Vegan foods update

I was going to update an earlier post with this information, but an idea that keeps re-themeing itself to me is this:

Many of the products we consume on our journey to live free of animal products and cravings as well as using animals for the testing of them, end up leaving us feeling like we were never vegan. I call myself strict, especially with my addition of a non-gmo requirement, and many times want to quit because after a year and five months I may have crutched on certain products that were hardly vegan. Oreos were one, several months ago, when I was living in Denver. I had heard they were secretly vegan, but recently read on their site they are not suitable. What a shame! Anyways, don’t give up, you still are saving lives and helping to change the world. About 6% of Americans identify as vegans which has grown from 1 or 2% in only a few years. One day we will miss the struggle.

The good news is there are a lot of vegan products that are verified and though not always cheap, a lot of your supermarkets are carrying them to lower the price from your typical specialty store. Try Amy’s Organic Chili (regular and black bean), Lotus’ Biscoff (actually not labelled ‘airline cookies’ cause those ones have milk in them), Tofurkey’s ‘sausage-like’ creation in 4 packs (which are good and filling right out of the package) and popchips’ ‘sea salt’. Check the package for the vegan ‘go-ahead’ first. This is possibly the lazy way to shop, but I’m trying some as an excuse for those out there who want more options and don’t want to turn over every package. The last note is, most companies (probably by requirement) should be labelling their products if they are produced next to or on the same line as another for allergy and religous reasons, so one you are going to eat something as a staple, don’t take the fine print for granted.

Until I have my own kitchen, I’ll be eating out of the package and pan in the trees!

Has anyone mixed the last post?

P.S. Happy Birthday Stacy!

Mix in the Making #1

Since I’m on break, I’m posting my most recent picks from my confidential notes so any mixers/performers out there can attempt a fresh mix for 2018.​ I’ll call it a ‘Mix in the Making’.

Quite a few of these are from the The Magician’s Magic Tape 76The Magician Club
Tracklist for this mix found at this link.

Robotaki – Together We’re Screwed Feat. Nevve Robotaki Neeve MusicNevve Music
5 & A Dime – Flying High (feat. Yashar Gasanov) –Flying High 5 & A DimeYshar Gasanov
Drezo – Night Drezo Music
Naations – Want Me More Naations
Avelino – 1 in a Million Avelino
Ferreck Dawn – Words Ferreck Dawn
Cassian – Know U Well Cassian
Didrick – Ready To Fly (feat. Adam Young) Didrick Adam Young (Owl City)
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars Kendrick LamarSZA
Major Lazer – Go Dung (feat. Kes) –Major LazerKes
Ekali & ZHU – Blame Ekali MusicZhu
Virtual Self – a.i.ngel (i_o remix) from the Bite This! XMAS COMPILATION Virtual Selfi_oBite This!
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) RobynFeed Me
Felix Cartal – Drifting Away (ft. Ofelia K) (Schømi Remix) – Drifting Away (ft. Ofelia K) (Schømi Remix)Felix CartalOfelia KSchømi
Felix Cartal & Kaskade – Fakin It Ft. Ofelia K (Jeongwoo Remix) – Fakin It Ft. Ofelia K (Jeongwoo Remix)Kaskade
Kaskade x Felix Cartal – Fakin It ft. Ofelia K (Cxllin Remix) – Fakin It ft. Ofelia K (Cxllin Remix)Cxllin
Bonobo – No Reason (feat. Nick Murphy) BonoboNick Murphy
Hillsong UNITED – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) unable to confirm the version I selected at this timeHillsong United

Preview or listen to these on iTunes, Soundcloud, YouTube, Beatport or Traxsource. Links to purchase or free download links are after the track with social link in order of featured account shown in track. Always try to seek official pages and posters.

