Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants

The title of this post is MICHAEL POLLEN'S boiled down and simplified advice to the ever-complex and often confusing answers to the proverbial question: What should I eat. He explains this and elaborates in the excellent article that recently appeared in the NY Times:


I strongly recommend reading this article. For a sneak peak:
Of course it’s also a lot easier to slap a health claim on a box of sugary cereal than on a potato or carrot, with the perverse result that the most healthful foods in the supermarket sit there quietly in the produce section, silent as stroke victims, while a few aisles over, the Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms are screaming about their newfound whole-grain goodness.

“The problem with nutrient-by-nutrient nutrition science,” points out Marion Nestle, the New York University nutritionist, “is that it takes the nutrient out of the context of food, the food out of the context of diet and the diet out of the context of lifestyle.”

Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is shameful, but most of us can: Americans spend, on average, less than 10 percent of their income on food, down from 24 percent in 1947, and less than the citizens of any other nation. And those of us who can afford to eat well should. Paying more for food well grown in good soils — whether certified organic or not — will contribute not only to your health (by reducing exposure to pesticides) but also to the health of others who might not themselves be able to afford that sort of food: the people who grow it and the people who live downstream, and downwind, of the farms where it is grown.

If this kind of reading is of interest to you, (and I think it should at least concern everybody, if not fascinate) be sure to check out Pollen's book: OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA

cheers ...


Pillow Lines

When you look near the upper, right corner of this blog you get a sense of the contents of this particular blog. PILLOW LINES is not whispering sweet nothings to my girlfriend, but rather jargon from the ski/snowboard culture. I am guessing that many people who have looked at this blog do not understand what that means; however, I have not recieved a question on the matter. Maybe nobody looks up there. Well, "Pillow Lines" was my way of saying that there will be posts relating to my skiing exploits.

Recently, my good friend Jonaven Moore - Pro Snowboarder - sent me these pictures, and I realized it was the perfect opportunity to further explain and illustrate to anyone who may not know what a pillo line truely is. These two pictures show the very essence of a pillow line, albeit, a quite large and bold line that happens to be right off the Trans-Canada Highway, adding a certain frogger element to the mix. To add just one more degree of explanation, the unique feature of a pillow line is that it allows you to descend over a large cliff or boulder field using the pillows to check your speed and directionality. Ok, everyone clear now??? In case you don't know, I have started a new blog dedicated strictly to my "on snow" adventures: www.SurfaceHoar.blogspot.com


IP update

This semester I am pusuing a focus in Intelletual Property at full speed. After last semester's IP survery course, I am now taking International IP, Trademark, Trademark Lab, Patent Litigation Lab, IP Audit Lab, and Copyright Law. Professor Townsend-Gard was my IP Survey course instructor and I am excited to be in her course again for Copyright. She is a bundle of energy, talks VERY fast, is never dull. She incorporates several presentations and videos keeping things very current and fun. The latest video is below and is the buzz of copyright law right now illustrating the degree to which we all copy each other's creative works to make more creative works. Enjoy.