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Thursday, 14 December 2023


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My visit to a wasabi farm:


Sounds like a lot of horseradish.

72 subjects? Ha, why bother? Slow news day?

Michael C. Johnston

This is the exact opposite of your ability to see photographs with no camera. Or remember photographs from years past.


Also a quote from


Take the case of Blake Ross, the co-creator of the Firefox web browser. For the first three decades of his life, Ross assumed his subjective experience was typical. After all, why wouldn’t he? Then he read a popular science story about people who do not have visual imagery. While most people can, without much effort, form vivid images in their ‘mind’s eye’, others cannot – a condition that has been documented since the 1800s but only recently named: aphantasia. Ross learned from the article that he himself had aphantasia. His reaction was memorable: ‘Imagine your phone buzzes with breaking news: WASHINGTON SCIENTISTS DISCOVER TAIL-LESS MAN. Well, then, what are you?’

Ross went on to ask his friends about what it’s like for them when they imagine various things, quickly realising that, just as he took his lack of imagery as a fact of the human condition, they similarly took their presence of visual imagery as a given. ‘I have never visualised anything in my entire life,’ Ross wrote in Vox in 2016. ‘I can’t “see” my father’s face or a bouncing blue ball, my childhood bedroom or the run I went on 10 minutes ago… I’m 30 years old, and I never knew a human could do any of this. And it is blowing my goddamn mind.’


Wasabi? Finally Mike and I agree on something.
I have been using Wasabi for 4 years now and have not regretted my decision at all. I find that Wasabi works just as well as the Lumix batteries which are almost impossible to find.

Did I mention Satire Alert?

[I get it.

Wait, are you saying you never agree with me about anything?! :-0 --Mike]

As per food fraud, beef can be officially labeled "grass fed" if the cow in question has chewed the leafy substance for something like two weeks of its brief, later life.

[And chickens can be called "free range" if there's a little door at one end of the vast barn where they're kept that leads to a tiny outdoor run. A door which none of them ever go through, because it leads to an unfamiliar place where there are no other chickens! --Mike]

On the subject of food fraud, the latest episode of the Search Engine podcast is a good listen (it's about fish): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/am-i-the-victim-of-an-international-sushi-scam/id1614253637?i=1000637921775

Also, Act One of this episode of This American Life is a stone-cold classic: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/484/doppelgangers

I can see a lot of older folks taking the supplement, but it won’t be hip on campus

I’ll get my coat

I’m holding out for the study that demonstrates immortality is achieved by consuming all of the things claiming to add minutes, hours, days, or years to your life.

[It's not really longevity, it's the quality of life toward the end. If you take care of yourself, you stand a better chance of being vital and functional to within a few years of death. If you don't, your decline can be long and unpleasant. That's really more what people are aiming for I think. --Mike]

While we're at it, so called "sustainable fishing" (on a commercial level) is for all practical purposes, little more than wishful, feel good thinking due to the lack of any real regulation.

And... there'll be more plastic than fish (by the pound) in the world's oceans by 2050.

I like Wasabi, great on sushi and in a salad dressing. Wait what were we talking about?

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