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    Book, Movie & Documentary Recommendations from The 4-Hour Chef

    Notes: (Just look at the contents below to get an idea of the summary.)
    First things first… I’ve not even reached halfway through the book and I feel like it’s like the kitchen section of the Argos catalogue with stories that are mostly entertaining but also not very much to the point with more references to product placement, link placement, other stories, etc. Hats off to Tim for doing so much though, he really goes all the way. Stuff I still need to google: The Von Restorff or navel pop-out effect. Consonant system mnemonic or major system. Loci system or memory palace technique.

    His timeline of culinary interest start with eating crickets a la front yard, go on to him try and giving up a few times and end with him cooking all sorts especially roasting crickets.

    Interesting quotes before chapters, sections and recipes and good old music recommendations to listen to while cooking/eating.

    2 principles- failure points (too many Ingredients etc) and margin of safety (pick a recipe that comes out great even if you mess up).

    The DiSSS (Deconstruct, select, sequence, stakes) and CaFE (Compression, frequency, encoding) method of learning anything (see video below or google it).

    Backward, upside down or reverse fire better than teepee method and you can use the same words to google anything else you want to deconstruct.

    12 sentences is all you need. Deconstructing a dozen sentences can uncover the soul of a language. Finding helping/auxiliary verbs will help fast track learning a language.

    Cooking has 3 ‘verbs like that’ which will help. In order of earliest wins first – braising, sautéing, grilling. Using MED (Minimal effective dose) cut out as many steps and ingredients as possible maybe replacing with fewer but better ingredients.

    Even if you never cook, smelling your food before eating will change your experience with flavour. If you eat something chilli it’s best to have something with fats as it’s more soluble. He tried the Indian combo of cayenne powder on mango and suggest olive oil on chocolate ice cream.

    MED – Minimal effective dose! Always!

    Lots and lots of fluff but it’s entertaining. Different geniuses stories, ways of learning, tricks, hacks, etc.

    Want to learn fast start backwards. What were the key bits successful people did towards the end and go back. What are the commonalities that are not being taught and which of these neglected ones can you get really good at really quick.

    Making effective decisions required massive elimination of options.

    Use a probe thermometer for everything. Almost all veggies are done when you can slide a fork in (held between thumb and forefinger). 180 degrees C for everything and for protein 60 degrees C.

    DON’T USE INCOMPLETE INFORMATION AS AN EXCUSE FOR INACTION!

    Using your palm as reference to raw, medium and well done.

    Reference to cooking steak

    Use sherry instead of balsamic vinegar as the latter is fake. Real balsamic vinegar ages for decades, in barrels and different woods etc etc.

    Cook meats 2 minutes each side on medium or higher heat.

    When on the table make ok sign with both hands and the one that looks like a ‘b’ is where your bread is (left) so ‘d’ is where your drink will be (right). Also remember left has 4 letters which matches fork while right has 5 letters for knife and spoon.

    It’s not cooking it’s prep – things you can do days or hours ahead.

    Rules of behavioural change:
    1 – Make it small and temporary.
    2 – Make it measurable and a game.
    3 – Make it competitive.
    4 – Take pictures of it all.
    5 – In the beginning, focus on convenience.
    Basically the ‘what gets measured, gets managed’ rule.

    If something feels like it’s missing in food it’s probably acid so keep lemons at hand.

    Anti-angiogenesis tea – white tea (dragon pearl jasmine) and green tea (Japanese sencha) are recommended to fight cancer with Earl Grey coming in second. Including foods rich in Vitamin K2, they also reduce men’s prostate cancer by 50%, have cooked tomatoes 2-3 times a week.

    Dim mak, means ‘press artery,’ in Cantonese, the so-called death touch in Chinese kung fu. One of the hand positions for dim mak also happens to be the key hand position for knife skills.

    Pan shaker is a derogatory term for someone who pokes and shuffles unnecessarily while cooking, good for TV chefs only.

