Link - The Swash 600, which sells for nearly $600, offers a heated seat with temperature settings, a built-in his or hers warm-water wash with temperature and water pressure settings. A remote control box. And a warm air dryer.
Link - Cat Cora, a Mississippi native, has joined the cast of Iron Chef: America, a Food Network takeoff on the original Japanese competitive cooking show. A master chef, known as the Iron Chef, faces off against a challenger chef to create the tastiest dishes from a mystery ingredient revealed at the beginning of each show. While there have been female challengers before, Food Network says Cora is the first woman Iron Chef.
Link - The final Bravo Series concert, Heavens Above: The Majesty of Space features Gustav Holst's showpiece The Planets, accompanied by a video presentation of NASA space images choreographed by the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.
Link - More than 200,000 Mississippi consumers registered on a state do-not-call list will lose their protection against telemarketers June 30. Reauthorization of Mississippi's Telephone Solicitation Act died in the Legislature.
The eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a global Web-based community, is a virtual community of chefs, avid home cooks and other food lovers who log on to catch up on food news, exchange recipes, share tips and voice opinions.
Recently, the group began the eGullet Culinary Institute in response to a question posed to the group: "I have a passion for food and cooking, and have decided that I need to spend time to improve my skill. I would best describe my ability in the kitchen as that of a very good, moderately talented home cook. How should I structure my course?" A team of volunteer administrators, editors and instructors swang into action. Thousands of students logged on to learn, participate and share experiences. And, best of all, all of the courses are FREE (my favorite word!).
Coursework has included comprehensive discussions of technique, clinics on knife skills, an overview of kitchen equipment and master classes where a skilled practitioner leads the community through a difficult project (like baking sourdough bread or cooking a whole roasted pig).
Link - Complete with Stargazing Menu. And the best time for a "star party" is during the summer months. Not only are the nights warmer, but also you can see the summer Milky Way - an edgewise view of our galaxy, which looks like a hazy pathway in the sky.
Link - To the list of extreme sports, add extreme commuting: those who travel 90 minutes or more on the trek to work. Nationally, only 2 percent of workers log those kind of one-way commuting times, but their numbers are growing, according to a 2003 Census Bureau survey released Wednesday.
Link - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it won't stop its campaign to discourage Mississippians from eating chicken just because a recent ad was rejected by two billboard companies.
PETA wants the ad displayed on billboards in Biloxi because Mississippi is the No. 4 chicken-producing state, raising more than 709 million chickens in 2003. (Georgia is No. 1.)
The unusual ad, created by PETA's production department, features a chicken's body with a cat's head. It reads, "If your cat tasted like chicken, would you eat her?" It also encourages people to be vegetarians.