January 2007


I am so happy that heroes are on again tonight….just the mystery of it all is so interesting.

I like the message: that we are all Dormant heroes just waiting to express ourselves (please do not go and try to jump out of a window).

Spoilers Ahead: Don’t read this if you don’t want to know the future of Heroes.

 

 

A new hero appears in Episode 12, the invisible man. Cool. Can’t wait to see how he uses this power. Imagine that.

In case you didn’t read the TV Guide report, his name is Claude and he’s played by Christopher Eccleston a British actor who also has played the role of Doctor Who. In the USA, this episode is set to air January 22.

But the details, errrr speculation (wink), you hear first right here right now. Which is it? Only we know, but take the ride.

Now this hero is supposed to be different. Don’t expect all the fun discovering and learning a new power. He’s got it and uses it with glee, or maybe reluctance. But he’s well practiced having had the power for years and years. He’s like the teacher and the rest of the Hero crew are like students. He knows the utility and risks involved with this power and can show you how to use super-powers with wisdom, grasshopper.

 Here is a link to more spoilers   you decide

I actually new this

Origins:   Next time you’re browsing the supermarket in search of the makings of that night’s dinner, pause a moment to read the ingredients Color bug labels of your favorite red-colored ingestibles and cosmetics. Chances are, you’ll discover a notation for cochineal, carmine, or carminic acid, pigments whose origins might surprise and possibly disgust you.

Cochineal and its close cousin carmine (also known as carminic acid) are derived from the crushed carcasses of a particular South and Central American beetle. These popular colorants, which today are used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatins, candies, shampoos, and more, come from the female Dactylopius coccus, a beetle that inhabits a type of cactus known as Opuntia.

Dactylopius coccus was the source of a red dye used by Aztecs and Mexican Indians for centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards. Those indigenous peoples would collect cochineal insects, briefly immerse them in hot water to kill the beasties and dissolve the females’ waxy coating, and then dry them in the sun. The desiccated insects would then be ground to a fine powder.

The Spaniards immediately grasped the potential of the pigment, so these dried insects became one of the first products to be exported from the New World to the Old. Europeans took to the beautiful, bright scarlet colour immediately both for its vibrant hue and for its extraordinary colorfast properties, ensuring that boatloads of cochineal insects would make the trans-Atlantic trek.

Today cochineal has been surpassed as a dye for cloth by a number of synthetic pigments, but is still widely used as a coloring agent for a number of foodstuffs, beverages, and cosmetics (because many of those synthetic dyes proved dangerous to humans when taken internally or allowed to leach into the body through the skin). It takes about 70,000 insects to make one pound of cochineal.

While cochineal is used in a wide variety of foods, it is not found in kosher products because Jewish dietary laws prohibit the inclusion of insects or their parts in food. The “ewww!” factor nothwithstanding, cochineal is a safe food colorant aside from a few rare cases of allergic reaction.

Another red dye used in foods, FD&C Red Dye #40 (alternatively known as Red #40), is often mistakenly assumed to be a euphemism for cochineal or carmine. It’s not — it’s bug-free and is actually derived from coal.

Our distaste at the thought of ingesting bugs is based on cultural factors rather than the properties or flavors of the insects themselves. Western society eschews (rather than chews) bugs, hence the widespread “Ewww!” reaction to the news that some of our favorite foods contain extract of beetle.

I am not eating Jello Again…. 

Sometimes the most Made from contented cows innocuous of foodstuffs contain constituents whose origins are less than appetizing. Such is the case with JELL-O, a dessert that has graced millions of dinner tables since its 1897 debut.

Underneath JELL-O’s jiggly wholesomeness lurks a secret many consumers are disconcerted to learn: JELL-O is made from gelatin, an animal product rendered from the hides and bones of animals.

The production of gelatin starts with the boiling of bones, skins, and hides of cows and pigs, a process that releases the protein-rich collagen from animal tissues. The collagen is boiled and filtered numerous times, dried, and ground to a powder. Because the collagen is processed extensively, the final product is not categorized as a meat or animal product by the federal government. Very strict vegetarians avoid gelatin entirely, but more permissive vegetarians have no problem including JELL-O in their diets.

JELL-O products account for about 80 percent of the gelatin market.

Popular belief has it that gelatin comes from horses’ and cows’ hooves. Kraft, the maker of JELL-O, asserts that hooves do not contain the necessary collagen and therefore are not used in the production of their JELL-O brand gelatin product.

I do not know why, but I am a fanatic of Sinks and Faucets designs, it’s about time designers think out of th box.

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Ring faucet is about experiencing water in a whole new way in our daily lives –to rediscover the awe-inspiring beauty of water in a small home faucet. This unique faucet visually frames flowing water in a circular fashion, giving you a full view of the water just as it falls over the edge.The opening orifice at the spout end lets in natural light which illuminates the flowing water for a striking view. Water is ‘reinstated’ as a precious element, like a fine diamond. The external form is simple and pure, as befits a faucet that is meant to emphasize the elemental beauty of water. The simple form allows the design to be easily translated into a series of faucets that cater to different settings and requirements. While the design is novel in terms of aesthetics, the sense of comfort in using a familiar domestic fitting is not lost as the faucet is designed to adopt the conventional interface of the hot and cold -handles basin mixer. Moreover, this tripartite arrangement fits in well with large basins and/or vanity tops.

Designer: Sun Liang 

Link

Another watch I would like to have,  just looks cool do it not?

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The features of the watch, as well as the desires of the brand’s creators, made a strong case for the company to develop its own movement. The first in a long series… Beyond aesthetic research and casing, Hautlence applies its watch making creativity in the mechanism; thus paving the way for new concepts in reading time.

Due to an instinctive means of telling time, this unique timepiece displays civil time thanks to the use of jumping hours and retrograde minutes. The jumping hour of the Hautlence watch is characterized by the use of a decorated jumping disc with an aperture in which the hour numeral, inscribed on a fixed dial, is visible.

The retrograde minute is a more classic complication that, like the hour disc, has discontinuous functioning features, which incurred additional complex mechanical problems that needed to be resolved. The combination of these two complications and the resolution of the problems we were faced with this watch were dealt with concurrently, in an original way covered by a patent. The device optimizes energy consumption and the torque setting on the movement. This whole device is perfectly original and a true evolution in the complex world of watch making mechanics.

Designer: Renaud de Retz, Guilaume Tetu & Jean Plazenet Via: Watchismo

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Got to get me one of these

The oasis brings a rejuvenating water-fall environment to the private dwelling. It offers a rush of soothing water poured out over the body in a standing, sitting, or reclined position. It can be used within an interior or exterior setting as freestanding object, and modifications allow it to be built into surrounding walls, or recessed into the ground plane where it can be filled with water.

Designer: Michael Ashley……. link

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Sony intends to bridge the gap between the PC and TV with its VAIO® TP1 Living Room computer. A new approach to the home PC design, the unit’s round, white chassis marries the power of the PC with the TV in a style to compliment any home. The console’s small spherical shape is designed to fit next to an LCD TV, providing endless entertainment possibilities. It can record, pause and rewind live TV- including over-the-air high-definition and standard-definition programming- for on-demand playback. It can also access Internet television shows and other videos on the Web.Design: Sony  link

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