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Short links for November 12th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on November 12th, 2007:

  • Spam One-liners – Linzie Hunter paints illustrations that incorporate the subject lines of the spam she finds in her inbox.
Linzie Hunter SPAM illustations
Some of Linzie’s wonderful illustations

Short links for October 4th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 4th, 2007:

  • Chilli-based anaesthetic won’t leave you drooling – Clifford Woolf and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of blocking just the pain neurons using capsaicin – the active ingredient in chilli peppers – along with a version of lignocaine that can’t diffuse through cell membranes unassisted.
  • Big Daddy Hands – The bigger version of the soldering tool, useful for holding more than a small circuit board.
  • InfraRecorder – a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
  • Sketch Furniture by FRONT – Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.
  • Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century – A Daily Celebration of The Golden Age of Upper Lip Hair.
  • Ryan McLennan – Beautiful acrylic on paper paintings of wildlife.
  • Mike Leavitt – Action Figures – These are articulating, miniature, interactive sculptures, aka. “action figures” or “toys”, each hand-sculpted with synthetic polymer clay, wood and elastic by Leavitt.

Fresh2 deodorizing compact fluorescent light bulbs

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Fresh2 claims to be a revolutionary light bulb that safely breaks down odors, while providing energy-efficient light. A healthy alternative to traditional, chemically based air fresheners.

Fresh2 light bulb
Fresh2 light bulb

According to their website, the Fresh2 bulbs have a titanium dioxide coating which creates extermely strong oxidizers when exposed to the fluorescent light given off by the bulb itself. This oxidization process should breaks down odors completely.

Check the Fresh2 site for more information.

Link via Gadgetgarden.nl

Recommended read: The Little Food Book – You Are What You Eat

I spent the last 2 weeks on a beach resort in beautiful Tunisia, doing pretty much nothing, just like I had planned.

Taking it easy on the beach in Tunisia
Taking it easy on the beach in Tunisia

Tunisia is a perfect place to relax, as long as you stay away from the Medina‘s where people will try anything to get you into their store to buy their overpriced junk. Souvenir shopping in Tunisia involves lots of bargaining so don’t be afraid to counter their offer with like a 10th of their original “special price for you my friend” offer. (Some shops have fixed prices, which is a good indication of what the “right price” would be).

Most days involved breakfast, a game of tennis, beach, lunch, more beach, dinner, entertainment. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Suffice to say I got plenty of rest and time to read some books. One particular little book I would like to share about is The Little Food Book: You Are What You Eat by Craig Sams.

The Little Food Book

Here’s a short description of what this book is about:

30,000 Americans a year die of obesity, more than the total annual toll of motor accidents, firearms, drugs and alcohol combined. The World Health Organization estimates there are 500,000 pesticide-related poisonings a year. Who controls what we eat? What happens to it before it gets to us? The Little Food Book will help you understand how by tackling the issues that affect the way we eat. Craig Sams writes with authority in this collection of mini-essays, explaining the mechanics of food production and related subjects such as organics, nutrition, hormones, pesticides and GMOs.

Do you ever really think about the food you buy in the supermarket? Where it comes from, how it was made, what’s in it?

When you get fresh vegetables and cook up a healthy veggie dish, do you know how much pesticide residue you’re eating? How about the antibiotics and hormones used to keep sick animals from dying so they can become profitable enough to be slaughtered to end up on your plate?

It seems this is one of those “people don’t know about this” issues… Then again: Obesity (not just from eating fast food, but chemical and hormone induced imbalance of our bodies), cancers, animal diseases like BSE, foot and mouth disease and avian flu. When you think about it, you just know that there is a problem with our food.

We’re messing with the food, in a way it isn’t meant to be messed with.

Just to name a few concerns:

  • Food additives: E numbers, artificial flavors (even when they call it natural flavor it’s chemical), etc. How safe are they really?
  • Intensive farming: destruction of soil for short term profit, unhealthy for both environment and consumer.
  • Genetic modification: do we even know what we’re doing here?

Unfortunately, food is big business, and when there’s money involved things tend to get messy. Organisations like the FDA are supposed to look out for consumer health interests, but it is politically outgunned because corporate campaign contributions and powerful lobbyists speak louder voice than even clearly documented science (link).

So what can we do?

Well, I’m trying to buy fresh or processed Organic foods (also called biological food in Europe).

