I usually listen to NPR on my way into work and recently heard an interview with the founder of Soylent, a maker of a complete nutritional replacement shake. It's intended to become a person's staple source of nutrition- not their sole source of nutrition per se, but something to make any other eating "recreational." What I found really interesting is how he pitched the idea not from a nutritional or health standpoint but purely efficiency. He didn't get any pleasure from cooking and saw it all as wasted labor so he wanted to eliminate the need for that to feed himself. "Each serving of Soylent provides maximum nutrition with minimum effort," says the website. I was thinking it could be useful in emergency and preparedness situations too, or to supplement freeze dried foods on expeditions, etc, but this mindset that cooking is purely a chore is new to me. Of course some nights when I come home from work and am feeling dog tired I can be lazy in the kitchen and will put in minimal effort to avoid starving, but I also do things like spend two evenings last week dedicated just to making a few pounds of smoked meat- and I savored the entire process. It's very rewarding to me when others are wowed by something I produced in the kitchen, which makes the prep work and sweat for it all worthwhile. Focus: Do you enjoy preparing and cooking meals, or is it purely a chore for you? If it is, would you give Soylent a try? Alt-Focus: The world population is always increasing but space and land isn't. How in the fuck are we going to feed everyone? What other alternatives to our typical food sources are interesting to you?