Articles by " Jessica Philo"
12 Mar
2015

Happy Birthday, Einstein!

March 14th is Einstein’s birth­day and he seems like he was a real­ly cool dude. Look at some of the insight­ful things he’s said that are STILL TRUE TODAY.

Every­thing is determined…by forces over which we have no con­trol. It is deter­mined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, veg­eta­bles, or cos­mic dust—we all dance to a mys­te­ri­ous tune, intoned in the dis­tance by an invis­i­ble piper.”

The impor­tant thing is to not stop ques­tion­ing. Curios­i­ty has its own rea­son for exist­ing.”

Do not wor­ry about your dif­fi­cul­ties in math­e­mat­ics; I can assure you that mine are still greater.”

All my life I have dealt with objec­tive mat­ters; hence I lack both the nat­u­ral apti­tude and the expe­ri­ence to deal prop­er­ly with peo­ple and to car­ry out offi­cial func­tions.”

There is only one road to human great­ness: through the school of hard knocks.”

I do not play games…. There is not time for it. When I get through with work, I don’t want any­thing that requires the work­ing of the mind.”

The val­ue of an edu­ca­tion in a lib­er­al arts col­lege is not the learn­ing of many facts, but the train­ing of the mind to think some­thing that can­not be learned from text­books.”

Science - Physics - Albert Einstein

Now that we have that out of the way, a few tid­bits about Ein­stein. He was born in Ger­many in 1879, but moved around a bunch in his life and spent the end of his life in Prince­ton, NJ. Go Amer­i­ca! He was reject­ed from col­lege at the Swiss Fed­er­al Poly­tech­ni­cal School when he first applied at the age of 18. He has to re-take the entrance exams a year lat­er, and was accept­ed then.

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Also, he was in des­per­ate need of a hair style.Einstein3

He did this which seems neat.

Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue

And he came up with this, also. NBD.

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6 Mar
2015

Middle Name Pride Day!

Middle Name

Mid­dle names are one of those things that we very rarely ques­tion. Why the eff do we have mid­dle names? Men­tal Floss to the res­cue!

In ancient Rome, hav­ing mul­ti­ple names was an hon­or usu­al­ly bestowed upon the most impor­tant people—like Gaius Julius Cae­sar. The fad died out only to pick back up again in West­ern cul­tures in the 1700s, when aris­to­crats start­ed giv­ing their chil­dren lav­ish­ly long names to indi­cate their place in soci­ety. Sim­i­lar­ly, lengthy Span­ish and Ara­bic names adopt pater­nal or mater­nal names from pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions to trace the individual’s fam­i­ly tree. (In oth­er cul­tures, like Chi­ne­se, there are tra­di­tion­al­ly no mid­dle names.)

The three-name struc­ture used today began in the Mid­dle Ages when Euro­peans were torn between giv­ing their child a saint’s name or a com­mon fam­i­ly name. The prac­tice of giv­ing three names even­tu­al­ly resolved the prob­lem with a for­mu­la: given name first, bap­tismal name sec­ond, sur­name third. It branched to Amer­i­ca as immi­grants arrived: Adopt­ing a trio of labels became a way of aspir­ing to a high­er social class. Non­re­li­gious mid­dle names—often mater­nal maid­en names—gradually became the norm, and by the Civil War, it was cus­tom­ary to name your child what­ev­er you liked. Mid­dle names had start­ed to become more or less offi­cial by World War I, when the U.S. enlist­ment form became the first offi­cial gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment to include space for them.”

So, we have mid­dle names because we are A.) aspir­ing to be more upper class, B.) keep­ing a fam­i­ly name, well, in the fam­i­ly, or C.) keep­ing a reli­gious name in the mix. Or your par­ents were like EFF THIS and just picked a name they liked. OR may­be you don’t even have a mid­dle name. So many pos­si­bil­i­ties. So inter­est­ing!

So where do you fall on the mid­dle name spec­trum? I have a fam­i­ly fore­name as my mid­dle name. My BF has a fam­i­ly sur­name as his mid­dle name. My dad has the same mid­dle name as his dad. They actu­al­ly share their entire name, which is neat. And then most of the oth­er peo­ple I know had mid­dle names that are just names their par­ents liked.

I won­der how many par­ents nam­ing their babies hold their baby, say the baby’s may­be-name out loud and won­der how it will sound when they are PISSED and yelling the whole thing. Ha. Can’t say it wouldn’t cross my mind. Bet­ter not name your kid a tongue twister. Noth­ing ruins a good get­tin yelled at by stut­ter­ing and get­ting con­fused.

