Thursday, September 18, 2014

Frank McCourt, 'Tis


Frank McCourt, 'Tis

Finally hung my first picture at the new place. Of course it’s rocom's Suicide Vader.

Finally hung my first picture at the new place. Of course it’s rocom's Suicide Vader.

Words cannot express my excitement. 

I’m setting up a shooting practice area in my garage.

Words cannot express my excitement.

I’m setting up a shooting practice area in my garage.


Mark Bittman on what’s wrong with food in America

In an interview with Vox, Mark Bittman discusses how our industrial system of food production has led to cheap food filled with calories, but with very little nutrition. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed to prevent a health crisis.

Vox: What are things in society that need to tip for these to become more mainstream issues?


1. The more research we see about added sugars, the more we’ll see how damaging it is.

2. An outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria linked to overuse of antibiotics in animal production.

3. Confined animal feeding operations. We’re finally seeing how poorly animals are treated.

Researchers across the University of California system are working to address these issues.

Jered Lawson and Nancy Vail, graduates of UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego, have formed Pie Ranch, a farm that teaches urban high school students about where their food comes from.

Robert Lustig, a UCSF professor of pediatrics said at a symposium on sugar and other sweeteners, “Enough people are sick that we need a societal and government intervention on the scale of that mounted against tobacco and alcohol.”

UCSF is eliminating antibiotic meats used in their cafeterias.

Annie King, an animal science professor at UC Davis, explains the difference between cage-free, free-range, and many other egg terms found at the grocery store.

Earlier this summer, University of California President Janet Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses announced an initiative to tackle these problems on a global scale by harnessing the collective power of UC to help put the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.

Learn more about the UC Global Food Initiative

Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

Non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. NAS consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial. Here we demonstrate that consumption of commonly used NAS formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I’ve never wanted anything to be real so badly.

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When people say ‘This is my baby,’ they don’t always mean a baby. Sometimes they mean a dog. A Somali student, on what has surprised her most about the United States.  (via 33113)

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He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: ‘celebration.’ UC Berkeley’s Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (via darkryemag)
Poor trees

Poor trees

Found these pictures from a Belgian cooking lesson/feast a few months ago.

Part 2