Tumblrs for this week:

obey the prophecy
Inner Cosmos
lost at sea
lost at sea
this is a stress-free zone
Important Birds
Wizards Treats
one surrealist a day
Not your average airplane blog

Other things to excite, aggravate and distract:

If You Love This Planet, “Coal Rollers” Hate You / Busted! MH-17 Was in Fact the ‘Lost’ Flight MH-370 / Colorful Portraits of Parrots Showered in Paint / No41 | Winters 2014 (name your price!) | Projekt Records / The Ethical Arguments Against Ethical Veganism / everyday i show / There Is Some Hope That We Aren’t Living Inside a Computer Simulation / Progress in allergic asthma research after ingestion of fruits / The Confederados – Brazil’s Descendants of the Old American South / Researchers Propose New Strategy to Fight Aging / Artificial Intelligence Uncovers the Musical Progression of the Beatles / The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality / Feathers More Common Among Dinosaus Than Previously Thought / The Vigilant Citizen / Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate / In Photos: The most ridiculous laws in America / Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger, dying out – a majestic animal on its knees Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles / The Seasteading Institute

“The encounter between the Old and New Worlds was characterized by dispossession, oppression and massacre, but in some places there were periods of friendly engagement. As Crèvecoeur documents, Native Americans were sometimes given the opportunity to join European households as equals; and in many cases Europeans were able to join Native American communities on the same basis. It could be seen as a social experiment. In both instances, people had a choice between the relatively secure, but confined, settled and regulated life of the Europeans, and the mobile, free and uncertain life of the Native Americans. There was no mistaking the outcome. In every case, as Crèvecoeur and [Benjamin] Franklin tell us, the Europeans chose to stay with the Native Americans, and the Native Americans returned, at the first opportunity, to their own communities. This says more than is comfortable about our own lives”.

George Monbiot, Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

Frugal Pickling

This evening on my way home I popped into a couple of supermarkets as they were closing for the cheap food that they’re trying to sell before they have to throw it away for no reason. Got myself 4x 250g packets of “mixed veg” (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) in Morrisson’s for the pricely sum of £1, took them home, par-boiled them and made this much pickle:


White vinegar, boiled with peppercorns and cloves. Vegetables were cooked with bay leaves, which I’ve added to the jars for reasons of flavour. This is an easy thing you can do with food that’s not going to be eaten in time. Pickles last for months and months and there aren’t really many things you can’t pickle so why aren’t we all eating pickle all the time?

Some more links for your attention:

Europe, EquipopulousArtist Builds a Replica of the Arc De Triomphe Made from Two Tons of Stale Bread / More Mysterious, Eerie Metallic Sounds — Invisible Conflict? Or Warning? / everyday i showCassini Spacecraft’s New Look at Saturn’s Colossal Hexagon Storm / Humanity+ vs Individualism+ / Microsoft Challenges Google’s Artificial Brain With ‘Project Adam’ Whale FM / The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot FutureThis former semiconductor factory is now the world’s largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day / Eat Bugs / ‘Human Props’ Live in Luxury Houses but Must Be Ready to Move at All Times / Third Half Cat Found in San Antonio  /The Future of Biohacking in the Age of Patent Trolls / Tokyo-Based Artist Arrested For 3D Printing Her Vagina / The Church of Saint Coltrane /  No Need to Baptize Aliens, They Are the Gods of the Bible / This Family Always Knew There Was a Metal Door in Their Garden…
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Thinking vs Pain

A recent article in the Guardian reports how participants in a psychological test preferred self-administered electric shocks to sitting alone with their thoughts for 6-15 minutes. It’s an unpleasant result, and one from which it’s easy to jump to unpleasant conclusions. In a comment article two days later, the intriguingly-monikered Anouchaka Grose remarked:

Most people will do anything to avoid their internal voices. Unstructured, uninterrupted thinking is awful. There’s no guarantee where it might go. You might start off thinking about how much you’d like to eat a mint yoghurt and end up picturing a chainsaw slicing through the flesh of your right thigh.

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