trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 705409

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Here's a video of comparing the nutritional value of breakfasts from around the world:</p>\r\n\r\n<p><iframe width='680' height='411' scrolling='no' src='//www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/c17ee960-5e57-11e6-84c1-6d27287896b5' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p>\r\n\r\n<p>You can read more at the <a href=\"https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/08/15/breakfastaroundtheworld/\"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>.</p>\r\n\r\n<h3><strong>SANITY POSTER</strong></h3>\r\n<p class=\"nospace\">A big reason the U.S. government has not done as much to deal with manmade climate change and global warming as either President Barack Obama or the sane citizens of the country would like is the large number of idiots (not to mention a certain presidential candidate) who say they don't believe Earth is warming.<br /><br />\r\n\r\nThese deeply stupid people often cite the fact that there is still snow so there couldn't be any global warming.<br /><br />\r\n\r\nSometimes the truth is so simple. 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Take a look:</p>\r\n\r\n<p><iframe width=\"680\" height=\"383\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/RRx1i1N0-XU\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Having one of these might make me reconsider my personal ban on flying. Well, probably not. You can read more about it at <a href=\"http://mashable.com/2016/01/07/robot-suitcase/#4PnWN18qZqq3\">Mashable</a>.</p>\r\n\r\n<h3><strong>KFC SECRET RECIPE REVEALED?</strong></h3>\r\n<p class=\"nospace\">Sunday music columnist Peter Tibbles found this story in one of the Australian newspapers. Here's how he told me about it in his email:</p>\r\n\r\n<blockquote>”In The Age today it was reported that some nefarious character, some rotter, some ne'er-do-well has released the ingredients in the 'Eleven Secret Herbs and Spices' that coat Kentucky Fried Chicken. I always thought that ten of them were salt and the other one MSG.<br /><br />\r\n\r\n“It turns out that I wasn't too off the mark – there are three different types of salt, and although MSG isn't officially in the mix, apparently it's used anyway.  Incidentally, the rotter was the nephew of that appalling piece of shit, \"Colonel\" Sanders.”</blockquote>\r\n\r\n<p>It turns out <em>The Age</em> was reporting not just the release of the ingredient list, but a story at the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> about trying it out to see if does, indeed, taste like the corporate product. The tasters decided that yes, “Our chicken was virtually indistinguishable from the batch bought at KFC.”</p>\r\n\r\n<p>It is a long and winding story. You can read it at <a href=\"http://www.theage.com.au/world/but-is-it-finger-lickin-good-taste-test-for-colonel-sanders-secret-recipe-20160821-gqxvut.html\"><em>The Age</em></a> where you will also find the recipe – real or not real, I have no opinion.</p>\r\n\r\n<h3><strong>360 DEGREE BACKYARD SWING</strong></h3>\r\n<p class=\"nospace\">This one is from Darlene Costner about a Brit named Colin Furze and his backyard, 360-degree swing. 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It&#39;s on the north side of our town, and I can&#39;t even remember how long it&#39;s been closed. I grew up in Springfield, and although it&#39;s not necessarily a big city, growing up it felt like everyone kind of stayed on their side of town (pretty much wherever their high school was). I&#39;m from the north side, and this past year when Trey and I moved, the house we ended up loving was way on the south side. I felt a little like a traitor –&#0160;ha! It&#39;s kind of funny the connections we make with certain areas or places, especially if it was a part of growing up. Locations can take on so much nostalgia.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;m excited to watch this happen more for you, Elsie, since Nashville is your new home. So you&#39;re figuring out a whole new set of parts of town you love or feel you belong to.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I do wish someone would open this bowling alley again though –&#0160;it&#39;s just too cute. Look at the pretty triangle wall!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c886609b970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Lace up dress and shoes\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c886609b970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c886609b970b-pi\" title=\"Lace up dress and shoes\" /></a> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d21017ff970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Fringe bracelet\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d21017ff970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d21017ff970c-pi\" title=\"Fringe bracelet\" /></a> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b674970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Holiday lanes\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b674970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b674970d-pi\" title=\"Holiday lanes\" /></a> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b683970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Emma Chapman    \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b683970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b683970d-pi\" title=\"Emma Chapman    \" /></a> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b688970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Lace up dress\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b688970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929b688970d-pi\" title=\"Lace up dress\" /></a> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d2101838970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Emma Chapman\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d2101838970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b8d2101838970c-pi\" title=\"Emma Chapman\" /></a><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">Emma&#39;s Wearing: Dress/<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bwzmudnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">ASOS</a>, Shirt/<a href=\"http://www.shopsosie.com\" target=\"_blank\">ShopSosie</a>, Shoes/<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bxq5rmnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">H&amp;M</a>, Bracelet/gift from Katie of <a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bxq5sznr5e\" target=\"_blank\">the Uncommon Place</a> (<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bxq5vvnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">Fossil</a>), Bag/<a href=\"http://amzn.to/2bm7M3w\" target=\"_blank\">Fossil</a>, Sunnies/<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bxq5uvnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">Moorea Seal</a>.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p>Take it away, Sister!</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bf9d970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Elsie Larson\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bf9d970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bf9d970d-pi\" title=\"Elsie Larson\" /></a>Oh yes, I remember that bowling alley too. So cute. My favorite childhood birthday parties were at roller skating rinks. I still love roller skating today. Maybe I&#39;ll have my birthday at one this year. Haha!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I am fully enjoying exploring and figuring out our new city. Nashville is weird because the longer you live here, the smaller it becomes. I love that! We&#39;re steadily trying 1-2 new places each weekend, and (forgive me if I&#39;ve already shared about this, but...) we started a journal a year and a half ago that we use to document if we liked restaurants and bars and what to order or not order. It&#39;s kind of silly, but I love reading it back. And it&#39;s pretty helpful for when we have guests because we also write down which spots would be best to take kiddos.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Anyway! We&#39;re having so much fun here. I miss my family terribly, but luckily they&#39;ve been coming to visit and&#0160;so have we. My brother and I snapchat each other constantly... oh Snapchat, created for evil and used for good, clean fun. Haha!