WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?
— Asked by tumblrbot
…my headphones? Or should it be my iPhone/iPod?
I work in an office that writes resumes and we had an office wide debate on the proper use of the comma when listing something.
image credit: Omlet
“Not content with having reinvented the modern chicken coop, the folks at UK-based Omlet are now launching an entirely new design of beehive, and it’s creating quite a buzz. (Sorry!) According to the New York Times, it’s all part of a massive growth in urban beekeeping. Natural England, a UK government conservation agency, will be installing one of Omlet’s new hives on its roof in central London. The Beehaus is being billed as the next step in innovation in beehives for the 21st century. (The standard Langstroth hive has remained pretty much unchanged since the start of the 20th century.) Featuring triple insulation for winter warmth and summer cool, a guarded, wasp proof entrance, good ventilation, and more space than your average hive - the Beehaus looks like an attractive concept.”
My mom thinks I should keep bees down the road. My s/o is almost deathly allergic and carries an epipen. We assume his daughter would be as well.
Is Procreation Immoral?
For The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert reviews several new books examining the ethical quandaries of reproduction.
…lots of people offer the notion that parenthood will make them happy. Here the evidence is, sadly, against them. Research shows that people who have children are no more satisfied with their lives than people who don’t. If anything, the balance tips the other way: parents are less happy. In an instantly famous study, published in Science in 2004, the Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman asked nine hundred working women to assess their experiences during the preceding day. The women rated the time they’d spent taking care of their kids as less enjoyable than the time spent shopping, eating, exercising, watching TV, preparing food, and talking on the phone. One of the few activities these women found less enjoyable than caring for their children was doing housework, which is to say cleaning up after them.
But none of this really matters. Procreation for the sake of the parents is ethically unacceptable. “To have a child in order to benefit oneself is a moral error,” Overall writes.
Oh well this makes me feel so much better about having a kid…. not.
I actually enjoyed reading this article a lot. Before someone burns me at the stake, let me explain.
Other than my oldest nephew (13) whom I raised for the first three years of his life, I will never rear another child. This is a personal choice that a lot of people think is evil or selfish. I, however, see it as being considerate and smart according to myself and my personality. I am not patient and my fuse is short. I’d rather hold a snake than someones newborn they are offering. I like to think that I have a mild aversion to children rather than using the word dislike. When my niece (2 yrs) or nephews (13 & 10) are over, I’m great with them. When my s/o’s daughter is home with just me, I’m great with her and I find creative ways to work with her extremely short attention span/suspected ADD. But in no way am I lax on what I say. I snap when the first two requests from me aren’t followed and my house is a dictatorship and I’m the dick! This resulted in my nephews NEVER throwing a tantrum. Not out in public, not at home. Never. I can’t stress that enough. They are growing into two of the best behaved kids I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
Do I want to put this on a kid of my own? No. Why? Because I don’t think I could and then they would run rampant and I would run from the house one day, eyes wild, hair a mess, in a house coat, pink slippers, wielding a kitchen knife while screaming. I’d run until my feet bled and never go back.
You think I’m playing. I’m not.
Babies poop and spit up and… ew.. I cant continue. I gag a bit in my mouth. Is that skin super soft and large eyes adorable? Absolutely. But I don’t want to hold him/her at any time. Ever. Remember that scene from Mr. & Mrs Smith when Jolie is handed the baby? That’s me. Don’t get me started on newborns and boogers. No one will like how I correlate the two. (Made a girl cry because I explained it once. =/ )
I’ll leave the kid thing up to other people. Am I happy for friends who have had kids? Oh yes! I’ll knit a baby blanket! Again, I just dont want to hold it or babysit. My rule with other peoples kids are: Give me permission to spank. If I cant do that with the parents blessing (which is ALWAYS a no) then I don’t think I’d babysit for all the money in the world.
To correct any wrongful assumptions, I have never spanked with anything other than my hand. Judging by how my hand feels; I know what amount of strength to apply to only redden that bottom. I was whipped with weeping willow switch, a fly swat and one time the wooden paddle with drilled holes came out.
Fuck that shit. You can’t judge the force behind those things and switches can break the skin, the fly swat breaks and is turned around to the metal end in the heat of anger. The paddle can cause bruises or break fingers if a small hand shoots back in the way at the last second. That’s child abuse to me, but it was normal methods when I was a kid. I grew up just fine.
