Meat eaters

Now, as Karl reminds me all the time, I do eat meat. But I am not a Meat EaterTM. My mother happily taught me to eat a lot of chicken and fish, and then dating a vegetarian pushed me over the edge to where I eat meat only a few meals a week, and even then it’s usually turkey sandwiches or something. The inexplicable rules I use to decide on which foods to eat would seem to make me something other than a vegetarian. One friend suggested “arbitrarian”. Suits me.

So I’m reading a recent Julie/Julia where she dares to make a dinner with no hunks of partly charred animal flesh in it. Her husband, who is a Meat EaterTM whines about it.

Now, I’ve been pulling for Julie and Eric for a while. She’s crazy, and I love her for it. And he seems to be taking pretty good care of that crazy lady in his house, which pleases me. But today, I’m not an Eric fan. Entire meals without meat can knock your socks off. It’s just a matter of being flexible and understanding that there’s more than one way to gather together the right number of calories, protein, nutrients, fats, and flavors it takes to serve dinner.

I value flexability and adaptability, and I’m coming to see that I don’t have a lot of patience with people who are not willing to try something new or see something a different way. I think I’m going to try working on that, because the ultimate form of being flexible and adaptable yourself is to be able to respect others and deal with them.

Even if they are Meat EatersTM.

Genealogy of place

Megnut came across an article about something I’ve been thinking of as the new owner of a house from 1921.

At my housewarming party, a neighbor showed up who had lived next door, looking at and wondering about my house for 37 years. She had never been inside it. She has now!

Go fly a kite!

Rule number 1 of “How to be Jeff” is “Always have a kite in your car, just in case.

I looked up from my computer at about 5:30 pm and noticed that the impending storm was bringing with it gusty winds and interesting clouds. I decided it was high time to get back out to the Shoreline Park Kite Flying Area.

I got to watch a nice sunset, and fly my kite backwards! The prevailing winds at the kite flying area usually are on-shore from the Bay. Today they were coming from the mountains. I also discovered an interesting new form of recreation. It combines kite flying (for relaxation) with wind sprints (for exercise). See when you are flying a stunt kite alone, every time you crash the kite you have to go to the kite, reassemble it (ok, only after really big crashes!), and set it up for another launch. I was in a hurry to get as many flights as I could before I ran out of light, so I sprinted up and back to the kite after every crash. It also had the nice effect of keeping me warm, since I left my jacket at home today.

I felt so good when I got back in the car. Maybe there is something to this exercise and fresh air thing. I dunno, though. The Big Blue Room is kinda scary…

No Go Game

Alas, the Go Game has been rescheduled to April 5 due to the weather. That’s probably a good idea. We played Amnesia in the rain, and it was really miserable.

Lots of games coming up

Last night I went with the rest of Team Snout to the Dutch Goose to get interviewed for The Goonies Game. It went really well, and the things we prepared for GC went over well too. Clever bribery goes a long way. We happened to answer two of our trivia questions just by the things we chose for a bribe. Pretty cool, huh?

Of course, it’s all a bit easier now, since we can think like GC thinks now that we’ve been GC.

Also, I’ve been invited to play The T-Mobile Sidekick Urban Adventure with Lisa.

Living in an sci-fi novel

In Estonia, they have a public program to let people get their genes sequenced.

I just can’t get my head wrapped around what this kind of thing will do to society. I’m not against it, I just feel a little like I felt when I saw the first web browser. I knew that things were going to get really complicated, but I didn’t really feel like I knew where things were heading for a few years there.

Also, have you noticed that it’s not the current leaders in technology that are leading in sociological innovation related to biological stuff? PCR was invented in the US, and some of the fastest sequencing machines ever made came from Silicon Valley.

This came to me via an article in Salon that points out that there’s a Silicon Valley company involved now that the pilot phase is over.

As an aside, isn’t it cool that Windows 2000 is so completely internationalized that you can choose from Estonian, English, or Russian, and see all the characters drawn right?

Afganistan gets a top level domain

On March 10 2003 the UNDP made the “af” top level domain go live. Coverage is here: CNN, UNDP.

I decided to look into this to see what it looked like. I found to my delight that ns.undp.org was allowing zone transfers for the entire “.af” namespace. Unfortunately, there’s still not much there to see.

The interesting thing is the list of second-level domains they have started out with. Where did thoes come from? Do you suppose that some geek in the basement of the UNDP set those up for fun? Why aren’t any of them in the local language?

The situation bears watching. Perhaps a script should do it
and tell me when things change?