Friday, 4 September 2015

Future of Food Will Be A State Of Mind

In the future all food will made from Quinoa-Bean Curd but fine dining will be on the menu as pills.  A $7.59 tablet will get you 1200 calories and the experience of a Lime Slurpee with a side of Tacos and Cheese.   $13.50 and a pellet will supply 1100 calories and the impression you are tasting Filet Mignon (medium rare) with Rosti and Arugula salad.

Re-read Leacock's short story "The New Food" when baby ate the pill that was to be thanksgiving dinner for the whole family.

Dog Tech Put Man On Top.

Fire, pointy things and language gave man an edge but dog tech put us over the top and wiped the Neanderthals. Those natural born killers now have blankets and chew toys and sleep in our homes.

Early man formed an alliance with wolf-like dogs to take down big prey like mammoths and then to protect the meat from lions, hyenas and the rest. The Neanderthals had close-quarters weapons but our breed had arrows and throwing spears.   Mass mammoth kill sites show up when our breed shows up and with them  are these wolf-like dog bones. Pat Shipman's  book describes how this works:  The agile wolf dogs found and harried the game and the less fleet humans killed from a short distance away without having to grab the beasts.  There's evidence that mammoth bone huts were set up at these kill sites.  It would be dangerous to live next to a ton of prime red meat unless you shared guard duty with wolf-dogs.

We had a German Shepherd that grew from puppy-hood without playing with his peers. One day we saw a deer in the snowy forest and I lost control of Nicky.  He came back ten minutes later with blood in every footstep in the snow.  I tracked back to a fence onto some private property where the deer had escaped with its life.  A single naive dog has the ability to supply my family with meat for a couple weeks and skin for clothing,  horns and bones for implements.  Our smart ancestors would have trained these dogs and used them in packs.
Wolf dogs hunting buffalo, from
National Geographic article.

Those cuddly dogs were warriors first.
After the big game wolf dogs came:
Feists and curs trained to tree small animals.
Terriers trained to dig out badgers, otters and rats
Hounds trained to track by smell and by sight.
Hog dogs that hunt in packs and take down nice fat pigs.
And junk yard dogs encouraged to kill intruders.
These natural born killers have baskets with blankets and chew toys and sleep in our homes.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Trump looks at the future in 1987: "Motivating good people to do their best work"

I just finished "The Art of the Deal" (1987) to get a handle on Trump's prospects.  Before talking about the future he first makes clear:
   Do everything on time and on budget.
   Be neat as a pin.
   Be outstanding in a striking way.
   Please your customers (especially rich ones).
This isn't a clown car show. He is a boaster but no an idle one.
He meets one-on-one with the people who make decisions.  This is the opposite of Obama's ex cathedra style which rarely deigns to persuade and meet.  This style is mostly non-partisan, a simple assessment of who has the power to make a deal.   There may be policy hodge podges under a President Trump but congress will be less divided.  Though I didn't admire President Johnson, he was the last one with a reputation for knowing how to get people lined up for a vote.

And the future?  The last page of the book from the pen of a 41 year old:

  " I've spent the first twenty years of my working life building, accumulating, and accomplishing things that many said could not be done.  The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years is to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I've gotten.
   ... It's easy to be generous when you've got a lot, and anyone who does, should be.  But what I admire more are people who put themselves directly on the line.  I've never been terribly interested in why people give, because their motivation is rarely what is seems to be, and it's almost never pure altruism.  To me, what matters is the doing ...
    In my life, there are two things I've found I'm very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.  One of the challenges ahead is how to use those skills as successfully in the service of others as I've done, up to now, on my own behalf."


Twenty seven years after writing "The Art of the Deal", he has found a creative way to give back something and if it motivates good people to do their best work, it will be worth it. (What a blowhard!).

Garbage is becoming illegal

On the dumpster at our shop this preposterous sticker has been added.  Almost every form of waste is outlawed.

Put the burden back on the dump operators to sort it out. Garbage collection is no longer a paid service, it is indentured service.