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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You're dumb. Stop it.

So...I am trying to understand the idiocy and ignorance that a LOT of people have around vegan food. It's one thing to not know what something tastes like, but it's another to be disgusted by it without ever having it.

And the BS excuse of, "I have had vegan x before" doesn't fly either...like there is only ONE way to make that?! Does that apply to anything? No, it doesn't. Have you ever had a traditional meal at restaurant B that you normally get at restaurant A, but this version is way below your standards? Of course you have (or a similar experience). How can you NOT understand that there are different ways to make the same thing?

Your tastes and your reaction to tastes are responding on a very simple level.

Baked goods, for example. You usually need sugar, flour, fat, binding and flavor. YOU DON'T NEED DAIRY. YOU DON'T NEED EGGS. They have jobs that are handled just fine by substitutes!

AND YET!!!! THE IDEA OF A VEGAN COOKIE, CAKE OR BREAD IS INCREDIBLY UNAPPETIZING?!

I made vegan chocolate chip cookies for the office last week. They were amazing. I got compliments for days. One girl ate three of them. She just told me that when she went to her personal trainer yesterday and went over what she ate, his reaction to the cookies was, "Vegan cookies? That sounds disgusting."

Disgusting. That is the word he chose.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!! You act like vegan food is made of sticks, mud and gravel. Like vegan standards have to be so low that vegans just get used to sucky food. Get bent.

There are two things that I think cause this reaction:

1-Ignorance. People were brought up a certain way and, unless they have a reason, will NOT accept the idea that they don't have the full picture. Accepting the possibility that any kind of vegan food can be amazing is also accepting the possibility that they don't quite have the world figured out yet. So what do they do? Let go of ego and say that they can't make a judgment on it until they experience it? No. That would be responsible. Instead, they insist that things are the way they think they are without needing to experience it in ANY form at all. This is what people do. Because people are dumb.

2-Guilt. The idea of being vegan also comes with the idea that vegans are "right" and others are "wrong". For everyone who is not vegan, that is irritating/threatening. So, again, how do they combat it? Put it down, insult it, state that it's "not normal" or weird. Or disgusting. Basically, they say anything they can to convince themselves that, yes, they were right all along and it's the vegan who is the odd man out.

I have to preface my explanation EVERY TIME someone asks, "Why are you vegan" by saying that I don't like talking about it because people get defensive. To which they always reply with, "Oh no, I won't do that!"

What you eat makes no difference to me. In fact, what you DON'T eat is a bigger deal to me.

Combine these two factors and it's easy to see how people can be so incredibly close minded regarding vegan anything.

What's worse is when an "anti-vegan" tries to eat something vegan. They are coming from a place of aggression and hostility. They aren't looking for the amazing, they are looking for the fail. Saying things like, "There is something different about this cake..." instead of, "GOD that's moist!!" is all the indication you need to understand that they don't even want to bother to begin to accept the idea that it can be good...because that would open the possibility that their labels are incorrect and THAT is just too much.

What do you think of vegan frosting?

Guess what is in frosting! Sugar and fat! The end.

This idea of replacing key components with other, non-animal key components absolutely baffles people. Like, the really DON'T UNDERSTAND how you can NOT use eggs. And they don't want to understand.

Maybe you will taste a difference, but does it matter? Are you so obsessed over the fact that there is no milk in the cake that you refuse to acknowledge the mint, rich chocolate and super moist texture.

Yes. Yes it does seem to matter for some people.

Here is the deal. If I ever offer you anything vegan. EVER. Eat it. Don't smell it like you are smelling a turd in your hand, don't nibble on it reluctantly like you are biting the head off of a cockroach, EAT IT!!! IT'S FINE!!!!!!

/rant

Monday, November 23, 2009

Retro was the theme this weekend

This entire weekend had a theme, and that was retro/old school.

Mid week, Dave and I decided to make a video game for our friend Val for her birthday. We took all of the nonsensical things that she liked and put them all in a game. A lot of the elements were from old school games and it was fun using music, sound effects and graphics in this hodgepodge of a game.

On Saturday, I had a reunion with some of my classmates from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It was all kinds of awesome. We shared stories about the past, what we had been up to, etc. It was great.