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c88669e0970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Elsie Larson \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c88669e0970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c88669e0970b-pi\" title=\"Elsie Larson \" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfb6970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Elsie Larson \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfb6970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfb6970d-pi\" title=\"Elsie Larson \" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfe4970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Elsie Larson \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfe4970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb0929bfe4970d-pi\" title=\"Elsie Larson \" /></a><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8866a0e970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Elsie Larson \" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8866a0e970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c8866a0e970b-pi\" title=\"Elsie Larson \" /></a><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">Elsie&#39;s Wearing: Top/<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bxydnmnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">My Little Belleville</a>, Overalls/Madewell (<a href=\"http://rstyle.me/n/bwzmvnnr5e\" target=\"_blank\">similar</a>), Bag/<a href=\"http://amzn.to/2aNuBuA\" target=\"_blank\">Kate Spade</a>, Sunnies/<a href=\"https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/oui-fresh/products/patsy-sriracha-sunnies\" target=\"_blank\">Oui Fresh</a>, Clogs/<a href=\"https://www.swedishhasbeens.com\" target=\"_blank\">Swedish Hasbeens</a>.&#0160;</span></p>\r\n<p>Thanks so much for reading, you guys! We love you! xx- Emma + Elsie</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">Credits//Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer.</span></p>",
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So cute. My favorite childhood birthday parties were at roller skating rinks. I still love roller skating today. Maybe I&#39;ll have my birthday at one this year. Haha!&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I am fully enjoying exploring and figuring out our new city. Nashville is weird because the longer you live here, the smaller it becomes. I love that! We&#39;re steadily trying 1-2 new places each weekend, and (forgive me if I&#39;ve already shared about this, but...) we started a journal a year and a half ago that we use to document if we liked restaurants and bars and what to order or not order. It&#39;s kind of silly, but I love reading it back. And it&#39;s pretty helpful for when we have guests because we also write down which spots would be best to take kiddos.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>Anyway! We&#39;re having so much fun here. I miss my family terribly, but luckily they&#39;ve been coming to visit and&#0160;so have we. 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If you accept our premise – autism was essentially nonexistent before 1930, first arose with the commercialization of ethyl mercury compounds in vaccines and preservatives, and first affected children in families with those occupations in the background – it is hard to see how a pain reliever fits the fact pattern better.</p>\r\n<p>I thought he didn’t realize the power of that evidence, but then I would think that, wouldn’t I?</p>\r\n<p>The second kind of study looks at older unvaccinated siblings of vaccinated children with autism. Many times parents will forego vaccinating subsequent children in the (correct) belief that there was a connection. But if those unvaccinated kids have the same or a higher rate of autism, it throws an obvious monkey wrench in the theory. If you have ideas for why this kind of data might not be convincing, I’d like to hear them.</p>\r\n<p>Of course this sort of study gives the lie to the claim it’s impossible to compare vax v unvaxxed people, so why not do it in a broader group with unrelated children? We’ve been waiting for that for a long time now.</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>A couple of weeks ago I wrote about continued attention to the antimalarial drug Lariam, or mefloquine, and the fact that it is most certainly causing a percentage of veteran suicide and violence.</p>\r\n<p>This week I heard from a very good, and cautious, source with military connections that there is evidence the Dallas shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, who killed five police officers, might have been taking the drug and suffered its long-term effects.</p>\r\n<p>He was an Afghan War Army Reserve veteran, which puts him in the right place at the right time. As long as the media and medicine ignore the acknowledged long term consequences of this drug, we are going to see more suicide or violence, whether this case was representative of that or not.</p>\r\n<p>The only good-faith thing for the military to do is launch a high-power investigation. That, of course, would mean facing up to its culpability in inventing and mandating a deadly dangerous drug. It’s easy to be cynical but I think it can and will happen as more bizarre deaths occur, indefinitely.</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>One nice thing about being back is to catch up on posts and comments and realize how much good content appears every day and week. This comment by John Stone caught my eye: “It is a crazy idea that you can just suspend the normal rules of a liberal democracy and not reep appalling consequences.” I looked up liberal democracy and learned that the “liberal” is used in the classical sense of liberty, meaning that individuals within a majority-ruled country should have a wide margin of freedom within that context.</p>\r\n<p>Liberal and libertarian – not so far apart when it comes to our common cause.</p>\r\n<p>--</p>\r\n<p>Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.</p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201b7c88c6f98970b-pi\" style=\"float: left;\"><img alt=\"Do NC\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8357f3f2969e201b7c88c6f98970b img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.rescuepost.com/.a/6a00d8357f3f2969e201b7c88c6f98970b-300wi\" style=\"width: 300px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Do NC\" /></a>By Dan Olmsted</p>\r\n<p>Catching up from some time away, camping (more like “glamping”) with some autism dads and others who know the score, by the French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina. (The milkweed seemed like a sign of summer’s end.)</p>\r\n<p>-0-</p>\r\n<p>I’m impressed that as the first generation of the autism epidemic cohort – I guess that’s how I’d put it – is aging out of schools and into adulthood, a hundred flowers are blooming, sometimes literally. 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         "excerpt": "Saturday 9: Hello (2015) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) This video begins with Adele and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a smart phone? Well, of course it's a smart phone! I...",
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Hear it <span style=\"color: #0000ff;\"><a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A\" style=\"color: #0000ff;\">here</a></span>.</span></strong><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">1) This video begins with <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Adele\">Adele</a> and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://www.wikinvest.com/concept/Smart_phone\" rel=\"wikinvest\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Smart phone\">smart phone</a>?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Well, of course it&#39;s a smart phone! I love technology. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. We&#39;re holding out for the S7, but I&#39;m not unhappy with my 5. The 6 is too close to an <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://www.apple.com/iphone\" rel=\"homepage\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"iPhone\">iPhone</a> for our likes.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Confession: no. I&#39;m careful about conservation in every other respect that I can think of right now, except energy. The reason is, something is wrong with eyes, and I don&#39;t perceive light as well as people ought to, and I so I tend to leave on all the lights. Plus I&#39;m scared of the dark. There, now you know.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? Or did you just hang up? </span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I had to check my phone log. My last call was to my own voicemail, ha! But before that, it was to various doctors&#39; offices to schedule or reschedule appointments. I either left a VM or got through, because I could afford none of this hanging-up business.