Girl…girl! Seriously. I don’t pay much attention to the tabloids and even I know you are having a hard time. I live in Sonoma Valley. It’s suppose to have some magical healing powers that the natives would tap into when they needed some love. It’s Wine Country. It is celebrity friendly. We don’t take pictures of you. I saw Kirk Hammett at Sonoma Market once, no one else seemed to notice. I waited on Danny Glover, his black-on-black Yankees cap inspire me to take the same color scheme for my SF cap. I run into Brian Posehn on occasion and chat.
We also drink wine outside of City Hall (open container is legal in our main parks) and eat the best food in the world. We got amazing beer. The best herb. Seriously girl, come crash on my couch.
Disney's Star Wars 7
I know my original article was a joke, but seriously. I host couchsurfers; you can check me out. People love it out here. Think of the entire Valley as a therapy retreat. You might run into a few less tactful ladies that might not like you for whatever reason, and a bunch of dudes are going to hit on you, but once that is done you are one of us!
Here is even a video I made today with said Couch:
So go on couchsurfing.org and send me a request and we’ll line you up with a nice comfy couch in the heart of Northern California where you don’t have to do shit and no one bugs you and everything is still super luxurious. It’s the fucking Ivory Tower here. No joke.
They say reading the book spoils the movie. Well, I already read Ender’s Game. I read it quite recently, actually. I am fine going into a movie knowing the end, I made my choice to read the book, I knew what I was getting myself into.
So then this “trailer” appears online for the Ender’s Game movie. Looks good. I’d be happy to watch this to see everything unfold…wait, what’s this? Did they just show the alien home world blowing up? They just showed the end of the flipping movie in the trailer? A trailer that did a fairly good job at summarizing the entire storyline anyway?
Yup, the human race gets attacked by space aliens, in order to do “what must be done” they must trick a bunch of kids into believing they are just playing some video games when in fact they are actually fighting the war itself and in the end Ender kills the entire race of enemy aliens by blowing their planet up with a suicide bomber.
You can imagine the therapy bills for that one.
The story shows us the dangers of our current video game/drone war culture while challenging many of our ideas of right and wrong. I assume the movie will still be fun, but I definitely recommend reading the book before watching the trailer.
Opps, I guess I spoiled it!
Book spoils trailer, trailer spoils movie, but the Internet spoils all!
I started working on simplifying my diet recently. I started by simplifying my base, which I called the “Taco Diet.” Basically I wanted to make sure I was getting the ideal amount of protein for muscle health and I wanted to do so cheaply, so with my saved earnings I could buy more local-organic, or fair-trade, products. So I just started buy a stack of corn tortillas, a pound of ground beef, a gallon of milk and a bag of fair-trade coffee. I farm and garden, so vegetables and fruit are only an issue during the winter (but I am working on that, only been into this for a couple years since leaving the video game industry).
After doing this a bit, I noticed I was still hungry, I needed to figure out snacking, and incorporating additional meals. Thus, begun my journey. I introduce to you first a very basic approach to eating in order to promote general health and simplicity. Simplicity is important because it helps reduce waste (none of my food goes bad because every meal takes from all my food) which saves us money and alleviates the drain on the third world. Local, efficient, and organic. When needed buy fair-trade (my coffee comes from a local 2nd generation family run company that is both organic and Rainforest Alliance certified in their bean procurement.
Meal: 30g Protein, 1-2 servings of fruit and 2-3 serving of vegetables + any nuts, seeds, grains
Now, how to apply that information throughout the day. A lot of this is no-brainer; breakfast, lunch and dinner, type stuff, but the rest is fun and actually brings a lot of the various world cultures together. Basically all eating falls into these 7 meals. And each are either a meal or dessert by the standards above, with Supper being both (yippy!). I put an * by Second Breakfast and Supper to notate that both of those meals are meant to accompany increased physical activity throughout the day. Second breakfast was basically designed for farmers and Supper will just make you fat if you haven’t worked up a sweat that day.
Breakfast (Meal): 30 minutes after waking, 6-8AM
We all know this guy. This is the first meal of the day, celebrated in every culture that eats food. Your fast (the lack of eating) is broken by the consumption of the meal.
Traditional Southern Breakfast based around Grits. Add a Fruit Smoothee and some Veggies and you are Good to Go! (some Jelly on the Toast, maybe just one (1) egg to go with that bacon)
This is also known as brunch, but I don’t like that name. I prefer to pay respects to the German heritage of this meal (also I like Lord of the Rings). Second Breakfast (zweites Frühstück) is a meal served in Balvaria that would come slightly after breakfast. In may diets this could be exchanged for Tea, or Elevenses, though I will make a case as to why these two should remain separate. The meal of Dim Sum, or rather, of Yum Cha (the drinking of Tea and eating of Dim Sum) is also interchangeable between the western concepts of Second Breakfast/Brunch and Tea/Elevenses. In Germany, like in China, this meal was typically something different than a standard Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner variety. In Germany wheat beer was often accompanied with the meal. In the Northern United States, many farmer who would have Breakfast around 6-7am before taking care of the live stock, would often have a Second Breakfast after their first round of chores that would include an optional serving of Whiskey.
Again, very much inspired by the Tolkien mythology, and the fact that I did the research that led my to understand that Elevenses was actually a British tradition when I was living/working in the UK for three months. Thus, at the time, I would make sure to have Tea/Elevenses regularly, which consisted of me getting up from my desk to make some tea and each a few cookies (they call them Biscuits there). Since Elevenses is very much time specific, and since many cultures practice a similar “meal” in the Afternoon, known as Afternoon Tea, or Low Tea, I prefer to call the afternoon equivalent of Elevenses simply Tea. From a Farmer’s point-of-view, this is a small and quick carbohydrate load for the last hour before Lunch (or the last hour before the end of the Day in regards to Tea).
The word Lunch is short for Luncheon. The meal is called Luncheon. So for this purpose I will call it Luncheon. Luncheon is a mid-day full meal. As we know from most nutritional science, balanced meals of the same size are ideal throughout the day. The morning load vs. evening load debate is irrelevant. Lunch in a standard type diet (cultures that eat, say Tacos, as a based course for every meal) would be identical to Breakfast. It might even be the left overs from that morning’s Breakfast. In many Latin countries “siesta” is traditionally observed, consisting of a post Luncheon nap.
Tea (Dessert): 1-2 Hours before day end 3-5PM
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Last chance for Dim Sum! This is the same as Elevenses, but in the afternoon. This is commonly called Afternoon Tea or Low Tea (presumingly Elevenses would also be High Tea then) in western cultures.
Dinner (Meal): half-hour after day end – 5-7PM
Dinner is traditional a formal family meal. Much different from Supper, which I will explain shortly, Dinner is as much about the social engagement as it is about the food. Dinner is typically the meal eaten directly after work. If one eats later in the evening (especially service industry folk), it is typically considered that that person skipped Dinner and went straight to Supper.
* Supper (Meal and Dessert): two hours before bed – 8-10PM
Still hungry? Supper is a very informal follow up to Dinner. Especially for the very active, an additional meal a couple hours before going to bed can be essential. I recommend a third “Tea” added to this. Maybe some warm milk and honey as a night cap? Put you right to sleep.