25 Feb
2015

Hooray, National Chili Day is February 26th!

If there’s one thing that’s per­fect for a Pitts­burgh win­ter meal, it’s chili. (Also piero­gies, but that’s for a sep­a­rate post.) Chili is hearty, rel­a­tive­ly healthy, and oh. My. God. does it taste good. Put some cheese and sour cream on it and I’ll see you nev­er because I’ll be busy stuff­ing my face and propos­ing to a bowl of food.

Feb 26

Prepar­ing to dive in in 3, 2, 1…

 

I prefer turkey chili since my cho­les­terol is superbly effed up (thanks moth­er nature!) but I think in a dish this com­plex and won­der­ful you don’t need to go the beef way. I have a go-to chili recipe that I’m super excit­ed to share with you! It’s two step­pi­ness (exclud­ing mild prep of gar­lic and onions) makes it sim­ple, easy, and t-t-t-tasty. I also like to serve this over brown rice and top with cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt (you real­ly can’t tell the dif­fer­ence.)) AND ALSO some fresh bread is good to dip in this.

Sim­ple Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 15 Min­utes

Cook Time: 45 Min­utes

Ready In: 1 Hour total

Serv­ings: 10

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 1 ¾ tea­spoons olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 ¼ onion, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • One 28 ounce can canned crushed toma­toes
  • One 16 ounce can canned kid­ney beans drained, rinsed, and mashed
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 table­spoon and ¾ tea­spoon gar­lic, minced
  • 2 table­spoons and 1 ½ tea­spoons chili pow­der
  • ½ tea­spoon paprika
  • ½ tea­spoon dried oregano
  • ½ tea­spoon ground cayen­ne pep­per
  • ½ tea­spoon ground cumin
  • ½ tea­spoon salt
  • ½ tea­spoon ground black pep­per

Direc­tions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medi­um heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until even­ly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until ten­der.
  2. Pour water into the pot. Mix in toma­toes, kid­ney beans, black beans, and gar­lic. Sea­son with chili pow­der, paprika, oregano, cayen­ne pep­per, cumin, salt, and pep­per. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cov­er, and sim­mer 30 min­utes.
23 Feb
2015

February Book Club Wrap Up & March Book Club Book!

February’s Un-Book Club Tea Par­ty was a smash­ing suc­cess! Check out how love­ly and whim­si­cal it was!

And now, the announce­ment you’ve been wait­ing for! Drum­roll please! *Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* *Drum­ming palms on thighs*

princess-bride-bookOur March KU Book Club Book is The Princess Bride by William Gold­man! That’s right. The book your favorite movie is based on! (Sor­ry. OUR favorite movie.) Adven­ture, romance, and a clas­sic tale await you in this delight­ful nov­el :)

Here’s Kristen’s review!

I know you have seen the movie, and loved it, (who didn’t love it?) but I can’t stress enough that you should also read this book.  Read it for the hilar­i­ous ‘asides’ where Gold­man takes you on an up close and per­son­al tour of both his child and adult­hood.  Read it for the intro­duc­tion, a beau­ti­ful and touch­ing piece of writ­ing (and includes juicy tid­bits about mak­ing the movie).  Read it for the “But­ter­cups Baby” expla­na­tion.  Espe­cial­ly the con­ver­sa­tion Gold­man has with Stephen King (they are friends and have a sort of mutu­al admi­ra­tion soci­ety going, a fact that nev­er fails to delight me).  The first line of the orig­i­nal text reads “This is my favorite book in all the world” and I couldn’t agree more.”

So! We’ll be recon­ven­ing for book club on Sun­day March 22 at 6 PM here are the store.Be there or be square.

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16 Feb
2015

Announcing the first EVER Kards Unlimited Instagram Contest!

Announcement with Filter

Two lucky win­ners will each win a $50 gift cer­tifi­cate to the store! Here’s how it works:

The con­test starts RIGHT NOW and ends on Sun­day March 1, 2015 at 5 PM. Once the con­test is closed, the win­ners will be cho­sen! One win­ner will be cho­sen by the pho­to with the most likes and the oth­er win­ner will be cho­sen by the staff at KU.