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">4) Adele brews a <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Tea\">cup of tea</a> in the video. How often do you drink tea? Year-round? Only in winter? Never?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Only when I&#39;m sick, and only hot tea. I hate iced tea. Not a huge fan of tea in general.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">5) Adele told <em>Glamour</em> magazine she likes two sugars in her tea. Do you watch your sugar intake?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I try to avoid it entirely. Ever since my <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastric_bypass_surgery\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Gastric bypass surgery\">gastric bypass surgery</a> 6½ years ago, I suffer greatly when I take in any. Which is good; keeps me honest.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">6) This song is about reaching out to someone and extending an apology. When is the last time you said, &quot;I&#39;m sorry?&quot;</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I say it all the time. I over-say it. People get annoyed. I wish I could stop. Oh well, I&#39;m sorry, but I&#39;ll try.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">7) Adele was a heavy smoker who enjoyed the habit and didn&#39;t quit until 2015, after&#0160; doctors convinced her it contributed to her chronic throat problems. What&#39;s something you know you <em>should</em> do for your health?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">I know I should quit drinking <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diet_Coke\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Diet Coke\">Diet Coke</a>, and I may have! I had been drinking a disgusting amount of it until this week. I finally just decided that the case of 12-oz cans I&#39;d just bought were my last. Today, I finished the lot of them. I hope that&#39;s all. I desperately want to feel better!<br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">&#0160;</span></strong><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">8) Even though she is one of the world&#39;s highest-earning entertainers, she recently had her credit card rejected while shopping at H&amp;M. She admits she was &quot;mortified.&quot; Have you ever experienced that moment at the counter when your card was rejected?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">All too many times. It&#39;s extremely embarrassing, especially when you&#39;re buying groceries and have your kids with you, and then a random stranger steps up and buys&#0160;your food. Yes, that is definitely a humbling experience.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">9) Random question: When you were a kid, did you keep a neat or messy bedroom?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Excessively neat. My dad would not have permitted any mess in the house. 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Hear it <span style=\"color: #0000ff;\"><a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A\" style=\"color: #0000ff;\">here</a></span>.</span></strong><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">1) This video begins with <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adele\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Adele\">Adele</a> and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://www.wikinvest.com/concept/Smart_phone\" rel=\"wikinvest\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Smart phone\">smart phone</a>?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Well, of course it&#39;s a smart phone! I love technology. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. We&#39;re holding out for the S7, but I&#39;m not unhappy with my 5. The 6 is too close to an <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://www.apple.com/iphone\" rel=\"homepage\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"iPhone\">iPhone</a> for our likes.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy?</span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\">Confession: no. I&#39;m careful about conservation in every other respect that I can think of right now, except energy. The reason is, something is wrong with eyes, and I don&#39;t perceive light as well as people ought to, and I so I tend to leave on all the lights. Plus I&#39;m scared of the dark. There, now you know.<br /><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #bf00bf;\">3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? 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         "content": "<p><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">Welcome back to our Fancy Friday Blog Hop. If you are enjoying our blog hop you should have just arrived from visiting the amazing <a href=\"http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.com/2016/08/August-ff.html\">Erica Cerwin</a>. This month our theme is this amazing inspiration photo - copper, glass jars, succulents, dapper denim, marquee, flowers...there&#39;s lots to choose from. 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         "renderedContent": "<p><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">Welcome back to our Fancy Friday Blog Hop. If you are enjoying our blog hop you should have just arrived from visiting the amazing <a href=\"http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.com/2016/08/August-ff.html\">Erica Cerwin</a>. This month our theme is this amazing inspiration photo - copper, glass jars, succulents, dapper denim, marquee, flowers...there&#39;s lots to choose from. 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         "content": "<p>Two related items for your consideration this afternoon: first, <a href=\"http://www.copyrightalliance.org/2016/08/why_camera_might_be_least_important_thing_photographer_brings_job#.V797y7Vk79K\" target=\"_blank\">Terry Hart&#39;s defense of professional photographers at Copyright Alliance</a>. He seems to be making about four points at once, but the gist is clear—that people aren&#39;t sufficiently appreciative of what professional photographers bring to the table. And, no surprise, aren&#39;t enthusiastic about paying for it fairly.</p>\r\n<p>More specifically, it appears that Apple&#39;s &quot;Shot On iPhone 6&quot; campaign is going to come to signify, in the words of Jonathan Band, &quot;the enormous creativity of ordinary people enabled by digital technology.&quot; Okay, except that, as Terry Hart points out, we know that a number of the photographers featured in the iPhone 6 campaign were professionals. So although it&#39;s likely that from now on the Apple campaign is going to be trotted out as proof that anyone can take a great picture with a smartphone, the facts also support the opposite conclusion simultaneously—that experienced, talented photographers are still needed to make great pictures, even when using commonplace equipment.</p>\r\n<p>Photography as a profession has never been easy or secure. In my day, print advertising dropped off a cliff during the First Gulf War and nobody has ever adequately explained why; it just did. It&#39;s always been a profession that&#39;s a lot easier to get in to than to succeed at, and over the decades it has wended its jumbled path from crisis to catharsis to goldrush, leaving business casualties in its wake like chum in the water behind a deep-sea fishing boat. Haphazard metaphors intended. Times are not particularly happy for the profession now, but it&#39;s not like this hasn&#39;t also been the case in the past.</p>\r\n<p>Item Two: <a href=\"http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2016/08/brooks-institute-hallmark-institute-close.html\" target=\"_blank\">The Brooks Institute in California and the Hallmark Institute in Massachusetts are closing their doors</a>. Founded in 1945 in Santa Barbara, California, by Ernest Brooks Sr. to serve returning veterans&#0160; on the G.I. Bill, Brooks Institute of Photography (as it used to be called) was in the vanguard of the photo education wave and was known for its no-nonsense professional education programs. In recent times it has undergone reorganizations and changes in ownership that presaged its decline.