I cannot believe what a geek I am. The cardoon flower bloomed last night (see picture). This is so awesome because it works as a vegetarian rennet for cheese making. But the fact that I have cardoon coupled with this extremely detailed analysis (see other picture) of the dna, chemical properties and distribution of clotting enzymes from a book scan on Google Book Search has me so excited.

If it weren't for Google Book Search I never would have found this article about the properties of the cardoon flower. Since I did find it, I ordered seeds from a vintage/heirloom seed company, planted the cardoon in my backyard, cultivated it and now plan on making homemade artisan cheese from it.

It is so unbelievably geeky foody nerdy engineery off-the-gridy wacky that I'm going to wet myself. Trivia question: What do I have in common with Portuguese farmers? We both make Serra Estrela cheese (sort of. I'm going to use goat milk instead of sheep milk)


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Supermodels without Makeup

supermodels without makeup

A cool magazine photo spread featuring supermodels without their makeup. Just to see what the real world looks like. Feed : Keep It Real

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What is going on with the stock market?!?

On Tuesday, 37% of the volume on the NYSE was comprised of trading in four basically worthless stocks: Citibank, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bank of America. Something very bad is going to happen with the stock market soon

Green Sharts On The NYSE! - The Market Ticker Today 3,162 different stocks traded on the NYSE. These four represent 0.13% of the total, yet they comprised 37% of the volume. That's an over-representation of nearly 300 times the average.

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My Apocalypse


In my apocalypse, everyone tends to survive when America collapses and it's our own fault.

"You are a humanitarian internationalist. You're convinced mankind will terminate America—but at least we won't off ourselves in the process. You'll know you're right when: Everyone on Earth pledges allegiance to a world government; the feds default on the national debt."

Play for yourself here

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"Let yourself feel"

Beautiful and amazing videos. I wish I could create stuff like this.

let yourself feel. from Esteban Diácono on Vimeo.

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usaa logo

Just to reiterate USAA is totally beawesome. I just used my iPhone to deposit a check. Someone wrote me a check then I used USAA's app to take a photo of the check. The app uploaded it and credited it to my account in about 10 seconds. It worked better than the system they have for depositing checks using a scanner. After the process finished, I tore up the check. Makes the check itself seem almost silly.

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Max Keiser walks that fine line...

I am fascinated by people who are borderline crazy and brilliant. I imagine that Old Testament prophets like Jeremiah were also. The thing I love about them is the way that I laugh *at* them because they are crazier than me and talking like lunatics, then after I let the message stew for a bit I hear them, then I start to worry because I realize they may be far more brilliant and spot on than I will ever be, then I panic and respond to what they are saying.

Max Keiser is one of those people. To whit:

Dr. Blankfein or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Goldman Sachs
"People will start taking themselves public on new Citizen Exchanges created by Obama; commit public sex acts to boost their stock price then short themselves before committing suicide to cash in out-of-the-money puts they bought on themselves. As a result, the porn industry will need a bailout.

Babies will abort themselves to avoid declaring bankruptcy on charges racked up on in vitro credit cards force-sold to them by Visa through their Verizon owned umbilical cords.

Facebook and Twitter will go public and will each have market caps bigger than Google causing the NASDAQ to shoot to all time new highs. Users will tweet and blog for insider stock. Perez Hilton will become a billionaire. The more you look in the mirror the more you get paid. Narcissism will get monetized by the Feds with some help by Nassim Taleb.

Thanks Lloyd Blankfein, current CEO of Goldman Sachs and future President of the United States. We are eternally in your debt."

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Falmouth Road Race: Done

Don Patterson running Proof

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Posted by: Uncle Nate at August 17, 2009 8:46 AM