    Placing fruit in a paper bag helps to concentrate the levels of ethylene gas which is what helps induce ripening (bananas/avocados, etc.).

    Aztec word for avocado, ahuacatl, means “testicle”.

    Saurkraut special: Things rot when exposed to air. But if you protect food from air, making the environment anaerobic, quite a few goodies ferment instead and become delicious. Sauerkraut is the poster child for this (and also the reason Germans were called “Krauts” during WWII). Unlike most store-bought sauerkraut, which is pasteurised and devoid of bacteria (unless the label says “raw” or “naturally fermented” and is found in the refrigerated section), our homemade version will be loaded with, for lack of a better term, “good” bacteria. There are an estimated 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells: 100 trillion of them to 10 trillion of you. These 100 trillion stowaways have been nicknamed the “microbiome.” The two primary strains of bacteria so far identified that influence fat absorption are Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. Lean people have more Bacteroidetes and fewer Firmicutes; obese people have more Firmicutes and fewer Bacteroidetes. As obese people lose weight, the ratio of bacteria in their guts shifts to favour Bacteroidetes. Given that a strong cycle of antibiotics can leave your microbiome off-kilter for up to four years, I view sauerkraut as a smart investment in immune function and fat-burning capabilities. Still worried about a recipe with bacteria? I wouldn’t be. Fred Breidt, a microbiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture, has never found a single case of sickness from contaminated sauerkraut. It’s the perfect gateway drug for an entire class of hands-off “cooking.”

    Bacon and olive oil have the same amount of oleic acid which is praised for and generally considered “heart-healthy”.

    CONTENTS
    INTRO
    On the Shoulders of Giants
    How to Use This Book

    META META-LEARNING
    “Bill Gates Walks into a Bar…” The Power of Outliers
    DECONSTRUCTION: Exploring the Great Unknown
    ASSIGNMENT: Learning to “Taste”
    SELECTION: 80/20 and Med
    SEQUENCING: The Magic of Proper Ordering
    STAKES: The Carrot and the Stickk
    COMPRESSION: Cheat Sheets for Anything
    FREQUENCY: Cramming Six Months of Culinary School into 48 Hours
    ENCODING: Making Slippery Ideas Stick

    THE DOMESTIC
    Rethinking Recipes
    The 80/20 Pantry: All You Need
    Top Gear: From Surgical Towels to Big Green Eggs
    Lesson Calendar
    LESSON 01: Osso “Buko”
    LESSON 02: Northeast African (or Middle Eastern) Scrambled Eggs
    Slow-Carb Wines: The Top 10 Lists
    LESSON 03: Coconut Cauliflower Curry Mash
    LESSON 04: Union Square Zucchini
    The Vocabulary of Cutting
    Introduction to Dim Mak
    LESSON 05: Harissa Crab Cakes
    LESSON 06: Bittman Chinese Chicken with Bok Choy
    LESSON 07: Arugula, Avocado, and Roma Salad
    LESSON 08: Sexy-Time Steak
    In Search of the Perfect Cup of Coffee
    LESSON 09: 9th Meal‒4-Person Dinner Party
    LESSON 10: Roasted Garlic and Gazpacho
    LESSON 11: Tim’s Top 4 Immersion Sauces: Pick One
    LESSON 12: Rock ’N’ Eel
    LESSON 13: Sous-Vide Chicken Breast
    LESSON 14: Seared Scallops
    LESSON 15: Chicken Higado Pâté
    OPTIONAL LESSON 16: “MLBJ”
    LESSONS 17 & 171/2: The First Hosting Party, The Second Dinner Party