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Brooks II Constellations of Water\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Brooks II Constellations of Water\" /></a><span style=\"font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;\"><em>Constellations of Water</em> by Ernest H. Brooks II</span></p>\r\n<p>Ernest H. Brooks Sr. was described as &quot;a commercial and flower photographer&quot; by <em>Deep</em> surf magazine. His son Ernest H. Brooks II had a strong interest in underwater photography that came to be reflected in the school&#39;s curriculum.</p>\r\n<p>The closing of the Hallmark Institute of Photography probably can&#39;t fairly be linked only to cultural changes and the business climate; it was defrauded of millions of dollars by its former owner, George J. Rosa III, who pleaded guilty to charges in 2014. I know enough about the finances of photo schools to guess that that was a tough blow to recover from.</p>\r\n<p>It&#39;s ironic that new regulations cracking down on for-profit schools has negatively impacted photography schools. I taught at a number of schools in and around Washington D.C. in the &#39;80s and &#39;90s and was launched, for a while, on a career as a photo teacher. I loved the work and believed in the mission, but I was <em>always</em> troubled by the largely unexamined yet steadily implied correlation between schooling and jobs. Nobody ever seemed to question that a photography degree should, or at least could, lead naturally to a career in the field. Yet that connection was never terribly strong, even at places like Art Center, Brooks, and RIT, which focused more intensely than most schools on providing vocational skills and practical job training. I don&#39;t have any figures, but I would doubt the best photography school in the country saw 50% of its graduates still working as photographers fifteen years after graduation. Let&#39;s put it this way: if a business school landed as few of its students in business careers as a typical photo school lands students in viable photography careers, it would not last a hot minute.</p>\r\n<p>I personally think photography is best studied in a typical mix of courses in a University setting—just as a traditional liberal arts student would take courses in poetry, philosophy, or other studio art disciplines that have great personal value but little vocational usefulness. Still and all, it&#39;s tough to see once-vibrant vocational schools in our field wither and fade from the scene.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em><br /><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">(Thanks to Chester Williams and Chris Stump)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2016 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong>Like what you read?</strong><br /> <a href=\"https://www.patreon.com/theonlinephotographer\" target=\"_blank\">Join our support campaign</a> or <a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" target=\"_blank\">buy something</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Jim Bullard</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;I am saddened to hear that Brooks Institute is closing. When I was young that was my dream school. I never made it there, all the way across the country. Instead, I learned through NYI&#39;s correspondence course and the Army&#39;s Signal Center and School at Ft. Monmouth where I also taught briefly. I still regret not making it to Brooks—a matter of money and distance.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Michael Elenko</strong>: &quot;The assumption running through your piece here is that photography is a profession—you even explicitly state it a few times. While working photographers certain can behave professionally, photography is not a profession. Medicine, law, engineering are professions. They have codified their self-defined requirements regarding education, marketing (in most, if not all states, you just cannot hang a shingle up calling yourself a physician), and ethics.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Some of the devaluation we see in the trade is related to the ease of entry that recognized professions zealously guard against. Anyone can market themselves as a professional photographer, and many do. In my state, barbers, and salon hair stylists cannot do that without a license which is the result of passing an exam.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;There is a whole swath of newcomers to photography who after being given a DSLR by a spouse or parent, enter the family portrait market within months, quality and formal education be damned. And who can blame them? The Internet has allowed everyone to be a publisher of anything. We&#39;re all experts now.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Economically Craigslist-driven rates have created a race to the bottom. Whereas the all-important print, and control around making the print, was a profit center for old style photographers, these days young families are more interested in the digital file and sharing heavily compressed low-rez family shots on Facebook. It’s quite analogous with 128-bit-rate MP3&#39;s being good enough to pay a buck for.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;The idea that one can make a living on photography is sweet, but statistics show that the average income is in the mid-$30,000 range. Who needs a two-year vocational program, or even a formal degree program for that?&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><strong>Mike replies</strong>: <em>I&#39;ve often wondered how professions are established and how photography could be included. (I would say that vetting the professionalism of the person who photographs your wedding is at least as important as vetting the professionalism of someone who gives you a haircut.) I&#39;m almost certain it will never happen, but it would solve a lot of problems—on both sides. At one point I researched customer satisfaction with photographers&#39; services and it was very problematic, especially in transactions between photographers and the public. Something like one in six interactions left either the client or the photographer unhappy. (Back when I did the research, many good photographers, like many good lawyers, would not work directly for the public). </em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>Re your last fact, in the late 1980s I took a seminar called &quot;Photography Dollars and Sense&quot; from a man who who has since transitioned to the world of finance. At that time he was calling the average pro &quot;the $39k schmuck&quot; because that was the average take-home salary for a professional photographer after overhead and expenses. It was meant as a put-down</em> then...<em>and if your figure is correct, then not only has the number gone down in real dollars, but it has plummeted spectacularly in adjusted dollars—$39k in 1989 would be $75,600 now</em>.</p>\r\n<p><strong>RayC</strong>: &quot;I also was saddened when I heard Brooks was closing. It was on my shortlist back in the day. My parents had other ideas and wanted me to go to a &#39;real college&#39; with a broader curriculum. I ended up at RIT majoring in professional photography and minoring in business. It was a great experience.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I&#39;d say a professional is someone who makes the majority of their income in their field of choice—whether it takes a license or not is primarily a question of defining an exclusive club, with the hope that if they are licensed they have some degree of competence.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Without a license, I proceeded to be a commercial advertising photographer in Chicago for about 16 years and then, with the market changing, I moved into digital production (a little earlier than might have been prudent) and finally transitioned into a supplier to the graphic arts and photography market. My university experience, degree and contacts have helped open doors at almost each stage of my career. 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I&#39;m still a photographer, but not a professional one.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Jake</strong>: &quot;In 1965 I enrolled at RIT under the new GI Bill for Vietnam era vets where I spent the next two years studying photographic illustration before finally deciding that I lacked the ambition and drive so essential in the world of big city advertising photography. I transferred over to the local state university campus where I completed a degree in Urban Education and spent the next 30 years teaching science to middle schoolers while I enjoyed photography as a &#39;happy snapper.&#39; No longer teaching but still snapping happily. I think I made the right choice.&quot;</p>",
