Hospitals and local physicians are noticing a spike in the no of respiratory cases in the city        
by Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 10th, 2017: The rains have arrived and so is the number of diseases along with it. People are aware of the most common ailments such as viral fever, the common cold, malaria, typhoid, diarrhoea, etc. But very few are aware of the respiratory ailments that stems from indoor air pollution in monsoon caused by the dampness in the walls, fungus from air conditioners, floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, sofa covers, wooden furniture harboring fungus, etc. The Hospitals and local physicians in the city have noticed a spike in the no. of cases with respiratory problems. Suspended Particulate Matter is the main trigger of damage in air Pollution. Other contents like SO2, ammonia, carbon, polyaromatic hydrocarbons add to the toxicity. Air pollutants which are less than 10 microns in size enter the smaller airways and causes damage. This may trigger cough, breathing difficulty, choking, chest tightness and Asthma.

Taking adequate precautions are one of the best ways to avoid monsoon-related ailments. All age groups are affected because of air pollution; however, there is a definite rise in asthma and lung infections among children. Also, elderly and diabetics are at a risk of lung infection because of air pollution. Avoiding floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, stuffed toys, burning incense sticks at home and regular cleaning of air conditioner filters are some of the precautions that can be taken to avoid indoor air pollution during the monsoon.

Mr. Girish Bapat, Blueair air purifier, Director West and South Asia Region further added, “Our mission at Blueair is to help Indian women, children and men confront the health challenges posed by rising air pollution. It is very essential to identify the Invisible dangers. Breathing in tiny, unseen pollutants put every individual at risk. These pollutants further pass through the lung tissue and puts you at risk of stroke, heart disease and developing Asthma, Allergy, Bronchitis, Infection and other respiratory problems. Getting acquainted of personal health records, heart rate and blood sugar level, is the best way to safeguard long-term health issues by classifying troublesome concerns at the earliest.”

Blueair’s air purifiers are innovated in Sweden to put people in control of their own air quality with superior filtration efficiency. Sold in over 60 countries around the world, Blueair delivers home and office users cleaner indoor air for enhanced user health and wellbeing faster than any competing air purifier thanks to its commitment to quality, energy efficiency and environmental care. A Blueair air purifier works efficiently and silently to remove airborne allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other pollutants.

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          Insensitive Priest Doesn't Understand the 'Pure Love' of Polygamy on ABC's 'Mistresses'        

File this under Words I Never Expected to Hear on Network Television: "Yes, Father, it's called a 'throuple.'"

And so began Karen's explanation to her priest of her threesome polyamorous relationship with a husband and wife that led to her getting pregnant, in Mistresses season 3's 10th episode "What Could Have Been."


          Comment on Episode 197: What's Wrong With Bein' Sexy? by Teogli        
Whenever Joe talks about slash, I feel a combination of joy and despair. Joy because- slash! And despair because- Teen Wolf >_< I know he will forgive the many foibles of that particular fandom as one does in the first blush of infatuation... after all, I started out in Gundam Wing, and I'm still reading (other) slash fifteen years later. I shouldn't rag on TW, it's no more fail-tastic than many other fandoms I have enjoyed over the years, but you kind of want to put your best foot forward, you know? On that note, I'm sure Joe has discovered Archive of Our Own, repository of all that is beautiful and terrible in the fanfic world. May I also recommend Slash Report, a discussion/recommendation/banter podcast on fandom and fanfiction in general? One host feels even more strongly about Teen Wolf than I do, but the other is all about that craziness and has done more that one episode on it. I'd say start at the beginning, but I'm extremely poly-fandom, and I really like their banter, so YMMV.
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          Summer heights        

Summer heights

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          Orchid        

Orchid

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          Faded        

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          black 101        

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          pastels        

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          27/06/16        

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          Blues        

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          Tropical days        

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          Pink 102        

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          Cardigan Blues        

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          205        

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          Sense & Sensibility        

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          Summer Time sadness        

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          Doodles and scribbles        

Doodles and scribbles

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          New York Summer        

New York Summer

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          Azure        

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          Daring        

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          CALL OF DUTY | INFINITE WARFARE        
Call of Duty! This project has been my primary creative focus for the last couple of years, and it's been a great honour and a pleasure to have been involved with such a potent franchise. There's not much bigger than COD! The development studio for Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward, has been my home since January and part of last year, and it's been a dream come true to live and work in Los Angeles. Ever since I was a kid, looking through art-of books of my favourite movies, LA has been the place I always wanted to be.

I had been working remotely, as a freelancer, on the IW project for a while, creating concepts like the C12 here, so it was a natural next step to join the team in house in sunny California. The project needed a dose of solid, believable, and badass science fiction flavour, and that's exactly what I love to do! The C12 was the first thing I designed for the project, and it turned out great. The brief was for a walking tank, an enemy robot with a threatening presence, bristling with armaments. I love the right hand appendage, a combination door breaching hammer and articulated claw. The arms are mounted on curved shoulder rails, so they can rotate around and track various targets. There is so much articulation in this guy, it really taxed the rigging department! Bone count be dammed! ha ha

This is the accompanying human sized enemy robot, the C6. A menacing eyeless axe shaped sensor head is mounted on a 360° degree swiveling pintle frame, so the head can target you from any angle. I imagined the player shoot one in the back, only to have the head spin 180° round and target you, the weapon following a split second behind, helped by the highly mobile shoulder and upper arm sections, allowing the robot to move in ways a human can't, and creating a unique adversary. The work done by the character department to model and texture these robots was insane. It was a true honour to have my concepts brought to life by such a talented team!

A couple of variations on the standard SDF enemy soldiers. The idea was to create an iconic look, something clearly a guy in a suit, but still dehumanised and threatening enough to make them clearly the badguys, and worthy of killing by the hundreds. I added some frames to the 'muzzle', similar to the mounts on a modern day soldiers helmet, that can have additional optics or emergency breathing apparatus attached, to create an aggressive look. The reinforced polymer face pieces have a variable opacity laminate, I imagined a scene where you see a soldier seal up his transparent mask, then the mask turns cloudy white from the bottom up, obscuring the face and turning the visage into an eyeless skull. These SDF soldiers live in their suits, and have multiple redundancy life support systems, with visible added connective cable and hoses, to create a unique inside-out look to contrast against the clean and slick suits of the Earth forces.

Ethan, or E3N, the buddy brobot you as the player have alongside for the game. This guy was fun to design, and I love how the head and upper arms worked out. My brother was the inspiration for this character, he's a big badass dude with the right friendly demeanor that I thought was perfect for this robot. I wanted Ethan to look and feel like someone who would have your back in battle, and be down for some extreme sports in down time. My bro is into motocross, so for the articulated pistons on Ethan's neck, I gave him gold cylinders to reflect the awesome looking forks you find on race bikes. Ethan's head is also a combination of elements from a motocross helmet, with articulated lens hood pieces from a camera lens, and the top hood piece forming a cap and visor peak shape.

Really happy with how his head was resolved. It's tough to come up with a unique and iconic robot head with the right character and ability to emote.

The final design for the UNSA SATO Marine helmets. With the hero Marines, I wanted to create a rugged and tough suit that paid homage to some classic Marine ideas. Mainly the thick armoured neck and arms. The thick neck was an attempt to create a different silhouette than the usual space suit form of thin neck/big helmet. I kept the helmet as slim and 'operator' as possible, while pumping up the neck, to create a unique look that feels badass, and harks to the leatherneck moniker of the Marines.


With the arms I wanted the suit to feel like the rolled-up-sleeves look that's popular with Marines, and seen in some classic movies like Aliens. The lower arm sections and neck utilise mechanical pressure to protect from the vacuum of space, while the rest of the outfit is a traditional gas pressure space suit. Taking inspiration from the latest concepts of future space suits from places like NASA, with their elasticated tight fitting sleeves and lines of non-extension, I created a rugged military look with a thick armoured feel and beefy grid like pattern.

I've loads more concepts to share in the future, so excited to show some of the other cool characters and weapons I was lucky enough to create for the project. Be sure to check out the game too, I'm playing through the final product now and it's rad, so cool to see my work realised to such a high level by a huge and talented team. Cheers!
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          Pocket Pictures by SproutHead        

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Miniature art in miniature picture frames! Intricate designs and so small they could fit in your pocket. These fun images were letterpressed using polymer plates made from hand-drawn images. It's hard to see in the picture, but the letterpressed images were literally pressed into the paper, making for a slight indentation that you can see and feel. A piece of thread was glued in between the frame and picture pieces, making it easily hangable with a push-pin or nail. Measures 2 1\/2" x 3 1\/16." Comes in a hand-made light blue envelope with a silkscreened image on the front.

What to do with it? These works of art are perfect for hanging in the bedroom, dorm, workplace, and on the Christmas tree. Makes a great "thinking of you" gift to send to friends in the mail, and to give to travellers who want something lightweight, portable, and easy to hang in their temporary abode. Good as a small thank-you gift or memento.

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          Russian antitrust officials fine Google $6.8 million        

Earlier today, Google has been slapped with a $6.8 million fine by Russia’s Federation Antimonopoly Service after the antitrust body found that the search engine giant has unfairly abused its market position with Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Google’s problems in Russia started last year when Yandex, the Russian search engine that […]

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          Half term and some more pattern!        

I managed to get out for a walk on Sunday, but I just did road and street walking - 6 miles. It was bitterly cold and very damp.


I was in a monochrome mood on Sunday - I'm sure it's the weather. Everything is charity shopped except the brogues which were bought from a Tesco outlet store about 2 years ago, and the black jeans from Lidl. I had to put a cardigan over the tunic for extra warmth. This short sleeved M&S cardigan has proved very useful. It reminds me that I saw a navy blue short, short sleeved cardigan on Saturday, in Cancer Research for £1.00 and I didn't buy it! What on earth was I thinking?


All jewellery charity shopped, too.

It was half term this week. I do enjoy the break from the school run. I still went into the Red Cross on Monday. I picked up a blue homemade waistcoat from the Ragbag and will probably wear that on Friday when I go to see my son. It was a really cold day but it was bright and sunny; my spirits were immediately lifted by the sunshine. Unfortunately, I still had the lurgy.


 This is the tunic I bought on Saturday - it's by Influence and it's made of knitted material, so it's warm. Jeans; Next, also charity  shopped  on Saturday. Boots: DDB.


I added the trusty short sleeved cardi for added warmth.


Earrings, Bedford market; turquoise ring, Sainsbury's; all other jewellery, charity shopped.

I didn't go to the food bank on Tuesday; I didn't think it was fair to spread my germs to everyone. It was okay yesterday in the Red Cross as I was the only person at the back of the shop.

I went for a 6.6 mile walk on Tuesday instead. I retraced the walk I led last Wednesday but in reverse. It turned out to be a lovely day and the wild life and birds were abundant. I disturbed a Muntjac deer drinking at a stream. I also disturbed a buzzard and 4 pheasants; all of whom flew off in a panic making very annoyed noises. I saw a sparrowhawk;  dunnocks, meadow pipits, blackbirds, chaffinches, blue tits, wood pigeons, a wren and several gulls, rooks and crows in a field - splashing about in the huge puddles left by all the rain we've had.


Look what my Valentine bought me! I'm so lucky to have such a good man...


On Wednesday I felt really rough and decided to chill out. I only went out to pick up the grandchildren both of whom were staying on Wednesday night.


Everything is charity shopped. The skirt is from M and Co; boots from Tesco; jacket from Next. It's a bit like my Country Casuals mustard jacket - it goes with lots of things. I used to wear it a lot when I was teaching; I've had it about 7 or 8 years.


This necklace was bought on Saturday in Age UK Northampton,  for £1.99. Earrings from Sainsbury's and bangles, watch and ring charity shopped.


I went to see my son on Friday. Everything charity shopped except boots and earrings - both from Sainsbury's.


The black maxi dress is by Item, which is a part of Tesco's; I think. I can't remember where I bought this dress. The long jacket is by Primarni and I bought it in the Barnardo's in Great Denham for £1.99. I love the colours. I have lightweight green trousers and a similar coloured green top that will look fab with this jacket when the weather gets warmer!.


My necklace, rings and bangles are all charity shopped.

I've been playing a lot of Monopoly with the grandsons this half term. They have both beaten me. The youngest grandson gets really excited with all the money  - even if if he has to give me rent and I give him change! We are playing the adult version so the idea of millions is quite intoxicating...

It was my eldest brother's birthday on Monday; he's 13 months older than me but we only met him in 2013! I will write a post about how he found us - we didn't know of his existence until February 2013. So, my three brothers, my OH and I went out to celebrate Julian's birthday on Saturday.


Only my jacket and jewellery is charity shopped. The jacket, which is a favourite of mine, was bought on the £1.00 rail in Wellingborough Age UK.


The white top was bought in the La Redoute sale in 2015 and the trousers were bought this year in the sale. I nearly always buy something in the La Redoute sale. I also bought a coat  in the same sale this year - see below. The boots were DDB.




We had a lovely Thai meal, caught up with each other's news and had lots of laughs - all in all a really good night. My birthday is next and I've proposed we go to London for the day. Julian lives in London and always travels to us for birthday celebrations so it would make a change for him and us.

I'll keep you posted!

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          How Plastic We've Become        

Our bodies carry residues of kitchen plastics

Food for Thought

In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, a businessman corners Benjamin Braddock at a cocktail party and gives him a bit of career advice. "Just one word…plastics."

Although Benjamin didn't heed that recommendation, plenty of other young graduates did. Today, the planet is awash in products spawned by the plastics industry. Residues of plastics have become ubiquitous in the environment—and in our bodies.

A federal government study now reports that bisphenol A (BPA)—the building block of one of the most widely used plastics—laces the bodies of the vast majority of U.S. residents young and old.

Manufacturers link BPA molecules into long chains, called polymers, to make polycarbonate plastics. All of those clear, brittle plastics used in baby bottles, food ware, and small kitchen appliances (like food-processor bowls) are made from polycarbonates. BPA-based resins also line the interiors of most food, beer, and soft-drink cans. With use and heating, polycarbonates can break down, leaching BPA into the materials they contact. Such as foods.

And that could be bad if what happens in laboratory animals also happens in people, because studies in rodents show that BPA can trigger a host of harmful changes, from reproductive havoc to impaired blood-sugar control and obesity (SN: 9/29/07, p. 202).

For the new study, scientists analyzed urine from some 2,500 people who had been recruited between 2003 and 2004 for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Roughly 92 percent of the individuals hosted measurable amounts of BPA, according to a report in the January Environmental Health Perspectives. It's the first study to measure the pollutant in a representative cross-section of the U.S. population.

Typically, only small traces of BPA turned up, concentrations of a few parts per billion in urine, note chemist Antonia M. Calafat and her colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, with hormone-mimicking agents like BPA, even tiny exposures can have notable impacts.

Overall, concentrations measured by Calafat's team were substantially higher than those that have triggered disease, birth defects, and more in exposed animals, notes Frederick S. vom Saal, a University of Missouri-Columbia biologist who has been probing the toxicology of BPA for more than 15 years.

The BPA industry describes things differently. Although Calafat's team reported urine concentrations of BPA, in fact they assayed a breakdown product—the compound by which BPA is excreted, notes Steven G. Hentges of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. As such, he argues, "this does not mean that BPA itself is present in the body or in urine."

On the other hand, few people have direct exposure to the breakdown product.

Hentges' group estimates that the daily BPA intake needed to create urine concentrations reported by the CDC scientists should be in the neighborhood of 50 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight—or one millionth of an amount at which "no adverse effects" were measured in multi-generation animal studies. In other words, Hentges says, this suggests "a very large margin of safety."

No way, counters vom Saal. If one applies the ratio of BPA intake to excreted values in hosts of published animal studies, concentrations just reported by CDC suggest that the daily intake of most Americans is actually closer to 100 micrograms (µg) per kilogram bodyweight, he says—or some 1,000-fold higher than the industry figure.

Clearly, there are big differences of opinion and interpretation. And a lot may rest on who's right.

Globally, chemical manufacturers produce an estimated 2.8 million tons of BPA each year. The material goes into a broad range of products, many used in and around the home. BPA also serves as the basis of dental sealants, which are resins applied to the teeth of children to protect their pearly whites from cavities (SN: 4/6/96, p. 214). The industry, therefore, has a strong economic interest in seeing that the market for BPA-based products doesn't become eroded by public concerns over the chemical.

And that could happen. About 2 years after a Japanese research team showed that BPA leached out of baby bottles and plastic food ware (see What's Coming Out of Baby's Bottle?), manufacturers of those consumer products voluntarily found BPA substitutes for use in food cans. Some 2 years after that, a different group of Japanese scientists measured concentrations of BPA residues in the urine of college students. About half of the samples came from before the switch, the rest from after the period when BPA was removed from food cans.

By comparing urine values from the two time periods, the researchers showed that BPA residues were much lower—down by at least 50 percent—after Japanese manufacturers had eliminated BPA from the lining of food cans.

Concludes vom Saal, in light of the new CDC data and a growing body of animal data implicating even low-dose BPA exposures with the potential to cause harm, "the most logical thing" for the United States to do would be to follow in Japan's footsteps and "get this stuff [BPA] out of our food."

Kids appear most exposed

Overall, men tend to have statistically lower concentrations of BPA than women, the NHANES data indicate. But the big difference, Calafat says, traces to age. "Children had higher concentrations than adolescents, and they in turn had higher levels than adults," she told Science News Online.

This decreasing body burden with older age "is something we have seen with some other nonpersistent chemicals," Calafat notes—such as phthalates, another class of plasticizers.

The spread between the average BPA concentration that her team measured in children 6 to 11 years old (4.5 µg/liter) and adults (2.5 µg/L) doesn't look like much, but proved reliably different.

The open question is why adults tended to excrete only 55 percent as much BPA. It could mean children have higher exposures, she posits, or perhaps that they break it down less efficiently. "We really need to do more research to be able to answer that question."

Among other differences that emerged in the NHANES analysis: urine residues of BPA decreased with increasing household income and varied somewhat with ethnicity (with Mexican-Americans having the lowest average values, blacks the highest, and white's values in between).

There was also a time-of-day difference, with urine values for any given group tending to be highest in the evening, lowest in the afternoon, and midway between those in the morning. Since BPA's half-life in the body is only about 6 hours, that temporal variation in the chemical's excretion would be consistent with food as a major source of exposure, the CDC scientists note.

In the current NHANES paper, BPA samples were collected only once from each recruit. However, in a paper due to come out in the February Environmental Health Perspectives, Calafat and colleagues from several other institutions looked at how BPA excretion varied over a 2-year span among 82 individuals—men and women—seen at a fertility clinic in Boston.

In contrast to the NHANES data, the upcoming report shows that men tended to have somewhat higher BPA concentrations than women. Then again both groups had only about one-quarter the concentration typical of Americans.

The big difference in the Boston group emerged among the 10 women who ultimately became pregnant. Their BPA excretion increased 33 percent during pregnancy. Owing to the small number of participants in this subset of the study population, the pregnancy-associated change was not statistically significant. However, the researchers report, these are the first data to look for changes during pregnancy and ultimately determining whether some feature of pregnancy—such as a change in diet or metabolism of BPA—really alters body concentrations of the pollutant could be important. It could point to whether the fetus faces an unexpectedly high exposure to the pollutant.

If it does, the fetus could face a double whammy: Not only would exposures be higher during this period of organ and neural development, but rates of detoxification also would be diminished, vom Saal says.

Indeed, in a separate study, one due to be published soon in Reproductive Toxicology, his team administered BPA by ingestion or by injection to 3-day-old mice. Either way, the BPA exposure resulted in comparable BPA concentrations in blood.

What's more, that study found, per unit of BPA delivered, blood values in the newborns were "markedly higher" than other studies have reported for adult rodents exposed to the chemical. And that makes sense, vom Saal says, because the enzyme needed to break BPA down and lead to its excretion is only a tenth as active in babies as in adults. That's true in the mouse, he says, in the rat—and, according to some preliminary data, in humans.

Vom Saal contends that since studies have shown BPA exhibits potent hormonelike activity in human cells at the parts-per-trillion level, and since the new CDC study finds that most people are continually exposed to concentrations well above the parts-per-trillion ballpark, it's time to reevaluate whether it makes sense to use BPA-based products in and around foods.


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          Fattening Carbs—Some Promote Obesity and Worse        

Food for Thought

Nutritionists call them carbohydrates. To most of us, they're simply sugars and starches. And although the fructose in soft drinks and the refined flour in white bread taste quite different, "nutritionally and metabolically they're the same as table sugar," explains endocrinologist David S. Ludwig. That's because the body digests all carbohydrate-rich foods into glucose, or blood sugar.

However, all carbs don't break down at the same rate. The body digests those in many whole-grain products quite slowly. Others become converted to glucose almost immediately.

Rapidly digested carbs aren't healthy for people with diabetes and others watching their blood sugar. A new study by Ludwig and his colleagues at Children's Hospital Boston suggests that such carbs are also problematic for people looking to shed body fat. Indeed, the findings indicate that consumption of the wrong carbs can spur the development of body fat, even with no gain in weight.

In the study, mice that chowed down on a type of rapidly digestible starch didn't gain any more weight than did animals eating a starch that digests slowly. But the first group did accumulate lots of excess fat. The data indicate that something about rapidly digesting carbs signaled the body to convert more of a meal's energy into body fat, into fatty lipids that circulate in blood, and into deposits of fat throughout the liver.

Ludwig considers the observed effect on the animals' livers the most troubling one. Fatty-liver disease has traditionally been regarded as the first stage of damage from alcoholism that can progress to hepatitis, cirrhosis, and death. But researchers in recent years have discerned the beginnings of an epidemic of fatty-liver disease unrelated to alcoholism but correlated strongly with being overweight. Recent data suggest that as much as one-third of children and even a higher proportion of adults have the condition. Ludwig told Science News Online that he suspects that "up to half of the [U.S.] population" now has fatty-liver disease.

The question has been what's fueling this epidemic. Because the disease so often accompanies obesity, many researchers have suspected that high-fat diets and junk foods are responsible. Ludwig's group had another idea.

In recent years, the mushrooming incidence of obesity in the United States has led to a push to get people to lower their intakes of fat. However, reducing fat consumption almost always translates into increasing the intake of carbs (see Counting Carbs). Moreover, the carbs most people reach for first are the refined—easy to digest—types found in white flour, white rice, pasta, and potatoes.

Ludwig's team decided to see whether a diet rich in a similar carb promotes fat buildup. They used a proportion of carbs that people on a low-fat diet might eat and compared its effects with that of a diet equal in all respects except that its carbs were mainly a slowly digested starch.

In the September Obesity, the researchers show that animals eating rapidly digested carbs accumulated more fat throughout their bodies—including their livers—than did animals eating primarily the slow-to-digest starch.

Says Ludwig, "This is the first study in which a single dietary factor—varied within normal ranges—affected whether the liver remained normal or accumulated seriously elevated levels of fat."

Recipe for pudge

In the new study, Ludwig's team fed 18 recently weaned mice food pellets containing 13 percent fat, 19 percent protein, and 68 percent carbohydrates from corn starch. Half the animals got pellets containing the starch called amylopectin, which is made up of a string of glucose molecules that the gut easily degrades into sugar. The remaining mice ate pellets containing some amylopectin but mostly the starch called amylose. That type of corn starch resists breakdown in the gut.

All the animals ate and drank as much as they wanted for 25 weeks. Throughout the study, the researchers charted weight gain, body fat, fecal excretion of starch, and blood concentrations of glucose and insulin. At the end, the researchers killed the animals and measured their livers' fat contents.

Weight gain didn't differ between the two groups of animals, suggesting that the mice found the diets comparably palatable. However, the animals' bodies responded differently to the two food-pellet recipes. Mice dining on amylopectin-enriched chow became twice as fat as those eating the slower-digested amylose recipe. Mice eating this starch grew a little longer in body, so they looked leaner that the "roly-poly" mice eating easily digested starch, Ludwig says. The latter mice "felt squishy," whereas the slow-digested-starch eaters felt firm, he adds.

Although blood sugar concentrations didn't differ between the two groups, mice on the amylopectin-rich food developed higher insulin values after a meal. The body uses the hormone to shepherd energy into its cells. Higher blood insulin after a meal, Ludwig explains, indicates that an animal needs more insulin to fully use the food it's eaten. Needing more of the hormone can be a first sign of insulin resistance and impending diabetes.

Ludwig notes, "Insulin is a powerful anabolic hormone, meaning it promotes the storage of fat. In fact, that's arguably one of [the hormone's] main roles." One of the first places newly made insulin ends up is in the liver, where it can trigger the localized creation and stockpiling of fat.

Although the rodents' livers weighed the same whether they ate fast- or slow-digested starch, fat made up 12 percent of the liver in mice fed the amylopectin-rich diet. That's double the fat content of livers in animals that had eaten the slow-digested starch. For perspective, Ludwig notes, people whose livers contain 10 percent fat are considered to be suffering from "advanced" nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease.

What about people?

This isn't the first study to indicate that foods that rapidly break down to glucose in the body—characterized as having a "high glycemic index" (see The New GI Tracts)—can fuel nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease. For instance, last year Silvia Valtueña of the University of Parma in Italy and her colleagues reported findings from a study of 247 apparently healthy men and women. The volunteers' diets were evaluated and given a glycemic-index (GI) rating.

Low GI foods included corn, dairy products, and fruit. High GI fare included bread, pizza, and baked snacks. The volunteers were grouped into four categories based on the ascending GI rankings of their diets.

Participants with the highest-GI diets were twice as likely to have undiagnosed fatty-liver disease as were other study participants. People in the highest group were also far likelier to be insulin resistant, the researcher reported in the July 2006 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In an editorial accompanying the Valtueña report, David J.A. Jenkins and his colleagues at the University of Toronto argued that the "implication of this study is that a low-GI diet, or selection of lower-GI rather than higher-GI foods, may benefit persons with nonalcoholic fatty liver." Indeed, the commenters suggested, it might be possible for doctors to treat nonalcoholic fatty liver by lowering the glycemic index of an individuals' diets.

That's what Ludwig's group is now investigating: "We hope to enroll 46 kids to a diet for 6 months," he says. The 8- to 17-year-olds and their parents will receive dietary counseling. Half of the recruits will be assigned to a low-fat diet. The rest will receive counseling to lower the glycemic index of their diets. The general guidelines for a low-GI diet call for substituting whole-grain foods for ones made from highly processed cereal fibers and reducing refined sugars in favor of sweet fruits.

"Conceptually," Ludwig says, "fatty liver should be reversible—we've seen it anecdotally in practice many times, such as when someone loses weight or changes the quality of their diet."


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Citations

David J.A. Jenkins

Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center

St. Michael's Hospital

61 Queen Street, East

Toronto, ON M5C 3E2

Canada


David S. Ludwig

Children's Hospital Boston

Department of Medicine

333 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


Silvia Valtueña

Department of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

University of Parma

43100 Parma

Italy
Further Reading

Pawlak, D.B., et al. 2001. High glycemic index starch promotes hypersecretion of insulin and higher body fat in rats without affecting insulin sensitivity. Journal of Nutrition 131(January):99-104. Available at [Go to].

Raloff, J. 2007. Super-size mice—Fast food hurts rodents. Science News Online (June 9). Available at [Go to].

______. 2004. Counting carbs. Science News 166(July 17):40-42. Available at [Go to].

______. 2004. Coming soon—Spud lite. Science News Online (June 19). Available at [Go to].

______. 2000. The new GI tracts. Science News 157(April 8):236-238. Available at [Go to].

Sloth, I., et al. 2004. No difference in body weight decrease between a low-glycemic-index and a high-glycemic-index diet but reduced LDL cholesterol after 10-wk ad libitum intake of the low-glycemic-index diet. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 80(Aug. 1):337-347. Available at [Go to].

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          ... Happy 15th Birthday to Me ...        

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          ... Selena Gomez ...        

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          ... Gloomy ...        

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          ... Walking down the wrong road ...        

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          ~ Merry Christmas ~        

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          Ramadan Kareem        

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          ... Far From Home ...        

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          Ashley Greene        

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          ... My life without my frndz ...        

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          graveyard        

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          Vanessa Hudgens' style        

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          Blue & White        

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          dugout canoe ~ over unity        

dugout canoe ~ over unity (self-released, 2016)

«A 54 minute tapestry of transcendental motifs caterwauling fizzy manifestations hurled forth from the Unified Field. Professionally dubbed and duplicated blue-green glitter tape with printed art and full color J-card in a soft poly case». dugout canoe

Imagine Terry Riley playing some old video game and realizing that instead of actually playing it, he can play music with it. So he starts pushing all those buttons in a manner he does with electronic organ and the game becomes more and more chaotic, yet doesn't want to end anyway. At some point game gains awareness and transcends its own code, achieving digital enlightenment and disappearing from the physical plan... Now you get an idea how this tapes sounds, with the only difference that instead of Terry there is Jacob Isaacs behind the wheel and you may heard his tunes already in Bridgetown Records catalogue. Speed is really high, so all your attempts to analyse this music are doomed to vanish in abundance of 8-bit tunes, voice samples and rumbling drones somewhere deep beneath all of this. It may seem pretty hard-core, but actually this music has certain New Age and bright futuristic feeling about it, sounding like dynamic Osho meditation for cybernetic mind or minimal techno party for androids on the loose. Take Kara-Lis Coverdale and Giant Claw, let them dance, smoke few joints and flirt (only musically speaking, of course) and you'll get "Over Unity" in result. 

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PS: By the way, one of this album's perks is the fact that you can listen to it from any point, it works perfectly from any tape position and at any player / volume / speakers / headphones, etc. Just amazing! 


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          When Knowledge and Experience Do Not Help: A Study of Nonfatal Drug Overdoses        
image With recent increases in overdose deaths in Australia, there is renewed interest in understanding the factors that contribute to overdose. We examine the experiences of persons who report a nonfatal drug overdose. Fifty people who inject drugs (PWID) and who had accidently overdosed in the past 12 months were recruited and interviewed at 1 of 4 Needle and Syringe Program sites during September and October 2013. Participants were typically male, middle-aged, with long injecting histories. Half of the participants reported mainly injecting pharmaceutical opioids. Most overdoses occurred at home with others present. An ambulance was called for only 38% of cases and 26% were admitted to a hospital emergency department. Police were seldom involved, and there were no complaints about the involvement of police at the time of the overdose. Participants commonly had a history of overdosing, and most were on prescription medications for physical and/or mental health problems. Poly drug use was common for those reporting an accidental overdose. Benzodiazepines (eg, Xanax or Valium) were implicated in just over half of the overdoses. Most of those reporting a recent overdose also report a past history of previous overdoses. Most of those reporting a previous overdose continue to use substances in ways they are aware contribute to the risk of an overdose.
          Associations Between Physical Pain, Pain Management, and Frequency of Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use Among Young Adults: A Sex-specific Analysis        
imageObjectives: We sought to determine sex-specific associations between experiences of physical pain, pain management, and frequency of nonmedical prescription opioid (NMPO) use among young adults. Methods: Among participants enrolled in the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study, we identified associations between physical pain in the past 6 months, pain history, pain management, polysubstance use, and weekly NMPO use. In sex-specific models, independent correlates of weekly NMPO use were identified via modified stepwise Poisson regression. Results: Of 199 participants, the mean age was 24.6, and 65.3% were male. The racial composition was 16.6% black, 60.8% white, and 22.1% mixed or other race. A total of 119 (59.8%) participants reported weekly or greater NMPO use. The majority of male (86.2%) and female (84.1%) participants reported ever experiencing severe pain. A majority of males (72.3%) and females (81.2%) reported that they engaged in NMPO use to treat their physical pain, and one-quarter (26.9%) of males and one-third (36.2%) of females had been denied a prescription from a doctor to treat severe pain. Among males, frequent NMPO use was independently associated with white race (P < 0.001) and reporting greater physical pain (P = 0.002). Among females, older age (P = 0.002) and monthly or greater nonmedical benzodiazepine use (P = 0.001) were independently associated with weekly NMPO use. Conclusions: Among young men in Rhode Island, physical pain may be related to frequent NMPO use. More research is needed to identify sex-specific, pain-related factors that are linked with NMPO use to improve harm reduction and pain management interventions.
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          Drumming and dance        
Today I am really wishing that I were one of those super-talented writers who can convey colour, rhythm, movement and passion just through words. Or that I could have taken some video to attach to describe yesterday evening.

I was walking home from a visit to my tailor, and could hear drumming. Extremely fast, staccato, poly-rhythmic drumming (done using sticks rather than with the hands), galloping to a crescendo at the end of each ‘song’ when all the drummers came together for the final “krak kraks”. I’ve heard this type of drumming before, but never tracked down the source as it echoes off the buildings, seemingly coming from one direction and then another depending on where you stand – and always, certainly, from some hidden private courtyard.

But this time I walked right past the source. The gate was slightly open and two women were peering through. I looked too – and it wasn’t more than a minute before a woman inside spotted the white face and so invited me in.

There was a group of four men drumming and a semi-circle of some forty women, dressed as only women from this part of the world can: long, floating layers of chiffon and satin in vibrant red, gold, purple, turquoise… They were seated, but every now and then one or two would stand up and go to the centre to dance. I knew I had been invited so that I could ‘perform’ for the women at some stage but also that it would be worth the embarrassment in order to watch the spectacle.

I’d heard of these women-only get-togethers where the women dance in a very sexy way, but could not have imagined the reality. The dancing is very vigorous, with some jumping and throwing the arms about, but mostly based around exaggerated shaking of the bottom and thrusting of the hips, whilst one hand holds up the fabric of the dress/skirts at the front – in many cases right up to crotch level. It was amazing to watch. There was even one veiled woman there, who kept her scarf covering her hair whilst she lifted her skirts above her knees and shook her stuff.

There was also call and response between the chief drummer and his troupe, clearly the drummed ‘songs’ had stories to them, but unfortunately all in Wolof so as usual I had not a clue about what was going on. Except that the evening was clearly about the women being able to display their sexuality to the full in the safe environment of a group of like-minded women.

I’m sure I looked very unsexy when I was dragged into the centre to dance – and I certainly didn’t lift up the front of my skirt (although I was glad to be wearing a bright yellow and black flowery skirt rather than my usual drab beige trousers)! Whilst up there a woman who’d done plenty of dancing quietly explained to me that she was the griotte and (traditional history and praise singer) and the drummers were her griots. I therefore had to make a financial offering to them – but CFA1,000 ($2) was enough, the same amount that I noticed other dancers were giving.

Eventually I made my quiet escape. I had hoped to find out more about the dance from colleagues, but all I could get is that it is called ‘taneuber’ – and is a version of the much better-known sabar dance that is performed in public by both men and women.


          Net-hunting with pygmies        
The highlight of my holiday in the Central African Republic was not the wildlife, as I had expected, but a morning spent with the Ba'Aka.  This pygmy tribe are indigenous to the rainforest, still mostly living as hunter-gatherers in a lifestyle that will have hardly changed over thousands of years.  They are believed to be amongst the closest people, genetically, to the original humans.

They really are very small, many with front teeth chiselled to points (which they consider beautiful), and with intricate little tattoos all over their faces.  Thye seem very innocent, almost childlike in their behaviour, which we saw clearly during our morning together.

We accompanied them net-hunting: me, another tourist, a guide, and an interesting American man (Louis Sarno) who has lived with them for the past 27 years.  There were around 15 Ba'Aka going out on the hunt - men and women together as this like most tasks are shared equally - carrying their long, fibre nets, machetes and a couple of spears, and all quite excited as they enjoy the hunt.

We followed them into the forest (as I constantly ducked to avoid branches and vines I could see the evolutionary advantage of their short stature) and they quickly set up the nets, hooking them up to the vegetation so as to form a long, metre-high barrier which curved round almost into a circle.  Then, inside the nets, they began to beat the vegetation with sticks, calling out with traditional cries, to flush out any animals into the nets.

The first attempt was unsuccessful but on the second go they caught two blue duiker (tiny blue-grey coloured antelope), which would be shared out traditionally according to each person's role - who flushed it out, whose net it ran into, who killed it, etc.

On the way out of the forest someone spotted some fruit ripening high up in the canopy, and before I could even switch my camera on one of the Ba'Aka had climbed maybe 30 metres up a tree trunk resembling a narrow telegraph pole, with no branches or anything to hold on to for support except for the trunk itself ... amazing.

After the hunt the Ba'Aka piled into the backs of our vehicles.  Elated, they were like an excited bunch of schoolkids in the back of the school bus on a field trip!  They started singing and clapping - traditional songs, polyphonic and mostly just sounds rather than words, but occasionally with some high-pitched chattering sounds like a monkey's alarm call (apparently representing the spirits).  It was a magical experience being with them as they sang (not for we tourists but for themselves, to express their joy after a successful hunt), like being transported into another world.

Sadly though it is a world which might not continue.  The American explained how Bantu poachers have entered the forest, with guns, killing animals in large numbers to sell to the bushmeat trade in the cities of the region.  Ba'Aka net-hunting is sustainable as they only take what they need to eat and as their population density is very low (average 1 person per square kilometre) the impact is also low.  Hunting large numbers of duiker and monkeys, with guns, is not sustainable and wildlife numbers have crashed.  He told a sad story of how he went out with an older Ba'Aka man to be shown the way they hunt monkeys - with bows and poisoned arrows - but that the man couldn't demonstrate his skills as they didn't find any monkeys. Later back on the road they met a Bantu man with a gun, carrying a sack full of dead monkeys.

Indeed in the course of my week in the forest I saw only a troop of de Brazza's monkeys, a few balck-and-white colobus, and two solitary putty-nosed; apparently a couple of decades ago there would have been monkeys everywhere.
          SCD and Paleo and FODMAPs, oh my!        
Brussels SproutsA little knowledge is a dangerous thing ... and sometimes more knowledge is not better! I am now getting quite confused. It seems that everything is bad for me, and some of the recommendations are contradictory. What's a girl to do?

I've been doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a few years now, and I have done very well on it, removing grains, sugar and liquid milk from my diet. It has helped me keep my Inflammatory Bowel Disease under control with no medication, presumably by reducing the inflammation in my gut.

Then I discovered paleo. To be honest, the paleo/primal principles have had more effect on my exercise (walking and lifting heavy rather than chronic cardio and machines) than on my nutrition, as I was already eating free-run eggs (and pastured when available) and organic dairy (made into SCD yoghurt which is fermented for 24 hours to remove all the lactose) in my lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Removing legumes (aside from occasional lentils) seems to have been beneficial. Moreover, I added fish to my diet back in March, ending 18 years of vegetarianism. Bringing mammals and birds into my kosher dairy kitchen would be a whole other tale, worthy of another blog post. Hasn't happened yet.

