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Archive for July 29th, 2006

Extra-sticky duct tape

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From Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools email:

Gorilla Tape — Sticks to a brick

Gorilla Tape is duct tape raised to a higher power. It is both stronger and stickier; you can use it on rough surfaces where duct tape won’t stick. I have used a variety of similar tapes, from the Army’s green 200 mph tape to the fabled Electric Boat tape that Submariners are familiar with. Gorilla Tape sticks better and holds longer than the best quality duct tape in everything I have used it for. It is also waterproof (once applied) and because of the thicker adhesive, less prone to peeling.

Buy it here.

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29 July 2006 at 8:45 pm

Yet another worry: surgical fires

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Via MetaFilter:

According to the non-profit health agency, ECRI, “Virtually all operating room fires ignite on or in the patient. These fires typically result in little damage to equipment, cause considerable injury to patients, and are a complete surprise to the staff.” [The patient, too, I bet. – LG]

Read here. Also, questions to ask, etc.

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29 July 2006 at 8:39 pm

Posted in Health, Medical

NY Times endorses Ned Lamont

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The NY Times has endorsed Ned Lamont over Joe Lieberman. I think that’s a good call, for all the reasons explained in the editorial endorsement. Joe Lieberman deserves defeat, and if the polls are correct, he will get it.

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29 July 2006 at 6:40 pm

Vegan diet good for diabetics

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UPDATE Jan 2015: I have been following a low-carb, high-fat diet that has helped considerably with weight loss and blood readings. See http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf and http://authoritynutrition.com/low-carb-diet-meal-plan-and-menu/

A vegan diet seems to be of considerable help to diabetics:

People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday.

They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

Participants said the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Three of the vegan dieters dropped out of the study, compared to eight on the standard diet. Read the rest of this entry »

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29 July 2006 at 11:35 am

War crimes charges possible

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Dan Froomkin, in his column yesterday, pointed to this story, which has some important points (emphasis added, along with a few comments – LG):

An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.

Senior officials have responded by drafting legislation that would grant U.S. personnel involved in the terrorism fight new protections against prosecution for past violations of the War Crimes Act of 1996. That law criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment. [As they have. – LG] Read the rest of this entry »

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29 July 2006 at 11:29 am

Useful site for movie fans

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Everyone knows IMDb at this point, right? But I just learned of the extremely useful site Filmcritic.com from Boing Boing, through a link to a post “The Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time,” a post that consists exclusively of spoilers. You have to kind of read it between your fingers so that you don’t read the endings of the movies you haven’t seen.

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29 July 2006 at 10:56 am

Posted in Movies & TV

The 101st Fighting Keyboarders

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During the Iraq War, we’ve been treated to the strange sight of many, many Republican young men and women who strongly support the war in Iraq, but who never seem to enlist. When asked about this, they explain that the “war of ideas” is equally important, and that’s where they’re fighting.

Well, yes, but the casualty rate in the war of ideas is very, very low. They all seem to have selected a role in the Iraq War that… well, that is not dangerous at all.

Now I don’t know whether the lack of danger in the role they chose, and the constant danger of fighting the war on the ground in Iraq, entered into their decision. And, so far as I know, they’ve not been asked. “Did you decide not to enlist because fighting in Iraq is dangerous?” “Did you choose to fight in the ‘war of ideas’ because it isn’t dangerous?”

I wish they would be asked, since they are so very vehement about other people going over there to fight. They certainly talk the talk, but they seem strangely fearful of walking the walk. Read the rest of this entry »

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29 July 2006 at 9:07 am

Posted in GOP, Iraq War, Military

Another move toward totalitarianism

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The Bush Administration doesn’t give up. They have proposed a law that will allow them to throw any citizen in jail indefinitely, without any due process at all:

U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts reviewing an early version of the bill.

A 32-page draft measure is intended to authorize the Pentagon’s tribunal system, established shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks to detain and prosecute detainees captured in the war on terror. The tribunal system was thrown out last month by the Supreme Court.

Administration officials, who declined to comment on the draft, said the proposal was still under discussion and no final decisions had been made.

Senior officials are expected to discuss a final proposal before the Senate Armed Services Committee next Wednesday.

According to the draft, the military would be allowed to detain all “enemy combatants” until hostilities cease. The bill defines enemy combatants as anyone “engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners who has committed an act that violates the law of war and this statute.”

Legal experts said Friday that such language is dangerously broad and could authorize the military to detain indefinitely U.S. citizens who had only tenuous ties to terror networks like al Qaeda. Read the rest of this entry »

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29 July 2006 at 8:52 am

Megs in her cubbyhole today

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Megs in cubby 5

This is today’s Megs, in the same cubbyhole she liked as a kitten. She’s bigger, but she still fits. (Sophie has not had the same luck with her favored spot between printer and bookcase: she is way too big now, but continues to try to squeeze in, clearly remembering that this was a good, comfortable spot.)

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29 July 2006 at 8:34 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Best lathering bowl—the search

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Soapstone mortar and pestle

This is a complete revision, and tells the full story—thus far.
My first lathering bowl was a soup cup that I had used as a bowl for shaving soap. I took out the soap, and it seemed to work well—and it even had a handle. I later realized that it’s proportions and dimensions were just right for me: hemispherical in shape, about 5″ across and 3″ deep.

But, of course, one wants to find something better. And there was the lure of hot lather. I tried a soapstone mortar and pestle, without the pestle, pictured above. It was a good lathering bowl.

  • Heat capacity: thick (1/4″) stone walls absorb a lot of heat to keep the lather nicely warm.
  • Size: 5.75″” in diameter, 3″ high–interior 5″ by 2.75″ deep: not too big, not too small.
  • Shape: comfortable to hold, works well with brush.
  • Feel: the stone feels nice. They suggest curing it (coat with oil to sit overnight, then put into a cool oven and turn it on to 300 degrees for 30 minutes, then let it cool in the oven), but do NOT do that for a lathering bowl: the lathered soap will remove the oil from the interior—and until it’s removed, you don’t get good lather.

But… the search continued.
The heat retention idea, to keep the lather warm, is one approach. The Moss Scuttle uses hot water as an alternative (but has a working bowl that doesn’t meet the shape and size requirements). This Thai mortar, with its thick granite walls, looks good—the 8″ size seems to have the right bowl shape and size. (I suspect the bowl depth of the 7″ size is insufficient.) And look at the size of the thing! I started thinking that, if I left it in a 200 degree oven overnight, then brought it to the bathroom with oven mitts… Read the rest of this entry »

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29 July 2006 at 8:21 am

Posted in Shaving

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