atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7291: I don't get the point of it, but whatevs.

The piece takes 639 years to perform and the first chord change in seven years happened yesterday. Reportedly, the chord change was "really quite wonderful" to behold.


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A powerful video message from Jacob Blake! How about "obey the police and you won't end up like me" instead of whatever nonsense he's spewing?

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Socialist contries are the worst polluters of all but the environmental movement will never, never, ever admit that. Why? Because the environmental movement is a communist front.

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Considering that humans are mammals, this has always bothered me. What do babies do when they're fed a constant diet of milk? At what point, then, does the individual lose his ability to digest milk? Or is human milk somehow different than milk from the usual animals (cow, goat, etc)?

Like so many things, this story prompted me to look into the issue just a little bit, and I learned a couple things.

Lactase is what lets us digest milk, and originally, a human lost the ability to generate lactase at some point in its development from child to adult. The evolutionary advantage of losing one's ability to digest lactose is so that offspring have a built-in biological incentive to stop coming to Mom for a meal. ("Every time I get some milk, I get the runs!")

...of course the solution to the problem of not being able to digest milk is to make cheese out of it, and let the bacteria predigest the lactose for you. This is what we did. (Cheese or yogurt, yeah.) That does two things: it makes the nutrients in milk available to those who can't digest it in its raw form, and it makes it so that it can be stored in a world that won't have active refrigeration for, say, another few thousand years or so.

Apparently this trait persisted well into the Bronze age, but there was a mutation or something, and now most humans continue to make lactase after reaching adulthood.

You know, but then turn that around. What about the biblical references to paradise as "the land of milk and honey"? If you can't drink milk, WTF? Making cheese and yogurt, then?


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Well, I appear to have massively overestimated the amount of motivation I had to get things done this weekend.

Went great guns on Thursday and Friday; but after that, weakened. Now it's Sunday afternoon and the cupola is no further along than it was, and I can't repaint the bathroom ceiling over the tub, lest it end up in the exact same state.

Still, I did get the dishwasher installed, at least, and I got the materials to finish the cupola. I am further along than previously.

That will have to do, I suppose.

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Something let water out of our pool again. Whether it was raccoons or what, I don't really know.

I came home for lunch about a week and a half ago, and while looking out the window saw a groundhog by the pool. He scurried away when I moved closer to the window, and I haven't seen him since. So maybe the groundhog did it.

Saw another one while riding the bike, a couple miles from here. I don't think I ever saw a groundhog in the wild, at least not around here, before recently. Weird.

Well, people used to hunt varmints, but with the relatively recent expansion of stupidity we're not allowed to discharge firearms within city limits. So it's only natural that their habitat would expand as the population grew.

Could be worse, I suppose. Could be skunks!

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