Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Power of Reason

The power of reason is the power to see logical implications: of similarity and difference, of cause and effect, of relationships in time and space, of quantity and quality, of the subjective and the objective, of importance and unimportance. 
-H.A. Overstreet

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Radio Show. First Episode.

I'm beginning to take over the UWSP Employee Wellness radio show. I'll be doing weekly shows for the rest of the summer until the next person takes over (who starts in the Fall).

Anywhoo, It's on 90FM at 6:30pm Wednesday night (July 27). Don't want to putz around with a radio? Use this link, and click "Listen Live."

It will either go pretty well, or I'll humiliate myself :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Look out, Egypt! Here Comes the USDA =O

As many of us know, the USDA has done away with the food pyramid. Pity. I'll miss it.
A few years ago they tried improving it, but it just became more confusing.

As such, they've taken a wrecking ball to the pyramid, and have flattened it into a plate. They call it My Plate. You can read more about it at

It seems easier to understand. This way we have a visual representation of what our daily portions of food should look like. Instead of interpreting the information from the food pyramid, we can more clearly see our recommendations.

Here is a link to a song about the food pyramid. Now it is a dirge.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Peanut Butter: Taste Tested and Discussed

Peanut butter is a tasty food and a staple for many. There have been new modifications to the peanut butter field over the years. Maybe you prefer a natural peanut butter that you have to stir. Maybe you like the convenience of a peanut butter that is blended with partially hydrogenated oils that requires no stirring. Apparently ConAgra Foods has made a new Peter Pan peanut butter that is "Natural," but incurs no oil separation. I decided to taste test and review the three pictured peanut butters.
Taste Test: Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy
There is a certain "weightyness" to this peanut butter. It has the distinct flavor and aroma of peanuts. Its only ingredients are roasted peanuts and salt. It is delicious. The fats are not scary for your heart. There are more unsaturated fats than saturated fats, and it contains no trans fats.
Taste Score: 100/100

Taste Test: Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Creamy
This has a light, almost "microfluff" texture. Its aroma and flavor are pleasant. Its fats are scary for your heart. It contains partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil.
Taste Score: 80/100

Taste Test: Peter Pan Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy
Apparently, they tried to gain the best from both worlds: The no-stir convenience along with the "Natural" name. Sadly, they forgot to include the good flavor of either. What we have here is a brown, peanut-flavored paste.

It is called "Natural" because its oils have not been hydrogenated. Instead, it contains fractionated palm oil—the most saturated fats from palm kernel oil. Not as scary for your heart as partially hydrogenated oils, but not quite a relief either.
Taste score: 68/100

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm trying Google+

Today I received an invitation to field test Google+. It's the Google's new social networking matrix. I am looking forward to checking it out in depth.

However, I approach this new social network dubiously. On one hand, I don't want another facebook.

On the other hand, Google+ will perhaps make their strengths out of facebook's weaknesses.

On the other hand, now we have two forces competing for awesomeness. We may not have to powerlessly accept Facebook's ungustatory changes (I think most of their changes are ok).

Myspace can just go smoke their crack.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'm Sure the Google Is Not as Scary as It Is. Right?

Recently, the Google unveiled a new visual theme. It put in a black bar with a touch of red.

I remember when the Google used to be a benign search engine that would direct you to where you wanted to go. No frills, just a clean user interface. Sort of like a friendly librarian.

Its new look is sharper and more sleek. I now think the Google trying to perform surgery on me to install a CAT5 port so it can download me to Hell. Sort of like an evil robot teddy bear.