[hackerspaces] Let's end the unnecessary joining of the words "food" and "hacking"

Adam Mayer phooky at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 21:25:24 CET 2014

sed s/food hacking/meat cleaving/g

On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Peter <ernstpeterboehm at gmail.com> wrote:
> in german, "hack" or "hackfleisch" also means minced meat, hash, groundmeat.
> a "hamburger" is made of spiced "hackfleisch", the meat is
> "gehackt"/"hacked" before formed into this round meatloaf.
> a meatloaf itself is a "hackbraten".
> raw minced pork meat, sometimes seasonend with onions, is called
> "Hackepeter", it is eaten raw (not my taste).
> not only meat gets hacked in germany, also wood. here "hacken" means "to
> chop, chip, cut, hackle, or hack".
> then there is "die Hacke", english "the hoe", a gardening tool to cultivate
> your vegetables. Also "hacken" means "to pick, peck" - this is more a birdy
> thing.
> so.. "Foodhacks" and other hacks are quite traditional here in krautland.
> the whole molecular gastronomy thingy could be seen as foodhacking.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_gastronomy
> Greetings and bon appetit,
> peter
> On 01/27/2014 07:17 AM, Kevin Mitnick wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I am going to open this e-mail thread up with the following definition
>> from the Oxford dictionary:
>> "[...] gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer [...] a
>> piece of computer code providing a quick or inelegant solution to a
>> particular problem"
>> Source:
>> http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/hack?q=hacking
>> I then go and look up the definition of "food hacking" and the best I
>> can find is this description from Reddit:
>> "Food hacks is a place to share quick and simple tips on making food
>> that has more flavor, more nutritional value, or both"
>> Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/FoodHacks
>> Let's look at this real closely here:
>> - Where does "food hacking" come into play where we're getting
>> unauthorized access to something?
>> - Where does "food hacking" provide a quick or inelegant solution to a
>> particular problem?
>> - How does the Reddit definition of "food hacking" fit into these
>> previous questions?
>> - Why do people who are playing with their food want to be a part of the
>> hacking scene? What should we call it?
>> To address the first question, I am not seeing how "unauthorized access"
>> is occurring here. When we go and buy a head of lettuce or a box of
>> cereal, likely we've paid for it or if we haven't, it wasn't stolen from
>> some other hungry person. All we're doing when we're playing with our
>> food is making it, baking it, cooking it, and or eating it.
>> Does "food hacking" provide an inelegant solution to a particular
>> problem? Not really. When you make food you're making it, not hacking
>> it. Perhaps "hacking" could apply if you're inelegantly taking apart a
>> steak or some sort of fruit or vegetable, but at no point are you
>> providing a solution to a problem. Is the invention of modern fast food
>> a "food hack" by that standard? Or is the gradual adoption of automated
>> convenience stores that provide you with whatever without any human
>> intervention other than your own a "food hack"? It does allow for a
>> quick solution to getting your food.
>> If we look at how Reddit defines a "food hack", we see that we're making
>> food with more flavor or better nutritional value. If I go buy some
>> Hamburger Helper and add avocado to it or add whey protein to chocolate
>> milk, is that "hacking"? What if I make some Betty Crocker cake and add
>> whey to that instead? Is that a "food hack"? Because of the vagueness
>> that the Reddit definition provides and the definition of what "hacking"
>> is, why don't we call it baking, cooking, or mixing? Do we call chefs or
>> my dad cooking on the barbecue with his "secret sauce" a food hacker?
>> I get the impression that people who call themselves "food hackers" call
>> themselves that because they want to be considered a part of the "hacker
>> movement". Why don't those of you who identify with this moniker just
>> call yourself a "cook", "chef", "baker", "maker", or whatever instead?
>> Why don't you instead call the food "food" or if you really want it to
>> be associated with the hacker scene, "food for hackers"? Is that hard?
>> You're not a hacker and you dilute the term for those of us who are
>> hackers.
>> Food for thought. Do not take offense to this if you find it hits too
>> close to home.
>> Kevin Mitnick
>> (May or may not be the Kevin you think I am)
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