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The Non Sports Fan's Guide to Jeremy Lin

UNLESS you have been on a remote beach for your winter holidays, it's been impossible to escape the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. The Giants just won the Super Bowl, but the biggest sports star in the Big Apple (and probably the world right now) is a 23-year-old Harvard-educated point guard who played in the NBA's development league last year, was without a guaranteed contract until recently and was sleeping on his brother's couch in New York because he wasn't sure if he would stay with the team.

If you need some help filling the blanks in about Lin and why he is getting so much attention, the folks at Gawker have put together this helpful guide.

Stop Getting the Yellow Pages Delivered

HAS your Yellow Pages phone book collected dust for the last couple of years? Did you end up just tossing it in the recycling because you never use it anymore? While some people still value the big yellow book, you can now easily opt out of delivery through this easy-to-use web form.

What's the Difference Between Different Television Screen Types (and Why Should I Care)?

IF you're in the market for a new TV and are looking to replace the giant monstrosity from the early '90s that is taking up all the space in your living room, there a few things you should know before you go shopping, online or in the showroom.

If the choice between Plasma and LCD TVs is giving you a headache and you aren't sure what is right for your room, Lifehacker breaks down the basic differences and helps guide your decision.

While consumers are replacing their TVs more frequently these days, you still want to ensure you get the best bang for your buck and get what's right for your situation.

Tom Colicchio Tells the Truth: Does Doing Top Chef Get Boring?


ONE of the best parts of the televised cooking competition Top Chef is Tom Colicchio. Not only does accomplished chef know his way around the kitchen (as he proved in one season's quick-fire challenge, where he schooled the young chefs with his fast, nearly flawless technique in preparing a fish dish in eight minutes), his knowledge of food and his ability to convey that information in a way that is informative, but not condescending, is one of the reasons viewers gravitate to the show. sat down with the longtime judge to discuss potential burnout after 10 seasons, who some of his favourite alumni from the show are and what his main role is.

"My only job there is to have good conversations about food. When I'm tired of talking about food, that's when I'm done doing the show. And that's not going to happen for a long time," says Colicchio. "Hey, listen, I have an Emmy!"

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2012 E3

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