Blizzards and blood

These radar-like predictive tracker video-like images (from Cnn.com) are probably the best I can find at the moment with criteria for ‘the best’ being visuals and usefulness. We are expecting a blizzard in an hour or so and debating whether I should buy some food in case I cannot go outside. I guess it’s good I am taking an extended break from making mixes as I may have otherwise suffered this month more than possible. Also, donating another double unit of blood, so if anyone else is joining me this month, have some Dark Chocolate Silk Almond Milk and Arran’s vegan granola or Kashi vegan cereals(not sure if all these are strict, so check first). They are really good for this purpose. If it’s the first time on double, it shouldn’t be that bad, but do this afterwards for awhile because most iron supplements have some animal product in them. I don’t know about the second time, but I don’t think I paid enough attention to it until recently. Also, saw my first video in awhile to celebrate the break. War for the Planet of the Apes. It is appropriate for this site as the radio suggested it in the top videos of last year and goes with veganism in an animal take-over sort of way. Also, it’s a sequel.

Cheers

Looking for a pet?

One other note for today. If you are passing through Kearney, Nebraska, there are two pets overdue for a good home I can vouch for personally. Bear is a bit intimidating as he is a big dog and needs space, but loves walks and trying to socialize. Also, he is as sweet or sweeter than a little pup. If you need a cat, Daisy is an intuitive and protective one. She likes towers and hanging out in high places. If you are creative with games you might be able to capture her attention, otherwise she can hang out all day and is great company. Ask the staff for more info or other recommendations depending on your lifestyle. They are at Kearney Animal Shelter west of the UNK campus and Buckle factory on the north side of the main road across (NW/kitty-corner) from Cenex.

Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday to my cousin Sam. Before I left facebook, he was a big supporter of equality online which is part of Ckwal’s name and original logo. I don’t know how else to reach you; maybe you’ll see this post!

Fuel III

A few new hints or tricks I learned trying to cook in the winter. One is about those detachable propane tanks for portable grills. If they get too cold, they may stop flowing properly and your flame may not be healthy enough to cook bread properly or whatever you are trying to make before your hands freeze. If you have two of them you may be able to swap one out and warm it back up in your coat or whatever part of you is warm and cook until the same thing happens again and repeat. This is also the same for spray bottles of coconut oil. It is more finicky that the propane and you must spray what you need and return it to somewhere warm (under your arm or in an insulated pocket). I will update this post if I have to try it out in colder temperatures than 15-20 degrees, so with some hand warmers and quick, smart cooking, you can still make that ‘down-to-the-penny-save-my-veganism-meal’ (if it ever comes to that to save a cow, your life or whatever it may be). More advanced but costly tanks and grills are better prepared for the winter temps, but this is the budget Coleman stovetop with budget gas from Walmart or Target which makes it a lot easier than trying to balance your pan on a skinny Tower of Pisa.

Vegan Posts and Fuel Compilation Links

These are the links of the posts with my journey on veganism and survival fuel/cooking. I also added some social accounts of those that kept and continue to keep me inspired or helped movement get momentum in the difficult naive stages. I will update this page as well in a quicklink page on the important link tab towards the top right of the site currently.

Vegan Foods Update 1/28/18

Blizzards and blood 1/21/18

Fuel III 1/13/18

Strict Vegan Survival Update (with an currently updated **1.16 list and avoid list) 1/11/18

Vegan Tattoo Ink in final note of Intro to 2018 1/7/18

Vegan Update (My new hobby of contacting food stuffs’ businesses) 12/27/17

The Eighth Day of Christmas’ Dairy-free Party 12/18/17

Vegan Cheese gets a new slang on the Sixth Day of Christmas 12/14/17

Vegan French Baking on the Third Day of Christmas 12/8/17

Holiday parties & PETA gift ideas link 12/4/17

How do you ‘treat’ your dog? 12/3/17

Vegan Hanukkah Cookies 12/3/17

Vegan Thanksgiving LinksList 11/19/17

Virtual Night Before Halloween Party (Vegan Friendly) 10/30/17

Dedicated Mix #5 (Vegan Halloween) 10/19/17

Appalled 9/27/17

One Year a Vegan + 9/15/17

Fuel II 7/5/17

Fuel 6/5/17

Moby (Vegan, DJ and Music Producer) – (Moby may have started a fire with electronic music in me that started long before I started making or mixing it. Semi-recently some of his pictures have kept me from giving up and going to McDonalds or something like that due to peer pressure and society’s masks on wrongness. Seeing his website for the first time right now, I find he is also an author.)

