Sandbox (4)

Sometimes very active discussions about peripheral issues overwhelm a thread, so this is a permanent home for those conversations.

I’ve opened a new “Sandbox” thread as a post as the new “ignore commenter” plug-in only works on threads started as posts.

488 thoughts on “Sandbox (4)

  1. dazz: I have great memories of going searching for snails as a child when we went to the village… and feasting on them later! where do you live that snails are still subsistence food there, Alan?

    Yes. Many older houses have snail cages to keep snails the requisite number of days till they’re edible. Foraging for all sorts of free food is still common, wild asparagus, walnuts, almonds, figs, mushrooms.

    EDIT: I take it that would be Carcassonne

    Yup.

  2. Alan Fox: Jesus! I consider myself adventurous when it comes to trying new foods but I draw the line at rats.

    That was a long time ago. According to that article “la rata del marjal” is nothing like urban rats. They only eat rice and vegetables, but yeah, it still makes me cringe, haha

  3. dazz: I see the Tour de France just arrived there yesterday. Awesome, I just googled it, what a beautiful place!

    Sunday was the stage finishing there. The next stage started from there yesterday. It’s an honour for one town to get both in one tour.

  4. I was recently served a “paella” with noodles instead of rice, and lobster.
    I objected to it but no answers were given…

  5. Also along US 93: Deer hunting, Nevada style.

    Looks like they bagged a four-point buck. Good shooting, guys!

  6. Passing along a message from Vincent Torley:

    By the way, in case you’re wondering why I haven’t commented over at The Skeptical Zone for a while, that’s because I’ve been busy reviewing a 912-page tome by Michael Alter, titled: “The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry.” It makes for very interesting reading, and it’s been quite an eye-opener. I’ll probably have an article up in the next couple of weeks. Say hi to the rest of the gang over there for me.

  7. walto:
    I’m mostly wondering why he agreed to be a moderator, myself.

    He offered in response to my request to all interested contributors. He did make it clear he would have little time to spare.

  8. Alan,

    Well, that didn’t last long! 🙂

    Nope. Perhaps you’ll get along better with Swamidass than I did. He’s big on censorship and moderator interference.

  9. keiths:
    Alan,

    Nope.Perhaps you’ll get along better with him than I did.He’s big on censorship and moderator interference.

    I doubt that; But it did make me smile. Thanks for that.

  10. In defence of Bruce and Canadians everywhere. my wife offered scrambled eggs for Sunday breakfast, which I slathered in her home-made ketchup. Fabulous!

  11. Called in on a friend for coffee this morning. He was keen to show me his latest toy. Any ideas what it is?
    Hghgarden

  12. dazz: Yeah, also those seats outside, the shape…and those are felt hats in the hanger, right?

    Yes. You must get out more than me. Did not know about felt hats in saunas till today.

  13. Well, I remember there being “sauna hats” but I didn’t know they were made of felt until I googled it today 🙂

    I’m not into saunas TBH
    It’s already hot and humid enough outside right now, and a heat wave is coming in a couple of days, ugh! Free sauna for everyone 😀

  14. dazz…and a heat wave is coming in a couple of days, ugh! Free sauna for everyon

    You might need a felt hat without a sauna. Temperatures in the mid-forties forecast for around Madrid. Take care and keep an eye on the old folks.

  15. Some random thoughts. I miss Glen Davidson, Tom English & Robin. In case you read this, hope you guys are doing great

  16. dazz:
    Some random thoughts. I miss Glen Davidson, Tom English & Robin. In case you read this, hope you guys are doing great

    Allan Miller, too. I met Allan near the end of his walk along “Haute Route”. Lovely guy.

  17. dazz: Same here. I can tell a “legit” wine from a bottom of the barrel one but that’s about it.

    I’m very lucky here that in a vast sea of cheap cooperative production there are little independent islands of excellence that make wine for five euros that might sell for 50 if it had a Burgundy or Bordeaux appellation.

  18. Alan Fox,
    The best thing about living in the Mediterranean region, other than the culture of course was the food and wine… I could to a bodega and buy good wine, young or older for 79 -100 peseta per liter = less than a Euro…
    There are a lot of things wrong with North America but food and drink are some, or most of the problems…I think

  19. J-Mac:
    Alan Fox,
    The best thing about living in the Mediterranean region, other than the culture of course what the food and wine… I could to a bodega and buy good wine, young or older for 79 -100 peseta per liter = less than a Euro…
    There are a lot of things wrong with North America but food and drink are some, or most of the problems…I think

    That was a long time ago. Now turism has changed everything. Prices have sky rocketed

  20. J-Mac:
    Alan Fox,
    The best thing about living in the Mediterranean region, other than the culture of course what the food and wine… I could to a bodega and buy good wine, young or older for 79 -100 peseta per liter = less than a Euro…

    Youv’e lived in Spain? And did I see some Russian?

    There are a lot of things wrong with North America but food and drink are some, or most of the problems…I think.

    Can’t say about the US but disconnection between what you eat and where it comes from is something that can be cured. UK lost the plot during the two World Wars but there’s been a revival. France starved and the ability to forage and make a meal from almost anything has been turned into haute cuisine

  21. dazz: That was a long time ago. Now turism has changed everything. Prices have sky rocketed

    What? I thought that Spain had one of the highest unemployment rates in EU among19-30 something… it was high when I lived there but most worked under the table…

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