Things I tend to (re)blog about:
Astronomy, the enviroment, social activism, cool photos, cool things humans do, my thoughts on whatever, random short stories, quotes, fandom, commentary by others that is more succinct than I could ever be.
“If You Know Someone Who Doesn’t Believe Sexism Exists, Show Them This” Link here: [x]
In my mid-twenties I gained a lot of weight after I broke my leg and quit smoking. At first I was pretty upset about it since I had always been slim. Until I noticed that when I was out I wasn’t cat called anymore or harassed by random guys. It felt like for the first time since I was 11 I was treated like a person and I honestly think that’s why I didn’t try to take the weight back off for the longest time.
Having said that, the first time I was ever called a slut was by a 25 year old woman when I was 11 because her boyfriend was playing Frisbee with me at a family picnic. When I was 12 I was told by my English teacher in front of the whole class that I couldn’t always rely on my legs to pass. I had won a story telling award from my female English teacher the year before. It was on subject I never had trouble with. I don’t think it was due to my legs. If they offended him so much, why did he assign me the desk diagonally in front of his so he could see them so clearly? I wasn’t smart enough to ask that at the time.
50 years ago Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. Initially both Vostok 5 and 6, which flew at the same time, would be piloted by women. Tereshkova would pilot Vostok 5 and Valentina Ponomaryova Vostok 6. However, due to changes in the Sovjet Spaceflight program, Vostok 5 was flown by Bykovsky and Vostok 6 by Tereshkova. She would remain the only woman to have been in orbit for another 19 years.
Today an aquaintance said that he would teach his sons to treat women like goddesses. I told him that women aren’t goddesses but just your regular run of the mill people with flaws and antics and histories. He then said that no “lady” ever has a true flaw and proceeded to explain to me what life…
Here’s the thing about Tarot Cards. They aren’t psychic. They aren’t supernatural. Someone a long time ago observed human nature and life and realized that it could be broken down into segments from the beginning of a journey to it’s end. (The Fool card all the way to the Death card.) And when you use the cards, you are supposed to ask a question to yourself and the cards that are turned over are described as to what they represent in the cycle of any life situation, not what they say about the future. The person who is getting the reading then mulls over the cards and comes to their own conclusion. The cards are more about initiating a new way of looking at a problem that has someone confounded. NOT to tell them their damn future. And almost every book on Tarot that I have read (usually that come with the deck itself) says so right in the beginning.The fact that they get used that way aren’t the cards fault. That also says something about humanity.
Be sure to look out for the Moon these next few months as it approaches Perigee, because the full moons during these times will appear exceptionally large. The Moon will be at its Perigee, or closest approach, in June 23 and it will reach full moon only a few minutes after it passes this point in its orbit.
These ‘super moons’ not only appear larger because they are physically closer but, combined with a full moon, the mind can play tricks on you to think they are much larger. This phenomena is called the Moon Illusion. Try to catch these full moons as they rise/set because the illusion works when there is an object in the foreground, like a tree, building or mountains.
And to clear some things up. Yes, the top image is exaggerated and the moon won’t be a menacing object in the sky on the 23rd. No, it’s not going to come out of nowhere and dominate the sky and create destructive tides, though the tides will be affected but it’s nothing to worry about. The moon will appear large as it approaches full moon and even next months full moon will still appear large, however it will be a few percents smaller. The best time to see it will be between the afternoon of the 22nd and before sunrise on the 23rd (it reaches full moon on the morning of the 23rd technically).
On a not so recent trip to Toronto there was talk of the Canadian dish poutine and like a typical jerky American I asked “why”. As in, why would you put cheese curds on fries?
There had to be a story.
I assumed that there was because I’m from the area that claims responsibility for potato chips. (Take note, folks from the UK. When you get all snippy about us calling anything by what other than you call it, (soccer), I’m going to keep doing that until you all stop calling potato chips “crisps”. So… uh.. take that?) But there’s a story behind potato chips. A patron at a local restaurant kept asking for thinner and crisper potatoes, which frustrated the chef to the point where he sliced the potato as thinly as he could and fried them to crunching. The patron loved them. Potato chips were born! So what was the story behind poutine? Someone at some point had to make a choice to put those three ingredients together. Why?
All I could really find was Wikipedia. I’m sure it’s in books somewhere but… have I ever mentioned that I’m lazy? Well, yeah. That.
Seems it has a similar story to potato chips. A patron asked for the cheese curds on the fires. The reaction to the request was, “ça va faire une maudite poutine” (“it will make a damn mess”). Guess it’s lucky that the request wasn’t made in the English speaking part of the country. Who’d want to eat a snack just called, “mess”? Doesn’t have the same poetry.
So. There you have it.
Although… if it was a request by someone else, then the guy claiming to have created the dish by putting the curds on the fries didn’t actually invent the dish. The person who made the request did. And how long have they been eating their fries that way? Any food historians feel like digging into that mystery?