Two people got rat lungworm from eating raw centipedes.

Let this be a reminder to all of you, make sure you cook your arthropods well before eating. I know, centipede sashimi seems like a good idea and a delicious quick lunch for those of us on the goal and I can’t even finish this sentence without gagging.

Rat lungworm is, thankfully, one of the few parasites that sounds more disgusting than it is. Unfortunately, it’s even more terrifying than its gross name would suggest.

Two poor humans who recently got infected—as reported Monday in the journal American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene—contracted the parasite by eating raw centipedes, which might give you a false sense of security. ‘I don’t eat centipedes,’ you think, foolishly. Nor do you likely live in a small rural town in Guangzhou, China, where the mother and son pair reported to the hospital with persistent headaches. (Of course, you may live in a small rural town in Guangzhou and/or enjoy the occasional centipede snack, but our reader analytics tell us this is statistically unlikely).

Debussy “Clair de Lune” on Piano for 80 Year Old Elephant

This is just gorgeous. One of the most beautiful pieces of music written, played wonderfully to an elderly elephant.

Debussy “Clair de Lune” for a gentle female elephant called Ampan. Ampan is 80 years old and lives with us as Elephants World in Thailand. She is blind in one eye and can barely see with the other. 80 years old is very old indeed for an elephant, it’s about 10 years past the natural life span of an elephant in the wild.

Oh he has an entire channel where he plays classical music for elephants.

Beethoven for a blind elephant.
Bach for a different blind elephant.

More at the link above.

Food Wishes – Tomato Tart

So lately I have started to eat more vegetarian. I’ve cut out almost all red meat and almost completely off pork. The reasoning is mostly moral. Factory farming is brutal and I’ve never loved the hypocrisy of my diet where I’m fine eating animals but probably wouldn’t be able to kill them myself. I could kill a fish and probably a chicken but there is no way I’d be able to kill a pig or a cow. Maybe it’s just as I get older, I want to try to do as little harm as possible to the environment and other species. (unless the species is orange and name rhymes with drump. Then I really don’t care, do you?)

The problem I’m having though is finding enough recipes to actually enjoy eating food without meat. This one is pretty good for a start. Especially given that it’s tomato season.

So Here’s the Thing

It’s very easy to quit something when you think nobody cares. A lot more difficult when you have so many people who show their appreciation and tell me the length of time they have dedicated to following along during the years.

So I have decided not to quit. I will keep this little hobby going. But I am going to try to change it up a bit. I think I will keep most political posts for Twitter. Trump is just plain exhausting. It’s almost impressive in a psychotic way.

I am going to try harder to make this blog a bit more entertaining and not just single links to news sources. Blogging may be sparse for the next few weeks though. August is not a productive month but I always feel rejuvenated in the Fall. Provided nuclear winter doesn’t come early this year.

Thank you to everyone who commented. Your comments do make a difference!

On y va!

15 Years of Blogging

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented. It really means a lot to me.

I started this blog September 28, 2003. I’m about 2 months short of 15 years of blogging. If this blog was a person it would be covered in acne and a year away from driving. Looking back over the years, I’m trying to figure out how I’ve changed since I was bored enough to buy a url and try this new thing that people were doing by posting things online. I’m going to number how I’ve changed and what I’ve learned but they are in no particular order.

  1. I have moved twice.
  2. I have had two cats. I still miss Cynikitty very much.
  3. I didn’t even have a passport in 2003. Now I have been overseas quite a few times and never want to stop traveling.
  4. I used to think the United States was the best country in the world. Now I’m not even sure it’s the best country in North America.
  5. I moved in with my future wife 2 years after starting the blog and got married a year after that. And we’re still going strong.
  6. I went from agnosticism, to borderline-militant atheism, to atheist but I really don’t care what you believe as long as you aren’t hurting others.
  7. My initial point of view is usually wrong.
  8. No matter how many compliments you get, you will always focus on the one negative thing. And it will eat you alive if you don’t realize that is most likely the reaction they wanted in the first place.
  9. Do what you love is a nice sentiment and all but you still gotta eat.
  10. Always be honest with your readers.
  11. I have quit blogging 2 or 3 times. I should learn to just take an extended hiatus when burnout hits then killing it off. (See number 7)
  12. Just because there are two sides doesn’t mean they both have valid arguments.
  13. Don’t punch down. (ie criticisms of Islam are probably valid but in this current political environment when people want to lump an entire culture in with a the fundamentalists you really have to tread carefully to not fan the flames of hate.)
  14. To be continued.

  15. I gained and lost about 50lbs and have managed to keep it off. And nobody should be shamed for their weight so even though I’m find with the “fat acceptance” movement, I honestly feel a lot better without the extra weight.

  16. I probably wasn’t for gay marriage before 2003. (I don’t recall being anti-gay marriage either but I was probably in the not too comfortable area in my thinking with the whole thing.) Now I’m as pro-gay marriage as you can be. We need more happiness and love in this world.
  17. If people are annoying you online, block or ban them. Life isn’t worth putting up with jerks if you don’t have to.
  18. There are good and bad people of every religion including nonbelievers. Religion has nothing to do with morality.