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Candida and Fungal Overgrowth -108   

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In this week's episode of The Less Stressed Life Podcast, Kiran Krishnan, chief microbiologist at Microbiome Labs shares about my favorite topic- fungus and all about candida overgrowth.


Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • [07:00] What is mycobiome? 
  • [16:51] Causes of candida overgrowth 
  • [19:09] Factors that contribute to candida overgrowth 
  • [30:26] Difference of undecylenic acid to other anti-fungal herbs

Mentioned in this episode:


Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 17 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa before leaving to lead at the world‚Äôs largest supplier of therapeutic enzymes for the supplement and pharmaceutical industry. 

Kiran also has helped design and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition. Most recently, Kiran is acting as the Chief Scientific Officer at Physician‚Äôs Exclusive, LLC. and Microbiome Labs. He has developed over 50 private label nutritional products for small to large brands in the global market. He is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences. 



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Rukopis pripada Vizantijskom kulturnom uticaju.

          

Mlekari zadovoljni, nikad bolje nije bilo   

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Ilustracija:Od proizvodnje mleka moŇĺe dobro da se Ňĺivi

Najava kompanije Megle, koja posluje i kod nas, da ńáe se povuńái iz Hrvatske, otvorila je mnoga pitanja, izmeńĎu ostalog i kako ńáe to uticati na stanje u Srbiji."Ukoliko Megle poveńáa traŇĺnju za sirovim mlekom u Srbiji to ńáe doneti dobro naŇ°im farmerima", kaŇĺe za B92.net Sanja Bugarski iz Saveza udruŇĺenja odgajivańća goveda.

Prema njenim reńćima, to ńáe pomońái i svim onim granama, kompanijama i ljudima koji Ňĺive direktno ili indirektno od proizvońĎańća mleka - proizvońĎańćima hrane za Ňĺivotinje, veterinarima, proizvońĎańćima mehanizacije i opreme, stońćarima i mnogim drugima.Inańće, specifińćnost srpske mlekarske industrije je u tome Ň°to tek nekoliko mlekara ńćini preko 70 odsto proizvodnje svih mleńćnih proizvoda u zemlji - Imlek, Mlekara Subotica, Mlekoprodukt, Sombor, Megle, Milk House, Kuńć Company, Granice.

Ostatak su mlekare manjeg kapaciteta i zanatske mlekare sa manjom paletom proizvoda i dobrim kvalitetom, kaŇĺe Nenad Budimovińá, sekretar UdruŇĺenja za stońćarstvo i preradu stońćarskih proizvoda Privredne komore Srbije.

Strani kapital je zastupljen u 4-5 mlekara a mali proizvońĎańći su uglavnom vezani za HORECA sistem i prodaju "na vratima farme", objaŇ°njava Budimovińá."Ako se ńćovek tome zaista posveti, od proizvodnje mleka moŇĺe dobro da se Ňĺivi‚ÄĚ, kaŇĺe za naŇ° portal ńźuro Jelińá, proizvońĎańć mleka iz KrajiŇ°nika koji ima tridesetak krava.

Kako kaŇĺe, od prihoda je napravio najsavremeniju farmu u tom delu zemlje u koju je uloŇĺeno 40.000 evra, a opremljena je tako da ima Ň°to manje ljudskog rada.

Ovaj proizvońĎańć istińće da su drŇĺavne subvencije znańćajne, jer se po grlu dobija 25.000 dinara, za litar mleka premija sedam dinara, a po umatińćenom grlu ima pravo na zakup jednog hektara zemlje po povoljnoj ceni. Na njegovoj farmi krave daju 6-7 hiljada litara mleka, kaŇĺe Jelińá.

"Ovim se bavim 25 godina i nikad bolje nije bilo, mnogo bolje nego da radim u fabrici‚ÄĚ, naglaŇ°ava ńźuro.

Prema njegovoj okvirnoj rańćunici, kada se uzmu u obzir ukupne subvencije (oko 75.000 dinara, naravno, zavisno od kolińćine mleka koje daje jedna krava), tele koje se proda (oko 300 evra), i zarada od predatog mleka (oko 300.000), bruto prihod po kravi je 400.000 dinara, a polovina te sume ode na troŇ°kove.

Potrebno je naravno mnogo rada, ali se mora i maksimalno voditi rańćuna da se ispune higijenski uslovi otkupljivańća, kaŇĺe Jelińá, koji istińće da 10 godina nije imao nikakvih problema pri predaji mleka, a sarańĎuje sa Imlekom.Republika Srbija je lider u proizvodnji mleka u regionu i najveńái izvoznik, kaŇĺu u Ministarstvu poljoprivrede.

Postoje dva razloga zaŇ°to se mleko i mleńćni proizvodi uvoze. Prvi je da pojedine mlekare u Srbiji imaju svoje firme i u drugim okolnim drŇĺavama, kao i farme, odakle uvoze mleko u Srbiju na dalju preradu.

Drugi je da se pojedini proizvodi ne proizvode u Srbiji ili se proizvode u nedovoljnim kolińćinama, pa se tako moraju uvesti. U pitanju su npr. mleko u prahu, razne vrste sireva, odreńĎeni mleńćni proizvodi.

Prema podacima Privredne komore Srbije, uvoz proizvoda od mleka u 2019. je iznosio oko 86 hiljada tona u vrednosti 96,6 miliona evra, Ň°to je 30,9 odsto viŇ°e nego 2018. Razlog je velika ponuda jeftinijih proizvoda (polutvrdi sirevi) iz EU (68,3 miliona evra), a plasiranje ide preko stranih trgovańćkih lanaca koji posluju u Srbiji.

Izvoz proizvoda od mleka u 2019. je realizovan u kolińćini od oko 100 hiljada tona u vrednosti od oko 84,5 miliona evra. U zemlje CEFTA izvezeno je za 47 miliona evra, Rusku Federaciju 31,5 miliona evra, EU 5,3 miliona evra. Izvoz je bio veńái u odnosu na 2018. za 19 procenata.

Prema odnosu kolińćina ‚Äď cena moŇĺe se izvesti zakljuńćak da izvozimo jeftinije a uvozimo skuplje proizvode.Mlekarski sektor u Srbiji pod pritiskom je visoko subvencionisane proizvodnje, a poŇ°to je trŇĺiŇ°te liberalizovano, ne moŇĺemo da se zaŇ°titimo od uvoza mleka i mleńćnih prerańĎevina, kaŇĺe za naŇ° portal Milan Prostran, struńćnjak za poljoprivredu i agroekonomski analitińćar.

"Uvozimo mleńćne prerańĎevine iz celog sveta", istińće on.

Osim toga, mlekarstvo u Srbiji deli sudbinu govedarstva, koje je sa dva miliona spalo na 700-800 hiljada grla, dodaje Prostran, tako da je uvoz mleka radi prerade neminovnost.

"Mali proizvońĎańći moraju da se preorijentiŇ°u na specijalne proizvode, skupe sireve na primer, preko dobrih sireva ta bi grana mogla da se oporavi", smatra Prostran.

Prema njegovim reńćima, mali proizvońĎańći su fleksibilniji i lakŇ°e im je da prilagode proizvodnju prema onome Ň°to se traŇĺi na trŇĺiŇ°tu, ali je i za njih vaŇĺno da imaju barem 30-40 odsto sopstvene proizvodnje mleka jer im to daje sigurnost.

"Pirotski kańćkavalj bi mogao da bude konkurentan na svetskom trŇĺiŇ°tu, na primer, ali njega treba zaŇ°tititi i promovisati", istińće Prostran.

Kako kaŇĺe, tu problem predstavlja i naŇ°e trŇĺiŇ°te, jer je plateŇĺno slabo, pa se najviŇ°e prodaju sirovo mleko i kiselo mleko i slińćno, dok je mala traŇĺnja za ekskluzivnim proizvodima poput skupih i retkih sireva sa zaŇ°tińáenim poreklom.

Osim toga, Prostran ukazuje na ńćinjenicu da mlekarska industrija najviŇ°e izvozi u region CEFTA, a tu dolazi do velikog pada usled posledica pandemije koronavirusa na turizam u tim zemljama i onim u okruŇĺenju, narońćito Crnoj Gori i Hrvatskoj."Uspeli smo da proŇ°le godine kupimo prvih 20 robota za muzu u Srbiji i to je ogromna stvar za farmere", kaŇĺe Sanja Bugarski.

"Na taj nańćin ne zavisimo od muzańća i proces muŇĺe se odvija nezavisno od ńćoveka, Ňĺivotinje dolaze same na muŇĺu, posedujete kompletnu bazu podataka o svakoj Ňĺivotinji koji vam olakŇ°avaju uvid u svaki segment proizvodnje, hranjenja, kontrolu produktivnosti i svega onoga Ň°to je jednom farmeru neophodno za uspeŇ°nu proizvodnju", objaŇ°njava ona.

