The new blog is here!

If you want to see my current work, head over to! It’s a tiny thing, give it time.

Oh, and I got out of grad school! Sort of. I got my MPA and a certificate from the Business School in entrepreneurship. Still trying to figure out what to write for my forestry degree. But hey! I’m now Jess Tupper, MPA – the subtitle no longer works.

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Final Announcements

With that last post, I’m closing shop here on Ricochet Biscuit. And it has been a blast.

I’ve managed to go from completely lost food photographer pondering thesis #1 to completely lost grad student finishing thesis #2. I’ve traveled, eaten so many neat things, and talked about subjects silly to serious. All from my wanting to have a camera and geeking out over food.

This isn’t the end of my work in food, it’s that I’ve outgrown this space. As I write this, I’m in the process of shutting down my data collection phase, and will be hunkering down for writing the analysis. I can’t exactly avoid my thesis and graduation for much longer. (Well, I could, but that would mean either quitting school or going for a PhD. At this point I just want to be done, even if I know I’m going to pout for weeks over losing library privileges.) Also I want to change direction in my writing work, and the new plans won’t suit the Biscuit. Which is fine. I’m ending four years of a project, and it’s time for something different.

So yes, that’s it. Thank you. I’m so glad to have had this space, and my currently neglected twitter account, to meet so many of you wonderful people. It has been a joy to learn from everyone, even if my health doesn’t like to stick around. I’m getting better, and there are so many amazing things in store. It may be hokey to say that, but I don’t care. I can’t wait to get started.

In the wise words of Granny Weatherwax: I aten’t dead. For now, I’ve just returned to my thesis.

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IFBC, consent, and building a better blogging world

Below the fold is my long overdue discussion on IFBC. Sadly, this post comes with trigger warnings for: rape, antifeminism/misogyny, harassment, racism, and group policing.

I wish I was kidding. Continue reading »

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Quick update on post-IFBC posting

I’m still mentally decompressing from IFBC, but I wanted to say here that I am already working on a response to the events that happened on Saturday. As I’m also planning to meet with people in the local ethics community to get outside opinions, and I have some major research deadlines approaching on my thesis, I suspect it will take me at least until late next week to get everything sorted out. I know this is the kind of thing to reply to while the fire’s hot, but I personally have a lot to say and it will take time to organize it all.

In the interim, I want to thank everyone who’s talked to me, publicly and privately, about how they felt about IFBC and Todd Coleman’s talk. I’m so glad you’ve been able to talk to me in whatever way you’re most comfortable, and I hope we can keep this dialogue going. I will continue to do my best to respond to people as PMs, emails, and tweets come in. School starts this week, so I’ll have to slow down on replying while I figure out what I’m doing this quarter, but I’ll keep on trying to answer questions and comments.

As a general update, I still plan to stay on a public writing hiatus after this settles out, as I really need to graduate already. (Dorie Greenspan kind of asked me to.) That does not mean I intend to stay silent.

Again, thank you, and keep being awesome.

Posted in Conferences

IFBC Liveblogging: Day 1

So I’m going to be liveblogging IFBC, which will be posted below the fold to remove the issue of spoilers. Consider it one giant sponsored post, because there’s a lot of swag being given out during the con and that’s effectively what the schedule looks like. Continue reading »

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