Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dumpstering Diving for God

So while I was looking up the legality of someone stealing your IP, I some how fudged the search enough that I got one of the most interesting sites I've seen in a while. This is a site called which had a post about garbage diving and eating. Ok first I was thinking cool, they must dive for items or something else. But then I saw that they dumpster dived for food.

Wait a second. Food.


Well atleast that was my first thought. Anyway, as I read down farther, I found out why these guys were doing what they were doing. It was eye opening to say the least. I'm not going to post the whole thing, but these guys, low on money, had heard about dumpster diving from their friend Ryan. One night they finally gave in and went with there friend to do this. Anyway, I zoomed down and something caught my eye. Here it is word for word:

Why do we dumpster dive?

God does not call us to try to live as comfortably as possible in an affluent culture--God calls us to live faithfully in the midst of it. Our culture of excess, overconsumption and waste is one that we feel compelled to oppose and this is one way we can actively do so. When we began we just imagined that we would save edible food from being wasted, but we've found that one step leads to another. Now when we get home and do the sorting, we find that we get a large amount of perfectly good food, but also a smaller amount of spoiled food. We've found that we can compost a lot of that and recycle a lot of the packaging it came in. If meat that we find doesn't pass Janel's quality control, we can feed it to a friend's dog. So we are finding better uses for even much of the food that we won't eat.

It's good for the environment (this is related to the first point)

We save money. We have been able to set aside a chunk of money each month which would have gone towards food for ourselves and we donate it to other important causes. We take turns choosing where to give and how to divide the money.
It reinfuses the phrase "Give us this day our daily bread" with new meaning and reminds us of our dependence (on God and also on the regular cycles of the planet).

It feels like a parable rescuing garbage and acknowledging its worth.

It's kind of fun.

(from Laryn and Jamal's post here

I've got to say that struck a cord with me. I always though about dumpster diving as looking for the big things such as furniture or end tables, or all the metal I so want to sort through for the treasures to make artwork with. However, this, this struck me as profound and well still a little disgusting. But these guys, I have to say are living how they believe, and there is not things much more radical (at least in my mind) than to eat garbage. I read some other sites, one called the Tao of Garbage diving (which is by their friend Ryan)which showed how they were able to get foods that they would not get any other way, that combined with quality control well I have to say, these men have discovered a gold mine. Though I would never due this (The second the food around hit the 90 and humid air here the food goes bad) it is amazing to me how these guys show their faith in all things dumpster diving. Then again Jesus showed us faith in everything he did, who says that these guys can't either. Even in dumpster diving.

Other links on this:
Inteview of the Laryn and Jamal on CBC

Tao of Dumpster Diving May need to regester but it's free

Apple and it's secret desire to design more than computers.

Apple has always been a company that has put emphsis on design of products. Well it seems that they also decided that God just didn't design fingers right also. Or atleast the guy who does the patent fillings for Apple. If you look back at Apple Patent fillings you'll notice the fingers in it do not look like any fingers I've seen. I thought that it was first a thumb, then a reader in the comments pointed out that you can tell an Apple patent by it's fingers. Well I have to say it's just strikes me as funny is all that Apple puts so much into it's products; but to miss a detail like this. So either Apple's people who do the patent filings can't draw, or Apple plans of design doesn't just go towards computers.


But then again who could make fingers look more elegant than Apple?

(Photos from Macnn and Photo and readers idea from Endgadet

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Suger addiction

Ok well this is why I think sugar should be considered a controlled substance. As many of you know, my addiction with sugar is long running, from when I was little and the only thing I would eat were sweet carrots, (which turned me orange) to the many incidents that abounded in glomps and other affectionate, but hurting acts. However, since I had given up sugar for lent a year ago (lasted 20 days pretty well)
I have been doing better up till now, so I have decided if I can show to myself (and maybe others) that the reasons that sugar should be labeled as a drug then I will take my sugar levels down to the point where I can drop out of the FDA (Future Diabetics of America).

1)The picture above
2) Cavities. Bane of all sugar users. It is a sure fire sign of one.
3)Highs and lows. This alleged drug can lead to uncontrolled giggly and shaking, know as a sugar high, however, as soon as this wears off, withdrawal begins with tired feeling, as well decreased attention span, and upset stomach (unless overdosed)
3) Large amounts. Many people, especially children will ingest this product in large amount, that is comparable to an overdose upset stomachs, want to never touch suger again and weight gain. Best example of this is day after Halloween.
4)Weight gain. 500 pound person wearing a bathing suit. That's all I'm going to say.
5) Easy access. You can find this any corner, any corner market, and with many south America countries having to turn to growing this substance to help support themselves with the unfair trading laws, you can bet there is going to be more coming in cheaper.
6) Promotion by big business. Even though the business know this sugea has many harmful affects the still sponsor such holidays as Valentines day with chocolate, Birthday's with cakes (except Publix, which I do not think puts any suger in it's cakes), and the greatest offender of all Halloween candy.
7) Sniffing. Sniffing this hurts!
8)The last and most convening reason: THIS MAY DECREASE YOUR LIFESPAN! The use of this drug over your lifespan (some people start as early as two) may lead to increase blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, which are the top killers in the U.S. Without sugar these proportions would be reduced! Hopefully one of these days it will be declared a controlled substance. Until then I will be a user of sugar.
*rips open packet of sugar*
Oh yeah, I need to quit.

(Previously published on Facebook.)

Sorry it took so long.


Miss you to Mos.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Every one Needs to hear this.


I wish I could be as brave as this guy and go give out hugs! He is amazing and all of you are too! (Man have I been up and down this week or what?) I LOVE YA'LL!!!!