A taste of the other side.  With cheese!
A taste of the other side. With cheese!

I know a guy who spent a month living with an indigenous tribe in South America. Over the course of four weeks, he ate what they ate, drank what they drank, did as they did and, generally, lived as they lived. When I asked him the obvious question – Why? – he informed me that it was only through cultural assimilation achieved by the complete surrender of long-held social mores, that one could fully comprehend the experience of “the other”. It struck me as a courageous though altogether foreboding exploit, a course of action I could never imagine taking myself.

Until today, when I took such a step, moving out of my comfort zone in an effort to understand a set of beliefs and practices so daunting, so bizarrely alien to me, that I questioned whether I would survive the experience with my sanity intact. In seeking empathy with our new office assistant, I abandoned the very foundation upon which I, as a human being, have long stood, eschewing ingrained notions of right and wrong to embrace her strange – some may say freakish – outlook. Today, I followed Ashleigh’s lead and ordered a vegetarian sandwich for lunch.

Camembert, avocado, cucumbers, and tomato on baguette. It wasn’t bad. A little weird at first. I kept waiting for that bite of chicken or crispy bacon that never came but, after a while, I got used to it. It was tasty, if not a tad messy, but all in all an exhilarating and positive experience not unlike riding a rollercoaster for the first time or learning your wife or girlfriend went ahead and watched that Susan Sarandon movie without you.

No, I haven’t been converted. Two weeks from now, you won’t catch me wearing tie-dye and open-toed sandals listening to Melissa Etheridge, trumpeting the virtues of tofurkey and getting the shit beaten out of me by rodeo cowboys. Still, it was a fascinating, eye-opening journey.

Next week, I join the Patea Maori Club!

 

Hey, the 2009 Hugo Award Nominations are out and there are a number of familiar names among the nominees.

Blog favorite and Stargate: Universe Consultant John Scalzi earned three nods: Best Novel for Zoe’s Tale, Best Related Book for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, and Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form for METAtropolis.

Nancy Kress, who joined us recently to discuss her book, Dogs, received a nomination in the Best Novella category for “The Erdmann Nexus”.

Ellen Datlow, who will be joining us next month to discuss Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, received a nomination in the category of Best Editor, Short Form.

Our very first book of the month club guest, our buddy Lou Anders received a nomination in the category of Best Editor, Long Form.

John Picacio, who was a guest of this blog last year, received a nod in the Best Professional Artist category.

And author David Anthony Durham who dropped by in 2008 to discuss his novel, Acacia, received a nomination for The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Congratulations to all.

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Melissa's Cozy Teacup
Melissa's Cozy Teacup

Just remember, one serving of soy is equivalent to ingesting 5 birth control pills in terms of estrogen levels. Stay manly, eat meat.

JJ
JJ

Hi, Joe
After Syfy airs sneak peek of SGU, can you post some set pics?

Ganymede
Ganymede

“Next week, I join the Patea Maori Club!”

You do realize that they’ll make you get a tattoo, don’t you?
And do it “old school”, on some more sensitive body part…

green
green

In my humble opinion (or, as the hip people like to say “IMHO” or “I’m Ho”) ya gotta feed your body what it needs. If your body needs less protein derived from meat and your a stern republican sensibility who wouldn’t know the difference between patchouli smell and mary jane smell then forgo the steak and leap onto the tofu train.

And, same same, if you’re a “free spirited barefooted guitar under-the-tree” kinda person but you get queasy and dizzy without your serving of cow butt every day then activate your free range sensors and fulfill your nutritional needs.

You don’t only crave things because advertising tells you to but sometimes you crave things because, hey, your neurons have told you that particular thing you’re craving is helping something in your body.

I was a vegetarian for about four or five years. Now I’m not. You want to know what’s natural? What’s the best way you should live? Listen to your body. Let the universe take care of itself. Buy “morally right” meat. Drink “morally right” milk. Eat “morally right” eggs. But don’t fug up your body trying to prove something to other people about what’s right and what’s wrong.