I do enjoy the idea of adopting. Not a small child or baby but a 15 and up teen. Most of the time they are lost in the system. Not many people want to take in a teenager. My heart goes out to them and if I could get to know a teen and they tell me their dreams and goals - I want to hold out my hand and make it possible. It’s never too late to change someones life for the better.
So while my friends are having babies and I’m secretly removing belly bump pictures from my Facebook view - I’ll sponsor a child starving in another country by sending in a check (to a reputable organization of course.)
But I digress. I liked this article because it touched on so many points and valid feelings I keep down because I’ll get the guilt trip. If you are having a child then I applaud your strength. It goes above and beyond what I could muster up. If you truly want a child and you have it in your heart to do so then you’ll be just fine and no article should make you doubt that.
I have no idea why ask was turned off. I always have it on, but anonymous off. Fixed now.
I don’t mean how to buy, what to buy and how to do it.
How to initially afford it. I dont have 50k lying around. How do people who work a regular job buy a few acres of land, buy the animals and build the shelters to begin with? I’ve searched google up and down and no one talks…
Thank you for the advice! I encountered a woman at work today who knows TWO alpaca farmers in my town and is giving me contact info. Before this gem of a discovery I’d only seen abandoned land with old “Alpacas for Sale” signs and felt discouraged. I turned to posting online for information.
Really long post coming up.
I’ve found listings for lesser quality stock for $100 - $200 a head which is low in my opinion. Fleece quality animals run more $500 - $1,000 and a starting herd is usually three females and two males. I’m comfortable with that small amount considering good fleece runs 4$ an oz and one adult ‘drops’ around 8 lbs. A birthed female cria can sell for the price paid for the mother unless the sire was high quality - the price goes up from there. Unless expanding, a female cria is pure profit and males to a lesser extent. The yearly cost of maintaining one alpaca is roughly $160 and daily time invested in care is 3 hours give or take depending on the size of the herd. 10 alpacas can fit on 1 acre.
At this point I might be writing this for my own documentation. Lol.
I dont even want to get into champion show quality alpacas. They run about 6 figures. The lower the price of your live stock, the broader your market is (obviously. I’m sure you know this.)
I’d read about the grants. From what I’ve heard; grant writing is long, hard and has to be very specific. I have no problem writing and explaining my plan, I have an insecurity that I wouldn’t provide enough information and would be turned down.
As far as land, I found out today that the local alpaca farmers rent their land. For some reason I hadnt considered this and am now checking listings.
My ideal plan is to eventually own 10 acres and 80 alpacas while living on 1 acre and planting on the other for personal consumption and supply when I’m… (idk) 40? Dont get me wrong, I like my day job but I’d rather not sit at a desk my whole life.
Alpacas are prey animals so I’ve been told to get a livestock guarding dog or a donkey. Coyotes are bad in the area I live in. I dislike really huge dogs which seem to be the norm for LGDs. A donkey seems neat, but thats a large member of livestock and I am unfamiliar with vet bills for something of that size.
I’m rambling. Ok, back on track.
The farmer I am emailing currently acquired her animals for free which.. sounds like a dream come true. Lol.
As for being handy - I can definitely do that.
How the hell do people start alpaca farming?
I don’t mean how to buy, what to buy and how to do it.
How to initially afford it. I dont have 50k lying around. How do people who work a regular job buy a few acres of land, buy the animals and build the shelters to begin with? I’ve searched google up and down and no one talks about that aspect. I’ve gone so far as to search “how poor people afford farming”. Lol. I have bad to no credit so a large loan is out of the question unless I would definitely make it back in a few years.
If you are an experienced farmer of any type (especially small scale livestock) please inbox me!
Pet peeve of mine
When pet owners of nordic breeds (malamute, husky, tamaskan, utonagan, inuit, native american indian dog, wolfdog, czechoslovakian wolfdog) upload youtube videos of themselves ‘howling’ in a ridiculous and ear splitting manner, only for their pet to howl once.
It does not sound cool.
You are not Shawn Ellis.
I found out why my ugly scarves turn out so ugly, my grandma said i’ve been knitting with my left hand :/ though i’m self taught so I never corrected it early on, I don’t see it being such a big deal except there’s apparently no patterns for left handed people, anyone else a left handed knitter?
This post may be old, but still… I have a book “Stitch N Bitch”? It shows how to do everything right AND left handed. Cheers.
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