Uz pomońá Ministarstva poljoprivrede omoguńáene su subvencije i do 65 odsto bespovratnih sredstava bez kojih bi pojam robota ostao samo uspomena iz inostranstva, a ovako imamo ih u Srbiji i koliko znam ta mera ńáe ostati na snazi i ove godine, a nadam se i svih sledeńáih, dodaje Bugarski.

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Steam at Craftonomicon   

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The 51st Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, begins today in Melbourne, and retronautical pursuits occupy a prominent place in the programme of events. The convention’s focus on crafting will appeal to the maker sensibility, and Guest of Honour Kelly Link, writer and editor of the recent Steampunk! anthology, will be speaking on a number [...]

          

Extinct Me (formerly known as "How did the monstersaurs die?")   

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Game Information
Short Introduction: 
Can you handle being the last human being in the universe? (used to be: "You kill monsters. Eventually, they all die out. So you breed some. ")
Platform/System: 
Windows
Platform/System: 
Intel AppUp (Netbook, PC)
Platform note: 
made with Game Maker 8, so pretty much anything that can run it can
Brief Play Description: 

Player can move in all cardinal directions, like a 2D top-down game. Player can decide to kill or be killed by monster.

(used to be: Game starts with you, in a seemingly desolate, isolated locale, where monsters try to eat your sweet human body. So you do what nature has hardwired into your brain and kill them for self-preservation (or so you tell yourself). But the monsters have a finite count, so they will all eventually run out, even if you restart the game. With every game instance, the monster population dwindles until they reach, extinc--wait for it--tionary! (okay so that doesn't really work). Then you realize, 'man it sucks when a gun-totting, monster-killing guy like me doesn't have a monster to kill...like a chef without food, or a pharmaceutical company without disease in the world, blah blah blah etc'... Well, that or 100 years into the future (Global Game Jam 2111!), some little girl tugs on her mom's hand and asks her, 'mommy, how did the monstersaurs die?' A real tragedy. Being the hero that you are, you cannot let this travesty come to pass. So you come up with the next good idea in the long list of good ideas, just after deodorant and pop-up blockers...you will breed monsters!

Basically, it's a shooter, 2D topdown perspective like 10tons' Crimsonland. The catch is that the enemy NPCs (a.k.a. monsters) have a finite count, so eventually you will run out of things to shoot. (The plan is to make the number of monsters finite across all game instances---meaning a central database of the monster count. Or even if the finiteness is restricted to only one game instance, then at least restarting the game or replaying the game shoudl still reflect the diminishing monster population. Enter the breeding mode (that sounded like a lame pickup line or something). You can pick up gene samples from the monsters you have killed and attempt to breed those little buggers. So it's a game that starts out as Doom then ends up as Neopets, then you can go back and kill your creations. It's a vicious cycle.)

Achievements and Credits
GGJ-2011 Achievements: 
Breaking the 4th Wall: The game acknowledges itself as a game.
Team Image: 
Contributors: 
mark.ringol
Contributors: 
MikeTien
Credits: 
mark.ringol (aka Ringol Starr) - original game design, game maker manipulation MikeTien (aka Tien Man) - additional game design, game art)
Downloads
Installation Notes: 

Just plug into a machine that can run *.exe files, double click, and play away
(play at your own risk of seeing something more inane than Will Ferrel screaming 'Flint Mega Bowl!')

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Grant supports UCS taxpayers by accelerating bond issue‚Äôs bus replacement program   

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Grant will expedite the replacement of 30 buses that have been certified by EPA certified to improve air quality.

          

Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies honors service of long-time UCS Board member   

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Mrs. Klida honored for more lifetime of service to UCS community

          

National innovation award recognizes UCS for academy linking graduates to high paying CTE jobs   

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Stevenson MADE named district of distinction finalist

          

UCS grad among 15 statewide to receive new merit scholarship award   

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Henry Ford II grad earns college-based merit scholarship

          

Utica Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns Announces Retirement   

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After 14 years, Dr. Johns plans transition

          

Registration for UCS Virtual Academy now open for limited time    

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Registration now open until August 14

          

Robert Monroe named interim superintendent for Utica Community Schools   

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Mr. Monroe unanimously named to interrim position by UCS Board of Education

          

Airbus cooperates with HYLT to increase Airbus pilot training facilities in China    

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Airbus today signed a cooperation agreement with Tianjin HYLT Aviation Science and Technology Co. Ltd (HYLT), pursuant to which Airbus will provide HYLT with a Flight Training Device (FTD) software package and an Airbus Pilot Transition (APT) Trainer Data package (G05), as well as technical support. The Tianjin-based company specialises in the design and production of aviation simulating training devices and as a result of this agreement, HYLT will be able to design and produce an A320 APT Trainer in Tianjin. Technical support includes training for HYLT engineers and specific expertise on the use of G05 data.

‚ÄúThanks to this partnership, we have acquired the capacity to develop qualified and certified Airbus aircraft pilot training devices. Our objective is to make our contribution to the development of China‚Äôs aviation industry by providing world standard pilot training facilities in China. With the support from Airbus experts, we are confident we can successfully develop our Airbus pilot training business,‚ÄĚ said Gu Zengwei, General Manager of HYLT.

‚ÄúPilot training plays a key role in the continuous safety of civil aviation. The cooperation between Airbus and HYLT will be highly beneficial to Chinese civil aviation authorities and airlines, as it will provide world standard pilot training devices at an affordable cost,‚ÄĚ said Jiang Huaiyu, Director General, Flight Standard Department of CAAC.

‚ÄúThis agreement between Airbus and HYLT to develop the A320 APT trainer marks an additional and very positive development for Airbus‚Äô cooperation with China‚Äôs aviation industry. This project demonstrates Airbus‚Äô commitment to further develop aeronautical related business in Tianjin, following the success of the A320 Final Assembly Line China and the Wing Equipping phase 4 programme. Airbus will continue to cooperate with Chinese companies not only in the field of aeronautical manufacturing but also in other aeronautical services and activities such as safety, training, design and R&D,‚ÄĚ said Laurence Barron, Airbus China President.
 
About HYLT
Tianjin HYLT Aviation Science and Technology Co. Ltd, was established in 2003. The company is specialised in design and production of aviation simulating training devices. For more information, please log on www.hyltsim.com.

About Airbus 
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

          

By: Anderson Cunha    

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Muito bom o CP Cast. Apesar de evidenciar as deficiências existentes na nossa infra-estrutura aeronáutica! E tem gente que fala que o Brasil é a segunda maior aviação do mundo... Neste caso vale a pergunta: Será???

          

Mordeduras de serpiente, la mayor crisis sanitaria de la que nunca ha o√≠do hablar    

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Hace unos a√Īos, un m√©dico de Ghana nos llam√≥ la atenci√≥n a mi esposa y a mi sobre el impacto devastador que las mordeduras de serpiente estaban teniendo en su comunidad. Nos impact√≥ enterarnos de que estos animales matan entre 81.000 y 138.000 personas en todo el mundo cada a√Īo, adem√°s de muchos otros que sufren da√Īos f√≠sicos y mentales. Como comparaci√≥n, el dengue, provocado por picaduras de mosquitos, arranca 20.000 vidas al a√Īo. Pese a su enorme impacto, las mordeduras de serpiente es la mayor crisis de salud p√ļblica de la que nunca has o√≠do hablar. Y, hasta la fecha, ha pasado desapercibida.



La mordedura de serpiente es, sobre todo, una enfermedad de los pobres. Sobre todo, afecta a las sociedades m√°s humildes como las comunidades rurales del √Āfrica subsahariana, Asia, Ocean√≠a y Latinonam√©rica. Los granjeros minifundistas, sus familias, los pastores y las personas desplazadas son particularmente vulnerables. Estos grupos suelen carecer de las protecciones m√°s b√°sicas, como calzado a prueba de serpientes o redes para las camas. Una vez picado, incluso si la v√≠ctima sobrevive, es posible que ya no pueda sostener a su familia. Los ni√Īos sienten que deben trabajar en vez de ir al colegio o los familiares que deben compartir sus recursos escasos para ayudar a cuidar a la familia afectada.En muchas √°reas remotas, la falta de transporte y las malas carreteras impiden el tratamiento r√°pido de las v√≠ctimas de picaduras. Incluso cuando las v√≠ctimas llegan al hospital, pueden encontrarse con que no hay personal cualificado o el equipamiento adecuado para tratarles. Estos desaf√≠os cr√≥nicos se disparan por la escasez de ant√≠dotos seguros, efectivos y accesibles en las zonas del mundo donde el riesgo de estos incidentes es end√©mico. La decisi√≥n de algunas farmac√©uticas en los √ļltimos a√Īos de parar la producci√≥n por completo, junto a la difusi√≥n simult√°nea de ant√≠dotos de mala calidad, ha empeorado el problema.Pero hay algunas buenas noticias: el mes pasado, la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud adopt√≥ una resoluci√≥n sin precedente en la que llama a tomar pasos inmediatos y efectivos para abordar la crisis de las serpientes. La iniciativa se une a la decisi√≥n de la Organizaci√≥n Mundial de la Salud de introducir las picaduras en la lista de enfermedades tropicales ignoradas y de crear un grupo de trabajo para crear una hoja de ruta exhaustiva para abordar el problema. Son pasos adelante muy importantes, pero se necesita hacer m√°s.