Organic food
Organic food (and no, it’s not just vegetables)

I’m already seeing a steady increase of organic foods in my local supermarket, and I’m happy to buy it to voice my opinion (you know how loyalty cards work right?), even though it’s more expensive for most products (up to 50% even).

In my opinion governments should subsidize organic food (instead of subsidizing burgers, a burger without subsidies would cost about 3 times the price you pay now…). Healthy people benefit a country immensely, if only for the gigantic reduction in health costs.

Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Investigate! Check the labels on your food and look up what’s in it. It’s important to know vegetable fat is not the same as vegetable oil, and a bio chicken is not just a chicken with more space to run around.

Short links for August 23rd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 23rd, 2007:

  • Vacation, All I Never Wanted – United States citizens annually have 0 days legally required paid annual leave.
  • Ultimate Flash Face – Construct faces from a comprehensive list of face features like hair, head, eyebrows, glasses, eyes, nose, moustache, mouth, jaw and beard.
  • Disposable Coffee Cup Lids – The innovative lid alerts consumers their coffee/tea may be too hot by changing from a dark coffee bean color to a bright red when the lid is applied.
  • Lily – Lily is a browser-based, visual programming environment that lets people create programs graphically, without writing code, by drawing connections between data, images, sounds, text and graphics.
  • Web OS rundown – 45+ Web Operating Systems
  • Digg redesign – Home page improvements coming, paving the way for digg images.
  • Recap of the WYYC’s Yo-Yo Modifying Contest – From all accounts, Shinobu Konmoto’s “Nostalgia” was the clear winner and perhaps one of the most amazing entries the contest has ever seen. Shinobu’s creation was a scratch built recreation of a vintage car wheel.

Sicko has health care industry worried

The health care industry can’t be too excited about Michael Moore’s latest film Sicko, a documentary style movie (which opened June 29th) that shows Moore’s point of view on the US health care industry.

Michael Moore Sicko

From SFGate.com:

Moore builds his case against managed care through a series of anecdotes: a woman whose health insurer denied treatment on the basis she was “too young” to have cervical cancer; another who was billed for an ambulance ride after a car accident because she failed to get the trip “pre-approved.”

True to Moore’s filmmaking style, he launches biased, one-sided attacks to bring his message. Naturally insurance and health care representatives feel the need to downplay the films impact.

“Unfortunately, this is a Hollywood editorial. It is not a documentary and it should be seen as such,” said Mohit Ghose, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group. “He (Moore) made no attempt to contact us … about the issues he raises in the movie.”

I’m sure Moore conveniently left out details in his anecdotes, but if nothing else, let this film be an eye opener to the public and encourage governments to think about the pharmaceutical, heath care and insurance industries.

Being from Europe I’m used to a fairly social health care system, where everyone –rich or poor– has the right to decent health care. But I can see this non-social “I don’t want to pay for my neighbor’s medical treatment” attitude mounting here also.

If people can’t afford proper health care/insurance, this should not be a problem for the person in question, but rather for the government which should be there to support its people in the first place…

Link via Digg

What’s newsworthy: Micheal Moore’s health care documentary or Paris Hilton’s jail release?

Larry King / Paris Hilton

I don’t watch CNN much anymore (got tired of rubbish breaking news junk). It doesn’t seem like I’m missing much really…

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, CNN proudly announced that it has scored the first post-jail interview with Paris Hilton. To make room for Paris on Wednesday, CNN canceled its interview with Michael Moore about his new health care documentary SiCKO

What’s more important? Coverage of America’s broken health care system, or an interview with Paris Hilton? It’s all about ratings and money isn’t it…

CNN is a joke.

Link via Digg

Make your own potato chips in a microwave!

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Tokyomango reports about this microwave potato chip maker.

A Microwave Potato Chip maker
A Microwave Potato Chip maker

This is a microwave potato chip maker. Good for those who are having movie night at their house but only have a bag of Russet potatoes, or for those who like to have everything homemade. It comes with a slicer, which you first use to thinly slice your potatoes. Then you simply place the slices on the rack, stick the rack in the microwave for 6 minutes, and you have your own fresh, sodium- and funky chemical-free bowl of crispy potato chips!

If you love chips like me, it might be worth purchasing a chip maker device like this one (although I have my reservations about the healthiness of microwaving stuff as well).