Archive | September, 2010

E-Readers vs. Books

29 Sep

Congratulations! You’ve just bought yourself your brand new Apple iPad!  What are you going to do with it now?  The obvious answers can be found in the below video:

So many choices right? Aside from playing video games, checking facebook, or watching movies that kill your battery life, you can also read books on the small LED screen. They even have a little book shelf where all your favorite e-books sit patiently waiting for you to come and read them. And even more, the iPad can simulate the turning of a page just like a real book!

E-readers like the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle are very much the rage today. For those environmentally conscious people out there, e-readers tout the ability to enjoy literature without the wasting of paper. As an English major, the need to save paper is an ongoing battle and many find e-readers to be an attractive alternative. The Green Lantern, a weekly environmental column from the Washington Post discussed the varying advantages of owning an e-reader over regular books.

While there is a lot of environmental data to back up why you should own an e-reader over buying books, I think there is something lost in the flipping of a digital page. Where is that aged smell that comes with a worn and previously read book? Where is that sense of accomplishment when you’ve reached the 300th page and look back to see just how much ground you’ve covered? These are those sentimental ideas that keep me with the hard copy of a book over the digital. What’s more, the are more than just a book. They are a distraction.

While I may be one to choose a book over television on any given day, many people of this generation would rather hit a button and watch a story than flip a page and build a story in their head. With the iPad’s ability to stream video and music and play games, the choice of reading a book to our generation sounds like the last thing they would choose to do. The Peel has even met the digital world half way with both our Online Edition in the fall and our Print Edition in the spring. Digital literature is encroaching on territory long held by the printed page. And some day soon, moveable printed type will no longer be the standard of which we learn to read.

So I say to you, Internet. Go and pick up your favorite book. If you want to save the environment, order it online to save on the shipping costs that occur at large chain book stores. But please pick up a hard copy instead of download it onto your iPad or Kindle. It may not be the most environmentally friendly option, but one day, we may all miss the crisp sound of a page turned and a real bookmark instead of a digital one.

– Andrew H. Baker
Poetry Committee Chair

Cooking for two…

29 Sep

Hello Peelers!

I would like to take this blogging opportunity to inspire you with a couple of my recent favorite recipes. This summer, my boyfriend and I moved in together. And this put a little pressure on me because I am now cooking (when I have time to cook) for two! And for anyone who doesn’t know, cooking to please your significant other, as well as cooking quick, healthy meals, can be quite a feet for someone as generally busy as I am. ANYWAY… here are a few easy recipes I’ve found to be quite satisfying on a busy weeknight!

Baked Potato Soup
Recipe Courtesy Cooking Light Magazine

* 4 large russet potatoes
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 6 cups 2% milk
* 1 cup reduced-fat shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
* 3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
* 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Dice potatoes into small cubes and par-cook in pot of salted, boiling water for about 7 minutes, or until only slightly tender.
Measure flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a large soup pot over medium heat. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly–about 8-10 minutes. Add potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Reduce heat to low.
Stir in sour cream, 1/2 cup onions, and half of the bacon crumbles. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated (do not boil). Sprinkle each serving with remaining cheese, onions, and bacon.

Easy Fried Chicken Tenders and Rice

*2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into strips
*2 cups House Autry Chicken Breader
*1 egg
*1-1 1/2 cups 1 or 2% milk
*Peanut Oil for frying
*Tablespoon each of:
*Poultry Seasoning
*Onion Powder
*Garlic Powder
*Ground black pepper
*Celery Seed
*Celery Salt
*Teaspoon each of:
*Cayenne Pepper
*Rubbed Sage
*1 cup Mahatma Jasmine Rice
*pot of water with added 1 tbsp. chicken granules (you could also just use a pot of chicken broth)
*Pour the peanut oil into a large frying skillet or pan, filling to an inch from the top, and set on medium-low to medium heat.
*Bring the pot of water and chicken granules, or the pot of chicken broth, to a boil. Add the rice and cook until ready–about 8-10 minutes. Strain and set aside.
*Prepare the breading by combining all the spices and the House Autry Breader in a medium sized bowl. In a separate medium bowl, beat the egg and milk together.
*Dip each tender first in the egg/milk mixture, then in the breader–coating thoroughly.
*Once the oil is heated, add as many tenders to the pan as it will hold without them touching each other. Fry for 5-6 minutes, or until dark golden brown. Turn and continue frying until dark golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to cool.
*Serve tenders with rice, and your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

* 2 cups sugar
* 4 tablespoons cocoa
* 1 stick butter
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
* Waxed paper and a baking sheet
*In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk.
*Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter.
*Remove from heat. Add the vanilla and oatmeal.
*On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy these simple recipes as much as we have!

Happy Day, Peelers!

Katherine Dodd
Assistant Editor, The PEEL

26 Sep

“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.”

This observation is made by Aldo Leopold in the “Thinking Like a Mountain” chapter of his 1949 publication, A Sand County Almanac. In this portion of his important eco-ethical work, Leopold meditates on the then-common practice of killing a wolf. With characteristic frankness, he walks the reader through a consideration of the act’s full ecological consequence and employs its metaphorical power to address our frequent haste and misguidance in environmental issues.

This notion is the inspiration for, and embodiment of, a collection of photographs currently on display in the Looking Glass Gallery. Here, sophomore Public Relations major Kyle Schermbeck exhibits a assembly of digital prints taken during a three month stay in Yellowstone National Park. With the words of Aldo Leopold in mind, and the immense panorama of the Rocky Mountains as his subject, Schermbeck’s work addresses the dichotomy of magnificence and tragedy that the mountains represent. Though use of texture, scale, and color, the photographs show the natural purity of Yellowstone along side its ecological decay, highlighting the surprisingly ephemeral quality of such a monument. As a Digital Photography minor, Schermbeck is interested in the social and political power of photography; with the work, he makes a subtle but powerful statement about our common responsibility of environmental sensitivity.

The exhibition will be on display in the Plemmons Student Union Looking Glass Gallery until October 12th. On October 11th, from 6pm to 7pm, a public closing reception will be held, marking a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist and experience the majesty and subtlety of his work.

Submitting for the online magazine

22 Sep

If you haven’t heard already The Peel is continuing the online magazine.  And here’s the fun part!  Not only are we accepting poetry, prose, and artwork for the online publication but we are also accepting: short films, original music, dance, and spoken word.  We are allowed so much more when it comes to the online magazine and we will not be limited to any sort of length for stories or color printing for artwork.  With all that said, please, please, please, pretty please SUBMIT!  We want to show off to the state, country, and world what ASU students are creating 🙂

A quick and dirty review of How to Submit to the Peel:
1. Compose an e-mail to
2. Write the type of work you are submitting (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry,
Art, Original Music, etc) in the subject line
3. Attach your work as follows:
Submit Art in JPEG or PDF format
Submit Writing as a DOC or DOCX.
Submit Audio/Video on a CD or via email
4. In the body of the e-mail, include your name, major and class, and contact information.
5. Click send!

If you ever have questions about getting involved with The Peel please email us at our email address listed above and one of our staff members will get back to you as soon as possible.  Prepare yourselves for a fun and enthralling year with The Peel!

And just to give you some eye candy here is a creative dance/music/art video of dancing hands.  Who knows, maybe one of you ASU students can do something similar or better yet more authentically yours!