I've also, as my faithful readers know, become enamoured of lacto-fermentation, fermenting kale, cabbage (with juniper berries, yum), pearl onions and carrots. Everything I read told me that these would be good for healing my leaky gut. Just as an update, I no longer use mason jars to ferment, but bail-top jars similar to these (affiliate link).While not totally anaerobic according to some people, I am not yet convinced of the necessity for airlocks, especially as Sandor Katz, the guru of fermentation, agrees with me.

So, along comes the whole FODMAPs thing and completely destroys everything I've been doing. This awkward acronym stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. I'm not going to go into all the details of these (visit the Wikipedia links provided if you really want to know), but in short, all my favourite fermentable foods should be off-limits to people with leaky guts. This despite the lovely lacto-bacilli they harbour which are supposed to be beneficial to the same people. I have no problem with avoiding lactose, grains and pulses, but to cut out all the stone fruits, cruciferous vegetables, onions, nightshades and fungi leaves me with pretty much nothing to eat in the plant department.

Oh, and then JJ Virgin comes along and tells me that eggs are inflammatory, too.

Please, shoot me now.



          By: ianagol        
I discussed Schläfli's formula during my seminar this semester, so I scanned Hodgson's thesis (don't tell Craig, since I didn't ask his permission ;). Hodgson does it a bit differently, looking at the intersection with 2-planes instead of hyperplanes (so this doesn't require induction, but does require a careful analysis of error terms). There is also a curious non-differential formula for volume one may glean from this approach. The area of a 2-dimensional cross-section is ∑(π-\theta) - 2π, so one gets a formula which is C ∑(π-\theta_e)l_e -2π Vol(P*), where P* is the dual polyhedron of all 2-planes that meet P, and C is some constant.
          'Tok Mun' 94 tahun mahu tanding parlimen K.Terengganu        
Tok Mon mahu tanding lagi di Kuala Terengganu
Masih ingatkah lagi anda dengan Tok Mun atau nama sebenar Maimun Yusof yang pernah bertanding sebagai calon bebas do Parlimen Kuala Terengganu pada Pilihan Raya umum 2008.

Diusia 94 tahun, Tok Mun yang kelihatan masih sihat menjadi colan terawal mengambil borang penamaan calon untuk bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu sebagaimana sebelum ini dimana Tok Mun yang juga calon bebas menggunakan simbol kungci berjaya mendapat 685 undi tetapi tewas kepada Allahyarham Datuk Razali Ismail (BN) 32,562 undi manakala calon (Pas) Mohamad Sabu 31.954 undi.


Warga emas itu yang menaiki prebet sapu untuk datang ke pejabat SPR di Wisma Persekutuan pada jam 19 pagi itu berkata kepada pemberita, dia berhasrat untuk bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu seperti sebelum ini kerana amanah orang,

  “Semalam Tok tengok TV (sudah) bubar Parlimen. Sebab itu Tok mari (pejabat SPR) nak ambil borang. Adik (wartawan) jangan tanya soal menang atau kalah sebab Tok tak kisah menang atau kalah, Tok tetap akan bertanding sebab ini amanah orang,” katanya.

Namun apabila ditanya sama ada sudah bersedia dari segi kewangan, Tok Mun mengaku beliau tidak mempunyai wang tetapi beliau akan meminta bantuan daripada orang ramai.

“Jangan soal pasal duit. Tok kalau tak ada duit, Tok mintak dengan orang, sikit-sikit. Jadi cukuplah. Anak-anak buahlah yang tolong. (Nak menang), Tok kena kempen lebih. Tok pandailah nak kempen macam mana,” katanya.
          Tipu ibu kandung kerana ingin berasmara dengan kekasih        
Pelajar 16 tahun tipu ibu dicekup khalwat
Gara-gara ingin mahu bertemu kekasih untuk berasmara, seorang pelajar tingkatan empat sanggup menipu ibunya bagi meminta menghantarnya ke sebuah restoran makanan segera dibandar Ledang dengan alasan ingin berjumpa dan bermalam di rumah kawan baiknya.

Sebaliknya berlaku, apabila beliau dicekup berkhalwat bersama teman lelakinya di sebuah hotel bajet dalam keadaan tanpa seurat benang dipercayai baru selesai mengadakan hubungan seks. Difahamkan pasangan kekasih ini sering menjadikan hotel bajet terbabit sebagi lokasi untuk mengadakan hubungan seks setiap kali berjumpa.


Dalam operasi yang dijalankan oleh Kadi Daerah Ledang, Sulaiman berkata, serbuan itu dilakukan adalah berdasarkan aduan awam dan semasa serbuan dijalankan penguat kuasa menunggu kira-kira lima minit sebelum remaja perempuan yang hanya membaluti dirinya dengan tuala membuka pintu dan membenarkan pemeriksaan dijalankan.

Hasil dari pemeriksaan, penguat kuasa menemui seorang remaja lelaki tanpa pakaian sedang tidur di atas katil dan remaja lelaki terbabit gagal menunjukkan sebarang dokumen mempunyai hubungan mahram atau suami isteri.   

“Mereka dibawa ke Balai Polis Tangkak  untuk dibuat laporan tangkapan sebelum dibawa ke Pejabat Agama untuk siasatan lanjut dan dijamin dengan jaminan keluarga masing-masing.
“Mereka ditahan dan didakwa di bawah Seksyen 27 (1) a b, Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Johor, 1997 yang boleh dikenakan denda tidak melebihi RM3,000 atau dua tahun penjara atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan,” kata Sulaiman.

          Y.D.P Al-Ehsan serah diri kepada polis         
Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman
Yang Dipertua Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Datuk Seri Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman hari ini tampil menyerah diri di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Ampang bagi membantu siasatan berhubung percerobohan di Sabah.

Beliau yang hadir bersama lebih 10 orang kenalannya dan memakai baju melayu merah dan berserban tiba di Balai Polis pada 11.05 pagi tadi. Bercakap kepada pemberita sebelum menyerah diri kepada pihak Polis, beliau mengakui memberi bantuan kewangan kepada Sultan Sulu Jojo, Selatan Filipina iaitu Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram yang ditemui pada 15 dan 16 sept tahun lalu.


Beliau bagaimanapun menafikan bahawa Jamalul Kiram yang dipercayai menjadi dalang percerobohan di Sabah adalah Sultan Sulu.
" Saya tidak kenalpun Jamalul Kiram ".

Muhammad Ridzwan menyerah diri hari ini berikutan kenyataan Pesuruhjaya polis Sabah Datuk Hamza Taib semalam yang memintanya menyerah diri dengan segera dimana-mana balai polis berhampiran.

Hamza berkata Muhammad Ridzwan, Yang tidak terlibat dengan pengganas bersenjata di selatan Filipina boleh membantu pihak polis.

Sinar harian
          Penceroboh Lahad Datu rela mati dari menyerah diri        


Filipina mahu pengikut Sultan Sulu elak pertumpahan darah
Selepas hampir sebulan isu pencerobohan yang dilakukan oleh Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram dan pengikutnya yang berkubu di Lahad datu sejak 9 februari lalu. Tanda-tanda mereka akan meninggalkan Sabah atau menyerah diri masih lagi belum dicapai sebaliknya mereka memaklumkan pendirian untuk kekal di Lahad Datu serta rela mati di sana.


Menurut Portal Inquarer, Agbimuddin telah memaklumkan pendirian itu dalam satu mesej yang dihantar kepada abangnya Sultan Jamalul Kiram III pada jam 5 pagi semalam dan antara isi kandungan mesej tersebut adalah. "Selepas mengebumikan saudara kami sembilan orang dan seorang saudara perempuan kami, setiap 224 daripada kami telah memutuskan untuk mati di Lahad Datu dalam usaha mencapai impian dan aspirasi kami," kata beliau dalam mesejnya.


Semalam Presiden Filipina, Banigno Aquino III, mengesa pengikut Sultan Sulu yang masih berkubu dilahad Datu agar menyerah diri tanpa sebarang syarat bagi mengelakkan lebih banyak kehilangan nyawa.

Rayuan ini dilakukan menerusi satu kenyataan selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan kabinet dan pegawai-pengawai keselamatan Filipina di Malacanang dan kali kedua selepas insiden tembak menembang di lahad Datu dua hari lepas.

Dalam insiden tersebut dua anggota komando Polis Malaysia dan 12 anggota kumpulan penceroboh terbunuh selepas insiden tersebut berlaku di Kampung Tanduo kira-kira jam 10 pagi serta turut mencederakan tiga lagi pasukan keselamatan Malaysia.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar berkata, pada masa ini polis sudah tidak mempunyai pilihan lain selain menamatkan itu secepat mungkin berikutan tindakan kumpulan penceroboh semalam. Kumpulan tersebut telah terkepung di Kampung Tanduo oleh pasukan keselamatan.

Beliau juga memberi amaran kepada mereka agar segera menyerah kerana banyak masa telah diberi kepada mereka dan perbuatan mereka telah tidak memberi pilihan kepada beliau sebaliknya.

"Saya tidak ada pilihan sekarang selain untuk mengambil tindakan yang ada untuk menangkap mereka. Sekali lagi saya minta mereka letak senjata dan serah diri. Jika tidak saya tidak ada pilihan tetapi akan  mengambil tindakan drastik dan tindakan sewajarnya bagi menamatkan keadaan," tegasnya.
Beliau turut menegaskan bahawa penceroboh yang menyerah diri kelak tetap akan diambil tindakan berdasarkan undang-undang Malaysia kerana kumpulan berkenaan sudah melakukan kesalahan yang amat serius di negara ini.

Ismail berkata, kehidupan seharian di Lahad Datu berjalan seperti biasa dan tidak ada perintah berkurung diisytiharkan, manakala kawasan operasi polis ialah di kawasan Kampung Tanduo.

Katanya, polis turut mempertingkat langkah keselamatan melalui sekatan-sekatan jalan raya dan keadaan itu akan diteruskan.
 
          BN YOUNT JOB FAIR K.Terengganu bermula 22 Feb        
 Orang ramai khasnya belia yang berada di Kuala Terengganu yang masih lagi mencari peluang pekerjaan dan juga bagi mereka yang ingin mendapatkan maklumat untuk menyertai program-program latihan ataupun mendapatkan khidmat nasihat, bimbingan keusahawanan serta kemudahan pinjaman bagi mereka yang berminat membuka perniagaan sendiri dijemput ke Dataran Shahbandar, Kuala Terengganu pada 22 dan 23 Feb semperna program BN Yount Job Fair 2013.

Terdapat 80 syarikat termasuk agensi kerajaan dan pusat latihan menyertai program ini dengan anggaran sebanyak 20,000 belia serta orang ramai akan hadir ke program yang berlangsung selama dua hari ini.


Antara Agenci kerajaan dan juga syarikat yang terlibat adalah Kementerian Antarabangsa dan Industri, Kementerian Kewangan, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad, UMW Holding Berhad, Celcom Axiata Berhad, MYeG Services Berhad, Bernas Malaysia Redtone serta Bank Islam. 


“Kami menganggarkan sambutan belia menggalakkan kerana penyertaan syarikat-syarikat gergasi Malaysia dalam karnival ini yang diadakan bersempena program Karnival Janji Ditepati,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, semalam.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dijangka melancarkan karnival tersebut, Sabtu ini.

Nazir berkata, karnival bermula jam 10 pagi hingga 6 petang itu akan melibatkan pelbagai program menarik untuk memastikan ia mencapai matlamat untuk manfaat belia, agensi dan syarikat yang menyertainya.

"Kami yakin belia akan mendapat manfaat melalui maklumat dan pengetahuan berkenaan inisiatif-inisiatif kerajaan yang sentiasa membantu golongan ini melalui agensi-agensi kerajaan yang turut serta dalam karnival ini.

“Program ini bukan berteraskan politik, tetapi sebagai rasa tanggungjawab untuk memastikan golongan belia mendapat peluang untuk berjaya dalam apa pun bidang yang mereka mahu,” katanya.

Untuk mendapatkan maklumat penyertaan dan pekerjaan-pekerjaan yang ditawarkan, sila layari www.bnyouthjobfair.my

          Lahad Datu terkawal, pihak berkuasa kenal pasti kumpulan penceroboh        
Lahad Datu yang diceroboh oleh sekumpulan rakyat asing yang berpakaian ala tentera pada selasa lepas kini berada dalam keadaan terkawal. Angkatan Tentera Malaysia dan Polis masih meneruskan rundingan sejak malam semalam dengan mereka.

Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein berkata, penduduk dikawasan berdekatan telah diarahkan untuk berpindah untuk menjamin keselamatan dan sehingga kini tiada laporan penduduk dijadikan tebusan.




Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar berkata kumpulan itu menceroboh masuk ke Lahad Datu disebabkan masalah yang berlaku di Selatan Filipina dan pihak Polis telah mengenal pasti kumpulan tersebut sebagai pewaris berketurunan "Raja Sulu" dari selatan Filipina.

Beliau berkata, kumpulan terbabit menuntut mereka dikenali sebagai Askar Diraja Kesultanan Sulu dan mereka tidak mahu rakyatnya berketurunan Sulu dihantar pulang ke negara asal.



"Kita telah hantar pasukan untuk berunding dengan mereka dan perbincangan berjalan baik dan kita beritahu mereka bahawa mereka kena tinggal (Sabah) secara baik dan kita tidak mahu apa-apa keadaan yang boleh menggugatkan keselamatan rakyat di negeri ini," katanya pada sidang akhbar di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu di sini hari ini.
Ismail berkata kumpulan itu yang kini berada di Kampung Tandau, Labian di Lahad Datu memberi jaminan akan meninggalkan tempat itu (Sabah) secepat mungkin dengan syarat tuntutan mereka dipenuhi.
Beliau berharap anggota kumpulan berkenaan akan meninggalkan negeri ini secepat mungkin dan menegaskan tuntutan seharusnya dibuat secara diplomatik, bukan secara mengejut seperti yang dilakukan itu.
"Kita lihat perbincangan dalam keadaan terkawal dan pasukan keselamatan telah mengambil tindakan awal dengan mengepung kampung itu sejak semalam dan saya percaya perkara ini dapat diselesaikan secara baik dalam masa terdekat," katanya.
Beliau berkata pihaknya mengganggarkan kumpulan itu melebihi 100 orang dan tidak menolak kemungkinan mereka bersenjata, namun demikian polis mengambil pendekatan 'berhati-hati' bagi menghadapi sebarang kemungkinan.
"Setakat ini keadaan tidak tegang dan mereka kelihatan berkelakuan baik.
Kita percaya kumpulan itu mempunyai sahabat di kampung itu tetapi tidak mempunyai rumah di situ. Mereka pergi duduk di surau dan menumpang rumah-rumah di kampung," katanya sambil menambah kumpulan itu tidak mahu dikaitkan dengan mana-mana kumpulan militan di Filipina.
Pada peringkat ini, katanya, rundingan sedang berjalan dan beliau menasihati penduduk di sekitar Lahad Datu supaya tidak percaya pada khabar angin.
Beliau turut memberi jaminan bahawa keadaan adalah baik serta selamat dan polis Sabah akan melakukan yang terbaik untuk menangani kemelut itu segera.
Katanya kumpulan itu difahamkan menggunakan bot pancung dan pihaknya akan menyiasat bagaimana mereka berjaya memasuki negara ini.

          Syarat Permohonan Pinjaman MARA Terkini 2017        
Syarat Permohonan Pinjaman MARA Terkini 2017|Bagi pelajar yang ingin melanjutkan pelajaran sudah tentu sebelum pergi ke tempat pengajian terpilih perlu memikir dulu tentang institusi dan kos yang perlu ditanggung sepanjang pengajian. Setiap bidang yang dipilih mestilah berkaitan dengan minat dan kelayakan yang kita ingin ceburi. Contoh paling dekat adalah aku sendiri yang minat dalam bidang kejuruteraan awam.

Syarat Permohonan Pinjaman MARA Terkini 2017

Bagi aku selain kos pengajian, kos sara diri juga adalah satu faktor yang perlu diambilkira. Hal kerana kita memerlukan wang yang mencukupi untuk menyara hidup di institusi pengajian tinggi. Mujurlah kini kerajaan telah menyediakan pelbagai platform untuk pinjaman pembiayaan pelajaran. Pada masa ini, terdapat dua pemberian pinjaman iaitu Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) dan Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).

Kebanyakan IPTA menyediakan pinjaman PTPTN sebagai platform untuk pembayaran yuran pengajian. Namun pinjaman MARA lebih kepada IPTS dan institusi di bawah MARA seperti contoh UniKL, KolejMara dan Polytech. Artikel ini aku akan lebih fokuskan tentang pinjaman pembiayaan MARA. Disini aku kongsikan syarat-syarat permohonan pinjaman MARA yang setiap pemohon perlu ketahui sebelum membuat pinjaman.

Syarat Permohonan Pinjaman MARA


Berikut adalah syarat kelayakan pinjaman MARA terkini bagi tahun 2017. Syarat ini terbahagi kepada dua iaitu syarat AM dan syarat akademik ;

Syarat Kelayakan AM


1. Pemohon dan salah seorang ibu atau bapa berketurunan Melayu / Bumiputera Sabah / Sarawak dan warganegara Malaysia.
2. Memenuhi syarat kelayakan bagi permohonan pengajian dengan merujuk untuk syarat kelayakan akademik.
3. Pemohon belum mempunyai kelayakan akademik setaraf dengan pengajian yang dipohon.
4. Pemohon belum mendapat lagi bantuan kewangan atau tajaan dari mana-mana agensi bagi pengajian di peringkat yang sama.
5. Ibu / Bapa / Penjaga pelajar bebas daripada senarai hitam atau tindakan undang-undang MARA.
6. Pemohon mestilah lulus dalam matapelajaran bahasa Melayu di peringkat SPM.

Syarat Kelayakan Akademik


Berikut adalah merujuk kepada program pengajian peringkat Diploma sahaja ;

Bagi lepasan SPM/ Sijil/ SKM/ STPM/ STAM ;

SPM
● 4 kredit termasuk Matematik dan Sains bagi program teknikal.

Sijil
● Lulus institusi pendidikan MARA : CGPA >2.00

STPM
● CGPA >2.50

STAM
● Lulus

Syarat Kelayakan Pendapatan 


√ Pendapatan bercukai ibubapa tahunan jenis bantuan RM80,000.00 tidak layak.

Inilah antara syarat-syarat kelayakan pinjaman MARA mengikut ketetapan semasa dan tertakluk kepada perubahan yang ditentukan oleh MARA. Dengan ada informasi ini semoga dapat membantu mereka yang ingin membuat pinjaman MARA untuk lanjutan pengajian anda.
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Les oses, le glucose en particulier, servent pour produire l'énergie. C'est l'affaire aussi des sucres polysaccharides comme l'amidon et le glycogène, qui constituent des réserves d'énergie
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          Sprachenvielfalt – Textvielfalt        
DI, 06.06.2017, 12.30 Uhr: Zunächst informieren SchülerInnen der Polytechnischen Schule Winzigerodestraße die ZuhörerInnen über Unterschiede im Arabischen in Ägypten, Tunesien und Palestina), über Pashtu und Persisch, über ‚Schönheiten‘ der Sprachen in Bosnien und in Österreich. Weiters ist ein (nachgespieltes) Gespräch türkischer Touristen in Wien zu hören. Mit SchülerInnen des BRG Kleine Sperlgasse geht’s weiter. Sie […]
          Was uns wichtig ist – Radiotalks und mehr        
SchülerInnen der P7 der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse sprechen über Themen zu Freizeit und Schule. In den Radiotalks geht es Urlaubsländer, Filme, Sport und Musik. Außerdem stellen sie die Übungsfirma ihrer Klasse vor, in der ein Buffet betrieben wird. burpts027 (burpts026)
           Predator percolation, insect outbreaks, and phase polyphenism         
Reynolds, Andy M., Sword, Gregory A., Simpson, Stephen J. and Reynolds, Don R. (2008) Predator percolation, insect outbreaks, and phase polyphenism. Current Biology, 19 (1). pp. 20-24. ISSN 0960-9822 (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.10.070 )
          Welt im Fokus: Klima, Zukunft, Flucht        
DI, 25.07.2017, 12.30 Uhr: Zunächst beschäftigen sich SchülerInnen der 5A des BRG Billrothstraße mit Radio-Hören an sich und diesbezüglichen Einschaltungen, weiters mit der kalten Jahreszeit, mit Klimaerwärmung und mit der Plattform Youtube. SchülerInnen der P8 der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse greifen anschließend die Themen Zukunft und Ziele auf. Danach sprechen SchülerInnen derselben Schule generell über Konflikte […]
          Deine Zukunft – meine Zukunft        
Wichtige Themen, die uns alle betreffen – Die SchülerInnen der P9 der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse wollen es genau wissen und interviewen einander zum Thema Zukunft und Ziele. Zur Sprache kommen Wunschberufe und Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten. Da ‚Zukunft‘ auch mit ‚Gesundheit zu tun hat, wird in einem Talk das Thema ‚Rauchen‘ angesprochen. Wer also an (gesunder) Zukunft interessiert […]
          Mathe, Schule und mehr        
DI, 25.10.2016, 12.30 Uhr: SchülerInnen der NMS Grundsteingasse sowie SchülerInnen der P5 aus der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse stellen Kapitel zur Mathematik vor. Sie sprechen über Pyramide, Kugel, Würfel, Kreis, Addition, Multiplikation, Runden, Überschlagsrechnung, Pythagoräischen Lehrsatz, Hochzahlen und Wurzel-Ziehen. Diese beiden Sendungen sind gleichzeitig Soundtrack des audiovisuellen Projekts MATH>SPEAKS, in welchen SchülerInnen mit und ohne Fluchterfahrung […]
          Mathe spricht wieder / PTS Burggasse        
SchülerInnen der P5 aus der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse über Runden und Überschlagsrechnung, über den Pythagoräischen Lehrsatz, über Hochzahlen sowie über das Wurzel-Ziehen. Die Sendung ist gleichzeitig Soundtrack des audiovisuellen Projekts MATH>SPEAKS, in welchen SchülerInnen mit und ohne Fluchterfahrung gemeinsam mathematische Grundbegriffe erklären. burpts025
          Vom Leben – und vom Leben in der Schule        
DI, 06.09.2016, 16.00 Uhr: SchülerInnen der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse bringen zunächst Beiträge aus ihrem Leben. Zu hören sind zum Beispiel Geschichten am Morgen oder Gedanken zu Freundschaft. Gesprochen wird über „Sachen, die im Leben passieren“, aber auch zum religiösen Fasten aus der Sicht junger Menschen ist mehr zu erfahren. Die SchülerInnen berichten auch über das […]
          Freundschaft, Geschichten und Persönliches        
Die SchülerInnen der KLasse P8 der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse bringen Beiträge aus ihrem Leben. Zu hören sind zum Beispiel Geschichten am Morgen oder Gedanken zu Freundschaft. Gesprochen wird über „Sachen, die im Leben passieren“, aber auch zum religiösen Fasten aus der Sicht junger Menschen ist mehr zu erfahren. burpts024
          News aus der PTS Burggasse        
Von der Klasse P7 der Polytechnischen Schule Burggasse gibt’s interessante Themen zu hören. Die SchülerInnen berichten über das Schulbuffet, das sie selbst betreiben, sprechen über ihre Vorstellungen, wie es für sie nach der Schule weiter geht, und erzählen vom „Lala Food-Event“, einer Schulveranstaltung, zu der auch der Bundesminister für Europäische und internationale Angelegeheiten gekommen ist. […]
          Daphne Bramham: Former fundamentalist Mormon fights to free his kids        
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Polygamy Groups


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          Why are Scientologists officially at London Ribfest offering a type of polygraph?        
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Scientology


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          HyperText ... Not all what I thought.        

Because the creative hypertext we have been dealing with in class is all similar to story form, that is what I was expecting within the sites I chose from the Electronic Literature Collection Volume One site. That was not at all the case. The different creative sites I visited were all very different. They all involved different sorts of creative ideas using text and the web.

Stud Poetry
Stud Poetry, by Marko Niemi, is an interesting take on poker. Words take the place of numbers on the cards. Words such as nature, infinite, and balsam can now be found on the cards. You play just as you would play poke, betting, calling, raising, and folding, hoping to win the hand. The people you play with can include Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine.

I found this game really interesting because it emphasizes the importance of words. Words hold the power that numbers often do.

Carving in Possibilities
This site focuses on the face of Michaelangelo's David. The interaction starts with the introduction "Mouse slowly to carve out your existence ... and remember where you put your ghosts." The player is to slowly move the mouse over the blurry face of David to find new phrases and to slowly reveal David's sculpted face.

I liked this creative hypertext because of the phrasing used: 
"Did they keep you company in polyphonic harmony?"
"ancient bodies compressed in calcite structures"
"How do you know this David did not lie?"

The wording seemed so poetic and striking.

Inanimate Alice, Episode 1: China
This site was a pretty straight-forward story. After a few sentences, a button would appear to click through to the next part of the story. It told the story of a little girl who lived with her parents in China. She and her mother go to look for the father when he gets lost.

I didn't much like this because there was not much interaction. The user clicks to go on to the next page and that is pretty much it. At one point, the user cannot move on until he or she "takes a picture" of each flower that Alice wants to. After images of the four flowers are captured on Alice's little communication device/game player, the user is able to click to the next part of the story. 

I, You, We
I loved this site. While very simple, this page could be explore for a long time. The user of the site seems to be in an infinite cube in which there are many, many words. The words I, you, and we randomly fill the space. The rest of the space is filled with other words. All of these words are striking because they seem to be able to describe the user.

Stir Fry Texts
The idea of this site is very interesting. As you move the mouse over the words, the words seem to spasm, and then they change. A new piece of writing is created with each move of the mouse. There are five different stir fry texts, Log, Spastext, Blue Hyacinth, Correspondence, and Divine Mind Fragment Theater. Each seperate page contains the same idea with different writings.

I really liked this page and I'd like to spend more time with it. It was fun to roll my mouse quickly over the entire text, read what appeared, and repeat.

 

Overall, I found some of these to be really interesting. Of the five I looked at, only two were interesting enough to play for more than a few minutes. More on that in my next blog =]

Back to the original assignment. 


          Thursday        

Thursday

Thursday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Saturday        

Saturday

Saturday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Monday        

Monday

Monday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Monday        

Monday

Monday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Wednesday        

Wednesday

Wednesday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Thursday        

Thursday

Thursday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Friday        

Friday

Friday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Chanel bags        

Chanel bags

Chanel bags by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Thursday        

Thursday

Thursday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Jeans        

Jeans

Jeans by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Sunday        

Sunday

Sunday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Tuesday        

Tuesday

Tuesday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Monday        

Monday

Monday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Sunday        

Sunday

Sunday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Halloween        

Halloween

Halloween by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Monday        

Monday

Monday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Tuesday        

Tuesday

Tuesday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Saturday        

Saturday

Saturday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Monday        

Monday

Monday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Sunday        

Sunday

Sunday by largeskinnylatte on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. https://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Re: Hi to everybody! [by hirumono]        
HeroMorph site questions & Suggestions:: Hi to everybody!
D'oh
In fact, I meant Adriana Lima. (that's what I get for writing comments while fighting with Poser 7's cloth room.)
BTW, do you remember the name of the model the body belongs to?

About V4's private morphs, all I've found by now is a morph from Ulli3d (he's great... but you can't draw blood from a stone!) and a work from genitals-expert Arduino, but as he says on Renderotica, because of V4 having even fewer polys in her (almost) private parts than even V3 , all he could come out with was a genital "mask" to put over her hip, just like we had at the age of Victoria 2... IMHO it's a shame that such an accurate (and expensive!) model lacks such an important feature as human genitals. But that's just my 2 cents.
As by now I prefer Sydney and Miki, they're two great realistic (and anatomically correct) models!!
          Cochlodinium polykrikoides Margalef, 1961        
Taxon "Cochlodinium polykrikoides Margalef, 1961" has been edited by Michael D. Guiry via the webinterface on 2017-04-27T20:09:35+00:00
          RBTS        
Another Polyvore set. Loving this skirt. ✌(◕‿-)✌
          I’m cold.        
Another Polyvore set, this time it’s a pretty wintery one. I adore this jacket, but it’s very expensive 😦 I also love this pantone phone case. ⊂(´・◡・⊂ )∘˚˳° gimme
          Stripes.        
Another Polyvore set. Sorry about the lack of real posts. I saw these ACNE runners at a boutique shoe shop near my house and fell in love. Then I saw that they were ACNE and I knew they’d cost waaaaayyy too much. Oh well. ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
          Blue Black White        
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, busy with school! Anyway this is an outfit I’ve been drawn to lately so I whipped it up on Polyvore. The camera is the one I’m getting for Christmas ✌(◕‿-)✌
          CCC Logo Tee         
CCC Logo Tee

CCC Logo Tee

The ever-popular Canterbury tee is made from 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester and boasts a tailored fit with crew neck. A comfortable, quality product, it proudly features the CCC logo above the word ‘Canterbury” boldly printed in red across the front. It is available in grey,black,navy & white.


          CCC Logo Tee         
CCC Logo Tee

CCC Logo Tee

The ever-popular Canterbury tee is made from 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester and boasts a tailored fit with crew neck. A comfortable, quality product, it proudly features the CCC logo above the word ‘Canterbury” boldly printed in red across the front. It is available in grey,black,navy & white.


          CCC Logo Tee        
CCC Logo Tee

CCC Logo Tee

The ever-popular Canterbury tee is made from 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester and boasts a tailored fit with crew neck. A comfortable, quality product, it proudly features the CCC logo above the word ‘Canterbury” boldly printed in red across the front. It is available in grey,black,navy & white.


          CCC Logo Tee         
CCC Logo Tee

CCC Logo Tee

The ever-popular Canterbury tee is made from 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester and boasts a tailored fit with crew neck. A comfortable, quality product, it proudly features the CCC logo above the word ‘Canterbury” boldly printed in red across the front. It is available in grey,black,navy & white.


          IRELAND VAPODRI POLY 1ST LAYER        
IRELAND VAPODRI POLY 1ST LAYER

IRELAND VAPODRI POLY 1ST LAYER


          IRELAND VAPODRI POLY GRAPHIC TEE        
IRELAND VAPODRI POLY GRAPHIC TEE

IRELAND VAPODRI POLY GRAPHIC TEE


          IRELAND VAPODRI POLY KNIT PANT        
IRELAND VAPODRI POLY KNIT PANT

IRELAND VAPODRI POLY KNIT PANT


          IRFU VAPODRI POLY SINGLET         
IRFU VAPODRI POLY SINGLET

IRFU VAPODRI POLY SINGLET


          Stadium Pant         
Stadium Pant

Stadium Pant

Another Canterbury favourite that proudly bears the CCC logo and Canterbury of New Zealand name on the leg, these stadium track pants come in black or navy. 100% polyester with a polyester/cotton mix lining, they have full-length side zips, an elasticated waistband with drawcord, side pockets and elasticated hem.


          Stadium Pant         
Stadium Pant

Stadium Pant

Another Canterbury favourite that proudly bears the CCC logo and Canterbury of New Zealand name on the leg, these stadium track pants come in black or navy. 100% polyester with a polyester/cotton mix lining, they have full-length side zips, an elasticated waistband with drawcord, side pockets and elasticated hem.


          Team Short         
Team Short

Team Short

100% Polyester Embroidered CCC lower logo Side pockets Perforated side panel for breathability Elasticated waist with draw cord.


          Team Short         
Team Short

Team Short

100% Polyester Embroidered CCC lower logo Side pockets Perforated side panel for breathability Elasticated waist with draw cord.


          Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids         
Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids

Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids


          Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids        
Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids

Vapodri Superlight Poly Tee Kids


          Waimak Polo         
Waimak Polo

Waimak Polo

Manufactured from 65% polyester and 35% cotton pique and with its knit ribbed collar and button placket neck, the Waimak polo shirt is stylish and comfortable. A shirt for all occasions, it is available in white, navy, grey, black or royal  and features an embroidered CCC logo on the right chest.


          Waimak Polo        
Waimak Polo

Waimak Polo

Manufactured from 65% polyester and 35% cotton pique and with its knit ribbed collar and button placket neck, the Waimak polo shirt is stylish and comfortable. A shirt for all occasions, it is available in white, navy, grey, black or royal  and features an embroidered CCC logo on the right chest.


          Waimak Polo        
Waimak Polo

Waimak Polo

Manufactured from 65% polyester and 35% cotton pique and with its knit ribbed collar and button placket neck, the Waimak polo shirt is stylish and comfortable. A shirt for all occasions, it is available in white, navy, grey, black or royal  and features an embroidered CCC logo on the right chest.


          Waimak Polo         
Waimak Polo

Waimak Polo

Manufactured from 65% polyester and 35% cotton pique and with its knit ribbed collar and button placket neck, the Waimak polo shirt is stylish and comfortable. A shirt for all occasions, it is available in white, navy, grey, black or royal  and features an embroidered CCC logo on the right chest.


          Waimak Polo         
Waimak Polo

Waimak Polo

Manufactured from 65% polyester and 35% cotton pique and with its knit ribbed collar and button placket neck, the Waimak polo shirt is stylish and comfortable. A shirt for all occasions, it is available in white, navy, grey, black or royal  and features an embroidered CCC logo on the right chest.


          Beige scarves, brown scarves, beige silk scarf, brown silk scarf, neutral silk, silk chiffon, crinkle chiffon, beige, tan, coral, handmade by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

Hand dyed warm neutrals in shades of brown, enlivened with a splash of coral, this scarf is a great gift for the lady who's not necessarily into spring pastels. Crinkled chiffon is perfect if you enjoy wearing silk but prefer a more casual look. This is a large scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74". Silk chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and feminine. This is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

I use only professional quality dyes which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the beautiful colors won't run or fade. I make every effort to display colors accurately, however, colors can appear to vary based on your monitor. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios scarf, machine wash on cold, gentle cycle in a mesh bag, twist gently, and air dry to maintain the crinkles.

Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

I invite you to check my feedback - here's what happy customers have said:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

Beautiful scarf!! Artistically dyed in rich and wonderful colors. Visiting Anne's shop is such a treat!! Opening the package is even more of a treat!!!

Simply gorgeous! The colors are unbelievable! Looks just as rich and textured as it does online. I loved it so much I bought another one recently as a Christmas gift. Beautiful work! Thank you!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Whether you purchase from me, or another Etsy seller, thank you for supporting independent artists!


          Purple skinny scarf - crinkle scarf - dusty purple, violet, lavender - skinny scarf - crinkle chiffon - silk chiffon - hand dyed- 7" x 75" by FireAuntStudios        

30.00 USD

Have you heard? Skinny scarves are a thing now! They look great tied once at the throat with the long ends hanging down, as in the last photo, or wrapped a few times around your neck and knotted at the throat, as shown in the first photo. Skinny scarves are also great if you want to keep wearing your cute scarves during summer - so much less bulk around your neck. I have hand dyed it in various shades of dusty purple, lilac, and violet. Really pretty with blue eyes! This silk chiffon scarf is 7" wide, but behaves like a much narrower scarf because it's been crinkled. Chiffon is a loosely woven silk, so it's very light and floaty and ethereal, and this is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

I use only Procion fiber reactive dyes, which bond permanently with the fabric, which means the colors won't run or fade. Please remember that colors vary slightly on different monitors.

To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios silk scarf, I recommend washing in the delicate cycle in a mesh bag, then twist loosely and let dry to maintain the crinkles.

I invite you to read feedback from happy Fire Aunt Studios customers:

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Wow, you aren't exaggerating about the scarf making blue eyes pop! I'm wearing it today for the first time and may wear it every single day for the rest of my life. Thanks again - I'll be back to your shop.

So incredibly beautiful... my daughter lit up like the Christmas tree... made my Christmas morning.

I ordered 7 magnificent scarves and a DreamCatcher earring/necklace set from Fire Aunt Studios. I waited over a week to open the package. The truth is, I was afraid that the beauty will be so over the top, that my brain would explode. I would have no choice but to throw the scarves on the floor and roll around on them. As they would be tainted, I would be forced to keep them all for myself! I finally caved, sent the kids out into the rain to sing Christmas carols to the cows (we live on a farm), and proceeded to open the package. After opening and handling each scarf, and the jewelry set - Umm, I am going to need at least 1, 437 more brain-exploding scarves, and at least 362 more jewelry sets. (Just so you know, I am not ashamed about needing more scarves to roll in and jewelry to parade around in.)

My mom loved the earrings!!! Thank you so much for your sweet communication and your super fast service.

Gorgeous! Lovely Item and lovely seller! Thanks!

I love this scarf! The colors are subtle yet varied, and the size is perfect. It fits under a jacket and can be worn indoors too. Thanks for the quick shipping and great communication. I highly recommend this Etsy artist.

Got the hat today, I can't wait to get this bad boy out in public, it's really cool! The seller was quick to deliver the goods too!!

This is now my scarf go to... very lovely, and made of great quality. The service I recvd from the artist/creator is exceptional! This is your one stop shop for fabulous scarves. Thank you Ann B.

I'm wearing this scarf today and have received numerous compliments on it. The color is bright and more unique than the run-of-the-mill red scarf. Love it!

Beautiful scarf!! The colors are wonderful!! The seller is lovely!! Great communication!!

Very beautiful. Cannot find anything like this in a store! Just what I wanted. Thank you so much!

Really lovely! Thank you for the speedy shipping. I LOVE my scarf. I will be back for another one soon. :)

WHAT CAN I SAY - LOVE THIS SITE - LOVE YOUR WORK SO BEAUTIFUL

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Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

Whether you purchase from me, or from another Etsy merchant, thank you for supporting independent artisans.


          Silk scarves, pink silk scarf, lavender silk scarf, chiffon scarf, silk chiffon scarf, pastel silk scarf, pink, purple, blue, mom gifts by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

I'm calling this the Jellybean Scarf! Hand dyed in all the sweet shades of spring, it's a perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. Crinkled chiffon is perfect if you enjoy wearing silk but prefer a more casual look. This is a large scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74". Silk chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and feminine. This is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

I use only professional quality dyes which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the beautiful colors won't run or fade. I make every effort to display colors accurately, however, colors can appear to vary based on your monitor. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios scarf, machine wash on cold, gentle cycle in a mesh bag, twist gently, and air dry to maintain the crinkles.

Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

I invite you to check my feedback - here's what happy customers have said:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

Beautiful scarf!! Artistically dyed in rich and wonderful colors. Visiting Anne's shop is such a treat!! Opening the package is even more of a treat!!!

