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I’ve been thinking about food a lot lately.

More specifically, what makes a successful food show. I happen to watch a lot of food-focused TV shows and I’ve come to favour specific types of shows.

Obviously there is a difference between Food Network Canada and Food Network US – mostly the chefs (more chefs from the region the network is located) but there has certainly been an increase in niches. For example, Kid in a Candystore. This is a new show (new in Canada, it’s on season 2 in the US) is hosted by one of the contestants in Next Food Network Star (I don’t remember if he won or not, but I don’t think it matters). But I found this show interesting because it seems almost like a spin-off of Unwrapped – a show I’ve always keep up with. But I question, what then is different about this show? Well, good thing I enjoy watching Adam Gertler.

And then there’s Outrageous Food. I think I’d rather watch Travel Channel’s Man v. Food instead of this show. It’s just a big guy (how typical) shouting and exclaiming over crazy large portions of food. Granted, I like this sort of thing but there’s only so much astonishment I can take. At least in Man V. Food he’s trying to accomplish something (breaking outrageous food challenges that often leave you feeling glad you didn’t eat before watching). Unfortunately I don’t like Tom Pizzica very much-he’s probably perfectly lovely but I get a bad reaction watching him on TV.

I think the most successful thing that the Food Network has done are their challenge shows. No other network can complete. There’s Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off and NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant but really, there’s not much out there. FN has an army of shows: Chopped, The Next Food Network Star, Cupcake Wars, Chefs vs City, Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, Restaurant Impossible, Bobby Flay’s Throwdown…need I go on?

The only thing that I think FN needs improvement on is on spontaneous occurrences. The produce and ingredients are always so perfect. I’d really like it if the contestants have to deal with problems every day people have like spoiled produce or dirty produce that extends beyond them not cleaning their shrimp properly (seen that on Chopped once or twice). That would add a bit of surprise to their otherwise carefully controlled challenges. That’s one of the reasons I prefer to watch the Ultimate Food challenge special shows that FN airs.

Alright, that’s my spew on Food shows.

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Original via jivedanson

This past weekend I spent a little quality time in my local Indigo bookstore reading a few of the books in the Hot and New section. Then I got curious. There was a display for their ereader, Kobo, and I must admit, it looked pretty good.

Naturally, I go over and play with it (I’m a bit of a technology nut, always playing with the newest gadgets and programs.) and am at first slightly confused. I didn’t realize there were buttons on the side of the device and was trying to just use the keypad on the bottom right corner to navigate my way through the book titles. I got stuck reading Little Women for a little while (for the record this is a great classic but I was more interested in seeing all the titles included and what other functions the kobo had) but once I noticed the small blue buttons on the left side, it was smooth sailing.

One promotional item I will touch upon and agree with is that the eInk used on the kobo is great. It really does read like you’re reading the pages of an actual book. There’s nothing more annoying than sun glare when you’re trying to read, which is one of the main reasons I was never really interested in ereaders to begin with.

The one thing missing from this $149 reading device is touch-screen. I much prefer using that than holding down onto a button for a lengthy period of time. Perhaps they can figure out some of that apple technology and apply a scroll function or a touch function to really make this item pop.

Here are a couple of articles on the kobo ereader that I’ve read:

Toronto Star‘s review on the kobo ereader

TechCrunch’s take

Wired calls this the real Kindle-killer

I was very close to taking out my credit card and taking the kobo ereader home with me. But I think I’ll hold out just a little while longer to see if any new advancements will be made.

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Journalist for hire

I’ve finally decided to dive in and create a site for myself to showcase some selected works in hopes of landing a paid position among all these internships I’ve been collecting the past few years.

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