What should I wear hiking?

Hiking clothes are crucial to make the ultimate outdoor experience in Utah more enjoyable. There are a lot of options that you can wear that are appropriate for hiking and you’ll want to start in a comfortable, basic hiking outfit.

Tip: If you have experienced a non-technical injury from climbing or hiking in some time, you might want to limit your hiking clothes to only those with real high levels of durability. Such as: a Gore-Tex lined rain shell with waterproof/breathable interior, a dry coat, a jacket, and waterproof/breathable pants. Many of these items can be found in the REI backcountry shop at REI on a lower price point for a pack with low weight.

Men’s Hiking

What is the best hiking shorts?

There are a lot of ways to think about hiking shorts, from modern trail running shorts that are specifically designed for travel or down vests that might be just a little bit too long. A good thing to do is go for something that’s versatile, but we can’t stress enough that more versatility equals more comfort. Here’s a guide to the top hiking shorts for men:

Bear Creek Outfitters Men’s AT Varsity Short Dry Top This is our favorite hiking short for most men. This is not the kind of short that will get scratched easily, or move around too much to you, but it will definitely be durable. This will give you the best options on shorter distances and the color and design will look great at camp. Give this the feature of shorts that make you feel comfortable and have style in one. Are you in need of a shorter shirt, which is basically a version of the men’s hoody? Try our Men’s Hoody Dry Short. We have an update on this product now that it is our Official AT Hoody that our customers have been asking for since early 2014. Add on a few inches and you’ll be able to add warmth to your day hiking.

Hiker Things Men’s Hoody

Green Peak Canvas Men’s Hoody Dry This hoody is a popular option for the active outdoors person. Why? It has low weight and is water resistant. This is a shorty that is made of cotton canvas that goes beyond basic hiking clothing in a way that you wouldn’t expect. This one also adds warmth and protection in colder weather.

Hiker Things Men’s REI-recommended XLCive Hooded (Thermal) Parka Dry Super feature packed, but not the warmest for winter. It comes with an alternative material that helps absorb the moisture away. It can be used for any time of the year in a variety of weather conditions. The UV and wind resistant material also can help protect against sand and other river waters.

How does a longer than average hiking shirt fit?

If you are a bit bigger, this question will become more important. We usually do not want to have an item that is more than slightly too long, and it also shouldn’t look like a baggy down coat, especially if you are a male. Here’s what you should look for if you have a larger frame:

Loftilos Rough Out Men’s Trail Running Short What it is: a shirt that’s actually great for hiking, with a brief taper at the bottom to make it more athletic. Why you want it: It’s thin and thin makes it feel great in the wind. It has both a touch screen at the cuff, and lots of pockets. We have been wearing it for a while and appreciate it for the functionality and easy to use.

Tresana Men’s AGS One-Piece Short Dry This shirt is kind of a collection. This is the only short you would want to own. It’s designed to have plenty of breathability, and the fit is great. The fit around the torso is a bit slimmer than what you would find in a regular short but still you have plenty of options.

Extra-large size long running shorts

Depending on your shoulders and build, you might need longer than average running shorts. Here’s what we recommend:

Long Mountain Running Shorts (Poly/spandex) Oversize This is another run short for big guys with a purpose. It has some length to it that allows you to move around without being in you torso, and the fit is not too tight.

Orb 2 Wool Pull-on Ski Shorts With Armor Our favorite fabric and design for these shorts. They come with a secure zipper, and are super comfy. It’s always great to have additional options to make you feel more confident on the trail.

How do you have an AT – MTC-PV outdoors outing in the forest?

There are options, and they all work! We offer several types of hiking shorts for adults that have had the working models made in USA, including our latest Shorter-Fit option in New England.

Airtight zip at the top to keep your feet dry at the top of the hike

Relaxed fit so you can adjust it to your frame

Larger than average length so your legs are never cramped

Can be worn in high winds, and high water, and can be worn in a variety of weather conditions

Attached to a waist belt, so you can customize your fit

Longer than average length so your legs are never cramped.

