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Veggie-Phobia Explained

Today, I had dinner at Home Town Buffet with my grandpa. I presume that the restaurant attempts to emulate “American” home-style cuisine as best as possible. After trying for some reason their suspicious looking green stuff they called collared greens with bacon (although I didn’t see any bacon) and some string beans, I realized why “American” mothers always have to force feed veggies to their children.

In Asian cooking, the vegetables (meat is still better, of course) are always fresh and crisp, even when cooked. And the string beans usually have some sort of flavor beyond stale to them.

In contrast, the Home Town veggies were disgusting! The collard greens were something overcooked cabbage and canned string beans, and the string beans were exactly like canned string beans, although my mom said they were fresh.

With the exception of salad (which is usually drowned in a flood of ranch dressing), I pity “American” children and their veggies. I don’t know how Pop-eye could stand that spinach, coming from a can. No wonder why they were forced to invent blenders in order to hide broccoli in a fruit smoothie.

Collard Greens


November 30, 2008 at 11:40 PM 4 comments

1980 Paradise

Historians say that the best time to live in the ancient times was during the period known as the pax romana, or Roman peace.

Of course, I wouldn’t want to live in a time where they didn’t even have flushing toilets, much less electricity and all that other good stuff.

In today’s society, it’s not too much of a happy place, with the Iraq war and econmical recession and what not.

Obviously, we wouldn’t want to go back any earlier than the industrial Revolution, because of lack of aforementioned toilets.

The nineteenth century had the Civil War, and the early twentieth brough World War I. Then comes the Great Depression and World War II, which isn’t all that pleasant, either. After came the Cold War, and along with it, the great big mess of the Vietnam War.

But twenty years ago, now that’s the best time to have been born. We’d just gotten into space, and the Soviets were crumbling away and the Cold War was just about over and we didn’t have to worry about some terrorists or North Koreans holding on to some nukes. Granted, we didn’t have all these wonderful computers and Xbox’s and everything, but at least there was still the television.

But it gets better. Since society still had fairly low standards, and the Ivy League wasn’t up to the point of rejecting perfect SAT scores (not to mention no essay section), getting into one of them wasn’t bound to be that hard.

After that, a good job comes easily (Ivy League graduate, after all) and then the Y2K happens and computers start popping up as technology exponentially advances. Only we’ll already have a well-paying job where the American dollar is still worth something more than Canadian, and own a house, a car, etc. and won’t have to beg our parents to by us a new laptop or game console. Heck, we might even invent a couple things ourselves!

So all things considered, the 1980’s was the best time to have been born. We make money just in time for the gadgets to come along and we don’t have to deal with 99% rejection rate schools and high house prices and war or lack of plumbing.

November 27, 2008 at 12:57 PM 1 comment

Do you use Sparknotes?

Poll Duration: October 25, 2008 – November 25, 2008

Do You Use Sparknotes?

I don’t use Sparknotes. Is that why I get such low grades in English?

Thank you all for voting!

November 25, 2008 at 9:13 PM 3 comments

Too Much Light for Twilight

We’ve all heard about, and if you’re a teenage girl or my brother, probably’ve read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. It’s more or less the next Harry Potter series, which is fitting, since J.K. Rowling is done writing them, only it appeals almost exclusively to the female population.

Just mention the word “twilight,” which used to only be affiliated with a sci-fi/horror series known as the Twilight Zone, and you will get more or less every girl in the room to suddenly burst into squeals of delight. They will start competing to see who’s the biggest fan, who’s hotter: pale blood-sucking Edward or hairy werewolf Jacob, and who’s already bought their tickets for the movie, which is premiering this Friday, November 21.

What? It’s getting turned into a movie? No kidding – it’s a matter of capitalism. With over 17 million books sold across America, it was only question of who would get to make the film, and the lucky winner is Summit Entertainment.

Now Summit may stand to make big bucks from this movie, but it’s going to make less than it could have than if it sacked its entire marketing department. There’s no bliddy need to advertise! Let’s face it, the book has had two years to get it’s bliddy fangs on innocent American girls. Advertising on buses is just ridiculous and unsafe. All the girls already know that the movie is going to come out and are going to swarm the theatres on Friday, and the only thing the bus ad will accomplish is to get girls to go crazy and start bouncing around, which is very dangerous when around a bus.

So save yourself a couple million dollars and stop spreading word – girls get rabid when any thing regarding the chic flick comes up, and you’re not the one who has to be around to endure it.

Twilight the Movie

I take it back. Not all girls are crazy, but the ones who are more than make up for the missing ones.