    THE WILD
    Top Gear Survival: Tarps, Traps, and Tactical Knives
    The Importance of Rabbits
    The Manual Arts
    The Rule of Threes
    OPTIONAL LESSON 18: How to Build a Debris Hut
    OPTIONAL LESSON 19: Making Drinkable Water
    The Anti-Hunter’s First Hunt
    The Gun
    Top 10 U.S. Hunts According to Steve Rinella
    LESSON 20: Vietnamese Venison Burgers and Bagna Cauda
    LESSON 21: Sauerkraut
    LESSON 22: Sautéed Beef Heart
    LESSON 23: Feral Humans and the Golden Gate Buffet
    LESSON 24: Kevin’s “Best Pancakes of My Life” Acorn Pancakes
    LESSON 25: Muscle CricketTM Protein Bars
    The Odd Appeal of Street Quail
    LESSON 26: “Street Quail” Catch-and-Release
    LESSON 27: Hobo-Can “Hoboken” Cooking
    Fishing: From Gill Nets to Yo-Yo Traps
    LESSON 28: Ceviche
    LESSON 29: Moules Marinière with Fennel
    LESSON 30: From Modern to Mallmann
    LESSON 31: How to Gut and Cook Tree Rat (Or Fish)
    LESSON 32: Sweet Potato Rescoldo
    Nose to Tail, A to Z: Learning to Butcher
    LESSON 33: How to Butcher a Chicken
    LESSON 34: Lobstercide
    The Kolkata (Calcutta) Market Incident
    LESSON 35: Clambake in a Garbage Can

    THE SCIENTIST
    A Trip to Seattle
    The GNC Gourmet: The Fun of Multipurpose Ingredients
    Damage Control: Preventing Fat Gain When You Binge
    The Basics: Elementary, My Dear Watson…
    The Science of Gels
    Crunchy Bloody Mary
    Arugula Spaghetti
    Balsamic Vinaigrette Pearls
    Olive Oil Gummy Bears
    The Science of Spherification
    Mojito Bubbles
    The Science of Emulsification
    Champagne Vinaigrette
    The Science of Foams
    Beet Foam
    The Science of Solvents
    Bacon-Infused Bourbon
    The Science of Powders
    Nutella Powder
    The Science of Fermentation
    Go-Carb Yeast Waffles (or Pancakes)
    The Science of Dehydration
    The Best Jerky in the World
    The Science of Oxidation
    How to Chop Wine: Hyperdecanting in 20 Seconds
    The Science of Transglutaminase
    Tuna and Yellowtail Checkerboard
    The Science of the Maillard Reaction
    Rosemary Pistachio Cookies
    The Science of Pressure Cooking
    Caramelized Carrot Soup
    The Science of Denaturation
    Perfect Poached Eggs
    Perfect Beef Short Ribs
    The Science of Liquid Nitrogen
    30-Second Cocoa-Goldshläger Ice Cream
    The Triple Crown of Cheat Day: For the Piggies (in More Ways Than One)
    #1 Welcome to the Jungle: The Vermonster
    #2 The Turbacon: Sin Against Nature or Meat-Glue Masterpiece?
    #3 The NYC Food Marathon: 26.2 Dishes in 26 Locations in 24 Hours

    THE PROFESSIONAL
    A Tale of Two Cities: New York
    The Classics
    Soffritto
    Helicopter-Blade Pea Soup
    Bear Fat (or Not) Fries
    The “Hareiller ” Roast Chicken
    Brown Butter Plantains
    Bistro-Style Bavette Steak
    French Omelet
    A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago
    Avant-Garde
    How Grant Creates: 10 Principles
    Serviceware
    Paraffin Wax Bowls
    Almond Za’atar Crackers with Tuna
    Reversal
    Cauliflower Crème Brûlèe
    Technology
    “Anti-Griddle ” Peppermint Chocolate Pops
    “Bouncing” Flavors
    Oyster + Kiwi
    Rare Ingredients
    Takashi Inoue’s
    “Tongue Experience ”
    Form Mimicking
    Bacon Roses
    Edible Dirt Centerpiece
    Texture Manipulation: Coconut Meal
    Dandelion “Coffee ” with Coconut Milk (Aperitif)
    Crisp-Baked Sesame-Coconut Chicken (Entrée)
    Coconut Paleo Pops (Dessert)
    Profile Replication
    Peking Duck Wraps
    Themes
    National Themes: Brazilian Meal
    Hearts of Palm Salad (Appetizer)
    Caipiroska Cocktail (Drink)
    Feijoada (Entrée)
    Ingredient Themes: Sage & Paprika Meal
    Kokkari Prawns (Entrée)
    The Medicine Man (Digestif)
    Sage Gelato (Dessert)
    Aroma
    Cigar-Infused Tequila Hot Chocolate
    Dragonforce Chaconne
    Carpe a l’Ancienne
    Closing Thoughts—On More Perfect Days