Medium elastic waist and a mild stretch material on the lower leg. These may feel tight, but they will soften with time.


Rubber Badger Hits The Radio Airwaves

Rubber badger hit the radio airwaves. In a stunt to promote our website on the pacific northwest lifestyle we played our web-only first single in the “radio sink”. In this mode the music being played is not tuned in to a radio station, it is digitized in the most crude of formats from cassette tapes and vinyl records, fed into the amplifiers and then cranked up to a semi-permanent 40,000 watts output at a frequency of approximately 145.95 MHz. Our tiny piece of radio-subterfuge was featured on a local Seattle radio station along with some heavy metal bands playing a gig at the Warfield theatre. As well, we were offered a spot as an invited guest on the on air commercial showcase. Many call this radio site the “Music and Media Blog” as it acts as a “collective music experience” and updates its followers in real time. We write a lot about the Pacific Northwest music scene, and also write about what is happening in music today.

pianodhatch has just returned to his home state of Oregon. He and a friend were lucky enough to sit in with L.A.W. to give an impromptu acoustic set. Check out his clip below:

L.A.W. played a few songs, including Hellz Yutz, a fan favorite, which he and rad played live in 2013. It’s great to see him and his band perform after a long hiatus. He’s recently been in the studio recording another new album, called At the Traffic Light.

Last night, I shared some tunes from our “Rubber Badger Radio Spot” with Josh Feeny, aka Foxy on Portland’s Q95.9. He liked it so much he decided to play the rest of our album on the station this morning. I can’t tell you how much this means to us and we are honoured. We were totally blown away. We hope to have a new video up on our site and our following continues to grow, as well as the new album being released.

I also started to become excited about our next album a few weeks ago. Here is the first cut from the new EP:

As I finish up this post, I am off to DJ a classic rock program on the mid-day time slot. Later today, Josh Feeny and I will be playing the album in sequence, followed by our new song for an acoustic set.


Rubber Badger is Here

The rubber badger is here! We are excited to launch our new Kickstarter! We’ve been working on this since 2012.

The Concept

Resembling a slightly deformed raccoon, the rubber badger is packed with electronic features that let you experience the five senses in a whole new way. This vibrantly designed device is highly versatile and portable. It easily fits in your pocket and can be used on the go. The product comes with custom molded foam inserts, a USB charging cable and a carry case that fits your phone and tablet.

What does it do?

The rubber badger is a lightweight, flexible device that adapts to your personal tastes and senses. It has three sensory options: haptic vibration, LEDs and sonic vibrations. At each touch point, different stimuli are felt and the rubber badger responds accordingly.

Touch Response

The rubber badger reacts to touch. A little bit of pressure on the device will make it vibrate. Try shaking it lightly, or tap it on the table and you’ll get a different vibration. Each button has a different shape, vibration frequency and resistance that vibrates according to the button.

The LED Response

Some buttons light up with different colors to alert you to different things. At press, a gentle tap lights up the square button. Another tapping will make the round button light up. A gentle press and quick press both light up the letter “B”.

Sonic Response

One button causes a musical sound to sound, while the other three buttons create a different sound. Clicking the square button will cause a soft click. Flipping the round button will cause a sharp zapping sound. Each button also has its own soft vibrations. Clicking the square button will make the rubber badger move forward.

How it works?

The device is portable and can be used anywhere. With the motorized buttons, the rubber badger is surprisingly easy to use. At any time, you can bring your preferred stimulation experience with you. Since the device has three positions, each button can be placed anywhere: vibrating, flashing or flashing fast.



Here at the rubber badger we offer extensively researched satirical article writing on topics pertaining to the pacific northwest and the man made climate change.

By Paul Mundy / Contributing writer / Global warming and the man made climate change is all the craze these days and many are willing to believe in the so called “97% of scientists,” who have expressed the fact that “global warming is a proven fact,” and “climate change will ruin us all,” if we do not immediately change our lifestyle as we are leading the planet to destruction.