How do you enter? Sim­ply take a pho­to of your favorite KU thing (you are more than wel­come to pho­tograph it in the store! Tell us if you do! WERE ALL ABOUT IT!)  and post it to Insta­gram with the hash­tag #MyFa­voriteKUThing. You can sub­mit as many entries as you’d like! You must be fol­low­ing @KardsUnlimited on Insta­gram, and in order for your photo(s) to be eli­gi­ble your account has to be pub­lic (so peeps can vote for your pho­to and we can see it too!) Entrants must be 13 years or old­er and a res­i­dent (or stu­dent) in Allegheny Coun­ty.

Here are a few sam­ple entries! Feel free to be as kooky and sil­ly and fun as you’d like! We like fun, in case you didn’t know :)

Here are the offi­cial rules for you nerdz who find legale­se fun:

KARDS UNLIMITED INSTAGRAM CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

  1. 1. Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: The Kards Unlim­it­ed Insta­gram Con­test (the “Con­test”) is open to res­i­dents of Allegheny Coun­ty who are 13 years of age or old­er and who have the Insta­gram appli­ca­tion down­load­ed on their mobile smart device (“Device”) and an Insta­gram account as of date of entry. Void where restrict­ed or pro­hib­it­ed, and sub­ject to all fed­er­al, state, provin­cial and local laws.
  2. Con­test Peri­od: The Con­test begins on Mon­day Feb­ru­ary 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. East­ern Time (“ET”) and ends on Sun­day March 1, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET (the “Entry Peri­od”).
  3. How to Enter the Con­test: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter the Con­test. A pur­chase will not increase your chances of win­ning. Before enter­ing the Con­test, the “Pho­tos Are Pri­vate” option in your Insta­gram account set­tings must be set to “OFF”. To enter the Con­test, you must be fol­low­ing Kards Unlim­it­ed on Insta­gram @kardsunlimited (www.instagram.com/kardsunlimited). Dur­ing the Entry Peri­od, (i) pick one of your orig­i­nal pho­tos that you think cap­tures your favorite Kards Unlim­it­ed pro­duct (ii) fol­low the online instruc­tions to upload your pho­to to Insta­gram; and (iii) tag your pho­to with the hash­tag #MyFa­voriteKUThing. Numer­ous entries per Insta­gram account per­mit­ted. Pho­tos must be upload­ed in accor­dance with the Insta­gram Terms of Use (http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/). Each upload­ed pho­to will be count­ed as one (1) “Entry” and is sub­ject to the require­ments out­lined below. All Entries must be com­plete and received before the end of the Entry Peri­od to be eli­gi­ble for the prize draw­ing. Entries may only be sub­mit­ted by a sin­gle reg­is­tered Insta­gram user, group sub­mis­sions are not per­mis­si­ble. Use of com­put­er pro­grams and/or oth­er auto­mat­ed devices to enter the Con­test is pro­hib­it­ed. Nor­mal inter­net access and Device usage charges imposed by your on-line ser­vice will apply.
  4. Entry Require­ments: ANY ENTRY DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE OR UNSUITABLE, IN KARDS UNLIMITED’S SOLE DISCRETION, WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
    * Entries must be the orig­i­nal work of entrant
    * Entrant may be, but is not required to be, depict­ed in the Entry pho­to
    * Entries must not con­tain hate­ful con­tent of any kind; con­tent that pro­motes vio­lence or harm to anoth­er liv­ing crea­ture; or any oth­er offen­sive con­tent (as deter­mined by Kards Unlim­it­ed in its sole dis­cre­tion)
    * Entries must not con­tain mate­ri­al that pro­motes any activ­i­ties that may appear unsafe or dan­ger­ous
    * Entries must not con­tain mate­ri­al that pro­motes big­otry, racism, hatred or harm again­st any group or indi­vid­u­al or pro­motes dis­crim­i­na­tion based on race, sex, reli­gion, nation­al­i­ty, dis­abil­i­ty, sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion or age
    * Entries must not con­tain adver­tise­ments, per­son­al solic­i­ta­tions or com­mer­cial solic­i­ta­tions; or pro­mote any polit­i­cal agen­da or par­ty
    * Entries must be in keep­ing with Kards Unlimited’s image and not con­tain any mate­ri­al that could reflect neg­a­tive­ly on the name, rep­u­ta­tion, or good­will of Kards Unlim­it­ed, its sub­sidiaries or affil­i­ates
    * Entries must not vio­late or encour­age the vio­la­tion of any law, rule or reg­u­la­tion
  5. Win­ning Pho­to Selec­tion and Noti­fi­ca­tion:
    One win­ning entry will be select­ed by choos­ing the pho­to that has the most likes at the end of the entry peri­od.
    Anoth­er win­ning entry will be select­ed by the staff of KU at the end of the entry peri­od.
    Win­ners will be noti­fied by Kards Unlim­it­ed via com­ment to their win­ning Insta­gram pho­to and given instruc­tions on how to con­tact Kards Unlim­it­ed through email to claim prize.
  6. Prizes: A total of one (2) prizes will be award­ed dur­ing the Con­test. Each win­ner will receive one (1) gift cer­tifi­cate to Kards Unlim­it­ed in the amount of $50. No cash in lieu of prize will be award­ed.
  7. Future Use: Kards Unlim­it­ed may use the win­ning pho­tos in future instances.

