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Food and Erasmus

Food Quiz
Snarfed from azurelunatic:

Foods I am actively badly allergic to:
None that I know of. I am very fortunate.

Foods I am mildly allergic/sensitive to:

  • Molded cheese (I am allergic to penecillin)

  • Lemonade (especially Country Time instant lemonade)

  • Ginger ale

  • Starburst fruit chews (I recently had a reaction to these and am avoiding them for now, more's the pity)



Foods I Don't Eat, Ever:

  • Any living animal, including insects

  • Raw or rare (very undercooked) meat

  • (Hypothetically) Animals with a developed cortex; very toxic organs, pet species, very cute species, endangered species



Foods I Don't Prefer, But Will Eat Occasionally or Pick Out of Mixed Dishes:
I'm not sure whether "pick out of" means "remove from" or "select from", but here are some...
Things I tend to select:

  • Water chestnuts

  • Hollow-stemmed vegetable (kong1 shing1 cai4
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  • Quail eggs

  • Straw mushrooms

  • Any deviled shellfish (crab, etc.)


Things I tend to remove (I have tried all of these at least once, usually two or three times):

  • cuttlefish, tough squid, gamy-tasting octopus

  • hard gelatinous sea animals (edible Cnidaria such as jellyfish, but not sea cucumbers)

  • very tough or crunchy seaweed (hai3 tai2)

  • very large meatballs (shi1 zi3 tou2 or "lion's heads")

  • small intestines and other chitterlings

  • chicken gizzards and lungs

  • chicken feet

  • pork ears



Foods I eat that many other people I know won't or can't:

  • Crab (especially deviled) and lobster

  • Scallops and mussels

  • Asparagus

  • Pork (especially ham)

  • Beef (avoiding it for the time being)



General Principles About My Food Prefs:
This is going to sound semi-Talmudic, but I think I already burnt that bridge above (sorry, yahvah):

  • I absolutely refuse to eat from any animal that is not fully killed, especially half-live, spinalized, encephalized, etc.

  • I will avoid consuming flesh from any animal that is inhumanely killed.

  • I would absolutely refuse to eat the meat of any animal species with a highly developed cortex: this includes higher primates (humans, obviously, all monkeys, probably lemurs), some cetaceans (dolphins and most whales), elephants, and others.

  • Save in dire circumstances, I would avoid highly toxic organs: livers of carnivores, pufferfish ovaries, etc.

  • I won't eat mammals, birds, or fish that are predominantly kept as domestic pets, especially in North America.

  • I won't eat mammals or birds that are very cute (koalas, wild mammal cubs; puffins, penguins).

  • I won't eat any animals that are endangered: this includes pandas, most tigers, and many whales.

  • Almost any vegetable or fruit is OK. I will try any nontoxic vegetable or fruit once (I'm ambivalent about trying durian, but I've decided to try it).



Erasmus Quote

The Dutch humanist and theologian Erasmus</i></b> is said to have written:
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.

Of course, this is a Wacksoned1 version adopted by Waldenbooks (now a Borders subsidiary, can you believe it?).

The real quote:

Ad Graecas literas totum animum applicui. Statimque ut pecuniam accepero, Graecos primum autores, deinde vestes emam.
-Desiderius Erasmus

To Greek writings all my attention is turned. The first thing I shall do, as soon as I receive the money, is to buy Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes.

Now this, too, is valuable.
At any rate, I applaud people's dedication to the printed word when they are able to abide by the above (especially perforce)!

Everyone would do well to have a penchant for making bedpartners of books. Me, I'm waiting for a really good e-book reader and more digital/digitized text. My dresser drawers are quite covered with books and journals, but poisonally, it would be difficult to turn over and not knock all the books into next week.

By a show of hands: who has a bed covered in boonks, hrm?

1 I have great respect for Peter Jackson and admiration for his work in the LoTR films as a whole, but there are quite a few trasked plot lines, plot devices, bits of dialogue, and characters - hence this word.

Ninth Day of Christmas:
The Out of Tune Song - music and lyrics by Colin Buchanan (MP3)

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Banazîr

Comments

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vretallin
Jan. 2nd, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Does an office covered in books count?
banazir
Jan. 2nd, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
Hay, yer up late.

Does an office covered in books count?
Wlel, lessee, unless you keep a couch, cot, or other furniture that can be slept upon in your office... no.pe.

Both my home office and my office at Nichols earned me the nick of "Tornado Bill" from my folks. Mind you, it isn't even clear that I have the messiest one in the department, as I occasionally (every 1d6 months) clean house cataclysmically.

Hrm, come to think of it, I have several derogatory nicks ("Dusty Hsu" for my open computer cases, etc.) I think I need to work on that office image a bit. :-P

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Banazir
vretallin
Jan. 2nd, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
hrmm ok well the living room chair then is as close as you'll get there. I tend to *use* my bed and chairs and such. ;)
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Dining room offices - banazir - Jan. 2nd, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Impwessionable young minds - banazir - Jan. 3rd, 2004 11:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
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malakhai
Jan. 2nd, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
I have a dining room table covered in books...
banazir
Jan. 2nd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
I have a dining room table covered in books...
I suspect that's the case with a lont of hobbits, save those with nick rollaway desks like Bilbo's and Frodo's (and remember, old Bilbo had his study floor covered in books and papers).

Great icon, BTW - props to your husband, and I hope Astin does get an Oscar.

