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Worth watching if you were ever curious about how the meat in your burgers and the food in the grocery stores actually gets there. My family buys a lot of organic food, and watching this convinced me I should be doing more of the same.

You are voting every time you decide what to eat for a meal, so why not vote for something a little less unhealthy? Ultimately the supply of a market is determined by what is demanded by the consumer. The movie came out a couple of years ago, so it should be easy to find on netflix or blockbuster.

The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business – with an emphasis on the business – has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. The global food supply may be in crisis with lack of biodiversity, but can be changed on the demand side of the equation.

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A video game studio asked me to come up with concepts for a tower defense game. This is one of 3 concepts I came up with, “Zombie Farm”. Basically the game took place in a post-abarnalyptic future and involved the defense of Farmer Dell’s homestead and all its stored food with weapons fashioned from farm tools.

I developed five zombie animal classes that had become infected and five defense tower objects with their own range, variables, etc. The thing that I wanted to introduce as a new gameplay mechanics was the alternation of attack paths from them (zombies) eating barriers blocking paths, and different combinations of spawn points/patterns in levels.

Believe it or not this was before Plants VS Zombies came out, so it was cool to see a studio take the zombie tower defense concept and delivered it in an exciting way. That and the folks that work there are some nice people to begin with!

To see more studio work click here.

Skunks have faces that look like they are pushed to the end of their head, so I drew one. He can open canned food with his head in a pinch, jackhammer style. Don’t let this fellow raid your kitchen pantry, you will be left with nothing. Nothing, I tell you.

To see more sketch work click here.

If I was prone to having regular backyard barbecue I’d consider getting one of these things. They look fun to use.

Yeah, and it’s not a prank either, they have an official website and everything. The device is officially hailed as the “Condiment Gun”, as it is capable of dispensing various liquid garnishments on your food, not just one.

As you can see the technology is readily implemented in four basic steps, assault style:


Dude is like….”Yo man, dress my hotdog up.”

Probably not too smart of a move, but I’ve been cooking virtual food on the DS before bed for the past few days.  The sound effects and graphics are good, so that makes a human tummy growl.  Cooking Mama claps her hands and gets starry eyed when you do an exceptional job.

If it weren’t for such a high-flying feeling of satisfaction, my fortitude would withstand the urge of making…one…more…delicious…meal…

I like chocolate way more than vanilla.

Some would disagree with me, and I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Whatever floats your boat I guess. In the spirit of chocolate, here’s some awesome chocolate covered fruit I ate today for lunch.

chocolate food

There are two cherries, a strawberry, some oranges, and a fondue with chocolate in the center. The fondue had powdered sugar on it, which erupted in a snowy dust storm on my hoodie sleeve when I bit into it. Some of it also got on my face, which made me look like someone at Club 54 in the bathroom stall.

I keep spilling food on my hoodie, but keep wearing it because it is my favorite jacket. Most people have a favorite jacket they like when they are little, and continue to wear it despite the mounting smorgasboard of stains. I proudly admit I never grew out of this habit.

I don’t mean to be an asian stereotype, but I love rice.

If I love rice, then it’s natural to say that doing research to find an exceptional rice cooker would be the next step. A little over a year ago I was wondering around Chinatown with my friend and former roommate Chris Lee. We stopped into this little shop and the miraculous vision of the inner cooking pan and heating system graced my eyes in the form of the:

NS-ZCC10/18

the most amazing rice cooker ever made

(NS stands for no-shit, except in the pants of those that see it for themselves. Haha. Bring some diapers.)

The NS-ZCC10/18 has fantastic programming built into it which compensates temperature in real time whether you over or under-fill the water level outside optimum range. Because of this, there is no sticky or flaky “film” that builds on the edges of the pot during the steaming process. The distribution of heat remains even throughout, which results in a consistent layer and texture on all axis of cooking goodness. The pot is easily removable for washing after the job is done, as well as the inner lid. The escape hatch for the steam is an innovative design, which diverts air pressure while staying free of residue. How do they do it?! ….the world may never know. All in all, I was very satisfied the first time using it, and am still elated with the product over a year later.

Guess who else uses the NS-ZCC10/18?

badass

That’s what I thought.

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