i will say this, if there’s one thing i’ve learned from the break and especially this night.. iphones are pretty handy when there’s no computer around. goodnight from the wonderful world of internet phones.
i'm in la bitch (or, my vegetarian-ish proclamation)
or however that fucking song goes. actually, i would know, because a lot of the past few days has been spent in either a) my mom’s car or b) a rental car, neither of which can play ipods and therefore i have fully embraced top 40 radio. current favorite: enrique iglesias’s “tonight i’m fucking you” (or the less exciting radio version, “tonight i’m loving you”—whenever it’s on [which has been once a day so far i’ve heard] i still belt out the “fucking” part. who wouldn’t?)
i’m not really sure why i felt the urge to post a long texty post. maybe i’m channeling caroline, who i might not even be able to get to see whilst i’m here in hell. sad day.
also: i finished reading a book for pleasure! i don’t want to say how long it’s been since i’ve done that, because it is sad and embarrassing, but yay for accomplishments. and, i’m onto another book. but on that first book: it was eating animals by jonathan safran foer. i adored his previous two—though this one was nothing like them, save for his excellent craft of the written word. his sentences are accessible yet sophisticated and like the best inventions, make me think, i could’ve done that. but i couldn’t have. besides that though, it was weirdly organized and more informative than entertaining. not the most exciting read, but important.
the point of this is that i am planning to become mostly vegetarian. “mostly” in the sense that i’m going to begin when i get back to new york after restaurant week (hey, i need to get my fill of in-n-out, carne asada burritos, and meat in prix fixe meals) and that i will still eat meat if it is “good”—though something the book taught me is it is virtually impossible to come by, hence the vegetarian-ish-ism. the focus of the book is on factory farms—essentially, they’re the source of all problems—and hopefully i can continue to eat meat from family farms via farmers’ markets.
i never saw myself as a vegetarian, sometimes almost mocking or pitying them, when really i was envious of their ability to make good choices and discontent with my lack of that ability. i suppose why i’m doing this now is that eating animals told me all those things that i already knew, but pretended i didn’t know, and more. i can’t pretend to be ignorant anymore, and i think that’s a good thing. i’m sure it’s going to be hard (i’ve never had a dietary restriction in my life, except for when i was allergic to apple juice at age three) but i think it will be a good and healthy challenge. also, an important note that foer makes: with what other serious ethical guidelines in our life do we hold ourselves to such strict standards? e.g. i will never lie. that’s impossible. so i am less daunted by this challenge knowing that yes, people slip up, and yes, that’s okay.
he gets somewhat preachy by the end, but i’d like to think i made this decision myself from his presented information. i’m not sure if all would enjoy the book, and for that reason i wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re interested in it. but again, it’s important and for me, it really just provided the catalyst rather than the main reason for becoming vegetarian. man that sounds so weird to say. wish me luck (in two weeks).
“This is one of the unique days in my life,” he said. “I have to thank God that I am alive and that I found this day and I found myself in it.”—jacob garang, 27, was a former child soldier who joined the rebellion when he was 12. on sunday, he voted for secession.
Last week, science writer and editor Christian Jarrett blogged about a new study, published this month inCognition. The researchers, led by Connor Diemand-Yauman, asked 28 student volunteers to read about hypothetical alien species from a sheet printed in either 16-point Arial, 12-point Bodoni, or, yes, 12-point Comic Sans. The larger Arial font was much more legible than the other two versions, but in a quiz 15 minutes later, students reading the Bodoni or Comic Sans versions were significantly more accurate in recalling details about the aliens.
In a follow-up, in collaboration with an Ohio high school, the researchers made actual classroom handouts less legible, either by setting them in smaller, harder-to-read fonts (including Haettenschweiler, Monotype Corsiva, and once again, Comic Sans), or by moving them around while duplicating them on a copy machine. Once again, out of a pool of 220 participating students, those who studied from the less-legible materials did better on tests than those with more-legible handouts.
I don’t care. Not changing my font from Helvetica to Comic Sands.
no shit, they had to take more time to read the illegible ones so that’s why they could recall it better. clearly it’s still less legible, and still the UGLIEST.