What would you eat if you were hungry?

Probably anything you could catch, such as that uncivilized “bushmeat,” such as deer or rabbit or possum.

Read “Granny’s mean pot of bushmeat stew,” by Tara C. Smith of Aetiology.

Gingerbread Daleks

I think these are Dalek cookies. Listen closely: can you hear little voices chanting, “Exterminate! Exterminate!”?

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Conservation initiatives: kelp caviar

Traditional caviar production kills pregnant sturgeon. Sturgeon, a prehistoric fish, is threatened by overfishing, poaching, and pollution. A decent substitute is caviar made from kelp. Let’s all switch before it’s too late for the sturgeon.

It comes in flavours of sturgeon, salmon, and wasabi and is available online through KelpCaviar.com.

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ThinkGeek apologizes to Big Pork

The U.S. National Pork Board issued a Cease-and-Desist Order to ThinkGeek for calling unicorn “the new white meat.”

ThinkGeek responds:

Geeknet Apologizes to National Pork Board for Unicorn Meat Confusion

‘New white meat’ from sparkly unicorns not meant to replace pork-based diets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, June 21, 2010, Geeknet, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNUX), the online network for the global geek community, announces its public apology to the National Pork Board for unintended confusion surrounding unicorn meat versus pork.

Recently, the National Pork Board issued a “cease and desist” warning to ThinkGeek, a Geeknet company and the premier retailer for the global geek community, regarding its April 1 product launch of canned unicorn meat, which can be seen at http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/looflirpa/.

“It was never our intention to cause a national crisis and misguide American citizens regarding the differences between the pig and the unicorn,” said Scott Kauffman, President and CEO of Geeknet. “In fact, ThinkGeek’s canned unicorn meat is sparkly, a bit red, and not approved by any government entity.”

“Ironically, other than the Pork Board, we do more than anybody else to promote pig consumption among geeks,” Kauffman said. Constantly working to encourage a “passion for pork”, ThinkGeek offers more than 15 different pork-inspired products including: Bacon Soap, Bacon Lip Balm, Bacon Mints, MMMMVelopes (bacon-flavored envelopes) and BaconPop Flavored Popcorn.

To make good on its apology to the Pork Board, ThinkGeek is extending a special discount to everyone offended by the portrayal of Unicorn Meat as “the new white meat.” For a limited time, visitors to ThinkGeek.com can take $10 off any order of $40 or more by using the code PORKBOARD at checkout. The discount applies to merchandise totals and excludes shipping charges. The coupon is good until 6/30/2010 at 11:59PM ET.

Canned unicorn meat and products from other mythical, virtual and fictional characters, as well as tangible products, can be found at thinkgeek.com.


ThinkGeek is the premier retailer for the global geek community. A wholly owned subsidiary of Geeknet, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNUX), ThinkGeek was founded in 1999 to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts. Today, ThinkGeek has grown to become the first choice for innovative and imaginative gifts that appeal to the geek in everyone. For more information, please visit thinkgeek.com or call 1-888-GEEKSTUFF.


Geeknet is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Geek.com, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of nearly 44 million users* each month and provide the tech-obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. Want to learn more? Check out geek.net.

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This is almost as funny as when they went after a woman for promoting breastfeeding on her blog by calling breast milk “the other white milk.” And then there’s possum.

Belated Pi Day pie

Pi Day pie

OK, I didn’t make it on March 14 (3.14) but I did finally produce a home-made pie. It has a pre-cooked crust that I made in advance and a cheesecake filling. Aside from the 3-ingredient crust, it has three essential ingredients (sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and lemon juice) and two extras (almond extract and apricots).

See also the Hundred-Digit Pie!

Cats and predation

Even well-fed domestic cats hunt small game as a paying hobby. Cats made themselves welcome at the beginning of the agricultural era by keeping down the numbers of rats and mice eating stored grains. They’re not as deadly as humans, who have wiped out many endemic species; but when humans also introduce cats into a balanced ecology, feral cats are death on native birds and small animals.

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Cats are adaptable to heat and cold, can climb, and evolved in semi-desert environments. In a state of nature, they breed several times a year to make up for the high mortality rate of kittens, who are a nice morsel for a slightly larger predator or a bird of prey. In Australia, settlers’ cats simply disappeared into the country. Their descendants are catching too many small native marsupials, birds, and snakes; and New Zealand, they hunt the smaller flightless birds, as well.

Most of us are reluctant to condone trapping or killing cats that remind us of own dear pets. But out of place, they are harmful to biodiversity. Rats also harm native ecologies, eating birds’ eggs, but most people have no objections to trapping rats.

One Australian author is taking the “two birds with one stone” approach and making cat-catching a paying hobby itself: “Aussie serves up feral cat casserole“.  Lester Haines writes

An Australian kids’ book writer and illustrator has come up with a tasty plan to protect the Lucky Country’s indigenous wildlife from the feral cat menace – eat the blighters.

Brits brought the first cats to Oz in 1788, the Telegraph notes, and the felines quickly set about going native and laying into the local wildlife. Studies have shown they’ll eat just about anything they can get their claws on, including “lizards, small mammals and spiders, as well as 180 species of Australian native birds”.

Accordingly, Kay Kessing—who “campaigns to save wildlife from the depredations of cats and other introduced animals, including camels, donkeys and wild horses”—walked it like she talked it at a bush tucker competition held last weekend in Alice Springs by serving up wild cat casserole.

She reported: “It’s a white meat. They vary a lot. The first cat I cooked didn’t have a strong flavour. I put a lot of ingredients with it and made a beautiful stew. This cat that I’ve cooked is slightly larger. It has a slightly stronger flavour, but not as strong as rabbit.”

She should know that a delicate-flavoured meat is usually dry-cooked, and tougher, stronger-tasting meat is cooked with moist heat, e.g. in stew.

The article ends with a warning about eating meat that’s not inspected for disease. As always, cook well.

Is this a new Internet meme? “Pussycat—the other Other OTHER white meat”?

Go forth, my minions!

I must remember to try this.

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Genetic analysis of fruit trees

To ensure that breeding a new variety of fruit ends up with a disease-resistant plant, breeders can look for simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in the apple genome that indicate resistance.

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