These Sick Sneakers Are Made From Ocean Garbage

The whole thing is a shameless pr move to keep people from being reminded most sneakers are made with child labor at fifty cents an hour in miserable working conditions.

There are ocean pollution groups that go around freeing hundreds of nets that have been caught on rocks or reefs, they have been doing it for years. Up until now they usually end up in a trash dump. Adidas bought a couple of them for next to nothing and created this stupid marketing campaign to make it lookmtheynare “making a difference”.

50 pairs? Ya, that will save the ocean.

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A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

Reader Kyle sent in this method to chill beer if you’re on the road, would like a frosty drink, and of course, your hotel room doesn’t have a fridge. Just line up your bottles on the air conditioner unit, fire it up full blast, and give it about fifteen minutes. Surprisingly, that’s all it takes.

Source: A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

If you wrapped it in a wet/damp paper towel, you’d probably cut it to less than 15…

We’re One Step Closer to Growing Human Organs Inside of Pigs

In an effort to tackle the organ donor shortage, researchers in the United States have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos and implanted them into a sow. Eventually, these animals could act as incubators for human organs, which concerns some ethicists.

Source: We’re One Step Closer to Growing Human Organs Inside of Pigs

To be clear: you can use your own cells in the pig chimera and get organs that are fully compatible with your own, genetically. While we hopefully figure out how to construct organs from scratch quickly and relatively cheaply, for the time being this is the best way to produce fully functional organs reliably.

New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room.

Source: New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

While this has all kinds of positive applications and impacts it is also part of the

  1. Biggest identity theft vulnerabilities today
  2. Part of a serious risk to human life

Why?

Because wireless hospital devices are the absolute most insecure in the world. There are literally almost no security protocols for medical devices within hospitals and they are exploding in number.

A Summer Playlist for the Rarely Completed Butt-Centric Workout Plan

Sitting all day, I’ve learned, is bad for your butt. I will not go into detail about my formerly A+ butt and exactly what indignities it has suffered over the past 1.5 years that I have blogged on the internet. Let us just say there have been some changes, most notably that the term “thut” now holds special meaning for me.

Source: A Summer Playlist for the Rarely Completed Butt-Centric Workout Plan

I like…

Maximize a Fridge’s Efficiency by Letting Leftovers Cool Before Storing

Our refrigerators are constantly at work keeping our food cold and safe to eat, but we rarely give them much love back. To keep your refrigerator functioning optimally, consider these seven tips, which can also help you save money on your electricity bill and avoid unexpected repair costs.

Source: 7 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Efficiently

For some things, I’d recommend not just letting it cool, but actually expediting cooling. When I cook stocks, stews and other things that will retain a lot of heat, I’ll empty my ice maker into the sink, fill with water, and put the pot in it to cool faster (actually, I vacuum seal portions, then immerse the bags, but I’m probably unusual in that respect). I believe this is SOP for restaurants with stock, which can actually take long enough to cool that nasties can grow in it even if it goes from stove to fridge, with or without “room temperature” cooling in between…

The FDA recommends you don’t let food sit out any longer than two hours or so.

These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don’t Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

Nobody likes mosquitoes, but the mosquitoes sure do love us. Spraying your skin with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus keeps them at bay, but stores are full of wristbands, candles, clothing, and other products that claim to repel bugs without those nasty “chemicals.” Some of them might help, but none are reliable.

Source: These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don’t Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

I am one of those people who come away from a patio party with a dozen mosquito bites when everyone else has 2 or 3. I have read countless articles about why they think I am so tasty, and I don’t appear to fit any of the profiles. Mosquitoes are the worst…

Tumor-killing Virus Nearly Doubles Survival Time of Brain Cancer Patients

To defeat the deadliest of cancers, it’s time to unleash the viruses.

In a small clinical trial with brain cancer patients, a tumor-seeking virus successfully invaded cancer cells and smuggled in molecular detonators, allowing doctors to selectively blast the deadly growths with a toxic drug. In the trial’s 45 participants, who were fighting the most aggressive forms of brain cancer known, the virus-drug combo nearly doubled their average survival time while showing no dangerous side effects. The finding, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, demonstrates the utility of such viruses and also provides a green light for the treatment strategy to move on to more trials.

Source: Tumor-killing virus nearly doubles survival time of brain cancer patients

Paging Gord Downie.

What’s the Difference Between All These Running Apps?

A lot has changed since we picked our favorite running apps a few years ago. Now there are tons of apps that save your stats in the cloud and let you share runs with your Facebook friends, but they’re each different enough you might have a hard time picking the right one for you. Here’s how to choose.

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I used to run with apps but eventually I stopped. The problems I had:

  1. Social Features are awful if you’re just starting out, and awful if you’re a really great runner because you make others feel bad. There’s literally no scenario in the world where I’d walk up to my friends or family that don’t run, and start telling them what a great 12 minute pace I kept today! I didn’t use them.
  2. Added time. I had to spend 1-2 minutes prior to a run setting up an app so that I could get out the door. It became too much of a hassle.
  3. “Requirement” rather than “for fun”. Running used to be fun but when I started logging my runs I felt an urge to go further or to run again that week if I didn’t feel like it. If I ran an 8 minute pace one day and a 8:30 pace the next, I’d feel horrible.

YMMV 😉

Why Is the BBC Planning to Delete 11,000 Recipes From the Internet?

Think positive: It’s British cuisine that will be gone. 😉

News reports this morning claim that the BBC is planning to delete over 11,000 online recipes. But the internet didn’t suddenly run out of room, so what gives?

Source: Why Is the BBC Planning to Delete 11,000 Recipes From the Internet?

Sources at the BBC have pointed out to Huffington Post that the web pages will be archived rather than deleted. That will apparently make them “increasingly hard to find via a search engine,” so it may pay to bookmark any favorites.