Los pa√≠ses afectados, sus socios institucionales y todas las partes implicadas tienen que movilizar urgentemente los fondos necesarios para facilitar que los sistemas p√ļblicos de salud puedan crear programas que puedan prevenir y tratar las picaduras de serpiente.La producci√≥n de ant√≠dotos ha cambiado de forma dr√°stica desde el siglo XIX. Aunque la tecnolog√≠a ha ayudado a mejorarlos y a reducir su precio considerablemente, la gente se sigue muriendo. La cooperaci√≥n estrecha con los fabricantes puede asegurar que los avances en la efectividad de los sueros antiveneno no afecten a la accesibilidad para los m√°s pobres y las personas m√°s vulnerables. Yo he visto de primera mano como secretario general de la ONU c√≥mo se puede conseguir este objetivo cuando ped√≠ a las empresas farmac√©uticas que bajaran los precios de los medicamentos contra el virus del sida y compartiesen los resultados de sus investigaciones para permitir que estos medicamentos que salvan vidas puedan estar disponibles en los pa√≠ses en v√≠as de desarrollo a precios asequibles. Podemos aprender de la experiencia y hacer progresos de forma inmediata mientras allanamos el camino para que lleguen las soluciones sostenibles y a largo plazo gracias al desarrollo de la capacidad de producci√≥n local de ant√≠dotos en las regiones afectadas. Para acabar, tenemos una necesidad urgente de mejorar los datos de lo que supone el lastre actual de las picaduras de serpiente en todo el mundo. Los expertos ya se han dado cuenta de que el n√ļmero real de v√≠ctimas puede ser mucho mayor y una mayor inversi√≥n en mejorar los datos incrementar√° nuestra capacidad para destinar los recursos a los lugares apropiados y para poner en marcha programas y pol√≠ticas con mayor conocimiento.



Yo estoy convencido de que los envenenamientos por picaduras de serpiente suponen un gran reto para la salud p√ļblica. Pero es a su vez un reto que se puede superar. Esta es una crisis olvidada y necesitamos tomar medidas de forma inmediata, decidida y mantenida en el tiempo para hacerle frente. Trabajando juntos para erradicar la lacra de las picaduras de serpiente, podemos salvar las vidas de decenas de miles de personas en algunos de los rincones m√°s pobres y marginales de nuestro mundo.(*) Kofi Annan es presidente de la Fundaci√≥n Kofi Annan en Ginebra, premio Nobel de la Paz y ex secretario general Naciones Unidas.

Fuente:

Lista de serpientes m√°s vevenosas:

Mamba Negra (Dendroaspis Polylepis)






Cobra Real (Ophiophagus Hannah)






Cascabel Diamante (Crotalus Atrox)






Mamba Verde (Dendroaspis Angusticeps)





Cr√≥talo del Bamb√ļ (Trimeresurus Popeorum)





Taip√°n del Interior (Oxyuranus Microlepidotus)






Recuerdo que la empresa donde yo trabajaba, durante varios a√Īos hicimos el control de plagas de todas las instalaciones de las minas de carb√≥n, central t√©rmica y otras instalaciones de Andorra, Teruel.



Como el carb√≥n que se extrae en Teruel es lignito, el m√°s pobre de la antracita, hulla y lignito, precisaba de un carb√≥n m√°s rico, la hulla, para el encendido de las calderas y otros. Para ello se tra√≠a hulla de Sud√°frica. Ven√≠a en barco hasta el puerto de Valencia, luego en tren y por √ļltimo en cami√≥n hasta la monta√Īa de reserva en la Central T√©rmica.



Yo no las vi, pero s√≠ que nos avisaron de que en la monta√Īa de carb√≥n hab√≠an aparecido vistosas serpientes de colores entre amarillo y anaranjado. Sin√≥nimo de su vistosidad era su peligrosidad. Seguro que entre el carb√≥n ven√≠an huevos que en los calores veraniegos nac√≠an las serpientes.

Serpiente coral sudafricana (Aspidelaps lubricus)






Víbora de gabón (Bitis gabonica)





Cobra del cabo (Naja nívea)




Todas las im√°genes las he obtenido por b√ļsqueda en Google Im√°genes por el nombre cient√≠fico de la especie. Agradezco a sus autores por compartirlas en la red.

Intencionalmente no he reproducido ninguna imagen de mordedura de serpiente, pues en muchos casos las im√°genes son desagradables.




          

New Year, New Goals   

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Whew! Survived the holiday madness thanks to hours of therapeutic knitting. I've been a knitting fool these past two weeks, the longest I've been off work since maternity leave. 

Finished...
//All holiday gifts including two handbags
//Socks for me (Monkey sock pattern in Noro Kureyon yarn)
//Socks for Olivia (Most Basic Toddler Sock pattern in Crystal Palace Yarn in Panda Cotton Print... not a big fan of this color-way, but Santa chose it for me)
//Hat for me (pattern from the amazing Boutique Knits, Sideways Grande Hat)
//Pants for Olivia that ended up WAY too big for her

Looking ahead to the new year, I set goals to push my knitting and sewing skills.

1. Join local knitting group
2. Take sewing class
3. Knit a pattern using the entrelac technique
4. Sew a dress for Olivia
5. Learn how to line knitted handbags

What are your goals for 2009?

As a side, keep checking LivvySue Boutique. New fashions will be posted soon that we're so excited to debut!  

Happy New Year!



          

Mississippi: Governor Signs Law To Allow Marijuana-Derived CBD Oil For Seizures   

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant last week signed into law a bill allowing marijuana-derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medical purposes.

"The bill I signed into law will help children who suffer from severe seizures disorders," Gov. Bryant told 16 WAPT News. "Throughout the legislative process, I insisted on the tightest controls and regulations for this measure, and I have been assured by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics that CBD oil (cannabidiol) is not an intoxicant," the tremulous governor said.

"The outcome is a bill that allows this substance to be used therapeutically, as is the case for other controlled prescription medication," he said, emphasizing that he remains opposed to any effort to legalize marijuana or its derivatives other than CBD oil only.

The bill was named for Harper Grace Durval, two turned 2 years old last Friday, usually the age when Dravet's syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, starts resulting in an increased number of seizures. "She has them every day, but they are not grand mal seizures, and they are very short," said Ashley Durval, Harper's mother.

"Hopefully, this will lead the way to some groundbreaking insight into, not only children with epilepsy, but any other neurological disorder," said Sen. Josh Harkins (R-Flowood), who pushed the measure.

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California: Santa Rosa Medical Marijuana Company Raided By Federal DEA Agents   

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Hemp News

The Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed on Wednesday morning by local law enforcement and the federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, and financial paperwork.

Care By Design produces an array of medical marijuana products for thousands of patients in California, including patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD and other intractable medical conditions.

Care By Design products are CBD-centric. CBD is a therapeutically beneficial compound that does not get people high, and can moderate the intoxicating effects of THC. Care By Design products are available in non-smokable formulations such as gel caps and oral sprays, and available in a variety of CBD:THC ratios so that patients can manage the psychoactive effects of medical marijuana.

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Tao Lin asks/ed for a pre-re-view of richard yates from "the internet"

And then i wrote this.1

1. sincerity is overrated

HTMLGiant is interested in fiction. HTMLGiant (the readers, commenters, and authors of which seem to share a certain agenda and to whom i have- and will continue to - refer(ed) to collectively as "HTMLGiant") wants to be the 'cool kids' of literature. The elements of being 'cool' include heavy irony, a clear delineation of what is and is not 'cool,' a constant affectation of denying any 'delineation' or 'categorization' of what is 'cool', a 'canon' of 'innately cool' individuals/writers to worship/mimic, and having 'cool' friends. Tao Lin is somehow or has somehow become HTMLGiant's #1 'cool friend,' although if HTMLGiant could choose its "#1 cool friend" they would probably first choose Gordon Lish and then go to Dennis Cooper, who is not quite friends enough with HTMLGiant to be more than "this cool guy i know".