Erin McKenna (One of her cookbooks started me off in the right direction. I had to donate it as well, but I will rebuy them all one day. My final big recipe I made when I had access to my parent’s kitchen before they moved was the Italian Cake. I was eyeing the recipe for awhile collecting the ingredients.)

The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner (Another cookbook I only used for one or two recipes before having to donate it, but one day I would rebuy and try them all. Just knowing these recipes exist is a ‘another light in the dark’ for a lone vegan.)

WaterCourse Foods, Denver – (I worked here in 2017 for a short time. I never tried the food, but the quick turnover helped me survive during a crucial endangerment of my own veganism as well as make important discoveries in the culture. I met my first vegan contacts at this place.)

Beet Box Bakery, Denver – (Yes, these places exist. You may walk into one and buy a donut or cookie and be thinking, “Oh! it’s such a unique and delicious, creamy flavor. I can eat them forever and not feel bloated or like my arteries are clogging!” Then some vixen falls out of a cloud and says, “It’s just one plus to eating vegan.” You say, “What the heck is a vegan?” Actually I only tried a cookie from this place, but that is what vegan food is like.)

** =last updated

Strict Vegan Survival Update

I went on an email spur one day because I couldn’t listen to music for some reason and wanted to find some strict vegan and non-gmo foods/snacks. I was getting back a lot of bad news and started searching on how to make my own licorice. Well today I think I have received some acceptable information and have added some new foods to my list of ‘probably fit all my requirements’ to eat. In addition to most On The Border Chips (Organic blue & yellow) and Salsas (which say they are vegan and /or Non-gmo on the website), Clif Bars (blueberry, oats & raisins, PB, nuts & seeds and pomegranate are strict at the time of this post, but the package is not recyclable) and what I usually use are: the King Arthur flours. **Another disappointing thing is that most chip bags are not recyclable. If it says TerraCycle, do this research and start a collection.

Robin Hood Flour
Hudson Cream Flour
Still waiting on a canned bean I can approve
Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies or Hunt’s Diced and Petite Diced Tomatoes
**​Many of these V8 fruit and vegetable blends are Non-GMO (says on new label) and vegan (although not vegan verified) and after getting a response it seems as though they are strict with production. I stopped consuming them while waiting for a response and I will probably drink these again after another response because I am reading this, “Citric acid occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, limes, and tomatoes. We add it for tartness and to control the acidity of our products to ensure product safety. The citric acid we use is derived from either sugar or corn crops that may be grown from genetically modified seeds.” So if you need one of these juices and see citric acid (like in Strawberry Banana Fusion), I wouldn’t buy it until further updates.

Dave’s Killer Bagels (Cinnamon Raisin Remix, Plain Awesome & Epic Everything) – Non-GMO, Facility only shares with soy & labeled ‘no animal products’.

There are more on the way and when I finish my research and communications, I’ll post updates. This is subject to change and if you find any different info out please email asap. As you may know, these two are important survival foods for when you have little funds left and need to last another day or two before payday. With a portable stove, some Morena sugar (or Florida Crystals) and salt or salt substitute, you can make bread and cookies. My most adaptable recipe for bread is 2:1 ration of flour and water and for sugar cookies 5:4:1 (sugar, flour, water or water/coconut oil mixture).

Eat the cold refried beans out of the can for a filling, healthy snack. I have even tried using the can to fire stuff up in, but it is a little dangerous because the flame is typically bigger than the can, so make sure you have some metal tongs and gloves that are flame resistant.

Why are GMOs bad? I have read that all GMOs regardless of whether they come from plants or animals require animal testing, but this has yet to be confirmed. My strict veganism avoids products made on shared equipment and many times facilities if it is listed because that means they aren’t aware of the changes. With spiritual concerns like in the previous post, one thing we are avoiding are these bad moods or karma or fear/murder getting into the food and contaminating our generations with mental illnesses or phenomenon now fed by drugs to alter genetics or our brains, when the origin may be unknown. Just like hormones from animal products, genetic modification may alter your being. So it is a wildcard in food products, just like animal products and byproducts. Even if it was for a super-human strength, how would scientists know if it was safe when the end result may not be until two generations down the line and we have no way of tracing the source of these positive traits? A lot of this may be philosophical, but something I would rather avoid. So this for example, took Skittles out of my diet for some time now and why I became a vegan in the first place. I was going to GNC which has so many ground-breaking technologies and cutting-edge modifications for your body. I was noticing changes however that were undesirable in my equilibrium and decided to do a detox. This led me to veganism and Christianity and now Non-GMO concerns as well as the other labels you may have noticed connected with beliefs too, like Pareve and Kosher. Have you ever wondered about the reasons for Halal?

