Friday Scattershot

February 25, 2011 - 5:44 pm
Irradiated by LabRat
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- Hijinks Ensue. It’s basically Penny Arcade with worse art and fewer game references and as I keep trawling through the archives I’m growing a suspicion that the author is kind of a dick, but I can’t. stop. clicking. through. Definitely by geek, for geek.

– Lots of people have commented on this story about breast milk ice cream. I’ve got limited comment- for one, human milk is higher in fat and MUCH higher in milk sugar than cow milk, so this is likely to be a very rich, sweet ice cream, and for two, I don’t get why it’s not disgusting to give a baby but apparently is terrible to give anyone else. What really gets me about this is the fascination factor of what Metro UK spits out on the sidebar as “related items”. Apparently ice cream and breast milk are the best keywords ever if you want interesting news in the UK. My favorites are the banned ice cream ad with the gay priests and the rapper with the ice cream cone tattoed on his face, though the winner of the day overall is how to make breast milk taste like a banana milkshake.

– Every once in awhile we rewatch the 2001 schlocky sci-fi comedy Evolution. It’s a gigantic festering ball of bullshit with a paper-thin plot and one of my most-hated romantic tropes, the love interest who basically falls on the hero’s dick despite having no reason to and many reasons not to want to. Every single plot device is made of pure refined Stupidium and everyone spends the story passing the idiot ball like the Harlem Globetrotters. And yet it’s hilarious. Stingray and I spend the whole movie each time giggling and then randomly twitching like shocked lab monkeys and crying “bullshit!” on one of the many, many flaws. It’s a conundrum why we keep doing this to ourselves. Contrast Galaxy Quest, which we rewatch about as often and yet only love more each and every time.

– It is my ambition that I may someday have something to say about this other than “COOL!”

No Responses to “Friday Scattershot”

  1. Mousie762 Says:

    I loved Evolution! Especially the, um, remarkable understanding of the Periodic Table!

    Galaxy Quest, Mystery Men, and Big Trouble in Little China are my most frequently rewatched movies.

  2. Tatyana Says:

    In your PLOS link what I found striking is the length of bibliography on the topic…oh my I’m so behind the times, it’s all news to me!

  3. Kristopher Says:

    Ermmm, milk is for kids was the norm for a very long time. Adult lactose intolerance kept adults from poaching baby’s milk.

    Adult lactose tolerance was a very new adaptation ( one that caused one tribe in central Asia to genetically and linguistically conquer most of Eurasia … herding + dairying is extremely effort/food efficient ).

  4. LabRat Says:

    Given the ice cream shop’s in Britain, which is one of those places conquered by the Eurasian dairying tribe, I think it’s fair to say that adults drinking milk has been the norm there for a sufficiently long time that the breast milk squick is still odd to me.

    (Not just Eurasia- the lactase persistence in the Indian subcontinent and Africa seem to have evolved independently, more recently, and are not as fixed.)

  5. Will Brown Says:

    “COOL” seems a good place to start, but here’s a little more to work with. Do feel free to leaven the mess with any actual knowledge you may have ready to hand. :)

  6. Justthisguy Says:

    Why do they say “breast milk”? I mean, what other kind is there?

    Why can’t they say “human milk” , the way we say “cow’s milk”, or “goat’s milk”? Are we not all mammals?

  7. Justthisguy Says:

    P.s. Google “Roman Charity.”

  8. Justthisguy Says:

    Oh, yeah, on the lactase-providing gene, LR. I think of the Tutsis in Rwanda, who can digest milk when grown up, and the Hutus, who can’t. There was some serious murderous choppin’ and killin’ which went on in Rwanda a while back, as I’m sure you know. I wonder if the former had to do with causing the latter.

    I pay attention to this because the church I attend is run from the Anglican Province of Rwanda, and is a mission from Africa to bring the Gospel to the unchurched heathen white folks in North America.

    P.s. I am a bit of a White Nationalist, too. Go figure.

  9. Kristopher Says:

    The south Asian adaptation may have been from the same source.

    The African adaptation was extremely recent, in the last thousand years or so. The Tutsi tribe would have probably ended up owning non-tsetse fly Africa if it hadn’t been for us Europeans.

    Lactose tolerance IS a genetic defect, if you haven’t any domestic animals available to milk.

    Justthisguy: It had everything to do with it. The Tutsi dairying nomads had the numbers needed to push the Hutu off their lands and eventually make serfs of them.

  10. Tam Says:

    …for two, I don’t get why it’s not disgusting to give a baby but apparently is terrible to give anyone else.

    I am totally comfortable with my irrational prejudices. ;)

  11. Sabra Says:

    Why do they say “breast milk”? I mean, what other kind is there?

    Good point. If you stop to think about it, regular ice cream is much weirder–after all, it’s made from the breast milk of a different species.

    That said, Marie is not sharing.

  12. Justthisguy Says:

    “That said, Marie is not sharing.”

    Spoilsports!

  13. TBeck Says:

    I bet it was on the menu of the milk bar in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

  14. phlegmfatale Says:

    TBeck – that would only have been on the menu at the Korova if it had intoxicating/mind-altering properties