I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but a lot of people are pouring buckets of water over their heads.
So, I’m not one to do a lot of ranting about products, and there are many features to my Nexus that I appreciate, but one I don’t appreciate is the need to nurse it back to life in 15 to 45 minute procedures involving multiple steps every time the battery dies. Here is what happened recently: I took my Nexus for a walk to raise money for the World Food Programme. I came home and put it on the sideboard. When I went to look at it the next day and resume my walk, it was dead. I tried turning it on — got nothing but a tiny flare of light in the middle button on the screen. I went on another computer (good thing I have two) and looked up what to do next. I followed multiple instructions including:
- Plugging it in to a computer.
- Allowing it to sit for 5 minutes. Trying to turn it on again.
- Unplugging it and plugging it back in within 10 seconds. Trying to turn it on again.
- Allowing it to sit for 15 minutes, trying it again. This time I got the outline of a battery, which was supposed to mean that if I held the power button for 15 to 30 seconds, it should turn on, but it didn’t.
- Allowing it to sit for another 15 minutes, then trying it again, at which time it deigned to turn back on again.
Am I crazy or is this a lot of time to be spending nursing an electronic back to life? So a little word to the wise: if you are going to buy a new handheld, you might want to read some reviews and find out how the battery life works on that device. This was an unexpected side job that I got with my Nexus: the job of Chief Nurse and Technician for a battery that seems to be saying, like the famous Bartleby the Scrivener: “I’d prefer not to.”
I’m writing for GiveModo now, which is a great company helping nonprofits make sure they are connected to the new generation of charity supporters. This is my first article, wherein I explore 5 great apps for social justice! Please like my post and pass it on to all your social-justice-loving friends!
During the writing of my own book on cooking to nourish your archetypes, I read Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD, Founder and Director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Given that many of my own recipes feature gluten-free alternatives, I was eager to read an expert’s version of the history of gluten-related illnesses and to learn more about the current state of treatment. Dr. Fasano’s book did not disappoint. The book contains a comprehensive review of the spectrum of gluten-related disorders, and also includes chapters on discussing leaky gut (you’ll get introduced to zonulin) as well as gluten’s influence on brain chemistry. Gluten Freedom also discusses new treatments and therapies, including enzyme therapy, a “celiac pill” treatment, and the possible development of a therapeutic vaccine. The book also talks about methods for prevention including delaying gluten introduction until one year of age, which is now being studied.
Taking the subject to a richer level of detail and creativity, Gluten Freedom also offers several recipes to remove gluten from the menu including all-time favorites like chocolate chip cookies and gluten-free scones. There is a charming chapter called “Dinner with Dr. Fasano” where we learn about the region, Campania, where Dr. Fasano spent his childhood. He then offers what sounds like a heavenly five-course meal of gluten-free specialties including Capri Salad featuring Mozzarella di bufala di Campania — the soft mozzarella cheese from the Dr.’s home region.
I like how this book provides comprehensive information on gluten issues including an appendix of apps for mobile phones as well as an extensive list for recommended reading. There are also some excellent practical features like a “Wheat Alert” table of menu items that contain wheat, and a stage-by-stage life guide for how to avoid gluten from cradle to grave.
After finishing the book, I was still left with a question, which I posed to the authors: “Is there any value in a low-gluten diet even if you don’t have gluten sensitivity? Does it help to diversify the grains we eat? If gluten calories are substituted with more fruits and vegetables, would that be better for overall health?”
Pam Cureton, one of the contributing writers for the book and a registered dietitian at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, responded:
“No, there is no advantage to following a low-gluten diet for those who tolerate gluten. There is, however, an advantage to eating more whole, natural foods and reducing the amount of processed foods to reduce unwanted levels of sodium, sugar, fats and extra calories. For people who tolerate gluten, these are the problem ingredients, not the wheat, rye or barley. Including these as whole grains along with other ancient grains, amaranth, millet, sorghum and others, would benefit everyone.”
I’m glad my own oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie recipe contains sorghum! Thanks, Pam! And thanks to Dr. Fasano and all the contributors to Gluten Freedom — helping us navigate this difficult health and dietary issue.
Why are ticks worse in Rhode Island than anywhere else? Can someone please explain that to me? Or do other states just not know how many ticks they have?
Yogurt can change your life. Yes, I eat yogurt almost every day.
I was really hoping that Curiosity would scoop up some bacteria and they would announce it and peace on earth would result. Oh well, we are still in suspense…
SAN FRANCISCO — The Curiosity Mars rover has discovered something interesting in a scoop of ruddy sand, but NASA scientists say they’re not quite sure what it means.
Sand that was shake-and-baked inside the car-size rover’s chemistry kit bubbled off traces of organic compounds, mission scientists said at a news briefing Monday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
Such compounds, made of carbon and chlorine, are of the type that, in some cases, indicate microbes in the soil.
But such compounds also could be contamination from the rover itself — or they may have rained onto the surface inside meteorites, said Paul Mahaffy, a mission scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
“It’s unclear if the carbon is Martian or terrestrial,” Mahaffy said.
As the great philosopher Lazlo Toth said after an earlier Mars mission in 1976, “of course you didn’t find life on Mars, you just killed it.”
Words to reflect on.