The Knowledge Exchange

The Internet can be such a rewarding place when those with specialized knowledge share it. This can make it a place of light and wisdom.

I don’t know how it fares as a place of agreement. In many ways it can accentuate the difference but it can also give a fair reading of the opposing view. This for many people is a feature not a bug. Having one’s ideas challenged by a good person can make them stronger. (They can also be shown as a pack of suppositions with not any good support.)

We all live busy lives and it is nice to have a convenient spot with intelligent people to converse with. It is nice to have a tempered spot that doesn’t shatter every time the temperature rises a bit.

This should not go without saying. An Knowledge Exchange can only work when it works. If it is always breaking down or changing in strange and opaque ways no one wants to deal with that. The electrons need to flow as well as the ideas. Luckily that happens hear.

Over the past year, what have you learned from this site? (I will start off with one thing in comment No. 1)

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I bought some exercise equipment.

I am not sure I was wise or I was wishfully thinking that I would be different and succeed where others have failed in exercise. How long before the equipment gathers dust or becomes a thing to hang clothes on?

Any tales from the Ratterati of past purchases of exercise equipment? How long did you continue? Did it help?

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When a joke goes bad

I can’t believe that a “bad” commercial gets branded as “racist”. The ad was supposed to be playful and mixing the Italian and Chinese culture but people had to see things in it that were never there. Now Dolce and Gabbana is in deep kimchi. Chinese are banning their brand.

Does anyone know what happened to the humor gene? Has it mutated out? Has nurture trumped nature?

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The Greatest Generation

It is said that the War World 2 generation was the greatest but I am thinking  other generations need that title.  They survived and thrived. They knew what hardships were. Nowadays people can’t  make it through their days because of  mere words. They have to hide at home and recover. Earlier generations would have called them pansies.

Americans are a mobile group. They came from somewhere. They took ships across oceans and wagons across mountains and plains. Most made it and many did not. They went through the “desert” to get to the “oasis”.  They didn’t expect “water” to be delivered to them. They dug wells are lived near rivers.

We live in a time where food comes from a supermarket but there was a time where people grew their own. They knew it didn’t come automatically or in a package. It came from hard work and sweat. They knew a cow doesn’t give milk it must be squeezed out of them.

I kid my friends that the biggest struggle most people face nowadays is, “Where is the remote?” I know there are still hard things but few of us are chopping our own heating fuel or keeping a furnace going. We are not canning things for the winter or getting to places under animal power. We have it so good that we complain because more comfort is wanted. It is not only wanted but considered a need.

I am going to give the title of Greatest Generation to the people who went out West in covered wagons. That was a hard journey. They not only went the distance but after they came they built lives.  They pioneered and settled.

Who is your Greatest Generation?

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Monday Meals: 18-11-12 Bento


Bentos are Japanese lunches in a multi partitioned tray. In old days it was a wooden box. Now it is usually styrofoam or plastic. The common factor in all bentos is rice. This takes up the most space. After that you can have fish, beef, chicken, or fried varieties of the former. There are various side things that come with it. This can be vegetables, potato salad, Japanese pickles, etc.

7-Eleven sells a lot of bentos here. There is a custom to buy a deluxe bento at the Bullet Train Stations to eat on the Bullet train. These usually have local delicacies in them. There is also a type of fast food shop that sells bentos with hot rice.

There are homemade bentos too. Housewives get up early and make bentos for the family. These are put in plastic boxes. The ones for children have cartoon characters on them. Some have a lower a lower section for rice with an upper section for the side dishes. Others just have a divider to separate the rice.

To see some of the varieties please look at this page.
http://www.second-kitchen.net/products/list.php

Have any of you had bentos? If so what kinds?

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