Calling someone a pig implies that they are dirty, greedy, or otherwise unworthy of our respect. Yet in reality the pig is clean, odorless, and smart. The more we discover about the history and mysteries of pigs, the clearer it is that they demand respect rather than inclusion in our recipes.What is a Pig?Beyond the cute curly tail and the portly body, what is a pig? Classification of animals begins broad and narrows dramatically. In the wider sense, pigs are grouped in the order Artiodactyla. This order includes 211 species. All are even-toed ungulates, meaning they have hooves. The order Artiodactyls is divided into 9 families. Hogs and pigs, which are synonymous, make up the family called Suidae. This hog-happy family has 16 species. What is a species, exactly? Michael Taylor, author of Pot Bellied Pigs as Your New Family Pet (New Jersey: T.H.F. Publications) simplifies the science with this definition: “A group of similar animals that will freely interbreed under natural … [Read more...] about The Joy of Pigs: Rooting Out the Truth
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There are some buyers out there who understand value but there are many of them who understand only price. A few years ago when I was doing a course for my Certified Management Consultant accreditation, I had some debates with one of the instructors. He kept saying that my idea about value was a delusion, and the reality of consulting was the number of hours I spent working with the client. His idea was that clients must be able to derive huge value from my services, but I could only get paid for the number of hours I actually worked because of the obscure nature of "value".I may be wrong, and unlike him, I don't have an MBA, but I believe if the client derives huge value from my help, a deserve more than a competitive(ly low) hourly rate. I got into business to overcome the typical wage slave syndrome as an employee, and it would be plain silly to become a self-employed wage slave. I also believe that I shouldn't be penalised just because I don't take much time and effort to create … [Read more...] about Nine Hidden Dangers of Wasting Your Time, Effort and Sanity on Nickel-and-Dime Cheapskate Buyers
After Microsoft's glitchy update to Service Pack 2 (which as of this writing I still have yet to download), I prefer things to be out there and bug fr'ee by the time I put them on my hard drive.However, the latest and greatest appears to be Google's attempt to "help you" find stuff online and inside your own hard drive. They are preparing to release a "desktop helper" program (maybe the beta is out at the time of this writing?).This program promises to search everything you've done and everywhere you've gone online, along with everything you've stored on your computer.Their reasoning?To make it "easier" for you to recall and retrieve obscure and not so obscure information (are the alarm bells ringing for you yet?).Now correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Windows (any variation) already have a full search capability? Redundant question because, of course, the answer is a resounding... Yes!And your Windows search even hunts out all those stray places where you may have parked … [Read more...] about The Next Invasion?
Okay, you males out there - listen up, because it's way time for you folks to get a clue. I don't know where the mid to late 1900's male idea that women are helpless came from, but it is quarter past high time for you all to get over it. Women do not have the raw body strength ounce per ounce that a man has, we aren't going to argue that. If I had an acre of land to plow I would undeniably hire a man over a woman any day. Where the idea that I am helpless follows from that, is such a quantum leap of logic that it can't realistically be given any credence.I'm going to cut you just a bit of slack, and blame it on the fact that life in America has become so cush that men just don't really much get the chance to see what a Woman can accomplish when put to the test. Did I forget to mention in the last paragraph, that if there was no one I could hire, I would get it done on my own. I am a woman. I am a rockhound. As a rockhound, I travel to places out in the wilds to collect my treasures. I … [Read more...] about Women of the Gold Rush Era Not Told to Stay Home
Electronic scales are heavily used throughout the agricultural industries. Bench scales are used to weigh out seed, chemical additives, and other small items. Platform scales weigh out small amounts of feed, monitor feed usage, weigh 55 gallon drums of fluids, and can even be used to track the weight of animals. Large floor scales can be used to weigh cattle, or larger amounts of contents. Bin scales may be used to keep track of the amount of feed used. Custom scales are designed for a very wide range of specialty weighing requirements. One specialty application is pig sorters. Within the hog industry, there is a specific requirement to bring the animals to exactly the market weight. If the pig is too heavy, or too light, there is a penalty in the amount paid by the processors for the animal. Also, because of very tight margins in this industry, it is important to properly feed the pigs so that they reach this target weight. Pigs are typically raised in batches. Of course, individual … [Read more...] about Electronic Scales Are Heavily Used In Agricultural Industries