This is of course hogwash. This is not science. This is a hoax. The only proof for the 97% of scientists is by being able to find a few scientists who agree with them, and many scientists can simply be found “anti-global warming,” people who have a personal axe to grind, most of which are unqualified to even speak about climate change. The most egregious of these “scientists” is University of Alabama, Huntsville geophysicist Dr. Richard Lindzen, who has been vocal of his position on climate change as being the result of natural cycles.

What is even more outrageous is that we have shown before that Lindzen actually has no scientific credentials at all, but rather a PhD in meteorology. As we have shown before, Lindzen is well known in the scientific community as being a creationist, and has received thousands of dollars from groups like the anti-religion Discovery Institute, who just so happen to be running a slate of board of election candidates in Alabama which includes a person by the name of Bob Maxwell who is running for senate, a position he feels is vital to stopping the tyrannical rise of the “Al Gore trained” Senator Richard Shelby, the man that was primarily responsible for approving the massive greenhouse gas reports that effectively kill people’s jobs and lead the country to ruin. Yes, we are referencing that time Senator Shelby received $4.1 million in funding for his 2004 re-election from a bill in which he declares global warming to be a fact. Not a proven fact as Lindzen states, but a proven fact nonetheless


Pumice Stone

The Almighty Pumice Stone!

You probably stumbled upon this site while asking your magic Google machine something like  “Google, Google on my desk, tell me which pumice stone is the best!” And you were probably hoping to read some lame review about what makes one pumice stone a little scratcher than another. We’ll you won’t get that here!

I mean you are talking about the AMAZING PUMICE STONE not just some silly little foot grater. 

A rock so magical the Greek thought it was a gift straight from the gods themselves. That’s right a gift from the gods! I bet you didn’t know that. Well in this article, I’m not only going to show you how to use this magic little rock but I’m also going to teach you some crazy campfire facts to impress your friends. 

Ok So What Is A Pumice Stone Anyway?

I’m sure you all probably remember pumex is Latin for pumice; because well you know, everyone studies Latin these days, and that’s just common knowledge. Well, did you also know it got that name because pumex actually means “foam”? In fact, Europeans used to call it “Spuma Maris” meaning froth of the sea, because it actually floats on top of the water. 

Why? Because when volcanoes explode lava is hurled from the bowels of the Earth into super cold water (or air) causing it to cool so fast the gasses from the lava are trapped into thousands of little tiny bubbles peppered through the stone. 

Yep! You heard me right it’s FLOATING LAVA FOAM bitches! 

When did we start using this wonder rock you ask?

Well that’s a little unclear, but there are some really old legends talking about floating rocks or “witch candy” that date way back to the dawn of civilization. Ancient Greeks; because they love to make up elaborate stories about everything, even had a whole crazy story about ‘kienpie’ (greek for pumice) origins. Want to hear it? 

Ok, here is the quick and dirty (or maybe I should say sexy) version.

It all starts when Vulcan; the god of fire, and Venus; shatterer of all glass ceilings and original women’s rights activist, got together and oh I don’t know spilled sex juice all over the world! Then for some reason the Greeks thought they should eat this stone the gods gifted them!??! WTF! I don’t know I could be paraphrasing or misinterpreting ancient mythology a bit here. The point is old Greek dudes are weird and don’t eat pumice stones; or anything else dripping after sex for that matter! Gross! 

Ok moving on! Anyway eventually some brilliant progressive ape had the idea to start scraping hair off their bodies with a rock and guess which one it was. That’s right, the ever so versatile pumice stone! 

While that probably led the Greeks into the modern day use of using a pumice stone for dead skin removal it was actually the Mayans who first started using it for callus removal. Well, first they used it to clean their animal skins, but since they didn’t try and eat it first I’m just going to give them this one. 

So, there it is. 

The origins of the modern pumice stone use was another gift from the Mayans. Yep, legend has it they wanted to make up for the broken calendar they gave us by making sure we have someone to give our $50 a month to. 

Now Let me Tell You How To Use A Pumice Stone

As I am sure you have deduced by now I derive most of my power from the pumice stone. 

