Chicken Update #2

If you recall, in my previous chicken post, mama hen has been MIA for days so I was wondering what happened to her. She could have been someone’s dinner, for all I know, but somewhere deep in my heart I was secretly hoping she was just busy sitting on a bunch of eggs. Mama hens are a dedicated lot and generally do not leave their eggs unattended for long, lest the chicks don’t hatch properly.

And now, after a month long wait, the suspense is over – An eyewitness* spotted mama hen, a.k.a. hen #1 (whom I shall henceforth name Betty, since she is “blonde” like Betty from the Archie’s comics, and the other hen has black feathers so she’s Veronica), out and about with baby chicks!

And so, the chicken lives, for another day. Applause all around, please.

*My mom

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Toothpaste–begone!

I’ve always wondered how the ancients brushed their teeth.

When I found this article at Cure Tooth Decay, I decided to never buy toothpaste* again. And now, just a bit more research before I find the evidence to ditch the toothbrush once and for all…

How Did the Ancient Greeks Clean Their Teeth?

Before the toothbrush was invented, many cultures invented their own ways to clean the teeth. Ancient Greeks and Romans were said to use toothpicks to pick particles of food out of their teeth. Without the use of commercial toothpastes and toothbrushes, the people during this time still managed to maintain optimal dental health. How is this possible? The truth is, the amount of tooth decay a person experiences has little to do with dental hygiene and everything to do with the type of diet you consume.

Read more at How Did the Ancient Greeks Clean Their Teeth?


*Footnotes:

¹ Tip: Use baking soda or salt instead.

² The reason I don’t want to buy toothpaste is not only because I’m cheap, but also because fluoride (and other stuff) in the toothpaste is actually harmful for your teeth, making your teeth more brittle. Hmm… [puts on tinfoil hat]

Chicken Update

It’s been over a month since my last chicken post and the chicks have grown much. They’re now about the size of a small kitten and no longer require mommy’s constant supervision when out foraging, so they pretty much run around like hooman kids now.

Interestingly, mommy and daddy are seen foraging closer together. This is strange, because the rooster has switched his interest from hen #2 (the Single Hen) to hen #1 (Mama Hen), from back when I first observed them. He seems to be keeping a close eye on her while she just pecks onward, going wherever she likes. And wherever she goes, the rooster is never far behind.

Stranger still, is the fact that the other hen is missing. I wonder if she has gone on to Bird Heaven or just happened to be busy. Like, really really busy, because I haven’t seen her around the last two times I checked.

The mystery continues. Stay tuned for the big reveal.

People are weirdos

It’s ironic that people buy expensive cars that look great but 90% of the time, you’re in the car, driving, and looking out onto the street /another car in front of you.

Kinda like buying a great looking (but expensive) dress. I never once look down, halfway through my day, and go, “Oh my, what a pretty dress I’ve got on today!” But yeah, I’d feel good about myself if I were to be wearing something nice, that’s a fact.

I guess life is just weird huh. Well, at least we humans are. Irrational, emotional creatures, going around thinking, “Hey I’m logical! And rational! And can think objectively!” Then mere moments later, buys a shampoo just cause it smells nice.

Hands down, the best water purifier ever

TIL you can purify water with sunlight.

From an article on Modern Survival Blog:

A clear plastic bottle filled with water, exposed to the sun for 6 hours will make the water safe to drink (see the caveat list). In fact, the effectiveness of terminating harmful bacteria is an amazing 5-Nines, that is, 99.999 percent!

This is really interesting. I mean, imagine the implications of this. I think there’s more you can clean /disinfect using the same method, thereby reducing the need for commercial /store bought detergent.

I’ve often wondered how the people before “modern times” lived. In particular, how did they survive in times before humans invented detergent /cleaning products that we now use daily?

Read more about purifying water with sunlight

 


Footnotes:

1) Chlorine in water would also break down if exposed to sunlight for a certain amount of time, someone in the comments section in the article has tested /tasted water “purified” this way and apparently, it “tastes good, like what I remember it tasted like when I was a child.”

2) The water purified in sunlight has been tested in a lab and surprise, surprise, here’s the result:

There is a great show on the Blaze called Independence USA. It’s a reality show about this family that does survival planning and are trying to become self sufficient. They set up a rain water collection system to get water for their garden and to drink. Obviously, they were concerned with how to purify it for drinking. They used this very method. They built a lean to with shiny corrugated aluminum. The bottles stacked up quite neatly on the aluminum. The interesting part was that they actually sent samples of the raw rain water and the purified rain water to be tested. They also had their well water tested. The water that was unpurified had multiple types of dangerous bacteria in it, but the water that was purified had 0 bacteria left in it. By the way, the water that was purified by this method was even cleaner than their well water.

