Lobster Used To Be Cheap — Here’s How That Changed

Even if you don’t enjoy lobster (and I don’t, particularly), more than perhaps any other food it’s synonymous with a certain kind of luxury. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, for a long time it was just the opposite.

Source: Lobster Used To Be Cheap — Here’s How That Changed

I knew about the change, but not specifically why.

So much of the world changed, thanks to the period starting with the first World War to the 1950s.  Men having short hair and no facial hair was due to the survivors of World War I – they’d learnt about mites and lice in the trenches.  Elements of Santa Claus came from Krampus, but the colour – the red and white – is attributed to Coca-Cola ads in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

There is vitamin K in lobster.  For 150 grams/5.3 ounces of lobster, there’s 0.2 mcg of vitamin K.  By the math, 1 kg/2.2 lbs of lobster would contain a little under 1.5 mcg of vitamin K.  Under 4 mcg is considered low risk for warfarin/coumadin interference.

Volvo Life Paint: Clear, Reflective Safety Spray

This is seriously cool.  Skip to the minute mark – the first minute is various cyclists recounting how scary it can be to bike at night:

Available immediately (in the UK?), the paint will be available internationally if proven popular. Life Paint is water based, and can be applied to any fabric.  All we know at the moment is Life Paint washes off (lasts about a week after the initial application, likely less if worn in the rain). The clear paint won’t affect the color or surface of the intended target, other than making it reflective when light is shone on it. No word on environmental impact, though it is applied via aerosol spray.

I love the idea of being able to apply the paint to whatever I choose – coat, cycling helmet, backpack…  And that this doesn’t appear to change the colour or appearance in daylight – you could go high fashion, though I doubt you’d want to for sake of maintenance.  Still, awesome for the casual commuter.

That said, this only works if someone applies light to you/your clothing.  Realistically you should be wearing active lighting.  My recommendation would be to use two lights in front: a solid, and a flasher/strobe.  And they should be at least at handlebar height for drivers to see you.  Similarly for a red light on the rear.

I’m hoping it works nearly as good as it would seem.

Note: the bicycles are reflective because they have been painted with an oil based reflective paint available from Albedo 100not the Life Paint.  There is an outfit in the US who is providing a reflective powder coating, but it requires you to ship your frame and this makes your frame grey in normal light.

Would You Wear a Wedding Dress Made from Fungus?

After the recent dress discussion, give it time – this will grow on you…   I’m itching just thinking about this disaster.

Would you wear clothing grown from a mixture of yeast, bacteria and a sugary green tea solution? How about from a combination of plant matter and microscopic mushrooms? These odd materials may sound like something out of the Jetsons’ wardrobe, but they could have an influence on how fashion is manufactured.

“I think the ability for us to grow our own clothing could have great positive potential,” says Erin Smith, artist in residence at Microsoft Research who brewed her own wedding dress. “Growing clothing from scratch could both eliminate carbon emissions caused by transportation and allow for a garment that can be grown to your precise dimensions and specifications.”

Source: Would you wear a wedding dress made from fungus?

It’s over. We’ve been out-lentilled.  We can all pack up our elopements, thrift store wedding dresses, locally-sourced hand-hewn engagement ring made out of 100% recyclable materials, vegan wedding cakes and go home.

The article is an interesting read, giving some perspective on biomaterials for clothing.  That said, I’m a bit leery about the lack of photos. Pret A Portabella 😉

…but I can’t help with the snark:

  • the mushrooms are retaining water
  • what does the groom wear?
  • that‘s not a mushroom
  • that’s not a dress you can recycle…  Traditionally you were supposed to use the fabric to make your kids’ christening outfits.  Now I understand why all those old christening outfits looked like doilies…
  • you can saute the mushrooms the day after
  • no mention of colour?
  • whip cream would probably do the same job
  • If you wanna cut down on fabric, go with the hotpants dress
  • Lady Gaga quote anyone?

Plug for The Brides Project – they accept donated gowns from brides, salons, and designers. These gowns are sold to brides-to-be at approximately half the retail value with all profits going to cancer charities.

About That Dress

White and gold, blue and black…  C’mon people – it’s puce and salmon.

It’s important to stress that agreement does not mean the majority are infact correct.  I learnt today that “consensus” is a synonym for “unanimous” – previously I understood “consensus” to mean “majority”.  I attribute my misunderstanding to be similar to the state of how “literally” is now used to mean “figuratively”.  Or how “Nimrod” became entrenched in our vocabulary as a synonym for “idiot”/etc – the story I got was that it came from a Bugs Bunny short where Bugs called Elmer Fudd “Nimrod”, as in “Nimrod the hunter” – but the context is lost on children who grew up watching this and only understood the implied meaning.

I’m so old, I remember the last time something like this came up.  It was an animated gif of a dancer spinning.  As I recall, it was an indication of brain operation that would tell you which direction the spin was occurring.  And when you knew about it, you could control the spin direction:

Which direction does the image spin for you?

But this is about colour.  Colour blindness for women (last I knew) – it’s almost impossible to be colour blind.  It was attributed to the Y chromosome for why men can be colour blind.  Apparently some had the belief that all men are colour blind?  Not all men…  Like super tasters, there’s people (predominantly women) with more cones who see more of the colour spectrum.  At least the spectrum we’re capable of – the Mantis Shrimp sees way more (obligatory Penny Arcade “Claw Shrimp” shoutout).  Some argue that this could also be attributed to lighting – sodium lights are used in some applications to make people under them look less attractive.  And photography has a “golden moment” for when to take pictures…  Keep in mind that our vision isn’t entirely understood – in theory, what we see should be upside down.  Cue “Dancing on the ceiling”…

There’s all sorts of wackiness in colour and terminology – orange came from the fruit, not the other way around.  At least there’s no historical indication otherwise.  And I can’t remember if it’s pink or violet that doesn’t actually exist in the colour spectrum.  That’s besides that “violet” in French means “pink”…Oh, and the fun of talking with people who believe black is just black, that there aren’t varying shades (make mine rich black!).  Doesn’t take long when you put midnight blue next to black…

One day we’ll understand why this came up, but to my knowledge it won’t be today.

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.

Cycling: Finally Getting the Fashionistas It Deserves?

“It’s yellow, it’s ugly, it doesn’t go with anything, but it can save your life.”

That message, written in French next to an image of the designer Karl Lagerfeld dressed in black tie and a Day-Glo safety vest, was plastered around Paris in the late aughts as part of a government bicycle safety campaign.

Source: Cyclists Go Glam Into the Night

As a cycling commuter, I’ve started to appreciate those who wear copious amounts of high-visibility colour and reflective gear.  Some of the stuff in the article wouldn’t work in my area, where it rains two-thirds of the year.  And oddly, cycling clothing typically comes in black – not a wise idea for low light conditions  like dawn/dusk or rain/hail/snow.

Putting LEDs in the helmet isn’t a new idea.  But the problem I’ve seen with my fellow commuter is that the rear red can get covered by a hood or backpack – or the person is putting their head down or up too much.

Another issue I’ve encountered is that waterproof clothing doesn’t help with the sweat.  So there’s no benefit if I’m just going to stew in my own juice (yuck).  If it weren’t for my work providing showers…

I’d like to see the cycling clothing revolutionize, and hope the interest gains traction.  I just hope it isn’t priced out of the market.