Not just because I can go for a 3 day long barefoot hike on Friday and have silky soft heels for my date on Tuesday. 

No, No, No, No. 

I use my pumice stones for everything from an oil diffuser to exfoliating my face! Below you will find a few ways to use the pumice that you might have never known without a little advice from a badger 🙂 

But, first lets make sure you’re using a real pumice stone and not a glue stick mixed with fake stuff. Sadly, loads of pumice stones you find at Target and CVS are fakes. 

Being from the Pacific Northwest I think I would be insulted if you told me I didn’t know the difference between corporate pumice goo and real pumice; but the sad truth is, these days most of us probably don’t even know the difference. But it’s easy, really, It’s all about buoyancy and shape. 

So, here’s a quick lesson: 

Pumice has an extremely low “specific gravity.” Yeah, Science Girl here. Anyway that’s basically a fancy way of saying if it doesn’t float, it’s not a pumice stone, but more likely a mixture of glue, chemicals and ground up pumice or pumicite. 


Another good way to tell if your pumice stone is real is the shape. It should look like a rock!!! Not a perfectly shaped manufactured cut-out! Again painfully obvious to me, but you would be surprised at how many people think Artemis created millions of perfect sandal shaped pumice for us to buy at Target! Well she didn’t and those are not real pumice! 

For DIY Pedicures

Now that we all have our real pumice stones in hand let’s talk about how to use it. First it’s been a long day. Let’s fill up a basin with hot water, let our feet AND pumice stone soak. 

Badger tip: Take your electric tea kettle and keep it plugged in next to you. It works perfect to add a little heat to your water as it starts to cool and you don’t want to get up. Just make sure it doesn’t fall in the water – ZAP!

Now just relax. I like to imagine a sexy little man is just ever so softly massaging my toes, but maybe that’s just me. 

When you’re ready pull out a foot from the water bath. Pat it dry and then rub the pumice stone in a circular motion. Too much pressure might cut you so be sure to apply as much pressure as you need, but let the stone do the work. It’s a little tickley. 

Most callused skin on the feet tends to build up around the heels and sides of your toes so be sure to pay extra special attention to those areas. As you scrub you will probably notice some super yummy looking white muck build up on the pumice stone. Personally I keep a separate water container to rinse my stone in when that happens, but you can use your same water bath, it won’t hurt ya. After about two or three minutes of this switch feet then rinse, dry and apply your favorite oil or moisturizer. 

When you are done rinse your stone really well. Scrub with an old toothbrush if necessary. Then let it air dry. This is by far the most common use for pumice stones, but as you will read below it’s not the ONLY use. That said it’s important to note any rock you have used on your feet should probably stay reserved just for your feet. 

FOR DIY Manicures

Sometimes, you have to do your own nails. Most of us just do a quick polish change, but if you have calluses and dry cuticles, this could be an easy and slightly luxurious addition to your DIY mani pedi

A lot like the little DIY pedi you did for your feet, you can also do for your hands. Shocker, right!?! 

Lay down a towel,fill a little bowl with warm water and a dab of soap, and have a seat. Soak one hand for 3-5 minutes then use the dry hand to pumice your cuticles, calluses (from all those outdoor activities we love!), and anywhere else that feels a little rough. 

Then dry and switch hands. The trick is to keep your skin and the pumice super wet so you don’t scratch yourself. 

After you get your paws all cleaned up, file and paint (if you’re feeling perdy) and dab a little cuticle oil to keep your cuticles from drying out. 

FOR All Natural Hair Removal

If you’re one of “those” girls that wants to remove all the hair on your body, but hates shaving, then I’ve got the jam for you.

A pumice stone can actually be used for hair removal. Like smooth as a baby’s bottom; hair removal. But there is a pretty specific way to go about this and it’s a tad involved. 

Step 1: Exfoliate in the shower, you can use any sugar or salt scrub you have on hand, or whatever is on sale. Since it’s for body (not face) don’t use a face exfoliator, the grit is too fine. This gets off all those rotten dead skin cells and body oils that will get in the way of Step 2. 