    APPENDIX
    More Cooking Like a Pro
    The Bite-Size World: 193 Recipes, 193 Countries
    The Chef Genealogical Charts: An Unofficial Who’s Who (And Who Taught Whom)
    Turning Pro Without Culinary School—The Full Training Program
    More Learning Anything
    How to Shoot a 3-Pointer Within 48 Hours
    Guns?!? OMFG, ROFL, MPICIMFP, WTF?!?
    Bicycleshop and the $10,000 Challenge: Memorizing a Deck of Cards in 43 Seconds
    Nine Must-Know Knots
    Building a Fire with a Bow Drill
    More Living the Good Life
    How to Become a VIP (and Other Tips)
    Yelp’s 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S.A.
    The Culinary Maps

    Acknowledgments
    Credits
    Conversion Chart
    Scorecard

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    Click to watch online or get the DVD

    Notes:
    – Every video ends with a project for you to do and answers after.
    – Give you resources like https://www.circuitlab.com/
    – To be honest most of it went over my head because it’s super technical with lots of electronic diagrams and stuff. All I wanted to was know the basics to do household stuff. I did learn a lot and it is great information but I also had a lot of moments I just zoned out.

    Course Content:

    1 Electricity and Electronics
    What is the difference between electricity and electronics? Begin your study of modern electronics by examining this distinction, and observe how electronics use the basic properties of electric circuits in a more sophisticated way. Witness firsthand how resistance is described with Ohm’s law, and learn how to measure electric power.

    2 Circuits and Symbols
    Meet the battery! This lecture marks your introduction to circuit diagrams, displaying the interconnected assemblages of electronic components that make a circuit function. Learn how to decipher these drawings, and see how components assembled in series or in parallel may interact differently depending on their configuration.

    3 Instruments and Measurement
    As you grow familiar with physical properties of electric circuits, become acquainted with the instruments used to measure these quantities: voltmeters, ammeters, ohmmeters, multimeters, and the oscilloscope. See how each of these instruments interacts with a circuit to test circuit behaviour or measure quantities that may vary over time.

    4 AC versus DC
    Examine the nuances of alternating and direct currents, see how transformers use electromagnetic induction to transform voltage levels in AC circuits, and observe the role of diodes and capacitors in regulating current. See how the DC power supplies that charge our cell phones are constructed so that they convert alternating to direct current.

    5 Up the Treble, Down the Bass!
    From familiar audio equalizers we use to crank the bass or reduce hiss, to cell phone towers that need to separate calls coming in on adjacent channels, filtering electronic signals is often essential. Dive further into the critical role that capacitors play in electronic filters.

    6 Semiconductors—The Miracle Material
    Semiconductors make possible the transistors at the heart of electronics, including integrated circuits and computers. Learn how the atomic configuration of semiconductors makes them unique, and how engineers adjust their properties to make two types of semiconductors—P and N. Witness the critical role that PN-junctions play in semiconductor devices.

    7 Transistors and How They Work
    Transistors in all forms fundamentally do the same thing: they allow one electronic circuit to control another. Review the concept of electronic control, and study field effect transistors (FETs) as well as bipolar junction transistors (BJTs). See how the bipolar junction transistor can be used as a simple switch.

    8 Transistors as Amplifiers
    Discover how transistors can be used to increase voltage, current, or power of an electronic signal while faithfully reproducing the signal’s time variation. See how biasing and load-line analysis play key roles in amplifiers, and help prevent distortion. Learn to design a simple one-transistor audio amplifier that increases the voltage of audio-frequency signals.

