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Sentience Footprint

October 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I’m confident that in a hundred years, eating meat will be regarded in the negative way we now view racism or sexism – an ugly, demeaning, and unnecessary act. Like smoking, it will simply fall out of fashion because we’ll find better and healthier alternatives, although we’ll still occasionally eat humanely reared-and-killed animals. Note that [...]

Tags: food · future · science

Serving Sizes

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Serving sizes are a joke. Behold this bag of popcorn:

“106 calories per serving,” it proudly proclaims. You quickly do the mental calculation – that’s a mere 5% of your recommended daily allowance! Even better, it’s “wholegrain” and “high in fibre.” You munch on what you consider to be a serving of popcorn, safe in the [...]

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Why We Go to Starbucks

October 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

At Wordstock, where I was improbably on the same (short) bill as Alex Garland and Andy Serkis, I had an interesting conversation about Starbucks.
Why do we go to Starbucks? To get coffee, of course – and maybe to get something and sit down. That’s not an interesting question. What’s interesting is why people who are [...]

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Sweet sweet corn

September 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment

One of the things I love about going abroad is the fact that the food is always cheaper and better (at the same price) than London. Sure, London has good food – if you can afford the money and time to check it out. When you’re on holiday, not only does the rest of the [...]

Tags: food · science · travel · usa


February 24th, 2004 · 4 Comments

I was on my way into Marks and Spencers foodcourt today when I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight of self-service checkouts. I know these checkouts are not uncommon in the US but I’d never seen them anywhere in this country until now. For the uninformed, self-service checkouts allow customers at shops [...]

Tags: food · review · shopping · tech


November 28th, 2003 · No Comments

The great thing about not regularly drinking caffeinated beverages is that when you do, you get a real kick out of it. I basically never drink anything that contains any caffeine – no tea, no Coke and definitely no coffee. Every so often though, when I drink just a single cup of tea, I’ll feel [...]

Tags: adrian · food · silly

GM Spin

September 5th, 2003 · No Comments

I posted a comment in this MetaFilter thread about GM crops, on how research in the area is often misrepresented by the anti-GM lobby. Case in point: it was claimed that the Bt toxin pesticide might actually benefit some pests, meaning that transgenic Bt plants could be utterly counterproductive. In reality, the research data has [...]

Tags: bio · food · mefi · science

Some thoughts on King Street

July 13th, 2003 · No Comments

King Street is a long road, probably a couple of miles in length, that forms the heart of Newtown, a district south of central Sydney. The rather imaginatively named Newtown was the third town after Sydney and Paramatta to be founded in Australia, and now it’s been completely subsumed by Sydney.
I’m reminded of places like [...]

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Wine and wood

July 8th, 2003 · No Comments

Yesterday we visited to the nearby Hunter Valley 11:30am, I thought, was perhaps a little early in the day to be wine-tasting, but since there was chocolate available as well, there were no complaints from me. Customs will only let me take back two bottles of wine to the UK, which is a shame. On [...]

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June 25th, 2003 · No Comments

A comment of mine on MetaFilter expressing my views on genetically modified crops.

Tags: bio · food · mefi · science