Astonishingly, Aristotle Amato’s always amazingly attired Australian Aboriginal attorney, Amaroo Alba, already anticipating another abundantly absurd argument about amorous Amazonian alligators attacking albino Argentinean alpacas, advised adventurous aunt Alexandra Amundson against abruptly appropriating attention as Arabian Admiral Anwar Al Anawaki accepts an award at Anchorage Alaska’s annual Aleutian American Awesome Alitteration Affair, and all attendees acted appropriately appreciative.
Today is Maria Lucimar Pereira’s birthday. She was born in 1890 and that makes her 121 years old today. She’s presumably lived in the Amazon jungle in Brazil her entire life eating a very traditional diet the whole time. According to a Huffington Post article, she’s been eating “a diet of fresh fish, banana porridge, root vegetables, and grilled meat, but she also avoids salt, sugar and processed foods.” A BBC article says, “with regular dishes including grilled meat, monkey, fish, the root vegetable manioc and banana porridge, and no salt, sugar or processed foods.” Some other article I read mentioned some other root vegetable. The articles tend to mention the lack of sugar and “processed foods”, without acknowledging that making a porridge out of bananas is a process and that bananas have sugar in them. They say nothing about grains or legumes which have been a part some humans’ diets for thousands of years. Presumably, she hasn’t been eating them, and there’s no doubt she’s been living without the oils produced from these plants in factories that are a major part of the Standard American Diet (SAD).
This all fits in well with the paleo diet idea that humans have adapted to eating certain foods (wild animal meat, fish, root vegetables, and fruit) and are ill-equipped to deal with foods that have only been around for 10,000 or less years (added sugar, grains, seed oils, and dairy). For some, this is the prescription for what we should eat. For others, it’s just the starting assumption. I like that approach, and if that sounds good to you, check out the Archevore Diet by Dr. Kurt Harris.
The major media news articles don’t really get much into the specifics of Ms. Pereira’s diet. They spend at least as much energy focusing on Guinness World Records needing more proof to declare her the oldest living person in the world. I’d like someone to go spend a few days with her, documenting her eating habits before she kicks off. I also wonder what her great-great-great-grandchildren are eating.
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Tags: archevore, Maria Lucimar Pereira, monkey meat, oldest living human, paleo diet, SAD, sugar is bad for you
Categories : Amazingness, Caveman Life, Food
I found the most amazingly nerdy thing ever. It’s a free modern PC game called Dwarf Fortress that has ASCII “graphics”, meaning it basically doesn’t have graphics. Of all the games I’ve ever played in my life, it has the steepest learning curve by far. This is largely because it is immensely complex, but the complicated and not-too-terribly intuitive interface contributes a great deal. The game has two modes of play, with the primary mode being “fortress”, in which you control* a group of dwarves. The basic task is to get them to survive and thrive in a dangerous world of goblins, underground monsters, and potential booze shortages. Once players have scaled the learning cliff, they discover that the game isn’t really that difficult and attempt mega-projects, such as a 72-story stone dwarf that can pee both water and magma (though, not both at once).
Your dwarves do not have hit points. They have all the body parts you’d expect them to have and their bones will break if they’re hit hard enough. They have personalities and gain skill in whatever labors you task them to perform. This can cause you to feel a great sense of loss when you foolishly order to your legendary miner (who you named “Dig-Dug”) to cause a cave-in that will ultimately lead to his death, which could’ve been prevented had you only managed to produce some soap for your hospital. Much of the time, the game plays like a sim game that you can neither win nor lose, and then suddenly hostile invaders present themselves and hopefully you’re prepared for it.
If you were to try and play this I would highly recommend you keep your browser open to the Dwarf Fortress Wiki, which currently has 1185 articles; and that you download the Lazy Newb Pack, which includes several
hacks utility programs and an interface that allows you to easily turn on and off features. It also includes the most popular tiles sets which dramatically improve the visual interface.
This game is not for everyone. In fact, most folks are far more likely to enjoy reading or hearing stories of other people’s experiences than they actually would trying to play the game themselves. Seriously, if stories involving magma, mad dwarves, burning goblins, and belligerent elephants sound interesting to you, check out the story of Boatmurdered, a fortress that some fine folks at Something Awful took turns playing, back in the 2D days. Even if it sounds like your kind of thing, understand that the game is technically in alpha, has one programmer, and has numerous outstanding bugs and half-implemented features.
This game is one of the reasons I haven’t posted anything since Xmas.
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Categories : Amazingness, Caveman Life
I’m reading Gary Taubes’s Good Calories Bad Calories, which has this gem of a quote from H.L. Mencken:
There is always a well-known solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.
Taubes is referring to how ‘everyone’ knows that you should avoid eating fat to lose or avoid gaining weight, and ‘everyone’ is wrong.
This page has many more Mencken quotes. As a blashemous anti-democrat, I liked this:
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
My anti-feminist side likes this:
Misogynist – A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.
Why representative democracy sucks:
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
I really like this:
The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.
It is incredibly difficult to argue against public policy when I advocate to alternative policy. Sometimes, my vastly superior alternative is to simply do nothing. “The President has to do SOMETHING!” No. No, he doesn’t.
Mencken’s views, more often than not, mirror my own. As a crazy person filled with unpopular ideas, that’s a rare find for me. Few westerners even question the nobility of the institution of democracy. Fewer still conclude that it’s awful, but Mencken did, and so have I. He wrote a bit about women and social dynamics. As someone who didn’t like men voting, he liked women’s suffrage even less. He was alive and writing before, during, and after prohibition, which he didn’t much care for, a movement that largely be blamed on women.
If that’s too politically correct for you, he also managed to say unkind things about Jews and blacks, though he seems to have simultaneously held both admiration and disdain for Jewish people. So, there’s that.
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Tags: anti-democracy, gary taubes, Mencken
Categories : Amazingness, Politics