NFKickassactivities 19-03-2018

Greetings dearest readers! Please be welcomed at this week’s NFKickassactivities.  This one will show you the way throughout the coming week. Are you trembling with anticipation already when reading this prophecy? You should be, because this week’s theme is characterized by some high-tension dynamic Michael Bay-esque action: oatmeal.

On Monday there’s a movie night. The movie, titled “masculin-féminin”, is  not directed by Michael Bay but by French director Jean-Luc Goddard and will start at 9.30pm in Room C of the HIW.  The movie tells the story of a love affair between a Parisian activist and pop-singer. They can be seen as representative for the so called “children of Marx and Coca Cola”. Sadly, Coca Cola is very bad for your tooth enamel  due to its low pH-concentration of only 2,6. Furthermore, it’s high refined sugar content can cause an unhealthy peak in blood sugar levels. If you’re looking for a healthier source of energy, why not try oatmeal? Contrary to the carbohydrates in Coca Cola™ , those in oatmeal are of a more complex type which means they are able to sustain with energy you for a longer period of time without leading to a higher risk of diabetes type 2 in the long run. If that’s not enough, the betaglucan in oatmeal acts as a natural stabiliser of cholesterol levels. And then we’re not even talking about the fact that oatmeal lends itself for a way wider range of culinary purposes than Coca Cola™.

Tuesday there will be fakbar as always, starting from 9pm in the M-café.  For the occasion, our staff will attempt to offer a limited amount of oatmeal.  The multitude of dietary fibers will undoubtedly be great for your digestion.  Who would’ve thought that your weekly fakbar-evenings could be even more epic and rich in essential minerals than they already were?

Wednesday and Thursday there will be no activities. If you were to find yourself bored at some point during those days due to the lack of occupational therapy, you can read this short explanation of the production of oatmeal. Please don’t cheat by looking before you are bored during one of those two days.

Oatmeal is made from oats. Oats come from the oat or Avena Sativa,  a yearly growing grassplant stemming from Mesopotamia and the Balkans. The plant is best grown in a soil that’s slightly dry and sandy and in a moderately cold climate, although it can survive in a relatively broad range of circumstances.  In order to turn the oats into delicious oatmeal, the grains first have to be dehusked in order to get the outer cover off.  After that, the oats have to soak in a moderately moist environment for one or two days to rid the grains of most of the carbonic acid.  When that’s done, the grains need about 6 days to geminate. The product of this has to be dried. To finish it up, you can choose to mill, steel cut or roll the resulting oats in order to turn them in the delicious and healthy snack we all know and love. Bon appétit!

Exceptionally, there will be no breadmeal on Friday, because a significant portion of the students will have left for the culture trip to Leipzig.  All the participants have been briefed per mail. To all those who will not come along on the culture trip and are now imagining a lonely and soulless Friday without breadmeal: Don’t fear! There is a food that will fulfill your metabolic and emotional needs for a bargain just as well as the breadmeal. You guessed it, it’s oatmeal.

Extra: Saturday the 31st of March the Philosophy Celebration will take place. The opening lecture, titled The Affects of Democracy, will be given in English by prof. Chantal Mouffe at 1.30pm in theater 30cc.  Afterwards there will be several lectures and panel discussions of a philosophical nature, although most of those will be in Dutch. A day ticket costs 12 euro for all students, and 9 euro for those who have a culture card.

So, this was this week’s NFKickassactivities. Hopefully you enjoyed it (maybe even just as much as a fantastic bowl of oatmeal).  To wrap it up I will leave you with an anecdote to show that oatmeal is truly the food of the strongest of people. When Samuel Johnson, a writer and poet who was notorious for his bad health, described oatmeal as “a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people”, Lord Elibank, a lawyer, economist and soldier who died at the old age – back in the 18th century – of 75, allegedly replied: “Yes, but where else have you seen such strong horses and such strong men?”.