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Archive for February 9th, 2008

Extremely clever architectural innovation

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Using fired-in-place structures. (More great photos at the link.)


Imagine a sustainable building system that requires only the skills of a potter to complete. A basic earthen structure is formed and finished by traditional clay-firing processes. This remarkable building process culminates in baking every room from the inside, for up to an entire day at up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. The end product is vernacular yet avante garde, traditional but sustainable.

Essentially, the various bricks that compose a building created by using this Geltaftan system are fused into a solid whole after being assembled. The firing process is essentially the same as that which is used in a kiln to finish pottery. Interior furniture (tables, benches and so on) can be fired with the building. The Iranian architect who developed this process first created buildings in Iran but now teaches others who wish to learn his methods in the United States.

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9 February 2008 at 3:00 pm

Extremely cool musical art

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Go see/listen. Very cool.

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9 February 2008 at 11:31 am

Posted in Art, Music, Technology

Jimmy Yancey, 1898-1951

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Jimmy Yancey was a great boogie pianist, but with a different sound—including ending every piece in E-flat. I was surprised to read that he and his wife recorded the first album ever made by Atlantic Records, though I did know that we have his music thanks largely to Ahmet Ertegun (a fellow alumnus, I believe). More info here, including photos. Amazon has quite a few CDs. In particular, I recommend the CD Atlantic Jazz Keyboards, which includes performances by a variety of musicians on the Atlantic label. The first track is Jimmy Yancey playing “How Long Blues“, which is my prime request should I have a memorial service or funeral thing: a really great piece.

Five O’Clock Blues:

And one more.

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9 February 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Jazz, Music

Death from secondhand smoke

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A young asthmatic woman who collapsed and died shortly after arriving for her shift as a waitress at a bar may be the first reported death to be reported nationally from acute asthma associated with environmental tobacco smoke.

This case report by a Michigan State University physician, published in the February edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, not only outlines circumstances under which the woman died, but also raises a number of issues regarding safety in the workplace.

The report states the woman arrived at the bar in Michigan and, according to co-workers, seemed happy and healthy. About 15 or 20 minutes later she collapsed and within a few minutes died.

“This is the first reported acute asthma death associated with work-related ETS,” said Kenneth Rosenman, an MSU professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. “Recent studies of air quality and asthma among bar and restaurant workers before and after smoking bans support this association.”

In 2006, the surgeon general’s report concluded that ETS causes coronary heart disease, lung cancer and premature death. But at that time there was little hard evidence linking ETS to the exacerbation of asthma in adults.

However, Rosenman and colleagues believe this case provides plenty of evidence to link secondhand smoke to this death.

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9 February 2008 at 9:36 am

A wonderful-looking burrito

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Made from fresh ham hocks (i.e., not smoked or cured):


I trimmed the fat off the hocks, seasoned them with salt, browned them in a cast iron skillet, and then popped them into the crock pot for the day. 8 hours later they were a glorious pile of porky perfection. … The result was a simple, delicious burrito of carnitas, rice, beans,and pico de gallo.

I would add some avocado, some grindings of one my peppers, and perhaps a little sour cream or cheese, but this sounds mighty good.

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9 February 2008 at 9:21 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Tobacco, the legal addictive drug

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Tobacco is amazingly addictive, though perfectly legal—and, worse, amazingly destructive to health. In a blog I recently began to follow, the old debate about banning smoking in public places is underway again, with lots of “choice” thrown about: if a person wants a smoke-free workplace, let them find a job where there’s not smoking; a restaurant or bar that I own is not a public place, it’s my place, and I can allow smoking (and, presumably, bar people) as I like; and so on. In the meantime:

The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that 1 billion people worldwide could die of tobacco-related causes this century unless “urgent action” is taken.

The WHO’s report includes these global statistics on tobacco deaths:

  • 100 million people died of tobacco-related causes during the 20th century.
  • Tobacco currently kills 5.4 million people per year.
  • Tobacco use makes six of the world’s eight leading causes of death — including heart disease, stroke, and cancer — more likely.

“Of the more than 1 billion smokers alive today, around 500 million will be killed by tobacco,” states the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008.

The WHO predicts that, without intervention, tobacco will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in developing countries.

The WHO proposes six policies to reduce global tobacco deaths:

  • Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies.
  • Protect people from tobacco smoke.
  • Offer help to quit tobacco use.
  • Warn about the dangers of tobacco.
  • Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.
  • Raise taxes on tobacco.

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9 February 2008 at 9:12 am

Beginner’s Greek

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Just finished an enjoyable romantic comedy: Beginner’s Greek, by James Collins, a debut novel deftly done. I read it just the right way: not knowing a thing about it except that I had glimpsed a review that was favorable. Your library might well have a copy.

My favorite way to see a movie or read a book is to wade in knowing nothing of it, and find out as I go. Works for me.

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9 February 2008 at 9:05 am

Posted in Books

Book news

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Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable now stands at sales rank 594 at Long-time readers will remember the push to get it into the top 1000 titles—now it’s moving into the top 500 titles (in a month or two, perhaps). (You can read user comments at the link—scroll down.)

Within Your Means, the free download of an Excel workbook to construct a budget built around your take-home pay and current expenses and goals, has been download 14,975 times so far—getting close to 15,000. (You can read user comments here, in the comments.)

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9 February 2008 at 9:02 am

Posted in Books

Olive oil: great

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This morning I used The Shave Den Coffee shaving soap, with the Simpsons Persian Jar 2 Super. Good lather, great fragrance: true to coffee.

I put a new Polsilver Stainless blade in the Edwin Jagger Lined Chatsworth, displacing the Tiger blade that had been there, and did three easy, comfortable, nick-free passes.

Then the Oil Pass, using Olive Oil. To my surprise—Steve, you’ll be happy to read this—it was, I think, best of all the oils: the lightest, the most easily absorbed by my skin, and it did a fine job for the Oil Pass.

In fact, I’m making a small batch of my own mix of Last-Pass Shave Oil today, and I’m changing the formulation: two parts each of Olive, Almond, and Avocado Oil, and one part each of Grapeseed, Macadamia Nut, and Jojoba Oil. In fact, I’m thinking of omitting the Jojoba Oil altogether.

Fantastic shave.

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9 February 2008 at 8:49 am

Posted in Shaving

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