    9 Building an Audio Amplifier
    Put your knowledge to use by building a complete audio amplifier. First, create a two-stage amplifier, then add capacitors to increase the amplification, or gain. Add a power output stage to drive a loudspeaker. Finally, add a volume control. In addition, learn how biasing with diodes can eliminate a subtle form of distortion.

    10 The Ideal Amplifier
    Learn why large gain—infinite gain, in fact—as well as low output resistance and high input resistance are characteristics of the ideal amplifier. See how an integrated-circuit operational amplifier, or “op-amp,” puts all these things together and also how the op-amp can be used as a simple comparator.

    11 Feedback Magic
    Define what “feedback” means in electronics, and how it can be used in a circuit. Learn how negative feedback utilizes communication between the output and input of an amplifier, and how operational amplifiers use this phenomenon to create thought-controlled robotic arms, intelligent light bulbs, and optical tracking systems.

    12 Electronic Feedback
    Understand the math behind two basic rules that allow op-amps to leverage the magic of negative feedback: no current flows into op-amp inputs, and with negative feedback, V+ = V –. See how these rules allow op-amps to tame near-infinite gain in a circuit down to the exact amplification you want.

    13 Amplifier Circuits Using Op-Amps
    Now that the versatility of negative feedback has been demonstrated, adjust the strength of negative feedback in op-amp circuits to build amplifiers with whatever gain you choose. Create an amplifier that sums two or more inputs, see a circuit that converts current to voltage, and explore the design and operation of an op-amp-based light meter.

    14 More Fun with Op-Amps
    Explore peak detectors that “remember” the maximum voltage reached, as well as Schmitt triggers whose output retain their value until the input changes sufficiently to “trigger” a change in the output. Use these concepts to design a practical circuit: an alarm to warn if your freezer’s temperature has been above freezing.

    15 Using Op-Amps with Capacitors
    By introducing capacitors to op-amp circuits, you will see how feedback capacitors can be used to introduce time-dependent behavior such as gradual voltage increases, and to generate useful waveforms. Learn in the process how op-amp circuits with capacitors can perform the mathematical operation called integration.

    16 Digital versus Analog
    Explore the difference between the analog and digital realms. Learn how the two states “0” and “1” can be used to represent numbers or textual information. Enter the digital age with binary numbers and operations that are the basis of computer logic, and discover logic gates and their truth tables for common logical operators.

    17 Electronics Goes Digital
    See how distinctly different electrical circuits can implement basic logic operations, and how simple logic gates come together to form complex logic circuits, ultimately including computers. Return to transistors to see how both BJTs and MOSFETs are used to implement logic gates, the latter in an arrangement called Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS).

    18 Flip-Flop Circuits
    By combining logic gates and positive feedback, obtain circuits with two stable states. These “flip-flop” circuits “remember” their current states until they are forced into the opposite state. Learn the inner workings of several types of flip-flops as they lay the foundations for memory circuits.

    19 Shift and Divide—Your USB and Your Watch
    Learn how electronic devices “talk” to each other by using flip-flops to send computer “words” one bit at a time, and observe how recipient devices reassemble incoming bits using serial-to-parallel conversions. See how Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections transmit communications between devices, and how the T flip-flop is utilised as a frequency divider in quartz watches.

    20 Digital Memory
    Examine the circuits that enable your devices to “remember” everything from contact information to your browsing history to the keystrokes you type on your computer. Compare random-access memory versus sequential memory as well as volatile and non-volatile memory.

    21 Digital Counters
    Flip-flops can be connected together to create counting circuits. Examine the circuitry behind 2-bit, n-bit, and decade counters, then see how the interruption of a light beam can be used in conjunction with such a circuit to keep count of people walking by or products moving along an assembly line.

