A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you doing? Are you looking forward to the weekend? We’re headed to a Sufjan Stevens concert tonight, and we’re planning to put in some hours over at Color Factory too. And one more big thing we want to accomplish this weekend: we’re helping Maude register for her first semester classes at Berkeley. So exciting!

How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’m off to run some errands, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

12 really good links. Just for you.

Will My Kids Ever Own A Car? Or A House? Will They Even Want To?

There was an article in The Atlantic a few weeks ago called The Cheapest Generation, Did you get a chance to read it? It talks about the shift in spending habits between Generation X (my generation), and Generation Y (Millennials). I feel like the title is misleading — it sounds like it’s going to paint Millennials as some sort of cheapskates, but it doesn’t do that — and thank goodness, because I’m definitely over articles that drag Millennials. Geez. They get blamed for everything.

Instead of the cheapskate angle, the article is really more about how Generation Y is making different spending choices than their predecessors. Which personally, I don’t see as a bad thing, even though I realize it could have major repercussions on our economy as we’ve known it.

Basically, it turns out Millennials are not buying houses or cars, and it goes into some of the strategies car companies have been using to try and reverse that trend.

Full discussion straight ahead.

Let’s Explore: Online Museums

Trying to beat summer boredom? I thought you might appreciate this post that was originally shared here a decade ago, and was written by my friend Allysha:

Did you know there are online museums? Most brick-and-mortar museums have websites, and some even have exhibits online, but I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about museums that exist entirely in cyberspace. Here’s a list (called the Museum of Online Museums) that includes listings for traditional and non-traditional museums alike.

As examples, here are two museums I want to introduce you to today:

First, The American Package Museum. It’s a collection of old American packaging for all sorts of things from Scotch tape to Brillo soap pad boxes and more. Not only is it completely entertaining, but some of the package design is really cool to look at. You can find wonderful graphic design inspiration there.

Keep reading for another recommendation.

Living With Kids: Sandra Jergensen

I feel like Sandra and I are kindred spirits, and I have had so much fun getting to virtually poke around her house. Sandra’s a cook, an editor, a mom, and has a flair for saturated colors and unexpected design decisions. (There is a polka-dot wall I am sort of swooning over and planning to copy in my own home soon.) Her home is such a fun mix of mid-century modern and vintage pieces that I have no doubt you’ll have as much fun exploring and getting to know her as I have.

Say hello to Sandra:

Oh, and there is a disco ball in the living room. You’re gonna want to keep reading.

How Do You Feel About Eating Bugs?

“Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms.”

Do you remember that song? Did you ever hear it as a kid? I have no memory of the context around it, (where did it come from? why were we singing it?), but it came to mind when I was reading about new cooking flours and powders made from crickets.

Apparently, the flours can be used to add extra protein into baked goods, beans & rice, pancakes, and dinner dishes. The description on a bag of 100% cricket powder says: Cricket contains twice as much protein as beef, as much calcium as milk, as much Vitamin B12 as salmon, and 17 amino acids, including Lysine. I’ve seen cricket snack chips and protein bars too.

The powder is said to be incredibly high in protein, but requires much fewer resources to raise than other types of animal products. And I suppose there could be less of a meat-is-murder guilt factor for some people when eating bug protein than they might experience eating beef or pork. (Though who knows. Is it morally better to kill 1 chicken or kill thousands and thousands of bugs? I don’t pretend to have an answer.)

Predictions are that eating bugs will become a totally normal thing here in the U.S.. From this article

“A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries. They envision pancakes made with cricket flour or falafel chocked full of mealworm goodness will be just as desirable as sushi.

“Sushi took 30, 40 years to really become a normal thing, but kale took like five years and kale’s not even very tasty,” said Allen, head of Austin, Texas-based Little Herds, a nonprofit founded to educate the public on the nutritional and environmental benefits of edible insects.”

I haven’t yet tried any foods made mainly with insect protein (or if I have, I’m not aware of it), but I’m open to it. At least, I’m open to a processed version of insect protein that doesn’t look bug-like in any way. I know there are places in the world where eating bugs in their natural bug form is not unusual, but I doubt I could personally ever get used to that. A powder on the other hand, I can probably handle.

What’s your take? Does the whole idea of insect-based flour gross you out? Would you eat a cookie made with cricket flour? How about your kids? For those of you who are vegan, do you classify insect-based food the same way you classify animal-based food? Or is it in a different category? And what do you think of the predictions? Will we all be eating cricket powder food in the next few years?

P.S. — I read that if you have a crustacean shellfish allergy, you may be sensitive to crickets. Also, Gateway Bug tshirt found here.

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