Monday, June 8, 2009

excuses, excuses

Reasons why this blog sucks lately:

1.) Stories like the French chef who said "I saw God before me" when he saw Obama make my head want to explode. I am struck dumb in abject horror and mostly just make disgusted sputtering noises when I read the news. Any amount of punditry I might have had has left me. I did, however, good chuckle out of this...

I'm sure it was just a lucky shot, but still. Heh.

2. I haven't been shooting in a long, long time. I miss shooting. Stupid ammo hoarders, no shooty makes Breda a very sad girl.

3. No snow! Gardening! Outside! Sunshine! Dirt! Blossoms! Worms! Herbs! Turtle walks! (new video of the cutest turtle on the internet, if you're interested.) I hate to waste good weather but just this weekend I found a little wifi spot outside near the perennials, so blogging might improve.

4. I've been reading a new book, An Edible History of Humanity. I just can't read fiction lately - I find that I just don't care about the characters and their lives - and I've always liked those books with titles like Milk, Salt, The Pencil or Color, where the author traces the history and evolution of a single subject. My favorite bit of this new book so far comes from the part about the reasons why humans might have started farming, despite the fact that hunting and gathering was by far a much easier lifestyle.
It has even been suggested that the accidental fermentation of cereal grains, and resulting discovery of beer, provided the incentive for the adoption of farming, in order to guarantee a regular supply.
The most unexpected things sometimes have the greatest effect.

13 comments:

reflectoscope said...

Best file name ever.

Jim

Alan said...

Beer. Why else would you give up the laid back hunting lifestyle to be a slave to the land?

jpr9954 said...

I heard the Obamas were in Paris recently and didn't bother to make nice with the Sarkoszy's. I figured that Michelle didn't want to be outshone by Carla Bruni. That picture confirms it!

BadIdeaGuy said...

I saw that picture too, and think it points to someone whose default demeanor is unpleasant.

I tend to think the Obamessiah stories are out there to attenuate opposition. Not saying these things aren't happening, but the hype keeps the momentum going.

Stingray said...

In the same general vein, you might also enjoy "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human". A post at a friend's blog tipped LabRat off to it, and it's sitting in the "to obtain" pile at Amazon now. Should be interesting, one way or another.

Crucis said...

I've heard that Michelle O has always been known for being mean and nasty in deed and word. That pic sure supports that view.

Phil R. said...

"I've always liked those books... where the author traces the history and evolution of a single subject."

Have you encountered "One Good Turn: a Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw" by Witold Rybczynski?

Anonymous said...

I recommend "Fish on Friday" by Fagan. It argues that the fishing industry drove the exploration of North America. A quick, delightful read.

Shootin' Buddy

NMM1AFan said...

Also recommended, The Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard.

Happy belated birthday, too!

Steve R said...

I didn't know who the other lady was, but I sure recognized a PO'd Michelle.

She's just not a happy person, is she?

Old NFO said...

As others have said, M. Obama is NOT a nice person... Especially when upstaged in ANY way...

Tam said...

Jeez, Michelle looks like she's been chugging the Hateorade in that pic.

Alex said...

Is that a Klingon on the right?