My Issues With Thanksgiving Food Assumptions.

How to Pig Out on Thanksgiving (But Without the Guilt) « Kate Harding’s Shapely Prose discusses an article in Cosmo called (oddly enough) “How to Pig Out on Thanksgiving (But Without the Guilt)“.

It’s the Cosmo article which I’m really responding to here, since I pretty much agree with Kate Harding’s points. The holidays are stressful enough without turning food into another point of stress – and when people are stressed and Grandma’s Comfort Food Stuffing is available in quantity and on demand, things happen.

Pay attention to what you eat, yes. Stress out over it, no.
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Because It’s Not Thanksgiving Until…

… I’ve watched turkeys get set on fire.

I don’t know precisely when deep-fried turkeys hit the public awareness the way they’ve been popular the past few years. I know I didn’t see the fryers large enough for it in the grocery store around Thanksgiving until at most four years ago.

With this cultural discovery of deep-frying turkeys has come another new cultural standby: the “How Not To Fry A Turkey” video, a new and predicable mainstay of pre-Thanksgiving television news. Watching at least a few of these has become an annual tradition of mine.

So, here are some current favorites.

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My Issues With Digital Copy

Granted, I’ve got warm fuzzy feelings for the concept now, not the least because of the program letting me have a no-credit-card-needed iTunes account. But there are some real problems.
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In which I finally discover iTunes.

I’ve been privately griping at iTunes for years.

There’s just something that rubs the wrong way with me about an online service that requires a credit card number or paypal account to sign in to look through free stuff. Yes, free stuff. The non-DRM podcast directory and iTunesU are both behind the same “Please Get An Account” wall as the m4p music downloads.

This had lead to me sitting on a Disney Digital Copy (Prince Caspian, if it matters) for quite a while now, thinking I needed an account to use the iTunes version (and the usability of the file over time is WORSE in Windows Media, but that’s a rant that can wait). And also thinking I needed a credit card number I was willing to hand over to get said account.

So, it’s November. I’ve had the disc set for over nine months. Because of Disney policy, Digital Copies expire unless claimed within a year of the DVD being released. (This is stupid, IMO, for several reasons I shall not go into here.)

For Prince Caspian, this date is in very early December. As far as I was concerned, today was Claim It, Or Don’t Claim It day.

It turns out Digital Copies work like gift certificates. Including the whole ‘can get you an account without a credit card’ policy.
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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mr. Sax!

I was just notified by reading Everything you always wanted to know about sax but were afraid to ask. « to55er’s Blog that Nov. 6 is (well, was, now) the birthday of Mr. Adolphe Sax.

I’m not a saxophone player. I’ve never been a saxophone player.

I did, however, play the bass clarinet.
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The Reason I Like The Modern Copyright Page

The copyright page.

Most of the time, no one really notices it. The majority of readers don’t have much reason to – it’s stuck in the front matter that just gets in the way of finding the Table of Contents or first chapter.

It’s useful for citing a book, whether a simple high school report or a nonfiction tome several hundred pages long. But most people don’t write nonfiction books, and I honestly doubt most of my classmates ever cited anything after their final graduation. A number of my grad school classmates would have, and several of them do teach English and Composition courses where students have to look at that page, but the others? Not likely.

In today’s world of increasing digitization of library records, it gets even less likely. Both colleges I attended had an Internet-enabled catalog that included everything needed for the minimum of MLA and other citations, and sometimes everything the more intricate MLA forms could need (hello, books with multiple authors, multiple editors, and a translator–and multiple editions). No need to look at the copyright page, just copy and paste from the official library records, then apply the right item order and formatting in the citation.

But at the same time looking at it has become less necessary, the copyright page has become generally more useful.
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