I agree with this author on many points.
"Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other" by MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle.
She seems most upset by the banalities of electronic interaction, as our range of expression is constrained by our gadgets and platforms. We aren’t “happy” anymore: we’re simply a semicolon followed by a parenthesis. Instead of talking on the phone, we send a text; instead of writing wistful letters, we edit our Tumblr blog. (Turkle cites one 23-year-old law student who objects when friends apologize online: “Saying you are sorry as your status . . . that is not an apology. That is saying ‘I’m sorry’ to Facebook.”) From wired.com
In my job I get hundreds of emails that I just don't have time to reply to. It upsets me/ worries me that by missing an important email from a company/supplier/rep I could be fired. But hey, if it's really important they better have a ! I can't possibly read every email! It is just too easy to send an email and let the 'problem' get passed down to some other person.
I do LOVE my ipod though. I have 3000 songs or so.
I know a few ex-coworkers who are 20-somethings. It's not unusual for these young uns to have 20,000 songs on their devices. I love music and so many styles that I get bored easily listening to 1 or 2 genres. I put my ipod on shuffle and just enjoy the world of music out there.
I'm sure you'll find the same is true.
I happen to live near a grass- fed herd. We occasionally buy meat from them. The meat is healthy and yummy.
I object to the food snobs (if I may call them that) who reject any part of an animal except one or two prime cuts. Dang, y'all! If the damn animal died for you then eat all the parts! I wish more real butchers existed so I could a hold of those nice parts.
I know some potters.
Wood ash can be used as a glaze. How To Video.
In Raku you can use all sorts of things to make cool colours and effects on the pottery. (Wood chips, saw dust, horse hairs, etc, etc.)
Raku is NOT food safe. I don't know if potter wares made with wood ash are food safe.
My dad makes his own lye. He collects birch wood chips/sawdust and burns it to make the ash. He collects rain water in a bucket. He combines the two things. He waits a few days (I think.) Voila. Magic. Homemade lye.
I used to teach vegetarian and sometimes vegan cooking classes.
I had to warn a lot of the younger folks that just because your vegetarian it doesn't make you a saint or instantly a healthier individual. (There are a lot of chocolate chip cookie and french fry vegetarians out there.)
I used to advice them that a lot of meat eaters automatically feel cocky about their 'better, more complete' diet. Just because you happen to include meat in your diet it doesn't guarantee you have enough protein, enough iron or enough B 12. You are what you eat.
H Ben Bundy wrote:I have seen a few utube vids of folks putting the seasoning directly on the cast iron pan first, before they put the food on. Why is that? Why not season the food directly? Does it really make that much of a difference?
Hi. I've cooked for many years and know that we often roast our herbs or spices first thing. So, if I'm making a soup or stew or sauce, I'll often dry roast the herbs/spices first thing. Then I add my fat (butter or olive oil) and saute the 'holy trinity', for example. (That's onions, celery and carrots)
For East Indian spice blends I'll always dry roast them and grind them to make my own custom curry blends. But be careful- it can get really hard to breath in the kitchen when dry roasting those spices. Watch your eyes too! *burning, tearing eyes*
BTW, back on topic. The May 26th Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper had an article in its Editorial page called "Hurt the criminal or hurt the crime?"
Would you rather spend $1 to reeducate the criminal or spend $7 on future policing,legal and penal costs?
America has a 3 out of 5 criminal recidivism. Norway's system has 1 in 5. Hmmmmm.
My aunt used to make me this in Paris.
I worked in a French bakery in Vancouver BC in the 80's and we made a simple apricot and cream cheese tarte that looked like that picture.
Maaaan! I miss those great coffee breaks.
I love doing Zucchini Burgers and/or Portobello Mushroom burgers.
1 part balsamic
3 parts EVOO
Dried rosemary, basil, chopped fresh garlic, S&P to taste.
Cut the zucchini in large diagonal slices. Peel the dryish skin off the Portobellos and cut off the woodsy stem (dry and keep for stock.) Peeling the mushroom with a sharp paring knife helps the marinade sink into the mushroom better. Marinate your Zuke Burgers and Portobello Burgers, like, 1 hour.
Barbeque or hibashi them 'til doneness.
Serve in a bun with lettuce, wasabi mayo, tomato slices,onion, etc, etc.
Fresh, Raw zucchini 'spaghetti' with a raw spaghetti marinara sauce.
Cut the zucchini with a spiral cutter (A Spirelli) or just cut them short and choppy-choppy with a mandoline tool.
The cure for cancer is known but Big Pharma is suppressing it! Reptilian, Alien, Shape shifters rule the word! There's a cure for AIDS! America started the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Jews rule the World Economy...
blah blah blah!
@ P. Thickens. Thank you for starting this thread. I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion.
The 'cause' of autism might be multi-faceted.
Here in Canada we have a wonderful science show called The Nature of Things (by biologist Dr. David Suzuki)
There was a TNoT show about a sub-set of children who have autism and may have gotten it due to a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium Difficile (bacteria in the gut.)
Watch the show, it was fascinating. Also, I've done research and seen that many scientists looking in to the cause/causes of autism suggest that in another sub-set of people with autism it may be a particular Mitochondrial Disease. Also, a small % of children with autism have a particular chromosomal abnormality on Chromosome 16.
People want and psychologically need a reason for their child's illness. It's easier to blame a pharmaceutical company or a governmental policy ("they made me vaccinate and now look what happened.") It harder to accept the multi-faceted world we live in with pollution, widespread use of antibiotics, changing family structures/support, different stimuli and media from infancy, genetics, maternal stressers/oxidative stress while pregnant etc, etc, etc could be the real culprit.
wayne stephen wrote:I enjoy reading Skeptical Inquirerer and watching the Amazing Randi expose flim flammers , con artist evangelists , and gullible believers in bullshit. But just because a study or two has shown that echinacea does not shorten the life of a cold or comfrey contains carcinogens does not mean that herbal lore is all bullshit. It is important to apply Occams razor to our endevours , and apply it to science claims also . I was watching a panel of "scientists" discussing food production into the future. You could obviously see that the GMO supporter was as much of a " believer " as the organic guy. She would just poopoo all the concerns of the enviromentalists and not offer up any data to refute their concerns. Is that scientific? One concern was that using corn for fuel was taking all this precious nitrogen out of the food cycle , I thought that concern was profound and frightening. Her reply was a simple "Phttt" . Not hard science. I have performed an "experiment" on myself over and over , if you wish to test its validity repeat it on yourself. Every spring before you begin the flurry of work that is to come as organic gardeners purchase a months supply of high quality ginseng - in any form. Take it daily and use the slowly gathering strength to get yourself into fit shape and out of your winter slump. Work out and eat well , but then be aware of a stoutness and endurance that was not there a month before.
Repeat this experiment and turn others onto it . Try to scientifically deny the new sense on life you feel , and the spring in your step. If anyone disagrees with you take a small pinch of ginseng out of your vial and toss it just over their heads. Small pinch - the shit is expensive!
@ Wayne. Amen , brother!
I love Randi and he has inspired other skeptics to be more vocal about flimflammery.
Occam's Razor comment. Yes! Yes! Yes!
Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor, Latin lex parsimoniae) is the law of parsimony, economy or succinctness. It is a principle urging one to select among competing hypotheses that which makes the fewest assumptions and thereby offers the simplest explanation of the effect. Wouldn't it be nice if science class in Grade 1 explained this to the kiddies? Wouldn't it be great if people applied O.R. to everyday life?