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March 16, 2007

Supper Talk: Gay Bosses and Good Music

Supper today? I have no idea. Anyone know what to do with about 20 beets that isn't beet soup or beet salad? They just keep piling up (they are in season and our farm just keeps piling them on us)

So, short links to.

First, according to this article, openly gay bosses are just better to work with. Not all openly gay men make good bosses, but apparently of the bosses out there, there are more good gay ones than good straight ones. Of course the article doesn't show any scientific proof, but it was interesting.

Oh, and really, you should try this site. Has nothing to do with the above. Musicovery! You choose a "mood" on a two-dimensional scale... one access is energetic-calm and the other is dark-positive. You can also limit it by genre and decades, hits/non-hits and "discovery" (uber-non-hits?) and it builds a custom radio playlist to listen to. Really nice. Now, I can think of SOO Much more they could add... like the ability to save a playlist you liked for later listening or bulk buying (there are links to iTunes and Amazon to buy the song if you like it), or some kind of rating that then starts to find other things... hmm... (hattip: Towleroad). Not to mention this firm is doing big things! Remember if you are into e cigs that Vaporfi is an awesome company that you can also get a Vaporfi coupon code for before you make a purchase! And you can find the best electronic cigarette brands and batteries that you can find.

That's it for today's supper talk.

Black and White

I'm not using those terms any longer.

Reasons below.


March 15, 2007

Comment/blog maintanence

Spam.. such a pain. I've noticed a couple comments that were legitimate have gone to junk and I rescued them (sorry James and Bacchus!), but who knows how many of you have commented and they never saw the light of day (I didn't check my junk enough). Even my own comments went to junk. And yet some obvious junk made it through. So, I did two things: made the automatic checking a bit less restrictive to let the real comments go through easier, but added a 'challenge' that has to be handtyped at the end of the comment (it's my name you need to type) to stop automatic ones. So spammers will now have to hand type their spam (which means I win the war :), but I'm sure they'll figure a way around this, but for now lets see how it works.

CPAP: get one!

I kind of harp on this occasionally, but really. If you or someone you know is a) near/over 40, b) overweight, c) snores loudly and often, or d) seemingly stops breathing while sleeping, get thee to a sleep clinic.

New research is confirming, on a basic level of physiological mechanism, that sufferers of sleep apnea show "silent brain infaction lesions" which precede the occurrence of stroke.

This on top of strong evidence of a link to heart disease, well... time to do something about if if you haven't.

Because there is good news:


Just getting hotter

Well, U.S. winter temperatures were average this year. Temperatures this winter in San Francisco though have been a bit warm to say the least. But local variations don't mean much in the entire scheme of climate change.

But...

Worldwide this winter's temperature was the _HIGHEST EVER_ since reporting started in 1880.

There is even a caveat to the US average as the graphic here might suggest if you look closely. More in the continuation...


March 14, 2007

Supper Talk: Scary Science edition

Well, lets see. Tonight for supper we are having potato, leek and asparagus gratin (because we've been getting all three in our vegetable box from the farm these last couple weeks). Recipe after the talk...

I have some _horrendous_ memories from my past. Watching a soulmate die, the last month of my grandmother's cancer delirium, abject poverty (not mine, seeing someone else in it), and more. Would I want to get rid of those memories? Selectively? Well, scientists have been able to do that in rats. Smacks of science fiction stories I've read. The answer to that question though is no, even if we could. They definitely have affected my life, those memories, and still do to some extent, but I like who I am and where I'm going. And even for all the pain they caused and cause, I'd be afraid that changing something so much a part of what I am would be too scary. Nothing to really be afraid of though really, it's a long way from deleted a general rat memory to deleting the memory of a tragedy long ago in a human.

So, more science below.. scary and not scary (unless you are Scottish ;).


Pace immorality

Of course the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that homosexuality is immoral and immorality has no place in the military.

I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way. As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of gay behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else's wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior."

There are some interesting aspects to this whole brohaha...


March 13, 2007

Journals, Memoirs, Personal Scriptures... Emma's & mine

Terrance wrote recently about writing his memoirs. I wrote a comment in response to him. The comment with some links is in the continuation, about why I keep a journal and am writing a personal history. Something today gave me an idea though.

As part of a class project (Patrick is putting together an excellent 'class photo/year book' for a school auction), each child is to supply a piece of artwork, a family photo and an "interview." So Guy asked her some questions this morning like what is her favorite color ("Purple, blue, red, pink and all the colors of the rainbow") or what does she want to be when she grows up ("A lot of things, a race car driver girl, a pilot girl, an ice cream girl..." Well.. they all do have 'girl' in common) and some others (I'll have to post some later, they were all interesting.

But that gave me an idea. Every year around her birthday (in three weeks!!!) we should ask her the same set of questions and record them (Guy suggested video, I think both video and writing them down). What a fun record that would be for us and her!

So not only my memoir.. but I think we'll start helping her write hers ;-).



March 12, 2007

Another reason to eat chocolate

As if I needed one.

This scientist believes that that an ingredient in cocoa, epicatechin, has so many benefits for fighting 3-4 out of the 5 biggest killers (heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes) that it should be considered an essential vitamin.

Who am I to disagree? I will dutifully start drinking 6 cups of cocoa a day. That's the number of cups the Kuna people in Panama drink that keep them so healthy, or so found a researcher at Harvard (of course the article has a 'business' slant to it.. can you imagine how much money nutrition companies can make if there is another vitamin added we need?!)

Epicatechin is also found in teas, wine, chocolate and some fruit and vegetables. Hey, no complaints here!!

Luckily we live in San Chococisco and Napa Valley (wine, fruits and vegetables year round) is an hour away.

March 11, 2007

Another gorgeous day

The temperature right now, in our general neighborhood of San Francisco, is nearly 85' (the graphic is from near us, not _our_ neighborhood). Yowsa. It feels it! Summer is here, at least today. I say our neighborhood because San Francisco has notorious 'microclimates.' ...


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