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Rain tossed random thoughts [Sep. 8th, 2011|10:24 am]
terribleturnip
Dear Rain,

Okay. We're good. That's enough. Move along. There's nothing to see here.

This is for Quislet, because I mentioned it to him. But honestly, if you'd told me that an animated commercial for Chipotle, a McDonald's subsidiary, with a soundtrack that is Willie Nelson covering a Coldplay song would make me CRY, I would have laughed at you. And I would've been dead wrong. I wish this had the power to change the world.
http://consumerist.com/2011/08/chipotle-willie-nelson-teams-up-for-anti-factory-farm-animated-commercial.html



I'm one of those people who waits until the very last minute to board a plane. I will check my bag whenever possible (in other words, I could live without what's in my bag for a day or so) so that I don't have to worry about whether there will be enough room to stash it overhead. Part of it is leg-maintenance -- if I can shave ten minutes off of leg-origami, I'm all for it. Part of it is blood pressure maintenance -- the stress attendant on sitting there watching people be idiots while they put away their stuff, block the aisles, and resisting the urge to leap out of my seat, yell "go sit the hell down" and put their bag up for them, is tremendous. Or, worse, standing BEHIND said idiots, half of whom have apparently never been on a plane before. But mostly, it's the frustration of watching the "loading from one end" that makes me seethe. An IDIOT can see that loading the windows first, then the middle, then the aisle is the ONLY sensible way to load a plane. Well. Now we have science applied. And I was right -- although not right enough, as they found an even better way, although starting with windows, rather than front to back or back to front, so now in addition to seething, I will feel SMUG. The seething will continue, because I don't see the airlines jumping on this. But I hope I'm wrong:
http://consumerist.com/2011/08/particle-physicist-discovers-faster-way-for-airlines-to-board-passengers.html

There have also been several studies that have come out (but I was too lazy to bookmark them or remember where I saw them. Do your own research, Bucky. Or trust me. You choose.) that have validated what I've been saying for years. When it comes to cholesterol, you will do yourself more good if you stop worrying about cutting back on high cholesterol foods, and start worrying about making sure you're loading up on the good foods that carry said cholesterol out of your body -- greens, beans, fiber, etc. HA! I'd like to think I'm living proof, since butter and cheese are close personal friends. And while I've cut back on my meat consumption a bit for the good of the planet, when I do eat meat, it's fatty mcphatterson red meat, or sausage or other cholesterol posterchildren. Yet to the dismay of my chicken breast and naked baked potato-espousing physician, my cholesterol is always fabulously low. So, no longer a genetic freak, but just someone who, in addition to loving cholesterol-rich foods, craves greens and beans and grains like nobody's business.

Also, hold onto your hats, children, they are fabricating meat in a lab (not referenced below, but I assume you know how to search the intrawebs), and they've produced human gelatin...which is going to make things very confusing for vegetarians and vegans. Does this mean they can eat gummi bears from now on? Or does that fall under "anything with a face"? (Don't get TOO excited, the gelatin is made from yeast with human DNA added...which tickles my inner foodie and inner scientist and inner cannibal, but the latter just a little.)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110713101952.htm
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[User Picture]From: quislet
2011-09-08 03:40 pm (UTC)
I just came in from the garden, the incessant damp finally getting me to direct-sow some brassicas, chard, carrots, a few chicories and shiso. Now I wish I had some turnip seeds to sow in your honor. :) We'll have to have you over to eat some of said greens this winter, maybe sauteed in duck fat...

Thank you for the Chipotle commercial link! That's gorgeous. Someone deserves an award for that one.

Mmmm, long pork gelatin. One step closer to the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man!
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-09-09 04:58 am (UTC)
Mmmm... good fat, good!
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