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“I Just Want to Be Active”

As much as I enjoy watching Mikko Salo destroy his competition WODs (really, a lot, I’ve seen so many), this kind of story is what keeps me going back to and endorsing Crossfit. Sure, there are some douchey people in the community and there are some aspects of it that aren’t perfect, but, in the end, the community is strong and the positives far outweigh the negatives.

This lady is tough as nails. An inspiration to anyone.

If you’ve ever wondered what I love about this woman…

…here’s a perfect example.

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47,740 VIEWS.

Also, the comments are pure genius.

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“she is sexy and she shit on´╗┐ a head”

Yup. That pretty much sums it up for me too.

The Dutch.

I don’t even.

Still light years better than this.

My great uncle Blase on MSNBC talking about Catholics

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My great uncle Blase was recently on MSNBC with Chris Hayes discussing the new Pope and Catholicism in Latin America. As a former Maryknoll priest who served in South America who has left the church, he is uniquely equipped to comment. He also happens to be one of the smartest, coolest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and I get to be related to him.

Not bad.

Check out the video here or by clicking the photo above.

Devourment’s “Parasitic Eruption”

This is both ridiculous and amazing. Will I ever get sick of absurdly over-the-top death metal? I really don’t think so.

True Love Waits

This video really reinforced my decision to wait with Sarah. Until later today. Did you see some of these dweebs? Who wants them as friends? Pfft.

Idiots.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2013!

If you are alone this Valentine’s Day, that’s a bummer. Make yourself a chocolate ocarina and play some “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”. If you do have someone, you’re probably not reading this right now. Good job!

Quinciple.com

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Do you live in 10023, 10069, 10014, or 10013?

Do you love farm fresh food, but you are too damn busy (or, admit it, lazy) to get yourself to the farmers’ market?

Do you struggle with trying new things because you are overwhelmed with all the choices?

Then, my dear reader, Quinciple might be your jam. What is Quinciple, you ask? A tremendous question, friend! Let me quote them at you.

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Ok, well that doesn’t really tell us how it works, does it?

Quinciple works in three, easy steps.

  1. Join! – Easy, ya dingus. Join, give them your address, and pay 49.90 per week. Simple!
  2. Get! – Your box of curated groceries is delivered to you on Thursday nights by a cargo tricycle. Seriously. Hip AND environmentally responsible!
  3. Taste! – Eat your lovely, locally sourced, organic produce. To make it easier in the case that you are not really sure what to do with one of the box’s contents, you’ll get some recipes and tips included. I was going to make a joke about not knowing how to use some esoteric thing in this month’s box, but there’s nothing in it that I couldn’t think of a at least a few uses for, so there you go. Produce you don’t have to be scared of!

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You are no doubt wondering why I am using my time here on The Black Laser to shill for something that seems totally unrelated to my usual topics of (one-sided) discussion. Full disclosure: Kate, one of the cofounders, is a friend and Sarah, my prewife, is working with them as outreach director promoting the hell out of the fledgling company.

Honestly, I think that leaves me in a perfect place to recommend the company to people. I believe in Quinciple, not just as a business, but as a concept and a set of values. Because that’s what it is, deep down. Ostensibly, it is a service akin to a CSA, but delivered and curated. Really though, Quinciple is an extension of what Kate and Markus value about food: getting high quality products from people they trust and sharing the food with customers in an environmentally responsible fashion. It is, in a lot of ways, diametrically opposed to the Monsanto-style, anonymous megafarm that has dominated US agriculture and food production since after the second World War. And I think that’s great. Besides, Kate has impeccable taste; there are few people I would trust as much to surprise me with some incredible food thingie as her.

And that’s what you get with a curated box: surprises! Who doesn’t like good surprises? No one. Well, maybe someone, but screw that guy, right?

I think people were excited about the samples at the launch party.

I think people were excited about the samples at the launch party.

If you care about how and what you eat, and if you care about how your food is made and where it comes from, then check out Quinciple. I think you’ll be pleased.

And if you are outside their currently limited delivery range, have faith. They will be expanding over the next year to deliver to folks all over this fine city. Which means you. And me. Since I don’t live in 10023, 10069, 10014, or 10013.

We are getting a box this week. Look forward to a write up and some photos of us enjoying the hell out of it.