Archive for April, 2010

Pencil Vs Camera

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A great idea… We should try something similar to visualize the city’s development plans.

‘Drawing Vs Photography’ by Ben Heine. Really COol!

Orchestras Playing Polkas.

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You knew it was only a matter of time before polkas would be back in style. All Killer, No Filler:

Antonin Dvorak > Polka from Czech Suite, Op.39

Johann Strauss II > Neue Pizzicato-Polka Op.449
(dance Carlos Kleiber, dance!)

Lawrence Welk > Richard Maloof plays the “Clarinet Polka” on his tuba.
…Polka is choice but sorry Rich, but maybe tubas will be back in style come 2014…

Survey results: Americans insist on government benefits but don't want to pay for them

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Wow, it would be neat to see a similar survey done in Canada. Anyone know of one?

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The Economist asked Americans: “What is the best way to cut the deficit?”

5% said, “increase taxes.”

62% said, “reduce government spending.”

OK, said The Economist. “Here is a list of things the federal government spends money on. Which things should the government spend less on?”

As you can see in the chart above, over two-thirds of Americans don’t want to reduce spending on anything single category, except foreign aid. And as Mother Jones points out, foreign aid represents less than 1% of America’s total spending.

Beyond that, there were only four areas that even a quarter of the population was willing to cut: mass transit, agriculture, housing, and the environment. At a rough guess, these areas account for about 3% of the federal budget. You could slash their budgets by a third and still barely make a dent in federal spending.

Party on!


Post – Food Concerns

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A neat poll:

Everywhere you look there is a new food related health concern: the wrong kind of fat, too much salt, too much sugar and not enough fruit/veggies/exercise. The list goes on. So today I want to ask you… What is your number one concern with the food you eat? If you choose other, leave your explanation in the comments box. It would be nice to know what’s really weighing on your mind.

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What are you doing to combat this?

Minimum Wage Machine

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Wow, great piece! Here in Ontario, a similar device would be spitting out a penny every 3.5 seconds.

The Minimum Wage Machine by Blake Fall-Conroy."The minimum wage machine allows anybody to ..(more…)

Feather Sculptures Twist and Flow

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Pretty cool!

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Internationally renowned London artist, Kate MccGwires creates intricate feather sculptures and site specific installations that twist and flow. The peculiarity and details that go into these creations are mind blowing. She will be one of 30 artists showing in Dead or Alive at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC on April 27.

Slap a suit and and eye-patch on one of these masterpieces and it would look like the Supakitch Dunny from the French series.

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Making chemicals kosher

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Wow, interesting. I didn’t realize that glycerin is often produced (even to this day) from animal fats. Looks like it’s yellow-capped soda from here on in for all of my Jewish, Veggie and Vegan friends…

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In the world of processed foods, keeping kosher is a complicated process that can involve individually certifying as many as 100 chemical compounds just to make a single flavoring agent that meets kosher standards.

The problem is where the compounds come from. In the 1930s, Atlanta-area Rabbi Tobias Geffen was asked to help make Coca-Cola kosher. In the process, he realized that glycerin, a chemical additive used to disperse flavors evenly through the soda, was made from rendered animal fat—and there was no clear way to tell whether the fat came from a kosher animal. Geffen decided that even the molecules mattered. Coca-Cola made their kosher brew with cotton-seed oil glycerin instead, and other rabbis have followed Geffen’s lead.

Today, you can spot kosher-for-Passover soda by the distinctive yellow cap. In this case, sucrose subs in as the sweetener, in place of corn syrup, as corn is a banned grain during the Passover holiday.

Chemical and Engineering News: Favored Flavors

(Thanks, Aaron Rowe!)

Image courtesy Flickr user williambrawley, via CC.


Architectural hen house

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Frederik Roijé designed this stately and elegant “architectural hen house to breed and retreat.” Breed Retreat (Thanks, Greg Long!)


Citing references to local food in US Bills.

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IBM Many Bills has created an interesting visualization tool for searching through US bills. Is anyone aware of similar visualizations in the Canadian government?

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