Step 2: Dry your body off, get your pumice wet, and go to town! Using small circular motions, you just rub the pumice repeatedly where you don’t want hair anymore. Try to be gentle, you don’t have to rub very hard

Step 3: Rinse off in the shower (at least I do), dry off, and use body lotion. You might have to repeat this process a few times to get the full baby bottom effect. 

Bring Back Your Old Jeans To Life

Ever buy a brand new pair of jeans only to wish they were as awesome as that comfy pair you picked up from the thrift shop last year. Well don’t fret. Pumice Stone to the rescue!  

Turn them into super destructed jeans with your handy dandy pumice stone! It’s really as easy as it sounds. Just wash and dry them, then rub that pumice wherever you want to add style. Knees and thighs are a good choice. When you’re done, wash and dry them again before wearing them out. 

As An Essential Oil Diffuser

Yes, it even works as a diffuser. But, you probably want to use a different one than you use on your body and clothes. Also, grab a pumice-sized mesh bag or one of those little breathable bags for closet potpourri, to stick it in. 

Put about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil, my faves are lavender, frankincense, rosemary, or citrus, on the pumice and drop into the little mesh bag. You can hang it in the closet, bathroom, kitchen, your man’s shoe closet, pretty much wherever. It could even go in your bra and underwear drawer to add a bit of class to your underthings. 

It will slowly dry out after a few days, depending on the humidity in the air where you live, so just keep an eye on it and do it again when it stops smelling nice.  

To Clean Your Oven or BBQ

It’s one of my least favorite tasks: cleaning super dirty greasy things. I hate that oily feeling it puts all over my hands and how it takes so long to wash off! I usually try to con someone else into doing this, but if you’re forced, there’s an easier way. 

First, wear rubber, latex, or plastic gloves. I always forget to buy them and in the moment I end up just wanting to get the task done. But it will save you from that miserable 1-2 days oily residue thing.

Second, spray Oven Cleaner in the oven and BBQ cleaner on the BBQ. If you really hate chemicals, white vinegar or Dawn dish soap is an option but, come one, those nasty things need a powerful chemical-laden degreaser once in a while! After it’s set for the amount of time it’s supposed to, instead of using a rough sponge or brush, your very versatile pumice stone will work wonders. If you’re a glutton for punishment, I hear you can do this without any chemicals and just a wet pumice, but I’ve never actually tried it. 

The key is to get your pumice stone soaking wet and scrub the oven or BBQ all over. It won’t scratch, don’t ask me why! Pay special attention to the super stuck-on spots and when you wipe off all the goo, it will shine like the sun. 

It goes without saying that this pumice stone shouldn’t be used for anything else! It’s full of grit and chemicals now, yuck!   

To De-Pill Your Sweater

The little “pills” that crop on clothes look like tiny thready balls. It happens when you put delicate fabrics in the washer (or dryer) and weren’t supposed to. I’m notorious for ruining my favorite sweaters with this lazy way of washing clothes. Who wants to go to a dry cleaner on the regular or handwash in the sink anyway?!?

Once the damage is done, you can use your ever-versatile pumice stone on it and get your favorite sweater looking good again. I swear, if you take it to a professional to do this (i.e. the drycleaner) they will use something that looks suspiciously  like a pumice stone on it as they scowl at you for not bringing it to them to clean instead of ruining your clothes. But, whether it’s actually a pumice or not, I’m not sure, and I’ll probably never have the guts to ask! I’ll just pumice stone the pills myself and save the embarrassment!

It’s really easy and the process almost doesn’t even need explaining. Just use a DRY pumice (yes, this is the first use we’ve mentioned when it isn’t wet!!) and rub it where the pills are. This will give you a feeling of total control and accomplishment in a world filled with chaos. 

When you’re done, shake it out, put it away, and swear that you’ll never ruin your sweater again! But if you’re like me, you will end up being lazy and washing it wrong again, especially because now you know how to fix it !

To Clean Your Toilet

So gross. You’re probably picturing your hand in the toilet bowl with a sad little pumice wondering what he ever did to deserve this kind of existence. I mean, didn’t someone invent toilet brushes already?!? And those come on a long stick keeping you at least a foot away from the yuck in that toilet bowl!

