The American Meat Project Joins the 21st Century (ish)

In The American Meat Project on March 22, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Dear Readers:

You might have noticed some changes to The American Meat Project Blog.  As my father likes to say, “times change.”  With the changing of time comes excitement and loss.  I miss the style of the old blog, but I think this format will be easier for people to navigate.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping.  I originally built the website and the blog through iWeb, but I think now that Apple created software might not be that great.  It’s super pretty, but perhaps not so functional–kind of like George W. Bush.  Or perhaps it’s user error.  Let’s be honest here, my parents didn’t get a microwave until I was in college.  I am a huge fan of technology, but being behind the eight ball in usage abilities is in my blood.

More than mourning the stylistic changes, I’m sad about losing the comments that were on the prior blog.  I cannot figure out how to transfer them over to this format (see supra lack of skills).  So for those that commented, thank you, thank you, thank you for your comments, and I apologize that they don’t currently exist on this newly formatted site.  If I figure out how to migrate them, you can bet I will make it happen.

But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.  If you all think this format sucks, then by god I’ll change it back.  Just let me know your thoughts in the comments.  In the meantime, there’s more excitement around here.  Thanks to the brilliance of Jillian Smythe who answered my Facebook query about solving my Twitter connection problem, soon 140 or less character gems could be coming your way.  Try to contain your excitement.

In other awesome news, you can become a fan of The American Meat Project on Facebook here.  I might even be able to link the page to the Twitter account.  Also, the U.S.’s budget deficit could one day be back in the billions not trillions.  I wouldn’t hold my breath for either one, but I might put five bucks on the former.

As always, thank you all for reading (and hopefully enjoying) The American Meat Project blog!


Twitter – WTF?

In The American Meat Project on March 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Ok, I apologize for the abbreviated obscenity.  This is a family website, despite what YouTube thinks of my film.  But seriously, Twitter, WTF?  Why can’t I get a Twitter account?  It’s not like I haven’t been trying.  I have, for over a month.  I try to access Twitter’s website every single day.  Do you know what I get?  This:

Safari can’t open the page “” because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again.

Is the Twitter server busy every single hour of every single day for the last month?  I don’t think so, because I know there are tweets out there in the universe flying around.  I want to be a part of that.  I want to let you know in 140 characters or less how my shopping for dried intestines, aka casings, is going.  I’m going to try to make chorizo from the remnants of the Texas hog that are in my freezer, although I’m pretty sure I’ll have to kill another pig before this all happens so that I can add more delectable fat bits to the mixture.  Also, I’m not sure how frozen meat really works for sausage, but I guess we’ll find out.

The point is, why can’t I get a Twitter account?  My husband has a Twitter account.  Well, I think he still has it but several months ago he announced he couldn’t get to his Twitter account (he follows people, but doesn’t post himself).  At that point, I made fun of him for being on Twitter.  Is Twitter punishing me for making fun of their service?  If that’s the case, I’d like to say, Dear Twitter: I apologize.  I was wrong.  You were right.  I’m ugly.  You’re pretty.  I’m negative cool.  You’re totally awesome.

I’m starting to think it has something to do with using a Mac with Safari as my web browser.  The thing is, I can get to Twitter’s blog, status, and support pages, but not the actual about or create an account pages.  I even tried to submit a Twitter support request thinking maybe I could get some support about not being able to get to Twitter’s main page, but it turns out you need an account for that.  Has anyone else ever had this experience?  I can’t find anything about this problem through my standard Google searches.

Maybe those of you with Twitter accounts could tweet this for me: Twitter: No access w/ Macbook/Safari. Why? I Googled for help–nothing. I want Tiny URLs! Don’t make me Bing! Wait, your office is < 1mi from my apt?  See you tomorrow!

Tell Me Your Stories

In Stories, The American Meat Project on March 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I am so thrilled by the few comments I’ve received in the past couple days that I’m going to use an exclamation point to end this sentence!  Seriously, I’m pumped.  I want more – so much more.  So, I’m throwing it out there to all of you.  What’s your favorite or most memorable American Meat story?  The guidelines are totally flexible here.  In fact, there are no guidelines.  It could be a story about becoming a vegetarian.  It could be a story about the first time you met a vegetarian.  Anything goes.  Tell me your story in the comments.  I’d love to hear about it.