Then, on Sunday night, a friend was in from California and I was able to get pretty much everyone who used to hang out back in the day together. I also rented The New Super Mario Bros, which is Mario Bros. but with 4 people playing at once. It was like old school gaming with old school friends, but the game was newer and the friends were older. Jeff even delayed the start of the game because his mom was texting him, which is oddly similar to how it used to be when we were kids, only she used to scream for him instead of sending texts.

It's strange how much history repeated this weekend. It was great.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jessica's poem!

Poem from an old classmate and friend.  1996.

Bugs.

By Jessica Burns

Bugs, bugs
Including slugs
Along with bumble bees;
Those fuzzy yellow things with wings
That make their homes in trees.

These things of such contempt and hate
I wish they would move out of state!
But there is nothing I can really do
(Except kill an ant or two.)

Only if the world were bug-free,
What a wonderful place that would surely be!
But with every life I do deprive
A fateful day will soon arrive.
So as I hold up my nose,
This poem comes to a sudden close.

*applause*


It should also be noted that under the memories section, it is printed: "In the morning (8A) Jessica Burns would always pray for "poverty world-wide, any upcoming tests, and your families and mine.""

I COMPLETELY forgot that she used to do that!

Good job at being awesome, Jessica!

Monday, August 10, 2009

I am the Wild feautring Audioslave



Jamie's mini-movie of "Into the Wild" with music by Audioslave's "I am the Highway".

The movie is based on a book which is based on a true story of a boy (Christopher Johnson McCandless, AKA Alexander Supertramp) who leaves the world of material objects, lies and society to pursue a spiritual path in the harsh wilderness of Alaska.

It's an amazing film and if you ever have any intention of watching it, DO NOT WATCH THIS unless you don't mind the spoilers.

Below are the lyrics to the song. I don't know if I have ever made a movie/song match this perfect in my life.

Pearls that swim the rift of me
Long and weary my road has been
I was lost in the cities
Alone in the hills
No sorrow or pity
For anything I feel yea

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky

Friends and liars
Don't wait for me
Cause I'll get on
All by myself
I've put millions of miles
Under my heels
And still too close
To you, I feel

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightning
I am not your Autumn moon
I am the night
The night

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightning
I am not your Autumn moon
I am the night

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I was an internet celebrity!

A few years ago I made the video below. It spread like wildfire and now it's everywhere. If you do a Google search for "Bloodsport Mentos" you will see how huge it is. It's amazing.

What's even more amazing is the amount of positive comments. Youtube comments represent about the worst the internet has to offer, but EVERY SINGLE COMMENT (that I have seen) is unexpectedly positive. I have been called a god(lulz).

The video is from a Van Damme movie, Bloodsport. The song is from the Mentos commercials. The Mentos commercials are way WAY stupid and always involve someone in a bad situation that pops a Mentos and gets out of trouble. They are dumb. The scene in Bloodsport had the same tone, but it was serious. I thought they would go well together.

Anyway, here is the video. When you are done watching it, visit the link below to see the comments. It's insane.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_IAb_XmVa8

Jamie Jabber 69 - China

Monday, August 3, 2009

M-GI Prog Blog #1: Chroma Chords

This is our first showing of Chroma Chords. It's designed to keep everyone who is helping with the game informed, but it's a good piece for anyone else who wants to know what we are doing. If you would like to help, join our community at www.m-gi.net.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

China Rickshaw Tour: The Gates of Homes

This had to be shot from the hip. It would have been rude to just point the camera at the guy. So please forgive the shooting.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

No Jabber today, so let's talk about the new layout.

We are working on a special Jabber, so in the mean time, there won't be an update. The China Jabber is coming tomorrow, but there is nothing today.

So instead, I wanted to talk about the new layout. This main page looks better and it is packed with more stuff. I might still move stuff around, but I kind of like it. The biggest change is the youtube videos on the left. I come across videos on Youtube all the time and I always want to share them and I feel like I can do that here. Each one is awesome for its own reason, so I encourage you to watch what interests you.

Another change that was introduced a while ago was the label system. Like tags, labels are words that describe a post. So when I speak about my world travel plans, three tags might be China, Singapore and Tokyo. These tags are put into a list that is at the bottom of this page. You can scroll down and see the complete list and just click one that interests you if you want to browse that vast catalog of Jabbers. Likewise, you can use the powerful search tool at the top to find just the one you are looking for.

