Thursday, November 3, 2011

zachattack takes on a yakattack

So, there is what a manly dinner looks like before I ingest it. A pound of turkey bacon, cooking next to a pound of delicious yak.
I don't recommend eating all of it in one sitting, the yak lasted two meals and the bacon made appearances for four meals.
Now, my cooking style is on the fly and with little to no measuring of any kind - I like to see what happens with a pinch here, a dab that, a top coming off...well, that's just too much. Anyways, in the yak I added (to taste, after some "testing"): Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper (me likes a little heaaat), and two eggs. After it was all mixed together, I patted own the outside of each burger (on both sides) with an even ratio mix of ground pepper and salt (again, to taste). Cook to you own liking, apply carb exterior with bacon, and I enjoyed garnishing it with some Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce - pro tip: add in some honey for some custom honey bbq action. That about sums up my cooking adventure. As always, a nice cold one goes well with red meat, and a manly pose while is eating is quasi optional, meaning you should at least strike a pose initially for the first bite, or raise an arm in triumphant delight on the last bite. Bon App├ętit!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fill ya brain with knowledge

about sustainable logging!

Here is my paper outline, followed by my list of references:

I. Introduction: The topic which I will be presenting to you, the reader and listener, will be on sustainable logging. I am writing about it because I feel it is important to re-recognize the useful and abundant resources that are sitting in our backyards. The audiences I am choosing to address are extremists ,like some of the more hardcore Green Peace folks, and current woodsmen who do not practice sustainable harvesting of the land.

II. What: What is happening is that we have become overly reliant on resources that need massive amounts of money and technology to become a usable resource. We are overlooking a crucial resource that regenerates, can be regulated, and effectively farmed like any other crop. There are also clean manners of obtaining trees, and minimally invasive techniques – that cannot be said for most other types of fuel and usable materials that occur naturally.

III. So what: This is important mainly because we are currently living in a region covered in trees, many of which are fantastic types that have a plethora of uses, and any left-overs can be reinvested in heating plants and such. People should care because this is their future. These audiences are important to reach because on one end there is the nay-sayers who think we should stay out of the woods, and opposing them, the other side sees trees as expendable and don't think about the repercussions of over-logging.

IV. Now what? Regulations regarding tree harvest have been implanted and important techniques are being employed to ensure low-impact on the land during harvest, as well as sustainable practices that allow for steady harvest while improving the health of the forest. I think that more needs to be done to address and teach the practices that will result in a healthy ecosystem while providing a steady resource for us to use.

V. Conclusion: I think this is a slightly forgotten area of knowledge and interest. The woods are an under appreciated part of our community. When respected and treated with care, we can take what we need without negative repercussions.

VII. Audience Communication – A PSA, infograph, and perhaps a short video will be used as communication tools to bring this message forward and spread it to the branches of people that ought to (and need to) read about it.

Don't log like Bateman kills; it is messy and unnecessary.

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