Tonight I was lucky enough to get to read as part of Emily Wunderlich’s monthly series Big Umbrella, and the more I do these readings the more I’m like, “I fucking love doing these readings.”
I love a microphone, I love talking to people. I love to make them laugh.
Anyway, I’m posting the…
Two days after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Miles out at sea, a man was found, alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house. Michael Paternititells his astonishing tale
How to tell if you’re currently in a Jane Austen novel.
Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!
1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace
I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work. He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.
I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly.
If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.
Social behavioral patterns are learned. We need to get it together, y’all.
Crackers: Savory Toasts and Seeded ‘Rye’ - Two types of very easy to make, raw, vegan, and gluten free crackers….RECIPE
Ingredients for the Seeded ‘Rye’
1 Cup Ground Flax
1/4 Cup Whole Flax
1/3 Cup Sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 Clove Garlic
1 Tbsp. Raw Cacao
1/4-1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4-1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/8 tsp Caraway
Water to thin
Ingredients for the Savory Toasts
1/2 Cup Ground Flax
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds (ground)
1/4 Cup Grated Onion
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano (or herb of choice)
1/4 Cup Slivered Red Onion
Water to thin
Sesame Seeds or Nigella Seeds to Garnish (optional)
Look good. I make a modified version of these.