The Week: Most Recent Arts+Life Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:20:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Arts+Life Posts from THE WEEKThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:20:00 -0400This week I learned that alcohol boosts your sense of smell, and more<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Drinking small amounts of alcohol boosts people's sense of smell <em>(Research Digest)</em></p><p>Moon smells: Apollo astronauts describe lunar aroma <em>(</em></p><p>Whale-watching found to stress out whales <em>(Scientific American)</em></p><p>Lobsters were once only fed to poor people and prisoners <em>(</em></p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Is monogamy on the way out?</li><li>Lauren Bacall's remarkably honest account of Humphrey Bogart's death</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>O</em>nly <em>God Forgives</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:20:00 -0400The essential techniques that every home cook should know<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The problem with cooking basics is that people often forget to teach them to you. You may have watched your mother cook rice countless nights during your childhood, but things can get a little daunting when you try to take the reins. And how can you advance to delicious recipes like Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs and Kale and Quinoa Pilaf if you don&rsquo;t have the basics down pat?<br /><br />We've pulled together the essential techniques that every cook should know, from cooking steak and roasting vegetables to brewing coffee and baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies. So take a deep breath, take your...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Hollis MillerThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:22:00 -04008 ways you're probably overspending without even realizing it<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>If you've ever grimaced at your checking account after a night out on the town &mdash; and subsequently swore to never spend that much on dinner and karaoke again &mdash; we've got news for you.</p><p>You probably will. And we can say this because we've been there too.</p><p>That's because staying on budget isn't always a simple task &mdash; even if you've set up what seems to be a rock-solid spending plan for yourself. And, truth be told, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, two thirds of Americans haven't even gotten that far.</p><p>Despite our best intentions, it's easy to be fooled &mdash; by emotions, clever...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marianne HayesThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:14:00 -0400Why honor causes all of society's problems<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Glance at a list of critically acclaimed television shows and you'll see stories driven by characters who overreact to perceived signs of disrespect. Walter White doesn't care that people are fond of him; he wants to feel what it's like to be feared. In <em>Fargo</em>, Lester Nygaard's undoing begins when he takes his newfound refusal to not let others push him around too far. And in <em>Game of Thrones</em>, seemingly every character oscillates between calmness and boredom when encountering a "here's why I hate you" soliloquy, then concludes that murder is the only acceptable option when that hatred morphs into...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric HorowitzThu, 28 Aug 2014 09:04:00 -0400How I'm planning to buy a home -- by myself<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Whether you're saving for a condo in the city or a house in the suburbs, saying goodbye to landlords and hello to homeownership can be an exciting transition.</p><p>But if you're going it alone &mdash; with no added financial help from a partner or spouse &mdash; you might be feeling a little extra pressure.</p><p>And you certainly wouldn't be alone.</p><p>According to data from the National Association of Realtors, some 25 percent of home buyers are single &mdash; and 16 percent are solo home-buying women.</p><p>So it got us thinking: Does purchasing a home by yourself differ greatly from sharing the responsibility...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marisa TorrieriWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0400House hunting: 7 homes for bird-watching<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Montrose, Colorado.</strong> This two-bedroom hunting lodge sits on 1,766 acres of land called Canyon Ranch of the Gunnison. Bounded by parkland, the ranch features two cabins, meadows, and ponds, and 40 percent is covered by trees.</p><p ><br /> <br />Peregrine falcons, blue grouse, hawks, and golden eagles are regularly seen from the land. $6,000,000. Michael S. Hall, Hall and Hall, (303) 861-8282.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Ketchum, Idaho.</strong> This six-bedroom house is nestled in a grove of cottonwood and aspen trees on the banks of the Bigwood River. Built in 1995, the home features eight bathrooms, oak floors, three fireplaces, and high ceilings...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:40:00 -0400A trick for better lunch sandwiches<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>A week's worth of turkey sandwiches is a clear sign that your lunches need an upgrade. But here's the good news: There's a small bag hiding in your office vending machine that's ready to improve every sandwich you might ever bring for lunch. It's the one that's full of potato chips.</p><p>Almost any kind of chip will work &mdash; ruffled, spicy, or tangy &mdash; the only requirement is a delightfully salty crunch. Potato chips are the cure-all for your sad lunch sandwiches, adding a pinch of seasoning and a crisp bite. And while we encourage you to make your lunch sandwiches at home, they will drastically...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine O'DonnellWed, 27 Aug 2014 12:33:00 -0400How to use Moneyball at the office to build great teams<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>There are a lot of myths about team building.</p><p>For instance:<strong> People are not a company's most valuable asset.</strong></p><p><strong>The right people are.</strong></p><p>This is one of the key things Jim Collins explains in <em>Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap&hellip; and Others Don't</em>, his exhaustive study of great teams and leaders.</p><p>He holds Nucor up as a prime example of perfect team building. <strong>These guys were so devoted they chased lazy employees out of the factory.</strong></p><p >The Nucor system did not aim to turn lazy people into hard workers, but to create an environment where hardworking people would thrive and lazy workers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:43:00 -0400Captain Blackadder really did fight in World War I<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>BBC's <em>Blackadder</em> is one of the funniest historical TV comedies <em>ever</em>. The four series, which ran from 1983 to 1989, follow the conniving, cowardly Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick through various epochs.</p><p class="p1">The final series, <em>Blackadder Goes Forth</em>, is set in 1917. It features Captain Blackadder, a British Army officer on the Western Front, who did his sneaky best to stay alive while everyone else seemed madly determined to get killed.</p><p class="p1">But guess what? There really <em>was</em> a Captain Blackadder who fought in World War I. And a Private Baldrick, a Captain Darling and a Lieutenant George &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Michael PeckWed, 27 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0400The simple tomato trick to making the perfect summer pasta<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic sounds like plenty of summer pastas you've had before. In fact, it sounds a lot like a summer pasta I wrote about three weeks ago.<br /><br />But with a little smart maneuvering &mdash; and no greater investment of effort or time &mdash; you'll end up with a dinner that's entirely different. This pasta has a brighter tomato flavor than any you've had before, and is in a position to completely change your August dinner routines. You should let it, and fast, because the good tomatoes won't be here nearly long enough.</p><p><br /></p><p>Michael Ruhlman first read the bones of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kristen MigloreTue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:00 -0400