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So although it&#39;s likely that from now on the Apple campaign is going to be trotted out as proof that anyone can take a great picture with a smartphone, the facts also support the opposite conclusion simultaneously—that experienced, talented photographers are still needed to make great pictures, even when using commonplace equipment.</p>\r\n<p>Photography as a profession has never been easy or secure. In my day, print advertising dropped off a cliff during the First Gulf War and nobody has ever adequately explained why; it just did. It&#39;s always been a profession that&#39;s a lot easier to get in to than to succeed at, and over the decades it has wended its jumbled path from crisis to catharsis to goldrush, leaving business casualties in its wake like chum in the water behind a deep-sea fishing boat. Haphazard metaphors intended. 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In recent times it has undergone reorganizations and changes in ownership that presaged its decline.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Brooks II Constellations of Water\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f883401b8d215fa74970c-400wi\" style=\"width: 400px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Brooks II Constellations of Water\" /></a><span style=\"font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;\"><em>Constellations of Water</em> by Ernest H. Brooks II</span></p>\r\n<p>Ernest H. 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I loved the work and believed in the mission, but I was <em>always</em> troubled by the largely unexamined yet steadily implied correlation between schooling and jobs. Nobody ever seemed to question that a photography degree should, or at least could, lead naturally to a career in the field. Yet that connection was never terribly strong, even at places like Art Center, Brooks, and RIT, which focused more intensely than most schools on providing vocational skills and practical job training. I don&#39;t have any figures, but I would doubt the best photography school in the country saw 50% of its graduates still working as photographers fifteen years after graduation. Let&#39;s put it this way: if a business school landed as few of its students in business careers as a typical photo school lands students in viable photography careers, it would not last a hot minute.</p>\r\n<p>I personally think photography is best studied in a typical mix of courses in a University setting—just as a traditional liberal arts student would take courses in poetry, philosophy, or other studio art disciplines that have great personal value but little vocational usefulness. Still and all, it&#39;s tough to see once-vibrant vocational schools in our field wither and fade from the scene.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em><br /><span style=\"font-size: 10pt;\">(Thanks to Chester Williams and Chris Stump)</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2016 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong>Like what you read?</strong><br /> <a href=\"https://www.patreon.com/theonlinephotographer\" target=\"_blank\">Join our support campaign</a> or <a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/affiliates.html\" target=\"_blank\">buy something</a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>Jim Bullard</strong> (<em>partial comment</em>): &quot;I am saddened to hear that Brooks Institute is closing. When I was young that was my dream school. I never made it there, all the way across the country. Instead, I learned through NYI&#39;s correspondence course and the Army&#39;s Signal Center and School at Ft. 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In my state, barbers, and salon hair stylists cannot do that without a license which is the result of passing an exam.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;There is a whole swath of newcomers to photography who after being given a DSLR by a spouse or parent, enter the family portrait market within months, quality and formal education be damned. And who can blame them? The Internet has allowed everyone to be a publisher of anything. We&#39;re all experts now.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;Economically Craigslist-driven rates have created a race to the bottom. Whereas the all-important print, and control around making the print, was a profit center for old style photographers, these days young families are more interested in the digital file and sharing heavily compressed low-rez family shots on Facebook. It’s quite analogous with 128-bit-rate MP3&#39;s being good enough to pay a buck for.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;The idea that one can make a living on photography is sweet, but statistics show that the average income is in the mid-$30,000 range. Who needs a two-year vocational program, or even a formal degree program for that?&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><strong>Mike replies</strong>: <em>I&#39;ve often wondered how professions are established and how photography could be included. (I would say that vetting the professionalism of the person who photographs your wedding is at least as important as vetting the professionalism of someone who gives you a haircut.) I&#39;m almost certain it will never happen, but it would solve a lot of problems—on both sides. At one point I researched customer satisfaction with photographers&#39; services and it was very problematic, especially in transactions between photographers and the public. Something like one in six interactions left either the client or the photographer unhappy. (Back when I did the research, many good photographers, like many good lawyers, would not work directly for the public). </em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>Re your last fact, in the late 1980s I took a seminar called &quot;Photography Dollars and Sense&quot; from a man who who has since transitioned to the world of finance. At that time he was calling the average pro &quot;the $39k schmuck&quot; because that was the average take-home salary for a professional photographer after overhead and expenses. It was meant as a put-down</em> then...<em>and if your figure is correct, then not only has the number gone down in real dollars, but it has plummeted spectacularly in adjusted dollars—$39k in 1989 would be $75,600 now</em>.</p>\r\n<p><strong>RayC</strong>: &quot;I also was saddened when I heard Brooks was closing. It was on my shortlist back in the day. 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We have four with degrees from the University of Wyoming: me, my son Russell (J.D.), my wife Velna who labored for years and finally received her degree in her mid-30s, and my mother, who was truly a pioneer when getting to Laramie 450 miles from Penrose Wyoming was truly a miraculous accomplishment. &#0160;I have another degree from Montana State and my doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. &#0160;Granddaughter Michelle&#39;s spouse, Josh, has a Ph.D. in biogenetics from UT Southwestern. 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         "excerpt": "I made dinner in my rice cooker last night. ... insert blinking-in-disbelief emoji face ... Let me repeat that. I MADE DINNER. In my RICE COOKER. And no, not just the rice, mind you, the WHOLE DINNER. (Well, except for...",
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         "content": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88bbe35970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Rice cooker\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88bbe35970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88bbe35970b-800wi\" title=\"Rice cooker\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I made dinner in my rice cooker last night.</p>\r\n<p><em>... insert blinking-in-disbelief emoji face ...</em></p>\r\n<p>Let me repeat that.</p>\r\n<p>I MADE DINNER. In my RICE COOKER. And no, not just the rice, mind you, the WHOLE DINNER.</p>\r\n<p>(Well, except for the salads, but let&#39;s not split hairs.)</p>\r\n<p>It may have been the greatest discovery of my year in food.</p>\r\n<p>First things first, do you have a rice cooker? If not, GET YOURSELF ONE WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR FOR THE LOVE OF PETE. I like the Korean <a href=\"https://www.cuckoomallusa.com/\">Cuckoo</a> brand. (Berliners, the tiny Korean shop on Spandauer Damm just past Klausener Platz sells Cuckoo rice cookers.) My model is very simple - it only has a &quot;warm&quot; and &quot;cook&quot; setting. Nothing special, no bells and whistles. (Unlike my friend Joe&#39;s rice cooker, which SPEAKS TO HIM IN KOREAN for crying out loud.) I honestly can&#39;t say specifically why I find the rice cooker such a transformative appliance in the kitchen, but not having to worry about getting rice (and other grains) cooked perfectly has actually improved my cooking life in ways other appliances just haven&#39;t.