About a Cutting Board

My cutting board developed a long split. It would have been wonderful to repair it with a few butterfly joints, but I'm not setup for such a project. The loss is not great. It was an inexpensive acacia board which had developed some thirsty spots no amount of oiling could fix. So, I splurged on a very nice replacement. This one better hold up well, because it was expensive. I think. I don't really know how expensive cutting boards get, but this one cost far more than I enjoyed paying for slab of teak.

When ordering the cutting board I didn't pay enough mind to its size. My split board was around 14"x18". I knew I wanted something larger, and this new one is definitely larger. As it turns out, 18"x24" is much larger than 14"x18". The thing takes up most of my countertop. I can even create a makeshift counter by placing it across all four burners of my stove. That's convenient. Unless the stove is on, then it's a fire in progress. Cleanup and storage are something of a challenge with a board so large, but I am otherwise pleased with it so far.

Elsewhere and worthwhile on the web-a-nets...

  • Local Punk Would Like to Direct Your Attention to Even Bigger Tragedy - Mere seconds after you made a Facebook post expressing sympathy and condolences to those affected by a recent tragedy, one local punk took the opportunity to draw your attention to an even bigger tragedy that is not getting the coverage he feels it deserves. (The Hard Times)
  • It’s Time to Think for Yourself on Free Trade (Paywall) - Some suggest trade is problematic because it redistributes income. The basis for that claim is true, but trivial. Pretty much everything else that happens in a market economy somehow redistributes income...That brings us to a different social and political objection to trade — that trade violates norms embodied in our institutional arrangements. The suggestion here is that trade may undercut the social bargains struck within a nation and embedded in its laws and regulations. (Foreign Policy)
  • Repeat After Me — Torture Doesn’t Work: It’s the Favored Tool of Tyrants, Fascists and Sadists - Torture is the tool and tactic of an evil empire, not a shining city on a hill. What’s more, those evil empires knew that torture wasn’t useful for gathering information. It was all about breaking wills and setting examples. It’s a terrorist act... A regime that waterboards, breaks bones and destroys minds does so to render its victims less than human. For some, there’s a perverse thrill in that. (War is Boring)
  • On "Fake News" - There has never been a time in media where not-true stories didn't comingle with true stories, and at many times in history the lines between them were not clear to many consumers. Plus, not-true stories, of a variety of types, can often have a more powerful influence than true ones (think about how much our national security state likes series like 24). Humans are wired for narrative, not for true or false narrative. (Emptywheel)

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