There’s nothing wrong with being a vegetarian, a vegan, a raw food dieter, a fruititarian, or an omnivore. Hells bells, there is more politics to be concerned about in this world then what is “morally correct” to put in our bodies.

Find out what you need and stick to it. Everything else from there is your decision. The end.

Sorry ’bout that.

*stumbles from soap box*

Cheque…please…waiter?

ytimynona
ytimynona

Wow! Vegetarian sandwiches? Always trying new things, eh?
I always wanted to try being a vegetarian, but mi padre is a butcher and would always say “You’re putting a butcher out of business.” And then he would bring home the most delicious bacon, pork tenderloin, or steak, which would change my mind in an instant!

I’m pretty psyched that METAtropolis got a Hugo nod; I liked it a lot, and apparently it’s the first audiobook to get nominated!

riley

Aw, there you go, Joe! You survived! Your colon will thank you. And don’t we all want a grateful colon.

Two weeks from now, you won’t catch me wearing tie-dye and open-toed sandals listening to Melissa Etheridge, trumpeting the virtues of tofurkey and getting the shit beaten out of me by rodeo cowboys.

You don’t know what you’re missing ….

@ Melissa’s Cozy Teacup:
one serving of soy is equivalent to ingesting 5 birth control pills in terms of estrogen levels. Stay manly, eat meat.

I’m pretty sure all the men in Asia would have some comeback to that.

edgarderby
edgarderby

Jesus, Joe, it’s just a life choice. But to be fair, there is the issue with cheese…dirty little known secret about an added ingredient that makes them hard or something…

Go Vols!

edgarderby
edgarderby

Rennet! That’s what it’s called.

suziesbluefeather

Way to go Joe! I’m proud of you. Hey if you really get the gusto and want to try the tofu. Start with tofu puffs also called fried tofu balls. They are a delicious melt in your mouth dream. Allot of my friends are vegetarians and I really do enjoy cooking for them.

Hey why the Melissa crack? O wait you employed Lou Diamond Phillips never mind.

Do no up dates on the pups how are Lulu and Jelly doing?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

We will mourn the passing of your manliness, and honor your memory. And don’t you fear some sort of backlash from your co-writers and producers for venturing down the veggie path, even temporarily? You really need to head down to Fuel’s and see about one of those nose-to-tail pork dinners…
Congratulations to all the nominees. A very nice reflection on your taste in writers that so many of the names are in fact familiar ones.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

That sandwich looks delish! Just the sort of thing I like! I mean…it’s full of green things! wink

“Next week, I join the Patea Maori Club!”

Oh! Please be the guy who does this: comment image

grin

das

Seahen
Seahen

Gonzaga in the final? Seriously? Joe! You’re on the west coast! You should know better! razz I know my Washington team could beat them and I doubt we’ll make it out of the Sweet Sixteen.

Cat

Tofurkey is never good. Period.

@Melissa’s Cozy Teacup I don’t think that those two things are actually equal. It’s like any food, you shouldn’t eat the same thing all the time. A varied diet is much healthier.

Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

Mr. M.,
Wow! Very cool about the Hugo Award Nominations! Please send our hardy congratulations to all and especially John Scalzi! W2Go

One of these days I am going to start reading again, when my eyes are better.

I wonder why we can’t order books with large (really huge) print for those of us who hate reading glasses! I love the fact that I can increase the size of web page fonts just by hitting the control and + sign.

Have you decided on a date and participants for the WFPoTD – Alcoholic’s anonymous!

I hope Lulu is doing and eating better!

kanadra

finally i see you eating somthing i would eat.lol.. glad you enjoyed it.

shiningwit
shiningwit

After reading todays blog I felt that the following study may help clarify matters.

Q:Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true? !
A:Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it…. don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q:Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A:You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q:Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A:No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way.Beer is also made out of grain.Bottoms up!

Q:How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A:Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q:What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A:Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!

Q:Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A:YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! …. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q:Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around themiddle?
A:Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q:Is chocolate bad for me?

A:Are you crazy? HELLOCocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best! feel-good food around!

Q:Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for yourfigure, explain whales to me.

Q:Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A:Hey! ! ‘Round’ is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about
food and diets.