New and updated ‘Avoid List’
Quaker Cereals – also rejects responses for further communication after spieling.
Twizzlers – seemed like I was getting honest responses from one representative and then a new responder changed the tone and information.

Note: Bone char usage to filter sugar is something that if the company doesn’t know the source, cannot guarantee that it is vegetarian or vegan. Possibly some vegetarians or vegans don’t care about this, but it is disgusting. Especially thinking you would give a child candy or cereal with the main ingredient using cow’s bones. Also McDonald’s fries as we talked about before uses beef products. To me this is concealing information. Sure some laws might say certain things are okay, but week one or two in my vegan attempt I was drinking Coke and eating fries thinking it was okay. I didn’t know most caramel color is made with animal products and some sodas like life water are using insect extract. I’ve had to sacrifice quite a bit to rid my life of so many products that are wrong by principle. I shouldn’t have to work this hard to rid myself of being covered in animal fat or carrying some animal product around with me or not knowing a harmless animal suffered to make sure it was safe to use. Even if you don’t care about killing animals, it is deception. It is greedy, nasty, gross and wrong. If the only reason is cheapness, answer the question, “What would happen to the product if that part of it was removed?” When you go to a foreign country you see pictures of black lungs and horrible diseases on the cigarettes and it says in giant lettering, without a doubt SMOKING CAUSES CANCER. Now we have companies using models on music to advertise. Are we that desperate for space on the planet to support the hurt that causes suicide and to kill each other and innocent creatures? Look for beet, unrefined, raw, turbinado (pure-cane) or USDA Organic.

Intro to 2018

About the MixList maker:
Some time ago I changed my artist name from SKMillion to Ckwal. I was no longer the same person. I quit being who I was before. With Ckwal I change everyday and drastically with every mix at times. Now I feel like myself and myself as Ckwal need a forced break to find out what’s next. Soon skmillion.com will no longer exist as I am letting go of the domain. I was updating promodj.com/ckwal, but their customer service is too slow and apparently there was spam in the blog. There was a comment every now and then, but nothing I noticed recently, so I question what is really going on over there. As far as my person or self as a human, if you know me in real-life, I have no other social networks. I had self-produced videos online as SKMillion on a couple of sites and photos on several sites, but they no longer exist. If there are other representations of me or previous artists, social profiles or public work profiles, they are not authentic (as of January 7th, 2018). I have or had one other mixer profile which is not being used. Previously (and still recently) if you searched for Ckwal you may have found only middle-eastern results. They are also not me.

On spiritual concerns/soul:
The spirit God gives us, which changes, comes from God. Evil spirits and lost spirits move through sometimes. One of these formerly mentioned, is part of what is being saved in a mix (other than mind-state or memories and physical state or curability). Some of those are a part of me in the ways they can be, before being changed, taken away or leaving your body, forever. The church knows something about this, but no one can know everything for sure. God gave us a bible written by humans under the direction of what I believe are such spirits. It may guide us or tell us indirectly through the Holy Spirit, but mostly it is not a ‘how-to’ book. The New Testament was written by mostly followers of the real Jesus. He lives with us and saves us from destruction from the worst of these evil spirits, either of which could inspire a mix or be put into a mix, but they are not us. I believe as an experienced multitude of spirits he can make something good out of almost any situation or being. I even believe God works with all the religions of the world to create a diversity of culture with similar threads of belief that connect us to each other. If you are struggling with past mistakes or troubles that cannot be pinned down, I recommend seeking forgiveness from those involved and yourself by asking God/Jesus. What I do recently is to also research other religions and use their best methods to reach forgiveness or enlightenment with those who don’t believe in Christian ways. Ideas like Karma are shared in rules of most every belief.