    22 Digital to Analog
    Because we live in an analog world—sound, time, temperature, speed, and light are all analog phenomena—it’s important to be able to convert outputs of digital circuits into analog signals that we can perceive. Discover two digital-to-analog converters (DACs): weighted-resistor DACs, and the delta-sigma DACs that provide high-resolution audio for our smartphones and mp3 players.

    23 Analog to Digital
    Observe how circuit designers have formulated a wide array of schemes for converting analog signals to digitally encoded information. See how flash converters, integrating converters, and feedback converters use very different methods to accomplish the same goal, and weigh the situational costs and benefits of each.

    24 Your Future in Electronics
    With some final tips, an introduction to the microcontroller, and a demonstration of an amazing circuit aimed at improving the efficiency of photovoltaic panels, Professor Wolfson leaves you with an enhanced appreciation for the complexity of essential modern electronics. You are now well equipped to embark on your own journey through the fascinating world of electronics!   

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    – ACT – Accept your reactions, Choose a valued direction, Take action

    – Focus on changeable variables in context.

    – Accept that pain inevitably goes with a rich meaningful life.

    – Be aware of here and now father than getting lost in your thoughts.

    – Mindfulness is divided into 4 subsets: Acceptance, Cognitive diffusion, Contact with the present moment, The observing self.

    – The attempt to get rid of a symptom creates a disorder. ACT helps transform our relationship with difficult throughs and feelings to see them as harmless, uncomfortable but psychological events that will pass.

    – Language: I am stupid vs. I have the thought that I am stupid. I cannot go on vs. I am feeling like I can’t go on. Problem – something we don’t want. Solution – figure how to get rid or avoid.

    – The more we try to avoid or get rid of the more we suffer ‘quicksand’. Addiction, anxiety, depression.

    – What has been tried so far, what did it cost (time, energy, health, vitality, relationships), did it bring you closer to what you wanted. Control is a problem. Clean discomfort: Accepting emotions and reactions. Dirty discomfort: struggle switch is turned on.

    You can’t stop the waves, you can learn to surf – Kabat Zinn

    6 Core Principles
    – Cognitive diffusion: seeing the truths (thoughts, images, memories, language, pictures) objectively. Stepping back to see them as passing events. Techniques: Treat the mind as a separate person. Instead of ‘I am’ replace it with ‘I’m having the thought that’. Is it possible to think that (thought) AND do x/carry on with life? Treat thoughts as bullies and you are in charge! Ok you’re right, now what?

    – Acceptance: Make room for the thought like an unwanted guest. Allowing them to come and go without resistance. Thoughts/feelings don’t always lead to action. Identify the problem. Explore how avoidance has helped in your life. Defining the problem and list barriers. Serenity prayer – Change what we can and accept what we can’t.

    – Contact with the present moment: How do I feel, what am I thinking, physical sensations, environment (smell, temp, colours, objects, people, sounds, etc). Make a sentence out of it. I see, hear, smell ____ and it reminds me of ____. The observing self/fly on the wall/being a witness.

    – Values: Clarifying what is important, what sort of person you want to be, what is significant and meaningful, what you stand for. Choosing a direction, establishing willingness, identifying motivating values, willingness to regain control of life not just thoughts and feelings.

    – Committed action: Set goals as per your values, take action to achieve them.

    ACT Matrix (48:25 in the video)

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills | Counselor Toolbox

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    NB: The presentation is not the updated one and I couldn’t wait any longer to create this video.