I've been reading HTMLGiant for maybe 1-1.5 year(s); i started reading it when i met some of the authors2 that HTMLGiant seems to support/be-written-by -- I probably started reading it mainly to ingratiate myself with these persons, which mostly worked. I think the entire experience of HTMLGiant can be found in this excerpt from a discussion about Tao Lin's "Shoplifting From American Apparel" posted a few months ago3:

"September 11th, 2009 / 1:24 am

PGC‚ÄĒ
I’ve never posted here. I don’t know anybody here personally
By reading htmlgiant over the last few months, I’ve become familiar with and thoroughly enjoyed Barth, Coover, Pynchon, The Believer, David Foster Wallace, Zak Smith… Not to mention the work of those who have contributed/posted here, Amelia Gray, Shane Jones, Catherine Lacey, Justin Taylor, really everybody. 
I was linked to htmlgiant originally through Tao Lin’s blog, where I was also introduced to Richard Yates, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, Jean Rhys, and Joy Williams. 
I studied English and never came into contact with any of these authors. I thought contemporary fiction was dead and I only read Dostoevsky, Joyce, Balzac, Nabokov, and other canonical authors. I’ve also studied literary criticism relatively extensively.
And I just want to say, thank god I found these two web sites. I’m glad I have the foundation I do, but the authors I’ve found through you guys have opened my literary world view immensely. 
So, thank you.

‚Ä® September 11th, 2009 / 1:31 am

tao‚ÄĒ‚Ä® sweet "

Excluding the title, Niedenthal's review refers to Tao Lin as "Tao" 11 times, but only once does it refer to him by his full name. Clearly the writer and (if there is an) editor assume to be "friends" enough with Tao Lin to skip the surname. I don't know whether this review really cares about the way Tao4 writes (in one page, these opposing out-of-context-blurbs -- "Tao's writing is not formula"/"Tao's already-honed formula" seem to suggest otherwise) or if he (the reviewer) can further his/HTMLGiant's relationship with Tao as a 'cool literary friend'.

There is the inevitable question as to whether Tao's literary and internet persona are separate or mutually enabling or opposed or whatever. I'd say that in my experience,5 maybe with the exception of parts of Bed, Tao's work is sort of unapproachable without knowledge of Tao-writing-as-Tao-Lin-as-internet-persona; Tao's internet presence is maybe larger than his body of work -- posts on hehehehehehehehe.com have a cumulative word count around 150,000;6 including Tao's emails and facebook posts and previous blogs, it is easy to assume a doubling or tripling of this number, which certainly eclipses the cumulative word count of Tao's five (six including richard yates) published books. possibly including ebooks and poems &c., these numbers (self-promotion v. published words) start to get a little closer together, but i'm not nearly patient enough to find out. so the question is: does Tao Lin's idea of "Tao Lin" count as a viable literary device in a protracted character-development-outside-of-and-within-novels sense, or does his published work exist outside of his outsize internet persona? What's more enjoyable/amusing/engaging, Tao's books or "tao lin"?

2. Tao Lin's call for essays on his as-yet-unpublished work.

Tao Lin's internet persona has grown like a benign and/or malignant tumor and/or meme through certain circles and spheres and web 2.0 clouds. Reactions to Tao Lin are often not reactions to his writing but to his existence -- it is sort of a go-to joke to say "fuck Tao Lin" without any real comment about his writing.

Tao is very aware of this tendency and his perception of it probably oscillates between a funny joke and colossal self-doubt. the conceit of soliciting speculative essays is sort of a way for Tao to preempt everyone who will ignore the 'content' of Richard Yates and just use the book's release as an excuse to talk shit on Tao Lin. In thoroughly mapping the 'context', or, bribing other people on the internet to thoroughly map the 'context', Tao accomplishes two things:

1. Catches everybody up on his internet-persona-narrator / places Richard Yates right in the middle of his (Tao's) meta-existence / judges Richard Yates as manifestation of internet persona/ assesses public perception of his internet persona

2. Demands that Richard Yates be judged independent of his (Tao's) internet persona, because everyone's already said everything there is to say about his internet persona

There is a definite chance that this essay is going nowhere and will conclude more ambiguously than it opened. This is possibly a good thing. There is not a single line excerpted from Richard Yates on its dedicated website; one out of seventeen quoted reviews actually mentions Richard Yates. So: we (potential readers) are committed/ supposed-to-commit-to this book based on an idea of a person who wrote it and a possible vagina reference. (see cover)

Notice that "Tao Lin" is much bolder and larger than "Richard Yates"; Tao is bigger than Richard Yates or wants to be, maybe. the real author and the idea of an author and the way these things overlap on this cover. Richard Yates isn't, according to (the) reviews (i've read) of Richard Yates, a character or direct subject in Richard Yates. He is maybe obliquely referenced by way of one of his books (I think this is what Justin Taylor said). The two main characters in Richard Yates are ‚ÄúHaley Joel Osment‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDakota Fanning‚ÄĚ. This practice of using famous people's names for those of your characters ‚Äď as, clearly, these characters are not meant to be the 'actual' ‚ÄúHaley Joel Osment‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDakota Fanning‚ÄĚ ‚Äď is demonstrated really well in this story by Megan Boyle. I think that the intended effect here is similar to that of the 'apostrophe' thing7, wherein the author sort of explores the 'power' that a 'celebrity' name holds in the reader's perception of the character/person. Celebrities are characters created by publicists that exist mainly in gossip magazines and hollywood movies. It is existentially unsettling to consider celebrities outside of this context ‚Äď often when a person 'finally' 'runs into' a celebrity, they are disappointed by the disconnect between the image conjured by their (the celebrity's) 'name' and their (the celebrity's) physical reality.

There is also the long list of book tour locations in areas where there are likely to be a significant number of people aware of Tao Lin, which is maybe the unifying thing on this page between the idea of the book and the book itself. the idea of the author must confront the reality of the author in the presence of the book which will be signed by the author. The overlap of literal and literary and literature. All of these words share at their root the Latin litera, meaning ‚Äúletter‚ÄĚ, the elementary particle of phonetic languages (such as that from which Tao writes), a character as a visual representation of a sound, a synesthetic unit that is impossible to separate into component pieces. A letter must always be seen as the figure and the idea. Unless you don't speak the language, or if your language ascribes unique phonemes to parallel graphemes. Or if you have no idea who or what ‚ÄúTao Lin‚ÄĚ represents, in which case this literal intersection of previously figurative elements is completely devoid of meaning.

3. the word "hipster"

this is maybe my least favorite subject to discuss next to philosophy. philosophy is boring and i would rather learn about some new kick-ass particle accelerator 's insights into the nature of the material universe than some stoned asshole's insights into the nature of his massive ego. Likewise i would rather party with my fashionable, attractive 20-something peers than spend thursday night at a sports bar complaining about hipsters.

but

here goes:

Carles from hipsterrunnoff won hipster of the decade. in this post he makes liberal use of Tao's 'apostrophe'/"quotation marks" device to elicit

  • a) sarcasm/insincerity/irony
  • b) recognition that Carles and Tao are 'bros' / the idea that Carles "gets it"

On the right hand of this page are, among others, the words "Pitchfork Media," "Zooey Deschanel," "Hipster," and "WAVVES." There is in this list a complex narrative. Here is an element of that narrative:

I went to college in San Diego, CA and at my college there was a shortage of decent bands and interesting people. I moved away from campus to a 'hip' neighborhood and started hanging out with the staff of the local 'hip'/'independent' movie theater. Zooey Deschanel was probably in a movie that showed there. "500 days of Summer" probably. A lot of people that worked @ that movie theater were either in 'cool bands' or knew people in 'cool bands.' One of these bands was named "Fantastic Magic," and they were maybe a four-piece band that played weird psych-pop w/ an accordion and lots of delay pedals. Fantastic Magic actually did sound sort of magic. One of the people in this band was named Nathan, who, after Fantastic Magic broke up, founded a new band called WAVVES. WAVVES is a really good band. "Pitchfork Media" found WAVVES' cd or single or something, and decided that it was the hottest shit ever and promoted the hell out of Nathan's8 band. Then there was this weird disconnect between

  • Everybody who was led to believe by Pitchfork Media that WAVVES was the Most Important Thing to happen to Music since The Beatles
and
  • the actual band members of WAVVES which to be fair was actually a really good band but probably never presumed and/or attempted to be The Most Important Thing In Music Today

This conflict probably manifested itself most tangibly in a financial context -- Nathan was getting paid a bunch of money and readers of Pitchfork were being encouraged to spend a bunch of money, to (respectively) deliver on / purchase this 'idea of WAVVES' that Pitchfork created. Then a lot of people started "talking shit" on WAVVES because of this disconnect. Everyone got confused and no one could tell if Nathan was actually good/cool or if it was just that they were 'supposed' to think that even if it wasn't true. The answer doesn't really matter 9.