</p>\r\n<p>Now that that&#39;s out of the way, you can focus on getting DINNER COOKED IN YOUR FLIPPING RICE COOKER WHY AM I SO EXCITED. The recipe I used comes from <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Peach-Presents-Asian-Recipes/dp/0804187797\">Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes</a> that my friend Florian loaned to me after I had dinner at his house a few weeks ago and had to restrain myself from swallowing the entire serving bowl of spicy celery salad in front of the other guests&#39; horrified eyes. (While pregnant with Hugo, I craved crunchy, salty things, like tortilla chips and pretzel sticks. But this pregnancy has me wild-eyed over crisp vegetables and vinegar. In fact, I&#39;ve eaten my weight in salad since May, literally guzzling the dressing out of the bowl when we&#39;re done. The other night, I actually found myself drinking olive brine from the jar. SO GOOD.)</p>\r\n<p>The whole book is great -&#0160; it thoroughly demystifies various Asian grocery items, the goofy photo styling is funny and refreshing, and it&#39;s full of easy recipes for things you want to eat <em>right now</em>. Like &quot;Economy Noodles&quot;, a simple Malaysian noodle dish that apparently takes about 7.5 minutes to make, hot-and-sour soup from Boston&#39;s <a href=\"http://www.flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang\">Joanne Chang</a>, <em>char siu</em> pork and miso-glazed eggplant (though I have yet to find Japanese eggplant in this fair city of mine), not to mention the spicy celery salad. But the recipe which is alone worth the price of the book is this one, for Miso Claypot Chicken (No Claypot), though of course you can make it in a Dutch oven if for some reason you still don&#39;t have a rice cooker. (GET ON THAT.)</p>\r\n<p>For the No Claypot Chicken you make a really simple marinade of soy sauce, oyster sauce (which I replaced with hoisin sauce with spectacular results), Shaoxing wine, miso paste, salt, sugar, pepper and sesame oil. Into the marinade go sliced shiitakes and chunks of chicken thigh meat. While this sits for a minute, you put rice, water or stock and a single ginger slice in the rice cooker, then you scrape the chicken mixture on top of the rice and then put chopped scallions on top.</p>\r\n<p>THAT IS <em>IT</em>! (I still can&#39;t get over it.)</p>\r\n<p>One cycle of my rice cooker was enough to cook the meal completely - the chicken incredibly tender and moist, the mushrooms silky and fragrant, the rice sticky and savory and a deep mahogany brown on the bottom. Consistency-wise, it&#39;s sort of like the sticky rice filling of stuffed lotus leaves at a dim sum restaurant, and actually flavor-wise, too, except this meal is richer and more savory. We scooped out the steaming chicken and rice directly from the bowl and ate it with the aforementioned spicy celery and a cucumber salad with peanuts and cilantro.</p>\r\n<p>Weeknight dinner jackpot!</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Salads\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b-800wi\" title=\"Salads\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Now tell me, good-people-who-already-own-rice-cookers: are you all doing a collective face palm because you&#39;ve been making delectable meals in your rice cookers for years and I&#39;m only now finally catching up? If so, what other dinnertime miracles await me? Give me your best rice cooker recipes, please!</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"      2 T soy sauce     1 T oyster sauce     1 T Shaoxing wine     1 T white or red miso     1/2 t kosher salt     1/2 t sugar     1/2 t sesame oil     + white pepper     4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs, cut into 1&quot; pieces     8 fresh shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced, or 4 dried shiitakes, soaked, stemmed, and thinly sliced     1 C jasmine rice, rinsed and drained     1 C chicken stock or water     1 slice (¼&quot; thick) fresh ginger     2 scallions, cut into 1&quot; pieces  Preparation      In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, wine, miso, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and a few grinds of white pepper. Add the chicken and mushrooms and fold to coat.      Combine the rice, stock, and ginger in a rice cooker or a small Dutch oven.      For a rice cooker:      Scrape the chicken mixture and all of the marinade on top of the rice. Scatter with scallions. Cover, start the rice cooker, and cook until the cycle is done. Open the lid and check the chicken for doneness.      Depending on your model, the chicken may need a couple more minutes to cook through. If it does, set the rice cooker for another cycle, press start, and check again in 5 minutes.      For a Dutch oven:      Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, until just simmering. Reduce the heat to low and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice, scraping up the crust from the bottom of the pot.      Scoop out and serve by the bowlful, or eat it straight out of the rice cooker.\">Miso Claypot Chicken (No Claypot)</a><br /><em>Adapted from <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Peach-Presents-Asian-Recipes/dp/0804187797\">Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes</a></em><br /><em>Serves 4</em></p>\r\n<p>2 tablespoons <span class=\"ingredient\">soy sauce<br /></span>1 tablespoon h<span class=\"ingredient\">oisin sauce<br /></span>1 tablespoon <span class=\"ingredient\">Shaoxing wine<br /></span>1 tablespoon <span class=\"ingredient\">white or red miso<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon<span class=\"ingredient\"> salt<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon <span class=\"ingredient\">sugar<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon <span class=\"ingredient\">sesame oil<br /></span>W<span class=\"ingredient\">hite pepper to taste<br /></span>4 <span class=\"ingredient\">boneless, skin-on chicken thighs, cut into 1&quot; pieces<br /></span>8 <span class=\"ingredient\">fresh shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced, or 4 dried shiitakes, soaked, stemmed, and thinly sliced<br /></span>1 cup <span class=\"ingredient\">jasmine rice, rinsed and drained<br /></span>1 cup <span class=\"ingredient\">chicken stock or water<br /></span>1 <span class=\"ingredient\">slice (¼&quot; thick) fresh ginger<br /></span>2 <span class=\"ingredient\">scallions, cut into 1&quot; pieces</span></p>\r\n<p>1. <strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, wine, miso, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and a few grinds of white pepper. 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If it does, set the rice cooker for another cycle, press start, and check again in 5 minutes.</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">For a Dutch oven: </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, until just simmering. Reduce the heat to low and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice, scraping up the crust from the bottom of the pot.</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">3. 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I like the Korean <a href=\"https://www.cuckoomallusa.com/\">Cuckoo</a> brand. (Berliners, the tiny Korean shop on Spandauer Damm just past Klausener Platz sells Cuckoo rice cookers.) My model is very simple - it only has a &quot;warm&quot; and &quot;cook&quot; setting. Nothing special, no bells and whistles. (Unlike my friend Joe&#39;s rice cooker, which SPEAKS TO HIM IN KOREAN for crying out loud.) I honestly can&#39;t say specifically why I find the rice cooker such a transformative appliance in the kitchen, but not having to worry about getting rice (and other grains) cooked perfectly has actually improved my cooking life in ways other appliances just haven&#39;t.</p>\r\n<p>Now that that&#39;s out of the way, you can focus on getting DINNER COOKED IN YOUR FLIPPING RICE COOKER WHY AM I SO EXCITED. The recipe I used comes from <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Peach-Presents-Asian-Recipes/dp/0804187797\">Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes</a> that my friend Florian loaned to me after I had dinner at his house a few weeks ago and had to restrain myself from swallowing the entire serving bowl of spicy celery salad in front of the other guests&#39; horrified eyes. (While pregnant with Hugo, I craved crunchy, salty things, like tortilla chips and pretzel sticks. But this pregnancy has me wild-eyed over crisp vegetables and vinegar. In fact, I&#39;ve eaten my weight in salad since May, literally guzzling the dressing out of the bowl when we&#39;re done. The other night, I actually found myself drinking olive brine from the jar. SO GOOD.)