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Archive for April, 2011

17 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 3

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It’s the third and, sadly, final day of this year’s PrimalCon. Relive day one and day two here and here. And stay tuned for text, photo and video updates.

8:17 am: Morning warmup session with Angelo dela Cruz

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16 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 2

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Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox, reporting on select events from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and video updates from day two of PrimalCon 2011.

9:45 am-11-45 am: Survivor-style Team Challenge, and VitaMove/Gorilla Ninja Session with Angelo dela Cruz.

15 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 1

PrimalCon day1

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox. PrimalCon 2011 kicks off today, and just like last year Mark has his hands full, so the Worker Bees and I will be reporting from the field. Check this blog post throughout the day for text, photo and video updates. Coverage will extend through Sunday. (The regularly scheduled success story, recipe post and Weekend Link Love will return next weekend.) Stay tuned!

8:00 am: The Tribe Gathers

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14 Apr

How Noise Impacts Your Health

coveringearsDo you feel inundated with clamor? Bothered by loud, obtrusive ruckus? Unnerved by the incessant racket of your neighborhood, your city, humanity and all its instruments in general? (Yes, I’m surprised there’s no pill for it yet.) Blame the blaring contraptions our species has come up with. Blame the obliviousness (or grating intentionality) of some people who impose their noise on everyone else, especially at the most ridiculous times of day: contractors’ jackhammers going at 6:00 a.m., the snowblower grinding next door at midnight, the leaf blower at any time of day (in my humble opinion), muffler-deficient cars (with thumping bass) at all hours. Then there’s the incessant traffic, the planes, the trains, not to mention the neighbor’s yippie dog that won’t ever shut up. Is it any wonder the word noise comes from nausea? If you’re one of the ones who can’t seem to get far enough away from all the din, rest assured that 1) you’re in good company (Do I see hands?) and 2) your efforts are all in the name of good health – both mental and physical.

13 Apr

Small, and Not So Small, Farms You Can Trust

farmersmarketShortly after writing the cold cuts post, in which I gave Applegate Farms some praise for being “one of the good ones,” I received an email from a perceptive reader who had a slightly different appraisal of the situation. Applegate Farms, it turns out, doesn’t raise any animals themselves. There’s no farm to visit. They source all their animals from outside farms. Now, there’s nothing wrong with sourcing meat from outside sources, especially when you make a concerted effort to procure good meat from well-raised animals, but I’ll admit that this does change things a bit for me. My idea of the ideal meat producer, however romantic, outdated, or unrealistic it might be, is one that handles every single aspect of the business in house: from raising the animals to feeding them feed grown on site, to tending their pastures, to slaughtering them (or, as the law requires, having them slaughtered at a USDA-inspected “harvesting site”), all the way to curing, slicing, and distributing the meat and related products. I like shaking the hand that castrated the calf, scratched the pig’s snout, and collected the egg, as the other slides me a vacuum-sealed package of short ribs at the Saturday morning farmers’ market.

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