I’ve been through several extremely difficult roadblocks on my quest to conquer RSS. First I tried Google reader. This didn’t work, I could only capture RSS feeds, and besides I am trying to avoid using google products anyways. The problem is that it’s hard for me to combine, filter, or in other ways modify the feed to my liking.
It’s been a long road, and I finally found the tool to accomplish this in a quick manner. I don’t use yahoo for much, but yahoo pipes is an excellent tool.
I just discovered that when watching hulu, you can block the ads. If you’re using firefox, in conjunction with one of the ad blocking addons (adblock or flashblock not sure), then the ads will just be a black screen with a request to disable the adblocking software.
I prefer the silence much more over the ads for goods/services I never intend on buying…
Now if I could only figure out how to get them to pay me $100 a month to have television hooked up.
Its winter again, and probably a good time to mention a problem that relates to winter. I’ve never encountered another person who understands bone health. Since I am into all things space, I happen to know an astounding amount about bone health. Everyone understands that calcium has something to do with it, but that’s the extent. For a surprisingly simple set of mechanisms, there’s a vast lack of understanding on the subject. So much that few would even understand how winter could affect your bone strength negatively.
Astronauts know very well that a lack of use of your bones causes deterioration. Since they go into space and hang around in an environment without gravity, the bones do not get any heavy use. Without use bones do not strengthen. It’s so true that the only ground based analog for our bones in space is to have somebody lay in a bed, it causes similar deterioration in bones.
When you use a bone you put a load on it, this load causes the bone to bend or compress very slightly. This load results in the very tiny locations on your bones that have weakness to put out a very small voltage. This voltage attracts nearby calcium and phosphorous. The calcium and phosphorous bind to the weak location and strengthen it.
This means that you can take all the calcium you want, if you don’t use your bones they will not use the calcium. Furthermore, if you take calcium, and somehow don’t have any phosphorous, then your bones cannot use said calcium.
What does this have to do with winter? Well it turns out that Vitamin D is loosely related to the amount of calcium (and possibly phosphorous) that your blood can absorb. In those cold winter months when we all get less sun, our bodies have a harder time absorbing the calcium we consume… Didn’t you ever wonder why the put vitamin D in milk?
Never mind that the calcium in milk deteriorates fast, or that the fluoride ion in tap water replaces some calcium. The very lack of knowing this simple mechanism is probably the root cause of osteoporosis. I’ve heard that having excess vitamin D in your system, and no calcium, can cause the calcium to be leeched from your bones, but that’s just a rumor.
Step 1: Get a tan, keep a tan
Step 2: Consume Vitamin D (if you can’t get a tan)
Step 3: Take Phosphorous with your Calcium
Step 4: Use it or lose it… no couches, beds, or chairs.
Step 5: Don’t drink tap water, and don’t swallow toothpaste.
I could probably go into a diatribe on gravity on the moon and mars, but that’ll be another day.
I was out and about the other day. I happened upon these smiley faces that were hand etched into these yellow stickers on a piece of glass. The glass was part of one of those bus stop benches, and the stickers were intended to be some kind of decoration. However, the evil corporation Walmart came by and defaced the stickers with some kind of subtle ‘mind-game’ guerilla advertising. They will go to any lengths to get into your head.