Archive for November 18, 2011

Oysters — From the Size of a Flake of Pepper to Your Plate

When it comes to oysters, I like the salty plastic 60’s-style smoked oysters like Reese’s,

but when it comes to raw oysters ah, no thanks.

It isn’t as if I Google oysters and hang out at oyster sites.  I don’t think about oysters all that much, if at all.  So don’t ask me how I came upon this post about growing oysters because I have no idea.   But I do love New England and the smell of salt water and the sound of waves so I guess that’s why I hung around long enough to click through this slide show about an oyster farm in Massachusetts.

Who knew baby oysters are the size of a flake of pepper (there must be billions there)?

And that they grow from that little speck into this:

See the slide show here (and at the link above).

Farmed or not, what I’m taking away from this is that I have more respect for the life of an oyster than I did five minutes ago.

November 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM Leave a comment

Sad Day at the Food Bank Today

When I volunteered at my local food bank last year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, we had a frozen turkey for everyone, and the volunteers had been handing them out all week.  Today we had a total of seven.

Yes, more may come in next week but what a stark difference.  It’s sad and worrisome.  So is this:

Community Food Share’s “Let’s Bag Hunger” food drive brought in 6,458 pounds of food Thursday, bringing the cumulative total to 26,436 pounds.

That’s more than 15,000 pounds short of the 41,588 pounds that had been collected at this point in the campaign last year.

The drive also has brought in $885 so far toward its goal of $20,000.

The organization provides food for more than 60 groups in Boulder and Broomfield counties. To participate, drop donations off at grocery stores around Boulder County. The food drive ends Wednesday.

I’m stunned.

November 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM Leave a comment

Image of the Day

Check this out:

Using an innovative fabrication process developed at HRL [Laboratories, LLC], researchers created a “micro-lattice” structure of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Dr. Bill Carter, manager of the Architected Materials Group at HRL, lays out the vision for these micro-lattice materials by drawing parallels to large structures: “Modern buildings, exemplified by the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge, are incredibly light and weight-efficient by virtue of their architectures.  We are revolutionizing lightweight materials by bringing this concept to the materials level and designing their architectures at the nano and micro scales.”





November 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM Leave a comment

People Camping in Public Don’t Always Get Evicted or Harassed by the Police

Now that so many cities have banned camping in parks or near city halls in response to the Occupy movement, it’s going to be very interesting indeed to see how people like Christine Orta of Tampa, Florida are treated:

Christine Orta of Tampa is ready to take advantage of big Black Friday deals at her local Best Buy. She’s so ready, in fact, that she started camping out in a tent in front of the store on Wednesday, a full nine days before the deals will be offered, NBC affiliate Tampa Bay Online reports (h/t The Consumerist).

But Orta’s not alone in her quest for discounts, she’s camping with three other families who plan to share resources while awaiting the biggest shopping day of the year.


So it’s OK for people to camp out when they’re being a consumer, like Ms. Orta or these people who camped outside an Apple store in New York City to buy an iPod:


But when people are protesting the corporatocracy, it isn’t.

I’d say that’s a telling example of where our priorities lie.

November 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM Leave a comment

Did Glenn Beck Influence the White House Shooter Into Believing Obama is the Anti-Christ?

I wonder if Glenn Beck had anything to do with Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez — the guy who shot at the White House last week — believing that President Obama is the anti-Christ.  Here’s Beck in 2008:

(Video via.)

And here is what we know about Ortega-Hernandez’s motive:

A 21-year-old man charged with firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House last week called President Obama “the anti-Christ” and told federal agents he wanted to hurt the president, according to court documents released Thursday.


November 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM Leave a comment

Butt of a Joke?

I don’t really know what to say about this other than who puts a pair of glasses or a cassette tape (see link below) up their butt?

This embarrassing X-ray reveals a Buzz Lightyear doll — complete with its wings deployed — lodged inside a patient.

The bizarre snap is one of 100 awkward ailments that feature in new book, Stuck Up.

Doctors collected the X-ray-ted pics in an attempt to take the stigma away from such incidents so people are not afraid to seek medical help.

The book — penned by doctors Marty Sindhian, Rich Dreben and Murdoc Knight — also features patients with glasses, scissors and even a cassette tape wedged inside them.


It takes all kinds I guess.

November 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM 2 comments

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