 

 

15 Feb
2015

February’s (Un)Book Club Book!

Hey y’all. This mon­th, we’re going ALL OUT in hon­or of our book club book, Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass by Lewis Car­roll. What does that mean? It means a frig­gin tea par­ty! A TEA PARTY! Tea, sug­ar, fin­ger sand­wich­es, and BOOK CLUB all in one awe­some place. When is this fan­tas­tic meet­ing? Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 22 at 6PM. Please see the fol­low­ing offi­cial invi­ta­tion for some­thing fan­tas­tic to look at.

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9 Feb
2015

February is Library Lovers Month!

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing in this world I love more than any­thing, it might be libraries.

There’s some­thing so appeal­ing about all of the books in a library- and you can try them with­out buy­ing them. May­be you want to learn about knit­ting, or gar­den­ing, or hav­ing a dog, or cook­ing, or or or or or any­thing real­ly.

Not to men­tion how appeal­ing and sooth­ing the inte­ri­or of a library can be. Library porn is prob­a­bly my most time con­sum­ing hob­by. I like to vis­it the libraries of cities I’m vis­it­ing because I’m THAT INTO LIBRARIES. There are so many beau­ti­ful libraries in the world, it makes me wish Beast would swoop in and kid­nap some­one I love just so I can get a beau­ti­ful library out of the deal. I may have a prob­lem.

Any­who. Libraries rock. Not only do they offer books, but you can check out music, DVDs, books on tape, mag­a­zi­nes, and if you’re lucky your library has a Crazy Mocha in it. CLP Main rocks my socks!

CLP Main

CLP Main InteriorI feel like I’ve said all I want­ed to say about libraries, so here are some of the most beau­teous ones I could find to look at.

Reading Room Sorbonne

The Read­ing Room at La Sor­bon­ne. Paris, France.

Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Roy­al Por­tugue­se Read­ing Room. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Vatican Library. Vatican City

Vat­i­can Library. Vat­i­can City

George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty. Bal­ti­more, Mary­land

Image: Main reading room of New York Public Library

Main Read­ing Room of New York Pub­lic Library. New York CIty, New York

Harper Memorial Library at University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois

Harper Memo­ri­al Library at Uni­ver­si­ty of Chicago. Chicago, Illi­nois

Thompson Memorial Library (interior), Vassar College

Thomp­son Memo­ri­al Library, Vas­sar Col­lege. Pough­keep­sie, New York

8 Feb
2015

John Williams is THE MAN.

I bet you $5 RIGHT NOW that you know AT LEAST five John Williams pieces with­out even know­ing it’s his work. Scroll through this list and if you don’t know 5 of the­se themes, you can come to the store and I won’t give you $5 but I will give you some musi­cal listening/movie watch­ing home­work. Or we can just chat about movie sound­tracks in gen­er­al. He has seri­ous­ly writ­ten so many icon­ic movie sound­tracks that it makes me so, so, so… EXCITED.

I real­ly love what John does. I saw him when he came to Pitts­burgh in 2011 to per­form with the PSO and I HAD SO MUCH MUSICAL FRISSON GOING ON IT WAS UNREAL. It was such a treat to breathe the same air as some­one so accom­plished and fan­tas­tic. I’m a total movie sound­track nerd so you’ll have to for­give the utter CAPS LOCK EXCITEMENT in this post. I’m just so cap­ti­vat­ed by how trans­form­ing a sound­track can be for a film (or even TV show.) Think about how blank a scene would be with­out music. Pon­der that for a moment.  ANY­who. Take a lis­ten to the­se tracks and enjoy the diver­si­ty and awe­some­ness fill­ing your head.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B.

Exhibit C.

Exhibit D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCNHVMIYqiA

Exhibit E.

Exhibit F.

Exhibit G.

Exhibit H.

Exhibit I.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ImPGu0VO_g

Exhibit J.

Exhibit K.

Exhibit L.