Simply gorgeous! The colors are unbelievable! Looks just as rich and textured as it does online. I loved it so much I bought another one recently as a Christmas gift. Beautiful work! Thank you!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Whether you purchase from me, or another Etsy seller, thank you for supporting independent artists!


          Skinny scarves, pink scarf, pink crinkle scarf, silk scarf, silk, feminist scarf, womens rights, nevertheless she persisted, hand printed by FireAuntStudios        

45.00 USD

Stand up! Show your support for women's rights and inspire your sisters to not fall into complacency out of sheer exhaustion. Hand dyed pink silk chiffon has been hand lettered with "resist" marching down one end ... symbolic, don't you think?

* Trendy skinny crinkle scarf, so wearable! (7" x 76")
* This is is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!
* Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to Planned Parenthood. I'll even specify donations in honor of a specific individual if you would like (may I suggest Mike Pence or Mitch McConnell?).

IMPORTANT! The scarf you see in the photo is not the actual scarf you will receive. Upon receipt of your order, I will hand dye and letter your scarf just for you, using the same materials and techniques as pictured. Since everything is done by hand, slight variations and imperfections are to be expected, and are what make your item truly one of a kind .. just like you!

I make every effort to represent colors accurately, however, colors may vary slightly depending on your monitor. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. If you like the message, but pink isn't your color, please let me know, I'd be happy to discuss a custom order.

I use only professional quality fiber reactive dyes, which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the colors you see won't run or fade. To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios silk scarf, I recommend hand washing in cold water, and hang or dry flat.

Since this is a new product line, I'm indicating a shipping timeline of two to three weeks, since each scarf is made by hand. It's very likely it won't always take me that long. Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

I invite you to check my shop reviews - here’s what happy customers have said:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

Beautiful scarf!! Artistically dyed in rich and wonderful colors. Visiting Anne's shop is such a treat!! Opening the package is even more of a treat!!!

Simply gorgeous! The colors are unbelievable! Looks just as rich and textured as it does online. I loved it so much I bought another one recently as a Christmas gift. Beautiful work! Thank you!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Please contact me with any questions you may have. Whether you purchase from me or another Etsy merchant, thank you for supporting independent artisans!


          Resist scarf, pink scarf, pink pussy scarf, pink chiffon scarf, women's rights, resist trump, equality, feminist gift, protest, gift for her by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

Stand up! Show your support for women's rights and inspire your sisters to not fall into complacency out of sheer exhaustion. Hand dyed pink silk chiffon has been subtly hand lettered with "resist" marching down the right-hand side of the scarf ... symbolic, don't you think?

* This is is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!
* Available in two sizes: medium (13"x56") and large (17"x74")
* Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to Planned Parenthood. I'll even specify donations in honor of a specific individual, if you would like.

IMPORTANT! The scarf you see in the photo is not the actual scarf you will receive. Upon receipt of your order, I will hand dye and letter your scarf just for you, using the same materials and techniques as pictured. Since everything is done by hand, slight variations and imperfections are to be expected, and are what make your item truly one of a kind .. just like you!

I make every effort to represent colors accurately, however, colors may vary slightly depending on your monitor. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. If you like the message, but pink isn't your color, please let me know, I'd be happy to discuss a custom order.

I use only professional quality fiber reactive dyes, which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the colors you see won't run or fade. To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios silk scarf, I recommend hand washing in cold water, and hang or dry flat.

Since this is a new product line, I'm indicating a shipping timeline of two to three weeks, since each scarf is made by hand. It's very likely it won't always take me that long. Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

I invite you to check my shop reviews - here’s what happy customers have said:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

Beautiful scarf!! Artistically dyed in rich and wonderful colors. Visiting Anne's shop is such a treat!! Opening the package is even more of a treat!!!

Simply gorgeous! The colors are unbelievable! Looks just as rich and textured as it does online. I loved it so much I bought another one recently as a Christmas gift. Beautiful work! Thank you!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Please contact me with any questions you may have. Whether you purchase from me or another Etsy merchant, thank you for supporting independent artisans!


          Pink scarves, purple scarves, pink silk scarf, purple silk scarf, purple pink chiffon, crinkle chiffon, spring scarf, spring flowers, mom by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

The shades in this one of a kind scarf remind me of the brightest spring flowers. Hand dyed in fresh spring shades of hot pink, and bright purple, with a touch of golden yellow, it's the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. Crinkled chiffon is perfect if you enjoy wearing silk but prefer a more casual look. This is a large scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74". Silk chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and feminine. This is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

I use only professional quality dyes which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the beautiful colors won't run or fade. I make every effort to display colors accurately, however, colors can appear to vary based on your monitor. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios scarf, machine wash on cold, gentle cycle in a mesh bag, twist gently, and air dry to maintain the crinkles.

Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

I invite you to check my feedback - here's what happy customers have said:

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This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

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          Green scarves, green silk scarf, green chiffon scarf, silk chiffon, crinkle chiffon, lime green, forest green, teal, greenery, spring scarf by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

The main color in this hand dyed, one of a kind scarf was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery. It's been accented with a dark blue-green shade I'm calling evergreen. Such fresh shades for Spring! Crinkled chiffon is perfect if you enjoy wearing silk but prefer a more casual look. This is a large scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74". Silk chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and feminine. This is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

I use only professional quality dyes which bond permanently with the fabric, meaning the beautiful colors won't run or fade. I make every effort to display colors accurately, however, colors can appear to vary based on your monitor. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios scarf, machine wash on cold, gentle cycle in a mesh bag, twist gently, and air dry to maintain the crinkles.

Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

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This scarf is gorgeous, the picture doesn't do this scarf justice. it's very soft and the colors are vibrant. it's a Christmas present for my girlfriend. I know she'll love it.

Beautiful scarf!! Artistically dyed in rich and wonderful colors. Visiting Anne's shop is such a treat!! Opening the package is even more of a treat!!!

Simply gorgeous! The colors are unbelievable! Looks just as rich and textured as it does online. I loved it so much I bought another one recently as a Christmas gift. Beautiful work! Thank you!

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          Blue chiffon crinkle scarf - silk chiffon scarf - large scarf - blueberry, peacock blue, turquoise - LARGE - 17"x74"- hand dyed to order by FireAuntStudios        

42.00 USD

The main color in this silk chiffon crinkle scarf is a gorgeous peacocky turquoise shade, accented with a darker blue, inspired by the Pantone shade Monaco Blue to give it some depth. If you love wearing silk, but prefer a more casual look, you will love the crinkled finish. This is a larger scarf, generously sized at approximately 17" x 74", which means you have even more gorgeousness to drape around your neck. Silk chiffon is a looser weave, and is very gauzy and floaty. This is 100% silk chiffon, not that polyester impostor!

Upon receipt of your order, I will hand dye your scarf just for you. I'll use the same materials and techniques and pictured, however as with all hand crafted items, slight variations are to be expected - and they're what make your item one of a kind. I use only Procion fiber reactive dyes, which bond permanently with the fabric, which means the colors won't run or fade. Please remember that colors can vary depending on your monitor.

To care for your new Fire Aunt Studios silk scarf, I recommend washing in the delicate cycle in a mesh bag, then twist loosely and let dry to maintain the crinkles.

Your new scarf will be shipped via Priority Mail in a flat rate padded envelope. If you live in the Treasure Valley, Idaho area, and would like to arrange for pick up or delivery, message me, and I'll provide you a coupon code for free shipping.

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          Annual Mormon Book Review        

Carrying on from last year's review of David Robert's Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, here is a second review of another Mormon-centered book. Enjoy!

Jared Farmer. On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008. 455 pages. Cloth: Alkaline Paper. $29.95.


From the early days of the inception of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the Mormons were concerned with place-making. Joseph Smith, the religion’s founder, initially identified Jackson County, Missouri as the “center place,” where the Garden of Eden had once stood. However, the devout were soon thrown out of the state by the governor, and moved on to Nauvoo, Illinois. Later, after Smith was assassinated, the new Mormon leader, Brigham Young, turned his gaze farther west and in 1846-1847 led a party of followers to Utah, which he claimed as “Deseret”—their Zion. There, the Saints found their “place apart” from the rest of the world.

Jared Farmer’s 2008 book On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape adroitly traces Mormon place-making in Utah. His story is ostensibly about Mount Timpanogos, a landmark known as “Timp” that unites the skyline above Orem and Provo. But the history involves much more than the mountain. It is a microcosm of Angloamerican settlement in the west. Using a singular landmark, Farmer delves into the importance of creating place out of space. He asks why Mount Timpanogos usurped the importance of the historically and agriculturally significant Lake Utah, and how the Mormon settlers manipulated their turbulent history with the Ute Indians in order to make myths and claim places as their own. The book deals with two centuries of history, as well as the interaction between varied cultures and the sometimes contradictory dogma of the LDS Church. Though complex, On Zion’s Mount is a wonderfully executed book—well written, insightful, and an excellent example of how to use local history to illuminate greater historical narratives.

The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different step in the climb to the veneration of “Timp.” The first, “Liquid Antecedents,” deals with the early history of the Ute Indians and the Mormons. It also concentrates on how bodies of water were significant to residents and settlers in the Utah Valley. This section is compelling, as Farmer explains just how distinct the freshwater Lake Utah was in the arid Great Basin. The lake was a natural landmark for the Utes, who relied heavily on its plentiful supply of fish. In the mid-1800s, it became a landmark for the Mormons, who arrived predisposed to seek out monuments in their new “holy land.”

Despite the Mormons’ intention to find a locale that was disconnected from the rest of the world, the Utah Valley, where the first waves of Mormons settled, was not a “place apart.” It was populated with Ute Indians, who had lived in the area for centuries. The wellspring for many of these Utes was Utah Lake, a freshwater reservoir southeast of the Great Salt Lake. The Indians there called themselves Timpanogos Nuche—“Rocky River Fish Eaters.” They identified themselves in connection with the body of water. The Mormons entered into an unstable relationship with the Timpanogos; an association characterized by violent fits, uneasy alliances, and contradictory feelings. This fluctuating friendship came with a bond to Utah Lake.

Both the Timpanogos and the Mormons emphasized the importance of place. The Utes classified bands by “geographic food names” like “Lake People” and “Fish-Eaters.” (25) The Saints were concerned with place as it related to Millenialism. While other religions affected by the Second Great Awakening believed in a prediction of when Christ would return, the Mormons were concerned with where. (36) When the Mormons arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the hot springs, streams, and of course the Great Salt Lake all contributed to the Saints’ belief that they had found their promised land. In the waters they took healing baths, baptized their children, and fished. These same waters had been frequented by the Utes for decades, if not centuries.

From their introduction onward, relations between the Mormons and the Timpanogos were rocky. In 1849, the former noticed that livestock was missing, and rallied a group to ride south and confront Little Chief, a Ute leader who lived on the shores of Utah Lake. The chief turned the Saints towards some “mean Ewtes,” who they subsequently slaughtered for stealing.(62) Three days afterward, a band of Mormon men decided to relocate their families to Utah Lake. The Saints settled in the midst of hostilities between bands of Utes. In order to secure their own safety, the settlers at Utah Lake as well as the LDS leadership engaged in unsteady diplomacy and occasional fights with different Indian contingents.

To complicate the already problematic situation, Mormons arrived in Utah with preconceptions of Native Americans. In fact, Indians were integral to the burgeoning religion’s discourse. According to LDS dogma, Indians were descendants of the “Lamanites,” once followers of Christ who traveled to America before the Babylon captivity. In the New World, the hostile sect broke away from their brothers, the “Nephites.” For this, God cursed the Lamanites with dark skin. The ill-fated group waged war on the Nephites and erased any fragments of Christianity from the land. The last Nephite scribe, Moroni, was the impetus for the Mormon religion. He came to Joseph Smith in a dream and told him where to find the scriptural record of this lost history. With his revelation of the sanctity of the Lamanites, Smith incorporated proselytizing to Indians into the Book of Mormon. The descendants of the Lamanites who converted would be saved during the Second Coming. More importantly, they would assist Christ in destroying the earth as soldiers of the apocalypse. This created a contradictory idea of Native Americans: “They were cursed to be inferior yet promised to be superior. They were destined to save the world, yet they couldn’t save themselves.”(57) Furthermore, dealing with real-life Utes proved harder than the LDS leadership imagined.

The tension in Saints’ beliefs between “Indian-as-brother and Indian-as-other” continued to influence their interactions with natives around Utah Lake.(61) Young was wary of the amicable relations between his followers and the Timpanogos and wished that the two groups not mix. In 1850, following the murder of an Indian man, the Mormons and the Utes engaged in the “Indian War.” Later, LDS leadership chastised natives for engaging in slave trade with a New Mexican. Though in Mormon thought there were some redeemable Indians, by 1860 Young was determined that the Utes ought to be displaced. He wrote to Washington, D.C.: “It is our wish that the Indian title should be extinguished, and the Indians removed from our Territory (Utah) and that for the best of reasons, because they are doing no good here to themselves or any body else.”(82) By the latter half of the 1860s most of the Timpanogos people moved to the Uinta Basin, estranged from the place upon which they based their identity.

Following the removal of the Utes, Utah Lake experienced a surge and then a decline in popularity that mirrored the fate of other regional waterways. In the late 19th century, tourists came to the area to take in the healing waters of the hot springs, the Great Salt Lake, and Utah Lake. Additionally, the latter continued to be a distinguished fishery. However, this fame did not last. In the first half of the 20th century, fires destroyed a number of Salt Lake resorts. Overfishing and the introduction of nonnative species affected Utah Lake. The Great Depression and WWII furthered the destruction of water sport popularity. The federal government opened the Geneva Steel plant on Utah Lake; its smokestacks and pollution diminished the reservoir’s beauty and water quality. Even after the plant closed in 2001, the lake had lost its reputation. Residents considered it dirty, shallow, and full of undesirable fish. Furthermore, during the twentieth century Utahans rethought their sense of identity. Instead of revering the hydrological geography of Utah, its residents had turned their gaze upward to the peaks.

The second section of the book, “Making a Mountain: Alpine Play,” discusses how Utahans built Mount Timpanogos into a landmark. Farmer makes great use of the exclusion of certain places as well as their later inclusion. Using topographical resources from the four western surveys, as well as mormon settler drawings and maps, Farmer shows how Timpanogos went from being an undefined ridge in the Wasatch Range to a distinct massif that overshadowed both the larger Mount Nebo to the south and the historically significant Lake Utah to the west.

As in the first three chapters, Farmer employs LDS beliefs to form the basis of his argument. The Saints’ theological sense of place included an emphasis on mountains. Settlers viewed their new homeland through religion; mountains pervade world religions as the geographical pathway to God. Peaks were of special importance to Mormons, since Joseph Smith purportedly prophesied that they would “become a mighty people in the midst of the Rocky Mountains.”(150) When the Saints arrived in Deseret, they labeled many geographic sites with biblical names, including Mount Nebo, the highest peak in the Wasatch range. However, in the 1880s Mormons began to secularize their environment. This shift was motivated by the United States Congress, which outlawed theocracy and polygamy. During what Mormons call “The Great Accommodation,” the Saints rethought the peaks in a patriotic light.

The King Survey was the first to identify “Tim-pan-o-gos Peak” in 1869.(164) However, no one considered it a defining aspect of the region, and many could not even see it; the massif was just a part of the jagged wall between Provo and American Fork Canyons. It wasn’t until the early decades of the 20th century that residents of Provo “began to visualize a mountain.”(167) The view of Timpanogos from Provo changed as the town relocated to the east of its original home at old Fort Utah. Spurred by the historic importance of mountains to the Mormons as well as the “European vogue of alpine aesthetics,” it was not unnatural for the residents of Provo to revere a nearby peak.(141) By 1910, the town described itself in relation to the mountain.

The King Survey did more than just identify Mount Timpanogos—the survey also pronounced it (erroneously) the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. In reality, that title belongs to Mount Nebo. However, the claim persisted even after the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey corrected the record, and tourists began arriving to climb the “highest mountain in the Wasatch.”(175) With the boosterism of Eugene “Timpanogos” Roberts, Brigham Young University’s athletics director, and the national increase in the popularity of hiking, “Timp” became a recreational landmark. Roberts led yearly hikes to the top of the massif, and along with the claim that they were climbing the highest peak in the Wasatch, boosters “endlessly repeated claims that the Annual Timpanogos Hike ranked as the biggest hike in America, the greatest community hike in the world, and the largest ‘pilgrimage’ to any mountain over 10,000 feet.”(202) The peak, as well as its ascent were powerful symbols of community strength.

Though the hike was discontinued in the 1970s, the peak remained emblematic of Provo. The Forest Service designated Timpanogos as wilderness. They banned the grazing of domestic animals and introduced mountain goats to the area in 1981. Meanwhile, Provo and Orem transformed from farming communities into suburbia and Robert Redford bought and built up Sundance. These changes emphasized the dichotomy between wilderness and urban areas. With the growth in population of the two cities and the ski resort, Timpanogos increased in importance. In 1996 the mountain’s significance was solidified in Mormon minds when the LDS Church built Mount Timpanogos Temple. Farmer ends this section with a rumination on environmentalism. Despite all the reverence for place, Mormons are not conservationists, and do not engage in preservation of their landmark. “Sense,” he concludes, “is not the same as sensibility.”(238)

The final section of the book, “Making a Mountain: Indian Play,” investigates how “Timp” was marked with cultural meaning. Farmer examines the place name as well as the legends that surround it. In the nineteenth century, white Americans like Henry Schoolcraft and Lydia Sigourney advocated the use of Indian place-names, despite the usual miscommunication, misappropriation, or blatant invention of “native” words. The American government continued the trend by accepting Indianist names of states. In Utah, “Timpanogos” was a long-remembered name in the Provo region. The Indians themselves were displaced to the Uinta Band, and though the name had originally designated a river, the waterway had been renamed “Provo River.” For locals, associating the mountain with a Native word “gave the landmark a heightened semblance of antiquity and authenticity.”(281)

Ironically, to further this authenticity, Eugene “Timpanogos” Roberts provided the mountain with a fake Indian legend. “The Story of Utahna and Red Eagle, an Indian Legend of Timpanogos” retold a familiar Angloamerican tale of the Indian Princess—the “dark-skinned Sappho” throwing herself from a precipice in response to a suitor.(287) These stories, all of which have suspect providence, used Native American tragedies to deepen American antiquity.(297) In a land without any ancient city walls or moldering castles, a sense of historic depth was created through legend. Additionally, the legends of leaping maidens alleviated whites’ guilt on displacing the Indians across the continent. The tales emphasized either brutish men that the women could only escape by committing suicide or savage societies that forced women to neglect her chosen lover. Either ended with the implicit message: the race of Indians is uncivilized. More importantly, the destruction of these Native maids was self-imposed. In an age when America was dealing with the morality of Indian Removal, it was more convenient for white storytellers that the natives to make the choice of self-destruction.(314)

The Legend of Timpanogos gained further footing by its performance in Utah. People repeated the story of Utahna and Red Eagle, and the tale influenced an opera, a ballet, and an oratorio. Locals further promoted the fake history by dressing up in war paint and moccasins and climbing the mountain “as Indians.” The mountain was seen as the embodiment of a Native woman; like the “Sleeping Ute” in Colorado, “Timp’s” ridge resembles a slumbering Indian maid. The Mormon use of Indianist music, storytelling, and fashion to create the Legend of Timpanogos was paradoxical in that they paid homage to a romanticized version of the people that they had forced out of the Utah Valley—the Timpanogos’ ancestral home. These cultural performances replaced history with both fiction and selective memory. Modern residents of Utah formed their own heritage; no matter that their memory is based on a fallacy.

But of course it does matter, which is Farmer’s point. Mormons produced a heritage that all but erased the Utes, just as it effaced the importance of Utah Lake. Instead of concentrating on their forebears’ efforts to colonize a “place apart,” which would necessitate emphasis on their interactions with the Indian inhabitants, Saints overwhelming focused their attention on the successive journeys westward. LDS theologians went so far as to modify the meaning of a Lamanite, so that Amerindians lost their scriptural status.(370) When they did incorporate Native Americans into their heritage, they did so with Indianist fictional stories that obscured history with romanticism. In this way, Farmer’s book acts as a historical monument, countering the heritage attached to Mount Timpanogos. Using “Timp” as a framework for his study, Farmer is able to resurrect the forgotten history of the Timpanogos Nuches and Lake Utah.

On Zion’s Mount is an outstanding cultural, local, environmental, and religious history. Farmer engages readers with his lucid prose even as he presents the tangled story of Mormons, Utes, and the western landscape. Such excellent writing is especially important when one is reminded of some of the recently popular books on Mormon history: Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven and David Roberts’ Devil’s Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy.19 Krakauer and Roberts are both professional journalists and authors; their work is aimed at the populace rather than the academy. And yet Farmer rivals these works in its composition and surpasses them in its historic breadth and depth. More importantly for scholars, his argument illuminates the American inclination to transform its landscape and pinpoints those transformations in culture and historic memory. Overall, Timpanogos’ jagged ridge proved an excellent vantage point from which to view Utah’s past.
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Still illiterate? Shame you have made no effort whatsoever to correct your obvious deficit. Even the thread title contains "forgotton". One would have to be an utter moron to make such a "misteak". You claim that "complete fabrications and dishonesty always catches up to you". Clearly, you are very (or should I say "vary") comfortable with fabrications and dishonesty given that you continuously engage in it.
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          February 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge: Flipping Fried Patties!!!        
Hi it is Lisa and Audax and we are hosting this month's Daring Cooks' challenge we have chosen a basic kitchen recipe and a basic cooking technique which can be adapted to suit any ingredient that you have to hand and are beloved by children and adults alike … of course we are talking about patties.
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Technically patties are flatten discs of ingredients held together by (added) binders (usually eggs, flour or breadcrumbs) usually coated in breadcrumbs (or  flour) then fried (and sometime baked). Burgers, rissoles, croquettes, fritters, and rösti are types of patties as well.

Irish chef Patrick "Patty" Seedhouse is said to have come up with the original concept and term as we know it today with his first production of burgers utilizing steamed meat pattys - the pattys were "packed and patted down" (and called pattys for short) in order to shape a flattened disc that would enflame with juices once steamed.

The binding of the ingredients in patties follows a couple of simple recipes (there is some overlap in the categories below)
Patties – patties are ingredients bound together and shaped as a disc.
Rissoles and croquettes – use egg with breadcrumbs as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 egg with ½ cup of breadcrumbs (sometimes flour, cooked grains, nuts and bran can be used instead of the breadcrumbs). Some meat patties use no added binders in them they rely on the protein strands within the meat to bind the patty together.  Vegetarian and vegan patties may use mashed vegetables, mashed beans, grains, nuts and seeds to bind the patty. Generally croquettes are crumbed (breaded) patties which are  shallow- or deep-fried. Rissoles are not usually crumbed (but can be) and are pan- or shallow-fried. Most rissoles and croquettes can be baked.  (Examples are all-meat patties, hamburgers, meat rissoles, meatloaves, meatballs, tuna fish and rice patties, salmon and potato rissoles, most vegetable patties.)
Wet Fritters – use flour, eggs and milk as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 2 cups flour, 1 egg with 1 cup of milk and are usually deep-fried and sometimes pan-fried  (examples deep fried apple fritters, potato fritters, some vegetable fritters, hushpuppies)
Dry Fritters – use eggs and (some) flour as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams  (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 to 2 eggs and (usually) some 2 to 8 tablespoons of flour (but sometimes no flour) and are pan- or shallow- fried. (examples most vegetable patties like zucchini fritters, Thai fish cakes, crab cakes, NZ whitebait fritters)
Röstis – use eggs (sometimes with a little flour) as the binder for the grated potato, carrot and other root vegetables, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is one egg yolk (potato rösti).

Sautéing, stir frying, pan frying, shallow frying, and deep frying use different amounts fat to cook the food. Sautéing uses the least amount of oil (a few teaspoons) while deep frying uses (many many cups) the most oil. The oil helps lubricate (sometimes adds flavour) the food being fried so it will not stick to the pan and helps transfer heat to the food being cooked.

In particular, as a form of cooking patties, pan- and shallow-frying relies on oil of the correct temperature to seal the surface (so retaining moisture) and to heat the interior ingredients (so binding them together) so cooking the patty. The exposed topside of the patty while cooking allows, unlike deep frying, some moisture loss and contact with the pan bottom with the patty creates greater browning on the contact surface that is the crust of the patty is browned and the interior is cooked by pan- and shallow-frying. Because the food is only being cooked on one side while being pan- or shallow-fried, the food must be flipped at least once to totally cook the patty.

So this month's challenge is to pan- or shallow-fry a patty, so giving us the title for this challenge “flipping fried patties”.

This challenge will help you understand how to form, what binders to use, and how to fry a patty so that it is cooked to picture perfect perfection.

Recipe Source:  Audax adapted a number of popular recipes to come up with the challenge patty recipes and Lisa has chosen to share two recipes – California Turkey Burger adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, and French Onion Salisbury Steak adapted from Cuisine at Home magazine.

Blog-checking lines:  The Daring Cooks’ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness!  We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!

Posting Date:  February 14th, 2012

Download the printable .pdf file HERE



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  • Binders
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  • Eggs – are found in most patty recipes it acts as a binder, use cold eggs and lightly beat them before using  If you cannot use eggs try this tip  "1/4 cup of silken tofu, blended, or a commercial egg re-placer powder mixed with warm water."
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  • Flour – normal plain (all-purpose) flour is used in most fritter recipes it can be replaced with rice, corn or potato flours (in smaller quantities) in some recipes. If you want some rise in your patties then use self-raising flour or add some baking powder to the flour. 
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  • Breadcrumb Preparation – breadcrumbs are a common ingredient in patties, burgers and fritters they act as a binding agent, ensuring the patty keeps it shape during the cooking process.
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    • Fresh breadcrumbs – these crumbs are made at home with stale bread simply remove the crusts from one- or two-day old bread, break bread into pieces, place pieces in a blender or food processor then blend or process until fine. Store any excess in a plastic bag in the freezer. 1 cup of fresh crumbs = 3 slices of bread.
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    • Packaged breadcrumbs – often called dry breadcrumbs, these are used to make a crisp coating on the burgers, patties and fritters they are easily found in the supermarket, You can make them at home. Place slices of one- or two-day bread on baking trays, bake in the oven on the lowest setting until slices are crisp and pale brown. Cool bread, break pieces in a blender or food processor then blend or process until fine. 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs = 4 slices of bread.
     
  • Alternate binders – bran (oat, wheat, rice, barley etc) can be used instead of breadcrumbs in most recipes. Tofu (silken) can replace the egg. Also using mashed potato (or sweet potato, carrots, most root vegetables) and/or mashed beans can help bind most patties. Of course chickpea flour and most other flours can be used to help bind patties. Seeds, nuts and grains can help bind a patty especially when the patty has cooled after cooking. These binders are used in vegan recipes.
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  • Moisteners – Mayonnaise and other sauces, pesto and mustard are used in some meat patty recipes mainly for moisture and flavour but they can act as binders as well. For vegetable patties you can use chopped frozen spinach, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, shredded apple and cooked grains to add extra moisture. Also sour cream and other milk products are used to increase the tenderness of patties.

     
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  • When making meat patties the higher the fat content of the meat, the more the patties shrink during cooking this is especially true for ground (minced) red meat. Make patties larger than the bun they are to be served on to allow for shrinkage.
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  • For hamburgers keep the fat content to about 20 - 30% (don't use lean meat) this ensures juicy patties when cooked. Also use coarse freshly ground meat (if possible) to make patties, if the mixture is ground too fine the large patties will break apart since the protein strands are too short and are covered in fat and can only bind to nearby ingredients so when the large patty is cooked it will fall apart or be too dense. Compare this behaviour with small amounts of finely ground lean meat (almost a paste) where the protein can adhere to itself (since the protein chains are short, not covered in fat and all the ingredients are nearby) hence forming a small stable patty (lamb kofta, Asian chicken balls, prawn balls).
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  • Patty mixtures should be kept cold as possible when preparing them and kept cold until you  cook them the cold helps bind the ingredients together.
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  • Don't over-mix the ingredients the resultant mixture will be heavy and dense.
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  • For meat patties chop, mince, grate the vegetable ingredients fairly finely, if too coarse the patties will break apart.
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  • Patties made mostly of meat (good quality hamburgers and rissoles) should be seasoned just before the cooking process, if salted too early liquid can be drawn out of the patty.
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  • Make all the patties the same size so they will cook at the same rate. To get even-sized patties, use measuring cups or spoons to measure out your mixture.
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  • For patties use your hands to combine the ingredients with the binders, mix gently until the mixture comes cleanly from the sides of the mixing bowl. Test that the final mixture forms a good patty (take a small amount in your palm and form into a ball it should hold together) before making the whole batch. Add extra liquid or dry binder as needed. Cook the test patty to check for seasoning, add extra if needed then cook the rest of the batch. 
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  • Usually patties should be rested (about an hour) before cooking they “firm” up during this time, a good technique to use if your patty is soft. Always wrap patties they can dry out if left in the fridge uncovered.
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  • Dampen your hands when shaping patties so the mixture won't stick to your fingers.
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  • If making vegetable patties it is best to squeeze the grated/chopped/minced vegetables to remove any excess liquid this is most important for these types of patties.
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  • When making fritters shred your vegetables because it makes long strands that gives a strong lattice for the patties. A food processor  or a box grater is great to use here.
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  • For veggie patties make sure your ingredients are free of extra water. Drain and dry your beans or other ingredients thoroughly before mashing. You can even pat them gently dry with a kitchen cloth or paper towel.
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  • Vegetable patties lack the fat of meat patties so oil the grill when BBQing them so the patty will not stick.
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  • Oil all-meat burgers rather than oiling the barbecue or grill pan – this ensures the burgers don’t stick to the grill allowing them to sear well. If they sear well in the first few minutes of cooking they’ll be golden brown and juicy. To make it easy brush the burgers with a brush dipped in oil or easier still use a spray can of oil.
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  • If you only have very lean ground beef try this tip from the Chicago Tribune newspaper  “To each 1 lb (½ kg) of ground beef add 2 tablespoons of cold water (with added salt and pepper) and 2 crushed ice cubs, form patties.” it really does work.
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  • A panade, or mixture of bread crumbs and milk, will add moisture and tenderness to meat patties when the burgers are cooked well-done.
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  • For vegetable patties it is best to focus on one main ingredient then add some interesting flavour notes to that major taste (examples carrot and caraway patties, beetroot, feta and chickpea fritters etc) this gives a much bolder flavour profile than a patty of mashed “mixed” vegetables which can be bland.
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  • Most vegetable  and meat/vegetable patties just need a light coating of seasoned breadcrumbs. Lightly pat breadcrumbs onto the surface of the patty there is enough moisture and binders on the surface of the patty to bind the breadcrumbs to the patty while it is cooking. You can use wheatgerm, bran flakes, crushed breakfast cereals, nuts and seeds to coat the patty.
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  • Use fine packet breadcrumbs as the coating if you want a fine smooth crust on your patties use coarser fresh breadcrumbs as the coating if you want a rougher crisper crust on your patty.
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  • Flip patties once and only once, over-flipping the patty results in uneven cooking of the interior and allows the juices to escape.
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  • Don't press the patties when they are cooking you'll squeeze out all of the succulent juices.
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  • Rest patties a while before consuming.

     
  • Shaping the patty
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  • Shaping – Shape the patty by pressing a ball of mixture with your clean hands it will form a disc shape which will crack and break up around the edges. What you want to do is press down in the middle and in from the sides, turning the patty  around in your hand until it is even and uniform. It should be a solid disc that is firm. Handle the mixture gently, use a light touch and don’t make them too compacted. Rather than a dense burger, which is difficult to cook well, aim for a loosely formed patty that holds together but is not too compressed.
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  • Depressing the centre – When patties cook, they shrink (especially red meat burgers). As they shrink the edges tend to break apart causing deep cracks to form in the patty. To combat this you want the burger patty to be thinner in the middle than it is around the edges. Slightly depress the center of the patty to push a little extra mixture towards the edges. This will give you an even patty once it is cooked.  

     
  • Shallow- and pan-frying 
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  • Preheat the pan or BBQ.
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  • Generally when shallow-frying patties use enough oil that it comes halfway up the sides of the food. Best for most meat and vegetable patties and where the ingredients in the patty are uncooked.
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  • Generally when pan-frying use enough oil to cover the surface of the pan best for most vegetable patties where all the ingredients are precooked (or cook very quickly) and all-meat rissoles and hamburgers.
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  • Most oils are suitable for shallow- and pan-frying but butter is not it tends to burn. Butter can be used in combination with oil. Low-fat spreads cannot be used to shallow fry as they contain a high proportion of water. Rice bran oil is a great choice since it is almost tasteless and has a very high smoke point of 490°F/254°C. The smoke point is when the oil starts to break down into bitter fatty acids and produces a bluish smoke, Canola (smoke point 400°F/204°C) is also a great choice. Butter has a smoke point of 250–300°F/121–149°C. Olive oil Extra light 468°F/242°C. Olive oil Extra virgin 375°F/191°C. Ghee (Clarified Butter) 485°F/252°C.   
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  • Do not overload the frying pan which allows steam to be trapped near the cooking food which might lead to the patties being steamed instead of fried. If you place too many patties at once into the preheated pan this reduces the heat and the patties will then release juices and begin to stew. Leave some space between each when you place them in the pan.
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  • For most patties preheat the oil or fat until the oil seems to shimmer or a faint haze rises from it, but take care not to let it get so hot it smokes. If the oil is too cool before adding the patties, it will be absorbed by the food making the patty soggy. If the oil is too hot then the crumb coating will burn before the interior ingredients are cooked and/or warmed through. For vegetable and meat/vegetable patties start off cooking in a medium hot skillet and then reduce the heat to medium.  For all-meat patties start off cooking in a very hot skillet and then reduce the heat to hot, as celebrity chef Bobby Flay says that “the perfect [meat] burger should be a contrast in textures, which means a tender, juicy interior and a crusty, slightly charred exterior. This is achieved by cooking the meat [patty] directly over very hot heat, rather than the indirect method preferred for slow barbecues”. All patties should sizzle when they are placed onto the preheated pan.
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  • Cast iron pans are best to fry patties.
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  • When the raw patty hits the hot cooking surface it will stick. And will stay so until the patty crust forms so causing a non-stick surface on the patty at this point you can lift the patty easily without sticking. So wait until the patties (with a gentle shaking of the pan or a light finger-twist of the patty) release themselves naturally from the frying pan surface (maybe a minute or two for meat patties maybe 3-6 minutes for a vegetable patty).  If you try to flip it too early the burger will fall apart. The secret is to wait for the the patty to naturally release itself from the pan surface then flip it over once.
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  • Veggie burgers will firm up significantly as they cool.
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  • Most vegetable patties can be baked in the oven.
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  • Check the temperature of the oil by placing a few breadcrumbs into the pan they should take 30 seconds to brown.
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  • If you need to soak up excess oil place the patties on a rack to drain, do not place onto paper towels since steam will be trapped which can make the patty soggy, if you need to just press off the excess oil with paper towels then place onto a rack.



Mandatory Items: Make a batch of pan- or shallow-fried (or baked) patties.

Variations allowed:  Any variation on a patty is allowed. You can use the recipes provided or make your own recipe.

Preparation time:
Patties: Preparation time less than 60 minutes. Cooking time less than 20 minutes.

Equipment required:
Large mixing bowl
Large stirring spoon
Measuring cup
Frying pan

Basic Canned Fish and Rice Patties


Servings: makes about ten ½ cup  patties
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17181/tuna+rissoles

This is one my favourite patty recipes I make it once a week during the holidays. It is most important that you really mix and mash the patty ingredients well since the slightly mashed rice helps bind the patty together. 

Ingredients:
1 can (415 gm/15 oz) pink salmon or tuna or sardines, (not packed in oil) drained well
1 can (340 gm/13 oz) corn kernels, drained well
1 bunch spinach, cooked, chopped & squeezed dry or 60 gm/2 oz thawed frozen spinach squeezed dry
2 cups (300 gm/7 oz) cooked white rice (made from 2/3 cups of uncooked rice)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
about 3 tablespoons (20 gm/2/3 oz) fine packet breadcrumbs for binding
3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying
2 spring (green) onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15 ml) tomato paste or 1 tablespoon (15 ml) hot chilli sauce
1 tablespoon (15 ml) oyster sauce
2 tablespoons (30 ml) sweet chilli sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup (60 gm/2 oz) seasoned fine packet bread crumbs to cover patties

Directions:
1) Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
2) Mix and mash using your hands or a strong spoon the ingredients with much force (while slowly adding tablespoons of breadcrumbs to the patty mixture) until the mixture starts to cling to itself about 4 minutes the longer you mix and mash the more compacted the final patty.  Day-old cold rice works best (only needs a tablespoon of breadcrumbs or less) but if the rice is hot or warm you will need more breadcrumbs to bind the mixture. Test the mixture by forming a small ball it should hold together. Cook the test ball adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) of the mixture to taste.   
3) Form patties using a ½ cup measuring cup.
4) Cover in seasoned breadcrumbs.
5) Use immediately or can be refrigerated covered for a few hours.
6) Preheat fry pan (cast iron is best) to medium hot add 1½ tablespoons of oil and heat until the oil shimmers place the patties well spaced out onto the fry pan lower heat to medium.
7) Pan fry for about 3 minutes each side for a thin lightly browned crust about 10 minutes for a darker thicker crisper crust. Wait until the patties can be released from the pan with a shake of the pan or a light turning of the patty using your fingers before flipping over to cook the other side of the patty add the remaining 1½ tablespoons of oil when you flip the patties. Flip only once. You can fry the sides of the patty if you want brown sides on your patty.

Pictorial Guide
Some of the ingredients
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Starting to mix the patty mixture           
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About ready to be tested
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The test ball to check if the mixture will hold together
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Form patties using a ½ cup measuring cup
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Crumb (bread) the patties                   
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Cover and refrigerate


Preheat frying pan add oil wait until the oil shimmers add patties well spaced out onto the pan
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Wait until the patties can be released by a light shaking of the pan or by finger-turning the patty and then flip the patties over add some extra oil (these were fried for 10 minutes)
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Enjoy picture perfect patties
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This patty was pan-fried on my cast iron fry pan notice the shiny very crisp crust as compared to the patty above
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Zucchini, prosciutto & cheese fritters


Servings: makes about 8-10 two inch (five cm) fritters
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/

This makes a great light lunch or a lovely side dish for dinner. 