November 20, 2008 at 12:44 AM 8 comments

Blog Bubble Bursted

Yesterday, I came upon some unfortunate news reading a WIRED magazine while volunteering at the library. They according to their article, blogging is now obsolete.

I really haven’t set high standards for my blog: I don’t expect it to become one of the highest ranked blog on Technorati. All I want is a place to share my thoughts (with clean, obvious author’s purposes and no analyzing required) where other people can read them. Somethings take more than 140 words to get across, and quantity has a quality of its own.

Paul Boutin (the writer of the article): your observations may be true, unfortunately, but you can take it and shove it up your circumference, as my geometry teacher used to say. The plug on my blog is going to stay plugged in.

Plus I already have a Facebook – and I import my blog to it, so there!

And insult commenters, stay away!

November 18, 2008 at 10:15 PM 1 comment

Sex is a lot of work.

Today, our AP Biology class had one big giant orgy as part of a study on allele frequency changes in populations, with our class being the sample population.

Apparently, having “sex” is a lot of work.

First you have to take four index cards and write some alleles on them. Then you find a random mate that is probably not The One and make a baby.

If the baby is homozygous recessive, then it dies – and then you have to do it again and again until you get one that survives, and in other cases, you have to flip coins (and scramble to pick them up after they land on the floor and roll over to the next row of desks). And you get what you get – it’s all chance, so no abortions if you don’t like the resulting kid.

After that there’s the recording of data and everything, and when we’re done using Viagra to mate about thirty times in fifty-five minutes (that’s about a baby popping out every half minute), we have to do some math to solve for some variables known as “p” and “q”.

I never knew sex was so much work. Maybe they should include AP Bio as part of sex education – I’m sure it’ll drastically reduce the number of teenage pregancies.

November 14, 2008 at 10:08 PM 3 comments

A Preposterous Proposition

Last night was the California General Elections night. Obama now needs to plan for his inauguration and has proven that people other than old white men can become President. However, I am not here to discuss the pros or cons of his impending presidency. Instead, I am going to perform a dissertation on the 63 percent (6.25 million) of Californian voters who committed a terrible mistake in saying yes to Proposition 2.

Proposition 2 “requires that calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.” – Official Voter Information Guide

First, let’s talk about the “humane” side of the problem, which seems to be the entire reason behind this whole mess. People think that animals suffer from being keeped in confinement. They think that if they were allowed to “turn around”, among other things, that they would be somehow happier.

If an animal is not allowed to move, than it will not move. However, with the extra space, which isn’t all that much really, will provide the creature with the illusion that it can move. Therefore, it may try to escape and hurt itself. It’s like if you’re stupid but you know you’re stupid – how would that make you feel?

Then there are the health issues:

“According to the United States Animal Health Assocation, hens housed in cage-free and free-range housing systems have substantially higher risk of exposure to Avian Influenza, Salmonella, and other diseases … because they have access to the outdoors.” – Wikipedia

With all this concern for Bird Flu, you wouldn’t want your eggs to somehow have a human-transmissible version of H5N1. I hear salmonella isn’t that much more pleasant.

While confined, the animals are kept in a controlled environment, where unwanted substances like feces and urine are removed. Contact with wild animals that could possibly be carrying diseases and parasites would also be prevented.

There’s also economic ramficiations. You’ll now be paying more for potentially more lethal meat and eggs. Someone has to pay for all those upgrades to the farms. Since the owners are predictably seeking a profit, and they’re probably going to be government subsidized, it’s you who will be paying in the end, whether in the form of higher prices and/or higher taxes. In this day and age, with the economy as it is, you’ll probably need that extra money.

Additionally, the proposition will ban “almost all modern egg product production in California … wipes out Californian’s access to locally grown, fresh eggs … [drives] up prices at grocery stores and restaurants and creates a dependency from eggs shipped from [out of state]” – Wikipedia

This destruction of the California egg industry will be another blow to an already severely damanged economy.

Most importantly, your beef will now be less tender. It is said that bear meat is tough and stringy, partially because it’s all muscle. By allowing cows to move around, they will develop their muscle, and therefore be less tender. Also, the fat accumulated by lack of movement contributes to the tenderness as well as the flavor and juiciness of the steak.

By voting yes on Proposition 2, you have endangered your soy-free source of protein, made it more expensive, hurt our economy even more, and made beef less enjoyable. Because of your affinity for animals, the very creatures you are trying to save will now be even more unhappy. You have failed me, the 37 percent of voters who logically said NO, and meat-eaters across California.

Sources: Wikipedia: California Proposition 2 (2008)

November 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM 5 comments

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