But, use for the pumice stone is more for scrubbing off mineral deposits than using it for the whole toilet bowl. You literally just scrub off the deposits or any nasty stains that bleach and Scrubbing Bubbles couldn’t handle. 

To Help Plants Grow in Good Soil

Your handy dandy pumice stone can also be used in gardening. It helps retain water and nutrients and it’s all natural (as long as you have real pumice stone!), so you can use it in soil for indoor and outdoor plants. 

You chop up the pumice and put 1 part pumice to 4 parts soil and drop the plant in. You can do this with potted plants or in an outdoor garden. It’s especially good if you’re the type that forgets to water plants, live in a dry climate, or the rainy season is over where you live. 

If chopping up a pumice stone sounds like a great way to lose a finger, you can find pumice pebbles at gardening centers or even better, order online where you can find anything. 

So Now You Know Everything About The Miraculous Pumice Stone. Or Do You?

Ok so we’ve gone though just about every DIY and practical application of pumice stone we could think of. So just to raise the bar, we’ll go a step further and get into the medical and health applications of this amazing little rock. 

Did you know it was used in ancient Chinese Medicine?

I don’t know much about ancient Chinese medicine, so this next part sounds a little crazy to this modern woman, but here goes. 

The ancient chinese people would grind up pumice stone, fossilized bones (bones!), ground mica (yes, the rock!), and tea (for flavor?!?) and have a nice cuppa. Apparently it would ‘calm the spirit’ and help relieve a number of medical problems. It’s said to have reduced stomach tumors, relaxed an upset stomach, helped nausea, dizziness, and even insomnia. 

For the record, I’m not suggesting you try this delicious recipe. Times have changed and we don’t make it a habit of drinking rocks and bones, even if it’s flavored with tea! Who knows what other problems they may have been creating with this little concoction. 

In the 18th Century, ground up pumice was used for gallbladder cancer and urinary diseases. It’s also been used in Western medicine as a powder used on skin and corneal ulcers. 

Did You Know it Was Used in Dentistry?

The people who came before us had pretty gross teeth before Colgate, Crest and Listerine came along. Again, I’m so glad we live in a modern world! Thank you minty fresh toothpaste!

They sucked on sugary fruits or candies to make their breath smell good which in turn caused more cavities and bad breath. It was a vicious cycle.  

Then a super smart group of Egyptians decided to use pumice powder on their teeth. We know now that doing this actually gave them antibacterial benefits which fights cavities and bad breath. They probably only noticed the super white smiles they were all getting because of how well pumice polishes surfaces, even teeth. 

When tooth enamel is rough it stains easier and catches bacteria more than when it’s smooth. Pumice powder basically sands down the surface and makes teeth whiter and cleaner. It is actually so fine that it doesn’t harm the enamel either. 

This actually sounds pretty great. I wonder why we don’t have pumice toothpaste in stores now?!?

But what we do have in modern dentistry using pumice is called enamel microabrasion ( ) and the American Dental Association  thinks it wonderful. 

Did You Know it Was Used For Water Filtration?

These days, we have clean water in first and second-world countries. I’m ashamed to say I kind of take this for granted. 

Some of us are lucky enough to drink water straight from the tap and for everyone else there’s Brita, Pur, and Zero. Or even better, reverse osmosis hooked up to the kitchen sink. But, back in the day, having clean, drinkable water was a serious global problem.

Enter the pumice stone. 

It’s actually a really good and all natural water filtration ( ) device. Basically, it works by absorbing impurities in water into it’s little tiny structures and keeping them there. Since it’s a natural mineral rock, it doesn’t add impurities to the water or take away the natural minerals. Poof! Clean water.

These days, pumice filtration devices have been replaced by charcoal and reverse osmosis for drinking water. But pumice is still used in wastewater filtration.   

Did You Know It’s An Essential Part In Brewing Triple Hop IPA’s?

