I hated the description of my blog again so I got rid of it. I'm going to make a new description.
Don't care what pronouns you call me, but will defend others' rights to choose pronouns.
I'm an artsy, witchy person, I love cats, I watch sci-fi like Babylon 5 and Star Trek, have some health issues, and blah blah, that's good for now...
So, you’d think lettuce would be something you could leave out on the counter for a while and not have a cat start eating it.
I came back in the kitchen and Patches was happily munching away on it.
Then threw up a few minutes later.
I really want to write a dissertation on the elements of ‘fanfiction’ and it’s origin in medieval literature… Particularly Welsh. And Arthurian. :D
Maybe one day…
It’s kind of like when someone complains about music sampling, or something else they find “unoriginal” about rap, hip-hop, electronic music, etc, and I’m like, “Here, let me tell you a few things about Baroque opera, where composers often literally took someone else’s work and inserted it into their production.” Some would totally, completely be made up of scenes from existing works.
And though I can’t talk about this as eloquently or authoritatively as a professor, and can’t always manage to bring it up at all, even though I always want to, I have made a few people think over the years.
Although Mork and Mindy is I suppose more properly called comedy than sci-fi, it is pretty responsible for a love of sci-fi in my early childhood. Along with the original Star Trek, of course. In some ways maybe more so than Trek, though, because it was more accessible to me at that phase of intellectual development than Trek was.
So, really, to me, Robin Williams will always be a sci-fi star, as well as a comedian. Because Mork was my favorite TV character back then. And he was an alien! I had the lunchbox and everything. (I believe I still have the thermos, but the box itself rusted.)
Actually this was the first I logged on tumblr today. And find out Robin Williams is dead. And that sucks.
does anyone else feel like they just lost their favourite uncle
Did anybody else have no idea Robin Williams had been found dead yet? Because I haven’t seen news yet today and would’ve had no clue if this post hadn’t been tagged with his name.
one of the best lessons you can learn is that you’re valuable and worthy just because you exist. not because of your productivity. or your qualities. or because of how many people like you. or how close you are to societal understandings of attractiveness or success. but just because you are you.
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.
Re. blueberries, fwiw I eat loads of them but only in the summertime. The rest of the year they are jaw-droppingly expensive. (But I don’t think I’ve ever even *seen* an acai berry….)