Addicted To Bad Ideas

Writer, party-thrower, amateur vegan chef, general good time gal. jamie.e.peck@gmail.com

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Mar 31
plantconsumerreports:

Food: BLK MRKT NUT MILK a.k.a. Mercado’s Organic
Score (0.0-10.0): 8.0
The other day as I was walking through Maria Hernandez Park, a guy asked if I wanted to sample some nut milk. At first I just kept on walking, but then I saw out of the corner of my eye that he was giving out free samples of actual hazelnut milk, so I took one.
As it turned out, his nut milk was, and remains, delicious. Cool and refreshing with a subtle but real hazelnut flavor, not the fake kind that stinks up the car when your friend gets a Dunkin Donuts coffee. It’s unsweetened, which I appreciate. Plus it comes in a fun glass medicine bottle, which somehow seems both quaintly old timey and sketchily Bushwick. I bought a bottle and have been putting it in my coffee, tea and cereal all week. It’s not much more expensive than regular old Almond Breeze but the use of such a seldom milked nut makes it feel ever so exotic and special.
The man (who goes by Ronny) told me he lives in the neighborhood and will hand deliver his product to my house whenever I like at no additional charge! He also makes almond, cashew, macadamia(!) and pistachio(!!) beverages, so something tells me I’m going to be sampling a whole lot more nut milk in the future. 
For more info, email mercadomars@gmail.com

BLK MRKT NUT MILK IN MARIA HERNANDEZ PARK!

plantconsumerreports:

Food: BLK MRKT NUT MILK a.k.a. Mercado’s Organic

Score (0.0-10.0): 8.0

The other day as I was walking through Maria Hernandez Park, a guy asked if I wanted to sample some nut milk. At first I just kept on walking, but then I saw out of the corner of my eye that he was giving out free samples of actual hazelnut milk, so I took one.

As it turned out, his nut milk was, and remains, delicious. Cool and refreshing with a subtle but real hazelnut flavor, not the fake kind that stinks up the car when your friend gets a Dunkin Donuts coffee. It’s unsweetened, which I appreciate. Plus it comes in a fun glass medicine bottle, which somehow seems both quaintly old timey and sketchily Bushwick. I bought a bottle and have been putting it in my coffee, tea and cereal all week. It’s not much more expensive than regular old Almond Breeze but the use of such a seldom milked nut makes it feel ever so exotic and special.

The man (who goes by Ronny) told me he lives in the neighborhood and will hand deliver his product to my house whenever I like at no additional charge! He also makes almond, cashew, macadamia(!) and pistachio(!!) beverages, so something tells me I’m going to be sampling a whole lot more nut milk in the future. 

For more info, email mercadomars@gmail.com

BLK MRKT NUT MILK IN MARIA HERNANDEZ PARK!


Mar 24
vocativ:

Meet Terry Richardson’s Partner-in-Perv —> http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/leslie-lessin-sleep-night-unmasking-terry-richardsons-partner-perv/
Among the many details that have surfaced regarding Terry Richardson’s private photo sessions, one of the ickiest is a female colleague who reportedly stands by to take photos and cheer him on as he engages in sex acts with barely legal models. 
Charlotte Waters and Jamie Peck, two former models who have spoken out about their humiliating experiences with Richardson, have now confirmed that the colleague in question is Leslie Lessin, a successful stylist with a Rolodex of high-profile clients. According to both women, Lessin was the “assistant” who served as Richardson’s enabler, facilitator and collaborator during their shoots.
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Memories!

vocativ:

Meet Terry Richardson’s Partner-in-Perv —> http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/leslie-lessin-sleep-night-unmasking-terry-richardsons-partner-perv/

Among the many details that have surfaced regarding Terry Richardson’s private photo sessions, one of the ickiest is a female colleague who reportedly stands by to take photos and cheer him on as he engages in sex acts with barely legal models.

Charlotte Waters and Jamie Peck, two former models who have spoken out about their humiliating experiences with Richardson, have now confirmed that the colleague in question is Leslie Lessin, a successful stylist with a Rolodex of high-profile clients. According to both women, Lessin was the “assistant” who served as Richardson’s enabler, facilitator and collaborator during their shoots.

Continue

Memories!


Mar 21
plantconsumerreports:

Food: Daiya cream cheese style spread, chive and onion flavor
Score (0.0-10.0): 0.0 WORST NEW SPREAD
Let me preface this by saying that I love Daiya’s fake cheese shreds. Before Daiya came along, I pretty much didn’t eat pizza or nachos, because I’d rather have no pizza at all than pizza without the all-important element of melty, salty, gooey, mouth burning cheese. I even once sheepishly apologized to a restauranteur after his sudden axing of Daiya from the menu sent me on a roller coaster ride of emotions I was ill equipped to process in polite company. So when I started seeing Daiya’s cream cheese spread on the shelf alongside the usual Tofutti stuff, I was curious but not curious enough to drop a few extra dollars on it.
Well, earlier at Whole Foods I saw that the price had been lowered to be just about in line with Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese, so I figured what the hell, I’m feeling adventurous today. 
Daiya, you dun goofed. 
This spread is so gross I don’t even want to taste it again for reviewing purposes. But it’s got a lot of bad stuff going on at once, so if I want to convey the full scope of its horror, I must.
It seems they tried to make it taste “cheesy” by loading it down with salt, lactic acid and vegan enzyme. A noble pursuit, but real cream cheese has a pretty mild flavor, so they overshot the mark by a lot. This would not be such a bad thing if the flavors were anywhere in line with what actual cheese tastes like, but instead they do a horrid little dance on the tongue that starts off just okay, veers off into Ashlee Simpson territory and ends on a bizarrely sweet and chemical note, like catching a note of soy in your vegan cheesecake only way worse because I actually like the taste of tofu. 
I’m tempted to bring it back to Whole Foods on the off chance that it’s simply gone bad, but the sell-by date isn’t until June and it doesn’t really taste like it’s gone bad. It tastes like it has simply always been bad, and not in a rancid, got-left-out-in-the-heat way, but in a rushed-to-market-too-soon, created-by-people-who’ve-never-tasted-the-competition way. I will take Tofutti and its partially hydrogenated soybean oil over this toxic sludge any day. 

