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Specialization is for insects

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch maure, program a computer, cook a tasty mel, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-Robert A. Heinlein, Gnostic Saint (at least he should be)

I'm not doing too badly on that list. Anyone want to teach me how to butcher a hog?


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Jul. 31st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Never done a hog, but I could arrange for you to learn to butcher a goat.
Jul. 31st, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
We've got our land now. So we can go hog hunting (plenty hogs on it too) and then learn to butcher it together!
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I have wanted to try boar hunting.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Come to Texas?
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I have friends and family down there.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Austin's quite the nice place. And now we've got 23 acres in the middle of nowhere to do whatever the hell we want on. Woot!
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't ever been to Austin. I have family in San Antonio. I have online friends in Austin though. Are wild hogs there considered a pest so you don't have to worry about a hunting season?
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, shoot them all year round from what I know.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I want to try it with spear and dagger.
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Shocked, I tell you. Shocked.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ooo. The prospect of getting covered in pig's blood with you is a hard one to resist ;)

We're hoping to buy land real soon now. What are you thinking of doing with yours?
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Earth sheltered home, solar power, rainwater collection, a shop, goats, bunnies (to eat), chickens (for eggs and maybe eat), 1 acre garden, off grid, baby!
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)

I've been researching alternative home building techniques. So many ideas!
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
oh gods, talk dirty to me baby.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
do you get to use a boar spear?
Aug. 1st, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Whatever you'd like. Bow, gun, spear...They're considered livestock...
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wait till winter. We'll need a hog.
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
specialization is for insects

absolutely true. Fordism is efficient but at the scarifice of mental health!!!

thank you for posting this
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *Agrees*
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the butchering thing is my weak spot too. It's urbanization I guess. I'm the first generation of my family that has never hunted of fished or kept a chicken coop. Growing up in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago was not real conducive to that sort of stuff.
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
this is the basic procedure I was taught
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, that one and the last one are still off my list.
Jul. 31st, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think your friend covered the basics of hog butchering.

I just wanted to comment and say that I love the quote so much it was an art project of mine in college. If you would like, I will bring you a print the next time I'm up North.
Jul. 31st, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
would that be hog or long pig?

I love that quote. One of my anthropology professors uses it at least once in the first week of every 101 class :)
Aug. 1st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
if you want to be literalist "butchering" is somewhat different from skinning & dressing, butchering is about cutting primals down to useable cuts

that's much easier to do, you can usually get primals at costco or through some grocery store butcheries

even better the local farmers market may have a meat co-op, fresh humanely reared dinner is damn tasty
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Interesting , however does this not show mankind's inability to understand its inherant nature ? Ot to be able to work within in its own environment or nature rather then having to master all things.
Insects may specialise because their focused and "know" what their doing.

Jack of all trades master of none
Aug. 2nd, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Best list ever!
IMO, of course. I haven't done the butcher thing - no interest, thank you - and I am way too clumsy to fight efficiently. But I've managed to check off an item every few years, or add one. Currently,I'm gardening, an excellent pursuit for one of my years. Next project, a wall-like construction; several, actually, since I want to replace as much of the lawn as possible with less-demanding & more water-efficient plants.

I see you're looking towards land and graceful living thereupon. Success!!
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