Salmonella anyone? Looks like the country’s largest source of salmonella infections comes from personal poultry. From tainted pre-cut melons to pig-ear dog treats, there’s been a slew of recalls this year due to outbreaks of salmonella infections. Yet by far the biggest source of the bacteria hasn’t involved a recall at all. It stems from backyard flocks, the growing trend of raising chickens and other poultry for eggs and companionship. What kind of sick-pup lightweight keeps chickens for companionship? Eggs, meat, compost, manure, bug control, and a back-up alarm clock, OK. But companionship? That’s some kind of seriously anti-social tic. … Continue reading The Urban
Chicken Sicken Movement
Chatty stuff about writing indie SciFi, with snarky political and cultural commentary. Oh, and a great geeky sense of humor: Update: Francis turner says that cat complains too much Continue reading Go read Sarah Hoyt
Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry. Nicholas Taleb off on a delicious rant. Tip from Gary Jones, who did make the smallest peep of a comment (so I know he likes it). *I’m more of an intellectu’all. And I DO deadlift. Continue reading Intellectual Yet Idiot*
Every public hearing or lecture I have ever attended included a question-and-answer period that was spoiled by some tub-thumping doofus asking a series of rambling, pointless, or loaded questions. Here’s a guide to asking questions that are pertinent and productive. Not that even one doofus will read and heed it. Tip from the Instapundit. Continue reading How to ask a question
Brian Jay Stanley explains–better than I ever could–why I’ve been saying this for years. Tip from the Instapundit, who’s always “making the dumbest sh** interesting.” Continue reading You’re not bored, you’re boring
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is working furiously at exposing themselves as a gang of culturally tone-deaf jerks: Schweddy Balls ice cream is an homage to a 13-year-old “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Alec Baldwin as bakery owner Pete Schweddy, whose unique holiday offerings included a delicacy called Schweddy balls. The company’s not worried about offending people with the name, said spokesman Sean Greenwood. … “Ice cream is closer to a fashion brand than a package good,” said Adamson, a managing director of Landor Associates, in New York. The flavor’s name will generate conversation and “getting word of mouth, getting buzz, … Continue reading Really? “Schweddy Balls” ice cream? Really?