To Sabrina's question, I think the point is that in a world where we have the choice to have everything automated, it's nice to still do manual tasks sometimes to either have control over quality or feel a connection to the way things were done before our own time, or just to actually understand the the process of how things that are often automated are actually done. And as far throwing the baby out with the bathwater, the article is just acknowledging that we live in a pretty amazing time where we can actually enjoy the manual tasks we choose to do because we can rely on the automated machines that we choose to use for other tasks.
From Manual To Automatic
...and Back Again
|7/26/12 6:37 PM|
It usually depends on what kind of gathering it is, but since most of the time it's my closest group of friends over for dinner, I have no problem accepting the help. Since right now I'm just a couple of years out of college, my guests are usually people who I've either lived with for a number of years, have spent many a night crashing on my couch/floor/bed with me or spent 12 hours watching reality TV in our pajamas together. To refuse help from them would be a kind of a weird formalization of our relationships, and I like the idea of keeping that kind of closeness even as we move into our grownup lives. Even with less close friends, living without a dishwasher makes the offer pretty hard to refuse. 'd never ask if they didn't offer though. It also allows me to return the favor for them sometime.
Do You Let Your Dinner Guests Help with the Washing Up?
|2/17/12 1:10 AM|
I'm definitely in agreement that most sets are overly contrasty. It's something that might look great with sports games but try watching a movie or tv show with lots of low lighting and moody, already high contrast shots, and it's just annoying, and you lose a ton of detail in the shadow. That's something that taking photography classes have made a huge pet peeve of mine. If I had the money for a high quality tv, then I would maybe consider spending some more money on this.
HDTV: Worth the Cost of Professional Calibration?
|11/1/11 6:29 AM|
I have yet to make my own gluten free bread or buy any really awesome, probably expensive, crusty gf loafs (assuming they exist somewhere). So what I do is use my regular freezer sandwich bread (I'm buying Udi's right now) and make croutons! Making garlicky or herby croutons with some olive oil or butter makes even just okay bread pretty awesome to float on top of soup and melt cheese on. Also, then the topping is already in bite size pieces, making it easier to eat on my couch while I have an apartment too small to own a kitchen table. It works!
Best Gluten-Free Bread to Top French Onion Soup?
|10/27/11 3:48 AM|