Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
"In an era of health consciousness, high blood pressure and many out of shape, it seems lunacy for someone to recommend, and a responsible news service to report, a recipe that soaks a healthful food (turkey) in pure salt. Why not just take a syringe with the brine water and mainline it into a vein? Nutso!"
Yes, "Anne F", yes! The overwhelming evidence that salt is so terrible for you (please note my sarcasm). Dietary sodium intake has much contradictory evidence as to whether it worsens blood pressure. I'm also unaware of any evidence linking sodium intake with "out of shape". Further, when brining not all of the salt is absorbed into the meat.
Let's also not forget about evidence that turkey isn't really a "healthful food", oh and what about this, too? Let's also remember that cooking meat is also bad for you.
So let's all just gnaw on some bark! Congrats "Anne F" you are my idiot of the month (and in front running for idiot of the year).
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that
officially classifies beer as alcoholic.
Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has
been considered a foodstuff.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Hi [commander flatus],
Thanks for emailing in to volunteer your expertise. We're starting up a section next week called "Am I Doing This Right" (title not yet finalized), that takes basic stuff that you and I and everyone else does on a daily basis, and asks an expert if we are, in fact, doing it correctly.
Here's the question/activity I'm concentrating on first: wiping your butt. Silly topic, but one that's pretty interesting. How many people are doing it the "wrong" way? We'll find out.
So my question to you, as a medical professional, what is the "correct" way of wiping? Front to back, or back to front? And what are the medical reasons why and why not?
Feel free to write as much as you like, giving opinions, examples or even previous cases where you've encountered this. (No names necessary.)
Thanks for helping out Lifehacker! Don't forget to include any websites or links or info you'd like us to credit you under.
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
- Their placebo response rate is really, really low compared to other UC (and IBD) studies.
- Their aggregate response rate of 16-17% is really pathetic, even compared to other studies of anti-TNF drugs.
- I ain't writing adalimumab for UC based on this data.
So I closed up my Wordpress install over there and came to Blogger (who I can bitch about, but they're free). I've also used Google Webmaster Tools (also free) and I have used the webmaster tools since back in the Wordpress days. I liked Wordpress, it was fun. Learned some CSS skills. I liked Gallery for sharing images too (but now I use Picasa).
Anyway, upon setting up my blog on blogger, I noticed that my traffic logs had some strange guests (Ukraine and Russia? see below - click to zoom):
Weird, right? So doing some digging I checked the webmaster tools site for evidence of stupidity and there it was under my crawl errors (again, click to zoom):
Some script kiddie website had figured out a way to insert their serialz in my Gallery. WTF?
I love free software, I've licensed stuff under the GPL that I've written. The problems are: difficulty of necessary upgrades being performed regularly by casual users and the lack of commercial impetus to make a proper product.
I'm sticking with big names and commercial software for the foreseeable future.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
- beer (and sometimes steroids) makes everything better
- when faced with a consultation that you don't know what to do about, blame another organ/subspecialty with which you're not involved/responsible for
- nausea and vomiting is (almost) never a good reason to call a gastroenterologist
- some people just can't handle a tummy ache
- (dr.) commander flatus' sign: a patient who presents with magic marker drawing on their body parts to illustrate where their pain is may need a psychiatry consultation in addition to a workup for their pain
- when commander flatus leaves town, his patients will simultaneously crump. the likelihood of this occuring increases logarithmically as the purpose of the trip increases from cme to vacation.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Take, for example (because this is really easy), any of the books by Timothy Ferriss. In particular, the book "The 4-Hour Body" is notable given the large amount of online hype it generated, particularly on high-traffic websites like gizmodo, and lifehacker.com (where it got a full week of excerpts and glowing reviews). Unfortunately, most serious book critics - like the NYT - considered the book to be nothing more than a laughable bad joke. Why, then, the disparity?
