Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vitamin E, not so good

Vitamin D's neighbour turns out to be not so useful:

"We've now concluded that going to the grocery or to a health food store to buy Vitamin E supplements, for the most part, won't do you good. In some cases it can do harm," says Dr. Pinchuk.
Another reason to be mindful when taking multivitamin tablets and eating fortified foods.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Should I stay or should I go?

One of my comments on a Daily Speculation post ('When to Move On' by Craig Mee), has just been published to the site.

I thought bean counting was going to sap me completely dry ... instead, after my two accountancy exams (introductory) , I've had a short burst of creative spirit. I just hope it lasts!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Candide is 250 years new!

The New York Public Library are running an exhibition titled 'Candide at 250: Scandal and Success'. I can't be there but I can check out the cool illustrations and text on-line. Surely this is the best of all possible worlds?


Vitamin D spillover

My crazy vitamin D ramblings have spilled over into the DailySpeculations site. Scroll to the bottom of this article for some links, article summaries, etc.

The above chart is from one of the linked journal articles. The idea that is suggested is that vitamin D in the blood is well regulated up to around the 10,000 IU level, but when we go above this level, it's too much for the homeostatic system to modulate and levels in the blood spike up. However, the RDA is a rather pitiful 400IU, suggesting there is quite a bit of room for supplementation.

Freaky going ons at SAC Capital

Released filing of a complaint made by a former, clearly disgruntled SAC employee. (SAC is a big fish in the hedge fund pond).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yet another super fast, plastic cheese 'recipe'

Grill two potato waffles and one of these great vegetable burgers (finally, we have a good vege burger!). When it's done, slap some 'fake cheese' onto a waffle, add the burger, squirt some ketchup on top, and add the second waffle. Sprinkle a little salt. Voila. Best enjoyed in front of a tv.

; )

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another invention

A washing machine that you pre-load with liquid and conditioner (tabs or liquid), in bulk. This way, you don't need to measure out your cap fulls each and every time. Is it technically feasible? I don't see why not.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Steering wheel desk

Check out this crazy product. Be sure to look at some of the customer photos and read a few of the comments.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Moving along (down) the cheesy spectrum

Continuing with the dirty-dirty recipe collection:

- Place two slices of bread in a toaster. When they pop, place a cheese slice (you know, those cheap, 'that's not cheese' cheese) in between and press together. Place in a microwave for 15 seconds to melt. It's simple, tasty and addictive. Just be sure to use a smaller sized loaf or else you'll need two slices to cover the surface area.

New invention idea

A 'shuffle' or 'random' button on snacks and drinks vending machines.

Because people don't know what they want.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Cheesy recipes

Since I re-joined gen-pop, studying and working has sadly pushed my cooking efforts to the back burner. I am once again good friends with the pitta, the fish finger, and the potato waffle, such is life. All has not gone to ruin however, for in between such meals, I have managed to hustle together a handful of new, simple creations:

- Cheesy funghi: Pan-fry chunky mushrooms with chunky chopped, red onions. Season with olive oil, s&p and melt in a table spoon of boursin or roule cheese. Serve on toast.

- Cheesy veg pasta: Boil a little pasta for 5 minutes. Add loads of frozen veg and cook for a further 5 minutes. Season and add cheese as above. Mix together until the sauce has melted and turned into a sauce.

- Cheesy beans: Heat half a tin of beans in a microwave, adding pepper and chili. Add dabs of roule cheese and heat for a further thirty seconds. Stir together and serve on toast.

- Okonomiyaki - Okonowhatiyaki? Think vegetable omelette. My version is as follows: Heat up a generous quantity of stir fry veg in a frying pan. Season as you please. Crack in a few eggs to a mix together. The eggs are the glue. Flip or grill to cook the top side. Serve in pitta or as a standalone dish. No cheese in this one.

Scrummy eating.

Monday, December 07, 2009

It's my favourite (non) vitamin again

More grist for Vitamin D mill:

Vitamin D Levels Associated With Survival In Lymphoma

'The researchers' study of 374 newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients found that 50 percent had deficient vitamin D levels based on the commonly used clinical value of total serum 25(OH)D less than 25 ng/mL. Patients with deficient vitamin D levels had a 1.5-fold greater risk of disease progression and a twofold greater risk of dying, compared to patients with optimal vitamin D levels after accounting for other patient factors associated with worse outcomes.'

Saturday, December 05, 2009

It's like, global warming, isn't it. Isn't it though.

Ben Miller talks global warming:
"... let’s face it, the planet is not in any danger from global warming, or global cooling, or global stay-the-same-ing for that matter. The planet is a lump of rock — 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes’ worth to be precise — which started life as a molten fireball so hot that even after hurtling through space for the past 4.5 billion years, it hasn’t properly cooled down. It has, at times, almost completely frozen over or basked in temperatures so sweltering that the polar ice melted and crocodiles swam at the North Pole. A few greenhouse gases and a rise of a couple of degrees in global temperatures isn’t even going to touch the sides.

What we really mean by “saving the planet”, of course, is “saving the humans”. I’m not sure we deserve it. For a start, we did the damage in the first place. And what’s so great about us anyway? Sure, we made it to the top of the food chain. But we did it, basically, by learning to gang up on rival species and one another. You don’t see many Neanderthals out shopping for precisely that reason. Now we have finally come up against a challenge that can only be bested by all of our tribes acting together in our common interest. I don’t want to appear cynical, but I don’t think we’ve got a hope. In short, there’s a theory for what happens next, and it’s one of those which does exactly what it says on the tin — catastrophic die-off.

You may be thinking: perhaps it’s for the best. Perhaps humanity has gone as far as it can go, and it’s time to hand the baton over to some more highly developed beings with a more self-aware intelligence that respects the environment.

Well, forget it. There’s no guarantee that the species that takes our place will be any less selfish, belligerent and short-termist than we are. Evolution (and the planet for that matter) doesn’t care. There’s only one quality our successors will almost certainly possess — a liking for a hot bath in highly carbonated water. Who knows, millions of years after we are extinct, some future species may industrialise, overpopulate and make exactly the same mistakes all over again. The ultimate irony is that we will just be lumps of fossil fuel for those numpties to burn."

And who is Ben Miller? He's one of these chaps, like only if you don't know already: 

Is it just me or...

does Darcey Bussell (new judge on Strictly Come Dancing) look strikingly like Michael Jackson?

Junkie Monkey

I'm having a good old junk-food splurge day today. It started with two Egg Mcmuffins for breakfast, then a diet coke, then a Bounty chocolate bar, then two stodgy fruit scones, and then a Mars bar (a special dark chocolate edition, which was surprisingly nice), and I'm definitely having a bag of crisps shortly. Oh, I've also got my eyes on a mince pie or two. All this sugar should have sent me into a carb crash, as the theory runs, but I've been filled with oily, sugary, chocolaty energy all day.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Orwell steps up his egg game

The latest entry from his blog:

Fine, still, not very warm.

9 eggs. Sold 20 @ 4/4. Total this week: 56.

The egg theme continues, and now they are earning Orwell an income. Brilliant.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Film: Law Abiding Citizen

An action, packed 'take the law into your own hands', tear the system apart, mayhem wreaking film. It's not well rated by the critics, but I enjoyed it. Critics .... bah!