Cows are always in season. What about fruit?

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What the hell is this and why can I only get them in Juneuary? (img by Leonora Enking)

Your grocery store has probably lulled you into the belief that you can get any kind of fruit, vegetal, or herb any time of year… simply walk in, plunk down your debit card, and bam. You’re on your way to a tasty basil and breadfruit reduction.

Now’s when you expect me to go into the huge impact on the environment this sort of arrangement is. But I really think there are more compelling, more immediate reasons to know what’s in season: fruits/veggies that are in season usually cost less, and they’re usually far tastier than, say breadfruit that’s been hydroponically coaxed out of a test tube in the middle of Augtober.

Also, Chasing Delicious has made these really great poster/infographics laying out what’s in season when:

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I can’t wait for the seasonal meat chart… (img by Chasing Delicious)

So now you have no excuse. Go to Chasing Delicious, get a poster, then get some papaws, okra, and mace and see what you can come up with. But not if you’re reading this in the Fall.

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4 stages of fear

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Sadly, Rat Mountain would be forever closed upon the discovery that the rats were actually squirrels in costume. (img by Marcos267)

Your brain does screwy stuff when it’s under stress. As if you really needed to know you do strange and stupid things under pressure. What’s interesting is how. There are actually four stages of fear, all of them instinctual, evelutionary responses to threats and danger.

You probably know that the first thing that happens is a cortisol/adrenaline dump, which causes your heart, lungs, and muscles to ready themselves. When bad shit does happen, parts of your brain shut down while other, more basic parts, start to take over, which is why people sometimes don’t remember what, exactly, they went through; their hippocampus turned off, it wasn’t a priority.

FREEZE

The Mancos River rises in southwestern Colorado and flows through the Ute Mountains on its way to New Mexico, where it empties into the San Juan River three miles shy of the Four Corners intersection. Over millions of years, the river and its tributaries have carved a fanlike rill of dramatic canyons out of the ancient sediments of the Mesa Verde tablelands, a maze of vertiginous stone walls. The rugged, arid landscape of juniper forest proves a rich habitat for wildlife.

At 25, Sue Yellowtail was just a few years out of college, working for the Ute Indian tribe as a water quality specialist. Her job was to travel through remote areas of the Ute reservation, collecting samples from streams, creeks, and rivers. She spent her days crisscrossing remote backcountry, territory closed to visitors and rarely traveled even by locals. It’s the kind of place where, if you got in trouble, you were on your own.

On a clear, cold morning in late December, Yellowtail pulled her pickup over to the side of a little-used dirt double-track, a few yards from a simple truss bridge that spanned a creek. As she collected her gear, she heard a high-pitched scream. Probably a coyote killing a rabbit, she thought. She clambered down two steep embankments to the water’s edge. Wading to the far side of the creek, she stooped to stretch her tape measure the width of the flow. Just then she heard a rustling and looked up. At the top of the bank, not 30 feet away, stood a mountain lion. Tawny against the brown leaves of the riverbank brush, the animal was almost perfectly camouflaged. It stared down at her, motionless.

She stood stock-still.  (more…)

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Let’s drill a pork cloud for team Mexico!

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Californicles? (img by whizchickenonabun)

The first time I saw the word “Mexicles” in writing, it had no context at all. Is Mexicles a philosophizing playwright or Greek statesman reincarnated in Mexico? Or are Mexicles a knockoff way to make your neutered pets feel less shame?

Apparently its a gang. But if you talk about Mexicles, weapons, or pork online, the Department of Homeland Security may start paying more attention to you. That’s right, there’s a hotlist of words the Fed supposedly watches online.

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

The words are included in the department’s 2011 ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder’ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.

Go look at the list (note the words are images… the DailyMail doesn’t want to arouse the attention of USG, now, does it?) and be careful next time you post up on Facebook about how you may have had a constipative avian flu that caused you lots of strain while you tried to brown out.

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Use a USB accelerometer to analyze your shooting technique

Over at Hack-a-Day they’re showing off a gun-mounted accelerometer that logs the movement of the firearm as you handle it. This data can be used to monitor and analyze your shooting technique so you can work out any flaws.

And here are some headlines:

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Read this if you want to know slightly more about 1911s

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"The Springfield Armory GI .45 laid bare. The GI .45 is a faithful representation of the M1911-A1 pistol."

If you’re about to surrender to the 100-year-old call of John Moses Browning, we’re here to help. You can probably count as many Model 1911 configurations as stars in the sky. So to make sense of all the choices, we enlisted a guy who knows his way around the 1911 like Darrell Waltrip knows his way around Daytona.

As the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta’s primary firearms instructor, Larry Vickers worked in a place that put more than a million rounds a year through 1911s. He’s a founding member of the International Defensive Pistol Association and is a member of the American Pistolsmiths Guild. When he says he’s seen everything that can go wrong with a 1911, I believe him.

I came across this neat primer on the 1911.  While it bills itself as mandatory reading, it barely scratches the surface of the 1911 world. You could write, and many people have, entire books detailing America’s favorite .45′s many idiosyncrasies.

But it’s still a good primer, with very good photos that will help anyone pick up on some of the jargon that is absolutely specific to the 1911.

And you know, the pictures are pretty.   (more…)

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How to make a 600 RPM battery gun

And some headlines:

70-year-old Spitfire dug out of a peat bog, shoots just fine.  Researchers also pulled out the pilot.  While hearty and hale, after three score and ten in the mire, his upper lip was no longer stiff.

Colorado supreme court lifts campus gun ban.  Attendance is expected to drop, and student enrollment is projected to bottom out completely by 2015 in protest.

The speech-jammer: a gun that mutes people.  Although it literally dampens the most basic and fundamental form of democracy, I think I want one.  I haven’t been to the movies in ages.

Police drone crashes into armored SWAT car.  Yeah.  Clearly the SWAT car was terrorists.  And this brave, lone police drone drove into their car to protect America.

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