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Archive for July 26th, 2012

Sending mail to your future self

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I had sort of forgotten FutureMe.org. It’s an interesting idea: writing a letter to your future self about your worries, dreams, hopes, and plans, and then—when you’ve forgotten about it—the letter is delivered. Of course, even better would be letters in the other direction, but that is not in the current release. Still, it’s worth a look—give it a go.

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26 July 2012 at 9:02 pm

Posted in Daily life

Should you change your password?

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Find out: shouldichangemypassword.com.

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26 July 2012 at 5:18 pm

Posted in Daily life

Microwave ovens and nutrient value of foods

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I’ve always avoided use of a microwave oven—to no purpose, it seems:

The effect of microwaves on nutrient value of foods.

Cross GAFung DY.

Abstract
Microwave cooking has gained considerable importance as an energy-saving, convenient, and time-saving cooking method. This article reviews the state of the art of microwave cooking and the existing publishing data on the effects of microwave cooking on nutritive values of moisture, protein, carbohydrate, lipid, minerals, and vitamins. Most reports indicated that microwave cooking resulted in higher moisture losses compared with conventional methods. Overall, the nutritional effects of microwaves on protein, lipid, and minerals appear minimal. There is no report on the effects of microwaves on carbohydrate fraction in foods. A large amount of data is available on the effects of microwaves on vitamins. It is concluded that there are only slight differences between microwave and conventional cooking on vitamin retention in foods. In conclusion, no significant nutritional differences exist between foods prepared by conventional and microwave methods. Any differences reported in the literature are minimal.

PMID: 7047080 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Written by LeisureGuy

26 July 2012 at 3:16 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Technology

Possessions and passwords

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It’s pretty well known that accumulations of stuff are a pain to dispose of, and it turns out that accumulations in general are not very desirable. I have accumulated a lot of passwords, and recently I found that my Twitter account had been hacked and used to tell people of wonderful at-home income opportunities. I immediately changed the password—but I had used the much-warned-against but easy-to-remember idea of a common password. So today I am devoting to going through my LastPass vault and changing passwords and, in general, canceling accounts I never use. The number of sites, accumulated over several years, is WAY too many. I should have been pruning that regularly, but…  Live and learn.

So: if you have a bunch of dormant accounts, go and cancel them. And go ahead and bite the bullet and change all those common passwords to unique passwords. (All my financial accounts, of course, already had unique passwords, but Twitter? I was careless.)

Accumulations are unsustainable, long run. And, long run, that’s a place at which we all arrive, eventually.

I should note that some sites totally hid your account profile information. You log into the site, and that information is simply not to be found: no link to it at all.

Written by LeisureGuy

26 July 2012 at 8:03 am

Posted in Daily life

Avocado and the DLC

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A very pleasant shave this morning, using a New Forest brush (handmade by Fido in the UK), which got a good lather from TOBS Avocado. The shaving cream is fairly firm, so I used a sort of short soap-loading effort, which got enough shaving cream to make a fine lather. Three passes with the DLC Arc holding an Astra Superior Platinum blade: smooth and pleasant result. Then a splash of Vetiver and ready for the day.

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26 July 2012 at 7:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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