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09/10/11 11:39 - ID#55136

Sunlight Simulation

Does anyone have a sunlight simulation lamp they like? Are they worth getting? I think I work better in sunlight and often have horrible panic attacks when its cloudy and gloomy outside. My sleep patterns are really messed up and I often can't sleep at all. Yellow light at night is starting to make me panicky as well.

I have been seriously considering lighting up my place with balanced full spectrum light. I want to see if moving away from the yellow spectrum will change anything. A couple years back, I bought white CFLs. Unfortunately, instead of 5500K (the spectra of sunlight), I bought something in the 4000x range. As a result, they are too bluish.

I don't want halogen lamps. I looked at sunlight simulation lamps by some company called Verilux but a ton of customers on Amazon have remarked on how quickly these lights break. So does anyone have any full spectrum lamps they can recommend?
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Category: buffalo

09/10/11 11:13 - ID#55135


I came out of work to a spectacular dusk.


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Category: the odes

09/10/11 11:06 - ID#55134

Google Voice transcribes Paul

9/7/11 7:51 PM 3 days ago

But lately, bye bye, could you transfer a investment hey cooking application you What, what's up. All the maybe we can connect spring way, it's just me. West. You are special expense. Morganson Later. Bye, the If I can drop it off the roof there's like a whole. Maybe the whole flat you can. Bye bye hey okay. Hello, bye Yeah, P to say, you can give me a call. Bye. Hey, evening, yeah dear. You will. Hello. Hey man. Later, just, Subject, I gonna close the alright. I didn't. Hey there the Victor, but no later. It's 4 What, right. Bye. Yeah, Hello Hello Bill, hey. Well, alright, or are available, okay right hello, hey.

And all this took 3 minutes to say.

What I really want to know is who are Morganson and Victor... and Bill??
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Category: eating in

09/04/11 08:17 - ID#55094

The Pear Wars.

(e:Paul) challenged me to a pear war with the warrior ants and the swarm of bees in (e:PMT)'s garden. It was not a pretty sight.
There were fallen pears all over the place being viciously attacked by HUGE crazy ants, bees that possibly had a nasty sting and quite horrendous-looking fat blackish worms that looked as if they had crept slowly out of the scarier zombie movie scene. I think I accidentally brushed my hand on one. UGH. Maybe I should consider amputating it now.
For a while I debated kicking the bee-infested pears around to dislodge and rescue the pears but I was really worried about painful repercussions. Wisdom prevailed and I left them alone. But I did blow the ants off many a fallen fruit and got quite a haul of awesome pears.

(e:matthew) walked in on my grand-bug-war-for-pear-rescue halfway through and threw in some tomatoes into the mix. I know I am totally overdosing on tomatoes today but these mini ones were TOO delicious not to eat as soon as I got back! Thanks so much, (e:matthew)!

And now the quintessential dilemma. What does one do with 20kg of pears?

I am thinking slow roasted red pepper/tomato-pear-basil-soup spiked with red chillies and garlic...
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Category: eating in

09/04/11 07:25 - ID#55092


I realized that I had far too many tomatoes on my table to make it fungus-free through the week and hit upon a really easy way to use them up.

Free-spirited roasting:

Followed by a rough chop and toss with lentils, garlic, kale, basil, red peppers and buckwheat high fibre spaghetti.

Simply delicious!
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Category: chemicals

09/04/11 07:11 - ID#55091

Shower soap

Hmm. more chemicals that I don't know about in my shower soap:

  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Polyquarternium-7
  • Glycol Stearate
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Hydroxypropyl
  • Methylcellulose
  • Sodium PCA
  • tetrasodium edta ( this is a chelating agent, it prevents blood from clotting. I guess it must be preventing clumping here. but what effect does it have on the skin? how potent is this?)
  • triethanolamine
  • methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • methylisothiazolinone

Probably okay
  • Water (Well of course)
  • Sodium Chloride (ditto for this)
  • Butyrospermium Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5)
  • fragrance
  • citric acid

The list is the scariest because I really have no idea about some of these.

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Category: chemicals

09/04/11 06:55 - ID#55090

Palmolive dish washing liquid

The label is not on the bottle of dishwashing fluid so I had to look this one up on the Colgate website


  • Water: Consistency
  • Ammonium C12-15 Pareth Sulfate: Cleaning and Foaming Agent
  • SD Alcohol 3-A: Controls Thickness and Clarity
  • Lauramidopropylamine Oxide: Cleaning and Foaming Agent
  • Sodium Chloride: Controls Thickness (okay, this is salt)
  • Magnesium Sulfate: Controls Thickness
  • Fragrance: Pleasant Scent
  • Poloxamer 124: Controls Thickness
  • Pentasodium Pentatate: Maintains Product Stability
  • Preservative: Maintains Product Freshness
  • Sodium Bisulfite: Maintains Product Stability
  • Dyes: Color - yeah, what exactly?

