January 29, 2010

How Far Does Your Creaivity Go?


Birth of a Candy

Easy on the Sushi

If you're a fan of sushi, it's worth noting that some types of fish tend to contain more mercury than others; by choosing wisely, you can minimize your risk of experiencing mercury toxicity.

Why is it important to avoid mercury toxicity?

Mercury is highly toxic to your nervous system. Mercury poisoning may lead to:

Memory loss


Loss of vision

Nerve dysfunction in your extremities, most commonly presenting as numbness of your fingers and toes

Problems with fertility

Some points worth noting from The New York Times article:

1. Generally, the more expensive the variety of tuna, the higher its potential mercury content, as premium varieties of tuna tend to come from larger species that eat a lot of fish and accumulate mercury with each fish eaten.

2. Bluefin tuna tends to have higher levels of mercury than yellowfin or albacore tuna.

3. Cooking fish doesn't alter its mercury content.

4. In order to reduce risk of mercury toxicity while consuming fish for its health-promoting nutrients, it's best to eat smaller fish that are lower in the food chain.

As mentioned above, larger fish act as predators to a larger quantity and greater variety of smaller fish, so larger fish tend to have the highest concentrations of mercury in their flesh. Unfortunately, many of the fish that are selected for sushi and sashimi are the larger predators.

Sushi that Tend to be High in Mercury (More than 0.3 parts per million): Ahi (yellowfin tuna), Aji (horse mackerel), Saba (mackerel), Sawara (Spanish mackerel), Seigo (young sea bass), Shiro (albacore tuna), Suzuki (sea bass)...

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January 28, 2010

The Perfect Bag. Well, Almost

See how well functioned it is by clicking on the ultimate travel bag and then "Bag".

When the new airline V Australia asked clothing retailer and designer Steven Alan to come up with the ultimate travel bag, the always-affable New Yorker turned to the online community for their suggestions. Traveling to Australia for inspiration, Steven blogged about his trip, using the website to tap the Twitter community. The upshot incorporates crowd-sourced high function with a clean look accented by the designer's playfully classic take on materials. Coolhunting took a minute to check in with Steven about the experience and how he came up with secret backpack straps that also evade bathroom cooties.


January 22, 2010

Salt Reduction Could Save 92,000 Lives A Year

Salt, which contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease, is widely overused in the United States, with 75 to 80 percent coming from processed food. Men typically consume 10.4 grams per day. For women, the average is 7.3 grams. Its use is rising.

A reduction of 1 gram would prevent 11,000 to 23,000 strokes, 18,000 to 35,000 heart attacks and 15,000 to 32,000 deaths from any cause, the researchers reported in New England Journal of Medicine.

Women would benefit the most.

The full article...

Kiki, The Icon Of Hope In The Rubble

Sometimes we need a picture like this to remind us, not only how fragile our life can be, but how we should never, never give up on life, on hope, on each other, on ourself too easily...see his smile?


January 17, 2010

Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something..."

January 14, 2010

3 Stages of Life

Teen Age
Have Time + Energy .... But No Money

Working Age
Have Money + Energy .... But No Time

Old Age
Have Money + Time.... But No Energy

Donut Philosophy


January 13, 2010

Warning: Carry No More Than 3 Condoms!

Image via WENN

Apparently if a woman is stopped by police in a D.C. "Prostitution Free Zone" and is carrying three or more condoms on her, she could be arrested for prostitution!!

Both New York City and San Francisco have followed suit with the 'three condoms and you're out' law, which not only is unfortunate for those gals who aren't sex workers, it also promotes unsafe sex for those who are!


Colour Changing Tiles

Yes, these tiles change color according to the temperature making your shower a veritable mood ring! We can see so many ways that this kind of a decor element can be taken too far--into the realm of tacky and awful. But done right, with the most sparing of hands, we could see some really interesting applications!

Continue to read...

January 7, 2010

:: Pai ::

Tuesdays With Morrie

Picture: a restaurant/bar in Pai called "Park@Pai"

As an English/Literature student, I'd heard and seen this book on a book shelf forever but somehow never actually picked it up. Until last month, after about 7 years of almost buying the book, I got it. Maybe it's all about timing...if only I picked up this book 5 years ago, I might not have appreciated it as much as now. This is one of the very few books I have started last year and actually finished it. I tend to start reading a book and then lose interest in the middle of it.

Anyway, this is a recommended read for everyone who is sometimes confused between what we need and what we want. Something to read and reread as a start of the new year.

More info about the book...

January 2, 2010

'Sexercise' Yourself Into Shape

According to the NHS Direct website, "sexercise" can lower the risk of heart attacks and helps people live longer.

Endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which also helps target illnesses like cancer, as well as wrinkles, it states.

"Forget about jogging round the block or struggling with sit-ups.

"Sex uses every muscle group, gets the heart and lungs working hard, and burns about 300 calories an hour."

The advice suggests "regular romps this winter" could lead to a better body and a younger look.

Increased production of endorphins "will make your hair shine and your skin smooth," it adds.

"If you're worried about wrinkles - orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening."