Ten tasty things

Brian Sibley, author of those beautiful books about the Lord of the Rings movies that beautify many rooms within Petrona Towers (sic), lists ten things that have made his life more tasty.

Ten tasty things? My topmost list of things I like to ingest (in no particular order):

  • Darjeeling tea
  • The freshest of bread
  • with unsalted butter on it
  • Peas (raw or cooked)
  • Waitrose hummus with roasted pine nuts and pesto on top
  • Sugar snap peas (did I already write peas?)
  • Raw cashew nuts
  • with dried cranberries
  • Mange tout peas (did I already write….?)
  • Oh, OK, then, a vanishingly rare experience these days: chocolate

Anyone else care to share, either in the comments or via a link? (Steve of Sand Storm, I am not completely convinced I am extending the offer to you — but if you do participate, just go easy on that sweet, brown, sugary confection, now.)

A circular dilemma

M. J. Rose, on her excellent blog Buzz, Balls and Hype, posts about yet another survey on internet use, the "2007 Digital Future Report".

"Blogs and websites are reversing 450 years of media trends" is the soundbite sentence of the surveyers (Marketwatch).

One of the results is that 41 per cent of "experienced Internet users" among the respondents said that using the web has reduced their TV viewing. M. J. Rose notes that the survey doesn’t note what effect the Internet has on people’s reading time.  I imagine that my own answer to that question is fairly typical: the Internet has simultaneously drastically reduced my reading time and exponentially increased the number of books I find out about and want to read, because I’ve read an interesting review or discussion about that book. A Morton’s fork, indeed. (Frank, if you are reading this, I believe one of our very earliest interactions was about the term "Morton’s fork".)

I’ll leave Jeffrey Cole, director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, which prepared the report, with the last word: "It’s the first time since the invention of the printing press that ‘the many’ are able to communicate back."

See here for the Marketwatch survey summary and link to full report.