Ingredients:
500 gm (½ lb) zucchini (two medium)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (7 gm) salt
½ cup (120 ml) (60 g/2 oz) grated cheese, a strong bitty cheese is best
5 slices (30 gm/1 oz) prosciutto, cut into small pieces
½ cup (120 ml) (70 gm/2½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour plus ½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted together
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15 ml) chilli paste
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil, for frying

Directions:
     
  • Grate the zucchini with a box grater or food processor. Place into large bowl, add salt, wait 10 minutes.
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  • While waiting for the zucchini, pan fry the prosciutto pieces until cooked. Remove from pan and place prosciutto onto rack this will crisp up the prosciutto when it cools. Paper towels tend to make prosciutto soggy if left on them.
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  • When zucchini is ready wrap in a cloth and squeeze dry with as much force as you can you will get a lot of liquid over ½ cup, discard liquid it will be too salty to use.
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  • Return dried zucchini to bowl add prosciutto, cheese, pepper, sifted flour and baking powder, chilli paste, pepper, a little salt and the lightly beaten eggs.
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  • Mix until combined if the batter is too thick you can add water or milk or another egg, if too wet add some more flour. It should be thick and should not flow when placed onto the frying pan.
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  • Preheat a frying pan (cast iron is best) until medium hot, add 1/3 of the oil wait until it shimmers.
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  • Place dollops of batter (about 2 tablespoons each) onto the fry pan widely spaced out, with the back of a spoon smooth out each dollop to about 2 inches (5 cm) wide, do not make the fritters too thick. You should get three or four fritters in the average-sized fry pan. Lower heat to medium
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  • Fry for 3-4 minutes the first side, flip, then fry the other side about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.  Repeat for the remaining batter. Adding extra oil as needed.
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  • Place cooked fritters into a moderate oven on a baking dish for 10 minutes if you want extra crispy fritters.


Pictures of process – fresh zucchini, grated zucchini, liquid released from salted and squeezed dry zucchini, ingredients for the fritters, fritter batter and frying the fritters.
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Cooked fritters
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California Turkey Burger


Servings: makes about 10 burgers
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from Cooking Light Magazine September 2005:
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/california-burgers-10000001097016/

Sauce:
½ cup (120 ml) ketchup
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon (15 ml) fat-free mayonnaise

Patties:
½ cup (120 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) finely chopped shallots
¼ cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon (¾ gm) freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey
1¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey breast
Cooking spray

Remaining ingredients:
10 (2-ounce/60 gm) hamburger buns
10 red leaf lettuce leaves
20 bread-and-butter pickles
10 (1/4-inch thick/5 mm thick) slices red onion, separated into rings
2 peeled avocados, each cut into 10 slices
3 cups (750 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) alfalfa sprouts

Directions:
1. Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.
2. To prepare sauce, combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.
3. To prepare patties, combine shallots and the next 7 ingredients (through turkey breast), mixing well. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick (1¼ cm thick) patty. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.
4. Spread 1 tablespoon sauce on top half of each bun. Layer bottom half of each bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 2 pickles, 1 onion slice, 2 avocado slices, and about 1/3 cup of sprouts. Cover with top halves of buns.                                                                                                         

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Yield:  10 servings (serving size: 1 burger) - Nutritional Information – CALORIES 384(29% from fat); FAT 12.4g (sat 2.6g,mono 5.1g,poly 2.8g); PROTEIN 31.4g; CHOLESTEROL 68mg; CALCIUM 94mg; SODIUM 828mg; FIBER 3.9g; IRON 4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37.5g
Lisa’s Notes:
Nutritional information provided above is correct for the recipe as written.  When I make these burgers, the only ingredients I change are using regular mayo, and dill pickles.  My red lettuce of choice is radicchio.  I’ve both grilled and pan fried these burgers and both are delicious.  If you decide to pan fry, you’ll need a little extra fat in the pan – so use about 2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, or canola oil before laying your patties on the pan.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until done.  Do not overcook as the patties will dry out and not be as juicy and tasty! :)

French Onion Salisbury Steak


Courtesy of Cuisine at Home April 2005 edition
Makes 4 Steaks; Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lb (600 gm) ground chuck 
1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) scallion (spring onions), minced
1 teaspoon (5ml) (3 gm) kosher salt or ½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) table salt
1/2 teaspoon (2½ ml) (1½ gm) black pepper
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (½ oz/18 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
2 cups (240 ml) (140 gm/5 oz) onions, sliced
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (4 gm) sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) garlic, minced
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (½ oz/15 gm) tomato paste
2 cups (240 ml) beef broth
1/4 cup (60 ml) dry red wine
3/4 teaspoon (2 gm) kosher salt or a little less than ½ teaspoon (2 gm) table salt
1/2 teaspoon  (2½ ml) (1½ gm) dried thyme leaves
4 teaspoons (20 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) fresh parsley, minced
4 teaspoons (20 ml)  (2/3 oz/20 gm) Parmesan cheese, shredded

Cheese Toasts
4 slices French bread or baguette, cut diagonally (1/2" thick) (15 mm thick)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 ml/1 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon (2½ ml) (2 gm) garlic, minced
Pinch of paprika
1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) Swiss cheese, grated (I used 4 Italian cheese blend, shredded)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
1. Combine chuck, parsley, scallion, salt and pepper. Divide evenly into 4 portions and shape each into 3/4"-1" (20-25 mm) thick oval patties. Place 2 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish; dredge each patty in flour. Reserve 1 teaspoon flour.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and sauté 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove from pan.
3. Add onions and sugar to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; sauté 1 minute, or until paste begins to brown. Sprinkle onions with reserved flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, then add the salt and thyme.
4. Return meat to pan and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Serve steaks on Cheese Toasts with onion soup ladled over. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan.

For the Cheese Toasts
6. Preheat oven to moderately hot 200°/400ºF/gas mark 6.
7. Place bread on baking sheet.
8. Combine butter, garlic and paprika and spread on one side of each slice of bread. Combine cheeses and sprinkle evenly over butter. Bake until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.

French Onion Salisbury Steak
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Potato Rösti


Servings: makes two large rösti
adapted from a family recipe

The classic rösti; cheap, easy and so tasty.

Ingredients:
1 kg (2½ lb) potatoes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (6 gm) black pepper, freshly milled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (½ oz/15 gm) cornflour (cornstarch) or use all-propose flour
3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying

Directions:
     
  1. Grate lengthwise the peeled potatoes with a box grater or a food processor.
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  3. Wrap the grated potato in a cloth and squeeze dry, you will get a lot of liquid over ½ cup, discard liquid since it is full of potato starch.
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  5. Return dried potato to bowl add the egg, cornflour, pepper, and salt.
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  7. Mix until combined.
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  9. Preheat a frying pan (cast iron is best) until medium hot, add 2 teaspoons of oil wait until oil shimmers.
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  11. Place half of mixture into the pan, flatten with a spoon until you get a smooth flat surface. Lower heat to medium.
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  13. Fry for 8-10 minutes (check at 6 minutes) the first side, flip by sliding the rösti onto a plate then use another plate invert the rösti then slide it back into the pan, then fry the other side about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Repeat to make another rösti


Pictures of process – Peel 1 kg spuds, grate lengthwise, squeeze dry, add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons starch, salt and pepper. Pan fry.
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Pictures of the grated potato before (left) and after (right) squeezing dry. Notice in the left hand pictures the gratings are covered in moisture and starch, while in the right hand pictures the grated potato is dry and doesn't stick together.
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Pictures of the finished small rösti
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Pictures of the large rösti
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Chicken, potato and corn patties
I had some leftover chicken legs and boiled potatoes from dinner last night so I made up some patties. The patties are made from 1 kilogram of finely grated cold boiled potatoes, 4 chicken legs meat removed and finely chopped, and one can of corn kernels. The binder was one egg and 1/4 cup of self-raising wholewheat flour.

The crumbed (breaded) patties waiting to be pan fried
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Patties pan frying
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The finished patties
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Meatballs
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I made meatballs using high quality ground veal and pork (30% fat) I didn't use any binders in the mixture just a little seasoning chilli, garlic and dried mushroom powder.

The meatballs waiting to be fried
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Frying the meatballs
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The finished meatballs
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Of course I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner so so delicious
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Thai Fish Cakes
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I adore Thai fish cakes but I have never really made them I was surprised how simple it is if you have a very strong food processor. Basically you make a paste from 1/2 kg (1 lb) of white fillet fish (I used catfish (basa) fillets) with 1 egg and 6 tablespoons of flavourings (a combination of 1 Tbsp fish sauce, 1 tsp chilli, 2 Tbsp red curry paste, 1 Tbsp coconut cream, 1 Tbsp chilli crab flakes, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp shrimp paste, a few spices), 6 kaffir lime leaves and 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) with a teaspoon of baking powder, you form small patties (each 2 tablespoons) from the paste and pan fry until cooked. These are just as good as the cafe ones I buy and only cost about 30 cents each instead of $1.90 at the cafe. A good basic recipe for Thai fish cakes is here http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaiseafoodrecipes/r/classicfishcakes.htm I added some extra baking powder and cornflour to the basic recipe since it makes the cakes rise and the interiors are light and fluffy. Super tasty and so cute.

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Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:
Most rissoles, croquettes and dry fritters keep well for three or four days if covered and kept in the fridge. Uncooked and cooked rissoles and croquettes can be frozen for at least one month.

Additional Information: 
An index of Aussie patty recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=patties&publication=
An index of Aussie rissole recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=rissoles&publication=
An index of American patty recipes http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=patty%20-peppermint%20-dressing&SearchIn=All&SortBy=Relevance&Direction=Descending
An index of American burger recipes http://busycooks.about.com/cs/easyentrees/a/burgers.htm 
A great vegetable and chickpea recipe http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/06/vegetable-and-chickpea-patties-recipe.html
A baked vegetable patty recipe http://patternscolorsdesign.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/baked-vegetable-patties/
Vegetable patty recipes http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/veggie-burger-recipe.html
Best ever beet(root) and bean patty http://www.thekitchn.com/restaurant-reproduction-bestev-96967
Ultimate veggie burgers http://ask.metafilter.com/69336/How-to-make-awesome-veggie-burgers
One of best zucchini fritter recipes http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/ 
Old School Meat rissoles http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2008/07/rissoles-recipe.html
How to form a patty video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHutN-u6jZc
Top 12 vegetable patty recipes http://vegetarian.about.com/od/veggieburgerrecipes/tp/bestburgers.htm
Ultimate Meat Patties Video http://www.chow.com/videos/show/youre-doing-it-all-wrong/55028/how-to-make-a-burger-with-hubert-keller
Beautiful vegetable fritters so pretty http://helengraves.co.uk/tag/beetroot-feta-and-chickpea-fritters-recipe/   
Information about veggie patties http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/08/veggie-burger-test-kitchen-and-lemon.html  

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          Where are the fabric stores in Berlin? Here are my recommendations!        
It can be difficult finding fabric/craft supplies in Berlin....BUT! there are quite a few shops spotted all over the city. So I have compiled a list of stores. I have really only included shops in the Mitte, Friedrichshain, Wedding, Kreuzberg, Neukoelln areas as I do not really gravitate to the other side of town (e.g. western suburbs).

Photo: Michael Dooney

BEST SELECTION
Welt der stoffe
Pankow
This is my favourite fabric store in Berlin with the best selection. They have also started to incorporate notions in the store.
Generally the ladies cut the fabric, give you a receipt. You then pay at the cashier.  





 
BEST SELECTION PLUS SOME NOTIONS

Gebrueder Berger Stoff 
Mitte-Schoeneberg
This is a great fabric store with a large selection. There are no prices on the fabrics so you need to ask the ladies for prices.The staff here are generally helpful and polite. There is only fabric here, no notions. You have the fabric cut by the 'cutting ladies' then pay at the cashier.






BEST ECO FABRIC STORE
Image from West End Girl


Seiben Blau
Prenzlauer Berg

A great fabric store specialising in organic and ethical fabrics. They stock jerseys, cottons and more. 
This is your one stop local for sustainable sewing 









 
BEST QUILTING FABRIC
Image from Tip Berlin










Frau Tulpe  
Prenzlauer Berg 
 Frau Tulpe has a wonderful selection of cotton print fabrics. I would describe it as a funky quilting fabric store with an emphasis on Japanese fabrics. 


 





CHEAPEST FABRICS
 Maybacher Ufer markets
Kreuzberg - Tues and Friday
This is where the poor sewer needs to head. Nothing in Berlin beats these cheap fabrics. During the winter months they have wool like fabrics and for summer more polyesters and jerseys. Sometimes you can find them at Mauermarkt too. 
 
Maybacher Ufer - Saturday fabric market
http://www.neukoellner-stoff.de/




GOOD AMOUNT OF NOTIONS
Stoffhaus 
Friedrichshain

You can get your notions at this store. They have a limited amount of fabric, but for a pretty penny you can get some fabrics.... though they are a little too pricey for my taste




HAS A HEAP OF NOTIONS
 

Knopfloch
Mitte

This is a good place for notions. They also stock dress and quilting fabric, but it can be fairly pricey. 


  






SUNDAY TRIP TO POTSDAM
Image from Vom- taubertel

Stoffmarkt Holland 
This is an interesting market to visit. But I wouldn't be waiting around for it to reach your town. I went out to the Potsdam market a few years ago, but was not wowed. It is a little expensive and not too much of a variety.







SWEET FABRIC BOUTIQUE STORE
Image from Naehkontor
Naehkontor
Prenzlauer Berg
This is a sweet corner store fabric store. I sometimes find unique remnants here for a good  price. They have a nice selection of unique quilting fabrics. You can also pick up CUT mag here!







CUTE FABRICS
Image from 360 Berlin

Frieda Hain
Friedrichshain
These guys have a nice selection of cute fabrics. Particularly good for sewing for kids.












BEST QUALITY BOUTIQUE FABRICS 

Image from das macht ich nachts






BEST PLACE FOR TRACING PAPER

Stoff Meyer
Mitte
Stoff Meyer is the premium, designer fabric store in Berlin. If I had money I would visit this shop a whole lot more!
It is worth checking out.





modulor
Kreuzberg
Modulor is a great one stop shop. I get my tracing paper for tracing patterns. They also have some good priced elastic here with a selection of fabrics and notions. They used to have a sewing shop (Naehinsitut) attached to it, but unfortunately they recently relocated.






BEST BUTTON STORE
Image from Paul Knofe
 
Paul Knopfe 
Kreuzberg

This is a shop dedicated to buttons. There are a heap of new and vintage buttons. Don't touch anything! You need to ask to retrieve boxes of buttons from the shelves.









BEST BUTTON MARKET STALL
 Ostbahnof antique markets
 There is a lady that sells antique buttons from Ostbahnof for a good price, I aptly call her the button lady!





DEPARTMENT STORES
Department stores stock some fabrics, some notions and yarn. Here are some links
Galeria Kauf haus, 
Karstadt
Craft store - idee

There are numerous places where you can find places to sew your own projects.

sewing classes/ sewing work space

Prenzlauer Berg - naehraum
Kreuzberg - modulor, 1000stoff, manyfold

Neulkoelln - Nadelwald 


Image from Nadelwald Neukoelln

If you want to find other fabric stores (perhaps in the western suburbs) then I suggest that you visit Stoff in Berlin 

Happy Fabric Shopping




          DIY Wedding : Making your own Wedding Cake Toppers: Crocheting & Sewing        

Having lived away from Australia, we really wanted to incorporate our love for our country into the wedding. So we added a number of Australian elements. Lammingtons are a cake which originated in Australia.... though it may have come from New Zealand.... no one truly knows, so for the moment I am just going to state that they are apart of my childhood and they are certainly a homely cake. I wanted to make these lamingtons for the wedding, but we were short of time so we had the lamingtons made from a local bakery, Bread Craft. They tasted wonderful and they were a great price.


For the cake toppers I used my Creepy Cute Crochet book as inspiration and used the basic head and body pattern.  


http://www.quirkbooks.com/book/creepy-cute-crochet

Crocheting
I crocheted the four balls and attached the hair for each. It was fun styling the hair. It made me feel like a hair dresser:)



Crocheting and Sewing
I made the glasses out of polyclay and sewed them on the grooms head, along with the eyes and smiling mouths. I used the fabric from my dress and Michael's suit to create the miniature outfits.


The Cake Stand
I wanted to be creative with the stand and most importantly it had to be cost efficient. Mum and dad had recently done some work in the garden and they had some left over wood in the garden. So I collected these pieces and arranged them on this table and finished it off with some doilies.







The Tumbled Lamingtons
I actually did not know how we were going to present the lamintons on the stand. My mothers artist friend, Jane, got to work on the wedding night and it just turned out perfectly! Mum added more Australian quirks to it by adding the eucalyptus to the presentation. I LOVE this cake! It was so bloody aussie!


There we have it! Our Australian Wedding Cake with cute handmade cake toppers!


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          I wish this was me        

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          My friend Sowon        

My friend Sowon

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          My friend Youngsuh        

My friend Youngsuh

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          christmas        

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          picnic        

picnic

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          fancy        

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          what I have to wear for my concert        

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          a cozy winter day        

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          Jewelry that I thought was cool and that I liked        

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          Getting her road ready        
I put the seats in and the hoods on today, then filled the tires as best I could with a bicycle tire pump. The electrician set up a dedicated plug with a higher amp threshold for the circuit breaker as a dedicated "fueling" station for the car, so it was charged up and looking sharp. I took her out for another test run, still in the neighborhood, and snuck it up near 40 mph (don't tell my neighbors) without it breaking a sweat. The front end is still bottoming out, even with extra air in the tires and I discovered the reason. I had thought that the Cal Poly guys who did some work on it had put in the new heavy duty front shocks that came with the kit, since I hadn't seen those around, but they were buried behind the hoods leaning against the wall. I'll try next weekend to put those in and I think the car will be highway ready. For now, I might try to take it to the gym a mile from my house tomorrow, but I don't want to overstress it without those shocks.
          Step 13: Attaching the Hub and Flywheel        
Description: Attaching the hub, bushing and flywheel to the electric engine.

Tools Needed: Allen ratchets, torque wrench, red loctite.

Estimated Time: 2-3 Hours (Once you have the parts).

Caveats: Could not do it as presented in EA manual, so I'll discuss what I had to do.

Purpose of this step: The flywheel attaches to the engine and will interface with the clutch as it did with the gas engine. The Serrated edge was only for the starter, so that is no longer necessary (Some people have had it lathed off to decrease overall flywheel weight and make the engine more efficient. I didn't bother).

As noted, the motor key was a bit too long, so I needed to hacksaw it down so it would be flush on the end of the motor shaft and not hanging over. This was imprecise on my part, but I don't think it needed to be perfect.
The motor key sits in the groove and I need to put the hub and bushing on over the motor key.

First, here is the hub. This baby is one of the reasons that ElectroAutomotive has a bit of a monopoly on the electric car conversion set up. You need a specially designed hub to mimic the old interface between the engine and transmission. It is different for every car and EA has a "library" full of different designs for different cars that Mike designs with a CAD and a digital camera.

This "bushing" fits inside the hub and then both fit around the engine shaft, then the flywheel attaches to that. Note the groove in the hub where the motor key fits.

The next part required me to stray from the EA instructions. They tell you to put the hub and bushing on just tight enough to allow it to slide on the motor shaft and temporarily place on the flywheel so you can set the proper length, then pull the flywheel back off and tighten the hub/bushing fully on the shaft, before putting the flywheel back on. At least in my case, this couldn't be done. The hub fits too snug in the flywheel and if I try to slide out the flywheel, the semiattached hub/bushing come right out with it (WD40 was no help). I thought this was going to be too much of an obstacle, but I believe I found a way around it. I figured out how far into the the hub the flywheel goes, then I added that distance (in my case it was .230 inches) to the 1.790" recommended. I tightened the hub/bushing loosely onto the shaft so that it could still slide and held the flywheel just flush with the hub (not inserted). Then I slid the the hub until the total distance was 1.790 + .230 = 2.020".
At that point, I tightened the hub/bushing all the way (this is an allen wrench procedure on five provided little bolts) so it wouldn't move on the shaft. For the record, tightening the hub pulls it back in from 1.790" to 1.769" according to EA. Then it's time to add the flywheel. But before that, I took the time for a little prayer to the flywheel gods.
As far as I can determine (and I'm willing to be corrected on this), it is good enough.
Of course, make sure when you put the flywheel on that the bolt holes line up with the ones on the hub. In order to get the flywheel all the way in, I had to screw all the flywheel bolts in tight, so I needed to use the flywheel lock. Again, this is different from the instructions, because I couldn't just slide the flywheel all the way in (also, don't forget the little washer plate that fits in the flywheel before you put on the bolts. Once I determined that the measurements were adequate (by my standards), I pulled each bolt out, one at a time, put red loctite on them and screwed them back in, then pulled the next bolt, etc.. The EA manual recommends tightenting the bolts to 80 foot pounds. I can't say that I was exact on that. I screwed them in about as tight as I could without rolling the engine off the crate. I think this is about as precise as an amateur like myself will be able to do this, so I hope it's good enough. Next up is the Clutch.

I posted a picture of my dog Whitman here in the past and my other dog, Finny got a little jealous, so here's Finny enjoying some girl talk:


Finny is a Westhighland White Terrier (Westie). We got him when we were living in Seattle (much to the dismay of his brother). Finny is the quintessential terrier, in that he is a pain in the ass. I love the little guy, though.
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2. Polynomials
3. Coordinate Geometry
4. Linear Equations in Two Variables
5. Introduction to Euclid's Geometry
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          Abu Hamza (a repost)        
Abu Hamza just got a life sentence. In honor of this I decided to repost my own poem from 7 years ago. Turned out to be kind of prophetic.

I am Abu Hamza, a Muslim cleric
I used to preach in Finsbury Park mosque,
My sermons were a little bit barbaric
But I delivered them with mighty force.

I'm all for the equality of sexes
And polyandry I don't mind a bit.
I married one of my bigamic exes
So I could get a residence permit.

When I was young I used to be a bouncer,
But they decided that I was too dumb,
And it's more fun to be a doom announcer
So I became a radical imam.

Osama is my most-admired hero,
I tried to give a hand to Taleban,
I lost both hands and eye, but kept my beard,
And all the body parts that make a man.

In Britain I became a famous preacher,
My name is always mentioned in the news,
In my sermons the most important feature
Is killing of the kuffar and the Jews.

A Jew-free world would be a great improvement,
Behind all evil there is some Jew.
They also guide the planetary movement
And nowadays my bowel movements, too.

Please kill the unbelievers when you see them,
With bombs, or guns, or poison or a word,
For any reason or without a reason,
The unbelievers should be put to sword.

But then came the police, and then they told me
That murder is a thing I shouldn't preach.
How dare those kuffar to try to scold me?
I want respect for my freedom of speech.

The court convicted me of the incitement
As poor man, I never stood a chance,
I could not fight this horrible indictment
Though state gave million pounds for my defense.

And now the state has noticed I'm not poor
And is demanding back the million quid,
They froze my jail allowance to be sure,
And found some of the money that I hid.

My life is full of misery and anguish,
I'm serving seven years in Belmarsh,
In British prison I don't want to languish,
The kuffar justice is unduly harsh.

Americans want Brits to extradite me,
They'll put me in the Supermax for life.
One thought that really does not delight me:
I might become the Unabomber's wife.

I used to think that I was very clever
And lead my students to the life of crime,
But now I'll have to stay with them forever
And hear their bullshit all the time.

Americans! I really hope you will
Show mercy to a person whom you hate:
It sure is unusual and cruel
To put one in a cell with Richard Reid.

But in the meanwhile in the British prison
I realized that my nurse is a poof.
They surely had some ungodly reason
To let a guy like that under this roof.

He probably gets totally excited
Each time he wipes my handsome manly ass,
And as a Muslim I should be entitled
To have him fired or at least harassed.

Gay people are a vile abomination
But even though I spit and scream and curse
In this atrocious godless kuffar nation
They won't assign to me another nurse.

At least I can refuse the nursing service
And try to wipe my anus on my own.
Oh shit, my hooks are stuck, I'm getting nervous!
Oh God! Wrong move! Right hook stuck in the bone!

It is too late, but better late then never -
Oh dear Lord, my ass is ripped to shred -
Allah, please do me an enormous favor:
Insert some common sense into my head.


          Greenland and the End of Exploration        

The roving celestial beasts of Lascaux’s Paleolithic hunting scenes and the scurvy-ridden, snow-blinding odyssey of Shackleton’s Antarctic survival may be distant in time and space, but the events and their retelling share a coeval impulse. Remote exploration and extreme risk are palpable vestiges of our intrepid and predatory ways, but that these acts inform our oldest tales about our place in the world seems almost unrecognized today. 

Among the "uses of adventure" in traditional societies--from Greek mythology, the Upanishads and ecstatic shamanism in Siberia to creation myths across the Americas--individual heroism and group survival often recur, followed by revelations of nature's secrets, the cosmos, and our own origins. Adventure is possibly the oldest, most persistent subject matter we share through our stories. This historical pairing of legendary feats and their retelling appears so intrinsic to our being that we're numb to its remarkable peculiarity.

In today's literary marketplace, daunting feats in wild nature hold little appeal. How did this reversal come about? We remain fascinated by secrets, yet contemporary writing (fact and fiction) revels in individual experience, where the inner lives of characters are explored as exotic landscapes, conjured or real. Besides this turn toward inner landscapes, narrative style is emphasized equally if not more than the tale recounted--Salinger, Hemingway, DF Wallace are pioneers of this mannered approach. 

A surfeit of grandiose Everest accounts surely helped dig this grave, but the bulk of adventure writing today is low-brow, unartful or vain, approaching kitsch. Few adventure writers escape the scorn of the high-brow critic--Thesiger, Mathiessen and Gretel Ehrlich are prominent exceptions. A random pick from my Africa shelves reveals Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness by acclaimed travel writer Jeffrey Tayler. A literary expatriate attempts Conrad's famous voyage, this time in a dugout canoe. Instead he collides with Congo's surreal poverty and extreme destitution, recoils, then finds himself grander for the experience. Self-glorification and the voyeurism of disaster tourism disguised as adventure lit? Little surprise then that the genre feels spent of originality and nuance, resorting instead to spectacle, gimmick or humor. 

I've started a short survey of expedition writing in Greenland, beginning with Knud Rasmussen's canonical Across Arctic America (1924) through to Gretel Ehrlich's lyrical This Cold Heaven (2001). The series comprises an array of accounts that track the genre's high points in the post-Heroic Age of exploration. Epic exploration effectively died in Greenland, which had long served as a staging ground for attempts on the North Pole and elusive Northwest Passage. Once these prizes were claimed, their sponsors and celebrity explorers feted, exploration's Heroic Age ended with Peary's 1909 contested claim to the pole.

Undervalued and invisible to the prize seekers of the former era, in Greenland arose a new vision of exploration and the writing it produced. The new crop of adventurers was void of fame seekers, wealthy patrons seeking new lands in their name, nations stalking glory by funding high-risk/high-return expeditions.

Rasmussen was the first figure to break the lull of this hiatus, famously testing his hypothesis of the continuity of Inuit peoples from Greenland to Siberia over five years of dogsledding, inaugurating a new mode of inquiry and exploration into human origins. Thor Heyerdahl would try a similar approach in the South Pacific (Kon Tiki, 1947), sailing a balsa raft from Peru to Easter Island and demonstrating, he believed, that the culture behind the island's famous monoliths originated not in Polynesia but with Amerindians of South America.

Subsequent Greenland explorers like Jean Malaurie deepened this appreciation of indigenous peoples as terra nova, inspiring similar approaches in the Amazon (Levi-Strauss) and Congo (Colin Turnbull). Other notable Greenland travelers arrived by accident; their nearly fatal encounters with the island rewrote their artistic careers and legacy entirely (Rockwell Kent). More recent adventurers such as TM Kpomassie (An African in Greenland, 1977and Gretel Ehrlich are more lyrical and romantic than outright expeditionary, but chronicle the deep power of remote and hostile locales to ignite our imagination by testing our physical and psychological limits. In Greenland, art and the trials of endurance have a long synergy. The literature around these efforts avoids the clunky kitsch seen elsewhere, Congo and Everest being the two most obvious examples. 

I'll be shopping this one around, so stay tuned for the full article. 

          Real-world Monopoly values        
Apparently the folks at Movoto.com, a real-estate site, have a little too much time on their hands. And boy am I thankful! That's because they used at least some of their time to figure out how much the properties in Monopoly -- based in Atlantic City -- would cost now, in real life. As a big-time fan, I have one response: How cool is that? The link is http://realestate.yahoo.com/news/monopoly-in-the-real-world--property-values-for-boardwalk--park-place-and-more.html It's cool to see that...
          ENERGIE SHOP DISTRIBUE LES TUBES D'ECLAIRAGE A LED, LEDMASTER        
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Utilisant la technologie des diodes électroluminescentes (ou LED), découverte dans les années 1960 aux États-Unis, les tubes d'éclairage LEDMASTER permettent d'économiser jusqu'à 60% de la facture énergétique, tout en diffusant une lumière plus saine et durable que les tubes fluorescents classiques.

Moins de consommation
Les tubes LEDMASTER consomment jusqu'à 65% moins d'électricité que les tubes fluorescents classiques, à luminescence égale.
C'est en grande partie grâce à leur rendement. L'électroluminescence est l'aboutissement de 150 ans de recherches afin que chaque watt consommé produise plus de lumière et moins de chaleur.

Chaque année, les tubes LEDMASTER permettent d'économiser 1 tonne de rejet de CO2 pour 300 m2 de bureaux en consommation directe (hors économies de maintenance et de traitement des déchets). Un avantage concret pour les entreprises à l'heure des bilans carbone.

Moins de maintenance
Pour les entreprises européennes qui connaissent des frais de main d'œuvre élevés, la réduction de la maintenance dans leurs frais de structure est devenue un véritable enjeu financier.

Utiliser LEDMASTER c'est réduire la maintenance :
- Inutilité du ballast et du starter (moins de stockage)
- Durée de vie multipliée par 5 (marginalisation des frais de remplacement)
- Corps bi-matière polycarbonate et aluminium incassable
- Simplification du traitement des tube usés (absence de composants toxiques)

Moins de déchets
De l'éclairage propre
Choisir les tubes LEDMASTER au lieu des tubes classiques, c'est d'abord réduire les volumes de déchets de 83%.
De plus, les tubes fluorescents sont difficiles à recycler (fragilité du verre, présence de Mercure dans le tube), et nécessitent un traitement différencié en déchetterie.
Les tubes LEDMASTER ne contiennent ni mercure, ni métaux lourds.
Ils ont une structure bi-matière en Polycarbonate + Aluminium. Le polycarbonate, caractérisé par son innocuité physiologique, est 250 fois plus résistant que le verre, et recyclable à 100%. Quant à l'aluminium, il est connu pour être recyclable à l'infini grâce à une filière dynamique qui traite 45,000 tonnes par an.
Les diodes électroluminescentes sont elles aussi recyclables, et leur généralisation va créer une industrie dédiée pour leur collecte et leur retraitement.

Moins de nuisances
Les tubes fluorescents classiques sont réputés affecter la santé humaine, en raison de leur effet de scintillement (flicker) qui agit directement sur la pupille (migraines, troubles de la vision, etc.).
Les ballasts électroniques, nécessaires aux tubes fluorescents émettent des ondes radio, pouvant provoquer des affections neurologiques (vertiges, fatigue, dépression, épilepsie).
La technologie de l'électroluminescence élimine ces effets nocifs. Comme on le voit sur ce film, en procurant une lumière nette et stable, LEDMASTER garantit un environnement de travail sain et apaisé.

Moins de dépenses
Un équipement amortissable et rentable
La durée de vie exceptionnelle des équipements LEDMASTER et leur sobriété énergétique en font un équipement idéalement amortissable pour les entreprises.
Dans un environnement de bureaux, le remplacement de 100 tubes fluorescents de 1,20 m par des tubes LEDMASTER permet d'économiser 6500 Euros sur la facture d'électricité (calculé sur la durée de vie du tube LEDMASTER), soit près de 4 tonnes en équivalent CO2.

Venez les découvrir sur notre site Energie-shop.fr, parmi de nombreux autres articles liés aux économies d'énergie et au développement durable, à la page suivante :

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          I would call these Galois Games but I can't        
Here is a game (Darling says I only blog about non-fun games. This post will NOT prove her wrong.)

Let D be a domain,  d ≥  1 and 0 ≠ a0  âˆˆ D. There are two players Wanda (for Wants root) and Nora (for No root). One of the players is Player I, the other Player II.

(1) Player I and II alternate (with Player I going first) choosing the coefficients in D of a polynomial of degree d with the constant term preset to a0.

(2) When they are done, if there is a root in D  then Wanda wins, else Nora wins.

There is a paper by Gasarch-Washington-Zbarsky here where we determine who wins the game when D is Z,Q (these proofs are elementary), any finite extension of Q (this proof uses hard number theory), R, C (actually any algebraic closed field), and any finite field.

How did I think of this game?  There was a paper called Greedy Galois Games (which I blogged about here). When I saw the title I thought the game might be that players pick coefficients from Q and if the final polynomial has a solution in radicals then (say) Player I wins. That was not correct. They only use that Galois was a bad duelist. Even so, the paper INSPIRED me! Hence the paper above! The motivating problem is still open:

Open Question: Let d be at least 5. Play the above game except that (1) the coefficients are out of Q, and (2) Wanda wins if the final poly is solvable by radicals, otherwise Nora wins. (Note that if d=1,2,3,4 then Wanda wins.) Who wins?

If they had named their game Hamilton Game (since Alexander Hamilton lost a duel) I might have been inspired to come up with a game about quaternions or Hamiltonian cycles.

POINT- take ideas for problems from any source, even an incorrect guess about a paper!





          The Complexity of Rubik's Cube        
In my book I use Rubik's Cube as an example of a puzzle we can computationally solve efficiently (as opposed to Sudoku or Rush Hour). How does this square with the new result of Erik Demaine, Sarah Eisenstat and Mikhail Rudoy that finding the shortest solution is NP-complete? New Scientist now proclaims It’s not you – solving a Rubik’s cube quickly is officially hard. No, it's still you.

To study the complexity of Rubik's cube we can't just fixate on the 3x3x3 cube with its finite state space but on the general NxNxN cube. (One could also generalize to 3-sided hypercubes in N dimensions but good luck constructing a 3x3x3x3x3 Rubik's cube.)  For a given mixed-up NxNxN cube we can find in polynomial time a polynomial number of steps to return the cube to the original state. A mixed-up cube is just a member of the permutation group of the 6N2 small squares and we want to find a sequence of generators (allowable rotations of the cube) that yield the mixed-up cube. Group theorists have come up with very efficient algorithms to find these sequences which we can apply in reverse to solve the cube.

Group theory does not necessarily come up with the shortest possible sequence and only in 2010 did we discover that solving the worst-case 3x3x3 cube, the so-called "God's Number", required 20 moves. A year later Demaine et. al showed that the minimum sequence for an NxNxN cube is Θ(N2/log N).

Two weeks ago Demain, Eisenstat and Rudoy posted their proof that given a fixed NxNxN cube finding the shortest sequence in NP-complete. Their proof is combinatorial, showing that solving an NxNx1 cube is NP-complete and reducing to the NxNxN cube.

So there you have it, solving a generalized Rubik's cube is easy but finding the shortest possible solution is hard. Despite Rubik's Cube achieving popularity during my nerdy high school days, I never had the patience to solve it, but that's just me.
          Big News on W(3,r) !        
This is a JOINT POST with   Evangelos Georgiadis who brought this problem to my attention.)

In 2010 I posted about how dense a set of integers has to be before you know there is a 3-AP in it (a 3-AP is a set of three numbers equally spaced). Such results were motivated by and are applied to getting upper bounds on

W(3,r) = the least W such that any r-coloring of {1,...,W} has a monochromatic 3-AP.

That blog, which also has history and context, is here

At the time of that post the following was known (and had just been proven by Sanders see here)

If A ⊂  {1,...,N} and |A|  â‰¥ N*(log log N)5  / log N  then A has a 3-AP

and hence

W(3,r) ≤ 2r(log r)5





(Added later: Bloom's paper (see link on next line) reports that Sanders result is a bit weaker than claimed- the 5's should be 6's, calculation error.)

This has now been improved!. Thomas Bloom, in this paper has shown

If A ⊂  {1,...,N} and |A|  â‰¥ N*(log log N)4  / log N  then A has a 3-AP

and hence

W(3,r) ≤ 2r(log r)4

An easy prob argument gives

W(3,r)  â‰¥ r3/2


So is W(3,r)'s growth rate poly? Exp? in between? Is there a connection to SAT?

One can phrase the question  W(k,r)=m as asking of a certain Boolean Formula is it satisfiable.  IF we can get theorems about that kind of formula, that might help.

However, I doubt that it has much real connection to the general SAT problem.

I don't know if the consensus of the community is that W(3,r) is poly or exp.

(Warning: I've seen W(3,r) to mean something else: W(3,r) is the least W such that any 2-coloring of {1,...,W} with colors 0 and 1 has either a 0-colored 3-AP or a 1-colored k-AP. This is NOT the function we are talking about, though that one is also interesting. )

ADDED LATER: Knuth's Volume 4, Fascicle 6 has theorems about this W(3,r)

ADDED LATER: A commenter said that a simple prob greedy algorithm using salem-spencer sets
yields

W(3,r) ≥ exp(C (ln r)2)

I reconstructed the proof from these comments, though using Behrends sets instead of SS

The proof is here: here










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          Ã‰coeurée... doux euphémisme        

C'est vrai qu'il m'est difficile de ne pas bondir suite aux propos du candidat Nicolas Sarkozy lors de son meeting de Montpellier ou lors de son entretien sur France Inter ce matin, jour funeste où le Président de la République Française a, une fois de plus, montré sa non-connaissance du terrain, sa démagogie derrière laquelle on sent poindre une notion d'économie aussi gerbante que récurrente.

Le 1er mars est également un jour merveilleux dans la mesure où nous célébrons l'anniversaire de Pierre Bénichou ♥

Je suis enseignante depuis sept ans et plus le temps passe, plus j'assiste, impuissante, à cette paupérisation de l'instruction, plus j'écoute les initiatives et projets aussi incohérents que dangereux d'un gouvernement dont les deux mamelles sont la récession et la censure, plus j'ai peur de me transformer, peu à peu, pour de vrai, en ensAignante.