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Sulien
Sulien

Good for you for trying something new, Joe. That sandwich does sound very, very tasty, but I can’t help thinking that it would be improved by adding some nice prosciutto. Yeah, I’d make a lousy vegetarian too, but I’d do about as badly trying to subsist solely on meat.

As for you jointing the Patea Maori Club, I’m with Das, I’d love to see you up there doing the Haka with them! *g*

Congratulations to the Hugo nominees! That list also includes the Dresden Files graphic novel, “Welcome to the Jungle”, by Jim Butcher with art by Ardian Syaf.

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi again Mr M!

Great news on the Hugo nomination front…Speaking of which, did you check out Mr Scalzi’s take on the SyFy name change…..very very funny!!!

Hats off also to Mr Lou Anders for a very deserved nod!! Well done Lou!

So, re: vegetarian trends…actually Her Royal Highness only ever eats Veg Pizza… she has a fear of over-processed meats.. Over the past decade I have grown accustomed to eating same and now I shudder when I think of meat-pizzas…This from a red-blooded Irish raw fillet steak eater!!! Weird eh?

How are the new cast settling into Vancouver life? Have they taken you up on your restaurant recommendations?

Best to all at The Bridge

Oh, and by the by, when is the Joel Goldsmith Q and A??

Many thanks!!

HI TO ASHLEIGH

Shirt’n’Tie

Jinx

I’ve gone quasai vegetarian. Meaning, sometimes I eat eat, sometimes I don’t. It’s a taste preference, nothing else. We have a LOT of good food over on the dark side.

And I’m not a convert to the Maori thing….but I did get a tattoo..

I guess I’m just a dabbler.

scary
scary

Joe your are one brave man. I don’t think I could have gone that far.

GREEN, YOU ROCK!!!!!!

Silversi
Silversi

Question(s) for Dave and Roy:

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In the text along with this picture where you can see just tons of spirals to indicate galaxies, they indicate that what we see from these is like 13 billion year old-light. Do you think that our Universe really does still have so many galaxies in a single snapshot–or that those galaxies might have since been destroyed (can a galaxy be destroyed? How would one cease to exist anymore?)? And with a slight Stargate twist–do you think like all of them or like 3/4 or even 1/2 support some sort of life? smile

Silversi
Silversi

Question(s) for Dave and Roy:

If the milky way really does revolve around a black hole, like it’s theorized–do you think that in say a hundred million years that our galaxy would be in danger of getting sucked in? How does it work for a galaxy to surround something like a black hole–but to not move ever closer to eventually disappear inside it?

One from Joe had me wondering as well…What kind of instruments are used to detect extrasolar planets?

When the rover was on Mars, I believe at one point they mentioned using the microphones to actually record sound–do you know if anything ever came of that, or if they just dropped the idea entirely?

And…just for good measure. Who DO you think would win in a fist fight between Ronon and Teal’c? wink

Hayloh
Hayloh

I’m with Green. My body always lets me know. It will have me craving a salad or a huge steak or when I have been outside in the summer all day sweating I will feel a drive to sit down and eat a bag of salty chips/crisps.

Grandpa always said: Everything in moderation…

David
David

[quote]I know a guy who spent a month living with an indigenous tribe in South America. Over the course of four weeks, he ate what they ate, drank what they drank, did as they did and, generally, lived as they lived. When I asked him the obvious question – Why? – he informed me that it was only through cultural assimilation achieved by the complete surrender of long-held social mores, that one could fully comprehend the experience of “the other”. It struck me as a courageous though altogether foreboding exploit, a course of action I could never imagine taking myself.[/quote]

I think you got yourself an episode for sgu there, would love to see an episode base on a team member living with aliens for a month eating there food.

Silversi
Silversi

(Another) Question for Dave and Roy: Say for some crazy reason that Apophis was actually on a direct collision course with earth–just dead on. Do you think the antics that they used in ‘Armageddon’ or ‘Deep Impact’ would work to divert it away? By blowing it up in the middle and hoping that it splits off and goes on either side of Earth?

What are your take on Disaster movies such as those?