It struck me that I needed to be an astronomer when I was about nine. That focus didn't change until high school, when I realized physics may be closer to my core interest. But kids who go into science fall in love. Most of your work and discipline is self-directed. If you are lucky you find a mentor.
In contrast to Sarah Palin, Debbie Cook is a competent mayor running for higher office. She is realistically environmental, smart, and is going after the seat of Dana Rohrabacher - one of the worst and strangest people in the current Congress (no small feat)
I don't live in the California 46th district, but those that do should take a look
Amazing and delighting someone is an excellent goal. I've been thinking about the failure of the green movement recently. They could learn a lot from little acts like this. Moving someone by guilt is very inefficient.
These things aren't as efficient as container ships (few things are), but are much faster and, per ton of cargo carried, could be much greener than conventional jet transports. It probably isn't practical as a passenger plane as the ride is likely to be rough and two to three times as lengthy, but carbon taxes and strict caps may move the world in this direction.
Switched notes the cookbook used by Henry II's chefs will be put online .. something tells me food wasn't terribly exciting then, but purists rejoice.
Searching on the history of food turns up a high level view from the British Library...
All fruit and vegetables were cooked - it was believed that raw fruit and vegetables caused disease. The Boke of Kervynge (carving), written in 1500, warns the cook to: 'Beware of green sallettes and rawe fruytes for they wyll make your soverayne seke.' (Beware of green salads and raw fruits, for they will make your master sick.') Gardeners grew fresh herbs which were used for both medical remedies and cookery, and were therefore an essential part of the nobleman's garden.
Those lower down the social scale ate a less impressive diet. Unless you served in a large household, it would have been difficult to obtain fresh meat or fish (although fish was available to those living by the sea). Most people ate preserved foods that had been salted or pickled soon after slaughter or harvest: bacon, pickled herring, preserved fruits for instance. The poor often kept pigs, which, unlike cows and sheep, were able to live contentedly in a forest, fending for themselves. Peasants tended to keep cows, so a large part of their diets would have included dairy produce such as buttermilk, cheese, or curds and whey.