Examples of this include dropping the ‘n’ off many words (it used to be ‘a napron’ but became ‘an apron’ over time) and simply jumbling up the letters used (‘horse’ used to be ‘hros’ while ‘bird’ was once ‘brid’). So, next time some irritating pedant picks you up on your mispronunciation just tell them (very clearly) that you represent the future of the English language. That’ll definitely calm them down.
Mames McWilliams writes in the NYT that with California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, attention has naturally focused on the water required to grow popular foods such as walnuts, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds and grapes. ‘Who knew, for example, that it took 5.4 gallons to produce a head of broccoli, or 3.3 gallons to grow a single tomato? This information about the water footprint of food products — that is, the amount of water required to produce them — is important to understand, especially for a state that dedicates about 80 percent of its water to agriculture.’ But for those truly interested in lowering their water footprint, those numbers pale next to the water required to fatten livestock. Beef turns out to have an overall water footprint of roughly four million gallons per ton produced (PDF). By contrast, the water footprint for "sugar crops" like sugar beets is about 52,000 gallons per ton; for vegetables it’s 85,000 gallons per ton; and for starchy roots it’s about 102,200 gallons per ton.
Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty - Slashdot
the seed of doubt was there, and it stayed, and every now and then sent out a little root. it changed everything, to have that seed growing. it made ender listen more carefully to what people meant, instead of what they said. it made him wise.
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From the vid - @5:50 - “if he doesn’t come - break him”
I watched Enders Game last night, I should probably read the books really, but it’s not bad. Suffers from obviously being much more story than they could cram into a movie.
One of the things I like about complex skills, physical or mental, is that they are only bought through practice. There are no shortcuts, there’s no price but time spent working on them, practicing, training…
he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.