À travers ce blog caustique, trash, impertinent, politiquement incorrect (me jeter des fleurs = un hobby), j'ai voulu dénoncer, me défouler, me moquer, réfléchir, faire réagir, choquer et fédérer... J'y suis parvenue à faible échelle... Ma voix a légèrement été entendue dans cet abîme blogosphérien et Michel Lafon m'a même proposé de publier un bouquin, malheureusement en train de tomber dans l'anonymat le plus complet suite à une promotion avortée dans l'oeuf de Pâquo Rabane pour des raisons diverses et variées dont je ne suis pas responsable. Dans mon for intérieur, je devais secrètement espérer que mon bouquin, vendu à 2 millions d'exemplaires et traduit dans cinq langues me permettrait de bosser à mi-temps, voire de m'arrêter de bosser afin de me consacrer pleinement à ma passion : la collection de Pin's parlants de TF1 entre 1988 et 1991, exclusivement.

Sept ans que j'enseigne. Et je suis déjà épuisée devant l'ampleur de la tâche qui ne fait que s'étoffer.

L'école va mal. Je le sais, vous le savez, tout le monde le sait.

L'école va mal et tout ce que Sarkozy trouve à dire, c'est "travailler plus pour gagner plus"... Cher monsieur le candidat... N'avez-vous donc pas encore compris que ce que les profs vous supplient de leur donner en première instance, ça n'est pas 500€ de plus (quand comprendrez-vous que les profs ne sont pas des crevards cupides uniquement intéressés par leur bulletin de salaire) (inutile de dire que niveau crédibilité, on a fait mieux... en 2007, vous avez promis une revalorisation des salaires des profs que nous n'avons jamais vue... vous avez également promis une prime aux enseignants des établissements CLAIR... que nous n'avons pas encore vue non plus...)... Les profs mendient des conditions de travail différentes et améliorées afin de pouvoir réellement enseigner, aider, guider les élèves.

Enfin, si on va par là, je me considère sous-payée compte-tenu du travail que je fournis... mais ne pinaillons pas. J'en ai déjà parlé maintes et maintes fois, je ne veux pas ressasser et entendre le Jingle de Claude Sarraute ("l'anecdote que Princesse Soso raconte pour la 250ème fois") Je fais en moyenne bien plus de 40h/semaine entre les cours, les réunions, les rendez-vous avec les élèves et leurs familles, les préparations de cours, la correction des évaluations, le travail en tant que prof principal...

Cher Monsieur le Candidat, vous proposez que les profs volontaires passent huit heures de plus dans leur établissement afin d'individualiser le parcours d'élèves en difficulté, afin d'aider les élèves à faire leurs devoirs, afin de rencontrer les familles dans ces fameux bureaux que vous réclamez pour tous les enseignants...
Vous n'êtes donc pas encore au courant que c'est ce que nous faisons déjà... L'aide aux devoirs est mise en place chaque soir en plus des séances d'aide au travail en demi-groupe et des PPRE, c'est-à-dire du soutien spécialisé pour des besoins bien précis... Vous n'êtes donc pas au courant que nous appelons et rencontrons très régulièrement les familles sur nos heures de creux, sur l'heure du midi, voire sur notre temps libre... Vous n'êtes donc pas au courant qu'il m'arrive très fréquemment de niquer mon forfait parce que faute d'agents disponibles, le standard du collège est constamment fermé entre 11h et 14h... Vous n'êtes donc pas au courant que l'échec scolaire est dans 95% des cas lié à une carence d'attention familiale et que sans le soutien régulier de la famille, il nous est extrêmement difficile d'aider un élève à progresser. Tout travail en classe doit être relu, refait, approfondi à la maison... Sans cette étape, les connaissances sont fragiles et éphémères. Quant à ces fameux bureaux... Avant de nous créer de nouvelles infra-structures, peut-être serait-ce plus judicieux d'équiper celles déjà mises en place...

Ce n'est pas en aidant une heure par semaine un gamin en grosse difficulté qu'on va réellement le faire progresser...
Tout d'abord, la plupart de ces élèves ne sont pas à leur place dans une classe-type surchargée. Ils devraient être scolarisés dans de petites structures adaptées (IME, SEGPA, ULIS...) mais pour cela, il faudrait arrêter de fermer ces classes et réintégrer des classes passerelles pour réellement individualiser le parcours des élèves.
De plus, sans un travail main dans la main avec la famille, chaque effort sera vain car détruit le week-end par une famille négligente qui n'a pas le temps ou l'envie de booster et cadrer son enfant.

«Il faut repenser complètement le collège, le passage de l'enseignant unique de l'école primaire à la multiplicité des professeurs contribuent à déstabiliser de nombreux élèves.»
=> Euh... non... NON... au contraire !!! Les élèves sont RAVIS de changer d'enseignants. Ça n'est absolument pas un souci... mais Nicolas Sarkozy se sert du bien-être des élèves pour mieux faire passer la pilule de la polyvalence aka ces profs qui feraient mieux d'élargir leur champ d'activité... Dans la mesure, où je connais mes notes de musique par coeur et dans l'ordre, je vais pouvoir enseigner l'éducation musicale... Idem pour le français... après tout, je sais lire, je sais conjuguer mes verbes sans erreur... Allez GO ! C'est parti, pas besoin d'avoir fait un Master de Lettres Modernes pour enseigner le passé composé... :-|

ZE BEST OF THE BEST :

"Les profs ne travaillent que 18 heures et leur emploi du temps est regroupé sur 2 journées"

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Au départ, je n'ai pas voulu y croire. NAN, il n'a quand même pas dit ça. Il n'est pas autant à côté de la plaque quand même.

ET BIEN SI.

Comment peut-on tenir de tels propos lorsqu'on est Président de la République ? Comment peut-on oser prononcer de telles inepties ?

Alors, tout d'abord, il n'est pas trop possible de bosser 9 heures par jour au bahut, rapport que les élèves ne peuvent avoir grand max que 7 heures de cours dans mon bahut.
Et au cas où ça ne soit pas encore connu et logique pour tous... les heures de cours sont réparties dans la semaine pour des raisons pédagogiques évidentes. AUCUN chef d'établissement ne peut caler 18 heures sur deux jours. C'est juste impossible. Les élèves n'ont pas 5 heures de maths sur deux jours... Bordel, mais comment peut-on écrire ce genre de simili-discours... Quelle aberration... Quelle angoisse de voir que ces ignares prennent des décisions sans en comprendre les tenants et aboutissants. Des centaines de collaborateurs, de communiquants... et pas un pour éviter ce type de maladresse ?!

Cet article est écrit dans l'urgence, dans l'énervement... avec cette crainte que l'UMP gagne les élections, avec cette crainte que Sarkozy et ses sbires fassent encore plus de mal à l'éducation nationale.

Les vacances ont un petit goût amer vite effacé par la dernière saison de The Big Bang Theory (du coup, je veux aller vivre en coloc' avec Howard, Sheldon et Amy Farrah Fowler à Pasadena)


Ah oui et n'oublions pas une autre maladresse...

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          Divers d'hiver...        

Un lecteur m'a récemment demandé si j'hibernais.

Je crois bien que oui.

Crois bien - lecteur frustré de ne pas avoir quelque article truculent à te mettre sous la dent, histoire d'oublier ta morne vie - que ce n'est pas l'envie d'écrire qui manque. Surtout que Luc, Nadine, Kévvin, Mendy, ou Whitney alimentent sévèrement mes conversations et mes pensées, et m'offrent des jeux de mots foireux et des diatribes saignantes sur un plateau d'argent.

Autant te dire que tu passes à côté d'une sacré litanie de blagounettes qui t'auraient laissé quelques traces dans ton calbute.

Bref, je manque de temps pour verbaliser à l'écrit mes élucubrations quotidiennes.

Qu'est-ce qui t'empêche de poster des articles, feignasse ?!

1. Ma conscience professionnelle

(les deux qui se marrent au fond peuvent sortir)

Nan mais c'est vrai en plus.
Je bosse grave. Je ne déconnecte pas. Je rêve de fiches d'activités, de compétences, d'évaluations sommatives et d'atelier de remédiation. Je rêve de ma séquence sur la guerre du Vietnam ou sur Rosa Parks. Je rêve de diaporama Powerpoint qui rendent les verbes irréguliers plus fun (douce illusion destinée à faire oublier aux élèves le pensum que cela représente). Je pense à Manon dont les parents me semblent bien "stricts" (euphémisme pour dire je crois qu'elle reçoit des claques comme Zahia reçoit des coups de bite), je pense à Steeven dont les parents me semblent bien "laxistes" (euphémisme pour dire que je crois que le laisser se prendre des cuites à la vodka tous les deux jours n'est pas une méthode d'éducation qui se défend), je pense à Lola et Maxence qui ont peur d'aller en récré car il y a des "gros malins" (euphémisme pour dire sombres abrutis de leur race) qui leur balancent des boules de neige à la gueule, et même que ça fait pas rigoler, surtout quand on le visage tout bleu à force de traîner dans la poudreuse. Poudreuse devenue de la glace. Autant vous dire que j'ai prévenu les élèves que si jamais je me recevais ne serait-ce qu'un flocon dans la gueule, les sanctions prises incluraient des larmes, du sang et des clips de Dadyday)

Je ne suis pas chienne, je te raconte quand même des anecdotes aussi croustillantes que les croûtes de genou de Claude Sarraute :

=> Je déambulais dans les rayons de Shopi lorsque j'ai entendu des gloussements qui n'étaient pas sans rappeler un animal pré-pubère plus communément appelé "élève de 5ème". Ludivine. Ludigouine. Luditruie. (les enfants profs sont cruels). Ludivine est à la grâce ce que Brice Hortefeux est à l'humanitaire. Ludivine collectionne les cochons sous toutes leurs formes (d'où le surnom "Luditruie" donné par mon collègue Vincent, qui n'est pas le dernier pour la puterie). Ludivine est ce qu'on peut appeler une chieuse-paresseuse-insolente aussi collante qu'un mec qui t'envoie 40 sms par semaine pour savoir si tu es dispo pour un "p'tit café" dans sa culotte.
Ludivine est accompagnée de sa maman qui porte le groin à ravir.
Rencontrage d'apprenants et de géniteurs au supermarché = sourire n° 12 et hochement de tête n°5 qui signifient "Bonjour, ne me faites pas chier s'il vous plaît".
Pierre Bénichou sur les oreilles et un sac recyclable dans la main, je me saisis d'un paquet de Always Maxi-nuit avec protège-côtés sous le regard goguenard de Luditruie.
Luditruie : "Coucou Madame, alors vous prenez des Always ?!"
Princesse Soso : "Coucou Luditruievine, eh ouais, comme tu le vois, je n'utilise pas du sopalin pour absorber mon sang abrutie"
Luditruie : "Vous avez vos trucs, alors. Vos p'tits problèmes..." + SOURIRE COMPLICE genre on est copines de menstruations tavu.
Princesse Soso : "Ouais, j'ai mes règles. RÈGLES. C'est pas un mot dégueulasse hein, inutile de trouver des périphrases pour désigner un truc naturel diabolisé par la religion. Et quand t'auras 17 ans et que t'auras oublié ta pilule après avoir baisé avec Djonathane à l'arrière de sa Lada tunée, tu seras bien contente d'avoir tes P'TITS PROBLÈMES, symbole de ton gros coup de chatte à Mireille, aka je ne suis en cloque, youpi"

De retour chez moi, armée d'éléments de première nécessité (des Always, du PQ et du Gini), j'ai envoyé un sms à Vincent, mon collègue choupi :

Princesse Soso : "J'ai pensé à toi car je me suis tapé Luditruie à Shopi, elle passait son temps à me pister dans les rayons"

Vincent : "J'adore Shopi. C'est exotique. J'ai pensé à toi car j'ai vu la mère de Kassandra habillée comme une tepu"

Princesse Soso : "Ça y est !!! Elle est ENFIN venue !!! Et alors ? Elle envisage Polytechnique pour sa fille ?"

Vincent : "Plutôt l'université rurale aka la MFR"

(Je ne sais pas si j'ai déteint sur mes collègues ou si je les ai aidés à exprimer leur côté grosse langue de tepu ♥)


=> La neige est à la conversation ce que Nadine Morano est à la politique : tout le monde en parle pour s'en plaindre. Qui dit neige dit, bataille de boules de neige, dit gamin qui finit par pleurer passke c troooooop froid madaaaaaame.
Sauf que le jeu enfantin censé faire marrer tout le monde s'est transformé en carnage saisonnier.
La neige s'est muée en glace. Les boules de poudreuse sont devenues des amas de glace, compacts et tranchants.
La cour de récréation, ce champ de bataille où les balles sifflent. Règlements de compte, jets à l'aveugle, jouissance à l'idée de toucher un adversaire... La cour de récréation est le microcosme d'une société où la solidarité et la bienveillance sont bien trop souvent inexistantes. Un microcosme darwinien. Les plus forts y règnent en maître, s'approprient les endroits stratégiques en y chassant les plus faibles avec une violence verbale qui paraît complètement dingue quand on réalise qu'il s'agit d'enfants et de jeunes adolescents.
"Bah, y a pas de surveillants ?!" me direz-vous... Si. TROIS. Trois personnes pour encadrer 450 élèves. Un surveillant qui s'occupe des toilettes (quand je pense que DE MON TEMPS, les chiottes étaient en accès libre, c'était plus ou moins propre selon le degré de goretitude des élèves mais ça restait un endroit vivable... tandis qu'à présent, laisser les élèves seuls dans les toilettes = PQ et eau partout, bastons, harcèlement et garçons qui viennent faire chier les filles - au sens figuré du terme - (enfin, j'espère)), et les deux autres pions qui font ce qu'ils peuvent avec leurs deux yeux respectifs. Difficile de voir que Laury pleure, que Donovan donne des coups de pieds à Antonin ou que Leslie fume derrière le muret quand il faut déjà gérer une baston entre Bryan et Brandon, les pleurs de Coraline qui frotte son genou ensanglanté rapport à la plaque de verglas ou Jason qui a piqué le bonnet de Louka et qui ne veut pas lui rendre. Certains diront que les profs pourraient surveiller la cour... sauf que nan... because :

  • Quand tu dois changer de salle, tu dois transbahuter tout ton bordel (portable, vidéoprojecteur, enceintes et les 12 000 câbles)
  • Tu profites de la récré pour faire des photocops, écrire un mot dans le carnet de Melinda, rencontrer les parents de Joakim et éventuellement TE DÉTENDRE un chouïa (chose relativement rare et précieuse)
  • Si on cède et qu'on finit par faire ce travail d'encadrement de la cour, de la cantine ou de la salle de sperm', le gouvernement va s'engouffrer dans la brèche et ne plus engager de pions, arguant que "youpi, comme apparemment, des profs s'en occupent, plus besoin de créer des postes d'assistants d'éducation ! Et BAM, une nouvelle mission gratos pour les enseignants".

Bref, cela fait plusieurs jours que j'ai des choupis qui ont mal au ventre à l'idée d'aller en récré parce qu'ils savent qu'ils vont se prendre des boules de glace dans la tronche. Ils sont les dommages collatéraux du manque de réflexion de l'adolescent bourrin, excité à l'idée de viser, lancer, toucher... On a prévenu chaque classe, il est strictement INTERDIT de lancer de la glace rapport au côté dangereux de la chose aka l'arcade sourcilière, ça saigne sa race... aka la glace ça brûle, ça coupe, ça fait mal et BORDEL, faudrait peut-être réfléchir avant de bourriner tout ce qui bouge "pour rire madame".
Je suis effarée de voir que malgré nos explications, avertissements et menaces... beaucoup d'élèves continuent leur bataille sans prendre conscience des conséquences de leur jeu débile. Je suis effarée de voir que beaucoup de parents s'en foutent et disent à leur gamin "oh c'est bon, tu dois t'endurcir !"...
Non, non et NON. Un élève doit venir au collège sans avoir peur d'avoir mal, sans crainte de se prendre des coups ou de la glace dans la gueule... ça me paraît tellement évident que je trouve ça dingue de devoir le rappeler, le marteler...

2. J'essaye de me cultiver

(les deux qui se marrent au fond peuvent sortir)

Poppy et moi, on se disait que putain, on n'avait moins de temps et peut-être moins de courage (?) pour lire des trucs, apprendre et découvrir... Facebook, Twitter, les sms et cette interaction permanente ont beaucoup aidé à nous créer un monde 2.0 où la culture a sa place mais où malheureusement l'oisiveté aussi.
Je me rends compte que je n'ai toujours pas fini le ''Journal d'un mythomane" de Nicolas Bedos, que j'ai à peine touché à mon matos de peinture (ma nouvelle lubie ambiance "chuis trop une artiste tavu"), que je n'ai toujours pas vu la pile de DVD qui trône dans le salon, que je ne suis toujours pas allée voir des expos qui me tentaient ou dans un restau que mon frère m'a chaudement recommandé...
Alors, j'essaye de couper internet pour absorber... "Polisse", "Intouchables", "Drive", "Downton Abbey", "The Big Bang Theory", "Full Metal Jacket", "Funny Games"... (re)lire Jane Austen, Philippe Delerm, Kundera, Apollinaire, Litteul Kévin ou Hélène Brûlé... (ré)écouter Radiohead, Verdi, The Spencer David Group, Patrick Watson, Billie Holiday, Brigitte, M, Agnes Obel...
Je cuisine aussi... je découvre le plaisir de faire sa propre soupe (velouté d'échalotes et champignons, soupe épaisse de légumes quand il fait froid, soupe chaude de concombre, échalote, ciboulette et kiri...), les pancakes aux myrtilles adoucissent les petits-déjeuners où il ne fait même pas encore jour... et mon premier "Tigre qui pleure" fut une réussite totale et une énorme découverte culinaire... Le concept : du boeuf longuement mariné, juste saisi et découpé en lamelle... Un truc fondant et merveilleux pour la non-amatrice de viande que je suis.

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Ingrédients pour deux personnes :

  • 2 filet de boeuf de 2 cm d'épaisseur
  • Marinade : sauce d'huître (genre 3 c. à soupe), sauce soja (genre 2 c. à soupe), ail écrasé, réduit en poudre (1 c. à soupe), huile d'arachide (2 c. à soupe), huile de sésame (1 c. à soupe), 7 épices japonais, 1 échalote ciselée, quelques gouttes de tabasco
  • Sauce : citron vert (1 c. à soupe max, 1 c. à soupe de nuoc-mam, 1 c. à café de sucre roux, 1 échalote ciselée, ciboulette (on peut mettre de la coriandre, mais je n'aime pas ça), on peut aussi rajouter de la sauce pour nems et du "kapi" qui est une pâte de crevettes (fort en goût et épicé), mais je n'en avais pas). Si la sauce est trop acide ou relevée, on peut la rallonger avec un peu d'eau
  • Préparer la marinade dans un tupperware et bien badigeonner la viande. On laisse mariner au frigo tout une nuit.
  • Faire saisir la viande, une à deux minutes si l'on aime la viande très saignante
  • Découper la viande en fines lamelles (ça se coupe comme du beurre tendre) et napper de sauce... VOILOU :)

Très simple à faire, il suffit d'avoir les bons ingrédients (on trouve la sauce d'huître ou le 7 épices japonais dans les épiceries asiatiques ou sur le net, genre Sushi Boutique). La sauce d'huître n'a absolument pas le goût de l'huître, ni même une saveur iodée. C'est une sauce assez sirupeuse et douce, idéale pour laquer des légumes ou des crevettes dans un wok.

Je reviens bientôt pour vous parler de l'avenir de ma belle profession, de conseils que je prodigue humblement suite à de nombreux mails de collègues qui me demandent comment je réagis dans telle ou telle situation, de Millefeuille, de cul et de bonnes vannes vaseuses à base de calemboursmoi la chatte.

Prenez bien soin de vous ♥



          Pitié, en mai 2012, faut pas que sarko-mence...        

Je ne peux pas résister, je m'engouffre dans la brèche... et je viens gueuler comme une pute un putois en ce week-end où la tempête dehors fait écho à ce qu'il se déroule en mon for Boyard intérieur...

Semaine riche pour l'éducation nationale... Entre Dukan et ses idées qui sont aussi brillantes que le carnet de notes d'un candidat des Anges de la Télé-Réalité et entre cette prime spéciale E-CLAIR promise depuis des mois et dont on n'a toujours pas vu la couleur, j'ai l'impression qu'on se fout bien de notre gueule en ce moment.

Genièvre sur la choucroute, lors d'une petite intervention au Futuroscope de Poitiers (là où il y a ce super restau ambiance cuisine moléculaire "Le Cristal") Sarkozy nous a balancé dans la tronche : "Je veux le dire comme je le pense : imaginer la recréation de postes dans l'Education nationale, c'est irresponsable, compte tenu de la situation financière de notre pays".

:-|

Et histoire de vraiment bien créer la polémique dont découleront des dissensions ambiance "ouhhh mais il est fou ce SALE MEC" (prendre la voix de François Hollande qui n'a JAMAIS été rudoyé par l'UMP, même quand Luc Châtel a dit qu'il n'était qu'un Babar qui endormait les enfants) slash "Les profs, ces feignasses qui refusent tout changement", il a proposé que les enseignants acceptent d'être plus présents dans les établissements.

:-|

Alors OK, c'est la crise.

Alors OK, faut que chacun mette du sien pour ne pas que la France devienne un bidonville où cannibalisme et scorbut seraient les deux mamelles de la naFion.

Alors OK, y a dans le tas, des profs feignasses qui en foutent pas lourd et qui pourraient se sortir un peu les doigts du cul afin que l'opprobre ne soit pas constamment jetée sur cette belle corporaFion.

MAIS FAUDRAIT PAS NON PLUS POUSSER MÉMÉ DANS LES ORTIES.

Des compromis, des sacrifices... les profs ne font QUE ça depuis de nombreuses années. Les effectifs de plus en plus lourds, l'hétérogénéité qui se creuse de plus en plus avec le collège unique qui demande des AALC (Aménagement À La Con) et avec une certaine génération mutante qui a un léger problème de curiosité intellectuelle et de concentraFion.

La création de postes est VITALE sinon l'école va devenir une vaste garderie où quelques élèves parviendront à choper des bribes d'informations.
Et je ne déconne pas.

Je meurs de Sarko qui dit que ouais, faut modifier les modalités du collège unique histoire d'en niquer les quelques dysfonctionnements : "assumer la diversité des parcours en 4e et 3e, il n'est pas normal que le collège actuel prépare exclusivement à l'enseignement général".

Ouais, bah si on va par là Nico, y a d'autres trucs qui ne sont pas normaux hein.

Effectivement, il faut repenser l'orientation, valoriser les filières professionnelles et tutti quanti mais pour ça, faudrait commencer par, à la base, pas trop dégoûter de l'école les gamins qui pour des raisons diverses et variées (problèmes cognitifs, paresse congénitale, parents négligents, lenteur innée...) se retrouvent à la ramasse, ne se sentent pas suffisamment encadrés et encouragés... Pour ça, pas de secret... puisqu'on peut difficilement ré-éduquer les parents, il faut des classes ADAPTÉES aux différents profils. Ça ne veut pas dire faire des groupes de niveaux de folie (élitisme vs. ghetto). Juste ajouter un peu d'homogénéité dans cette hétérogénéité chaotique. La pédagogie différenciée (aka proposer différentes activités autour d'un même projet/but, au sein d'une même classe en prenant en compte les besoins et difficultés de chacun) c'est choupi à condition d'avoir un groupe plus réduit histoire de ne pas brasser de l'air pour rien en courant entre chaque groupe pour vérifier que tout est compris et que tout le monde est plus ou moins en train de bosser.

Quant à ce merveilleux concept de faire bosser davantage les enseignants...

SOUPIR

Cette année, j'ai 7 classes, deux heures supp' dont je ne veux pas (y en a une t'as pas le choix et l'autre bah ça foutait trop la merde de la refuser, la culpabilité toussa toussa), et un atelier d'une heure le soir. Je suis 21 heures par semaine devant les élèves. Ouais SEULEMENT 21 heures.
Et encore une fois par pitié, ne réduisez pas le boulot des profs juste au taux horaire de présence devant les monstres apprenants. Et n'imaginez pas que les profs font sans cesse les mêmes cours, ne se renouvelant que tous les 8 ans en moyenne.
Préparations de cours, corrections, rendez-vous avec les élèves, leurs parents, réunions avec l'administration, avec les collègues, avec les écoles primaires, avec les lycées partenaires, avec le médecin scolaire, le conseiller d'orientation...

Je suis au bahut les lundis et vendredis de 7h40 à 17h10, les mardis de 7h40 à 15h10 et les jeudis de 7h40 à 18h30.

Je ne vois pas très bien comment je pourrais être plus présente dans l'établissement (ah si, je pourrais venir le mercredi mais du coup ça m'empêcherait de (re)voir les diffusions d'"Une Famille Formidable") (genre le truc impossible à envisager) (Jacques et Catherine Beaumont quoi) (qui m'ont, par ailleurs, je ne vous le cache pas, un peu déçue avec la pub pour une convention obsèques) (mais je les aime quand même hein)

Sachant que lorsque je ne suis pas en train de dire à Jordan que les adjectifs sont invariables ou à Mendy qu'elle ferait mieux de venir au tableau sans chouiner à moins qu'elle n'ait envie d'écoper du combo mot + punition, un duo qui fait toujours son petit effet, je ne suis malheureusement pas en train de me faire masser dans le SPA du collège.

Lorsque j'ai une heure de trou, je suis au choix :

  • en train de maudire la photocopieuse qui laisse une bande noire sur les polycopiés.
  • en train de créer et d'imprimer des feuilles d'activités, des exercices, des évals...
  • en train d'expliquer à Kévyan que dire à Esteban "sale bâtard de sa race de pute tellement t'es laid, tu ressembles à un mort, je vais te crever sale enculé" n'est pas une preuve d'amitié taillée dans le roc.
  • en train de parler du PAI ou PPS d'élèves dyslexiques/dyscalculiques/dyspraxiques/hyperactifs/semi-aveugles/semi-sourds/avec un retard mental avéré mais-plutôt-crever-que-de-lui-trouver-une-classe-adaptée-hein-de-toute-façon-y-a-pas-de-place-on-va-se-débrouiller-même-s'il-bave.
  • en train de téléphoner ou de rencontrer des parents pour les féliciter/les conseiller/les informer...
  • en train de monter une vidéo avec Adobe Premiere avec des fondus enchaînés et des effets trop de la balle où les élèves diront "waaaah trop beau madame".
  • en train de fignoler un diaporama powerpoint à base de trucs cools qui font "CHDiiiiiiiNG" quand on clique dessus.
  • en train de coller des stickers sur de chouettes copies qui transpirent l'effort et la bonne volonté.
  • en train de remplir le cahier de textes en ligne de mes 7 classes.
  • en train d'organiser un voyage ou une sortie pour les 5èmes.
  • en train de compter combien de photocopies je dois faire pour la 4èmeD à 25 élèves, sachant qu'il y a 4 images par feuille et qu'il ne faut pas que j'oublie d'agrandir l'image pour Donovan qui a de gros problèmes de vue.
  • en train d'écouter les productions orales des élèves sur mon iPhone, des écouteurs dans les oreilles et un stylo rose pailleté dans la main, les yeux vissés sur ma grille d'évaluation.
  • en train de reporter des notes et cocher moulte cases concernant les compétences, le socle commun et autres trucs relativement chronophages et chiants et inutiles.

Rappelons à toutes fins utiles que j'ai un atelier ciné le jeudi soir avec les 3èmes et que lorsque je rentre dans mon home sweet home, je ne balance pas mon cartable en hurlant de joie avant de sortir boire un Black Mojito au Plaza Athénée... Je termine de faire ce que les heures de trou n'ont pas pu combler.

À écouter Sarko et tous les gens qui ignorent plus ou moins ostensiblement ce qu'est le quotidien d'un prof consciencieux, les profs ont quand même vachement de temps pour faire des trucs d'auto-entrepreneur et pour s'investir encore davantage dans leur entreprise bahut. Cette image de feignasse toujours en vacances semble indélébile.

Moi, j'ai juste le temps de mettre du vernis, d'assouvir mon besoin d'écrire, de poker mes amis sur Facebook, de mater la saison 5 de TBBT et de faire des trucs de la vie sociale et sentimentale et un peu culturelle aussi, mais pas autant que je le souhaiterais.
Et quand je fais l'énorme connerie de lire les commentaires des lecteurs de journaux en ligne... j'ai juste envie de prendre un hygiaphone et de hurler qu'ON BOSSE DÉJÀ À MORT et qu'on a bien plus la pression qu'il y a 20 ou 30 ans. Les profs ont bien plus de missions et de responsabilités le tout sans être davantage payés. Qu'on nous paye déjà tout le boulot que nous faisons bénévolement et après on pourra éventuellement demander aux volontaires d'en faire plus.

En tant que nullipare, je n'ai que mon cul à torcher et j'ai du mal à imaginer comment je vais parvenir un de ces 4, à gérer l'organisation que demande mon taf et l'organisation que demande un mouflet.


Alors, Monsieur Sarkozy, une fois n'est pas coutume, ça serait bien aimable de se renseigner avant de l'ouvrir.

Prenez donc conseil auprès de votre ministre de l'éducation nationale qui... ah... qui n'a jamais enseigné donc.

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          Comment on Face Practice with Prompts by Zaiger Joanne Deena        
i would like to learn how to make polymer beads for jewelry making. i'm hoping you have a class near where I live, Wellesley, MA. Thanks, Joanne
          Décima y última sesión del ciclo de conferencias del Nodo Atlántico de la red de Excelencia Columnaria-COREDEX y el proyecto POLYCENTRICSTATES (HAR2013-45357-P)        
El grupo de trabajo Polycentricstates del área de Historia Moderna (Departamento de Geografía, Historia y Filosofía de la Facultad de Humanidades) organiza a la décima y última sesión del ciclo de conferencias de este curso académico organizado por el Nodo Atlántico de la red de Excelencia Columnaria-COREDEX y el proyecto POLYCENTRICSTATES (HAR2013-45357-P) y vinculado al Doctorado en Historia y Estudios Humanísticos: Europa, América, Arte y Lenguas de la UPO. El programa será el siguiente: Verónica Salazar Baena (Universidad de Santo Tomás, Bogotá): "Las pretensiones imperiales y los intereses locales en el Nuevo Reino de Granada. La política vista a través de las celebraciones monárquicas". Karen Ivett Mejía Torres (Colegio de México): "Justicia y orden social: un régimen corporativo eclesiástico en la villa de Toluca, 1698-1808". Esta sesión tendrá lugar hoy, 26 de junio, en el Seminario 2 del Edificio 2 de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide entre las 16 y las 20 h.
          Christian heritage        
Fr Bernard McGrath

Christianity works well for the greater good of society despite some doubters. It benefits millions by the moral improvements due to the churches, schools, hospitals and institutions it runs.

Three of the greatest commandments of our Judeo-Christian heritage form the very bulwark of our civilisation: the sacredness of human life, the purity of marriage and the right to private property. Without these laws, many unwanted or allegedly useless lives are killed for convenience: the unborn, the defective, and the aged. And without these laws increasing numbers cannot be trusted to be honest in their dealings regarding property, and the fair time, money and effort needed for work and social affairs. Fewer seem to care anymore and the trend is tragic.

Even 4,000 years ago Hammurabi of Babylon had the wisdom to discern six of the ten commandments for the peace and prosperity of his people, recognising the natural laws of good behaviour/morality. But unique to our Judeo-Christian heritage are the commandments against polytheism, idolatry, and evil thoughts. These are ennobling rules and are hard to account for without a revelation of God as a loving creator, law-giver and saviour giving us the necessary reason and strength to be self-sacrificing, when required, for the sake of others, and the truth.

Churches preach, teach and practise persuasively against hate in thought, speech and deed whereas mere civil laws on such are easily used to suppress free speech and religion by those who claim to be offended "victims" of others' beliefs.

Democracy works best when most people, most of the time, are virtuous and can be trusted. Few laws are then needed: "He governs best who governs least". A South-Sea Islander once reproved a soldier for using the thin pages of a Bible to roll his cigarettes: "If it weren't for the Bible, you'd be in my cooking pot!", he said.

What will stop the present mad rush into lawlessness and the slaughter of the innocents?

What the gods (devil) wish to destroy they first make mad. How mad is it when evil becomes a free choice?

FR BERNARD McGRATH
Bendigo, Vic


          1 1/4" Slotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay        
1 1/4" Slotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay

1 1/4" Slotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay

Chrome plated brass waste complete with poly plug, chain and stay.


          1 1/4" Unslotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay        
1 1/4" Unslotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay

1 1/4" Unslotted Basin Waste with Poly Plug, Chain and Stay


          1/2" Shock Arrestor        
1/2" Shock Arrestor

1/2" Shock Arrestor

Stainless steel shell and connection. Polybutylene membrane.  Dull finish. 0.16 ltrs Max working pressure 15 bar Max working temp 70°c Pre-charge 3.5bar Zilmet Code: 11B000AA02


          10/4 Expansion Tank        
10/4 Expansion Tank

10/4 Expansion Tank


          10/4 Gal 45/18 Ltr Rectangular Tank and Kits        
10/4 Gal 45/18 Ltr Rectangular Tank and Kits

10/4 Gal 45/18 Ltr Rectangular Tank and Kits

Tank pack contains lid,jacket,byelaw30 kit,ball valve pack & backing plate, no tank is included Tank size Height 305mm, width 296mm, length 442mm Rectangular tanks manufactured to BS42132004 All tanks are WRAS approved Full range of Byelaw 30 and 60 kits available to allow compliance with water byelaw Snap fit lids available for all tanks Innovative design avoids use of metal reinforcing bars eliminating corrosion 500 hour hot water tested at 95°C Rectangular tank designed to allow efficient stackability and nesting Wide range of capabilities and sizes Lightweight Single piece moulding Ideal for domestic water storage  


          110mm boss adaptor - pushfit rubber        
110mm boss adaptor - pushfit rubber

110mm boss adaptor - pushfit rubber

Made from polypropylene. A quick way to install waste systems using a push-fit ring seal system. Ideal for carrying waste safely and cleanly away from the home.


          110mm single socket soil pipe 3m SP3        
110mm single socket soil pipe 3m SP3

110mm single socket soil pipe 3m SP3

110mm Ring Seal Soil System BS 4514 FloPlast 110mm Ring Seal Soil System is Manufactured in PVC-U (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) to BS EN 1401-1: 1998 / BS4660: 2000. System Features: Provides an efficient means of waste water drainage and foul discharge from appliances.   Manufactured in PVC-U to give a strong and durable product, lightweight and easy to work with and suitable for high temperature waste discharge.   Fittings have an aesthetic modern look, are compact in size yet remain within the British Standard specification.   Push-Fit joint through an innovatively designed seal and snap cap system.   Comprehensive range of fittings to suit most installations and which integrate with all FloPlast Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems.     Colours Available: White, Black, Grey.


          110mm Soil Double Socket SP105        
110mm Soil Double Socket SP105

110mm Soil Double Socket SP105

110mm Ring Seal Soil System BS 4514 FloPlast 110mm Ring Seal Soil System is Manufactured in PVC-U (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) to BS EN 1401-1: 1998 / BS4660: 2000. System Features: Provides an efficient means of waste water drainage and foul discharge from appliances.   Manufactured in PVC-U to give a strong and durable product, lightweight and easy to work with and suitable for high temperature waste discharge.   Fittings have an aesthetic modern look, are compact in size yet remain within the British Standard specification.   Push-Fit joint through an innovatively designed seal and snap cap system.   Comprehensive range of fittings to suit most installations and which integrate with all FloPlast Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems.     Colours Available: White, Black, Grey.


          110mm Soil Offset Top Bend SP440        
110mm Soil Offset Top Bend SP440

110mm Soil Offset Top Bend SP440

110mm Ring Seal Soil System BS 4514 FloPlast 110mm Ring Seal Soil System is Manufactured in PVC-U (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) to BS EN 1401-1: 1998 / BS4660: 2000. System Features: Provides an efficient means of waste water drainage and foul discharge from appliances.   Manufactured in PVC-U to give a strong and durable product, lightweight and easy to work with and suitable for high temperature waste discharge.   Fittings have an aesthetic modern look, are compact in size yet remain within the British Standard specification.   Push-Fit joint through an innovatively designed seal and snap cap system.   Comprehensive range of fittings to suit most installations and which integrate with all FloPlast Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems.     Colours Available: White, Black, Grey.


          110mm Soil Pipe Clip SP82        
110mm Soil Pipe Clip SP82

110mm Soil Pipe Clip SP82

110mm Ring Seal Soil System BS 4514 FloPlast 110mm Ring Seal Soil System is Manufactured in PVC-U (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) to BS EN 1401-1: 1998 / BS4660: 2000. System Features: Provides an efficient means of waste water drainage and foul discharge from appliances.   Manufactured in PVC-U to give a strong and durable product, lightweight and easy to work with and suitable for high temperature waste discharge.   Fittings have an aesthetic modern look, are compact in size yet remain within the British Standard specification.   Push-Fit joint through an innovatively designed seal and snap cap system.   Comprehensive range of fittings to suit most installations and which integrate with all FloPlast Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems.     Colours Available: White, Black, Grey.


          110mm soil single socket SP124        
110mm soil single socket SP124

110mm soil single socket SP124

110mm Ring Seal Soil System BS 4514 FloPlast 110mm Ring Seal Soil System is Manufactured in PVC-U (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) to BS EN 1401-1: 1998 / BS4660: 2000. System Features: Provides an efficient means of waste water drainage and foul discharge from appliances.   Manufactured in PVC-U to give a strong and durable product, lightweight and easy to work with and suitable for high temperature waste discharge.   Fittings have an aesthetic modern look, are compact in size yet remain within the British Standard specification.   Push-Fit joint through an innovatively designed seal and snap cap system.   Comprehensive range of fittings to suit most installations and which integrate with all FloPlast Above and Below Ground Drainage Systems.     Colours Available: White, Black, Grey.


          El Excesivo consumo de Carnes Rojas es Nocivo para la Salud        

Un exceso de carne roja es perjudicial para la salud


Carne roja "aumenta riesgo de cáncer"

Un nuevo estudio concluyó que el consumo de carne roja procesada está asociado con el cáncer intestinal, informaron científicos.


La Investigación Europea Prospectiva sobre Cáncer y Nutrición (EPIC por sus siglas en inglés) observó los hábitos alimenticios de más de 500.000 europeos durante más de 10 años.


Aquellos que consumían dos porciones de 80 gramos de carne roja cada día tenían 30% más posibilidades de padecer de cáncer intestinal que los que comían menos de una porción por semana.


El estudio de EPIC aparece en la última edición de la publicación Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Desde que empezó la investigación, 1.330 personas han desarrollado cáncer en los intestinos.


Fibras en la dieta

El estudio también encontró que una dieta baja en fibras aumentaba el riesgo de ese tipo de cáncer.


El consumo de aves no tuvo impacto alguno, pero el riesgo entre las personas que comían una porción o más de pescado cada dos días era menor en cerca de 30% que los que consumían pescado menos de una vez por semana.


