Friday, January 24, 2014

Trevor is at a conference in the Polar Vortex. My beloved California is gorgeous -- it was a comfortable 70 degrees today in the Town -- but suffering from a drought.

Yet, Mother Nature still wants us to know we live in a magical world.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


Kit Kat Specialty Store Opening in Tokyo

All y'all know I'm not a big sweet eater, but I make room in my Japan bag every year for amazing Japanese Kit Kats.

I've only had green tea, sakura, hojicha, strawberry, blueberry cheesecake, and soy sauce flavors, so you can bet your sweet ass I'm making it over to Ikebukuro (also home to Namja Town and its Gyoza Stadium and Ice Cream City and lovely microbrews, oh yes) every time I visit Tokyo.

This is a big deal, people.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

I was clearly born to host a dinner party in the wrong era.

Liver Sausage Pineapple

21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014


So deliciously 1970s, and a perfect intersection of my love of the innocent American glory days, 70s trash, and fashion. WANT. This may even usurp my other dream cars (seen here and here).

Base price for this sweet baby was $2500, not including "luxury trim package." Also:

The 1972 Hornet was promoted by AMC as "a Tough Little Car." American Motors promised to repair anything wrong with the car (except for the tires), owners were provided with a toll-free telephone number to the company and a free loaner car if a warranty repair took overnight.

God bless 'Murica.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

from "Farmers Wary of GMO Crops," The Zimbabwean

I continue to be wary of the long-term health effects of some GMO crops, and the use of the poor, uneducated, and/or malnourished as guinea pigs plus the predatory practices of big BioAg doesn't put me any closer to being on the thumbs-up path; however, in the interest of education, this was a good read.

A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops

Of course, I am looking for answers myself, and thus really try to check my skepticism, but this did stand out to me:

...the risk of [GMO crops] could be reliably tested, and had so far proved safe. "With scientists, we never say anything is 100 percent certain one way or another," Dr. Suzuki said. "We weigh conclusions on accumulated knowledge or evidence..." 

Yes, absolutely. But, the big BUT:  Like organic and conventional dairy and vegetables being deemed equal in nutritional profiles just a few years ago, or the scientific claim that thalidomide wouldn't cross the placental barrier, accumulated scientific knowledge sometimes goes horribly wrong. GMO crops should not be rushed to market or be allowed to propagate and be sold while in litigation, and should also be subject to litigation should there be health problems clearly associated with them; they should also submit to continual testing and monitoring once they are in the market (for now), and the patent holders/users be okay with informing the public with labeling so people have a choice.

I'm not one for a nanny state, but this should be the standard when we screw with the basic building blocks of life, especially ones that have the potential to have profound effects on the population.

There are so many promising things in GMOs, so I really hope I'm wrong, but we have to slow. down.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year! All the best to you and yours in 2014.