February 22, 2010
The aspens peaked this past weekend. Unlike last year, when storms blew away the leaves as soon as they turned, we had a succession of freezing nights with little wind.
I'm taking some time off.
Don't worry: I haven't gone vegan, run out of ideas, or accepted a job with ADM's Public Relations department! I will continue to research, understand, and synthesize evolutionary concordance and discordance, and I will continue to explain what I've learned to you, my readers, as best I can.
I'll still respond to comments, and I'll still participate…
Good luck, come back fast.
lol @ going ... yeah right! ;)
June 5, 2011
Beautiful pictures, J! This reminds me that I should get off the moors and take more woodland walks before the leaves are all gone.
With your incredible commitment to writing a new article each week and the quality of them, I think you're well deserving of a good break. See you around ...
sorry i meant lol @ going vegan!
Unacceptable! Get back to work!
Only kidding. You have already made a fantastic contribution to our community, a community that will miss you, but we will wait patiently. Enjoy.
I'll be Bach--famous blogger last words!!! How much is CSPI paying you?
Seriously, enjoy your hiatus, just don't pull a Kurt Harris or Dr Dan (remember At Darwin's Table?) on us, dig?
Brilliant pics, BTW. Here we are entering that long dark tea time of the soul when the clouds come to stay and don't leave until March or April or maybe July if they are feeling particularly obstinate, so I'm quite jealous to see all those crisp, bright colors, not to mention all those wide-open spaces.
Hey, long time reader, new poster. Sorry JS, but I just can't get behind you on this. Jobs are great - don't get me wrong. We need to live, and unfortunately in the modern world, specifically the USA, that means you need money no matter where you are and therefore a job of some kind. It's the cold, hard reality.
But... I did a little researching on who ADM could be. Google made it quite obvious to who the biggest possible candidate is -
Archer Daniels Midland - a fortune-500 cereal grain processing company. Wikipedia tells us, as well as the sources linked to the article, that this conglomerate has a record of lobbying for grain subsidies and various scandals regarding price-fixing and a spotty environmental record. JS, I do imagine you realize who this, but just for anyone and everyone else who may not have it 100% yet:
ADM is a Big Bad among Big Bads. They are, basically a major cog in the wheel of the food processing industry. They are among the people who are destroying our environment, our food economy, and our federal budget here in the USA. J, I know that people must sometimes do dire things that grind against them for money. For example, there is an individual out there who is regarded as the philosophical leader of a movement of futurists vying for a more horizontal society. This same individual works in marketing for a large corporation, an act that grates against his moral fiber on a daily basis. I liken his situation very much to yours, and in some ways, I fear for you.
The rules of morality, if this were my own situation, that I would not take a job that goes so much against my own personal views. I cannot speak for you, so I can only believe that in taking this job, you've done so only for purely pragmatic, fiscal reasons. No matter what you type or say on this site, though, I will never be able to know for sure myself. In my mind, this is paramount to moral self-mutilation. My only hope is that this ordeal does not consume your soul, as similar have consumed the souls of countless people so far.
NP, I'll be checking back on this blog regardless. I think it provides one of the best perspective on paleo out there, especially the idea of not to shy away from eating saturated fats and making animal fats (healthy ruminants that got treated well by farmers) a central piece of the eating style.
Thanks for all the great articles you've posted here and Enjoy your break!
Have a great Hiatus, JS! (Is that something like Festivus?) You'll be missed but I, for one, will look forward to re-reading -- well -- everything, as well as to your next contributions, of course! All the best in your endeavours.
@John, if you look again, you'll see that JS specifically is NOT taking a job with that evil twin of Monsanto, AMD
@John -- read more carefully; he said he did NOT take a job with ADM's PR department. Or go vegan, or otherwise defect to the Dark Side.
@JS -- I can understand burnout. I enjoy teaching more than just about anything else I've ever done (for money), but when I got nearly 7 months of teaching technical short courses all over the country with only 2 weeks off, I woke up one morning to the realization that I didn't really want to go to Chicago that Sunday. After which I quit taking assignments for a while, and actually decided to accept a real job.
I'm getting to the same point with teaching violin lessons now. Much as I love the work, I'm really looking forward to taking 2 weeks off next month. And probably 2 weeks off in December/January.
Enjoy your time off, and get back to us refreshed, OK?
Good for you! Enjoy, rest, rejuvenate. We all need a vacation sometimes.
June 20, 2011
Wish I could do the same JS. Enjoy the time off.
I always forget how gorgeous Tahoe is, I never make it up there enough (this year never so far).
Beautiful leaves in Tahoe! We still have yellow leaves here in Denver but they are weighed down with snow at the moment! Whoo hoo! Snowboarding starts next weekend. I'm hoping to make it out to Sierra sometime this year.
I know how if feels to want to walk away from the blog sometimes. It's a lot of work and there are so many cool things to do in the world. What is the average life span of a blog anyway?
My fiancee and I caught some breathtaking aspens changing for the fall this weekend as well, in northern AZ. Getting to be that time!
Sorry to hear that you are going to be incognito for a while, JS, as I really enjoy your updates. But everyone needs time off! Wish I was getting some any time soon...
photos of the aspens make me miss Utah [sigh] -- but Missouri is becoming stunning right now, too! :-) enjoy your vacation, J!
What I will look forward to every wednesday now?
Thanks for all the interesting and educating posts, JS!
have a good break, you deserve it following the last series of articles as they've been very complex and very well explained and detailed.
Cheers, mate. Enjoyed the book and the articles, hope you come back soon but in the mean time none of us will begrudge you a well-earned rest.
John was joking, right?
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