    Notes:
    – They hold regular tours so keep an eye out on the Events page.
    – Please help ban E-waste from going to landfill in WA and sign this petition.
    – They are the biggest E-waste recycling facility in the WA.
    – They hold a 13 module course for staff training.
    National Television and Computer Recycling scheme explained.
    – Related link: Peter Rudd E-Waste Recycler

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    (Video below)
    Ecoburbia is part urban infill development, where we have converted one house into four self-contained living units, tripling the population density without adding to the house’s footprint.
    Ecoburbia is part urban farm with chickens, goats, compost and fruit trees, plus a large shared veggie patch.
    Ecoburbia is part demonstration sustainable house, with cutting edge energy systems, water collection and dispersal systems and innovative passive solar design.
    Ecoburbia is part educational opportunity and community hub, with regular tours, workshops, films and other community events.
    Ecoburbia is PARTLY FINISHED . . . .
    Interested? Contact Shani on ecoburbia@gmail.com or Facebook of course

    Notes:
    – Sorry about the sound, try headphones. Most of the info is all in the video so will stick to what stood out to me.
    – Video – David Holmgren Retrofitting Suburbia.
    – From the house itself – 50% of veggies, 100% of egg and milk.
    – Rat are near phobic.
    – Pelmets have better thermal efficiency.
    – The super efficient small pellet stove/heater.
    – Before pics which was 3 years ago.
    – 6 unrelated people is max for shared house. Otherwise it’s a boarding house.
    – Look up multi generational living.
    Apc13.org
    – I wish I was like Tim or that is my future aspiration. So handy and knowledgable.

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  • 01/14/20--00:41: Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia
  • Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia is an docuseries. The show follows Hamilton Morris as he explores the history, chemistry, and societal impact of psychoactive substances. It chronicles Morris’ travels and first-hand experiences, as well as interviews with scientists, shamans, and fringe culture figures.

    Season 1
    1 The Story of the South African Quaalude
    South Africa is the last place on earth Quaaludes can still be found. Hamilton travels there to study the drug and finds a dark history of medical experimentation.

    2 A Positive PCP Story
    Hamilton travels across the USA meeting with addicts, dealers, and chemists to trace the history of PCP from its pharmaceutical orgins to its escape onto the streets.

    3 Shepherdess: The Story of Salvia Divinorum
    From the heavenly cloud forests of Oaxaca to a viral video of Miley Cyrus, Hamilton investigates the inconspicuous yet extraordinary psychedelic plant Salvia divinorum.

    4 Magic Mushrooms in Mexico
    From the Aztec empire to the underground laboratory, Hamilton explores magic mushrooms with the help of shamans, clandestine growers, and ethnomycologists.

    5 Fish N’ Trips
    Hamilton embarks on an aquatic adventure to Reunion Island and Madagascar to investigate icthyoallyeinotoxism and a twisted history of hallucinogenic fish.

    6 The Lazy Lizard School of Hedonism
    In our last episode, we meet with famed LSD chemist Casey Hardison in the Nevada desert and embark on a roadtrip to visit an unsung hero of psychedelic history – Darrell Lemaire.

    Season 2
    1 The Psychedelic Toad
    Hamilton embarks on a quest to answer the most important question in ethnoherpetological history and along the way, he finds the power of love.

    2 Peyote: The Divine Messenger
    From the greenhouses of Thai cactophiles to the Tamaulipan thornscrub, Hamilton traces the history of peyote with the help of a Native American peyotist.

    3 Kratom: The Forbidden Leaf
    Hamilton investigates the pharmacology and traditional uses of Kratom, a Thai tree with opioid-containing leaves.

    4 Wizards of DMT
    Hamilton travels across North America to study how and why DMT exists in the environment and the laboratory.

    5 Ketamine: Realms and Realities
    Hamilton heads to India to see industrial Ketamine synthesis, and speak with therapists and luminaries in an attempt to understand the role of dissociative anesthetics in society.

    6 A Clandestine Chemist’s Tale
    Hamilton meets an unsung hero of the psychedelic underground and hears a tragic tale of MDMA synthesis and chemiluminescence.

    7 A Fungal Fairy Tale
    Hamilton ascends the Carpathian Mountains, microscope in hand, to learn how Europeans use Amanita muscaria, and uncovers the chemistry behind a mushroom-inspired pharmaceutical.

    8 The Cactus Apprentice
    Deep in the Andean highlands of Peru, Hamilton becomes the apprentice of a local shaman, learning how to use the night-blooming San Pedro cactus as a medicine.

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