WAVVES is often included/referenced-to in blanket definitions/criticisms of "hipsters". so is Tao Lin.10

"Hipsters" can be thought of in a reductive sense as a commodification of the fashionable/hip/cool people i was hanging out w/ @ the movie theater, much as "WAVVES" is a commodification of WAVVES, and "Tao Lin" is a commodification of Tao Lin. Like, these people come to define a term by habits and preferences and practices, and then the term/idea takes on a life of its own -- the concept "hipster" becomes as reality that subsequently imposes itself on those that gave it meaning. As in the difference between "WAVVES" and Nathan's music, there is this weird exchange between the people referred to as "hipsters" and the word itself, all of which is manifested/mediated in/by an exchange of money (American Apparel/Pitchfork Media) and ideas (Hipster Fashion/WAVVES' music) that is impossibly incestuous and unstoppable and all-consuming.

Tao Lin is in the middle of this vortex, and is probably happy to be considered 'hipster lit'. Carles' page references Tao's previous book, Shoplifting From American Apparel. Possibly Tao is trying to assert that the hipster population can coexist in a mutually destructive relationship with the idea, "hipster," that American Apparel tries to capture/define -- in shoplifting, you manage to appropriate the products of the 'capitalist system' without 'participating' in the 'capitalist system', but, paradoxically, in wearing stolen American Apparel products, you further their products as desirable fashion and further their business goals.

Tao tries to (succeeds in) replicate(ing) this entire process, but from all sides at once, as creator and hype machine and critic of hype machine and business man. Richard Yates is just an idea to me and Tao has gotten me to write 5800 words on this idea and the idea of him promoting his book, which i am maybe doing for 'hipster cred' and maybe because it's an interesting project. i would probably not know about Tao Lin w/o my "hipster" friends. We are hopelessly trapped in the word ('hipster') and the only hope is to half-jokingly acknowledge our fate while pretending to be 'over it'. Tao writes in the comments on Carles' page: "bros...". 'Bros' indeed.

Money, which I am trying so very desperately to avoid as a subject

I have up to this point neglected to mention: the $250 I stand to win by writing this essay, the fact that this essay contest will (maybe) sell more of Tao's books, the fact that Tao began the writing process of Richard Yates as an investment opportunity and the fact that I will get advertising income from you scrolling past the Google AdSense¬ģ on the side of this page. This pecuniary reluctance is I think a critical element of the hipster community. The hipster 'scene' inherited this figurative baggage from the punk 'scene'.11 This reluctant attitude has a great deal to do with the juxtaposition between the suburban upbringing of a majority of 'punks' and the urban decay / bohemian poverty aesthetic that defines the term.

Note the following passage from Bed, Tao's second book:

‚ÄúOn stage now Leftover Crack‚Äôs bassist walked to his bass, picked it up, strapped it on, and stood waiting for the others. His face was expressionless and he did not move his eyes, mouth, or legs. His shirt said 'NO-CA$H.' The guitarist was asking the crowd for beer. Someone passed up a shiny blue plastic cup, but it wasn‚Äôt beer.‚ÄĚ

(from the story ‚ÄúLeftover Crack in Red Hook‚ÄĚ)

Left√∂ver Crack is a punk band from NYC composed of squatters and crust punks and heroin addicts. Stza, the lead vocalist (who appears repeatedly in Tao's story), has (according to wikipedia), as of 2010 begun to focus ‚Äú...on other musical projects - such as [his (Stza's) new band] Star Fucking Hipsters‚ÄĚ. Star Fucking Hipsters are mentioned in Tao's later book, Shoplifting From American Apparel. There's another essay's worth of connections to be made in the above few paragraphs, but I'm a little 'over' the topic, and I think i'll let you read as much into it/them as you choose.

4. Fuck Context, What About the Book?

David Fishkind says that he "gmail chatted tao." It seems like this is a popular thing to do. I haven't ever gmail chatted Tao because he's not on my gmail chat list and/or 'cause we're not friends. I am facebook friends with him and sometimes he shows up on my facebook chat list; i never say anything though.

Apparently, Tao has realized that gchat is a really good way to get dialogue for his writing. Large sections of SFAA were excerpted from Tao's gchat logs. One of the biggest issues w/ talking online is that you lose all intonation. it's hard to tell if there is significant emotional weight in what's said and a lot of things come across as maybe sarcastic. This fits with and possibly informs Tao's "buddhist" writing style, i.e. the practice of paring down as much emotional detail / 'textual intonation' as possible from his stories/characters. I think this style of writing lends itself really well to shitty relationships; shitty relationships are sort of an emotional void where you're unsure of what anyone is feeling at any given time and there is often a disconnect between "read" and "felt" emotions. Another element of Tao's writing is that it's deceptively simple, and, as such, very easy to imitate. Like in Fishkind's sentence:

"i talked to my girlfriend about the book and i think i said 'raw' twice describing its effect on me."

This could easily be a line in any of Tao's books that I've read and may in fact be plagiarized. Tao uses the 'apostrophe' thing7 a lot and also "I think" a lot. His writing is very confident w/r/t self-doubt/negation / crippling-fear-of-strong-and-or-genuine-emotions.

There is a Raymond Carver short story, "The Neighbors," where two people get locked in a hallway and crumple in abject existential terror. (spoiler alert!) Nothing really happens in this story and Raymond Carver drags as much pathos as he possibly can out of a small, seemingly benign scenario. Tao Lin's writing is similar except that it has a better sense of humor and his characters open the story in a state of existential terror. except, instead of collapsing, they just adopt a half-resigned and bemused attitude about the whole thing -- his ambiguous-intonation hipster antiheroes sort of hang out and try to be as 'legit' as possible as both a 'joke' and a 'serious goal'. i think.

5. Being depressed in 2010

"'cutting,' eating disorders, statutory rape, dysfunctional families, reckless shoplifting, 'mental disorders,'"

Tao Lin and Brandon Scott Gorell are prose bros (proof). they both write from experience (or at least write so convincingly that it is difficult to assume they don't have personal experience) w/r/t "mental disorders"12. Brandon writes about/from anxiety and maybe a little bit about/from depression, and Tao writes about/from depression and maybe a little bit about/from anxiety.

In the last century mental disorders have shifted in the public eye from character traits to 'diseases/conditions'. This suggests that 'mental disorders' are treatable and as such separate from personal identity. This gets complicated when someone's personal identity has a lot to do with their 'mental disorder'; also it suggests that, like a disease, there is a specific course of treatment that must be followed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the name of a popular contemporary technique for managing clinical depression and also the name of Tao Lin's fourth book. The goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to achieve "euthymia" -- a "reasonably positive" mood. The actions of Tao's characters can sort of be seen as them trying to achieve euthymia within the constraints of a minimalist novel.

There is sort of a disconnect in contemporary psychiatry between pharmaceutical and psychotherapeutic approaches to depression. An issue with depression is that when you're depressed it is difficult to seek treatment for depression, and your knowledge of this difficulty/failure can be in itself a depressing thing. It can be easiest to cede agency to a professional, but this concession sort of furthers your perception of yourself as 'powerless' against depression. If you can take antidepressants to stabilize your neurochemistry, it limits your agency to swallowing pills. If you can participate in behavioral therapy, it gives you more agency than the aforementioned professional. If you get depressed when you're on antidepressants, it's just a matter of changing the prescription. If you get depressed with CBT, it negates a lot of the 'agency' you thought you had.

Tao's characters are lost in the middle of this agency-or-emotional-powerlessness-thing; they view/have moods with a sense of detachment, or try to. They get upset or happy or whatever with the knowledge that they are "choosing" to feel these emotions; there seems to be a conscious effort on their part to 'be aware' of their emotions and to strive for 'reasonably positive' ones. They also find themselves sort of powerless before strong emotions at times, 'surprised' that they feel strongly one way or another. (There is a small overlap between autism and severe depression, in that both the autistic and the depressed person have a very difficult time understanding or participating in or relating to the emotional states of those around them. Some people suggest that maybe Tao is a little autistic, but i disagree. I think he is just 'detached' in a very sincere manner.)

the depressed person is much more realistic than the happy person.