First of all, we should acknowledge that in addition to being a confirmed narcissist (based on his own writing), and a likely sociopath, Timothy Ferriss has been called the greatest self-promoter in the world by Wired Magazine in 2008. The guy clearly has a forcible personality which, coupled with nearly delusional lifehacking writings can sell lotsa books.
The bigger issue here is how advertising on the web is structured, particularly as it relates to product reviews. See that link to Amazon to purchase "The 4-Hour Body" (please don't click it). If you were foolish enough to actually buy this book, I would get a cut of the sale. Big websites like gizmodo and lifehacker make gobs of money this way, so tend to put out positive reviews of products so that people reading will click the linky-link and buy the product.
This is why I wanted to review this book here briefly: don't buy it, it's shit. And also to point out that you can't trust online reviews, even from great sources - they're all tainted by the almighty dollar.
The book is available here (Amazon).
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Setup is pretty easy, though I thought setting up the direct mode access with the new Android and iPhone/iPad apps was a little confusing. The software is OK, could be a bit better - the EyeFi helper app keeps crashing on me. My D80 also seems to be unable to complete and upload of a large batch of photos (about 100 JPG high resolution). I've even set the power settings as their support pages suggest. Sometimes, you just have to plug the card into a computer.
The are where it really shines, though, is the ability to instantly put pics on Picasa or other sites to share with other family members.
Find it here at Amazon, about $40 as of this writing. Size is pretty unimportant since the card has a feature that deletes pics off the card after uploading once you've hit a user-specified capacity. That's pretty cool.
Overall I'd give it a reserved recommendation. The software needs some improvement.
Friday, April 29, 2011
It's about the easiest homebrewed beverage in the world to make:
5 gal unpasteurized cider from Whole Foods
2 quarts organic sour cherry juice
1 packet Lalvin V1116 yeast
This is a 6 gallon Better Bottle carboy.
Should be ready for Christmas.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Makes no sense at all. I won't mind seeing more of them go away given their lack of any business sense at all. If they make money mailing me a color printed version for $10 a year, how about sharing the cost savings of the ereader version with the subscriber?
EDIT (5/22/2011): The Oxford American has it right. They get almost everything right, though. It's the South, ya'll.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Da Fortunato was also excellent, though perhaps not quite as good. The son of the owner went to school in California and speaks perfect English. The Pantheon is right next door and there's a great gelato place right across the street for dessert. Sebastian stayed put in his chair thanks to a massive pile of french fries. I had a lovely fresh spinach and ricotta ravioli. The carbonara was excellent as well.
I was surprise at how much I enjoyed the Bernini sculptures at Villa Borghese. He was a master and his sculpture is amazing. How did he fix his inevitable mistakes in a one ton slab of marble?
If you want to buy a SIM card in Italy, Vodaphone prepaid stinks. I now have a Wind SIM and am far happier.
The website Prepaid gsm website is badly out of date. One only needs a US drivers license or passport, not a codice fiscale.
In Siena, so far we've eaten at Ristorante Millevinni inside the Enoteca Italiana - Grade A food, C+ service. A + location and setting. Overall would recommend it.
Finally, I'm in love with the local boar prosciutto. I'm bringing back a duffle bag full.
Friday, April 1, 2011
We are off to the Vatican today. If our first trip to Rome was typified by anything in particular it was a trip to the eye doctor because the vision in my right eye went goofy and I was worried about a detached retina.
But with that settled and everything OK, we have done some sightseeing at the Villa Borghese and the Trevi fountain and the Spanish steps. Today we'll see the Vatican and the Forum, etc.
Our hotel has been wonderful. The Italians love children and Sebastian has been warmly welcomed everywhere we've been. Last night we had wonderful dinner at Pierluigi- fried baby calamari and risotto scampi were the highlights for me. Tried some fantastic Italian produced chardonnay and cab sac by a winery called Lowenberg.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
My LHBS has Pacman. I never understood the hype about this yeast but if you've ever tried (and liked) Wyeast 1056 or White Labs 001 - this is better. It ferments better, finishes better and cleaner and is more versatile.
Why they don't have it year-round befuddles me....