So yeah, weigh in if you have an issue with the layout and I will take it to heart.

Thanks!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jamie Jabber 67 - Flexible intention

The Neverending Story featuring Evanescence

This is my first music video ever. I think it still holds up pretty well! There is some cheese here and there, but I love it. I think The Neverending Story is my favorite movie of all time!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Jamie Jabber 56 - Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield




I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, yeah, yeah

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jamie Jabber 52 - A better understanding of soulmates and initial attraction

Jamie Jabber lineup this week

Monday - A better understanding of soulmates and initial attraction: This weekend I came up with a fantastic way to explain the attraction between people, how it can be perceived as a soulmate relationship and why relationships grow apart.

Tuesday - Video business: I have an idea for a business of my own. It's video editing with a personal, spiritual side.

Wednesday - The pain body: This is a term that Eckhart came up with and I think I experienced it this week. It was an eye opener.

Thursday - Dating: I am putting myself out there more and more and I am finally opening up to the rest of the world and the idea that I should pursue, to some degree, some new relationships. At girl's night, I got some good female insight that I want to go over.

Friday - Unwritten: I discovered a song called Unwritten while waiting for Nintendo's E3 conference. The words and the mood were amazing and I really want to share it with you all. So much wisdom!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Jamie Jabber 49 - Inheriting the Spirits of our Ancestors

Jamie Jabber lineup this week

Monday - Inheriting the Spirits of our Ancestors: I want to talk about how the human mind has been formed over the past thousands of years and I want to explore some interesting perspectives that it provides.

Tuesday - Surgery day, no Jabber.

Wednesday - Post-Op: I am scheduled to have my hair transplant surgery on Tuesday. I'll follow up on Wednesday.

Thursday - Excuses Begone: We are reading a new book on our Monday meetups. I'll go over this one.

Friday - Free day: We'll see what we talk about on Friday.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jamie Jabber 45 - Bald

Jamie Jabber lineup this week

Monday - Bald. So I did it. We'll talk about it.

Tuesday - Life and music. Talking to Matt this weekend, I had a really powerful analogy that I want to go over.

Wednesday - Eliminating roles. I was able to put into practice the elimination of roles this weekend. It was pretty refreshing!

Thursday - Howcast video projects. Howcast.com shows videos of how to do stuff. Anyone with the proper gear and experience can sign up and make videos for the site. I am going to do just that and I think you might be able to help.

Friday - DAY OFF! No Jamie Jabber on Friday. If you want to do something on Friday, let me know because I have no plans!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Jamie Jabber 12 - Letterboxing adventure



A truckload of porcupines was being transferred from the Pt
Defiance Park Zoo in Tacoma to the Cougar Mountain Zoo near
Issaquah. Instead of taking the interstates to the new location,
the driver opted to take a shortcut over Cougar Mountain because he
was hungry and wanted to get to the famous donut shop in Issaquah
before they turned off the ..hot donuts now' sign. Well, his
shortcut proved a very unwise decision. He was whizzing around the
bend of SE Newcastle-Coal Creek Road heading East when he lost
control of the truck. Just as it was supposed to veer North, the
truck careened off the road and flipped over multiple times landing
in a gravel parking area. Being the careless person that he was,
his poorly tied-down cargo went flying deep into the woods.
Fortunately, no animals were hurt during this incident—in fact, the
only thing really injured was this man's pride!

Well, the precious prickly cargo ended up somewhere near the Ford Slope
mining exhibit. Confused and dazed a bit, one member of this precious cargo
managed to wriggle himself from his cage. He found himself near a mining
car full of coal! Anxious to find his way to his new home at the zoo, he
decided to set off on his own attempt to find
his way there.
The confusion started to get the best of him.

He headed West on the Rainbow Town Trail until he saw the junction with
the Wildside Trail. He figured the zoo would HAVE to be near
something with a Wildside. He ventured South for a tad and then
started to grow a bit weary and a bit warm from the trek. He
noticed some nearby steam but wanted to avoid it at all costs. He
eventually noticed his namesake-trail and just HAD to investigate
it. Lo & behold, it was paradise (at least it was for him)! Here
he found a lawn chair, tropical drinks and some shades under some
bark behind what he thinks was the first large alder on the right.
So, he decided to stay and kick back in the area for the rest of his
life!!!

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