Brett Easton Ellis writes from a 'detached' perspective, but he tends towards a moral conclusion, like in Less Than Zero where the main character says how disgusted he is with everybody, or in American Psycho where Bateman 'confesses'. Ellis' characters exist in a novel world (shitty joke) of detached language and emotions only to experience some kind of visceral revulsion at the sociopathic sterility of their surroundings. I think Ellis' moral tendency is sort of lame, as it in a way rejects the validity of 'neutral' or 'detached' writing styles. Lots of self loathing here. The 1997 emotional brutality of ‚ÄúIn the Company of Men‚ÄĚ is a similar study in emotional detachment without an express moral stance. Way better but also much more terrifying ‚Äď without any morally upright character to identify with, the viewer is trapped in unwanted sympathy/empathy for/with detestable sadists. I think that stories without a moral resolution are more accurate, emotionally. An LA Times cited review of Richard Yates uses the word "sociopath", I would maybe look instead at the word ‚Äúsadistic‚ÄĚ. The Marquis de Sade is probably the most famous amoral author; but Justine is also probably the most accurate depiction of human sexuality in literature. Endless horrible perversions and gruesome fantasies, all eventually proven accurate by the popularity of very similar horrible perversions in internet pornography. What I'm saying is, morality in art is for the weak.

6. justin taylor

HTMLGiant will tell you what to think and they are often right.

Melville house lists their publishing criteria as: "good, solid literature". So we can assume at least this much about Richard Yates. "good, solid literature" as defined by an "independent press" born of a blog and based in a "hipster" neighborhood. Justin Taylor talks about ‚ÄúLolita‚ÄĚ. I never read Lolita which is probably a terrible thing. I read Pale Fire and it was really good. I don't think there is much in common between V. Nabokov and Tao Lin. Actually, i take that back. Nabokov was really into repurposing language in fancy ways, Tao is into repurposing language in very not-fancy ways. both really like the idea of the idea of their writing.

Justin Taylor describes reading Richard Yates as "an at times highly unpleasant" experience, and i feel this is maybe one of the few things that Richard Yates and my essay have in common. Justin Taylor compares the mood in "Hills like White Elephants" to Richard Yates. I was going to say something about this comparison but i decided against it. think of it as an abortive attempt. I'm obviously trying to cram as many terrible jokes as possible into this paragraph. Writing this essay has gotten so fucking boring. I think you, the reader, underestimate the difficulty of typing 3000 words with one hand and a left thumb. If i want to win, i need to make it to 6000 on last count. I would argue that i should get some kind of handicap, but i don't think it would go far. which brings me to:

7. me writing about someone else writing about me writing about about Tao Lin's writing.

I feel like i am in a foam room at a rave making out with myself. I am hemorrhaging speculative, self-referential text in a vast white ocean. The majority of reviews/contest entries that i have seen were heavy on personal experience; mine seems sort of formulaic by comparison. I wonder if i even want to read Richard Yates anymore now that i've parsed out most of what i think about Tao Lin -- I am still more committed to his persona than to his writing. I was taught that literary criticism is best when it arrives at a conclusion about the author's personal "ideas" or "worldview"; I was also taught that there is no way to "prove" any of these conclusions without contacting the author directly and, as such, the most well-worded, persuasive argument is usually treated as "accurate".

So.

Enter internet and constant connectivity and instant communication. How does one read/interpret when the author is an email away? When the author posts a facebook update? Doesn't this sort of destroy lit crit? Is the author allowed to participate? If the author predicts all possible interpretations and argues with those who disagree, is there more than a single reading, that is to say, the author's reading? What about twitter? jk. But! Is there really any other way for Tao Lin to exist? Is his writing his own or is it lost in the miasma of internet authors with whom he's 'bros'? Is it right to argue a point with questions?

I think the answer is that nothing exists in a vacuum. Every piece of art and every book and every movie is a product of its environment. I could make a really trite argument about how the act of writing a book is sort of pointless in a long-term-inevitable-heat-death-of-the-universe kind of way, but that's totally pointless. I think a lot of people are sort of repulsed or terrified by Tao's attempt to shape the context in which his book exists, that the most important thing is not a solitary artifact, a 'book' that exists, but how it 'shares the stage' with the means by which it exists, sort of like if Lydia Davis had just "talked" about how The End of the Story was also about writing instead of just putting it in there. Does Richard Yates itself suggest all of these things? Is a style of writing a statement about a style of living? Can you find the universe in an object? This is so fucking terrible. This is what happens when i have to push to 6000. By calling it terrible am I trying to get away with terrible writing? Does preemptively voicing a criticism negate that criticism? Can't i write about something i've actually read?

writing about a writer

Also: By what authority do i deign to criticize literature? My writing is at best a haphazard amalgam of cliché and repetitive sentence structure -- I have, up to this point, 11 separate em dashes throughout this essay. I assume to be knowledgeable enough about the subject (writing) to lecture 'the internet' ad infinitum. All of this self-loathing brings up an interesting topic: "haters".

What is the difference between the "hater" and the critic?

The hater is clearly a product of jealousy and arrogance, tempered with spite. The hater will refuse to acknowledge any aspect of the hatee that does not further the hater's agenda. The hater will "hate on" elements of the work and/or person that are unimportant/irrelevant, blowing them 'out of proportion'. The hater is so enamored with hating the subject that one may question whether the hater secretly lusts after the hatee. I think there's often a sexualized subtext between arch-enemies, like batman and catwoman or the religious right and homosexuals.

Every one of these descriptions of "haters" fits Tao's most vocal detractors (jereme, PH Madore, etc.).

Why does Tao have so many haters?

1. His primary venue is the internet, the internet provides a 'mask' of 'anonymity', 'anonymity' provides a 'means' by which to be a 'complete jackass'.

2. He is very popular in certain circles eg HTMLGiant and popularity breeds jealousy/contempt. I think Tao's haters are disappointed that he has not yet succeeded in "selling out". They would have an opportunity to say "i told you so".

3. Tao is actually sort of an egotistical prick. Yes, but he does it in a very clever way, and, also, it seems like being self-obsessed enough to sift through your own thoughts for a living kind of demands a decent-sized ego. Writers with big egos are old news.

If i replaced every instance of "hater" in the above lines with "critic", "hatee" with "author", and "hate/hate on" with "criticize", i would arrive at the contemporary definition of a "critic". or at least, the most derogatory of several contemporary definitions. Frustrated, talentless, &c. Haters and critics also share the habit of "beefs"/"grudges".

The only noble act that can bring a critic above a hater is "rational insight". This term suggests the hope that the critic's reasoned opinion can enable the reader to appreciate the work in a way they might've missed. Mostly, i am trying to justify this essay.

8. bottomless fucking pit

just how incestuous is the internet?

prepare for a wall of text.

Selected authors that Tao Lin has published through his press, Muumuu house: Megan Boyle, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Ellen Kennedy, Audun Mortensen, Noah Cicero, Zachary German.

Ellen kennedy runs "ass hi books" with Tao Lin; Megan Boyle was published with Kendra Grant Malone, Lily Hoang, David Fishkind, and Roxane Gay in Pear Noir! 3. Lily and Roxane are both frequent contributors to HTMLGiant. David Fishkind's article was cited earlier. Kendra Grant Malone used to put her boobs on HTMLGiant and she's cowritten a chapbook with Tao; Audun Mortensen, according to norwegian wikipedia and google translate, writes for "existentially confused hipsters, depressed sex researchers, teenagers, freelance journalists, students and lonely life happy parents." This is obvs. Tao's audience; Noah Cicero was a coeditor of 3:AM magazine. Tao Lin is an occasional columnist for 3:AM. Zachary German has also written in 3:AM; Brandon Scott Gorell reviews reviews of Tao Lin on HTMLGiant.

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these are all just "once removed" connections. If i went further and more in depth i would got lost in an enormous web of small presses and literary journals and blogs and basically the entire internet. There is something in here about the "social network" and "web 2.0". I think this is really nothing new. Editorship is often a means of "curation" or cultivation / promotion of a certain aesthetic sensibility. Groups of writers hang out together and trade ideas. Literary Journals. MFA programs. Symposia. Coffeeshops. Blogs. Etc. Etc. Etc. Forever.

9. In Conclusion

It is absolutely necessary to read this blog post in order to properly appreciate Tao Lin. Or! All of these points are so obvious and/or shallow that it's clear this entire exercise was just a means to an end.

If you've forgotten what we talked about, here's a brief summary: Hipsters, Tao Lin, 'Detached', 'literature', internet-persona-as-character, frederick bartheleme, incest, twitter (j/k!), depression, wikipedia, haters, book tour, $250, 'cred'.

And here's a quote from Gordon Lish that I got off wikipedia:

"Never be sincere ‚ÄĒ sincerity is the death of writing"

The End

ps - i now realize that there is no way i could approach 22000 words in the time i have left, so please ignore all conjecture about "winning".

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1. This entire essay or entry or piece of writing is written with one hand.*

*- one hand and a left thumb, actually. I was riding my bicycle in Chicago and an SUV opened its door and I hit the door and I fell on the ground and broke my left hand. my left hand is in a splint but i can still use my thumb.