I don't know about many of these chemicals. Their descriptions seem tame enough but who knows what lies beneath. I am somewhat rushed for time to verify each thing on that list. So there it is. I am exposed on a daily basis to these and I actually like washing dishes.
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Category: chemicals

09/04/11 01:09 - ID#55088

Italian Raisin Bread

Italian Raisin Bread baked in a brick oven. Distributed by Mastroianni Brothers Bakery Incorporated (518) 355-5310
51 Opus Blvd, Schenectady, NY 12306
  • Potassium Bromate.

Good grief. I am merrily eating this while it has been banned in Sri Lanka and China and has escaped a ban here because of a bureaucratic regulation loophole.

In the United States, it has not been banned. The FDA sanctioned the use of bromate before the Delaney clause of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—which bans potentially carcinogenic substances— went into effect in 1958, so it is more difficult for it to now be banned. Instead, since 1991 the FDA has urged bakers to voluntarily stop using it. In California a warning label is required when bromated flour is used.

I am on the last slice. It's delicious but I am placing a personal kitchen ban effective from the next minute. And I just wrote to the store to consider discontinuing this bread.
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Category: chemicals

09/04/11 11:34 - ID#55085

The product label project.

I have wanted to do this for the longest time. It's completely boring to anyone except me but I want to maintain a running list of every single chemical I apply on my skin or eat that I don't know about. It's fascinating how much chemicals dominate our lives.

I pretend that I am avoiding a ton of it by religiously reading labels to everything I consider buying. But I do end up getting stuff to eat or cosmetics that have unknown compounds in them. I don't know what the roles of these chemicals are or what they are capable of messing up in my body. I place my blind trust in the fact that they can't be excessively harmful because *someone out there* is definitely regulating them.

Fact is, there is very little regulation. Products that proudly proclaim that they are not been tested on animals actually scare me. I get all the arguments of PETA and animal rights activists and their gory pictures of animal suffering are shocking. But let's face it. At some point, we need to draw the line at just how much we want to compromise safety and health for humans in favour of "humane treatment of animals". Scientific research has primarily reached its current status because we could use animals to test our experiments.

We cannot emulate the living system otherwise. We cannot foresee the consequences of chemicals on living systems if we have never tested them on any. You cannot persuade me that reactions that you have seen on cell cultures come close to what happens in real life. My cynicism stems from first hand experience of the limitations of non-living systems for experimentation. It seems so paradoxical to me that we have such complicated and expensive clinical trials for drugs consumed by a minority sick population and yet NO regulation or trials for products that a vast majority of the general population uses and consumes daily and all the time. Prevention is definitely nowhere in the agenda here.

Another alternative is of course to use just edible and known natural substances in everything. While this is a logical and perfect alternative to the dilemmas of animal testing, it is also sometimes not very practical in today's world where products are global rather than local in their distribution and audience.

Anyway, I just ate some hummus:
It had "less than 0.5% of":
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Phosphoric Acid

Preservatives. But why can't salt and olive oil suffice? Maybe I need to just make my own Hummus from (e:libertad)'s awesome (secret?) recipe.
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Category: linux

09/03/11 10:52 - ID#55079

rcconf - Debian runlevel Configuration

With a thing called rcconf, I can see these are the things running on startup of my system

│ [*] alsa-utils
│ [*] anacron
│ [*] aumix
│ [*] bluetooth
│ [*] bootlogs
│ [*] console-setup
│ [*] cron
│ [*] dbus
│ [*] fancontrol
│ [*] fuse
│ [*] hal
│ [*] hddtemp
│ [*] hdparm
│ [*] kbd
│ [*] keyboard-setup
│ [*] live-boot
│ [*] live-config
│ [*] lm-sensors
│ [*] module-init-tools
│ [*] network-manager
│ [*] openvpn
│ [*] plymouth
│ [*] pppd-dns
│ [*] procps
│ [*] rsync
│ [*] rsyslog
│ [*] sudo
│ [*] udev
│ [*] x11-common

I guess I can disable the ones in blue.. How about the others? What are these things anyway?!
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