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Dinner With Beatriz

What’s there to like?

To be honest, Dinner With Beatriz started a little slow for me. I wasn’t quite hooked in. Salma Hayek is more off-putting than appealing as a frumpy holistic healer. But then Jay Duplass and Chloe Sevigny (what a pair!) show up as a striving, hopeful, 1%-wannabe couple, and I knew I would enjoy this thing. Read more…

Nutritional Injustice!

As I read more and become more convinced of the insulin resistance model of why people get fat, I find myself becoming disappointed at what Gary Taubes (in Why We Get Fat) calls the injustice of it all: for those more predisposed to get fat by eating carbohydrates (like I am), there’s probably no way of completely getting over it. It’ll probably always be the case that carbs will make me quite fat. Read more…

Land Of Mine

What’s there to like?

I’ve been hoping to get to Land of Mine for a while now. It was nominated for the best foreign film academy award this year. I remember seeing previews for it at some point. (Must have been when I was still in New York?) But I’ve liked most of the several Danish movies I’ve seen, even though I’ve never seen any of the work of director Martin Zvandliet. So, put all that together, and I was happy to be able to see this one. Read more…

American Chess Players #gettingafterit

This probably isn’t news to anyone following chess in the last few years, but I’ve just come to realize that it’s a great time to be following the elite international chess circuit if you’re an American. There are three(!) Americans in the top ten rated grandmasters right now. I’m not enough of a chess historian to know whether that’s ever happened before, but I strongly suspect this is the first time. Read more…

Pairing Boots with a (Leather) Kilt

The thing about acquiring a kilt–as I did on Sunday–is that along with it you get an entire set of new sartorial concerns. Kilts are normally worn with a sporran, special socks, garters, jacket, and ghillie brogues. Plus probably more than that, for all I know. Read more…

Chess!

Once upon a time I was a pretty decent chess player. You know, for a kid. After high school I even spent some time getting a little serious, going to some tournaments, reading books, etc. I didn’t set the world on fire or anything, but I did get to that point where I can beat pretty much anyone who hasn’t studied chess at least reasonably seriously pretty much every time. (Those that have studied, well, that’s a different story. . . .) Read more…

Scottish Festival and Games

I spent a huge portion of my weekend at the Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games. My lady is on the board of directors of the Utah Scottish Association, which meant she was there all weekend. And that gave me good reason to be there too.

My brother and sisters and their families all made it for a while as well.

I was impressed at the Festival’s scale. They announced that ten thousand people attended over the weekend. That seems like a lot to me, not that I know about these things. According to Wikipedia, Utah is the second highest state by percentage Scottish Americans. Who knew? Read more…