2. Mike Young, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Chelsea Martin, Daniel Bailey, later, Tao Lin

3. Tao Lin let me in on Frederick Barthelme. I've read Second Marriage, The Brothers, and Waveland. It's hard for me to remember which scenes are in which book, as Frederick Barthelme basically repeats the same story in each novel. i think second marriage was my favorite. F. Barthelme is a minimalist and a detached writer and sort of boring, but he has a brutal/perfect sense of humor. i feel like understanding Frederick Barthelme's sense of humor is really important in understanding Tao's writing/internet presence. i won't provide an excerpt but i will say that you should find one of his novels and read it and if you don't laugh a little, then you should just give up on Tao Lin and/or life, right there and then.

4. Clearly, as a reader and erstwhile commenter I am implicitly encouraged to go with "Tao" for the remainder. maybe you, the reader, one of whom will, hopefully, be the literal "Tao Lin", can realize the significance i have ascribed to first/full name references throughout. Also note significance of italics w/r/t "Richard Yates" and other phrases. This idea is further addressed in footnote 8.

5. ‚ÄúMy experience‚ÄĚ with Tao Lin consists of having read Shoplifting From American Apparel, shoplifting from American Apparel before and after reading the book, having read Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, having undergone two courses of cognitive behavioral therapy, having read Bed, one personal email from Tao Lin (two of the email's three sentences read, ‚ÄúThank you for the nice, encouraging, supportive email. I felt happy reading it.‚ÄĚ), having read HTMLGiant a lot, having read Tao and Kendra Grant Malone's chapbook Conor Oberst Sex, having heard that Eeeee Eee Eeee is a good book from my friend Molly, having heard some of my other friends say that Tao Lin was 'not that great of a writer', having been told by my friend Michelle that she got ‚Äúthis crazy book from [her] girlfriend as a birthday present ‚Äď I think it was called Shoplifting From American Apparel or something‚ÄĚ and having been subsequently told that she hadn't actually read it, occasionally reading https://Model.blue/splash/vy0B1Uxz26mFnnOS52U03E03gHIu9c5iu84HbOduPcd_SLASH_I1mhmPoG1qaACHimZaatySahiRFCA6z0ieVwnbbp9yjQnor4BGM_PLUS_WMcsdYAlUuZI0emnOEgTrA_SLASH_5Fh4hWzTW, having seen Tao at a relatively empty book reading in Berkeley where a crazy lady came in mid-story and started talking about The Simpsons or something, subsequently meeting Tao for about fifteen seconds during which he wore a 'slightly baffled but amused' facial expression and signed/drew a hamster on a copy of Bed that I had just purchased, writing this essay, and Tao's facebook updates.

6. very unscientific

          

Uleiul de masline si afectiunile hepatice   

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Uleiul de masline, in special cel presat la rece, se gaseste in comert din abundenta. Mai scump fata de celelalte uleiuri alimentare, uleiul de masline are in plus o importanta terapeutica deosebita. In maslinele verzi, cantitatea de ulei este de 15 %, iar in cele mature de 58 %. Acizii grasi mononesaturati continuti in uleiul […]

          

Energy and the 2016 Presidential Primaries   

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With another round of important primary elections taking place this week, I am sadly tardy in taking a high-level look at the energy positions of the candidates. The winnowing that has already taken place simplifies the task, even as it raises the stakes: A further contraction of the field after the voting in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio could eliminate whole approaches to national energy policy.

The divide on energy between the Republican and Democratic fields also seems wider than in recent years. In 2008, when oil prices were approaching an all-time high, Republicans placed more emphasis on resource access--"drill baby, drill"--but both major party nominees supported cap-and-trade to address climate change. After recent remarks by Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders, this November's election is shaping up as a binary choice between the continuation of the energy revolution that has saved the US hundreds of billions of dollars, and the elevation of environmental concerns as the main criteria for future energy decisions.

I'll take a closer look at the energy positions of the remaining Democratic candidates in a future post. For now I want to focus on the Republican field, because the first round of winner-take-all primaries looks like a make-or-break moment for the two candidates with the most detailed published positions on energy:
  • Kasich - On his campaign website the Ohio governor argues for increasing US energy supplies from all sources, including efficiency and conservation.  He endorses North American energy independence, but also sees the need for innovation in clean energy technology. He would rein in regulation, including the Clean Power Plan, to "balance environmental stewardship with job creation." And while he has supported the development of Ohio's Utica shale, putting the state in the top rank of natural gas producers for the first time in decades, he has also led an effort to increase state taxes on oil and gas production. The appeal of Governor Kasich's positions to moderates is understandable, although no one would mistake them for a 2016 Democrat's energy platform.
  • Rubio - The Florida senator's energy proposals are even more detailed, with more of a legislative focus than Governor Kasich's. Their tone is simultaneously positive and adversarial: Senator Rubio has an upbeat vision for the role energy can play for the US, and much of it is presented on his website in counterpoint to the actions and priorities of an administration he clearly believes has largely been mistaken on energy. There's a "wonkish" flavor to much of the content, such as his argument for education reform to fill the jobs energy development can help create. Although a reference to support for the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership might be a red flag in a year dominated by populist sentiment, most of the ideas here fall solidly within the mainstream of recent conservative thought on energy.
Each of the other two remaining Republicans represents a more significant departure from their party's recent approach to energy, at least at the presidential level:
  • Cruz - Senator Cruz appears to take a more overtly libertarian stance on energy and what he calls the Great American Energy Renaissance. He wouldn't just lighten federal regulation of energy, as his rivals advocate; he would take on the government's ability to regulate. For example, in addition to opposing the Clean Power Plan, he co-sponsored legislation that would make it much harder for the EPA and administration to use the federal Clean Air Act to devise other ways to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Consistent with his plan to abolish the IRS, he would also eliminate the Department of Energy. He supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy, but on a level playing field. Ethanol, for example, after his phase-out of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, would have to find its way into the energy mix without a federal mandate or subsidies.  
  • Trump - From my quick perusal of it, the Trump website lacks the kind of specifics on energy that are found on the other candidates' sites. We are left to piece together Mr. Trump's positions on energy based on his answers to specific questions or issues, elsewhere. You can find a number of quotes from those on Google. If there's a unifying principle to his views on energy, he seems to be as deal-focused as on other topics, and less allergic to using the power of government than his opponents.  For example, he supported the Keystone XL pipeline but apparently thought we could get a better deal from Canada and the project developer. If Dilbert creator Scott Adams is correct in his analysis of Donald Trump as a Master Persuader, the details of his views on any issue like this matter less in an election than how he frames them.  
The energy context of the 2016 election could not be more different than that of four or eight years ago. A global oil glut and natural gas priced low enough to edge out coal for the top spot in US power generation are giving candidates a rare luxury. They can address energy without the pressure of angry consumers demanding immediate answers. However, even if the election will not be decided based on energy, it remains a major pillar of the economy. How candidates view energy can shed important light on the consistency of their other positions. I expect to return to this point in the weeks ahead.

          

US Energy Under Trump   

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  • President-Elect Trump and his appointees plan a major policy and regulatory shift for energy, focusing more on economic benefits and less on environmental impacts.
  • Obama-era regulations most at risk of roll-back are those justified mainly on climate concerns not shared by Mr. Trump and his team.
  • Emissions are still likely to fall in the next four years as shale and renewable energy output grow. 
Next week's presidential inauguration will trigger the biggest policy and regulatory shift for the US energy industry in at least ten years. That's how long it has been since energy policy was set by a Republican president and Congress. Donald Trump is a different kind of Republican, though, and his goal does not seem to be a return to scarcity and high energy prices. What should we expect, instead?

To gauge how sharply the energy polices of the incoming Trump administration will diverge from those of the last eight years, we need to understand what motivates both leaders. The Obama administration's approach was driven by a deep, shared conviction that climate change is the most important challenge the US--and world--faces. The cost of energy and its impact on the economy became secondary concerns, subordinated by the belief that the added cost of climate policies would be offset in whole or part by the benefits of the green investment they unleashed--remember "green jobs"?

We saw this in President Obama's first year in office. Amid a deep recession he worked with Congress to attempt to limit greenhouse gas emissions by means of an economy-wide cap-and-trade system, on which he had campaigned. The House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey bill (HR.2454), a veritable dog's breakfast of economic distortions. Yet despite a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate in 2009, Waxman-Markey and every subsequent cap-and-trade bill died there.

That failure set in motion the agenda that the Obama administration has pursued ever since, to achieve via regulations the emissions reductions it could not deliver through comprehensive climate legislation. Last year's publication of the EPA's final Clean Power Plan was a key component of an effort that seems set to continue until just before Inauguration Day.

