Here are some good books on economics. I want to read all of them…
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"Great post from the Dreamy Idealist, about being vegan in Ithaca!"
Being Vegan in Ithaca is so easy. There is a large vegan/vegetarian population, animal rights groups, animal rescues, our famous SPCA was turned into a NO KILL by Nathan Winograd (www.nathanwinograd.com) and the T.
Cutting tall grass is hard, because it’s full of beautiful singing insects who have made their home there. Apparently our yard is occupied by large numbers of praying mantises. I’d never seen one in person before. They’re lovely little people. Read the rest of this entry »
Awhile back we got a smart phone for the first time, and I downloaded a game based on the cuteness of its icon. It turned out to be Triple Town, and I got briefly obsessed, even finding it on Facebook when I ran out of credits or points or whatever it is they give you until you have to start paying money to keep playing.
It’s an addictive puzzle game, which is what I found appealing about it. You combine icons to make higher-value icons. But these icons tell a story. They’re not just little jewels or tiles or something. Triple Town is set on land, populated by bears. You combine grass until you have flowers, and you combine those until you have bushes, and those in turn become trees, which then become buildings, and then churches and cathedrals. Along the way you trap the bears, turning them into tombstones. Enough tombstones and you’ve got a church. You encounter “ninja bears” who can move around more freely and block your moves, and you kill them, to turn them into tombstones, too. At some point the game tells you you’ve been working on colonies; there’s a mainland which sends out ships to them to get their resources to bring back to the “Capital City,” where they can be used to build monuments, armaments, and coin-making farms and factories to fund further exploitation of the islands.
So not only was I a bear-killer, I was an imperialist. I got deeply uncomfortable and after a while it wasn’t even my “guilty pleasure” anymore, it was just an addictive thing I felt creepy about. So I stopped playing.
In the back of my mind I wondered about Triple Town. I imagine a lot of people don’t have issues with killing tiny animated bears and stealing their resources; the game is very popular. Were the game producers just idiots, unaware of what they were teaching people? Or were they deliberately brainwashing folks? Read the rest of this entry »
In Idea Channel’s Is Beemo a Third-Wave Feminist?, Mike Rugnetta discusses how the character BMO on Adventure Time is neither male nor female. His switching comfortably between male and female pronouns throughout the video made me cry a little, and I loved the quick, historically contextualized take-down of the gender binary. Thank you world, for changing.
(Uh, this post is related to animals because I’m an animal and my gender is part of my animalness. Therefore I will blog about gender. …See, I need to change the name of this blog to something more generally intersectional.)
If you like me believe that eating local is an important part of being vegan, hopefully you’ve been buying Cayuga Pure Organics‘ locally-produced grains and beans. (We get them at Greenstar Cooperative Market, because we like to support coops whenever possible.)
Well, they had a fire, and now they need help rebuilding. If you believe in a resilient, vegan future for our region, please consider making a donation to their IndieGogo fundraising campaign! It ends on Friday, July 26th.
In this post on io9, “Ever felt compelled to squeeze an adorable animal really, really hard?”, we are told,
Sure you have. We all have – and not in a malicious sense. Squeezing is just something you want to DO. Bunnies. Puppies. Wee baby elephants. Ducks. Baby sloths. All wellsprings of the intense desire to hug so hard it hurts. Well it turns out scientists have given this compulsion a name. It’s “Cuteness aggression,” and they’re trying to make sense of it…
Scientific American points out,
Cute aggression’s prevalence does not mean that people actually want to harm cuddly critters… Rather the response could be protective, or it could be the brain’s way of tamping down or venting extreme feelings of giddiness and happiness.
Meanwhile, back at io9, we have this response:
When I read this my first thought was rather judgmental. Read the rest of this entry »