</p>\r\n<p>The whole book is great -&#0160; it thoroughly demystifies various Asian grocery items, the goofy photo styling is funny and refreshing, and it&#39;s full of easy recipes for things you want to eat <em>right now</em>. Like &quot;Economy Noodles&quot;, a simple Malaysian noodle dish that apparently takes about 7.5 minutes to make, hot-and-sour soup from Boston&#39;s <a href=\"http://www.flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang\">Joanne Chang</a>, <em>char siu</em> pork and miso-glazed eggplant (though I have yet to find Japanese eggplant in this fair city of mine), not to mention the spicy celery salad. But the recipe which is alone worth the price of the book is this one, for Miso Claypot Chicken (No Claypot), though of course you can make it in a Dutch oven if for some reason you still don&#39;t have a rice cooker. (GET ON THAT.)</p>\r\n<p>For the No Claypot Chicken you make a really simple marinade of soy sauce, oyster sauce (which I replaced with hoisin sauce with spectacular results), Shaoxing wine, miso paste, salt, sugar, pepper and sesame oil. Into the marinade go sliced shiitakes and chunks of chicken thigh meat. While this sits for a minute, you put rice, water or stock and a single ginger slice in the rice cooker, then you scrape the chicken mixture on top of the rice and then put chopped scallions on top.</p>\r\n<p>THAT IS <em>IT</em>! (I still can&#39;t get over it.)</p>\r\n<p>One cycle of my rice cooker was enough to cook the meal completely - the chicken incredibly tender and moist, the mushrooms silky and fragrant, the rice sticky and savory and a deep mahogany brown on the bottom. Consistency-wise, it&#39;s sort of like the sticky rice filling of stuffed lotus leaves at a dim sum restaurant, and actually flavor-wise, too, except this meal is richer and more savory. We scooped out the steaming chicken and rice directly from the bowl and ate it with the aforementioned spicy celery and a cucumber salad with peanuts and cilantro.</p>\r\n<p>Weeknight dinner jackpot!</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Salads\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/.a/6a00d8341c660253ef01b7c88c20e2970b-800wi\" title=\"Salads\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>Now tell me, good-people-who-already-own-rice-cookers: are you all doing a collective face palm because you&#39;ve been making delectable meals in your rice cookers for years and I&#39;m only now finally catching up? If so, what other dinnertime miracles await me? Give me your best rice cooker recipes, please!</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"      2 T soy sauce     1 T oyster sauce     1 T Shaoxing wine     1 T white or red miso     1/2 t kosher salt     1/2 t sugar     1/2 t sesame oil     + white pepper     4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs, cut into 1&quot; pieces     8 fresh shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced, or 4 dried shiitakes, soaked, stemmed, and thinly sliced     1 C jasmine rice, rinsed and drained     1 C chicken stock or water     1 slice (¼&quot; thick) fresh ginger     2 scallions, cut into 1&quot; pieces  Preparation      In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, wine, miso, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and a few grinds of white pepper. Add the chicken and mushrooms and fold to coat.      Combine the rice, stock, and ginger in a rice cooker or a small Dutch oven.      For a rice cooker:      Scrape the chicken mixture and all of the marinade on top of the rice. Scatter with scallions. Cover, start the rice cooker, and cook until the cycle is done. Open the lid and check the chicken for doneness.      Depending on your model, the chicken may need a couple more minutes to cook through. If it does, set the rice cooker for another cycle, press start, and check again in 5 minutes.      For a Dutch oven:      Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, until just simmering. Reduce the heat to low and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice, scraping up the crust from the bottom of the pot.      Scoop out and serve by the bowlful, or eat it straight out of the rice cooker.\">Miso Claypot Chicken (No Claypot)</a><br /><em>Adapted from <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Peach-Presents-Asian-Recipes/dp/0804187797\">Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes</a></em><br /><em>Serves 4</em></p>\r\n<p>2 tablespoons <span class=\"ingredient\">soy sauce<br /></span>1 tablespoon h<span class=\"ingredient\">oisin sauce<br /></span>1 tablespoon <span class=\"ingredient\">Shaoxing wine<br /></span>1 tablespoon <span class=\"ingredient\">white or red miso<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon<span class=\"ingredient\"> salt<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon <span class=\"ingredient\">sugar<br /></span>1/2 teaspoon <span class=\"ingredient\">sesame oil<br /></span>W<span class=\"ingredient\">hite pepper to taste<br /></span>4 <span class=\"ingredient\">boneless, skin-on chicken thighs, cut into 1&quot; pieces<br /></span>8 <span class=\"ingredient\">fresh shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced, or 4 dried shiitakes, soaked, stemmed, and thinly sliced<br /></span>1 cup <span class=\"ingredient\">jasmine rice, rinsed and drained<br /></span>1 cup <span class=\"ingredient\">chicken stock or water<br /></span>1 <span class=\"ingredient\">slice (¼&quot; thick) fresh ginger<br /></span>2 <span class=\"ingredient\">scallions, cut into 1&quot; pieces</span></p>\r\n<p>1. <strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, wine, miso, salt, sugar, sesame oil, and a few grinds of white pepper. Add the chicken and mushrooms and fold to coat.</span></strong></p>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">2. Combine the rice, stock, and ginger in a rice cooker or a small Dutch oven.</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">For a rice cooker: </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Scrape the chicken mixture and all of the marinade on top of the rice. Scatter with scallions. Cover, start the rice cooker, and cook until the cycle is done. Open the lid and check the chicken for doneness. </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Depending on your model, the chicken may need a couple more minutes to cook through. If it does, set the rice cooker for another cycle, press start, and check again in 5 minutes.</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">For a Dutch oven: </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, until just simmering. Reduce the heat to low and cook until all the liquid is absorbed and the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice, scraping up the crust from the bottom of the pot.</span></div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\">&#0160;</div>\r\n<div class=\"recipe-steps clearfix\"><strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">3. 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         "excerpt": "Good Saturday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. Our inspiration this week is Harry & David and for some reason just the name Harry & David makes me think of Christmas. After browsing through Christmas...",
