Save Your Silver Blanket to Stay Warm Before Your Next Race

Make like Macklemore and “pop some tags” at your local thrift store. You can find old hoodies, sweatpants, jeans, and more for bargain prices. Can’t make it to your local shop? Just dive into the depths of your closet for items you haven’t touched in years. Most races will collect clothes left at the start to donate to charity.

Source: The Best Throwaway Gear to Stay Warm Before a Race

If you’re going to sport a bath robe, don’t forget the slippers …or a mug of coffee …and a paper.  Maybe some curlers…  I know someone who calls the space/thermal blanket “potato blanket”, like how you wrap potatoes in foil.

This Stretchy Cloth Could Become Underwear that Monitors Your Heart Rate

Here’s new tech that’ll make wearables as non-invasive as a Band-Aid. Japanese researchers have created a printable conducive ink on cloth, which means your boxer briefs or sports bra could one day track your heart rate (among other things).

Source: This Stretchy Cloth Could Become Underwear that Monitors Your Heart Rate

The goal there is to swipe, pinch, tap, and drag your fingers across these smart threads to answer calls or turn off lights, just like you would on a mousepad or smartphone.

I don’t think they’ve thought this through… 😉

I, for one, cannot wait to see the hilarity ensue due to accidental touches. Better than autocorrect, I expect.

PSA: The Microwave is NOT for Drying Clothing

Go community college!

Curious how this happened?  There’s no metal in a t-shirt, or at least very little. The hotspots are where the ElectroMagnetic (EM) wave’s maxima is – it’s not due to microwaves heating water, or the t-shirt being folded.  You can learn more about how a microwave works here.

That said, people are working on making clothes dryers that use microwave radiation:

advantages: shorter drying times (25% less), energy savings (17–25% less), and lower drying temperatures.

When Life Gives You Lemons… 11 Uses That Aren’t Lemonade

Source: 10 Amazing Ways to Use Lemons

My list goes up to 11 😉

The closest related to food was stain removal from plastic containers.  The rest are polishing or cleaning related.  Which makes sense – like vinegar, citrus is mildly acidic, organic and non-toxic.  There’ve been studies that suggest vinegar is better than chlorine for cleaning.

#11: limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur) – excellent recipe.  Ideally you want Meyer lemons and grain alcohol (Everclear), but vodka (zero malt Scotch) works.  Limoncello recipes only use the zest (not peel/rind – read here for the difference), so you can use the lemon for other things.

There is a “low” dose of vitamin K in lemons.  But lemons are not the sort of thing many are going to over-consume 😉  I don’t have details, but I suspect the vitamin K is in the zest, as with most citrus fruit.

Fashion: Compression Socks and Hose Are No Longer for Grandma

Until recently, compression tights were sold mostly at pharmacies as well as retailers catering to older men and women. The tights and socks are snug-fitting hosiery made from tightly woven materials like cotton and nylon. They are meant to help increase circulation in the legs and minimize the swelling that can result from prolonged sedentariness.

Long a medical necessity for some pregnant women and others who are at risk for deep-vein thrombosis or blood clots, the tights are now beginning to come into vogue among stylish women who sit on uncomfortably small airplane seats during long-haul travel.

Source: Compression Socks and Hose Are No Longer for Grandma

The article talks about how compression socks have come into vogue after the rest of the Mad Men fashion.  Similarly, compression socks are popular in athletics now too.  The article focuses on the variety available now, but not the details – there’s no talk about grade, just price.  Which can be important to those of us who want both medical grade and style.

I recently started wearing compression socks at work.  I work at a desk, and with my history – am higher risk than most.  I got the strongest compression I could without a medical prescription.  I’m not conscious of benefits like easing muscle pain and swelling, but there’s a little piece of mind that I’ve probably made a good choice.  I do notice the warmth, likely due to more coverage.  Though I know I should, I don’t like to stop every hour to stretch the legs when driving for long periods – compression stuff would alleviate some of the guilt.

I was thinking of wearing compression socks/tights rather than leg warmers or tights when cycling.  I’ve heard from lots about problems with leg warmers falling down – either not elastic enough, poor sizing, or the material broke down.  There appears to be little to no value in the “activity” recovery socks you can find in athletic/running stores beyond staying in place.  But being on the cusp of medical grade compression might not be the best idea for exercise either.  But the compression stuff I’ve seen seems to be thin material, which can affect how snug a shoe fits in addition to concerns about warmth.  I’ll definitely be layering socks.