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Archive for January 3rd, 2012

Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, please

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From Extra Virginity, describing a cooperative using land seized from a local mafia boss—who still lives in the middle of the land (Italy is hopelessly corrupt, so though convicted, the mafia boss quickly was released from prison, and workers in the cooperative began receiving death threats thereafter, though they persist in cultivating the land, which had been more or less abandoned, and bringing back the olive groves.):

Leo and his colleagues at the cooperative are using only approved, natural chemicals on their trees and, starting next year, their oil will be certified as biologico, or organic. “We’re freeing the land from systematic poisoning by pesticides and other toxic agricultural products, which conentrate particularly in olive oil. Here’s another kind of organized crime, another mafia that we all need to stand up to and speak out against. Or else they’ll kill us just as sure as a hit man would.”

I hadn’t thought of it, but it makes sense that the various toxins (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides) would end up being concentrated in the oil, much as they are in the fat in fish. (We’ve put so much mercury in the ocean, mainly from burning coal, that we are advised to have Spanish mackeral not more frequently than once a fortnight. Weird: we deliberately poison our foods. Well, what’s the worst that could happen?)

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3 January 2012 at 4:04 pm

If your job requires a hard hat, check this out

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Very cool tool indeed. My sunglass clip-ons fall from my shirt pocket whenever I bend over, and it drives me crazy. I now carry them in my pants pocket. I can imagine what a relief it would be to install one of these in a hard hat.

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3 January 2012 at 1:46 pm

The Scientist: Top 10 innovations of 2011

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I think they should have done the top 11, but never mind. Here they are.

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3 January 2012 at 10:40 am

Posted in Science, Technology

Simpson, Prairie Creations, and Progress

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Prairie Creations is still closed, and I’ve had no recent word from Krissie, the owner. I hope she is doing well, and this morning’s set-up is Prairie Creations all the way.

The shave oil seemed to have less effect on the lather—shaving creams will lather, it seems, despite hard water and shave oil. Still, I would have to do multiple shaves to determine its effect on the shave. I did like the shaving cream and the Simpson Chubby 1 Best did a fine job: very nice little brush.

Three passes with the Progress holding a Swedish Gillette blade, and a very nice shave indeed. I need to get back to the Progress more often: great acoustics and a very fine shave—plus I like the way it feels.

The aftershave balm felt good and has intriguing ingredients (not currently listed on the site): aloe vera juice, whole milk, meadowfoam-seed oil, rosehip oil, wheat protein, and more. Paraben-free.

Quite a nice way to start the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 January 2012 at 8:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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