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Banazir
malakhai
Jan. 3rd, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! My husband is a graphic designer, so it was nothing for him to make that but it would have taken me FOREVER! If Sean doesn't get nominated, I will be SLAYED.

I want one of those rollaway desks, after all, I am a hobbit....
banazir
Jan. 3rd, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
Sean Astin
Thanks! My husband is a graphic designer, so it was nothing for him to make that but it would have taken me FOREVER!
If you want a place (a web server) from to host giveseantheoscar.com or such, let me know.

If Sean doesn't get nominated, I will be SLAYED.
I think he will be nominated - what do you think the competition would be?

I want one of those rollaway desks, after all,
I am a hobbit....

Indeed!

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Banazir
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yahvah
Jan. 2nd, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
My bed used to be covered with books, but I got sick of it and picked them all up and put them back on their appropriate place on the shelf. Now it's my coffee table that's inundated with books. There's two volumes of the Zohar, my LISP book, Guide For The Perplexed by Moses Maimonides, a Hebrew copy of Isaiah with English commentary, the Nilsson book and the KM Users Manual and Situations Manual (btw, situation calculus is some cool stuff, which I'll be focusing on in my writings this weekend).
banazir
Jan. 2nd, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
Bibles, books, and situation calculus
My bed used to be covered with books, but I got sick of it and picked them all up and put them back on their appropriate place on the shelf.
/me nods
Yep. I tend to stack my books very high on my dresser drawer and window sills.

Now it's my coffee table that's inundated with books.
I cleared about 15 books off my dining room table (mostly just AAAI, UAI, and IJCAI proceedings) 4 days ago. Right now, there are only 4:



plus my two ThinkPads (Numerramar and Vingilot), my iPAQ, a newly-obsolete 2003 TTT calendar, and a bunch of papers.

There's two volumes of the Zohar, my LISP book, Guide For The Perplexed by Moses Maimonides, a Hebrew copy of Isaiah with English commentary, the Nilsson book and the KM Users Manual and Situations Manual
Ah, very interesting.
Ever compared Tolkien's Akallabeth to Isaiah? It was quite a realization the first time I reread Isaiah after the Silmarillion. :-)
I've gone lamost completely to electronic (wlokaz, web; I'm quite net-dependent) versions of Bibles and commentaries, but I still have the trusty and worn KJV I used as a sproglet. I keep telling myelf I'll get an NIV, but I keep telling myelf I'll learn Chinese so I read a bilingual one, too. :-P
KM?

(btw, situation calculus is some cool stuff, which I'll be focusing on in my writings this weekend).
Good, I look forward to it.
See Russell and Norvig, too.

Sheesh, I knew it'd only be a matter of time before I started wibbling about Bibles, Middle-earth, and FOL in the same psot. :-P

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Banazir
yahvah
Jan. 2nd, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Bibles, books, and situation calculus
Ever compared Tolkien's Akallabeth to Isaiah?

I'm more or less Tolkien illiterate. I read most of the Hobbit in 9th grade, but I had a hard time getting through it. I was mostly pre-occupied with books by Terry Brooks (Shannara series) and the Dragonlance novels. I have the Silmarillion on my shelf, but I haven't even started it.

I keep telling myelf I'll get an NIV

Ew. :-P I recommend the Jewish Publication Society translation, as well as the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern (as well as his commentary). My Messianic Jewish friends would say Feh! to the JPS because they translate certain Old Testament passages ambiguously to make them not look so much like Jesus prophecies. Eh.

KM?

The Knowledge Machine, which is UT's and Boeing's joint effort at developing a knowledge representation language and inference engine. KM is what I would use to create knowledge bases of LJ/blog users. There's a paper on their website that compares KM to Cyc, which Marvin Minsky picked on quite a bit in Scientific American and New Scientist.
yahvah
Jan. 2nd, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Bibles, books, and situation calculus
Peter Clark is a really nice guy, too. I e-mailed him with some questions, and he responded with surprising expedience. Apparently KM does not currently function under GNU CLisp because of some of the ANSI LISP primitives are missing from the GCL implementation (soon-to-be added, of course). UT uses Allegro Lisp, which is a bit expensive for my taste at the moment. I was able to get KM to work under plain old clisp, though.
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prolog
Jan. 2nd, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
Live or semi-live animals? Eegah! I'm far from being a true-blue animal rights activist, but that sort of thing is a bit chilling. I can only eat meat if it's dead, good and proper. (though I must admit, medium-rare steak is a beautiful thing)
banazir
Jan. 3rd, 2004 04:20 am (UTC)
Live or semi-live animals? Eegah! I'm far from being a true-blue animal rights activist, but that sort of thing is a bit chilling.
Oh, yes.
It's mostly fish, but half-cooking a live fish is very inhumane IMO. I've only heard of this (c. 1994) and thankfully have never witnessed it.

I can only eat meat if it's dead, good and proper.
Indeed. I think I could definitely eat a hissing cockroach cf. the Fear Factorials, but I would feel too weird about biting into a live insect (it's more the thought of its being alive than that I'm eating an uncooked cockroach).

(though I must admit, medium-rare steak is a beautiful thing)
Medium is decent, but I can't take too much red.

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
No sushi for Nabo?

Dem.
banazir
Jan. 3rd, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)
You want the sushi?
No sushi for Nabo?
Yew want the sushi?
Yew can't handle the sushi!

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Banazir
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