New Pod-tatoes
February 15, 2006

I have a couple of "newest things" to lay on y'all today. First and foodliest is Eat Feed. By Anne Bramley's (creator of the thing) own admission, Eat Feed is "the food podcast that takes you back in time, across the country, around the world, and back to your own table." I have all the shows downloaded onto my slightly scuffed black and red U2 iPod, and they've been keeping me company on my walks and runs through Golden Gate Park. The biggest veal bone I have to pick with Anne Bramley is that I come home irrationally ravenous for all the things I've been hearing about. Like for the saffron and cinnamon-scented chicken that Andreas Viestad mentioned on the "Vikings Invade the Kitchen" Scandinavian program. I'm not going to rest until I locate a recipe for that. Eat Feed also has me thinking I need to sample Aquavit. All in the name of my latest research, of course. I'm almost a year behind on Eat Feed, but I'm steadily working up to the current shows.

The other "newest thing" actually came from the Eat Feed Scandinavian podcast and I can't get it out of my head. It's the Ikea song by Jonathan Coulton. It's simply hysterical and put me in mind of my pal Doug's song, "Osama Bin Enron." I was running around Stow Lake as I listened to "Ikea" for the first time. I didn't even know the name of song but when I heard,

Billy the bookcase says hello
And so does a table whose name is Ingo
And the chair is a ladder-back birch but his friends call him Karl

Ikea: just some oak and some pine and a handful of Norsemen
Ikea: selling furniture for college kids and divorced men
Everyone has a home
But if you donít have a home you can buy one there!

I actually stopped mid-jog and stared unseeingly at two startled Chinese men sitting on a bench. They got even more nervous when I started in with some weird out-of-breath and slightly asthmatic giggling as I got to the line about Allen wrenches. I finally came to and jogged away. I think they were relieved. So, not only am I serenading our Billy bookcases day in and day out, but Jonathan Coulton's got a song on the new album, Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow, called "Mandelbrot Set" that Dr. Mathra's sure to adore. I'm just pissed I discovered them mere days too late to see them in San Francisco. Bugger.

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