La carne bajo la lupa.

Este es uno de los estudios más amplios a nivel mundial y el primero en Europa de este tipo que demuestra una relación tan fuerte".


Sheila Bingham, directora del estudio La directora de la investigación, Sheila Bingham, de la Unidad MRC Dunn Human Nutrition en Cambridge dijo que "las personas sospechaban desde hace tiempo que los altos niveles de carne roja procesada aumentan el riesgo de cáncer de los intestinos, pero este es uno de los estudios más amplios a nivel mundial y el primero en Europa de este tipo que demuestra una relación tan fuerte".


El cáncer intestinal es el segundo más frecuente después del de pulmón entre los hombres y el de mama entre las mujeres. La investigación fue financiada por el Medical Research Council Cancer Research UK y la Agencia Internacional de Investigación sobre el Cáncer.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/science/newsid_4094000/4094150.stm


J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006 Mar 1;98(5):345-54.

González CA, Jakszyn P, Pera G, Agudo A, Bingham S et al


Meat intake and risk of stomach and esophageal adenocarcinoma within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).Cancer Res. 2006 Feb 1;66(3):1859-65.Lewin MH, Bailey N, Bandaletova T et alRed meat enhances the colonic formation of the DNA adduct O6-carboxymethyl guanine: implications for colorectal cancer risk.


Arthritis Rheum. 2004 Dec;50(12):3804-12.

Dorothy J. Pattison, PhD, Deborah P. M. Symmons, MD et al

Dietary risk factors for the development of inflammatory polyarthritis: Evidence for a role of high level of red meat consumption

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/109856792/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

          14° Angle WC Pan Connector        
14° Angle WC Pan Connector

14° Angle WC Pan Connector

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          20mm Offset WC Pan Connector        
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          7129 Blanking Plug        
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          Circular Tank Includes Bye-law Kit        
Circular Tank Includes Bye-law Kit

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          Climaflex Pipe Insulation 1 Metre Lengths (same as Tubolit)        
Climaflex Pipe Insulation 1 Metre Lengths (same as Tubolit)

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          Climaflex Pipe Insulation 2 metre Lengths (same as Tubolit)        
Climaflex Pipe Insulation 2 metre Lengths (same as Tubolit)

Climaflex Pipe Insulation 2 metre Lengths (same as Tubolit)

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          Combi Guard Replacement Cartridge 22mm        
Combi Guard Replacement Cartridge 22mm

Combi Guard Replacement Cartridge 22mm

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Contractor Kit

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          Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing        
Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing

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          Polymer        

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          Hey Iverson, Thanks for Putting a Smile on my Face        

Once again, even if we disagree [and we don't], it's so refreshing to read intelligent thoughts on this subject or any other one. You know it all started for me when I tried to point out the following. Probably 80 to 85% of all the players in the NBA are great athletes. Most of the exceptions are the slow, lumbering big guys.

The great athlete moniker includes ALMOST EVERYONE in that 80 to 85% range, both white and black. There are some great white athletes in the league and there are black guys who aren't very athletic. You simply cannot generalize about entire groups of people. Why is that so hard for people to understand?

I was also amazed by the number of people who cannot distinguish between facts versus opinions, which border on, or are out and out racist. For example, if someone said most of the great athletes in the NBA are black, that's a fact. But when they say the average black guy is a better athlete than his white counterpart, now we're talking opinion that is on the edge of being racist. It really depends on how it's phrased.

And then they were incapable of discussing the subject without firing off one ignorant insult after another. It's as if they've never engaged in an intelligent debate in their life.

As for race and intelligence, I've always said no one race has a monopoly on intelligence or stupidity. There are brilliant black doctors, scientists, CEOs, and there are black basketball players who can barely read or write. I think our President is brilliant and there couldn't be a better role model than him.

There are extremely intelligent white people who have advanced degrees in a variety of subjects such as physics, something I could never grasp. And then there are white people who are just plain ignorant and incredibly stupid. They have no clue when it comes to thinking logically and/or analyzing facts.

Anyway you're right, this is all about the draft. I tried to stay out of what I thought was an idiotic thread, but there were so many ignorant comments, that I couldn't take it any more. OK, I have a couple of more comments that I'll post in another message and then we can hopefully call it a day.


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          [news/commentary] Building ISV Relationships: Targeting SMEs - Part I        
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Dateline: China
 
New column on the AlwaysOn Network.  It's on the potential downside of offshoring (the downside for the States, that is).  For the next five days, see http://www.alwayson-network.com ; the permanent link is at http://tinyurl.com/4e4q4 .  It got the ire of a lot of readers and a lot of views (I'm projecting nearly 500 in less than one day).  The article which was the basis for my column is getting a lot of attention in the States.  Worth reading.
 
Building ISV Relationships: Targeting SMEs -- Part I
 
First, a bit of commentary.  One thing all smart SIs (systems integrators) do is develop partnerships and alliances with ISVs (independent software vendors, i.e., software publishers/software companies in a broad sense).  Of course, it's difficult to be the 1,000th entrant in the game and expect to get any traction/assistance from your ISV partner.
 
SIs in China ALWAYS use the approach of offering localization services and OFTEN offer to help push an ISV's product within the domestic market in China.  Frankly, this is what the (usually American) ISV wants, too.  Does this strategy work?  Well, sometimes.  However, even in the case of high profile alliances such as some of those Microsoft has in China (and I won't name names to protect the innocent), it's really nothing more than window dressing.  Everything looks good on paper, but the reality is something quite different.
 
Regardless, this does NOT address the need and desire for SIs in China to build their market in the States.  And when this issue becomes center stage, ISVs frequently respond with something bordering on contempt.  Some ISVs are getting clued that their American channel partners absolutely need partners in China and other low(er)-cost development areas in order to win bids.  Let's face it, it's all about closing deals.  And if an ISV's competitors have channel partners which can put together winning bids, perhaps in part (and perhaps in LARGE part) due to an offshoring component with their channel partner's SI partner(s) in China, then the ISV with an indirect link to China has a competitive advantage.  I don't view this as a sufficient condition to winning bids, but it's increasingly a necessary condition.
 
Clued ISVs want their American channel partners to have an offshoring option, but this requires that their channel partners have relationships with SIs in a country such as China.  But ISVs tend to focus their channel development efforts on their American partners and might develop a couple/few relationships in China, but usually NOT tied to their channel development efforts in the States.  Goofy and shortsighted, to say the least.
 
But how can SIs in China get traction with American ISVs, especially since they're almost always late to the game (in other words, the American ISV already has a well-developed channel)?  The answer (or, at least one answer):  Focus on servicing the needs of SMEs (small and medium enterprises, which is also referred to as "SMBs" -- small and medium businesses).
 
There's another reason this makes sense:  Most of the SIs in China are already focused on servicing SMEs/SMBs in China.  It might be nice to bag a large SOE (state-owned enterprise), but the reality is that most firms in China, especially the burgeoning number of privately-held firms, are SMEs by definition.  Hence, the experiences gained by SIs in China is already within the same market, although I'd be the first person to warn than company size and even similar domains does not necessarily equate to directly transferable skills.  Fact is, things in China are often quite different from the way they are in the States, especially in a "hot" ITO (IT outsourcing) market like financial services.  More about this in a forthcoming postingBottom line:  Give serious thought to targeting the SMB/SME market in the States.  (Part II of this commentary might be a while in coming.)
 
IT Tidbits
 
Lots of tidbits this week.
 
Controlling project costs.  My favorites:  Scope creep, not understanding project financing, "big-bang" projects, overtesting (although I'm not sure I agree with this one), poor estimating.  Good stuff, with recommended solutions.  See http://tinyurl.com/6rfkg .
 
Challenges for China's SIs.  Adapted from a Forrester report.   For starters, how about:  Improving account management (are there really any account managers in China, or at least any who can manage accounts with U.S. clients?   ), moving away from technology-centric messages that often alienate business buyers (better yet, moving away from messages in Chinglish), investing in vertical-specific skills (how many times have I said this?) and becoming more multicultural organizations (yes, and let's start with learning English!).  See http://tinyurl.com/4avfo .
 
"Yee Haw" as an outsourcing option.  Forget India.  Forget China.  Forget the Philippines.  Let's go to Arkansas!!  See http://tinyurl.com/7ya9p .
 
American start-ups go offshore.  Try Corio (is Corio really a start-up?), CollabNet, Aarohl, Infinera, and many others.  See http://tinyurl.com/3wm3o .  Another good article with a BPO spin in Venture Capital Journal, http://tinyurl.com/4rfsa .
 
Offshorings mixed results.  "Vietnam and Myanmar were also in demand ..."  Really?  See http://tinyurl.com/647ap .
 
Looking for SI partners?  Kennedy ranks the largest firms.  As I've said in the past, I like their reports.  (No, I don't get a cut.)  Satyam and TCS didn't make the grade, though.  See http://tinyurl.com/4s965 .
 
Another challenge to conventional outsourcing and offshoring "wisdom."   "Services-driven development models, such as the one at work in India, broaden the global competitive playing field.  As a result, new pressures are brought to bear on hiring and real wages in the developed world - pressures that are not inconsequential in shaping the jobless recoveries unfolding in high-cost wealthy nations.  For those in the developed world, successful services- and manufacturing-based development models in heavily populated countries such as India and China - pose the toughest question of all: what about us?"  For more, see http://tinyurl.com/4acm4 .
 
Forget the Golden Triangle.  How about China + India vs. the world (or, sans the world)?  "Newspaper headlines portray China as the world's manufacturing base for low-cost goods, like clothing and shoes, and India as the global IT monopoly-to-be.  Unfortunately, media outside Asia have failed to acknowledge the growing partnership between the two giants."  "Given the complementary nature of their economies and the size of their markets (nearly 2.2 billion people in total), the nascent cooperation between the two holds the potential to dramatically alter the world trade balance.  A perusal of the Shanghai technology corridor reveals a hint of the countries' industrial interconnectedness.  Walk through one of the main complexes in Shanghai's Pudong Software Park, and you will see a prominently displayed sign for Infosys, one of India's most respected IT firms.  The same complex also holds Satyam, the first of India's software service companies to set up offices in Shanghai.  Nearby are the headquarters of the largest software services company in Asia, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which currently runs an outsourcing center for GE in the town of Hangzhou.  TCS is owned by the Tatas, one of India's most prominent business families.  Across the river is NIIT, the principal software training center in India's private sector.  NIIT, operating in China since 1998, now runs an extensive two-year course in 25 provinces, training around 20,000 students to be software professionals.  There is widespread speculation that Wipro, India's only giant IT firm without a presence in the city, will establish a Shanghai office very soon.  It is no surprise that Indian software companies are setting up in China. They, like everyone else, sense great opportunity in one of the largest, fastest-growing economies in the world."  (Bold is my emphasis.)  All true, and they even forget MphasiS.  See one of my must-read sources, YaleGlobalhttp://tinyurl.com/6ltaz .
 
The partnering wave of the future.  I've talked about this many times in previous postings.  This time CTG dances with Polaris Software.  See http://tinyurl.com/5tbqd .
 
CMMi:  The key to success.  A little simplistic and uses incorrect definitions, but still worth reading.  See http://tinyurl.com/4gp9u .
 
 
 
 
 
How about Microsoft vs. China in an AO "Grudge Match"?  See a lengthy article in CFO titled, "Does Microsoft need China?"; link at http://tinyurl.com/476bo .  China: The champion of open source!!
 
 
Business creativity 101.  "A new book from Wharton School Publishing, The Power of Impossible Thinking by Jerry Wind and Colin Crook prompts you to rethink your mental models and transform them to help you achieve new levels of creativity. In this book, the authors give a set of guidelines on how to see differently."  Examples:  Listen to the radicals; embark on journeys of discovery; look across disciplines.  See http://tinyurl.com/6fvo8 .
 
The innovator's battle plan.  "Great firms can be undone by disruptors who analyze and exploit an incumbent's strengths and motivations.  From Clayton Christensen's new book Seeing What's Next."  GREAT stuff (although John Dvorak won't like it).  What about asymmetric warfare theories applied to the realm of corporate innovation and creativity?  Just a thought ...  See http://tinyurl.com/6mbcy .
 
Your next competitors?  Have you thought about Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, especially in the BPO space?  See http://tinyurl.com/5h93z .
 
Message to product companies: go sell services!!  Interesting take from a VMI perspective.  See http://tinyurl.com/5tqrt .
 
Don't know much about bloggin'?  Good take on the various types of corporate blogs.  See http://tinyurl.com/6my29 .
 
Urls as web services?  You have to read it to get it.  Might be a bit too much for the uninitiated ...  See http://tinyurl.com/563gm .
 
Joel is back and blogging!!  Joel takes on Jakob Nielsen in "it's not just usability."  See http://tinyurl.com/6msmm .
 
How about open source software for HPC?  See http://tinyurl.com/5qzleWARNING: Geek alert, geek alert!!
 
Saving the best for last: a piece on Woz.  See http://tinyurl.com/4szjf .
 
TTFN.  Expect a urls update before I go back to the States.
 
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          Calgary To Hold Major Canadian Petrochemicals Conference        

On May 11th-12th the Canadian Petrochemicals Conference & Exhibition will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. This conference, organized by Petrochemical Update and supported by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, Polyolefins Consulting, PetroChemCentral and ENR, offers a forum for over 150 executives from the entire oil and gas value-chain to meet and discuss the future of the petrochemical industry in Canada.

(PRWeb March 09, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/03/prweb12569988.htm


                  
Workshop in Knitting Technology – Joel Peterson, University of Borås, Erasmus workshop at ITECH in Lyon.

At the end of March 2017, 29th to 31st I had the oppurtunity to visit ITECH in Lyon and Roanne. They bescribes themselves like this at their home page: 
"ITECH is the European School of Paints, the World School of Leather (recruitment of post-graduate leather engineers from the biggest international firms as well as SMEs) and the School known and recognized for its applications in chemistry (paint, inks, adhesives and cosmetics) and textile techniques."

I visited first their facilities in Roanne where the textile part is located. A guided tour in the different labs was arranged and we had the opportunity to look at the machinery. Weft knitting and warp knitting machines were studied and the labs were well equipped. The workshop with representatives from ITECH and myself discussed various common problems in education and research in the field of knitting technology. Common problems were lack of new machinery and time consuming programming of the flat knitting machines. It is difficult for the students to learn the programming because it takes long time and the courses in knitting technology are short. We discussed the importance for a textile university to have skilled technicians and this is also an important part for a well-working knitting department. Then the discussion continued about further cooperation in research and education and we agreed that several topics can be further investigated.

At the end of my stay I also visited ITECH main campus in Lyon. A guided tour showed the facilities and labs and also here it was interesting to see fine laboratorys as support for student learning. A lot of chemistry, polymer and testing labs used to educate students for the paint, chemestry and other industries.

A meeting with the staff of the school ended my visit at ITECH in France and I am convinced that the possibilities for future collaborations between our universities are positive.

//Joel Peterson
          Undervisning vid Technical University Liberec, Tjeckien        
Den 6-10 februari 2017 så hade jag igen möjligheten att undervisa vid ett europeiskt universitet inom ramen för E-TEAM programmet, vilket är en textil utbildning på masternivå. Utbildningen sker vid 4 olika universitet under två år, och deltagarna får därmed en möjlighet att tillbringa 6 månader vid 4 olika universitet med textil utbildning. Under veckan föreläste jag min kurs i polymera kompositmaterial, vilket var intressant för universitetet i Liberec eftersom de även har en ganska omfattande kompositforskning. Naturfiberkompositer är tex ett aktivt område.

Våren 2017 är sker undervisningen vid det tekniska universitetet i Liberec, Tjeckien. Technical University Liberec har ca 10 000 heltidsstudenter, och är det enda universitetet med en textil utbildning i Tjeckien. Universitetet grundades i början av 50-talet, och verksamheten sker i centrala Liberec, i byggnader som delvis är märkta av tidens tand.

Universitet utmärker sig med att erbjuda flera program på alla nivåer, vilka har som undervisningsspråk engelska. Det finns mycket bra information på deras hemsida: www.tul.cz/en/. Verksamheten inom det tekniska textila området är kompetens- och erfarenhetsmässigt mycket hög. Forskningen är omfattande, och av hög nivå. Det finns ett omfattande urval av kurser på engelska. Labben och faciliteterna motsvarar inte det som vi är vana vid vid högskolan, men detta hindrar inte forskning på en hög nivå. De har dock mycket ändamålsenlig utrustning, och den är omfattande.

Ett syfte med utbytet var även att utvidga utbytet på så vis att vi får flera utresande studenter från Borås till Liberec. Tyvärr finns det en tveksamhet i att tillbringa en tid i Tjeckien, vilket dock kan rekommenderas! Avsikten är därmed att försöka öka intresset för utbytesstudier i Liberec. En fördel med Liberec och Tjeckien är kostnadsnivån, vilken är betydligt lägre än Sverige och Borås. Hyran för ett studentrum är ca 1200 kr/månad, och övriga kostnader är låga. Universitetet erbjuder även kurser i Tjeckiska för utbytesstudenterna.

Liberec är en textil stad, och hade länge en betydande textilindustri som grundades på mitten av 1800-talet. Industrin fanns ännu på 1990-talet, men det kommunistiska systemets fall gjorde att denna industri blev helt olönsam. Idag är dock biltillverkning (Skoda och VW) samt dess underleverantörer betydande industrier i Tjeckien och närområdet.

För den som är intresserad av arkitektur så är Liberec en stad värd att besöka. Många byggnader och hus är uppförda i Art Nouveau stilen, och väl bevarade. Ett besök i Liberecs konstmuseum, som är nu beläget i en tidiga badhus (invigdes av habsburgska kejsaren Frans Josef II år 1900) är värt ett besök.

Sammanfattningsvis kan man säga att utbyte och vistelse vid ett annat universitet kan rekommenderas varmt, och att det är mycket nyttigt att se hur man bedriver forskning och utbildning i en annan omgivning med andra traditioner och annan kultur än vad man är van vid.


Fakulteten för textil


Konstmuseum i Liberec, i fd. badhus


Universitetscampus


Handvävning


Campus


          Gästföreläsare vid Piraeus Applied University of Science (PUAS) i Aten.        

Den 15-19 februari 2016 hade jag igen förmånen att få föreläsa en 5 dagars kurs Polymer Composite Materials, inom ramen för AUTEX´s E-TEAM program. Detta program är ett utbildningsprogram på masternivå, inom textilteknologi, och det omfattar 4 terminer vid 4 olika europeiska universitet med textil verksamhet. Undervisningen ges av professorer verksamma vid universitet hörande till AUTEX, under en veckas tid. För deltagarna i E-TEM utgör detta en unik möjlighet att få internationella kontakter, dels till de främsta föreläsarna inom textilteknologi i Europa, men även en unik kontakt till andra studenterna som deltar.

PUAS är ett relativt ungt tekniskt universitet med fokus på tillämpad forskning och professionsutbildning i teknik och ekonomi, och det påminner därmed till en del om Högskolan i Borås. Universitetets campus ligger i Aten, och i ett område med olivträd, vilka en del redan fanns då Platon hade sin akademi på samma plats. Campusområdet är stort, ca 100 000 m2, och omfattar förutom laboratorier och undervisningslokaler, även bibliotek och ett konferenscenter. Sammanlagt finns det 25 laboratorier inom teknik, och 10 laboratorier inom ekonomi och affärsverksamhet.

School of Engineering vid PUAS omfattar följande avdelningar:

1.     Automation Engineering Department
2.     Civil Engineering department
3.     Computer Systems Engineering Department
4.     Electrical Engineering Department
5.     Electronic Engineering Department
6.     Mechanical Engineering Department
7.     Textile Engineering Department

School of Business and Economics vid PUAS omfattar följande avdelningar:

1.     Accounting and Finance Department
2.     Business and Administration Department

Utbildningarna omfattar BSc och MSc nivå sammanlagt finns det ca 25 olika ämnesområden. Doktorandutbildning är möjlig, men det sker i samarbete med andra universitet i Grekland och i Europa.

Den ekonomiska krisen i Grekland har helt klart påverkat mycket negativt situationen för universitet i Grekland, så också PUAS. Det betyder frysta/sänkta löner och förmåner för anställd, mindre anslag, samt mindre pengar till underhåll av lokaler. För studenterna har detta givetvis påverkat mycket. Trots detta så verkade de lärare och forskare som jag träffade positiva och glada, samt mycket hjärtliga emot besökare. Gästfriheten är stor i Grekland, och det märks kriser till trots. I Aten och i omgivningarna ses krisen tydligt som många ödelagda affärsbyggnader och halvfärdiga byggprojekt, samt en ödelagd flygplats som är till salu. Bland människor på gatan så var det kanske inte så drastiskt, det verkade som allt flyter på. Flyktingkrisen sågs inte alls i Aten och Piraeus, uppenbarligen så är det andra områden i Grekland som för ta emot det största trycket.

En uppenbar skillnad gentemot Sverige är att samhället är mycket politiskt och även polariserat. Vid hemresan hade jordbrukarna stängt av motorvägen till flygfältet i protest, det är tydligen något som det gör regelbundet. Det betydde en ¨intressant ¨ taxifärd på grusvägar och bakgårdar för att hitta en genväg till flygfältet, utan detta så skulle hemresan kanske inte blivit av. På campus ser man även politiska slagord och graffitti på väggar som inte skulle vara möjliga på Högskolan i Borås.

Som en helhet var detta ett mycket givande besök, kanske delvis för att det gav nya perspektiv på vår verksamhet och tillvaro här i Borås. Inom det textila området samt även inom resursåtervinning finns det goda möjligheter att samarbeta med PUAS, och det kommer jag att verka för.


Mikael Skrifvars
Professor i polymerteknologi vid Akademin för textil, teknik och ekonomi.



PUAS campusområde i Aten.



Politiskt budskap på campus.




Rastplats och kafé/restaurang med olivträd från Platons tid.




Politiskt budskap på campus.



Spinnmaskin för bomull.




Den grekiska akademins huvudbyggnad i Aten.



          GUEST LECTURE EXPERIENCE AT ARCADA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE, HELSINKI, FINLAND        

GUEST LECTURE EXPERIENCE AT ARCADA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES, HELSINKI, FINLAND

I was at Arcada University of Applied Science, Helsinki, Finland from 23rdFebruary to 27th February to contribute and gain knowledge within my research field. The staffs at chemical engineering department, Arcada University are interested to learn the on-going research at polymer department, Högskolan i Borås. In turn, we at polymer department would like to learn different testing methods from Arcada University. Transfer of knowledge is the main purpose of my visit.

The trip was planned when Rene Herrmann from Arcada University visited Högskolan i Borås last year to learn bio-based thermoset resin synthesis and teach non-destructive testing methods to researchers at polymer department. The plan was proposed for funding under Erasmus European Union staff exchange program. The plan was further discussed in detail with Mikael Skrifvars at Högskolan i Borås and Rene Herrmann at Arcada University on successful funding application. It was agreed that I will teach the students to synthesize bio-based thermoset polyester resin and list of required chemicals was sent to chemical engineer Björn Wiberg at Arcada. Further, the lab procedure and method was sent to staff and students before my arrival.

Upon my arrival to Helsinki, the university here provided accommodation close to University and Rene Herrmann introduced his colleagues and students. Resin synthesis is not performed often in Arcada, so the apparatus required was not available. It was challenging to set-up ‘own’ apparatus with whatever glass-wares available. To do resin synthesis, one needs rotary evaporator and synthesis setup; both were built successfully with available resources. I have never done this before and it was exciting to build up these apparatus for the first time.

Evaporator built using vacuum pump and available glass wares
Once the apparatus was setup, the synthesis reaction was practically explained to the students for the first two days. The students were curious and asked several questions regarding chemical reaction, apparatus and testing. Motivated students came forward to do calculations and testing. Next two days the students were able to do testing on supervision. I gained teaching experience and learned new things while teaching and answering students’ questions.
With some students who learned bio-based thermoset resin synthesis
Final product
 
Helsinki is beautiful city and it is less crowded compared to other capitals in the world. I met my friend Emma who took me around the city. It was very good staff exchange experience which will always remain in my CV.

          GÄSTFÖRELÄSNINGAR ULUDAG UNIVERSITY, BURSA, TURKIET        
Under veckan 9 till 13 februari 2015 hade jag igen möjligheten att föreläsa inom ramen för E-TEAM masterutbildningen i textil teknologi. Mina föreläsningar handlar om polymera kompositmaterial, dvs. fiberförstärkta plastmaterial, och omfattar 20 h föreläsningar under 5 dagar. Sju deltagare från Sverige, Tyskland, Italien, Pakistan och Indien deltog, och deltagarna har alla en textil bakgrund på BSc-nivå.

Vårterminen 2015 inom E-TEAM utbildningen sker i Turkiet, närmare bestämt Uludag University i Bursa. Bursa är en miljonstad, ca 2.5 miljoner människor, och staden ligger söder om Istanbul. Till Bursa tar man sig från Istanbul med färja över Marmarasjön, och resan tar ca 1.5 h med färja, därtill ytterligare ca 30 min med taxi.

Uludag University är ett jätte-universitet jämfört med Högskolan i Borås, samt universiteten i Sverige, 46 000 helårsstudenter, av vilka ca 1500 på masternivå och ca 730 doktorander. Personalen omfattar 420 professorer, och 490 assistant eller associate professor. Det finns 11 fakulteter och 19 forskningscentra. Inom fakulteten Engineering and Architecture finns Textile engineering department, och denna institution grundades år 1976 som den andra institutionen för textil teknologi och textila ingenjörsutbildningar i Turkiet.

Undervisningen och forskningen fokuserar pÃ¥ textilingenjörsomrÃ¥det, utbildningar gällande mode och design, eller textilt management finns vid andra universitet. Totalt finns  25 professorer och ca 15 lärare och forskningsassistenter. Generellt kan man säga att den tekniska kompetensnivÃ¥n är mycket hög, även ur akademisk synvinkel. De flesta disputerade vid institutionen har antigen disputerat i USA eller Europa, eller varit postdoc i USA eller Europa vid ett bra och välkänt universitet. Gällande faciliteterna och labbutrymmena, sÃ¥ är det som man ser mÃ¥nga gÃ¥nger dÃ¥ man besöker utländska universitet även i Europa, att dessa är pÃ¥ en nivÃ¥ som är lägre än den vi är vana vid i Sverige.

Gällande det textila området, och speciellt kompositmaterial och annan teknisk textil, så är Uludag och Bursa intressanta och bra partners för Högskolan i Borås. I Bursa-regionen finns det många betydande textila företag, samt även betydande och stora tillverkare av komponenter för bilindustrin.





E-TEAM kursdeltagare 9-13.2.2015. I bilden ses även professor  Recep Eren, som var kontaktperson och värd vid besöket. Den turkiska gästvänligheten och hjälpsamheten är mycket stor, man känner sig mycklet välkommen av alla man träffar, och samma kan man uppleva dÃ¥ man rör sig i Bursa pÃ¥ marknader och gator.

Sammanfattningsvis kan man konstarera att detta besök var mycket givande, och kommer att möjliggöra  samarbeten med Uludag univesity bÃ¥de gällande forskning och utbildning.

Mikael Skrifvars, professor i polymerteknik vid Högskolan i Borås.


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           Phase separation in the polyurethane/poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) semi-interpenetrating polymer networks synthesized by different ways         
Karabanova, B.L.V., Boiteux, G., Seytre, G., Stevenson, I., Lloyd, Andrew, Mikhalovsky, Sergey, Helias, M., Sergeeva, L.M., Lutsyk, E.D. and Svyatyna, A. (2008) Phase separation in the polyurethane/poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) semi-interpenetrating polymer networks synthesized by different ways Polymer Engineering and Science, 48 (3). pp. 588-597. ISSN 0032-3888
           Polyurethane/Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks for biomedical applications         
Karabanova, B.L.V., Lloyd, Andrew, Mikhalovsky, Sergey, Helias, M., Phillips, Gary, Rose, S.F., Mikhalovska, Lyuba, Boiteux, G., Sergeeva, L.M., Lutsyk, E.D. and Svyatyna, A. (2006) Polyurethane/Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) semi-Interpenetrating polymer networks for biomedical applications Journal of Material Science: Materials in Medicine, 17 (12). pp. 1283-1296. ISSN 1573-4838
           Semi-interpenetrating polymer networks based on polyurethane and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) obtained by photopolymerization: Structure-property relationships and bacterial adhesion         
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          Eclipse 07-03-2016 with DJ Deep Rawk        
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Micranots- Heat - The Emperor The Assassin
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Prince Po Oh No- Smash feat OC Pharoahe Monch - Animal Serum
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Biz Markie- Cool Vs Tribute To Scratching - Goin Off


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          Genesis: More and Less, Or, What I Didn’t Learn in Sunday School        
As I am preparing to teach the “Christianity and Judaism” segment of my upcoming Humanities course, I’ve returned to some of the Biblical stories that I haven’t thought about for many years. With adult eyes, training in literary and feminist theory, and quite a bit of distance from my evangelical Christian upbringing, I am discovering that many of these stories are quite different than I remember. Indeed, they are both more and less than how they were presented to me in Sunday School: more in that together they demonstrate the beautifully complex human construction of a religious tradition, a way of making sense of and being in an unpredictable and often brutal world, and less because, by way of uncompromising misogyny and an assumption of “racial” superiority, they exclude most of humanity from the chosen people. For me, these stories represent a certain literary greatness, but I don’t find them particularly helpful in guiding my own spiritual growth. In this post, I point out some discrepancies between the ways that these stories are typically taught in Christian settings to children in their spiritually formative years and how they are actually presented in Biblical verse.

For the sake of brevity, I’ll just stick with one book, the foundational book of Genesis. And, as a disclaimer, I am no theologian, so my claims may not bear out against those of Biblical experts. All the same, my interpretations represent the careful, reasoned responses of a layperson to the incidents recounted in Genesis.

Here are some things about Genesis mythology that in my day were—and likely still are—glossed over, misrepresented, or simply ignored in Christian Sunday School:

1. Genesis is clearly not a linear, singularly-composed narrative, and nor even are its individual “stories.” There are in fact two renditions of human creation, for example, and, what’s more, they contradict each other. In the first one, God creates man and woman at the same time. In the second one, God creates man and then woman out of man’s rib. It is this second story which also includes the legend of “the fall.” Indeed, there is no indication that “the fall” portion of the tale is connected in any way to the first story of human creation, which comes to a full stop before the second one is introduced with the concluding statement: “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created” (Gen. 2:4). One could easily read these two versions of the story—one in which men and women are created as equals and God sees them as “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and the other in which God positions man as superior to a female being who ultimately brings about the onset of human suffering—as indicative of the changing status of women as ancient cultures moved from hunting and gathering to agriculture and, therefore, became more male-centered and militaristic over time. In any case, these are two different stories of creation, probably circulated orally in different eras and/or among different Hebrew sub-sets and likely recorded at a much later date as alternative versions of the same mythology. Other stories also repeat or overlap, such as the conception and birth of Seth, in Gen. 4:25 and again in Gen. 5:3. These repetitions of stories, of course, calls into question the belief, so relied upon in contemporary Christian churches, that the Bible is more than a book of stories, that it is in fact a divinely inspired narrative of the development of the one true religion.

2. In contrast to this belief in the singular “truth” of the Christian doctrine, Genesis presents the God of the Hebrews as not all that different from other gods of the ancient world. Indeed, the mythology surrounding this God is fairly unexceptional compared to that surrounding the gods of Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Although most historians and theologians understand a monotheistic belief system as unique to the Hebrews, the assumed monotheism of this group is at least questionable. In one place in Genesis, for instance, God calls himself “us” (Gen. 3:22). Most Biblical scholars argue that he is here referring to himself and his host of heavenly beings, namely the angels. This is problematic because it implies that he does indeed share power with other superior beings. Certainly, the angels interact physically with the characters of these Biblical stories, not unlike Athena in The Odyssey or Cupid in The Aeneid. Furthermore, in a couple of scenes at least, the narrator(s) refer(s) to an angel as “Lord,” the same name that he also calls God (Gen. 16:11-12 and Gen. 19:2). Is it not likely that the angels are Hebraic representations of Zeus’s or Jupiter’s host of less powerful gods? It seems also significant that the narrator(s) implicitly compare(s) God to other higher beings by repeatedly referring to him as the “Most High” (Gen. 14:17-20). Clearly, God is the supreme protector and ruler of the Hebrews, but this doesn’t foreclose the possibility that the people depicted in the Biblical stories believe in other opposing gods of surrounding peoples, just as the people of Uruk, for example, saw Inanna as their protectress from the powers of other Mesopotamian deities. It is certainly possible that the Hebrews perceived monotheism in very different terms than we perceive it now, in terms that allowed for the presence of “lords” in heaven and gods of other lands.

3. The mention of temple prostitution in Genesis also seems to imply a tolerance for other gods. In one scene, Judah has intercourse with a woman whom he assumes is a temple prostitute (Gen. 38). This scene is of course interesting in many ways. In that Judah is a married man, this story’s inclusion in the book of Genesis might imply an early acceptance that male “needs” sometimes exceed legitimate female accessibility. Even more shocking, this anecdote might also indicate that the Hebrews did indeed worship gods other than God. Temple prostitutes were revered in ancient Mesopotamian culture as physical conduits to fertility gods and goddesses. Was Judah’s casual copulation with a woman he thought was a temple prostitute simply his way of getting the action he is denied at home, or is it an act of worship?

4. Whether or not he is the only god whom the Hebrews worshiped or believed in, the God of Genesis certainly behaves in ways similar to the polytheistic gods mentioned above. He engages in very human activities and acts upon very human emotions, for instance. In a seeming assertion of his superiority over man, for example, he wrestles with Jacob and, after much struggle, manages to land a final injurious blow to Jacob’s thigh (an incident that inexplicably leads to the declaration that Hebrews should consequently refuse thigh meat) (Gen. 33:22-32). God is also fickle, “opening and closing the wombs” of Jacob’s wives with seeming caprice, for instance, transferring allegiance from Leah to Rachel and then back again as the two wives vie for the title of giving Jacob the most sons (Gen. 30). Finally, like other polytheistic gods, God requires sacrifice as a way of giving thanks and ensuring his continued good favor. I think that we can all agree that, as an institution, sacrifice makes no logical sense. Why would God need human food? Why would he require his people to give up their precious sustenance? Like all of the gods of the ancient world, though, God wants his choice cuts of meat. (In Exodus, in fact, it appears that his choice cuts of meat include first born sons [Ex. 22:29], but that is a topic for another day.) God’s similarities to other gods clearly points to the development of the Judeo-Christian tradition out of the religious beliefs of other ancient cultures.

5. Again like other religious groups of the ancient world, the Hebrews of Genesis had no conception of hell, and instead seem to have believed in a shadowy underworld, a place that they called “Sheol.” Pretty much everyone in Genesis goes to Sheol when they die, except for a few named exceptions in Gen. 5, who are chosen by God to join him in heaven. The fact that hell becomes part and parcel of Christian doctrine but does not exist in Genesis shows, of course, the fine-tuning of the Judeo-Christian belief system over time.

6. It is also important to note that, in Genesis, deceit is acceptable under certain circumstances. Both Abraham and Isaac, during times of famine or journey, lie in order to earn the favor of rulers in surrounding areas (Gen. 12, Gen. 20, and Gen. 26). Both, in fact, present their wives as sisters in order to allow the inclusion of these women into the royal harems of Egypt and then Gerar and to secure the aid of those in power. (In this way, of course, arranged prostitution seems also acceptable under certain circumstances; more on that later.) To name another example, Rachel’s theft of her father’s “household gods” (the existence of which also call into question the monotheism of the Hebrews) and her false insistence on being in “the way of women” in order to disallow the search of her person for these items also show that it is okay to lie (Gen. 31). Whether Rachel took the idols because she wanted to deny her father access to their power or because she wanted to worship them herself, the implication seems to be that her quick thinking here aids in her husband’s successful escape of his overbearing father-in-law, and, more importantly, Isaac’s return to his people and fulfilling of his important in God’s plan for the Hebrews.

7. This brings me to a crucial point, perhaps especially for all of those female Sunday School teachers out there: with the possible exception of the woman in the first creation story, women in the book of Genesis exist only as tools through which men fulfill God’s plan for the Hebrew nation. Women bear sons and, in this way, further the lineage of God’s chosen people (read: chosen men). Now, this fact can become obscured by the rhetoric of the portions of Genesis that name both mothers and fathers as ancestors of important Hebrew figures. It would appear that, in this way, female lineage is as important as male lineage. Just as in other ancient cultures, though, it seems most likely that female lineage is presented as significant in this way only because it represents the joining of two male-headed households. Isaac, for instance, enjoins his son to find a wife among the daughters of Laban, his wife’s brother (Gen. 28:1-4). Decrying other possible wives of the “Canaanite women,” Isaac thus works to ensure the pure Hebrew lineage of God’s chosen people, Jacob’s sons who later become the heads of the tribes of Israel. Because women are important only in helping men to fulfill their covenants with God, it makes sense that they should be sacrificed sexually for the Hebrew cause when necessary. If Sarah or Rebekah must be prostituted for the patriarchs to avoid starvation or death, as I mentioned above, the stories in Genesis imply, then so be it.

8. Indeed, female sexuality is quite frequently presented as an invaluable bartering chip. To name another instance of male trading of women’s sexuality, Lot is willing to hand over two likely adolescent daughters to a band of angry “sodomites” in order to preserve the purity of his male guests, saying, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Look, I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please; only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof” (Gen. 19:7-8). As in The Odyssey, then, hospitality it tied to male honor, and women are sacrificed to preserve the ties between men.

9. As outrageous as it seems, the narrator(s) of Genesis present(s) women as taking pride in their purposes as embodied representations of the ties between men and as reproductive units. In order to ensure the continuation of their father’s male lineage, for instance, Lot’s daughters are, in a later scene, willing to deceive him into copulating with them—presumably multiple times—until both are pregnant with male heirs (Gen. 19:32-36). These nameless women are then venerated as the mothers of the male ancestors of the Moabites and the Ammonites (Gen. 19:37-38). When Sarah, Rachel, and Leah experience periods of barrenness (due to God’s inexplicable “closing of their wombs”), they are ashamed and, in seeming atonement, offer their slave women to their husbands for the procurement of male children (Gen. 16 and Gen. 30). These incidents clearly show that women in Genesis are in fact rendered heroically when they prostitute themselves and other women for the future of Israel!

