It’s bad for your health.
Contrary to what most of us believe, rinsing before cooking does not remove harmful bacteria or reduce the risk of food borne illness, and in fact may increase the risk by spreading bacteria throughout sink and kitchen. The only safe way to eliminate harmful bacteria is to kill it with fire — by cooking the meat to a minimum safe temperature (165F for poultry).
No, really, from a post I wrote:
Make Your Own Bedbug Detector
To make the detector, turn the dog bowl upside down to create a moat and a dome. Next, mix water, sugar, and yeast in the coffee cup, and rest the cup on the upturned bowl’s dome. The researchers covered the outside of their bowl in cloth tape painted black; bedbugs are attracted to the color. The cloth tape made it easier for the bedbugs to climb the sloping wall before falling into the well. To trap the bedbugs inside, the researchers coated the well with sticky resin. For DIYers, a sprinkling of talcum powder will make the walls of the moat too slippery to climb back out. In fact, talc is what’s used in the ClimbUp Interceptor, the most popular commercial bedbug trap on the market.
The Science Behind It
The researchers experimented with a variety of chemical bedbug attractants, but none were more effective than the simple DIY mixture. Bedbugs are drawn to the CO2 a sleeper exhales, and the combination of sugar, water, and yeast produces prodigious amounts of it — that’s how beer gets its fizz and bread gets its rise. Hungry bedbugs on the prowl for CO2 and human blood crawl up the sides of the bowl and fall down into the well, never to escape. The scientists used large quantities of sugar, water, and yeast to generate the CO2 in their experiments. Smaller amounts — such as those one might mix in a paper coffee cup — are safer, although may not be as effective.
For a regular client (I’m usually just editing posts over there rather than writing them). It’s part of a new feature we’re testing:
Stuff We Love is a collection of Wise Bread bloggers’ favorite products and services, the stuff we use and know and trust. These are the things we recommend to friends and family when they ask — and sometimes when they don’t.
This one’s about the Easy Walk Harness, and I really do love it. So does my dog Doughty. Here’s a snippet:
What’s Great About It
The Easy Walk looks like all those other dog harnesses you’ve seen that loop over the back, under the chest, and across the breastbone. With those, the leash attaches to a ring on the dog’s back, the whole setup sort of like a draft horse’s harness. In fact, while those harnesses prevent the dog from choking itself, they make pulling easier, while also encouraging the dog’s instinct to pull.
It Prevents Pulling
Instead, on the Easy Walk, the leash attaches to the harness with a ring on the breastbone strap. The dog is still secure in the harness and still protected from choking. However, attaching at the breastbone makes pulling more difficult because there’s much less to pull against. Plus, whenever the dog pulls, the effect is to turn the dog in toward the handler’s legs and feet, no place a dog wants to go.
Put those two effects together and suddenly you’re the neighborhood’s model dog-walker.
Add the blog to your RSS feed reader, visit the url daily, friend, circle, and follow him wherever that’s done, and if you like what you see, buy a painting or a poster of a painting or photograph.
What’s in it for me? Nothing until John figures out how to setup an affiliate program.
Two middle aged dudes who look like they could be brothers climb out of a silver MBZ SUV and step across the sidewalk toward Polly’s front door. I’m seated on the park bench, flipping through Twitter on my phone.
Brother passenger with the paunch says, “Smells like a skunk.”
Brother driver with his shirt tucked in says, “What?”
“Oh. It smells like coffee if you get closer.”
I’ve been on jury duty for a week and a day as an alternate juror. Here’re some survival tips.
- Bring bottled water. And drink it. It’s more valuable in your body than in your canteen.
- Arrive early. You’ll find a better parking space. More importantly, you’ll be able to park yourself near one of the few available power outlets for your laptop.
- Bring a book. This is a great opportunity to cull your need-to-read pile. Nook, Kindle, smartphone are also options although you may need to bring along a charger if you’re gonna be here all day.
- Take the stairs. There’s a lot of sitting around and waiting and the exercise will feel good.
- Communicate with employers/clients. Everybody understands that you are in limbo and can’t be as productive as usual. Still, keep them updated so they know when you will be returning to the real world. Your absence is tough on them, too.
- Don’t be surly. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on a jury and help your community find justice, even as an alternate.
Hey it’s a post I wrote for another site. Read it, it’s fun.
A recent question posted to “AskMeFi” — the popular crowd sourced question and answer subsite of Metafilter.com — asked users to suggest products that were priced differently, depending on market and intended use. The example offered was food-grade mineral oil, which is costly when marketed and sold as butcher block oil, but inexpensive when marketed and sold as a laxative (as much as $1.74 per ounce versus as little as $.29 per ounce).
Same product, different market, different intended use, different price. The next time I buy a bottle of butcher block oil, I’ll visit RiteAid instead of Williams-Sonoma.
How many other bargains like this are out there?
One of my favorite company names is General Atomics. They work in nuclear energy and defense, so ick all around.
Another favorite is General Dynamics. Also icky, unfortunately.
My third favorite is Applied Materials. Semi-conductors. Ho-hum.
You can see where this is going, so let’s get started.
- Atomic Dynamics
- Dynamic Atomics
- Atomic Materials
- Applied Dynamics
- Material Atomics
- Dynamic Materials
- Dynamic Applied Atomics
- Atomic Applied Dynamics
None of that has anything to do with what I do. Or does it?
Atom: “ The irreducible, indestructible material unit postulated by ancient atomism.” Or, in other words, “uncuttable.” Whether I’ve written it or edited it, that’s true for everything I produce (or ought to be): clear, concise, irreducible.
Dynamic: “Characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress…” Any firm that flirts with changing its name from “Lars Peterson Editorial Services” to “Material Dynamics”, is materially dynamic.
Applied: “Put into practice or a particular use…” Such as this exercise in business naming.
Applied Dynamic Atomics: Reality Transcription Services
The old tagline — “What can I write for you?” — is getting stale.
Let’s cook up some new ones. Let’s stay focused on what I do: write and edit. Anything, really.
- Words wr
- Words. Raw and cooked.
- Words. Rough and polished.
- Words. Fresh and easy.
Oops. That last belongs to a grocery chain.
Sticking with what I do.
- Copywritten and edited.
- Copywreditor for rent.
- Copy written, copy edited.
A grab bag. Hey!
- Grab bag, talk job, write draft, cut copy, please client.
- Copy so clean you forget it’s there.
- Words we won’t forget.
- Words I won’t forget to proofread.
- Words that lose themselves in you(r business, product, or service).
- Where the serial comma is always welcome.
- Words first and last.
This came up in a text I was editing for AMEX OPENForum. The copy read “reign”, but the writer meant “rein” and it got me to thinking. How many other words can be made into their antonyms — or nearly so — with the addition of a single letter?
Prefixes and suffixes don’t count.