often a good source for info, once a thread wends its way to conclusion. Not this time. A knee-jerk reaction to the nature of the source, without dealing with current research.
Don’t pay attention to the MeFi thread ... go talk to a fertility specialist to find out what unfermented soy phytoestrogens do to your hormone levels. In those of the feminine persuasion, soy often increases the length of menstrual cycle, retards follicle stimulating hormone, and other effects ... perhaps retarding ovulation in some women.
I don’t mean to imply the effects of soy are all negative; they’re certainly not. You probably already have heard, umpteen times, the touted benefits of soy, without a word spared for the potential negative effects. There seems to be wide variance in soy’s effect on a per individual basis. For kids especially, there needs to be a whole lot more research done (I’ll let you all do the Googling on soy and premature puberty, soy and fertility effects in teens). The food industry is using soy as filler because it’s cheap, easy to grow and supposedly healthy; there’s no conspiracy there. If they could get away with recycled kleenex filler, they would.
I beg you, don’t feed it to your babies until more research is done.
iTunes sales ‘collapsing’. Perhaps downloadable music was a luxury that was sacrificed to the high fuel costs over most of this past year.
is running a Jeannie Moos clip about “Obama, not Osama.” It’s no joke, however. I overheard an older man the other day, wondering to a similarly deaf older friend, “Isn’t what’s-his-name, Makuna Hatata, running?” All propriety aside, I fell out. Reminds me of an argument I had with a friend in high school, “No, it’s not ‘Benny and the Jess’.”
In Tuition Game, Popularity Rises With Price. The myth that expensive is always better, has never been absent from education.
NY Times Health:
The Energy-Drink Buzz Is Unmistakable. The Health Impact Is Unknown. “By masking the depressant effects of alcohol, the scientists concluded, energy drinks may have made it more likely that the users drank to excess.” Wide-awake drunk. Lovely.
NY Times Magazine:
The Ambient Walkman. Sign me up! I’ll take a pair.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents Raid Processing Plants. “The investigation indicated that large numbers of illegal immigrants may have used the Social Security numbers of U.S. citizens or residents to get jobs with Swift & Co.”
How often do you run across a “Robert Jones” who can’t speak anything but Spanish? The stolen license, purchased green card or whatever shows he’s 55, when he looks about 22. Photo smudged. When I worked on the border in Texas in ‘78, you would see sillier and more obvious things than this be ‘overlooked’ by employers ... and local legal authorities. That laxity has rewarded us with today’s situation: wholesale illegal hiring going on. Slippery slope.
We, the consumers, pay for skilled labor, and then suffer the bait-and-switch to unskilled illegals. We see it here in NM most often in the building and service industries. Quality is awful, but noone makes a peep. Employers know this, illegals know this. We consumers turn a blind eye, as long as the wares and services are affordable. As I heard from an ‘illegal’ co-worker back in ‘78: “America has more money than brains.”
NY Times Health:
Grand Rounds are now the Grand Snooze, sounds like.
The Santa Fe New Mexican
has dedicated a whole section to “The Richardson File”, all things Bill. If you wish to follow the political trail of our Governor as recorded by our local paper, bookmark it or add it to your RSS reader.
SF New Mexican:
Las Cruces site contains 7.2 billion gallons of contaminated water. “The contamination plume 400 to 600 feet below ground has been contained ...” Sure, sure. And I’ve got cheap land in Manhattan to sell for a couple of trinkets.
SF New Mexican:
Tribes await president’s approval of veterans cemetery bill. “American Indians have the highest record of service in the armed forces per capita of any group, yet they lack the opportunity to be buried close to home in a veterans’ cemetery because tribes are not eligible to apply for state cemetery grant funds.” Long overdue.
SF New Mexican:
Two fun ones.
a widget to monitor system events on my desktop. Adobe Lightroom was throwing a slew of adverse system events such as “Resolve Partial Assembly failed for Microsoft.VC80.MFCLOC”, ID’s 32 and 59, and similar. Traced it down to an online discussion on the MSDN forums, and installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package. End of errors. If it’s not a one-off problem, I’d say someone at Adobe Labs didn’t compile the Beta 4.1 properly. Anyone else with XP SP2 care to try it, to see if you notice a diff? Lightroom starts at least 4x faster, and the interface is much faster, too. Remember that if you’re running at 1024x768, the program’s not optimized for those sizes yet. Leave one of the side panels open, and you won’t have to sit through that endless ‘loading’ graphic.
Stronger Rules on Produce Likely After Outbreaks of E.Coli. Giving more money to the FDA may or may not help. Bagged produce and mass production may have run up against a circumstance where convenience cannot be safely offered. All it takes is one contaminated leaf to dirty a processing machine, and to chemically wash it to make it safe may make it unpalatable or even unhealthy. ‘Bagging’ of salads and other greenery has taken the food industry by storm, and even fine restaurants are happy to retire their fresh salad stations for bags. You can’t escape dried-out salad (or, conversely, slimey salad) anywhere these days.
Well, read this. So that’s how they do it. Chlorine wash. “Because of the high levels of microbial agents found on fresh-cut produce, salads are often not recommended for the young, old, pregnant, or immuno-compromised.” Who knew? Why isn’t this information more prominently in the public view? This recent Taco Bell incident is going to put irradiation’s foot far forward. Irradiation will bring its own complications, probably in taste.
Speaking of which, we received a present of mail-order steaks. The meat tasted so bizarre, I had to look the gift horse in the mouth ... and looking in the fine print, I found the filets were irradiated. A slightly rotten, burned smell before cooking, and in aftertaste. If you like fine meats, don’t waste your cash.
The Lord Giveth, and Now He Takes Visa. “It’s an evolution. And this will take root.” My entertained italics.
NY Times Travel:
All it takes sometimes, is a carrot ...
Interview with Robin Trower, from February of this year. Didn’t realize he was still recording!
has a marvelously technical article on the engineering required to make the Leica M8 [and other cameras] work.
Need some fun today?
Try this. Trust me, you’ll like it.
Blast from the past.
The patent ran out on the Aniforms character long ago, but some might still remember him. Someone dropped a clone of “Roscoe” in my comments area, in an old post. Animation’s a little stiff, but it brings back fond memories.
I recall one show where an on-stage presenter tried to ad-lib and insult our little live animation character; the speaker learned a valuable lesson that day. ‘Never cross swords with a live animation.’ You’re dicing with a skilled professional comedian, who you’ve just thoroughly pissed off. The glove is thrown ... and you, dear speaker, are roadkill. In front of all your subordinates and superiors.
It was a beautiful takedown.
When working hard,
we can all sometimes be too swift with dragging files to the trash. I put a little folder above my trash bin, titled “pre-trash”, and ‘throw away’ project files there. Given our modern huge hard drives, the excess space isn’t usually a problem. I wait until I’m very sure I don’t need those files (often after a decent amount of sleep) ... and then drag the contents to the trash. I gleaned the tip from a book someplace, and I’d credit it, if I could remember.