10. Now for a word about slavery: simply put, the early Hebrews were for it, and God never disallows it. (Even after their captivity in Egypt, not incidentally, the Hebrews functioned under codes and laws, passed directly from God to Moses, regarding the proper treatment of slaves, but that gets into Exodus.) What I am most interested in, though, is not slavery in and of itself—because obviously it was a bad thing—but the relationships between wifehood, concubinage, prostitution, and female slavery. All of these are mentioned in Genesis, and they seem to overlap in significant ways. As I have already demonstrated, wives and daughters are sometimes nearly prostituted (in each of the cases that I’ve mentioned, the “foreign” men who are offered the Hebrew women in trade reject these offers), and slaves seem to be routinely prostituted. Also, it appears that many of the patriarchs of Genesis held multiple wives, concubines, and female slaves and seemed to use them somewhat interchangeably. There is a definite slippage between these classes of women, and one passage demonstrates this point most succinctly. It picks up after Abraham has already had Ishmael by Hagar, Sarah’s slave, and Isaac by Sarah. After Sarah’s death, “Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him [six sons who went on to sire a total of ten more sons]. All of these were the children of Keturah. Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country” (Gen. 25:1-6). In this passage, Keturah is given the title of “wife,” but she is clearly classed with Abraham’s other “concubines” when Abraham sends all of his sons away except for Isaac, whom God has chosen as a leader of the Hebrew people. Hagar is presumably also considered a “concubine” in this instance, as Ishmael is grouped in with all of the other sons who are sent away. In sum, it seems that there is little difference for a man of God in Genesis between a wife, a prostitute, a concubine, and a female slave. They each exist for the sole purpose of producing male heirs in the Hebrew line and aiding in male endeavors to fulfill pacts with God.

Culturally, historically, and literarily, the Biblical stories in Genesis are extraordinary. But their being taught to children in Christian settings as morality tales and as evidence of a coherent religious tradition is perplexing to me. The morality here is shady at best, and the tradition is almost certainly both composite and constructed to promote the solidarity and empowerment of an exclusive class of Hebrew men.
          Moeller White Oval Livewell        
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          Moeller 40 Gallon Light Blue Oval Livewell        
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          Little mix inspired long black skirt        

Little mix inspired long black skirt

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          Leigh Anne inspired jewelry        

Leigh Anne inspired jewelry

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          Jesy Nelson inspired jewelry        

Jesy Nelson inspired jewelry

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          Perrie inspired black chunky sandals        

Perrie inspired black chunky sandals

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          Jesy inspired black chunky heel        

Jesy inspired black chunky heel

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          Little mix inspired Brits award ( I don't know if their there or not )        

Little mix inspired Brits award ( I don't know if their there or not )

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          Perrie inspired leather mini skirt        

Perrie inspired leather mini skirt

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          Perrie inspired black ankle boots        

Perrie inspired black ankle boots

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          Leigh Anne inspired black ankle boots        

Leigh Anne inspired black ankle boots

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          Jade inspired black ankle boots        

Jade inspired black ankle boots

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          Little mix inspired black top shop jumpsuit        

Little mix inspired black top shop jumpsuit

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          Jesy Nelson inspired marled jacket from H&M        

Jesy Nelson inspired marled jacket from H&M

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          Perrie Edwards inspired marled jacket        

Perrie Edwards inspired marled jacket

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          Jade Thirlwall H&M marled jacket inspired outfit        

Jade Thirlwall H&M marled jacket inspired outfit

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          Jesy Nelson inspired chunky heel        

Jesy Nelson inspired chunky heel

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          Jade thirlwall inspired winter nights bomber jacket        

Jade thirlwall inspired winter nights bomber jacket

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          Perrie Edwards inspired forever 21 winter night bomber jacket        

Perrie Edwards inspired forever 21 winter night bomber jacket

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          Little mix v-black crepe fish tail dress        

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          Little mix inspired brown/cream colored sweater        

Little mix inspired brown/cream colored sweater

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          Leigh Anne inspired Jeffery Campbell colburn ankle boots        

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          Untitled #146        

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Untitled #135

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Untitled #134

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          Society Killed The Teenager        

Society Killed The Teenager

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          Never Too Old :3        

Never Too Old :3

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          Not All Who Wander Are Lost        

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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Untitled #130

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Untitled #127

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          Niall collage        

Niall collage

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          All about the Ensemble Singing Intensive with Emily Eagen        

Emily EagenEmily Eagen talks about singing ealry chamber music and starting the new Ensemble Singing Intensive for the 2011 Amherst Early Music Festival.

Spurred on by the ever-industrious Loren Ludwig, we've managed to make a long-held dream a reality: an intensive ensemble singing workshop at Amherst Early Music. This is truly going to be an exciting summer, with an incredibly faculty line up and an eager crop of partcipants. As a singer who finds myself equally occupied with solo and ensemble singing in my daily life (occupied? more like, addicted!), I  have long hoped that we could build a program at AEM that allows singers to come and experience the joys of one-on-a-part singing in an intensive program. And how better to do this than in a beautiful summer location, surrounded by some of the best musicians in the field, with nothing more to do than make ensemble music with other singers 24/7?

This new program, called ESI, seems like a natural outgrowth of the music-making that is already happening at Amherst Early Music. Those of us on staff at Amherst have often found ourselves up to our ears (pun intended) in vocal polyphony,  as we learn works for the week's lecture or for the faculty concerts. Additionally, the festival participants who pass by the concert hall before the evening's concerts usually stop by and sing a few madrigals outside, with a circle of enthusiastic singers that usually grows in numbers throughout the week. Also, we singers hear tell of small gatherings here and there of recorder, shawm, and viol players sneaking off to gather in lounges and read through facsimiles late at night, and wonder why we can't get in on the fun. In all these ways, ensemble singing is bubbling beneath the surface of Amherst Early Music. So. ..why not make it official? With ESI, we hope that a new space will open up for high-level amateur or emerging professional singers from around the country (heck, the world!) to come and have a great time connecting as musicians, sharpening their chops, and joining in on all the fun that is Amherst Early Music.


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          All about the Ensemble Singing Intensive with Loren Ludwig        

Loren Ludwig talks about how a viol player got interested in creating a singning program at Amherst.

Loren Ludwig


Over the last year, Emily Eagen and I and the AEM executive committee have been working to plan the Ensemble Singing Intensive (ESI), a week-long program for singers who want to focus on one-on-a-part ensemble singing. There is a vast, gorgeous repertory of one-on-a-part vocal music from the late Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods (roughly 1400-1700) that includes madrigals, chansons, masses, motets, and various sorts of partsongs. A relatively small sliver of this music gets performed by vocal ensembles, and even less of it gets performed one-on-a-part.


As a viol player, I find this situation sort of strange. When viol players get together, they play consort music--the instrumental equivalent of madrigals, motets, and partsongs (a lot of the so-called viol consort" repertory is made up of instrumental versions of English and Italian madrigals and motets). In fact, _the reason_ lots of viol players play the viol is so that they can play one-on-a-part music with each other! I _love_ playing consort music, and even though I'm not a particularly capable singer, I love singing (or trying to) one-on-a-part music.

So why isn't there more one-on-a-part singing in the United States? Of course, it's not totally unknown. There are groups like Lionheart, Anonymous 4, New York Polyphony, and others that perform and record one-on-a-part polyphony. Also, madrigal singing is still a favorite activity of a shrinking group of dedicated enthusiasts. But given the amount of great one-on-a-part vocal polyphony that survives from centuries past--music that was designed, in most cases, to be fun to sing--why don't we hear more of it when singers congregate? There is no shortage of singers and no shortage of music!

Ensemble music making creates community among its participants and needs that community to thrive. ESI was designed to focus on one-on-a-part ensemble singing--to give singers a chance to work with like minded folks and with some amazing faculty who have lots of experience with the particular pleasures and challenges of rehearsing and performing this repertory. One-on-a-part music making, even for experienced musicians, takes practice, but it's also sort of addictive.

I'm hoping that this initiative will fill a need no other workshop addresses. There are workshops that focus on choral singing (not one-on-a-part) and Baroque music/opera (not ensemble singing), but none that really digs deep into the early music vocal repertory. I'm also hoping that ESI helps generate a sense of community among singers who love to sing the still little-known repertory of one-on-a-part early music.

 


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          Scanaerial plugin        

I tried out the external script for JOSM called Scanaerial. It shows a lot of promise. It is supposed to be able to scan features from aerial imagery and automatically create polygons for them. It hasn't gained a lot of popularity yet because it isn't included in the default extensions to download. It is one of the few plugins to use Ext_tools. Scanaerial replaces fuzzer and can be found at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Scanaerial.

I originally tried it with Python 2.4 under Windows XP but received a syntax error when running it. Once I upgraded to Python 2.7 with the new libraries it works fine. That version of Python is the newest version that Python Imaging Library is supported on.

You need a imagery layer and a blank data layer. Once you have the plugin installed, you just click on the map where you want it to survey. The script tries to match the area to the color you clicked on. It will even create multipolygons. By default, it is designed to find lakes, but it could be used for other areas also since you can configure the Python script using a text program. The default tags are source:position, source:tracer, source:zoomlevel and natural=water.

There is a lot that can be done with the plugin, but the developer said he currently doesn't have the time to work on it. He did a good job of documenting his progress in the code itself, so it should be easy to pick up where he left off. It would be a great project for someone with Python knowledge to jump into. Ideally it could be integrated into josm and include an editable popup box to input values. Maybe eventually it could replace Spacial Analyst for ArcGis, which scans features like buildings from photos and translates them into building footprint polygons that can be edited.


          Delta riverbanks        

Just finished updating some of the riverbanks in central California that got deleted in the redaction. It was sometimes hard to tell if the areas were fixed properly because the riverbanks contained some relations and stretched on for many miles. Some of the nodes had been deleted and there were gaps in the area of polygons so the water appeared to go across the land or was incomplete in some areas. It was kind of tedious but not too bad overall. I still need to make another pass on the northern section to finish it up.


          Fukushima hot particle update        
SUBHEAD: New study of hot particles shows full radiation risks from Fukushima meltdowns are not recorded.

By Arne Gundersen on 27 July 2017 for Fairwinds Associates -
(http://www.fairewinds.org/newsletter-archive//press-release-radioactively-hot-particles-in-japan)


Image above: Scientist gathers particle sample along curb in Japan for radioactive analysis. Photo by Mikeo Kawasaki. From (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0).

Today, the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) published a peer-reviewed article entitled: Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment.

Co-authored by Dr. Marco Kaltofen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education, the article details the analysis of radioactively hot particles collected in Japan following the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns.                          

Highlights

  • Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments.
  • Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United States/Canada.
  • Atypically-radioactive particles from reactor cores are identified in house dusts.
  • Scanning electron microscopy with X-ray analysis is used for forensic examinations.

Based on 415 samples of radioactive dust from Japan, the USA, and Canada, the study identified a statistically meaningful number of samples that were considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated. If ingested, these more radioactive particles increase the risk of suffering a future health problem.

“Measuring radioactive dust exposures can be like sitting by a fireplace,” Dr. Kaltofen said. “Near the fire you get a little warm, but once in a while the fire throws off a spark that can actually burn you.”
The same level of risk exists in Japan. While most people have an average level of risk, a few people get an extra spark from a hot particle.

According to Dr. Kaltofen, “The average radiation exposures we found in Japan matched-up nicely with other researchers.  We weren’t trying to see just somebody’s theoretical average result.  We looked at how people actually encounter radioactive dust in their real lives.

Combining microanalytical methods with traditional health physics models,” he added, “we found that some people were breathing or ingesting enough radioactive dust to have a real increase in their risk of suffering a future health problem.

This was especially true of children and younger people, who inhale or ingest proportionately more dust than adults.”

Fairewinds’ book Fukushima Dai-ichi: The Truth and the Way Forward was published in Japan by Shueisha Publishing, just prior to the one-year commemoration of the tsunami and meltdowns. “Our book,”

Mr. Gundersen said, “which is a step-by-step factual account of the reactor meltdowns, was a best seller in Japan and enabled us to build amazing relations with people actually living in Japan, who are the source of the samples we analyzed.

We measured things like house dusts, air filters, and even car floor mats.  Collecting such accurate data shows the importance of citizen science, crowd sourcing, and the necessity of open, public domain data for accurate scientific analysis.”

Fairewinds Energy Education founder Maggie Gundersen said, “We are very thankful to the scientists and citizen scientists in Japan, who sought our assistance in collecting and analyzing this data. We will continue to support ongoing scientific projects examining how people in Japan and throughout the world experience radioactive dust in their daily lives."

The complete peer reviewed report and project audio description by Dr. Kaltofen are available here at the Science of the Total Environment website.  

Interactive data and the supporting materials are available here at the Fairewinds Energy Education website.

Also see slide presentation by Dr. Marco Kaltofen (http://audioslides.elsevier.com/viewersmall.aspx?doi=10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091&source=0


Video above: Arne Gundersen about hot particles. Tokyo soil samples would be considered nuclear waste in the USA. From (https://vimeo.com/38995781).

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: E-Fukushima bosses on trial 6/25/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Tepco plan to dump tainted water 7/14/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Stop Fukushima as Olympic venue 5/10/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Continuing Fukushima danger 4/14/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Continuing Fukushima danger 4/14/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima worse than ever 2/5/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima radiation on West Coast 1/13/17
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima cleanup cost to double 12/9/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Tokyo damaged by nuclear pellet rain 9/24/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Nuclear Power and Climate Failure 8/24/16
Ea O Ka Aina: High radioactivity in Tokyo 8/22/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Nuclear Blinders 8/18/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima and Chernobyl 5/29/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima radiation damages Japan 4/14/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima's Nuclear Nightmare 3/13/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Fifth Fukushima Anniversary 3/11/16
Green Road Jounral: Balls filled with Uranium, Plutonium 2/19/16
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima impacts are ongoing 11/8/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Petroleum and Nuclear Coverups 10/21/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Radiation Contamination 10/13/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Radioactive floods damage Japan 9/22/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fir trees damaged by Fukushima 8/30/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Japan restarts a nuclear plant 8/11/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima disaster will continue 7/21/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Too many fish in the sea? 6/22/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima prefecture uninhabitable 6/6/15
Ea O Ka Aina: In case you've forgotten Fukushima 5/27/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Radiation damages top predator bird 4/24/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukshima die-offs occurring 4/17/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Impact Update 4/13/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima - the end of atomic power 3/13/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Where is the Fukushima Data? 2/21/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fuku-Undo 2/4/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima MOX fuel crossed Pacific 2/4/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima worst human disaster 1/26/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Japan to kill Pacific Ocean 1/23/15
Ea O Ka Aina: Japan's Environmental Catastrophe 8/25/14
ENE News: Nuclear fuel found 15 miles from Tokyo 8/10/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Earthday TPP Fukushima RIMPAC 4/22/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Daiichi hot particles 5/30/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Japanese radiation denial 5/12/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Entomb Fukushima Daiichi now 4/6/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Disaster 3 Years Old 4/3/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Tsunami, Fukushima and Kauai 3/9/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Japanese contamination 2/16/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Bill for Fukushima monitoring 2/9/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Tepco under reporting of radiation 2/9/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Fallout in Alaska 1/25/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima engineer against nukes 1/17/14
Ea O Ka Aina: California to monitor ocean radiation 1/14/14
Ea O Ka Aina: Demystifying Fukushima Reactor #3 1/1/14
Ea O Ka Aina: US & Japan know criticality brewing 12/29/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Forever 12/17/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Brief radiation spike on Kauai 12/27/13
Ea O Ka Aina: USS Ronald Reagan & Fukushima 12/15/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Pacific Impact 12/11/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Berkeley and Fukushima health risks 12/10/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Madness engulfs Japan 12/4/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Edo Japan and Fukushima Recovery 11/30/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Reaction to Fukushima is Fascism 11/30/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Radioisotopes in the Northern Pacific 11/22/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima cleanup in critical phase 11/18/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima fuel removal to start 11/14/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima, What me worry? 11/13/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Remove other Fukushina fuel 10/29/13
Ea O Ka Aina: End to Japanese Nuclear Power? 10/3/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima & Poisoned Fish 10/3/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fuel Danger at Fukushima 9/27/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Reactor #4 Spent Fuel Pool 9/16/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima is Not Going Away 9/9/13
Ea O Ka Aina: X-Men like Ice Wall for Fukushima 9/3/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima House of Horrors 8/21/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Apocalypse 8/21/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Radioactive Dust 8/20/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Cocooning Fukushima Daiichi 8/16/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima radiation coverup 8/12/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Leakage at Fukushima an emergency 8/5/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima burns on and on 7/26/13
Ea O Ka Aina: What the Fukashima? 7/24/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Spiking 7/15/13
Ea O Ka Aina: G20 Agenda Item #1 - Fix Fukushima 7/7/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima and hypothyroid in Hawaii 4/9/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Japan to release radioactive water 2/8/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima as Roshoman 1/14/13
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushia Radiation Report 10/24/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Fallout 9/14/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Unit 4 Danger 7/22/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima denial & extinction ethics 5/14/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima worse than Chernobyl 4/24/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima dangers continue 4/22/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima children condemned 3/8/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima fights chain reaction 2/7/12
Ea O Ka Aina: Tepco faking Fukushima fix 12/24/11
Ea O Ka Aina: The Non Battle for Fukushima 11/10/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Debris nears Midway 10/14/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Radiation Danger 7/10/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Abandoned 9/28/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Deadly Radiation at Fukushima 8/3/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima poisons Japanese food 7/25/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Black Rain in Japan 7/22/11
Ea O Ka Aina: UK PR downplays Fukushima 7/1/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima #2 & #3 meltdown 5/17/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima sustained chain reaction 5/3/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Ocean Radioactivity in Fukushima 4/16/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Japan raises nuclear disaster level 4/12/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima No Go Zone Expanding 4/11/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima to be Decommissioned 4/8/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Poisons Fish 4/6/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Learning from Fukushima 4/4/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Leak goes Unplugged 4/3/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Stick a fork in it - It's done! 4/2/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima reactors reach criticality 3/31/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Non-Containment 3/30/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Meltdown 3/29/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Fukushima Water Blessing & Curse 3/28/11 

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          Welcome        

ChocoSol is a small, ecological and inter-communities initiative between farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, sustainable technologists based out of Oaxaca City, Mexico and horizontal traders and chocolatiers in Toronto, Ontario. The initial concept emerged from a research project at the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca City that resulted in the development of solar roasters.

With the synergy of minds and hearts, the project has grown into an intercultural ad-venture, linking farmers and ecologically-minded producers in Southern Mexico with ecological and socially conscious producers and consumers in Southern Ontario. We work with the growers to help them diversify their production and elaborate their products.

ChocoSol is embarking on a friendlier trade route beyond the Fair Trade model, defining it as horizontal trade. This new structure is:

  • more direct and not determined by the markets in New York
  • akin to community supported agriculture
  • emphasizes diversity of production
  • influenced by Slow Food and food politics, and a form of pro-activism.

ChocoSol believes in the importance of creativity in the labour process and understanding the whole process in order to combine ethical, dietary, and ecological decision-making.

In all its endeavours, ChocoSol ultimately honours the spirit and integrity of all those involved in spreading the joy, flavour and nourishment that the cacao bean offers to the world.

Be Healthy and Happy!

Eat Chocolate and Cacao!

Cacao has been recently recognized as a superfood, meaning that it is filled with a multitude of goodness.

Cacao Beans and Dark Chocolate:

  • Promote cardiovascular health
  • Protect us from toxins
  • Increase the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that promote positive outlook
  • Counter acts clinical depression
  • Balances brain chemistry
  • Build strong bones
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Support healthy pancreas functioning

Cacao Beans contain:

  • two saturated fatty acids, palmitic and stearic acids, and the mono-unsaturated oleic acid
  • Polyphenols with the antioxidant properties called flavonoids
  • Theobromine, a mild stimulant with a mild diuretic action
  • a very low amount of caffeine
  • the essential minerals: magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid

          Alberta Liquor Lessons for Ontario         

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader, Tim Hudak, is proposing to take a page from Alberta in reforming his province’s liquor regime. In short, ending the government decreed monopoly in favor of at least some degree of private competition modeled on Alberta.


          Japanese bombshell        

Japanese bombshell

Japanese bombshell by esbetterthanu on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. http://www.polyvore.com/iOS


          Shadow woman        

Shadow woman

Shadow woman by esbetterthanu on Polyvore.com

Night time or just a a semi formal occasion


          Identify, don't gag citizens during elections        
Musings by Premier Stelmach coupled with a report by Alberta's chief electoral officer have added up to a rare consensus among two of Alberta's chief political rivals. When political enemies line-up in agreement it can often spell trouble. Last spring it was the Alberta NDP joining PC MLAs to approve political pay hikes, and this fall it appears the Liberals will be helping the government legislate a monopoly for politicians during election campaigns.

          A Muslim's Top 10 Wishes for 2016        

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post on January 3, 2015. You can find the original article by clicking here or on the title. 

A Muslim's Top 10 Wishes for 2016

Have you ever made a wish that's come true -- because you made the wish? Until now, making a wish, whether at the sight of a shooting star or when blowing out the candle(s) on your birthday cake or when breaking a wishbone, has not yet been scientifically proven to actually work, as far as I know. Yet, in the spirit of hope, I am making 10 wishes at the beginning of the New Year. And as is always the case, as a Muslim, I speak on behalf of 1.5 billion people. So here goes...
1. People no longer confuse me with ISIS.
My name isn't ISIS. It's not even Islamic State. In fact, the words Islamic or State are not actually in my extended name. Nevertheless, time and time again, I keep getting requests to respond to the group's actions. I swear, ISIS or ISIL or IS -- none of them are in my family tree; they're not some distant cousins of mine. In 2016, I just want people to stop confusing me with ISIS. I really don't know what ISIS is thinking and why they do what they do. It's not like the State Department is asked for comment because of the State-to-State connection. As a postscript, can ISIS stop using the word Islamic? 
2. Muslims stop killing Muslims for being Muslim.
Somewhere, along the way over the last couple of decades, Muslims started killing other Muslims for being Muslim in the wrong way, or at least took it to a whole new level. There's a whole ideology out there built around takfir or essentially "declaring Muslims as kufar or unbelievers" for failing an evermore peculiar litmus test. Imagine if death squads emerged killing Black people for not being Black enough. Originating in some of the philosophical exhortations by scholar Ibn Taymiyyah 700 years ago, the criteria by which you are deemed "takfir-ed" and permissible to be killed has reached insane if not idiosyncratic levels. It would be funny if the situation weren't so deadly. Even barbers were caught in the crosshairs and were being assassinated in Baghdad in the 2000s. 
3. Death and destruction in the Muslim world have a timeout. 
From Yemen to IraqLibya to Somalia, and from Afghanistan to far beyond, civil strife is rife in too many parts of what is defined as the Muslim world. Autocrats, militants, extremists and terrorists, don't care who they kill: men, women, children -- everyone is fair game. I wish this would stop. Into this toxic mix, the last thing needed is more killing coming into these countries from the outside; the 2003 invasion of Iraq proved that. I wonder if Russia will hear that message? 
4. We all get comfortable with the "other."
What a difference it was in 2015 between Trudeau and Trump in the North American political cycle. The world needs more Trudeaus and less Trumps (Donalds that is). The fear of the "other" is starting to define Western politics and it is not just about Trump. The rise of right-wing political parties in Europe from Hungary to Denmark is a poignant reminder of the breadth of this phenomenon. Yet, outside the West this fear of the other also permeates and often dominates. In Turkey, we are seeing a renewed vilification of the Kurdish population. Further afield in Burma, the Rohingyaare cast as outsiders. In Malaysia, Christians are prohibited from using the Arabic word for God. And, in nearby Brunei, Christmas was simply cancelled. In some of the war zones in the Middle East, Christians are on the verge of disappearing. The world would be a lot better off if we weren't so afraid of the bogeyman of the other.
5. The Muslim world deals with its taboos. 
Speaking of an aversion to the non-orthodox, there's a whole set of taboos that many Muslim countries and societies need to start dealing with. A lot of them relate to sex. Sometimes the Muslim world acts like it has one big case of the cooties. There have been attempts by some to break through these restrictions. Wedad Lootah in the UAE comes to mind. Shereen El Feki's Sex and the Citadel is another. This is not an issue to take lightly, especially in societies where 60-70 percent of youth are under the age of 30. Bombarded by sexualized imagery from modern and digital media, these youth then live, essentially, in an austere second world that is their reality. More importantly and tragically, rape and sexual assault are simply not talked about; child abuse is an even worse curse hidden under the rug. Finally, at some point Muslim countries - and the clerical establishment -- will need to come to terms with the fact that gay Muslims exist
6. Somewhere, over the rainbow, democracy and Islam go steady. 
Let's be honest, a lot of people have tried to set up democracy with Islam for a relationship. Sometimes it has been a surprise blind date (e.g. Iraq in 2003). Other times, it was a relationship that grew from blind passion (e.g. the Arab world in 2011). Often, the sparks of love eventually turn into animus and things quickly go south. In the Arab world, Tunisia is carrying - with some fragility -- the banner of democracy. Many Muslim-majority countries that used to be counted as democracies now suffer from authoritarian syndromes (e.g. TurkeyMalaysia, and Bangladesh). In other cases, democracy in its infancy quickly devolved into score settling or majoritarian mafias (e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt). Perhaps Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country is our hope that can breathe life into this wish. 
7. Averroes comes back in style. 
Averroes -- or Ibn Rushd -- was a man's man. He schooled his way into Raphael's The School of Athens. The polymath kept alive ancient Greek philosophy, paving the way for much of Europe's modern intellectual movements. Back in the day, in Andalusia, he was a big deal (Biden-style). And, why not? He vociferously argued for the co-existence of secular and religious thought in a posthumous debate with the Abbasid scholar Al Ghazali. Ultimately, Ibn Rushd lost the debate to the detriment of the Muslim world, but his arguments culminated with the work, The Incoherence of Incoherence, which I think would be a great riposte to all ISIS ideologues and their friends. If Ibn Taymiyyah came back, then let's bring Averroes back too. 
8. Flying while Muslim is no longer a thing. 
They say that flying while Muslim is the new driving while Black. I guess if you're a Black Muslim, this really sucks, especially if you drive to the airport for your flight. So my wish maybe can be two-pronged: getting rid of both 'driving while Black' as well as 'flying while Muslim.' What is flying while Muslim? Well, it often starts with a casual stare or two from across the way. A timid approach then ensues: "Excuse me sir." This is normally followed by a more forceful: "Please follow me." It can then get quite aggressive, with clothes falling by the wayside. It normally ends with your belongings in disarray, your belt on backwards, and you fast-walking without turning back in the hope that no one thinks twice about you boarding your flight. Oh, and don't watch the news while on the plane. I hate flying while Muslim. 
9. Trump presides over a Muslim beauty contest. 
Was 2015 the year of Trump? You have to hand it to Trump; he sure knows how to grab the spotlight. Unfortunately, he's used that spotlight to spew increasingly populist venom targeted at Muslims (and others). Maybe, we need to better appeal to Trump's core interest: beauty pageants. There are a few lists circulating online for potential Muslim contestants (for Men: click here | for Women: click here). Yet, I think we should make this a mipsters pageant and turn this whole thing on its head. 
10. Peace comes to Syria. 
This Muslim (me) -- speaking on behalf of 1.5 billion people around the world -- has 10 wishes for 2016 but if only one of them came true it should be this one. No country has been more ravaged in recent memory than Syria. Hundreds of thousands have been killed as gangsters, terrorists, and dictators fight for supremacy. The surrounding region, instead of trying to promote a solution, has sent in weapons, fighters, and incitement. The world, instead of trying to mediate, has sought to settle old scores. All the while, the people in Syria live in lifeless limbo amidst daily death and destruction. If I had only one wish it would be that the violence in Syria would come to an end. 
This wish list is non-exhaustive. I think I may have missed a few...

          Klein's "Third Way" leaves government health monopoly in place        
The Friends of Medicare and the CBC have declared that Premier Klein's "Third Way" will lead to the destruction of the government's health care monopoly. But in fact, Alberta's 12 "renewal initiatives" consist mostly of reorganizing bureaucracy and throwing more tax dollars at a system which lacks incentives for efficiency.

          Canadians want health care reform, but politicians don't        
Most politicians support the government's monopoly on health care, and will tell you that people should not have any right to spend their own money for health care. But a new national opinion poll by Montreal-based Leger Marketing shows that politicians are out of touch with Canadians on this issue.

          More tax increases won't improve Alberta's health care system        
The Alberta Government will spend an extra $700 million on health care, in addition to the $630 million increase over last year. This means that total spending on the government's health care monopoly is rising by 18% in just one year, from $7.4 billion in 2003-04 to $8.7 billion in 2004-05.

          Would "foodcare" be a good idea        
We are doomed to pay high taxes forever, unless and until governments end their monopoly over the delivery of health care services.

If the production and sale of food in Canada were managed like health care, governments would have a monopoly on "foodcare." Politicians would declare that all Canadians, regardless of income, have a fundamental right to free food. After all, we need food even more than medicine, because without food a person will surely perish, whereas without medical care a person might live for weeks or months or even years.

          Experiencing is believing: Odyssey into the heart of American religion punctures stereotypes        
Forget the popular cultural images from shows such as HBO's "Big Love" that revive stereotypes linking Mormonism with polygamy or the ubiquitous images in the news associating Islam with terrorism. Look past the cultural crossfire that lumps religious liberals and conservatives into separate boxes defined by extremist political and social agendas. The reality, as presented in a new book by two respected scholars, is that if you walk into a mosque, synagogue, temple or church next weekend, you will most likely find groups of believers in prayer and meditation seeking spiritual growth.
          Memorial Day        

Memorial Day

Memorial Day by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. http://www.polyvore.com/iPhone


          Be Free        

Be Free

Be Free by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. http://www.polyvore.com/iPhone


          Night in the Town        

Night in the Town

Night in the Town by maemckenna on Polyvore.com


          Kissou        

Kissou

Kissou by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

One Direction "Kiss You" inspired outfit.


          White Collar        

White Collar

White Collar by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. http://www.polyvore.com/iPhone


          Winter Events        

Winter Events

Winter Events by maemckenna on Polyvore.com


          Perrie Edwards Inspired Outfit..        

Perrie Edwards Inspired Outfit..

Perrie Edwards Inspired Outfit.. by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

An outfit inspired by Perrie Edwards' in Little Mix's DNA music video


          Infinitive Outfit Idea!        

Infinitive Outfit Idea!

Infinitive Outfit Idea! by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Yes I'm starting to watermark mark my creations.


          DNA        

DNA

DNA by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Little Mix


          The People of NCIS.        

The People of NCIS.

The People of NCIS. by maemckenna on Polyvore.com


          Ziva David Inspired.        

Ziva David Inspired.

Ziva David Inspired. by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Ziva David Inspired outfit!!!


          One Direction        

One Direction

One Direction by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

1D( @smblolsmb for you) Nothing's Fine I'm Torn!


          Meet the Parents with eBay        

Meet the Parents with eBay

Meet the Parents with eBay by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Make a good impression on his family when you meet them. Put together a knockout outfit to win their hearts for a chance to win a $300 eBay gift card!


          I LOVE LITTLE MIX!        

I LOVE LITTLE MIX!

I LOVE LITTLE MIX! by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

@haley8861 @smblolsmb My all time favorite band, LITTLE MIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


          Haley-She's Not Afraid        

Haley-She's Not Afraid

Haley-She's Not Afraid by maemckenna on Polyvore.com


          She's Not fraid        

She's Not fraid

She's Not fraid by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

Thought of @smblolsmb making this one!


          Freedom        

Freedom

Freedom by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

;)


          Comment on Pagan Voices: Markos Gage, Raven Kaldera, Lorna Smithers and more by Link Back | The Slavic Polytheist        
[…] turns out that The Wild Hunt posted a link back to one of my blog posts. Here is the link to their post, if you want to check out some other interesting blogs, too. There’s some other interesting […]
          Gangnam Style        

Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

AHHHHY


          The Sky Is The Limit        

The Sky Is The Limit

The Sky Is The Limit by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

'Shoot for the stars, and even if you miss at least you'll be on top of the world.'


          Last First Kiss        

Last First Kiss

Last First Kiss by maemckenna on Polyvore.com

<3


          Lady Gaga : Disciple de la déesse Venus / Aphrodite        
Nous avons déjà tellement parlé de Lady Gaga dans ce Blog. Il faut comprendre une chose, les gens hyper célèbres comme Lady Gaga en général servent plusieurs dieux à la fois, puisqu'ils sont au service de plusieurs esprits séducteurs qui travaillent pour la perte de l'humanité. Nous avons une fois de plus une preuve avec son clip Venus, qui est une louange explicite à la déesse romaine de l'amour et du Sexe. Nous assistons aujourd'hui littéralement à des messes païennes/sataniques dans nos écrans de télévision aujourd'hui, puisque dans l'antiquité, les gens adoraient leurs dieux dans leurs temples à eux, mais aujourd'hui ils adorent leurs dieux à la télévision et sous nos yeux et avec la complicité de leurs fans, la télévision donc permet de retransmettre ces cultes sataniques d'autrefois par le moyen des stars/célébrités, ceci propage une énergie obscure sur la terre à travers de puissantes énergies vibratoires que véhicule la musique en général. Ce clip n'est d'ailleurs pas sans rappeler un certain E.T de Katy Perry et Kanye West. Je vais vous présenter quelques portions plutôt explicites de ce morceau, je ne prétends pas avoir tout compris, néanmoins avec ce qui suit, il est clair et évident que Lady Gaga sait très bien ce que c'est que l'adoration des anges déchus, elle le sait:

Rocket # 9 take off to the planet
To the planet
Venus
Aphrodite lady seashell bikini
Garden panty
Venus

La fusée numéro 9 s'envole vers la planète 
Vers la planète
Vénus
Aphrodite dans son bikini coquillage
Petite culotte de fleur
Vénus

Lady Gaga nous emmène sur la planète Venus, à la rencontre de la déesse, cette déesse chez les romains et l'équivalente d'Aphrodite chez les grecs. On la voit d'ailleurs s'habiller comme la déesse avec qui elle est en contact, c'est-à-dire avec une petite culotte en fleur et un bikini coquillage, question de se mettre en contact immédiat avec cet esprit.

Lady Gaga habillée comme Aphrodite dont elle parle.
Voici le fameux tableau de Botticelli avec le coquillage
dont parle Lady Gaga. Puis, faites vos recherches à ce
sujet mais j'ai lu quelque part que le coquillage représente
l'organe sexuel féminin sur ce tableau.

Dans ce clip, comme toujours, il y a des references à
l'oeil qui voit tout.

On y voit un moment un crane qui brule dans un tissus
noir, un peu comme Ghostrider.
Lady Gaga pousse les jeunes à la délinquance, ici elle pousse
une jeune fille écervelée à fumer une cigarette.



Il y a une inversion dans cette photo, regardez bien les pieds
de Lady Gaga, ils sont retournés à l'envers, je ne sais pas ce que
cela peut bien signifier encore.

A un certain niveau de ce clip, Lady Gaga se fait vomir dessus,
cette fille aime les choses dégueulasses, vous savez, dans les arts
magiques, plus les rituels qu'on pratiques sont répugnants, plus
ils ont de la puissance. Ceci vous donne une idée du genre de
choses que Lady Gaga et plusieurs stars font loin des regards
du public.
Je me souviens aussi qu'elle a l'habitude de se faire vomir dessus, lorsqu'elle chante en public, regardez la vidéo ci-dessous:



Let’s blast off to a new dimension
In your bedroom!
Venus
Aphrodite lady seashell bikini
Get with me
Venus

Mettons les voiles vers une nouvelle dimension
Dans ta chambre !
Vénus
Aphrodite dans son bikini coquillage
Venez avec moi
Vénus

Il y a deux choses à remarquer ici, premièrement Lady Gaga met ceux et celles qui l'écoutent, en connexion avec Venus, même lorsque ceux-ci sont dans leur chambre, elle les emmène vers une nouvelle dimension à travers l'écoute de la musique. Deuxièmement, elle ponctue toutes ses phrases avec le mot Venus. Elle insiste beaucoup sur ce nom-là, un peu comme pour renforcer son invocation.

I can’t help the way I’m feeling
Goddess of love please take me to your leader
I can’t help i keep on dancin'
Goddess of Love! Goddess of Love!

C'est plus fort que moi la façon dont je me sens
Déesse de l'amour, présentez-moi à votre chef
c'est plus fort que moi je ne peux m'empêcher de danser
Déesse de l'Amour ! Déesse de l'Amour !

Le paragraphe précédant est extrêmement démoniaque, Lady Gaga démontre qu'elle est comme dans une transe par l'action de son contact avec ses démons, par la musique, puis elle demande à Aphrodite de la conduire vers son chef, qui certainement est une entité démoniaque d'un ordre supérieur. La Bible nous dit qu'il y a UN SEUL DIEU, le simple fait qu'elle invoque la déesse de l'amour est suffisant pour vous faire comprendre dans quel milieu nous nous trouvons lorsqu'on écoute sa musique. Depuis, la Bible nous dit clairement que nous devons combattre contre ces esprits avec lesquels Lady Gaga travaille.
Car nous n'avons pas à lutter contre la chair et le sang, mais contre les dominations, contre les autorités, contre les princes de ce monde de ténèbres, contre les esprits méchants dans les lieux célestes. C'est pourquoi, prenez toutes les armes de Dieu, afin de pouvoir résister dans le mauvais jour, et tenir ferme après avoir tout surmonté. (Ephésiens 6:12-13)
Take me to your planet (to the planet)
Take me to your planet (to the planet)
Take me to your leader (to the planet)
Your leader, Your leader (to the planet)
Take me to your planet (to the planet)
Take me to my planet (to the planet)
Take me to your Venus (to the planet)
Your Venus, Your Venus (to the planet)

Emmenez-moi sur votre planète (sur votre planète)
Emmenez-moi sur votre planète (sur votre planète)
Présentez-moi à votre chef (sur votre planète)
Votre chef, votre chef (sur votre planète)
Emmenez-moi sur votre planète (sur votre planète)
Emmenez-moi sur votre planète (sur votre planète)
Présentez-moi à votre Vénus(sur votre planète)
Votre Vénus, votre Vénus

When you touch me I die
Just a little inside
I wonder if this could be love
This could be love
Cuz you’re out of this world
Galaxy space and time
I wonder if this could be love
Venus

Quand tu me touches je meurs
Juste un peu à l'intérieur
Je me demande si c'est ça pourrait être l'Amour
Ça pourrait être l'Amour
Parce-que tu ne viens pas de ce monde
Galaxie spatio-temporelle
Je me demande si c'est ceci pourrait être l'Amour
Vénus

Il y a tellement de choses qui nous démontrent que Lady Gaga est au contact d'une entité spirituelle, en fait, depuis le début c'est évident mais je ne fais que vous présenter plus de preuves encore.

