340 pair of shoes decorated with poop emojis.

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26 Mar 02:10

Hear Kristen Bell Read a Clip From the New Veronica Mars Novel

by Halle Kiefer

If the end credits of the Veronica Mars movie already had you shaking and sweating with acute VM withdrawal, take heart. Creator Rob Thomas and co-author Jennifer Graham released The Thousand Dollar Tan Line today, one of two planned Veronica Mars novels that take place after the film. Even better, Tan Line's audiobook is read by Kristen Bell herself, whose mellifluous yet extremely sardonic delivery will really cure what ails you, if what ails you is a disease brought on by a Veronica Mars deficiency. You can listen to a four-minute sneak preview below. As for the book's plot, friends don't let friends attend mysterious spring break mansion parties in Neptune. A warning should be printed in big block letters on every "Welcome To Neptune" street sign.

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Filed Under: veronica mars ,kristen bell ,the thousand dollar tan line ,audiobooks ,candy

25 Mar 22:07

State O' the Market: LA Renters Have to Make $27 an Hour to Afford a Two-Bedroom

by Bianca Barragan
Kevespada

the building in the photo is the koreatown shithole i used to live in

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[Photo via Here in Van Nuys; money via rzstudio/ shutterstock]
It seems like every day there's another scary benchmark for how high the rents are here in Los Angeles. Here's the latest terrifying tidbit: In Los Angeles County, a renter would have to make more than $27 an hour or cram 3.4 full-time minimum wage earners into an apartment if they hope to afford a two-bedroom, says a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, via the LA Times. "Afford" here means that, if those people put 30 percent of their paychecks toward rent, it would not cover the cost of the average two-bedroom. (They could maybe swing it if they put half or even their whole check toward rent, but that would be a different sad story.) What's the deal? The NLIHC president blames the serious lack of affordable housing, estimating that "California is short one million affordable homes for working families."

Because the supply is so small, the entire state's in a crisis. The average California minimum-wage worker (at $8 an hour) would have to put in about 18.5 hours a day, seven days a week (and every week of the year) to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In all, 61 percent of renters in California can't afford a two-bedroom apartment.

In July, California's minimum wage goes up to $9 an hour; in 2016, it'll be at a still-paltry $10. But will this help any? Probably not as much as anyone is hoping. The real issue is the lack of affordable housing more than it is the rate of the minimum wage, says the NLIHC.
· Out of Reach: 2013, California by Area [NLIHC]
· Los Angeles Has The Highest Percentage Of Renters In The US [Curbed LA]

24 Mar 21:34

Peeps Krispy Treats

by Nicole

Peeps Krispy Treats

Even though Peeps are now going to be available year-round, I will always associate them with Easter and spring. They were always my favorite springtime treat when I was a kid and I keep finding new ways to use them this time of year, though I don’t inhale them quite as quickly as I did when I was 10. Last year, I turned a batch of Peeps into a very adult Peep-Infused Vodka that I used to make some holiday cocktails. I might make another batch of spirits with a different color of Peep this year, but I also wanted to make something that would appeal both to kids and young-at-heart adults who still have a soft spot for Peeps, and the result was a batch of Peeps Krispy Treats.

I’m not sure why I never used Peeps to make cereal bars before, but it just never occured to me to replace regular marshmallows with these more colorful ones. It’s probably because Peeps tend to melt more easily than regular marshmallows when exposed to heat (so they’re not quite as durable in s’mores, for instance), so they didn’t seem like they would be the best fit for a treat the relied on melted marshmallows for structure. After a little bit of experimentation, I found that a blend of Peeps and regular marshmallows that was the right combination for a batch of perfect – and festively colored – cereal bars.

Surprisingly, these cereal treats aren’t too sweet, even with the addition of that extra sugar from the exterior of the Peeps.  I added in a small pinch of salt that helped balance the sweetness and the regular marshmallows boosted the base marshmallow flavor a bit, too. The real difference between these Peeps Krispy Treats and regular ones is that the cereal bars will take on the color of the Peeps that you use, whether that is pink, yellow, purple or blue. You will need very slightly different amounts of Peeps depending on whether you use bunny or chick shapes, as the chicks are a bit larger than the bunnies. This recipe uses a lot of Peeps and makes a relatively small batch of bars. You can double it to fill a 9×13-pan, which is perfect for serving a larger crowd.

I’m serving these before Easter, as a festive treat for the holidays. You can also bookmark the recipe and use it after Easter, when seasonal Peeps are discounted and you can pick them up when they’re on sale. Either way, the bars keep very well when stored in an airtight container for several days, so you’ll be able to enjoy them long after you’ve made them.

Peeps Krispy Treats
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
16 Pink Bunny Peeps or 15 Pink Chick Peeps
1 cup plain mini marshmallows or 8 large marshmallows
1/8 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups rice krispies/puffed rice cereal

Lightly grease an 8×8 or 9×9-inch square baking pan.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, Peeps and marshmallows
Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds, until marshmallows have melted. Add the salt and stir the marshmallow mixture until smooth, then add in the cereal. Stir with a large spatula until everything is evenly combined.
Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press down into an even layer with a spatula. Allow bars to cool to room temperature before slicing.

Makes 16 squares. Recipe can be doubled for larger portions.

23 Mar 19:30

This Baby Hippo Will Make Everything Okay Again

by Isha Aran

Two words: baby hippo. Two other words: I can't. Say hello to the first new baby hippo at Mexico's Chapultec Zoo in 16 years. And its ears.

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21 Mar 19:36

First Crazy Look At Hustler's This Ain't Game Of Thrones XXX

by Charlie Jane Anders on io9, shared by Jessica Coen to Jezebel

There's still a couple weeks left before Game of Thrones returns to our screens. But in the meantime, here's the first trailer for Hustler's This Ain't Game of Thrones XXX, featuring Daenerys, Brienne, Cersei, Jon Snow... and watch until the end for a look at Tyrion Lannister. It's safe for work!

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21 Mar 04:14

A Dedication

by joythebaker

costa rica waterfall

Hello friends!  I’ve been in Costa Rica this week getting a sunburn on my scalp, eating ceviche like it’s going out of style, learning how to surf, and mostly thinking thoughts about what I’m going to cook for you this Spring and into our future.  I needed a bit of a get away to think my thoughts.  Maybe my brain works best from under a sun burnt scalp.  That’s probably it.

I’ve also been reading a lot of non-Internet words on this little getaway.  Books… those are non-Internet words.  They’re pretty cool.

East of Eden is my very favorite book of all time.  It’s John Steinbeck at his absolute everything.  It’s epic and heartbreaking and if you haven’t had your heart destroyed by this book then I would recommend that you add this work of art to your Spring reading list.

I took some time to read the dedication to East of Eden this week.  Something that I had skipped in my regular life of haphazard efficiency.  The dedication alone stopped me dead in my tracks.  The dedication alone is a compilation of words more beautiful that I’ve ever written in my whole life.  Just the dedication!  How’s that for something?

Steinbeck dedicated East of Eden to his dear friend and editor Pascal ‘Pat’ Covici.   This:

Dear Pat,
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“What for?”
“To put things in.”
“What kind of things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
JOHN

Steinbeck typed up East of Eden, literally carved a beautiful box for it, and delivered the box and manuscript along with this letter to his friend Pat.  I instantly feel like I need to do more beautiful ad poetic things with my life.  More sunset appreciation, restful pondering, and maybe more poetic musings with a pen and bar napkin.  Something, right?

Here’s to our Spring and our Steinbeck.

Ps.  The dork in me in now reading Steinbeck and Covici: The Story of a Friendship.  Just let it happen.