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         "content": "<p>Good Saturday morning.&#0160; My project today was made for the <a href=\"http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/inspiration-f88/ic560-harry-david-take-2-%7B08-27-16%7D-t612478.html\" target=\"_blank\">Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge</a>.&#0160; Our inspiration this week is <a href=\"https://www.harryanddavid.com/harryanddavid-home\" target=\"_blank\">Harry &amp; David</a> and for some reason just the name Harry &amp; David makes me think of Christmas. After browsing through Christmas products I was most inspired by the evergreen in the <a href=\"https://www.harryanddavid.com/h/flowers-plants/trees-wreaths-centerpieces/29403?searchKeywords=christmas&amp;storeIdTab=21051&amp;multiBrand=16802\" target=\"_blank\">Winter Sleigh Centerpiece</a>.&#0160; This gave me the opportunity to use my new Concord &amp; 9th <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Take a Bough</a> die set and I paired it with the Impression Obsession <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/impression-obsession-dies-small-poinsettia-set/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Small Poinsettia Set</a> and My Favorite Things Stitched <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-mini-scallop-rectangle-stax/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax</a>.&#0160; The <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Take a Bough</a> set is really versatile and offers an opportunity for lots of fast and easy holiday projects.&#0160; <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Click on this link</a> to hop over to Ellen’s site to see several fun projects with the set.&#0160; My favorite is a standing Christmas tree and <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJihx2waueM\" target=\"_blank\">here is link to a YouTube tutorial</a> that I think you will enjoy.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb092feba9970d-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 right\" border=\"0\" height=\"372\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b8d2163d13970c-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 right\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I cut a few sections of the two smaller evergreen pieces in green.&#0160; I used my stylus and molding pad to lightly form each piece to add dimension and attached the sections together with glossy accents to create a loose swag background for my poinsettia. I cut one section of each size poinsettia in red and then the largest one in green, formed the petals and attached them together with glossy accents. I added a small snow pearl to the center of the flower to finish.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c88c8b02970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 center\" border=\"0\" height=\"358\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c88c8b06970b-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 center\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I attached the scalloped layer to the red background layer with ATG adhesive and then attached them to the card base with thin strips of <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-sided_tape\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Double-sided tape\">mounting tape</a>.&#0160; I attached the flower and evergreen to the card base with glossy accents.&#0160; I cut and formed two thin strips of red cardstock and tucked under the flower and attached with glue dots to look like ribbon tails.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b8d2163d17970c-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 left\" border=\"0\" height=\"370\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b8d2163d1b970c-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 left\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I really appreciate you stopping by.</p>\r\n<p>Card size:&#0160; 5.50” x 4.25”</p>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"padding: 3px !important; border: 1px solid #efefef !important; width: 145px !important; height: 145px !important; float: left !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"text-align: center !important; height: 95px !important; overflow: hidden;\"><a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://cdn3.bigcommerce.com/s-vw57mn/products/33797/images/49288/Concord-_-9th-Dies-Take-a-Bough-CONDIE10031_image1__34282.1469755438.600.600.jpg?c=2\" style=\"max-width: 139px !important; 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         "renderedContent": "<p>Good Saturday morning.&#0160; My project today was made for the <a href=\"http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/inspiration-f88/ic560-harry-david-take-2-%7B08-27-16%7D-t612478.html\" target=\"_blank\">Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge</a>.&#0160; Our inspiration this week is <a href=\"https://www.harryanddavid.com/harryanddavid-home\" target=\"_blank\">Harry &amp; David</a> and for some reason just the name Harry &amp; David makes me think of Christmas. After browsing through Christmas products I was most inspired by the evergreen in the <a href=\"https://www.harryanddavid.com/h/flowers-plants/trees-wreaths-centerpieces/29403?searchKeywords=christmas&amp;storeIdTab=21051&amp;multiBrand=16802\" target=\"_blank\">Winter Sleigh Centerpiece</a>.&#0160; This gave me the opportunity to use my new Concord &amp; 9th <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Take a Bough</a> die set and I paired it with the Impression Obsession <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/impression-obsession-dies-small-poinsettia-set/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Small Poinsettia Set</a> and My Favorite Things Stitched <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-mini-scallop-rectangle-stax/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax</a>.&#0160; The <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Take a Bough</a> set is really versatile and offers an opportunity for lots of fast and easy holiday projects.&#0160; <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/concord-9th-dies-take-a-bough/#_a_29\" target=\"_blank\">Click on this link</a> to hop over to Ellen’s site to see several fun projects with the set.&#0160; My favorite is a standing Christmas tree and <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJihx2waueM\" target=\"_blank\">here is link to a YouTube tutorial</a> that I think you will enjoy.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb092feba9970d-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 right\" border=\"0\" height=\"372\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b8d2163d13970c-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 right\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I cut a few sections of the two smaller evergreen pieces in green.&#0160; I used my stylus and molding pad to lightly form each piece to add dimension and attached the sections together with glossy accents to create a loose swag background for my poinsettia. I cut one section of each size poinsettia in red and then the largest one in green, formed the petals and attached them together with glossy accents. I added a small snow pearl to the center of the flower to finish.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c88c8b02970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 center\" border=\"0\" height=\"358\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c88c8b06970b-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC Concord &amp; 9th Take a Bough 1 center\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I attached the scalloped layer to the red background layer with ATG adhesive and then attached them to the card base with thin strips of <a class=\"zem_slink\" href=\"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-sided_tape\" rel=\"wikipedia\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Double-sided tape\">mounting tape</a>.&#0160; I attached the flower and evergreen to the card base with glossy accents.&#0160; I cut and formed two thin strips of red cardstock and tucked under the flower and attached with glue dots to look like ribbon tails.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b8d2163d17970c-pi\"><img alt=\"KC Concord &amp; 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I always take solace in the fact that posterity will judge not only members of the House but our leaders and Nigerians as a whole on how they support or oppose Speaker Dogara and the other accused Principal Officers' avaricious move to hold on to power in the face of these mounting accusations,\" Mr. Jibrin said.</span></strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong><span style=\"font-size: 11pt;\">The legislator added that if members of the House and the public remain comfortable with Mr. Dogara in office, despite the allegations against him and the other principal officers, then he is ready to continue his crusade alone.</span></strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong><span style=\"font-size: 11pt;\">\"The imperative of having a corrupt-free House of Representatives cannot be over-emphasized.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong><span style=\"font-size: 11pt;\">\"It is only when the legislature comes with purity that effective oversight will be carried out and investigative hearings to expose fraud and corruption can be undertaken. 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