Ok so maybe this one isn’t true, but after writing this MEGA pumice stone article I think it’s about time to sit on the porch with a nice cold Portland brewed Space Dust! Hopefully you enjoyed this article and have all sorts of fun telling your friends while you do the same. 

Thank you for reading. 

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North Star Bistro

Have you ever been to the north star bistro? If not, we highly recommend it. We went on a Thursday for their specialty combo — chicken parm and the jumbo jalapeño poppers.

Not to mention the cake that sits on the table every week with a famous lighthouse picture on it! They also have another type of yummy snack on Thursdays called Thursday Runway — we skipped on that one, though.

When we entered, the outside patio was full of families. This made me feel really good, since I had forgotten all about Valentine’s Day! (Apparently not everyone gets my procrastination disorder!)

Once inside, we realized that we were seated inside a room. It reminded me of if you went to a fine dining restaurant and they seated you in a semi-dark room, instead of at the bar or buffet. There were dim lights and people eating at the tables in the room.

We sat down, and a server immediately came to take our drink orders. We started with a mixed drink called the Delores, which was delicious. I don’t usually order mixed drinks, but this one was pretty good.

The waitress brought out the bread basket first, which was then followed by the salad. I had the seafood Caesar salad.

They had a special sauce for it, but it tasted like vinegar, so I didn’t love it. For my main course, I decided to get the chicken parm. I’ve never had a chicken parm with cheese on top before.

The waitstaff brought it out, and the cheese was melted into the bread! It was amazing. It was covered in sautéed onions, garlic, and a cream sauce. It was served with spinach. I don’t usually eat pasta, but this one was really good.

Not to mention it was on the house. This was followed by the jumbo jalapeno poppers. They looked interesting, but I’m not sure about the jalapeno.

The waitress set them down, and then took the lid off of the popper. I was really excited to try this — I love jalapenos, but never eat them.

My initial thought was “holy jalapeno!” I couldn’t wait to try the inside part. But after looking at it, I realized that it was really hot.


North Star American Bistro

Why I love the Northstar American Bistro Menu

It was last month when I first thought to try my hand at this restaurant; having already ordered more than one meal and been assured that the food was delicious. It all started with a slice of bacon-cheese stuffed pizza. In hindsight, I should’ve known that I wouldn’t be able to resist bacon and cheese stuffed pizza – it’s about the easiest thing on earth to order, especially when one is dining alone. I ordered the eggplant parmigiana with alfredo sauce (no cheese) and a side of bread. I was happy that I was the only one in the group to go all out and order the Alotta Fagioli soup – it was big enough to share, and I knew I’d be well rewarded. That said, I went to the wrong table to order it – but was happy to wait because there was an extra bread basket to soothe my thirst. Upon being served my alfredo, I wasn’t surprised by the level of cheese that was packed into this dish – I was expecting it, given the name. I enjoyed my soup and returned to my table, where it had been a while since my friends arrived. Since I’d already ordered the eggplant parmigiana, I decided to order one of the individual pieces for my other friends (they wanted the same as me). I did so eagerly – having spent several years as a staunch bacon-and-cheese lover. The appetizer was golden-brown on the outside, and stuffed with gooey melted cheese – quite the mouthful. As the waitress placed it in front of me, I reached for it – but then thought, ‘hold up, this isn’t cheese.’ And then I remembered the hard boiled egg, laying alongside. I reluctantly took a bite, and was pleasantly surprised by the egg yolk nestled into the piece of tomato, along with the creamy cheese. Although the pizza was delicious, the eggplant parmigiana was the star of the show. It was warm and almost melted in my mouth – a nice change from the cold-doughiness of other pizzas. All in all, the meal was excellent, and I’m happy I ended up at this restaurant (I’ve become obsessed with it).