I have a lot of opinions on food, so I started a blog to put them in. Tell your vegan friends!

plantconsumerreports:

Food: Daiya cream cheese style spread, chive and onion flavor

Score (0.0-10.0): 0.0 WORST NEW SPREAD

Let me preface this by saying that I love Daiya’s fake cheese shreds. Before Daiya came along, I pretty much didn’t eat pizza or nachos, because I’d rather have no pizza at all than pizza without the all-important element of melty, salty, gooey, mouth burning cheese. I even once sheepishly apologized to a restauranteur after his sudden axing of Daiya from the menu sent me on a roller coaster ride of emotions I was ill equipped to process in polite company. So when I started seeing Daiya’s cream cheese spread on the shelf alongside the usual Tofutti stuff, I was curious but not curious enough to drop a few extra dollars on it.

Well, earlier at Whole Foods I saw that the price had been lowered to be just about in line with Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese, so I figured what the hell, I’m feeling adventurous today

Daiya, you dun goofed. 

This spread is so gross I don’t even want to taste it again for reviewing purposes. But it’s got a lot of bad stuff going on at once, so if I want to convey the full scope of its horror, I must.

It seems they tried to make it taste “cheesy” by loading it down with salt, lactic acid and vegan enzyme. A noble pursuit, but real cream cheese has a pretty mild flavor, so they overshot the mark by a lot. This would not be such a bad thing if the flavors were anywhere in line with what actual cheese tastes like, but instead they do a horrid little dance on the tongue that starts off just okay, veers off into Ashlee Simpson territory and ends on a bizarrely sweet and chemical note, like catching a note of soy in your vegan cheesecake only way worse because I actually like the taste of tofu. 

I’m tempted to bring it back to Whole Foods on the off chance that it’s simply gone bad, but the sell-by date isn’t until June and it doesn’t really taste like it’s gone bad. It tastes like it has simply always been bad, and not in a rancid, got-left-out-in-the-heat way, but in a rushed-to-market-too-soon, created-by-people-who’ve-never-tasted-the-competition way. I will take Tofutti and its partially hydrogenated soybean oil over this toxic sludge any day. 

I have a lot of opinions on food, so I started a blog to put them in. Tell your vegan friends!


Feb 3

Dec 11

Just finally watched that Chris Ott video. Oh man.

-I find the idea that it’s possible to avoid exploitation or being a “sell out” under the wage system adolescent and absurd. Unless you’re part of a worker owned cooperative, someone else is making a profit off of your hard work. (Amount of value you create minus the amount that they pay you.) Even the better, nicer, fairer kinds of bosses. That’s just the way it’s set up. If you don’t like it, you might consider getting off your ass and agitating to change things.

-Like most members of the 99%, I can’t afford to not have a job. 

-Given this fact, I’d rather have a job I mostly enjoy (writing) than a job I mostly don’t (making coffee for $9/hour, taking my clothes off for guys I meet on ModelMayhem.com). In a perfect world, my love of writing would be de-coupled from my need to survive, but that’s a topic for another day.

-I do not want to write “in my spare time” (which is what Ott seems to want me to do) when I could do the same amount of writing “in my work time” and use my spare time to volunteer, bake pies, go to parties, read books, hang out with my friends, watch The Wire with my boyfriend, and generally enjoy my existence. The writing I do for money probably differs somewhat from the writing I would do if money were abolished, but not to the degree that it makes it an unappealing career path.

-The benefit of mentorship from established and knowledgeable editors is also something it’s difficult to attain while working outside the system. This is especially important for someone who is constantly plagued by crippling indecision and self-doubt, i.e. most writers.

-So I get paid to write about things I’m excited about, for readers who might not have as much time as I do to go to every show at 285 Kent or read blogs all day or whatever. Their eyeballs are then sold to advertisers, which I tolerate because that’s the way shit gets paid for nowadays. Is this ideal? No, of course not. But given the choice, I would rather my job exist than not exist. I also like having things to read. And bands like getting paid. 

-And you know what? If x or y’s cynical marketing strategies have the side effect of promoting alternatives to mainstream culture (which is fine, but shouldn’t be the only thing out there) or introducing people to artists they love or just helping some musicians buy pizza, then good. The Habsburgs were despotic aristocrats but they served an important function in society. That didn’t justify their existence, but at least there was an upside. I don’t see how this is any different. 

-Of course I would rather live in an anarcho-syndicalist utopia where everyone pulls together to do the 10 hours of work a week they each need to do to keep society running and then gets to do whatever the fuck they want the rest of the time. But until we achieve that (i.e. for the foreseeable future and maybe forever), it seems sort of self-defeating to point the finger at powerless, well-intentioned young people for propping up a system that they don’t have a choice about participating in.

-Liz Pelly was probably the worst example he could’ve picked of someone who is “fooling herself” or “in it for the wrong reasons” or whatever. I can’t tell if he’s trolling here or just so wrong that it seems like trolling.


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