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Archaeology News Network: Prehistoric teeth reveal how our ancestors ate 400,000 years ago.

Grab some aurochs steak – or whatever is on the menu – with one hand. Grip it between your teeth and, with your other hand, use a small flint blade to slice off a manageable bite size. But watch out because those flint tools are sharp and if you’re not careful, you could chip or graze your own choppers.

11/18/15 • 02:51 PM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: The Great British Baking Show breaks all the reality TV rules.

I took a shot and previewed it on Netflix. And got addicted. They’ve only got Season One available for viewing, but I’m already slavering for Season Two. And I wonder why everyone in the UK isn’t the size of a bleedin’ house.

11/12/15 • 02:31 PM • EntertainmentFoodTravel • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Bobcat Bites It - Sale would end tradition along old Las Vegas Highway.

Maybe. Unless someone buys and revives it.

11/11/15 • 03:01 PM • FoodHistorySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MeFi: His Noodly Appendage.

Cool. I’ll have to try this with a gluten-free dough.

11/10/15 • 04:04 PM • FoodHome & LivingTravel • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TED/Ideas: Should you stop eating fish?

Some vectors most don’t consider.

11/02/15 • 02:13 PM • EnvironmentalFoodScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CancerResearchUK: Processed meat and cancer – what you need to know.

We know that, out of every 1000 people in the UK, about 61 will develop bowel cancer at some point in their lives. Those who eat the lowest amount of processed meat are likely to have a lower lifetime risk than the rest of the population (about 56 cases per 1000 low meat-eaters). If this is correct, the WCRF’s analysis suggests that, among 1000 people who eat the most processed meat, you’d expect 66 to develop bowel cancer at some point in their lives – 10 more than the group who eat the least processed meat.” My italic emphasis.

10/29/15 • 12:19 AM • FoodHealthScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Interestingly, someone’s using one of my burner Outlook.com addresses ...

... to order Domino’s Pizza, delivered.


The receipts are quite entertaining. I’m flummoxed at how to stop something like this. Since the user is the one entering the wrong email, I guess I just sit back and enjoy seeing their choices.

10/20/15 • 09:35 AM • ConsumptionFoodInternetPersonalTravel • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Recession Hurt Americans’ Retirement Accounts More Than Anybody Knew.

If someone had $10,000 in 2008 and lost 25 percent of it, they’d need a gain of 33 percent just to stay even. In fact, we found that the average gain was far smaller than what would have been needed to recover from the steep losses in 2008.” Read this idiocy. And they don’t even mention those who, because of the recession, had to make early withdrawals (with penalty). Few of my acquaintance have recovered their losses.

When you have a kid, slug about $5K in the best interest-earning account you can find. They should be taken care of, when they reach retirement age. In fact, the government should just go ahead and do it.

10/17/15 • 02:33 PM • ChildhoodEconomicsFoodHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry.

It makes me burn when people assume I could give something up and then I wouldn’t need assistance.” And there is a very good point within - one can’t forget the preparation time for so-called ‘healthy meals’. Having to be gluten free, I can tell you even without foodstamps I can fully understand this argument.

09/16/15 • 11:53 AM • EconomicsFoodHealthHuman RightsPersonalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Western Digs: Cocoa, Caffeinated ‘Black Drink’ Were Widespread in Pre-Contact Southwest.

The results revealed that more than 20 percent of the ceramics contained traces of either cocoa or a potent concoction known as ‘black drink,’ made from yaupon holly, known to scientists as Ilex vomitoria.” Slamming the era’s “Red Bull”. The scientific moniker, vomitoria, does NOT sound promising, however.

09/08/15 • 10:56 AM • FoodHistoryScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Red Wine, Good or Bad?

Sorry, the bottom line: “Despite red wine being linked with some health benefits, none of them are worthy of encouraging alcohol consumption.

09/06/15 • 09:30 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pen Test Partners: Hacking DefCon 23’s IoT Village Samsung fridge.

Whilst the fridge implements SSL, it FAILS to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections.” No flying cars, but SSL in your refrigerator. Welcome to the future. Thanks, @emceeaich.

08/26/15 • 03:42 PM • DesignFoodGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Aspartame, Good or Bad?

Safe. Unless, perhaps, you’re prone to headaches or a child susceptible to seizures. Didn’t seem to have any studies about what it might do to the gut biome - a concern these days. Sucralose plays hell with the gut.

08/20/15 • 10:08 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Roads & Kingdoms: 28 Cups of Coffee, 35 Bathroom Visits, and 6430 Calories.

Oh jeez. Read Blue Highways, and the pursuit of the mythical five-calendar diner. Seriously, Denny’s?

08/20/15 • 09:58 AM • FoodTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Washington Post: Scientists (sort of) settle debate on low-carb vs. low-fat diets.

OK, but muscle weighs more than fat. You have to do more than compare weights to judge results.

08/17/15 • 09:26 AM • FoodHealthScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Decaf Coffee, Good or Bad?

Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.” Phew.

08/16/15 • 01:43 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Republic: The Military Is Making You Fat.

Fond memories of ‘Space Food Sticks.’ [Check the *amazing* effects work (not).]

08/12/15 • 12:54 PM • FoodHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes.

In Five O’Clock Absinthe, the late-19th century poet Raoul Ponchon wrote that, if you have warm absinthe, boire du pissat d’âne ou du bouillon pointu — which translates, more or less, to ‘you might as well drink donkey’s urine or “enema broth”’ instead. So cold water it was.

08/10/15 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksFoodHealthHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover: Sugar, Not Salt, Is the Real Dietary Villain.

Sure to be an entertaining read. Even an incog window won’t let me see it. I agree, though. Sugar is just the worst ... especially in GF products. Stunning how much more sugar gets stuffed in GM treats. Nice to have bags of ginger cookies available ... munch, munch ... [eyes pop out of head, blood sugar surges] ... YEEEEOOOOWWWW ... half hour later, blood sugar tanks precipitously ... slugs on the pavement seem fast and tall.

08/06/15 • 10:00 AM • FoodHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Lifehacker: This Infographic Shows What 25 Grams of Protein Looks Like.

Actually kind of handy. Many of these beat the 25 gram sweetener-filled protein bar.

07/31/15 • 04:29 PM • FoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: 7 Nutrients That You Can’t Get From Plant Foods.

Vegetarian and vegan diets may be very healthy for some people. However, there are a few important nutrients that are impossible to get from commonly consumed plant foods.” Take note, veggies.

07/21/15 • 01:00 PM • FoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: ‘The Great Fish Swap’ - How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply.

The Chinese love seafood. The Japanese, the Koreans, they love seafood. And they’re willing to pay top dollar for it. We just aren’t willing to do so. We want our food cheap and easy.Bleurgh. I was expecting a mention of monkfish, the fake-scallop of choice ...

07/17/15 • 02:33 PM • EconomicsFoodTravel • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Safety concerns may force removal of century-old tree in Sena Plaza.

Last Wednesday evening, a heavy, 10-foot branch fell, hitting a table in the courtyard and pinning a female restaurant patron to the ground.” Read the whole thing. Points more to neglected maintenance, than reason for yanking the tree, methinks.

07/08/15 • 01:18 PM • EnvironmentalFoodHealthHistorySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.

Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored.  Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.

06/25/15 • 02:12 PM • ConsumptionFoodHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Should Italy’s Prized Olive Groves Be Burned to the Ground?

The bad news, of course, is that as the trees are dying, so is a culture that has prevailed for millennia.

06/24/15 • 11:10 AM • FoodHistoryScienceTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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