I was vegetarian for many years (17) because I don't think that commercial meat production is a sustainable option. I tried to be vegan for intermittent periods because dairy production is even worse, but I couldn't give up cheese (and poached eggs) for long. For the last year or so I've been trying out pescetarianism (word?) because I can't eat another tomato and goats cheese tart in a restuarant (#firstworldproblem), but only buying fish from sustainable sources.
Anyway. I'm sure I've read somewhere that if every meat eater took on Meat Free Mondays that it would make a significant impact on supply and demand, and therefore on production. Now that I'm part of the dark side I've made a commitment to Wegan Wednesdays, to try and offset some of my fish-eating evil.
We had a nice Wegan picnic today, although I massively overate. But massively it's going quite well (had one cheesy slip up so far). I'm enjoying it. I'm realising how much food I like is vegan anyway, and eating more vegan meals throughout the week. I'm hoping that over time my diet will become mostly vegan and mostly harmless. And then maybe I'll introduce Fishy Fridays as a treat.
Sorry for the shitty quality of the photograph, but how can you not love something that puts 'shopping, orgasm, learning, highly calorific foods, gambling and prayer' in one group (all things that 'evoke neural signals that converge on a small group of interconnected brain areas called the media forebrain pleasure circuit').
I've been meaning to write this post for a very long time. So long that I'm not sure if I've already written it. But a conversation with Charlotte the other day reminded me about it.
I watch a lot of football on TV. The more you watch, the more you notice that every game is more like a story with an author than an actual report of events - much like Big Brother footage is edited into a narrative that suits the story the editors are telling.
It might be paranoia, but I'm sure that there is a journalistic bias dependent on who controls the footage, i.e. quick replays of dubious decisions against favoured clubs, accidentally "missing" certain players out-of-order behaviour (which magically appears on the highlight reel after the fact). And also the longing shots of certain players or managers WHEN THERE'S A GAME GOING ON! The La Liga footage when Real Madrid are playing is the most blatant, but you see it quite a bit in the Prem too.
Are there times when a layered narrative isn't welcome? Can we ever not have bias?
So Saturday was Interesting. Roo Reynolds is always the place to go for a full write-up, not only does he always seem to get first mover advantage, he also seems to deliver a superior product every year.
As always there were a couple of things that I loved:
A "self-aware receipt printer" which printed tagged instagrams in ASCII (Hack Circus)
Sarah Angliss' point about human gestures and what you hear both being important components of musical performances, which is why laptop gigs are a bit rubbish. In fact DJ gigs (not club perfomances) are a bit rubbish in general because there's no stage spectacle. I suppose that's why Daft Punk (and Jean Michel Jarre) really smash it.
Being reminded that how loud a crisp sound is determines how crispy you think something is (in relation to food)
I suppose what I really liked about Interesting is that I got to do stuff with my hands. A while back, my friend Charlie asked what you would do in a world without electricity (on twitter). I don't know how useful I would be in a world without electricity. I would moan a lot because of the cold. The fact that I don't feel like I'd be very useful worries me. And is something I think I need to address...
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