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Brie at last or war’s a mouthful

Brie at last

By Russ Imrie August 30, 2013

I am disturbed and I am concerned about the recent uptick in warmed-over meals and re-animated fast food appearing at the table. I had been so looking forward to something fresh.

Make no mistake about it; I am in awe of the utensils and recipes that make American cuisine influential around the planet. It’s often the choice of both emerging foodies and of the established “Colonels” class.

Locally though, a fundamental quality of food, that it be securely rooted in tradition (and thus reflect upon our character,) is at risk today.

Discovering and then reheating last week’s “war on diet” pizza slice has always been a pleasant interlude. But when a savory home-cooked vegetable soup is reduced to a thick mish-mash and the onions, mushrooms, carrots, and delicate GMO free chicken lose “their way” in a pot of leftovers, I get a bad feeling about it. Times change.

Do not get me wrong. My [tribal] ancestors created a food that often served as well days or weeks along, if not better, than as a warm family main course: Kahnata. Dutch traders and settlers in what is now New York referred to this as “a kind of large corn dumpling.”

Warriors carried these heavy nourishing meals ready-to-throw along on canoe voyages in pursuit of beaver pelts and sometimes scalps. With some dried pre-GMO meat, it sustained and in a pinch could be heaved in the face of an enemy (or raiding bear.) Our French allies in those days could take along their hapless rations on raids against the rival Colonials south in New England but we packed a secret weapon that is tasty and nourishing to this day.

So is the source of my unsettled thoughts this morning. Lest we forget what food is  (and a particularly tasteless stew is on today’s “revisit”menu) let’s say grace and think deeply about what’s important.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

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Open Source Projects out there – an index: Radio, Press, Crowd-Sourcing, Maps

This is the index to open source crowd mapping sites and projects all over Planet Earth. Many use Twitter filtering, some not. Nothing here about the [doubtless] harvesting of this data by intelligence and security sources other than maybe, a pithy comment or two. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.Please send suggestions at the comment pane bottom of this post.

Russ Imrie November 22 2012

Washington DC

Media, Film, Radio, Press:

  1. Sourcefabricposts on media/open source projects around this planet. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6b1ad01fc31dc6604968e6439&id=3736aa77f0&e=88da1198a5
  2. Newscoop and Sourcefabric – Open source CMS tool for journalism, media  and newspapers anywhere – used in Africa, Asia, Guatemala among many more http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/newscoop/features/

Crowd Sourcing that big and small data, maps:

  1. Ushahidi – mapping and link to Crowdmap http://www.ushahidi.com/ check out “Women Under Siege” in Crowdmap – crowd-sourced data from Syria‘s civil war
  2. iRevolution“all power to the data!” Patrick Meier’s news on all things crowd-mapped http://irevolution.net/
  3. Umbraphile2006B (Classic Mac) and 2009A (OSX) Eclipse viewing software for Macintosh Computers http://nicmosis.as.arizona.edu:8000/ECLIPSE_WEB/UMBRAPHILE/UMBRAPHILE.html  Solar Eclipse

Dazzling social/crowdsourced stuff:

    1. SGI live “pulse” – Tweets curated and output as Hurricane Sandy marched across the East Coast of the US SGI_Pulse_Twitter_Sandy http://www.sgi.com/ And from HPC Wire http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-11-22/sgi_supercomputer_takestwitter_s_pulse.html on SGI’s pulse Twitter visualizations
distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area.

Copyright © forever and 2012 by Russell Imrie