Sometimes I feel like I am being guided to harness this energy and use it in a positive way; some call it an outlet. Sometimes I feel like everything of this nature is misunderstood, misrepresented and if we are headed for another world war, it is the worst kind (Spiritual War or Holy War). The reason is because a weak mind or body (someone we could also trust and know as a friend or strong person) might be used as a weapon against us or each other. This can happen with or without drugs, alcohol, food additives, hormones or other substances that modify our being. Before I called my faith simply that: Faith. I was not allowed to only say that following my trip to Iraq and Thailand of 2013…

On the future of Ckwal and summary:
I am not sure what is going to happen in 2018 and I cannot guarantee I will be able to take an extended break from this ‘purpose’, but I am pondering that my calling is changing somewhat. I cannot afford or am simply not willing to make the sacrifices for me and others to continue weekly mixes with the donations and resources that got me through 2017. So, I must find a way to support those myself in addition to food and necessities, if they will continue as such. I had an awesome time escaping which is sometimes a bleak reality for a homeless person, but I would really like to see better results for me and others working this hard in life. I know we all have to pay our dues in the struggle to prove to ourselves how far we have come individually and in our society or environment.

I will try to update as often as possible with my interests or development in this undetermined interim which may be only a few weeks up to a couple of months. Of course you can email with requests to review old mixes on a private, friendship basis or with contributions for specific entertainment related projects. I cannot claim full responsibility for our successes or failures as connected as are are or seem to be in a spiritual war or in the battle of life. I have tried to communicate the best I can, explain what my experiences are, reasons for certain choices and rectify the worst of what has happened in the last two years to me that could happen to anyone. I don’t underestimate the importance and impact of mixing music of various styles, new and old, and look forward to great music in the future. I did my first talent show in the first grade singing David Lee Roth’s ‘Just like Paradise’, wrote my first original song around late grade school, recorded my first album just after high school graduation and received my Degree in songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I have several self-produced albums, EPs and singles, quite a few remixes and now two years of mixes and other tips that I think will hold this bridge back and forth between musical worlds together for a long time. I haven’t thanked nearly enough musicians and bands that have kept me going because that would be almost impossible. So what I am saying is, music will always be a part of my life.

Final note:
The Vegan battle possibly makes what I am going through that much more challenging and to show my commitment to these ideas and people that make an impact on me, no matter how little time I spend or have spent with them, I got my first tattoo at Bread N’ Butter by Tattoo Artist Church Hill shortly after I posted the mix ending with Coldplay’s live version of ‘Ink’. It was designed with a font from Chequered Ink found on dafont.com. Ask a shop if they have vegan inks like World Famous.

2017-2018 New Year Bridge Mix

The third annual New Year Bridge Mix decision.

I usually mix one and there is nothing to review. I don’t remember practicing before the other ones. I actually did one practice mix without recording before the 31st and it was nearly perfect. One exception was, I think, the same song transition that was muddy in #3. The funny thing about that is in Traktor the application recommends tracks in order of what the computer thinks is a good match based on key, tempo and other programmed things. I take this with a grain of salt and usually know the tunes well enough to ignore this or think the machine and I are thinking alike. This recommendation was at the top of the list and it was dead wrong. I didn’t write down my notes however and since a lot of the tracks have similar start letters and other ways I would remember that combination by, I forgot. The point of this story is that two awesome mixes are out because of what I would call ‘machine-error’ or lack of preparation which doesn’t apply in this case. I would say don’t ever think machines are going to replace all of us. DJs, drivers, cashiers, tellers, etc. We get into the habit of using them for convenience, comfort factor or other reason. Possibly 2018 is the come back for the human. We are trained by the machine often, but more often someone wrote that programming or has to fix it somehow. I listened to Candidate #2 a lot and it’s really unique. Some of the overlaps and bridge emotions make it my ideal winner. Possibly I want to justify the other mixes existence by not choosing #1. This used to happen in my classes too when I taught English overseas. Some kids are just too good and even if you and their parents helped make them so smart, you think it is unfair and want another student to win sometimes. Well I can’t deny the winner is Candidate #1 (UTC+8 Bridge). The biggest reasons are how it already took off on it’s own, mix experience vs. listener experience, song setup/placement and of course transitions.

Happy New Year 2018.

Instagram quicklinks from this mix.