Human society is built on dining tables. In our dim and distant past we ate in communal groups and tribes with everyone providing a portion for security and survival. In more recent history, the breaking of bread settled differences, brought families together, and marked celebration and tragedy alike. These days, food is, when not a celebratory or social thing, a hassle that we try to avoid when possible. We eat garbage and we’re turning into garbage people. No amount of “green juice” will fix it.
My wife sent me an article about Soylent, the technically engineered food substitute that, like the fictional Brawndo sports drink, has everything the body craves. All of the vitamins and minerals of a daily meal is packed into a couple of “shakes” that are said to taste like anything from wet cardboard to the aftertaste of Cheerios. That may sound less than appetizing, but that’s not the point. The point is to provide sustainable food product that won’t go bad to areas that can’t grow or don’t have food or to free up the time it would take to sit down to a meal for people too busy to eat.
A great invention, this Soylent, but it’s now making people sick according to the article in Gizmodo referenced in the article my wife sent me and a massive recall of the food bar version of the product was issued by the company. The bad batches were produced in July and could be the result of “contamination” according to the Gizmodo piece.
The future of food is uncertain. With honey bees dying out at alarming rates and genetically modified crops over specialized for specific regions, we’re going to run out of food eventually. The planet can only sustain so many people for so long so we have to eventually look to the future. Local foods are great, but expensive and hard to come by for many people. Soylent is the right track, but lack of regulation is not a benefit to them, it’s going to come back to bite them.
We have to change how we view food. Right now, It’s comfort, not sustenance. It’s celebration, not survival. If that idea changes, then we can look at the future of food.
Since I haven’t had a blog in a while, I kind of turned my Tumblr, what was supposed to be quick posts and short articles into longer posts tat should have been on a blog space. I’ve decided to link the most recent of them here for your consideration.
Rules for the upcoming gender identity revolution from a non-participant – In this post, I rant about the confusion that is seemingly infecting today’s youth. I know, I know… makes me sound like an old fogey. I was seeing a ton of videos where young people, teen girls primarily, were angry about being called “woman” or “girl” and all of them want to be “gender neutral”. This post is all about that and my opinion of it.
Which Witch – I took a quiz online and it got me thinking. This is a post all about the history of the word “witch”; Kind of a Halloween special. If you like etymology and have ever wondered the difference between the a warlock and a witch… this article is for you.
Gun control – I am a gun owner and I have heard so much recently about gun control, I decided to pay attention to politics. They’re not really saying much about gun law reform or gun control. I decided to weigh in with my idea of a weigh to fix some of the issues facing gun owners and advocates.
Cockroaches and Masks – After actually starting to pay attention to the political situation, I found, like most Americans have this election, that there are NO GOOD OPTIONS. I’ve always said it, but now I’m unhappy about it. The differences between the candidates are neglegable. Our friend Jacob put it this way last night on Facebook – “Who you wanna be president: lady Richard Nixon or Joffrey Baratheon?” which was perfect. It’s not about their policies, but their image. This article is my take on that.
I have had a blog off and on for quite some time and each time I loose track of what it is the blog is for, what direction it should take. I’ve decided the lack of direction IS the direction. I tend to be struck from time to time by odd subjects and might jump from video games to gardening to politics with no connecting thread. A thread is not the point and doesn’t exemplify what it is I am or how I think. Therefore… here is this; A blog for all the randomness that is my brain. I might go off on tangents with several related blogs, I might not post for quite a while and then pop back up with something that has nothing to do with anything. I’ll link my youtube videos here and maybe some photography too, a doodle from time to time and anything else creative that I might do. It’s a catch all… the way life should be.
All that being said, I leave you with this final thought. Welcome back and enjoy the ride.