Had an unplanned evening in NYC tonight and decided to spend some time observing rather than seeking. Union Square Park is one of those places that attracts "all kinds " and it was a nice return to my anthropological roots to be content with observation and simply capturing the beauty of "hanging out". Here are … Continue reading A Photo Walk Through Union Square Park
I like to play Texas Hold 'Em about once a week or so depending on whether I am traveling or how busy work is keeping me. There are several bar games in my neighborhood - just about every night of the week, actually. Different local sports bars will host or have a promoter host free … Continue reading Mikes Got The Nuts: Another Observation of Bar Poker Culture
I recently attending a wedding where my wife was performing a special selection of songs for the ceremony. It was a Cinderella-style event for one of her voice student's sisters and her college sweetheart husband. Ole Miss, to be exact. The only reason I know is because at some point during toast there was a … Continue reading Millennial Wedding Rituals: Nuptuals With A Social Media-Inspired Twist
My wife and I took an early evening stroll through an often-missed-by-tourists-and-transients part of Atlanta last night. We had both spent most of the week down with a lovely stomach flu and wanted to get out for a minute. Typically, we would head to this part of town for evening's hijynx: drinking and generally hunting … Continue reading A Walk Through East Atlanta
A timely anthropological piece to ameliorate my mid life crisis of consumption-conscience. Now there’s a mouthful. And here’s a mouthful of social-science objectivity.
The purpose of a human is to adapt and survive in their surroundings. I agree with Jared Diamond’s theory about social inequality in that the reason that some people thrive while others survive is because of the resources around them. In a place where there are a higher yield of resources, these people will thrive and grow exponentially while in other cultures with less raw materials to work with will spend all of their time trying to survive. This does not mean that one culture is better than another, just that they have adapted differently to their surroundings. Three main resources that allowed other cultures to adapt better than others are fertile lands, the domestication of plants, and the domestication of animals. Two cultures that are easily comparable in these regards are Ancient Egypt and the !Kung people of the Kalahari Desert.
Diamond states that the reason that some cultures…
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Keeping on the hipster theme, i thought this was an interesting example of cultural discourse. A pretty objective dialogue that really frames the public opinion about "counterculture" and the sociological concept of "us" versus "other". Whether you are a hipster lover, hater or are one yourself (whether you assume the label or not) it's an … Continue reading What Is A Hipster?
It seems that the irony of irony-loving hipster culture is the media that caters to it: accepting a fate of perpetual self-deprecation and tongue-in-cheek consumption. Hipsters might not call themselves by name in public or amongst friends - and may even in some cases deny their hipster-ness. But for the most part, they are a … Continue reading The Irony of Hipster Media
I have to admit that being an active social media participant-observer is exhausting albeit gratifying work. Being a good anthropologist and narcissist, I find myself frequently assessing my reactions others' social media behavior as influenced by the collective of digital compatriots whom I also have occasion to see in real life from time to time. … Continue reading Internetiquiette 101: Social Media Boundaries
As I sat at the kitchen table reading the article below aloud to my wife, over last night's leftover guava pastries and a couple of home-made cafe con leches, it struck me that I wasn't just reading an article about music. The way the story takes us through prominent contemporary Jazz composer Maria Schneider's trip … Continue reading Composer Or Ethnomusicologist? Maria Schneider: An Example of the Human Experience Captured Through Music
One of the best ways to get to know a culture is through it’s food. Culture, bey definition, is created by our collectiive reaction to our environments and other macroforces. Our environment also dictates our subsistence. From an anthropological perspective, I see the culinary tradition as one way we pay homage to the natural environment that provides us our food – by honoring it with craft and sharing the appreciation of that craft with others. We elevate food from subsistence to celebration when we create things that delight our senses in addition to filling our bellies.
For example, today we are having my wife’s family over for dinner and decided to go with a Cuban theme (for no reason, save that we wanted an excuse to make Mojitos). So, the first thing I did was find the perfect Sofrito recipe.
I just started following the blog that follows: The High Heel Gourmet. I thought my “food-thropologist” readers and freinds would appreciate some really deep instruction on the perfect Thai staple: a green curry paste.
- Thailand is a place for food fanatics. (cotihowelltraveler.wordpress.com)
- Kaeng Som Tom Yum Thai restaurant (tcm2013.wordpress.com)
- Vegetable Thai Red Curry (purfeckshun.wordpress.com)
- Anjali Pathak – Cook, Chatterbox, Carmenere connoisseur (chefstopblog.com)
- Thai Curry in minutes (booquepress.com)
- Taste Bud Optimization: Where to Eat & Drink During SES New York 2013 (iacquire.com)
- Tom Yum Thai – A Yummy Lunch! (bpfood.wordpress.com)
- Food chat: Best Thai Recipes (starts at 10 a.m. PT) (theprovince.com)
- Living Like A Queen in Bangkok – Part 4: Silom Thai Cooking School (cgksinmel.wordpress.com)
I think green curry is the best-known curry in Thai cuisine, although I personally think Massaman and Panang are quite famous on their own, to the point where I don’t even know which one is the close second. But rest assured, if you haven’t reached the point where you’re ready to barf curry before the year end (because I will be giving you recipe after recipe of curries through out the year,) I will give you a medal, accept your “Thai-ness” and appoint you an official “adopted Thai peep.” How is that?
This is the second curry that I learned to make while I was growing up. We made it ourselves because it contains fresh chilies and it doesn’t taste anywhere near as fresh if you buy the pre-made curry paste. My grandmother and my aunt always said I could buy some pre-made curry pastes if I wanted to, but…
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