Have an oyster, baby
It’s Aphrod-i-sy
Act sleazy
Venus
Worship to the land
A girl from the planet to the planet (to the planet)

J'ai une huître, bébé
C'est Aphrod-isiaque
Acte sordide
Vénus
Je te vénère depuis la Terre
Je suis une femme de la planète
Vénus

TOUT EST DIT! Venus, je te vénère depuis la terre. Nous sommes donc réellement en présence d'un culte d'adoration à Venus lorsque nous écoutons ce morceau, ce qui nous met dans une très mauvaise communion spirituelle avec Dieu, dans la mesure où ce morceau à lui tout seul est une infraction au premier commandement:
Tu n'auras pas d'autres dieux devant ma face. Tu ne te feras point d'image taillée, ni de représentation quelconque des choses qui sont en haut dans les cieux, qui sont en bas sur la terre, et qui sont dans les eaux plus bas que la terre. Tu ne te prosterneras point devant elles, et tu ne les serviras point; car moi, l'Éternel, ton Dieu, je suis un Dieu jaloux... (Exode 20:3-5)
Lisez les paroles de Lady Gaga qui suivent, vous allez comprendre à quel point son job implique une vie de polythéisme total.

Neptune
Go
Now serve Pluto
Saturn
Jupiter
Mercury, Venus - uh ha!
Uranus!
Don’t you know my ass is famous?
Mars
Now serve for the gods
Earth, serve for the stars!

Neptune
Vas-t'en
Vas servir Pluton
Saturne
Jupiter
Mercure, Vénus !
Uranus !
Tu sais pas encore que mon cul vaut de l'or ?
Mars
Maintenant servez les dieux
Comme la Terre sert les étoiles !

Il faut comprendre une chose, les noms de ces planètes sont aussi des noms de dieux/esprits/anges déchus/démons, par conséquent, elle est en contact avec eux, je n'ai pas très bien compris le sens de ce paragraphe mais on y voit clairement une activité spirituelle qui inclut l'invocation de plusieurs dieux. Elle demande d'ailleurs de servir "les dieux", et non de servir Le Seul Vrai Dieu. Et elle précise que la terre sert les étoiles, il faut retenir que le culte aux étoiles est une chose odieuses aux yeux de l’Éternel, puisque faire un culte aux étoiles est l'équivalent de rendre un culte aux démons:
...allant après d'autres dieux pour les servir et se prosterner devant eux, après le soleil, la lune, ou toute l'armée des cieux. Ce n'est point là ce que j'ai commandé. (Deutéronome 17:3)
Alors Dieu se détourna, et les livra au culte de l'armée du ciel, selon qu'il est écrit dans le livre des prophètes: M'avez-vous offert des victimes et des sacrifices Pendant quarante ans au désert, maison d'Israël?...(Actes 7:42)
Qu'aucun homme, sous une apparence d'humilité et par un culte des anges, ne vous ravisse à son gré le prix de la course, tandis qu'il s'abandonne à ses visions et qu'il est enflé d'un vain orgueil par ses pensées charnelles, (Colossiens 2:18)
...et ceux qui se prosternent sur les toits, devant l'armée des cieux; et ceux qui se prosternent en faisant serment à Yahweh, tout en jurant par leur roi; et ceux qui se détournent de Yahweh, qui ne cherchent pas Yahweh, et ne se soucient pas de lui. Silence devant le Seigneur Yahweh! Car le jour de Yahweh est proche (Sophonie 1:5-7)
Tu disais en ton coeur: Je monterai au ciel, J'élèverai mon trône au-dessus des étoiles de Dieu; Je m'assiérai sur la montagne de l'assemblée, A l'extrémité du septentrion; (Esaie 14:13)
D'ailleurs, ce culte n'est pas sans conséquence parce qu'il pousse toujours d'une façon ou d'une autre les gens à enfreindre les lois de Dieu, et au pire, à se rebeller ouvertement contre Dieu:
Ne devenez point idolâtres, comme quelques-uns d'eux, selon qu'il est écrit: Le peuple s'assit pour manger et pour boire; puis ils se levèrent pour se divertir. Ne nous livrons point à l'impudicité, comme quelques-uns d'eux s'y livrèrent, de sorte qu'il en tomba vingt-trois mille en un seul jour.(1 Corinthiens 10:7-8)
Entretenir des pratiques idolâtres comme Lady Gaga pousse forcément les gens à se livrer à l'impudicité, puisque les dieux qu'elle sert ne respectent pas les commandements du Seul Vrai Dieu et ils poussent les gens à pêcher contre Dieu. La preuve en est que nous voyons à la fin du clip, une jeune fille invite le téléspectateur dans une pièce privée dans laquelle les gens se livrent à une orgie sexuelle pour rendre un culte à Aphrodite/Venus

La jeune fille qui invite le téléspectateur

Les scènes d'orgies sexuelles, qui servent à nourrir les démons.

Voici une image de R-Kelly avec Lady Gaga, je parlerai de
ces deux-là dans un prochain article. Cette photo-ci n'a rien
à voir avec le clip Venus.

C'est la conséquence de l’idolâtrie, et c'est ce qui vous arrivera et qui arrivera à vos enfants si vous continuez à les exposer aux clips de ces artistes universellement acclamés: Ils vous conduiront dans la débauche.

Repentez-vous!

Maranatha!
          Voici un autre FAUX Jésus : Inri Cristo        
Ce type, très célèbre au Brésil, Il prétend être la RÉINCARNATION de Jésus-Christ. Il s'agit d'un certain Álvaro Theiss, Bresilien, 66 ans. Son nom officiel depuis plus de 30 ans est Inri Cristo, il entend la Voix du "Père" dans sa tête, cette voix lui donne des instructions. Je montre intentionnellement cette photo pour que vous puissiez voir tout de suite l'imposture, sans aller plus loin. Les symboles (Quand il y en a...) nous permettent de savoir la doctrine/philosophie dominante d'un milieu, ce sont des indicateurs immédiats: Ils te permettent de savoir exactement où tu te trouves. Mais le plus important est d'étudier les écritures avec un coeur pur, parce que très souvent les symboles il n'y en a pas dans ces "églises", puis ce n'est pas toujours évident de les détecter. Nous avons tout d'abord le fameux oeil  dans le triangle, la représentation par excellence du pouvoir luciférien qui domine ce monde et qui tente par tous les moyens de dérober les âmes pour les emmener dans les ténèbres du dehors. Nous avons ensuite une sorte de croix dans une étoile de David, ça ressemble beaucoup à un symbole magique en tout cas. Puis, nous avons le sceptre de ce faux prophète avec une tête de pharaon, ce qui est la représentation du pouvoir polythéiste. Il prétend être la RE-IN-CAR-NA-TION de Jésus. Quand on sait bien que la réincarnation n'est pas une doctrine biblique, et que ce type associe plusieurs symboles sataniques, il n'est donc pas difficile de conclure la nature du "Père" qui lui parle: Il s'agit tout simplement d'un démon. En réalité, le Créateur est invisible et incréé, il n'a donc pas besoin de symboles pour être représenté. Pour ce faux prophète, il est écrit:
Jésus répondit: Prenez garde que vous ne soyez séduits. Car plusieurs viendront en mon nom, disant: C'est moi, et le temps approche. Ne les suivez pas. (Luc 21:8)
Si quelqu'un vous dit alors: Le Christ est ici, ou: Il est là, ne le croyez pas. Car il s'élèvera de faux Christs et de faux prophètes; ils feront de grands prodiges et des miracles, au point de séduire, s'il était possible, même les élus. Voici, je vous l'ai annoncé d'avance. Si donc on vous dit: Voici, il est dans le désert, n'y allez pas; voici, il est dans les chambres, ne le croyez pas. (Matthieu 24:23)

De toute évidence, ce Inri Cristo (Et plein d'autres comme lui) bosse avec des puissances occultes. La puissance OCCULTE de ce type (Et plein d'autres comme lui) est tellement ravageuse qu'elle parvient à OCCULTER ces versets bibliques évidents dans l'esprit des moutons qui le suivent. Peut-être ne savent-ils pas que les démons peuvent imiter Jésus? Ah! J'oubliais... peut-être ils se disent que puisque Jésus est face à eux, ils n'ont plus besoin de lire la Bible. Quelle erreur!
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          London's CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC Tour Headed Stateside This Fall        

Following in the footsteps of Downton Abbey, John Oliver and James Corden, the latest British sensation to hit our shores is the Champions Of Magic tour.

The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are coming to the USA for the very first time, following 4 years in the the UK, with sold-out shows, rave reviews and a run in London's West End.

The Champions Of Magic cast includes Grand Illusionists Young & Strange, Queen of Close-Up Fay Presto, Master Mind Reader Alex McAleer and International Stage Magician Of The Year Edward Hilsum.

With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain's top magicians includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on The CW's 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', CNN's 'A Quest For Magic' and NBC's 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon'.

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands across the UK and finally in fall 2017 U.S. audiences will get their first chance to see why British fans return to see the country's biggest touring illusion show time and time again. Don't miss your chance to catch some of the greatest magicians on the planet on their debut US tour, in a show that never fails to amaze.

TOUR DATES:

October 3 - Whiteaker Center, Harrisburg, Pensylvania

October 5 - State Theater, Ithica, New York

October 6 & 7 - The Levoy, Millville, New Jersey (New York City Metro)

October 8 - Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Georgia (Atlanta)

October 10 & 11 - Sharon Morse PAC, The Villages, Florida (Gainsville/Orlando)

October 12- The Orpheum, New Orleans, Louisiana

October 13- Arlington Music Hall, Arlington, Texas (Dallas / Ft. Worth)

October 20, Warner Theatre, Erie, Pensylvania

October 25, Weidner Theatre, Green Bay, Wisconson

October 26, Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, Illinios (Chicago)

October 28, Emporia Granada Theatre, Emporia, Kansas

November 3, Casino Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

November 8, Union Colony Civic Center Greeley, Colorado

November 9, Rose Wagner PAC, Salt Lake City, Utah

November 10, Thousand Oaks PAC, Thousand Oaks, California (Los Angeles)

November 12, Northern Quest Casino Airway Heights, Washington (Spokane)

November 15, Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo, California

November 16, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California (San Diego)

November 17, Grand Theatre, Tracey, California (San Francisco)

November 18, Cerritos PAC, Cerritos, California (Los Angeles)


          10 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Statues        

10 most unintentionally terrifying statues


As anyone who has ever dicked around with Play-Doh knows, sculpting is fucking hard: If you aspire to create anything but crude dongs, the level of planning and technical skill it takes to bring a passable statue into existence is downright insane. With this in mind, you'd assume that talented statue folks use their power to create wonders, which is precisely what some of them do.

However, there are ... others. Time and time again, we keep bumping into statues that prove that a whole bunch of sculptors are clearly using every single ounce of their talent to troll the world as hard as they possibly can.

#10. Verity -- Devon, Great Britain

Matt Cardy/Getty Images News/Getty Images
If you feel like punching a wall whenever you see the words "modern art," chances are it's because you've seen the works of Damien Hirst. He's the dude behind famous, critically esteemed works such as Isn't That Just a Fucking Shark in a Formaldehyde Tank? and Who the Hell Tries to Sell a Diamond-Covered Fake Skull for $84 Million? As such, he's probably the last person in existence who should be allowed to decorate things like, say, the piers of quaint small towns.
At least that's what someone must have said a few years ago, because right on cue, a small English town called Ilfracombe stood up and said: "Hey, have you guys noticed that we're a quaint small town? Wouldn't that Damien Hirst dude be the perfect guy to decorate our pier?"
And that, dear reader, is why the world now has Verity: a giant 2013 sculpture of a half-flayed pregnant woman that looks for all the world like a prop from Hannibal. This 66-foot bronze "allegory for truth and justice" stands facing the sea with a stance that's less "welcome to our little English town" and more "I'm going to punch the very concept of your spleen if you dock." Oh, and it's also brandishing a sword that's as big as the rest of the statue.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images News/Getty Images
On a positive note, ain't no one going to invade them by sea in a hurry.

#9. The Giant Lamp -- Malmo, Sweden

In the Swedish city of Malmo, there is a light that never goes out. Too bad said light comes in the form of a giant-ass table lamp that switches spots seemingly at will and whispers to passersby in a broken, not-quite-Swedish subliminal language of mayhem:

"Ia! Ia! R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn bork bork bork!"
The Giant Lamp of Malmo is a 19-foot inexplicably popular sculpture that tours the squares of the city as the year progresses, only to return to its headquarters at Lilla Torg Square for Christmas. The words "ritual" and "blood" don't feature in the description, but considering that this is a country that habitually pulls a (hopefully mostly Nic Cage-less) Wicker Man with a giant goat sculpture most Christmastimes, it's pretty safe to assume they're heavily implied.

#8. The Enema Statue -- Zheleznovodsk, Russia

The Russian town of Zheleznovodsk is famed for its iron-rich mineral springs, and the many wonderful spas that bring this miracle of nature to the people. As such, it was no surprise that the town wanted to honor the source of their wealth with a statue dedicated to the specialty of Zheleznovodsk spa culture: the enema.
Via Jaunted
They used to have a statue of a douche, but it attracted too many pickup artists.
Shaped as a massive rectal bulb syringe held aloft by Botticcellian cherubs, this bronze sculpture greets the visitors near the gates of the town's largest spa. Sadly, the story doesn't elaborate on whether said spa has had a single visitor since this loving homage was erected.

#7. Man Hanging Out -- Prague, Czech Republic

So you're walking the historic streets of Prague, enjoying the fine spring weather, and suddenly your gaze lands on a worrying sight. Holy shit, there's a dude hanging for dear life from a beam that's inexplicably dangling from a rooftop! Uncertain of whether you're witnessing a scene in a James Bond movie or a tragic situation just a few minutes away from ending up as sidewalk splatter, you spring into action and call the authorities.
A few minutes later, a cop strolls over and gives you an enthusiastic slap over the head. Congratulations! You've just become the 367th person this month alone to let Prague's sculpture of Sigmund Freud fool you.
Via Bestourism
It's called Man Hanging Out, because lame puns are the only thing Prague loves more than scaring people.
Apart from routinely confusing the shit out of first-time visitors to Prague, Man Hanging Out is a representation of Freud's struggle with his phobias and fear of mortality. It's also the work of famous Czech artist/troll David Cerny, who is rapidly turning into something of a personal nemesis: No matter how I promise myself I'll avoid him this time, his work just keeps popping up every time I do one of these articles. In fact, let's take this thing somewhere there's no way of bumping into his work whatsoever. Say ... Australia.

#6. The Big Lobster -- Kingston, South Australia

Aaaaaahhhhh! That is not better at all!
Australia has the virtual monopoly on creatures that can scar our mental and physical capacities merely by saying "Boo." The thing you may not know is that somewhere down the line the continent apparently just said "screw it" and started building giant effigies for all creatures great and small that may or may not be able to murder them in some manner, up to and very much including pineapples.
The Big Lobster is the king of said statues. It's a massive construct 59 feet tall, 45 feet wide, and 50 feet long that depicts what is either a lobster or a hitherto unknown kaiju species that Australia has thus far been able to hide from the rest of the world in order to keep luring tourists in, much like Mayor Vaughn did in Jaws.
Riana Dzasta
The locals call it Larry, which is Australian for "Sir."

#5. The Hare -- Nuremberg, Germany

The last time you and your sweet grandmother visited the cultured city of Nuremberg didn't go quite as planned, as the local "Fountain of Virtue" turned out to be the sort of lactation frenzy most niche porn companies could only hope to deliver. This time, you've decided to play it safe. Apart from strictly PG-rated galleries and churches, your only point of interest is going to be the sculpture made in honor of Grandma's favorite painting, Albrecht Durer's The Young Hare:
Via Wikipedia
Awwww.
There's no way you could go wrong with this one. Sure of yourself, you stop to pat yourself on the back for your choice, letting Grandma limp ahead to the plaza that serves as home to the Hare:
Via Cuniculture
Ewwww.
God dammit, Nuremberg. What did the bunny ever do to you?

#4. Floralis Generica -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

Quick: What's worse than a 75-foot steel statue that looks like the doomsday weapon of a Bond villain? That's right, a 75-foot doomsday statue that moves.
Floralis Generica is a giant 23-meter-tall metal flower/murder beam pedestal that was built and donated to the city of Buenos Aires by architect Eduardo Catalano. Its giant steel petals open and close, depending on the time of day. During the dark hours, the sculpture emits an ominous red light that is supposed to appear comforting, but is clearly just waiting to blast passing superheroes out of the sky.
Via ChessBase
If there's not an evil lair under this thing yet, I'm calling dibs.
The artist says the sculpture "is a synthesis of all the flowers and is both a hope that is reborn every day to open," which we can only assume is the code phrase for opening the door of the giant vault underneath Floralis Generica that controls its death ray.

#3. Transi de Rene de Chalon -- Bar-le-Duc, France

When you're visiting a random church in a small village in Northern France, you expect to see the stuff you see in most old churches: crosses, paintings, a few statues of saints ... that sort of thing. That's precisely what you'll see in Bar-le-Duc's Saint-Etienne church. Well, that and a fucking zombie monster, just gleefully hanging about in a place of honor, arm raised to meet the sky like the world's cheesiest Shakespearean actor.
This statue is the memorial of Rene de Chalon, a 16th century prince, who had a hunch he'd die in his 20s (it was a turbulent time) and made a special request to be depicted this way postmortem. Local history books do their level best to write this off as an artistic choice meant to represent "doing right by God even after death." However, let's be honest here: The dude was a wealthy 20-something -- there's no way this was anything but a particularly inspired trolling idea someone in his entourage came up with at 4 a.m.

#2. Genghis Khan -- Mongolia

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I like the use of 3D and the multiple layers, but on the whole didn't think the visuals were too polished. Some quite blurry textures and ugly character models.


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          Veggie bank notes ? Bank of England sticks with animal-fat cash        

LONDON - Britain's new plastic bank notes will continue to be made with traces of animal fat despite thousands of complaints from vegetarians and religious groups.

The Bank of England said on Thursday there were environmental risks to using the alternative, derived from palm oil, and that the government had ruled it too expensive.

The BoE last year launched its first polymer banknotes which it said were more durable and harder to fake.

But more than 130,000 people signed an online petition calling on the BoE to stop using animal products in the notes after it emerged that they contained small amounts of tallow -- which comes from cows and sheep -- prompting the central bank to launch a consultation.

Some Hindu temples and vegetarian cafes refused to accept the new five pound note which features World War Two leader Winston Churchill.

"The Bank fully recognises the concerns raised by members of the public ... and has not taken this decision lightly," it said on Thursday.

The only alternative for its polymer banknotes was to use more expensive chemicals derived from palm oil, and that its suppliers were unable to commit to that in an environmentally friendly way, the BoE said.

Britain's planned new polymer 20-pound and its 10-pound notes, which will be launched in September, are also affected by Thursday's announcement.

The BoE said that as well as the environmental concerns about palm oil, cost was a consideration: the switch would add about 16.5 million pounds ($21.45 million) to the cost of making bank notes over the next 10 years.

"Her Majesty's Treasury advised the Bank that it does not believe switching to palm oil derivatives would achieve value for money for taxpayer," it said.

Britain's polymer bank notes typically contain less than 0.05 percent of animal products, the BoE said.



          Most interesting links of February ’12        
Recommended Readings List of open source projects at Twitter including e.g. their scala_school – Lessons in the Fundamentals of Scala and effectivescala – Twitter’s Effective Scala Guide M. Fowler & P. Sadalage: Introduction into NoSQL and Polyglot Persistence (pdf, 11 slides) – what RDBMS offer and why it sometimes isn’t enough, what the different NoSQL […]
          Contemporary Coffee Table        

Contemporary Coffee Table

This is a coffee table I designed and built for the Coffee Table Build Off at the Cronkwright Woodshop (http://www.cronkwrightwoodshop.com/coffee-table-build-off/)

I decided to build a contemporary piece, as I typically build reproduction furniture and this would give me a chance to do something different. I have been toying with this design for several months as a hall table. However when I heard of this contest, I thought it would be a good opportunity to build it as a coffee table instead.

The mahogany veneered top is shop resawn to 1/8” thick and book matched. It is bordered in walnut with a maple inlay. The long sides have a gentle curve to them, and that same curve is carried below to the bent laminated long rails. The legs are turned and have a maple ring near the foot. The top also “floats” off the base.

The rails have been attached to legs with loose mortise and tenon joinery, and the ends of the rails have been curved to meet the legs.

The finish is boiled linseed oil/polyurethane/naptha blend that gives a close to the wood feel while still offering good protection. The Measurements are 50” x 22” x 17”

As always, I welcome your comments and questions!


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          DNA Structure Video        
What is the structure? The DNA structure consists of two chainlike molecules (polynucleotides) that twist around each other to form the classic double-helix.
          special occasion        

special occasion

special occasion by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Navy Blue Blouse        

Navy Blue Blouse

Navy Blue Blouse by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

http://www.romwe.com/Navy-Mesh-Detail-Layered-Blouse-p-207588-cat-670.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=contest&url_from=polynediamcon


          Black Swimwear        

Black Swimwear

Black Swimwear by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

http://www.shein.com/Black-Hollow-Out-Halter-One-Piece-Swimwear-p-337961-cat-1866.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=contest&urlm=polyviolettavalerycon


          Burgundy Sweater        

Burgundy Sweater

Burgundy Sweater by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

http://www.romwe.com/Burgundy-Dip-Hem-Slit-Patch-Detail-Sweater-p-207699-cat-755.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=contest&url_from=polyasia12con


          Pink coat        

Pink coat

Pink coat by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          #fauxfurcoats        

#fauxfurcoats

#fauxfurcoats by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          comp: Rose Quartz Christchurch EQ Relief        
RQEQ

The fine young gentlemen at Rose Quartz have compiled a collection of tunes to benefit the city of Christchurch, which some of the RQ team call home. If you recall, the Kiwi City was devastated by a recent earthquake, which rattled the city's bones and left it a fragment of its former self. The Rose Quartz team reached out to some of their favorite artists (Thurston Moore, Sun Araw, Grouper, Dolphins into the Future, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, amongst others), many of whom have played in the city, at venues that are now not much more than rubble. The compilation is full of heavy hitters who loved the city. That said, everyone involved would greatly appreciate if listeners could support the relief effort by giving a few bucks to the Red Cross.

RQ CHRISTCHURCH EQ RELIEF 2011 COMPILATION
TRACKLIST:
1. Spelunks - "ba-DUNK"
2. Shocking Pinks - "Black Envelope"
3. Thurston Moore - "Circulation (1st Demo)"
4. Coasting - "Discovery"
5. Canterbury Rams - "Simple Mind"
6. Dolphins Into The Future - "Armona"
7. Wet Wings - "Feeeel It"
8. Golden Axe - "Catmaster"
9. Secrets - "RMBR U"
10. Monopoly Child Star Searchers - "Winds Emotive Inner Key"
11. Mount Pleasant - "Florida"
12. Sun Araw - "Thrasher"
13. Grouper - "He Knows (Live at St. Lukes Cathedral, Christchurch)"
14. With Moths - "We All Sleep"
          Sweater Weather        

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Untitled #115        

Untitled #115

Untitled #115 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          GREY TONES        

GREY TONES

GREY TONES by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          PASTELS SPRING 2017        

PASTELS SPRING 2017

PASTELS SPRING 2017 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Untitled #112        

Untitled #112

Untitled #112 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          KEY COLOR SPRING 2017        

KEY COLOR SPRING 2017

KEY COLOR SPRING 2017 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Untitled #110        

Untitled #110

Untitled #110 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Tame Winter with SOREL: Contest Entry        

Tame Winter with SOREL: Contest Entry

Tame Winter with SOREL: Contest Entry by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

Temperature dropping? Bring it on, wearing chic and comfy boots from our winter 2016 collection. #SORELstyle


          Black Ruffle T-shirt        

Black Ruffle T-shirt

Black Ruffle T-shirt by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

http://www.shein.com/Black-Open-Shoulder-Ruffle-T-Shirt-p-325141-cat-1738.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=contest&urlm=polyviolettavalerycon


          Long Sleeve Dress        

Long Sleeve Dress

Long Sleeve Dress by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          #besttrend2016        

#besttrend2016

#besttrend2016 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Burgundy V Neck Bell Sleeve Tunic Dress        

Burgundy V Neck Bell Sleeve Tunic Dress

Burgundy V Neck Bell Sleeve Tunic Dress by womanoclock on Polyvore.com

http://www.shein.com/Burgundy-V-Neck-Bell-Sleeve-Tunic-Dress-p-328814-cat-1727.html?utm_source=polyvore&utm_medium=contest&urlm=polysinsnottragediescon


          Holiday Party Makeup        

Holiday Party Makeup

Holiday Party Makeup by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Untitled #103        

Untitled #103

Untitled #103 by womanoclock on Polyvore.com


          Polygonium sort Final Guitar Pro v2.0.3        

iPhone, iPad / Educatifs / Entrainement : "Final Guitar Pro is probably the best guitar teaching app I’ve ever come across in the App Store." - appPicker "... Final Guitar Pro take a completely different approach, using a 3-D animated character to demonstrate arm, hand, and finger movements ...


          Madison Stellar II Waterproof Jacket        

As you can see – you didn't miss the photo above? – the Madison Stellar II commuter jacket is black. It's also available in red or hi-vis yellow if you think black makes you invisible. I don't think it does. Visibility is about contrast; the worst colour for a cycling jacket would be dull grey, the colour of concrete, old tarmac or a British sky. Black is quite visible in good light. And at night, the Stellar II shines as brightly in headlights as its name suggests by virtue of its copious reflective panels.

What is nice about a black jacket is that you can wear it with normal clothes, without looking too bikey. That's how I prefer to dress for utility cycling, so if I walk into an office or pub, I don't look like an escapee from a cycling club run. I know hi-vis vests have their fans but I'll put my faith in a jacket with reflectives, front and rear lights you could see from space and the odd bike reflector.

Talking of visibility, the Stellar II is about as shiny as what is probably the best-selling UK commuter jacket, Altura's Night Vision. The standard Altura is the same price and has similar features, to the extent that I think you'd be equally happy with either jacket.

The Stellar II is windproof and waterproof, with fully taped seams. I wore it in sleet, heavy rain, and persistent drizzle. I also went mountain biking and sprayed muddy water all over it for a couple of hours. My shoulders got slightly damp in the worst conditions – probably sweat rather than leakage – but I was never less than comfortable.

You do get a bit hot if you ride hard. While the M:Tec 5000 fabric is breathable, this is designed as a commuter jacket so it's bulkier and heavier than the kind of lightweight shell that you could stuff in a jersey pocket. There are pit zips and a vent across the back so it's not boil-in-the-bag hot, but it's better suited to steady or stop-start riding than silly commuter racing.

The collar is fleecy and can be cinched tighter, so it's nice and snug in the cold. The cuffs are elasticated and Velcro-fastened and there's a drawcord for the hem. Draughts do not get in. The cut is suitable for cycling, being long enough in the arms and back, yet is fairly relaxed. You'll easily get this on over ordinary clothes if you choose your normal size, and you may be able to go down a size if you're borderline and want a closer cut – I'm a smallish medium and the small was a good fit without being restrictive.

There are two pockets: a zipped and baffled rear pocket, big enough for an OS map, and a small chest pocket suitable for a phone. Inside the jacket there's a mesh and thin polyester liner. This catches and disperses sweat well enough and enables you to wear it over short sleeves without it feeling clammy. There's a solidly stitched peg loop to hang it up. The jacket is machine washable at 30 degrees.

The reflective panels run over the shoulders, arms, front zips, and down the back. It's hard to miss the jacket from any angle if you shine a light at it.

Is it the ultimate commuter jacket it claims to be? Not quite – I'd pay the extra £30 for the Altura Night Vision Evo. Yet the Stellar II is certainly a good commuter jacket. Where bulk isn't critical, you could use it for other kinds of cycling too.

It's available in red, yellow or black, in sizes S to XXL in both men's and women's versions.

Verdict

A highly reflective commuter jacket that will cope well with year-round UK weather.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Madison Stellar II Waterproof Jacket

Size tested: Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Madison say: Light, breathable and waterproof, yet stylishly reflective, the Stellar is the ultimate commuter's jacket. With a technical cut for unbeatable fit, and hi-viz reflective panels for added security, this is a cool reflective jacket perfect for low light conditions or night-time rides.

I say: Not particularly light, but it is a good commuter jacket.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

It's made from M:Tec 5000 waterproof and breathable fabric. There's a liner.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

It's not heavy for a commuter jacket, but it's not exactly light either. You won't stash this in a jersey pocket. You'll need a fairly large saddlebag like a Carradice Barley, small backpack, or pannier.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It's an effective commuter jacket. Keeps you warm and dry and not too hot.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Weather resistance. Reflectivity.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? If I didn't have about a dozen bike jackets, yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, for commuting

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 65kg

I usually ride: Ridgeback Solo World fixed wheel  My best bike is: Planet X Pro Carbon Track (with front brake)

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

Price: 
£69.99
Contact: 
www.madison.cc
Product Type: 
Road.cc rating: 
8
Weight: 
554g
Road.cc verdict: 

A highly reflective commuter jacket that will cope well with year-round UK weather.


          re: Rachel vs. Zenyatta? Dream On        

It was very disappointing to read that Zenyatta's people will now not consider bringing her out of California to meet Rachel. Maybe New York would be too far. ButFilly Fan's idea of the Spinster at Keeneland would be great. It is sort of middle ground for traveling. It is Poly-Track, and Rachel has a win there and Zenyatta runs over a not too dissimilar surface in California. The timing is also spaced for the BC. I hope the Moss's reconsider.  


          Be yourself, be gorgeous        

Be yourself, be gorgeous

Be yourself, be gorgeous by kvitka on Polyvore.com


          Untitled        

Untitled

Untitled by kvitka on Polyvore.com

Have you ever wanted to be an orange so bright and sweet


          Just can`t wake up        

Just can`t wake up

Just can`t wake up by kvitka on Polyvore.com

morning dreams are sooooo sweet


          love my crazy summer bike        

love my crazy summer bike

love my crazy summer bike by kvitka on Polyvore.com


          Sunshine        

Sunshine

Sunshine by kvitka on Polyvore.com

when I look though my yellow glasses all I can see is sunshine :)


          I want summer.....        

I want summer.....

I want summer..... by kvitka on Polyvore.com

.....that much


          Fun is good ;)        

Fun is good ;)

Fun is good ;) by kvitka on Polyvore.com


          My bag        

My bag

My bag by kvitka on Polyvore.com

really need all this !


          Love is in the air...        

Love is in the air...

Love is in the air... by kvitka on Polyvore.com

...everywhere I look around


          Colorful        

Colorful

Colorful by kvitka on Polyvore.com

Just feel this way


          Green day        

Green day

Green day by kvitka on Polyvore.com


          Lifecasting Silicones        
There's a lot of talk these days about the various lifecasting silicones on the market. I've played with my fair share of these products so let me see if I can cut through some of the hype.

First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a Polytek distributor and I favor Gel-10 for many applications. That said, I do have a somewhat open mind.

Here are the major players for silicone Lifecasting:
1. Mark Prent's Ply-o-life
2. Smooth-on's Body Double
3. Artmolds LifeRite
4. Polytek's Gel-10

There are some others but these are the ones most accesible to the general public.

Ply-o-life used to be THE lifecasting silicone. Mark has an excellent video on both the headcasting process and body casting. The main complaint I have heard about Ply-o-life is the price. Now that other silicones have come out that do the same thing Ply-o-life is a bit out of reach for most consumers.

Smooth-on released Body Double in summer of 03. While I found Body Double to be a good molding product overall, I found it to be expensive (though cheaper than Ply-o-life) and it had an amazing ability to stick to the finest of hairs even with vaseline.

Artmolds released Liferite in 04. Liferite is a nice, firm silicone for lifecasting (which is nice since body double is fairly soft) but the 10:1 mix ratio complicated the mixing process. I have several lifecasts that were done with Liferite and the results were great, however the mix ratio made me hesitant to use it on large projects.

Platsil Gel-10 is marketed as a general purpose FX grade silicone. My first thought was that it was entirely too soft for lifecasting as it is a shore A10 with about 960% elongation. For a headcast you really don't want a rubber that soft or stretchy as the mold will distort durring casting. Then I found out that adding Polyfiber to Gel-10 stiffened it a few points and lowered the stretch. This addition of polyfiber makes for a radicaly different material. I have since used this method extensively to make many different types of body casts and head casts.

While I prefer Gel-10 over the other products mentioned, let the record state that a big part of this skill is the craftsmanship, not thet silicone. The silicone will not make itself into a mold. Your competency as a moldmaker/lifecaster will ultimately determine which material works best for you. Gel-10 has been great because it is versatile. You will find that when a product may be manipulated with other additives it allows you a certain freedom as a craftsman.
          Posters feitos em Biscuit        
O estúdio americano Clays Disarrayter recriou vários poster famosos de filmes de Terror com Polymer Clay, que é parecido com o Biscuit.
Eles lembram muito o trabalho também do Lee Hardcastle que fazem massinhas.


















Via: MedoB


          Cameron Todd Willingham Guilty        
No doubts: Those closest to case shed no tears for Willingham
By Janet Jacobs, Corsicana Daily Sun
published: September 07, 2009 05:08 pm    
 
expired, original link
http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/thewillinghamfiles/local_story_250180658.html  
 
The undeniable facts of the Cameron Todd Willingham case are these:
 
• On Dec. 23, 1991, 2-year-old Amber Louise Kuykendall, and 1-year-old twins Karmon Diane Willingham and Kameron Marie Willingham died in a mid-morning house fire at 1213 W. 11th Ave. in Corsicana.
 
• Willingham, 23, the children’s father, and the only adult home at the time of the fire, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death on Aug. 21, 1992.
 
• After five appeals and 12 years on death row, he was put to death by lethal injection on Feb. 17, 2004.
 
 Everything else is controversial.
 
 Carrying the torch
 
To people opposed to the death penalty under any circumstances, the holy grail is an innocent man who was executed, preferably in Texas, home of the nation’s busiest death row. Some argue Todd Willingham is that innocent man.
 
The latest argument for Willingham’s innocence comes from a report by Craig Beyler, of Hughes Associates in Baltimore, Md., and submitted Aug. 17 to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, a panel formed in 2005 to deal with forensic errors.
 
Beyler was contracted to review the case following a complaint by the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is best known for using DNA analysis to exonerate wrongly convicted men.
 
The report claims the Texas investigators didn’t understand fire science, and didn’t use modern methods in the Willingham case. Because one of the investigators was with the Texas fire marshal’s office, the marshal’s office will have a chance to respond to Beyler’s findings, and the commission should deliver a verdict next spring.
 
This week, the New Yorker published an article by David Grann which condemns the science and the system which sent a seemingly innocent man to his death. Part of the article is based on Willingham’s relationship with a woman who visited him on death row, and became an amateur sleuth on his behalf. Previous articles questioning the Willingham verdict have also appeared in the Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune.
 
Leaders of the Innocence Project say this is proof of a failed death-penalty system.
 
“There can no longer be any doubt that an innocent person has been executed,” said Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, in a release. “The question now turns to how we can stop it from happening again.
 
“As long as our system of justice makes mistakes — including the ultimate mistake — we cannot continue executing people,” Scheck stated.
 
In Corsicana, the attempts to make Todd Willingham into a martyr aren’t well-received.
 
“He’s not a poster child for anybody,” said Sgt. Jimmie Hensley of the Corsicana Police Department.
 
First impressions
 
Doug Fogg, a Corsicana firefighter for 31 years, was the first responder to arrive at 1213 W. 11th Ave. in Corsicana that Monday morning. He conducted the local arson investigation.
 
Fogg calls Beyler an “armchair quarterback” and riles at the accusation that Corsicana and state detectives used nothing more than folklore to come to their conclusions.
 
“A lot of this stuff (in Beyler’s report) is misspoken or misinterpreted,” Fogg said.
 
The report accuses state arson investigator Manuel Vasquez, now deceased, of not securing the scene, of missing or mishandling crucial evidence that might have exonerated Willingham, and not using scientific fire analysis.
 
Willingham had a lot of excuses for the fire, Fogg recalled, including that a stranger entered the house and set the fire, that the 2-year-old started it, that a ceiling fan or squirrels in the attic caused an electrical short, or the gas space heaters in the children’s bedroom sparked it.
 
The investigators searched for electrical shorts, but found none; the gas-powered space heaters were off because the family’s gas supply had been cut off at the meter; and “we didn’t find a ceiling fan. Willingham said there was one, but we didn’t find any signs of one,” Fogg said.
 
The other explanations just didn’t add up, Fogg said, adding: “We eliminated all accidental causes.”
 
Evidence of accelerants was found, but Willingham had an excuse for that, too. Willingham told investigators he poured cologne on the children’s floor “because the babies liked the smell,” he blamed a kerosene lamp for any accelerant in the hallway, and said spilled charcoal-lighter fluid happened while he was grilling, Fogg recalled.
 
Fogg agreed that there was a damaged bottle of charcoal lighter fluid on the other end of the porch away from the door, but the grill was in the side yard not on the porch when firefighters arrived. Fogg remembered four empty bottles of charcoal lighter were found just outside the front door.
 
Beyler acknowledges that one sample did have accelerant in it, but said it was unidentified, a claim Fogg disputes.
 
Local investigators didn’t leave the house until midnight, spending over 12 hours sifting through the debris by hand, taking videotape and more than 80 photographs of the scene, cutting up flooring for the lab, bagging and dating each sample and recording where it came from in the house, Fogg said. Samples were contaminated by melted plastic toys, fire-damaged carpet and floor tiles, but it wasn’t because of investigator’s incompetence, Fogg said.
 
Beyler theorized it was a flashover, and said investigators didn’t see the difference between the intense heat of a flashover and an accelerant-driven fire. Fogg laughed at the notion.
 
If it had been a flashover, it would have taken out the thin layer of sheetrock on the walls, he argued.
 
“That house was box construction,” Fogg said. “The only sheetrock that came down was what was hit with water. The paper backing wasn’t even scorched.”
 
As well, the fire damage was worse at the floor level than at the ceilings, which is the opposite of typical fire, Fogg said.
 
“(Beyler) thought we were total idiots,” Fogg said.
 
Beyond the fire
 
Sgt. Jimmie Hensley of the Corsicana Police Department was the lead investigator on the Willingham murder case back in 1992.
 
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