Because I’m BATOMAN!

Here’s another movie I’m super excited about, and lo and behold, it’s another animated film*. I’m sensing a pattern here.

Batman Ninja
Batman, along with a number of his allies and adversaries, finds himself transplanted from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan.

I’ve always had a soft spot for anything Batman-related, so I might be biased when I say the trailer looks awesome. But then again, apparently some big names are involved in the movie and actual (genuine anime /graphic novel fans who know better than I do) are hyped about it as well.

Too bad I probably won’t get to see it on the big screen, since I don’t see a release date for where I am. For the rest of you living in more civilised countries, Batman Ninja opens sometime in April.

*With Isle of Dogs, The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (the first Wreck-It Ralph is surprisingly good, go watch it if ya get the chance), coming out this year as well, 2018 looks like a very good year to me. Cause I am so over the superhero movies Hollywood keeps churning out year after year.

Isle of Doge(s)

Super excited about this upcoming movie – a stop-motion film written and directed by Wes Anderson. Also, featuring Heisenberg Bryan Cranston, who voices the leader of a pack of dogs. But of course.

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Opens in theatres March 23 (or later, if you live in a second rate country, like I do. Boo-hoo). Check out the trailer below and tell me if it’s not super cool.

P.s. It’s worth noting that 2018 is the year of the Dog in Chinese lunar calendar. I wonder if they timed the release of the movie to coincide with this hm.

Cluckity cluck

I saw a couple of chickens the other day in my neighbourhood and it was interesting to observe their behaviour.

It was a family of three – a rooster, a mama hen and another hen – and they were walking around on the grass, pecking at the dirt for grub. What I found interesting was that the rooster was keeping an eye on hen #2, who was walking around about a few feet away. She was exploring the neighbourhood, looking up occasionally, peering into my neighbour’s house at one point. And everywhere she went, the rooster was never far behind.

Meanwhile, mama hen was just walking around with her chicks, pecking away at the ground, just doing her own thang. It’s funny to watch them go about their business because the chicks would run around and wherever they go, mama hen follows. Kinda like humans, doncha think? XD

Intrigued by this observation, I took to the great tube to search for more information and it came up with, The Private Life of Chickens. It started off slow and I had half the mind to switch to something more interesting, but then the story of Llyod the Reluctant Cockerel piqued my interest and I managed to finish the hour-long documentary.

So if you have an hour to kill, give it a go. It even manages to extract a chuckle out of me so this deserves 4.7 out of 5 clucks, at the very least.

Everything, is Food

Sarvam annam – Everything is food. We feed not only on food, but on all sound and visual vibrations, all kinds of impressions: architectural proportions, union of forms and colours, harmonies and rhythms of music and ideas with which we come in contact. All this, absorbed mechanically and without real attention throughout the day, has made up our being and continues to do so. Ancient Hindu text

Stumbled upon this and just had to share – an article entitled, “Feasting on Beauty”, written by Sister Chris Koellhoffer, of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Below is an excerpt, please click on the link at the end to read more at the IHM site.

Enjoy! 🙂


For many years, I rode the PATH train back and forth between Jersey City, NJ, and Greenwich Village, NY, where I worked. Since most of the ride was underground, in darkness, in the bowels of a tunnel running underneath the Hudson River, there were no distractions, nothing to see. That barren landscape was reflected in the often vacant and weary expressions of my fellow commuters, who day after day got on the PATH, went to work, got on the PATH, went home. Monday to Friday, then repeat.

But in the month of December, all of that changed.

In December, as the train was rumbling along in utter darkness, we rounded a curve and came face to face with beauty. On the tunnel wall, track workers had fashioned and displayed a tiny Christmas tree, illumined so brightly that it pierced the darkness. Startled, we clapped and cheered and smiled and began talking to the strangers beside us. The whole mood of the train shifted. I suspect the crowd went home to their apartments and condos and houses as I did: carrying a more hopeful heart, grateful for the grace of that surprising blessing. In ways we couldn’t articulate, our spirits had been touched by an act both playful and profound, an unexpected gift from anonymous transit employees. Something in each of us had changed. In that moment, we had feasted on beauty.

Remembering that whimsical Christmas tree reminds me of the Sanskrit phrase, sarvam annam, translated “Everything is food. Every last thing.”

Everything we experience in life in some way enters into us. Beyond the food that nourishes our bodies and our physical well-being, what else have we invited into our everyday living? What else have we been feasting on, chewing, absorbing, digesting? How have we been attentive to feeding the life of the spirit, to savoring poetry, music, art, dance, delight, play, contemplation, stillness? Where have we let beauty in, and in what ways has it fed and transformed us and our world? And what connection exists between a steady diet of the beautiful and our desire and commitment to do justice and be people of peace?

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