In re: Cowboy’s stadium. Maybe a bit over the top?

If you hadn’t heard, the Dallas Cowboys are almost done building a new stadium and from the sounds of it it’s a bit over the top.  Sounds specially over-the-top compared to some others, especially when you think that Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium is pretty sparse for the ‘biggest’ team in teh world.  Reading about that fact recently in a book (Bloody Confused) that mentioned their the locker room is pretty sparse.  Players have a hook to hang their stuff on and that’s about it.

When the team’s new arena opens next year, it will be the largest, most tech-laden stadium in the NFL and one of the biggest sports facilities of any kind on the planet. Its $1.1 billion price includes the most ginormous retractable roof ever built, massive end-zone doors, and the world’s biggest hi-def LED screens.

Cowboy Upgrade: Welcome to the NFL’s Next Flagship Arena.

In re: Finally a call re-examine the drinking age?

Two Ohio college presidents are among dozens nationwide who are asking lawmakers to consider whether the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21.

College presidents seek to re-examine drinking age – Cleveland Metro News – The Latest Breaking News, Photos and Stories from The Plain Dealer.

I have long thought our nations mandated 21 year old drinking age was wrong for a few reasons, one has to do with the method of implementing by withholding highway funds if states didn’t change to a 21 year old drinking age and also for the problems with binge drinking it creates.  Lastly the idea of having something illegal for people who are able to vote, serve in the military etc seems crazy to me.  Well apparently a push to rethink the 21 year old age is coming front and center as many prominent college presidents, including Gordon Gee here in Columbus have signed onto to the Amethyst Initative, that was just started:

Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States.  These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the 21 year-old drinking age is not working, and, specifically, that it has created a culture of dangerous binge drinking on their campuses.

The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.

In re: Box wine going upscale?

ITALY’S Agriculture Ministry announced this month that some wines that receive the government’s quality assurance label may now be sold in boxes.

Op-Ed Contributor – Wine in a Box Protects the Environment and Saves You Money – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com.

Box wine should become mainstream (i.e. put good wine in it) as it is a practical way to transport and serve wine by the glass, this article hints that for various reasons this may be just around the corner.

In re: Pandora can’t make money, may pull the plug

Buckling under the weight of the Internet radio royalty hike that SoundExchange pushed through last July, Pandora may pull its own plug soon. Despite being one of the most popular Internet radio services, the company still isn’t making money, and its founder, Tim Westergren, says it can’t last beyond its first payment of the higher royalties.  Pandora can’t make money, may pull the plug.

It may not come as surprise that Pandora (its an awesome internet service where based on your preferences a station is generated for you, further you can skip past tracks, and by giving thumbs up and down it continues to tweak itself)  Anyway, the service is free (supposedly ad supported, but I don’t see these ads) so I can’t imagine with the upcoming rate hike in internet streaming radio royalties Pandora will last long.  That is too bad because its a great service that with the right business model should work.  (Their iPhone app is incredible, they should charge $4.99 for it, I bet a lot of folks would have bought it…)

In re: tomatoes, basil, green beans!

Cooking tonight with some of the great stuff I’ve been getting from my CSA share. Tonight I made using a baguette from TASI a chevre panini one of my favorite street foods in Paris (goat cheese and tomato. Some salt and pepper voilà) also made some green beans with some shallots, sauted and then finished with a bit of chicken broth to steam and then to use some of the small tomatoes I tore up some basil from my porch, tossed in some fresh mozzerella, salt, pepper, olive oil, and some nice aged syrupy balsamic – tasty!

In re: Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

“the best campaign team in the universe ever,” working out of “ ‘The Daily Show’ news-scraper: 117 stories, 73 situation rooms, 26 news tickers,” and promising to bring “you all the news stories — first … before it’s even true.” (Quoting the current ad campaign for the election coverage of the Daily Show)  Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? – NYTimes.com.

The NY Times answers the question in the title with a resounding yes.  A fairly long article in the NY Times about the the Daily Show (the articles author has nothing but praise for it, which I guess I would agree with).  While I got to admit I don’t watch it as much as the Colbert Report these days it is still amazing and I amazed I regretted the leaving of Craig Kilborne from the show (the original show pales in comparison to the show it has become).  Anyways, it’s an interesting article and I am not surpised nor do I think its a bad thing that Jon Stewart is ocnsidered one of the most trusted names in news.

In re: Phelps by .01

Unbelievable finish to the 100-meter butterfly last night with Phelps keeping his quest for 8 golds alive with a miraculous comeback.  Cavic who appeared to have the race one was a hair short of the wall allowing Phelps to complete another stroke and hit the wall.  Unlike a sprint on the track you gotta be both fast and have the wall touch timed, kinda like stepping on first base.  See the NY Times Photo set showing the ground (water?) gained in the finals moments.

The Phelps-Cavic Photo Finish – 2008 Olympics – Sports and News from China – The New York Times

Sports Illustrated has a great photo gallery too