The Big Think

January 22, 2005

Alton Brown

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:43 pm

If you watch “Good Eats” on the Food Network, you’re familiar with Alton Brown. He’s the bad boy of cooking and knows a thing or two about collagen and flavonoids.
He has an interesting post over at his blog (rants and raves). Since he doesn’t have a permalink ot the post, I can’t like to it, so I’ll post copy it in entirety here.
Get a permalink, Alton!

I just saw the movie “Supersize Me” and I have to say that I liked it. It was fun, irreverent film making on a shoestring and it’s good to know that filmmakers can still pull that sort of thing off.

What shocked me about the movie wasn’t what it said, or. Heck I already new most of that stuff. What shocked me were the gasps I heard from the audience, most of whom seemed generally surprised that big business could be so…well…business like.

Here’s what it comes down to kids. Ronald McDonald doesn’t give a damn about you. Neither does that little minx Wendy or any of the other icons of drivethroughdom. And you know what, they’re not supposed to. They’re businesses doing what businesses do. They don’t love you. They are not going to laugh with you on your birthdays, or hold you when you’re sick and sad. They won’t be with you when you graduate, when your children are born or when you die. You will be with you and your family and friends will be with you. And, if you’re any kind of human being, you will be there for them. And you know what, you and your family and friends are supposed to provide you with nourishment too. That’s right folks, feeding someone is an act of caring. We will always be fed best by those that care, be it ourselves or the aforementioned friends and family.

We are fat and sick and dying because we have handed a basic, fundamental and intimate function of life over to corporations. We choose to value our nourishment so little that we entrust it to strangers. We hand our lives over to big companies and then drag them to court when the deal goes bad. This is insanity.

Feed yourselves.
Feed your loved ones.
And for God’s sake feed your children.

Don’t trust anyone else to do it…not anyone. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go out to dinner every now and then…that is after all one of the great joys of life…but it isn’t life itself and that’s what I’m talking about.

Is MacDonalds food bad for you? What do you think? Does that mean you shouldn’t eat it? No, it just means you shouldn’t live on it or anything else made by someone you wouldn’t hug.

Burgers don’t kill people.
People kill people.
Don’t be one of them.

A

Powerbook Update

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:44 am

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My old (circa 2000) Firewire model Powerbook (aka “Pismo“) has been slowly deteriorating for awhile now. Sometimes it won’t restart, it quit playing DVD’s a couple of years ago, the main battery has deteriorated until it no longer holds a charge (okay, about 2 minutes-worth), the screen has dimmed over time, the PRAM battery is almost dead, it has a suspect RAM chip, and it’s encrusted with the detritus, dead skin, and pringles crumbs from too many U.T games. After five years and hundreds of thousands of keystrokes this thing is tired. But hey, it’s not dead yet, you know?

After seeing my friend Robert’s snazzy new iBook, I had reluctantly budgeted to replace the ailing Pismo this year with something similar. I need it for work and it’s Erin’s main email computer. I didn’t want to see the ‘book go, but what are you going to do?

Well, the main hard drive gave out a few weeks ago and I though “this is it”! But then I found out that IBM/Hitachi puts a 5 year warranty on these drives and I was only in year three (I replaced the original 6 gig with a 20 gig drive). Suckers. It took a couple of weeks to arrive from Singapore, but it’s working fine.

While I had the computer open, I did some serious spring cleaning with a can of compressed air and some LCD screen cleaner. Reinstalled OS X, and, on a whim, put the 256MB RAM module back in. Booted like a charm and acted brand new. The only evidence of wear is on the spacebar, which you can plainly see gets the full fury of my right thumb.

After reinstalling the OS, I discovered that DVD’s now play flawlessly and the extra RAM makes the machine much faster. It seems that most of the small performance mysteries were the result of the bad hard drive wonking up the rest of the system.

After it worked perfectly for a week, I sprung for one of these newNWTBAPLLILF.jpg batteries. I’ve been running it to death all day on the way to Waco, hijacking free airport bandwidth, playing dvd’s, and sleeping it on and off. In fact, I’m trying to “condition” the battery by running it down all the way and then plugging it in. I’ve got it running a DVD, checking email, surfing the web, and opening lots of apps. It’s been on all day and it still has 30 minutes of power left. The 6600mAh battery is supposed to have 37.5% more juice than the standard Apple battery, but this thing just will not die. I was going to spring the extra $10 for a 7700mAh battery, but why? I’ve heard that Newertech batteries frequently perform better than stated. I believe it.

I’m really happy with my little Pismo now. I still have to replace the PRAM battery ($50) and get up the courage to install some new backlights for the LCD screen (around $20), but for now it feels almost new. I think I’ve bought myself another couple of years.

And yes, I drive a truck that’s now 13 years old. Why not? It’s paid for.
Needs a new starter, tho…

Baylor News

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:05 am

Baylor’s embattled president says he’ll step down at the end of May- and become the school’s first chancellor.

read more here.

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