The transformation of energy regulations under President Obama was dramatic enough that a transition to any Republican administration would be a big change. The transition now in prospect will be even more jarring. Mr. Trump's rhetoric and his choices for key administration positions point to a concerted effort to unravel as many of the Obama-era regulations affecting energy as possible. That isn't just based on philosophical differences over regulation and markets. For President-Elect Trump the economy and jobs are paramount, so the Obama energy regulations must look like an unjustifiable threat to the fossil fuel supplies that still meet 81% of the nation's energy needs.

Despite that, it is unlikely the new administration will go out of its way to target renewable energy or the tax credits that have driven its growth to date. Renewables are becoming increasingly popular with conservatives. However, because Mr. Trump sees climate change as, at best, a secondary issue that may not be amenable to human intervention, his administration's won't put renewables on a pedestal as the Obama administration has done.

The biggest challenge for renewable energy may come from tax reform intended to make US companies and factories more competitive globally and shrink the incentive for them to relocate to lower-tax countries. This appears to be a high priority for the new White House and Congress, and one on which they broadly agree. If corporate tax rates drop, the value of the tax credits renewables enjoy is likely to fall, too, making wind, solar and other such projects less attractive and less competitive.

It remains to be seen how many of the Obama energy regulations can be rolled back. The most recent regulations might be averted through legislation like the Midnight Rules Relief Act, or the REINS Act, both of which would update the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used 1990s law intended to limit what presidents could impose by last-minute executive actions. Other regulations may eventually stand or fall as the courts rule. The stakes are high, particularly for regulations affecting the production of oil and gas from shale by means of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

Energy independence was a touchstone of Mr. Trump's candidacy. Despite his campaign's focus on coal, it is fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is more commonly known, that holds the key to achieving that goal in the foreseeable future. It has been the main driver of the growth in US energy production since 2010.

The latest long-term forecast from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) puts energy independence within reach--in the sense of the US becoming a net exporter of energy--by 2026 or sooner. However, the recent flurry of regulations affecting such things as drilling on federal land, and putting large portions of US waters off-limits for offshore drilling would not have been part of that projection. As EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski remarked at a briefing on the forecast, "If you had policy that changed relative to hydraulic fracturing, it would make a big, big difference to everything that's in here."

That's a key point, because most past notions of energy independence assumed that energy prices would have to be very high to promote lots of efficiency and conservation and stimulate large amounts of expensive new supply. The shale revolution changed that.

However, the global context is also changing. OPEC is attempting to reassert its control over the oil market, with help from non-OPEC countries like Russia. Two years of low oil prices shrank global oil and gas investment budgets by around a trillion dollars, and the International Energy Agency has warned of coming oil price spikes as a result. Forestalling tighter US regulations on fracking and offshore drilling increases the chances that US supplies could grow by enough to balance shortfalls elsewhere and avert much higher prices at the gas pump.

Energy infrastructure is likely to be another focus of the new administration, because the economic and competitive benefits of abundant energy will be diluted if, for example, Marcellus and Utica shale gas or Bakken and Permian Basin shale oil have to be exported because domestic customers don't have access to them.

That suggests an early effort to reverse decisions by the current administration to block the construction of various pipelines, starting with the Keystone XL pipeline and more recently the Dakota Access Pipeline. That will force new confrontations with activists and environmental organizations that have raised their game to a new level in the last eight years.

Such opposition would likely intensify if the new administration sought to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, which recently went into effect, or submitted it for review by the US Senate as a treaty. But it's not clear that a big change in direction would require leaving Paris.

The US commitments at Paris, like those of the other signatories, were voluntary and non-binding. For that matter, recent shifts in US energy consumption and especially electricity generation have put the US in a good position to meet its initial Paris goals with little or no additional effort, as noted by outgoing Energy Secretary Moniz. The Paris Agreement will only become a major point of contention if President Trump chooses to make it one.

In his list of the top energy stories of 2016, fellow blogger Robert Rapier rated the election of Donald Trump ahead of the OPEC deal and many other important events of the year, based on its likely impact on "every segment of the US energy industry." In retrospect that was equally true of Barack Obama's election in 2008. The shift we are about to experience on energy will be that much sharper, because President Obama and President-Elect Trump both set out to make big changes to the status quo for energy, in opposite directions. We shouldn't miss one important difference, however.

The course that Barack Obama's administration followed on energy was largely predictable from the start, because it was based on openly and deeply held beliefs about energy and the environment. Donald Trump's well-known preference for deals over dogma sets up the prospect of some big surprises, in addition to what we can already anticipate.

          

Enfermer√≠a Geri√°trica. Sesiones formativas con expertos.   

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Camino Nohales, 4, 16002 Cuenca, Espa√Īa

12 de noviembre de 2019, a partir de las 13 horas.

Sesión formativa dirigida a estudiantes de tercer curso del Grado en Enfermería matriculados en la asignatura Enfermería Geriátrica en la Facultad de Enfermería de Cuenca.

Programa:

Charla Pie diabético: Introducción, evaluación y tratamiento.

Impartida por D. √Āngel Herraiz Adillo, Enfermero en Tragacete (Cuenca), Doctor en Investigaci√≥n Sociosanitaria y de la Actividad F√≠sica por a UCLM. Experto en √ļlceras por presi√≥n y heridas cr√≥nicas. Comisi√≥n de investigaci√≥n del Hospital Virgen de la Luz de Cuenca.

 

Charla Úlceras por presión. Estratégia terapéutica.

Impartida por D.ª Montserrat Hernández Luengo, Enfermera y Máster en Investigación Sanitaria pro la UCLM y en Nutrición por la U.Complutense. Acreditada por el servicio de empleo de la JCCM como docente de Certificados de Profesionalidad.

 


          

TALLER "Po√©ticas de la imagen. Literatura y arte despu√©s de la modernidad". SAMIR DELGADO   

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Calle de Pedro Almodovar, 4, 16002 Cuenca, Espa√Īa

El taller ‚ÄúPo√©ticas de la imagen‚ÄĚ afronta las relaciones entre la pintura y la literatura en el devenir de la historia cultural de Occidente, considerando el hecho art√≠stico en su dimensi√≥n escritural y el valor de las po√©ticas de la imagen en el proceso creativo de la expresi√≥n art√≠stica contempor√°nea. Desde la problem√°tica del concepto de autor√≠a, el legado de la imagen y el signo se plantea el paradigma de la tradici√≥n pict√≥rica en la nostalgia tard√≠a de autores de relevancia en el pensamiento art√≠stico europeo como Odysseas Elytis, Peter Handke¬† o¬† Hugo von Hofmannsthal, as√≠ como referentes fundamentales de la cr√≠tica y la reflexi√≥n art√≠stica como la imagen-historia en la hermen√©utica de George Didi-Huberman y las doce tesis de la muerte de la imagen en Regis Debray, el concepto de repetici√≥n y duplicado en el experimento visual de Francis Al√Ņs o la referencia al aura y el s√≠mbolo en la transhistoria de los imaginarios art√≠sticos, desde Walter Benjamin a las tesis sobre la pintura en las conferencias de Gilles Deleuze.

Un taller teórico práctico destinado a estudiantes de Bellas Artes y jóvenes creadores desde una óptica multidisciplinar para la consideración de las relaciones entre la pintura y la escritura en la era global del simulacro y la encrucijada de la experiencia poética de la pintura más allá de la modernidad.

 

Samir Delgado (1978). Escritor y cr√≠tico de arte nacido en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Islas Canarias), Residente en M√©xico. Gestor cultural de festivales internacionales. Profesor del Instituto Aut√≥nomo de Artes Modernas (INAAM, Durango, M√©xico), Coordinador del Aula de Literatura de la Universidad Ju√°rez y fundador del proyecto ‚ÄúTren de los poetas‚ÄĚ Estaci√≥n Internacional de Poes√≠a Contempor√°nea. Diplomado en Literatura Mexicana Contempor√°nea por el IINBA. Licenciado en Filosof√≠a por la Universidad de La Laguna y M√°ster de Investigaci√≥n en Pr√°cticas Art√≠sticas y Visuales por la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Ex becario de las Colecciones y Archivos de Arte Contempor√°neo de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca. Investigador especializado en arte y literatura contempor√°nea, desarrolla proyectos internacionales en festivales y espacios de cultura en Europa, Estados Unidos y Am√©rica Latina con l√≠neas de investigaci√≥n sobre la tem√°tica del arte y la poes√≠a en el imaginario cultural contempor√°neo. Ha publicado recientemente el libro ‚ÄúJardin seco‚ÄĚ (Bala Perdida, 2019)¬†

 


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