Most recently, the happenings at Ghost Town Farm have involved goats. Which Novella learned the birthing practices of by watching YouTube videos people had posted of their own goats in labor. Why? The world is a strange and interesting place.
None of this would have been exotic 100 years ago, when Oakland was full of Italian truck farmers who no doubt birthed their goats just fine, without the assistance of the Internet. But isn't that what the Internet is for? Virtualizing goats? We're living in the future, kids -- butts parked in office chairs, engaging in vicarious goating.