Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category
Today Michelin leaked part of their Bib Gourmand list, the JV version of their 2011 Michelin Guide list. These are restaurants that have been dubbed tasty gems, but have not been awarded the coveted Michelin stars (and are thankfully without the high, high meal price). I have been to a number of these restaurants and could not agree more with this selection. Peep below the fold for: 91 restaurants: 2 course + 1 glass wine for under $40.
If you are like me and you don’t have a tv (because you are never home or are too cheap to buy a tv/ pay for cable, etc.) then NPR podcasts and hulu are your best friends. But even if you do have a tv, NPR is still great for catching up on the day’s news in 5 minutes (my go-to) or for listening to interesting stories and interviews. The ‘Fresh Air” interviews with the five nominated best directors for the 2010 Oscars is one of those special stories. The whole program is 45 minutes long, but if you have the time before bed one night, or if you have the luxury of plugging your headphones into your work computer one day, this segment will not disappoint.
Today for the first time, the Nobel Committee awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in economic science to a woman. Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University and Oliver Williamson of UC Berkeley accepted the award for “… their separate work on economic governance, organization, cooperation, relationships and nonmarket institutions.” Not only is Ms. Ostrom the first woman to win the Nobel in economics but she is also the 5th woman to win a Nobel this year, a record. Her story on NPR is a reminder of how far women’s rights have advanced.
Oh my goodness! Surprise pick. This is the best kept secret / announcement since Sarah Palin’s nomination as McCain’s VP choice. Or something. There were 205 nominations this year, a record. Those most commonly cited as 2009 Peace Prize favorites include Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangrai, a Columbian Senator, Chinese dissident Hu Jia, and an Afghan woman’s rights activist. But it was Barack Obama who captivated Norway’s Nobel Committee for the win.
The full citation read: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”
This makes Barack Obama the third fourth U.S. President to win the award. President Theodore Roosevelt won in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson won in 1919. President Jimmy Carter won in 2002 though he had been out of office for nearly two decades (thanks Jenna).
Other interesting Nobel Prize facts: Hitler was nominated for the award in 1939 (yikes); the “Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten achievements that ‘first make people laugh, and then make them think.’ The first Ig Nobels were awarded in 1991, at that time for discoveries ‘that cannot, or should not, be reproduced.’ Examples range from the discovery that the presence of humans tends to sexually arouse ostriches, to the statement that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell, to research on the ‘five-second rule,’ a tongue-in-cheek belief that food dropped on the floor won’t become contaminated if it is picked up within five seconds.”
Today German author Herta Muller accepted the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Sixty years ago American author William Faulkner accepted the same prize. Feeling inspired by my friend Ursula’s link to Faulkner’s Noble Prize acceptance speech, I post some some highlights from it here:
Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. … Until he learns these things, he will write as though he stood among and watched the end of man. I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail….