Et tu, back?

Och, my lower back has gone from zero to super jacked over night — came home early from work today as I was having difficulty concentrating.  Stretch, stretch, nap, hydrate, stretch, heat, stretch and more stretch is the order of the evening.  Plus a good set of tennis ball grinds into the back against the wall.  Very odd… I’m hopin it rides away tonight as quickly as it rode in.   Massages, tweaks, medicinal kicks and presses welcome!

D&D and SW

Something really hilarious has been happening in our newish D&D campaign.  We started our characters at level 1 and for a couple of us the characters are really quite young as well.  And, we have been making all sorts of really basic “errors”, the kind you’d expect veteran players to perhaps not make but most certainly wet-behind-the-ears adventurers to make.  Facepalms abound.

Clearly we’re getting absorbed into the RP of our characters with what sillyness we’ve mussed up on!  I love it.  It’s refreshing and good for a laugh, and great to see us play the role to the hilt, even if we aren’t aware at the time that’s what we’re doing.   Also immensely enjoying playing my character… look forward to every time we sit down to play.

In other unexpected and wha wha whaaaa? news, Disney is buying Lucasarts (which really means they just gave Lucas 4 bil dollars, since he was sole owner, think about that for a moment) and making Star Wars VII slated for release in 2015.  I actually think this could work out well.  I also think it could turn out to be absolutely horrible, but look at how well Marvel has done under Disney.  If they take the franchise, put some goooood writers and directors to create a movie that’s actually, you know, a good film, the rewards we could all reap (Disney would make a mint, and we’d get a great film) would be fabulous.  From what I understand, the Zawn trilogy was pretty well received overall (I remember thinking they were pretty good).  They could just take that, give it to some competent screenplay writers and directors, make story and storytelling more important than the technology or the eye candy, and faster than you can say Salacious Crumb, we’ve got ourselves a new movie we actually can fall in love with.

Sabres crossed!

Opinionating

I’m really not understanding how the R&R pitch, especially their new slogan of “big change,” is supposed to work:  Hey, our policy ideas promoted and precipitated a huge implosion of the working fundamentals of the country, with offshoots that have rippled havoc throughout the world, and now we’re asking that you vote us into office where we promise not only to repeat the very same policies and ideas but to double down on the ideology that has been our only playbook for and has not really delivered on its promise ever in 22 years.  The very foundation of that platform speaks illogicy to me.

My shadow ballot on the initiatives, as they stand on the ones I’ve researched:

30: Yes; 31:  No; 32:  NO; 34: Yes; 36: Yes; 37: Yes/no (still :P); 39: Yesish

Keeping with the food theme

Watching a quick youtube short on freegans I was reminded of just how much food is wasted really wasted on a daily basis, on the pre-vendor, pre-consumer and post-consumer levels.  It’s rather staggering when you think about it.  Which is why he claim “we need GMO’s to be able to feed the world,” seems like a feel-good excuse rather than anything based in fact.  Most of the farming techniques and seed product supported by big petrochem/agrobiz companies actually produce less food per acre and per unit of water use than indigenous techniques (as a even a few TED videos have professed).  Given the silly waste in the system we certainly don’t need GMOs to feed people over here.

And I do think it’s silly.  The amount of food that tossed has economic value, never mind the very basic value of feeding people.  And the value to reduce the amount of land, pesticides, water wastage and more to simply create more food that, itself, will be highly wasted.  And that what food is tossed out because it isn’t edible ends up not returning back to the soil is actually a recent oddity.  Compost, cradle to cradle, waste equals food, natural cycle… I say YES.

Speaking of farming, hands dirty, compost, sun, and delight, I harvested another round of tomatoes from my garden and oh my.  They are this amazing combination of deep red and dark dark green, with an intense and rich taste to match.  I am savouring them sloowwwwwwlllly…

 

More on Food

To add to my last post, if I were to get to the ballot box on election day and still be undecided about yea or nay, I think I would err on the side of yes and have  labeling rather than none, and trust that any flaws would be remedied.   To have the freedom to choose we need the info.

(Not to mention some of the No ads I’ve managed to see are peddling scare tactics and uncertainty like they’re tic tacs)

In the meantime, here’s another link about food that has me asking the great question, “If design is the signal of human intention, then, given this, what would we say is our/the intention here?  Is that what we would want to intend?”

Propoquestioning

Well, poo.  On the face of it, the intention behind it, I love Prop 37 and would ask everyone to vote for it.  Mandatory and full disclosure GMO labeling is good sense to me.  However, there’s this thing that this proposition has only ever been a proposition, and like many propositions (and one of the issues I have with the idea of propositions) it is has not had the rigorous go over that much legislation has.  As such, it has issues, loopholes and potentially unintended consequences.  From my own reading of the text in full, and reading various analysis and opinions, is that there’s the thought to say no and have it come back again, more fully formed and a better bill/proposition.  BUT, maybe it would be best to say yea and then come back to amend it with another prop?  Which will work better?  Would No lock it out?  Would a Yes then an attempt to amend be nul as amending would be seen only through the lens of trying to weaken it (no matter what the amendment actually does?)

So here I sit, unsure what would be the more fruitful course… and with only a month to go.   Hrmmmmm… so torn.  Want GMO labelling.  Don’t want poor propositions creating poor hand tying.  On which side to stand?

Rethinking a holiday

This kinda freaked me out.  Saw this article a couple of weeks ago on Columbus.  Now I’ve never given much thought to the Columbus Day holiday as it isn’t a day off at work for me.  I knew of it and thought it seemed like a holiday fraught with some negative aspects, given the history but.  Yikes.  I didn’t know the half of it (and I bet I am not the only one).  Slavery, repression, millions dead, and the guy kept a diary of it?  That’s just disturbing.  It is strange that it remains a holiday, cutesified and even venerated.  Add my voice to the chorus who think replacement is in order.