Badger Rubber Company

After the first world war, the main industries of South Wales were agriculture and coal mining. Like most of Europe at the time, British factories were running at a low capacity and then came along the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was a program that sent massive amounts of aid from the United States of America to Europe in order to help the European economies recover from the war. One of the biggest companies that benefitted from the Marshall Plan was the British Badger Rubber Company. As part of the Marshall Plan, Britain began investing in high speed rail to help facilitate the export of the rubber. In 1953, Britain built a high speed rail network from their Swansea factory to Liverpool. This link allowed the British Badger Rubber Company to ship their products to the rest of the United Kingdom in one day. After the British Badger Rubber Company found that they were making a profit from exporting their products, they began looking for a site that they could make a second rubber factory and the Welsh village of Ystradfellte was chosen. This was due to it being the location of a former thermal spa, which was said to cure any skin disease. The project was called “Badger Hole House” and had been commissioned by the British Badger Rubber Company in order to create the UK’s first purpose built plastic surgery hospital. The new site for the factory was situated on what is now known as Graig farm. The Badger Hole House was constructed using a steel frame and because of this, it was the first industrial building in the UK to have this technology. The building was constructed in a nine sided form so that it could take advantage of the fact that the area around the Badger Hole House was a wind tunnel. The frame of the building was not solid. It consisted of three steel ribs that went through the centre of the building.


Media Flat Rate

In a move that will massively alter the business of newspapers in the United States, the Los Angeles Times and other big name newspaper companies have agreed to charge fees for people to view full-page advertisements. The agreement also appears to mark the start of a wave of similar announcements coming from other major newspapers that, after years of watching advertising revenue drop as newspapers struggled to adapt to the digital age, have decided it is time to rake in some extra revenue. “This agreement will give our advertisers an opportunity to reach and engage our readers while generating more revenue for our newsroom, helping us continue to provide the independent and local news that our readers rely on,” said Orlando Sentinel publisher and editor Kristen M. Utecht in a press release announcing the deal. “It also provides further choice and transparency to our readers by offering the ability to select only the portion of an ad they want to see, reducing their exposure to visual ads that can detract from their reading experience. The agreement demonstrates the willingness of companies of all sizes to provide their advertisers with such flexibility.” Under the agreement, the Los Angeles Times will make all digital advertisements 15% more expensive to view. The LA Times’ deal with Google, currently under review by the Office of the California Attorney General, will reportedly help the newspaper “address its significant revenue shortfall,” in part by charging for full-page advertisements for the first time in almost half a century. According to a memo sent to employees by the Los Angeles Times’ publisher, David Chavern, the newspaper’s average daily circulation fell 15% in the second half of 2014 to 190,810. Meanwhile, ad revenue dropped $17.6 million between August and December of 2014 and is expected to drop $40 million in 2015. The Times’ circulation dropped 14% in the last half of 2014 to 178,897. “[T]he ad revenue declines make it essential that we find new sources of revenue to help offset our overall operating costs,” Chavern wrote. “This is the first step in that process.” “Some newspapers have tried charging for online content or requiring readers to pay for online access to newspapers’ daily content,” writes media columnist Steve Lopez in the LA Times. “But such price structures have mostly done little to stem the steady decline in readership and advertising revenue.” The LA Times is hardly the first major newspaper to embrace the idea of charging for advertising. The Washington Post has run three different pricing models in the past year, charging readers different fees for various ads. The most recent change was to adopt a paywall, with some ads served free and others only if a reader is willing to pay for them. The New York Times already charges online readers to view videos, as well as some online-only advertising. The Washington Post reportedly pays about $70 million a year in so-called “ad page


Social Style Dance

Social style dance (also known as social dance or school dance) is a dance that was developed to keep both physical and mental balance. Usually it’s done with both people. Social dance is what it is now in the first place as a few kids tried it. This is going to be a hands-on activity for an hour, one on one. The best way to introduce social style dance is to make one of the first moves. This will give them the feel of what it is all about. They will get that out of the way. Now it’s time to move and groove. The leader will provide cues and turns and let the participant keep a rhythmic feel while changing the levels of intensity. They will have to figure it out on their own how to feel it. This class is suitable for all ages, with very few steps. In order to feel it, you need to try it. This class is in large group; it may not be the best for beginners or children. It will be at a moderate to fast pace. Cost: $8/person; $30/family