Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Apple IPhone Brain Tumors
This is from the iPhone manual. (Place the phone across the room and shout into it through a bull horn for maximum safety.)(And drag it behind you on a leash rather than carrying it in your pocket.)
For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human
exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union
guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a
call using the built-in audio receiver in iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock
connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation
from the antenna. When using iPhone near your body for voice calls
or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone
at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases,
belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at
least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body.
iPhone is designed and manufactured to comply with the limits for
exposure to RF energy set by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) of the United States, Industry Canada (IC) of Canada, and regulating
entities of Japan, the European Union, and other countries. The exposure
standard employs a unit of measurement known as the specific
absorption rate, or SAR. The SAR limit applicable to iPhone set by the
FCC is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), 1.6 W/kg by Industry Canada,
and 2.0 W/kg by the Council of the European Union. Tests for SAR are
conducted using standard operating positions (i.e., at the ear and worn
on the body) specified by these agencies, with iPhone transmitting
at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands.
Although SAR is determined at the highest certified power level in each
frequency band, the actual SAR level of iPhone while in operation can
be well below the maximum value because iPhone adjusts its cellular
transmitting power based in part on proximity to the wireless network.
In general, the closer you are to a cellular base station, the lower the
cellular transmitting power level.
iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for
body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the
body (e.g., when carrying iPhone in your pocket).
Monday, 7 March 2011
teeth and how they got that way
we've heard that a woman loses one tooth for every kid. we're now onto about four teeth, the lastest one under a new super-expensive bridge. oy vey! they're going to try to drill a root canal through that fancy porcelain.
meanwhile, we've been grooving on simplicity here. we focus on two activities a day (and one of them can be "rest"). today is pie and play. apple pie is where it's at.
tomorrow we'll be looking at flowers. we've got daffodils on the kitchen table in honor of the beast's welsh heritage.
and it's spring in sunnyside. the crocuses are coming up and gardening season begins. we're growing a lot of herby things for our local garden jobs— red texas hummingbird sage, blue lobelia, purple anise hyssop, and yellow calendula.
meanwhile, here's our schedule for the week:
monday— pie and play
tuesday— flowers and a jog
wednesday— french and knitting
thursday— play and rest
friday— swimming and pizza
saturday— maybe the zoo
sunday— family breakfast out
shouts out to our peops whit, evan, zoe, mapes, sian, aunt m, the connecticut otter, the brit boys, and all the rest of the crew. peace.
Monday, 28 February 2011
from the NYTimes
Soccer Fans Ruffled After Player Kicks Owl
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Soccer fans are crying fowl over kicking an owl. In fact, they're crying a lot worse.
Panama defender Luis Moreno is facing sanctions after he kicked an injured owl that landed on the field during a game Sunday when his Colombian club Deportivo Pereira was playing Atletico Junior.
The owl is a mascot for Atletico Junior and was being treated Monday at a veterinary clinic in Barranquilla. The bird is expected to recover from a slight fracture of its right leg.
The owl had landed injured near the corner of the field when Moreno walked over and kicked it about three yards. Atletico Junior fans shouted "murder, murder."
Moreno said he did not know the bird was a good-luck charm for the other team.
Monday, 21 February 2011
snowy monday presidents day
It's a snowy monday in sunnyside and today is pie day. We're going to make a blackberry apple pie. Last week we went for a lemon honey pie that turned out great. Filling ingredients: 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup honey, 3 egg whites, lemon zest. Our pie crust is very simple: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup milk, 2 cups unbleached flour, 3/4 cups oatmeal. (None of that chopping of butter and sprinkling of ice water that makes pie crusts so tedious.) Today is also soup day, chicken soup. We're starting with a mirepoix (the Beast's first): saute of celery, carrot, onion, and thyme. (maybe a bit of red wine). With revolutions ongoing around the globe we feel some springtime ray of hope. The crocuses are popping up around the neighborhood and we've planted our first indoor delphiniums and calendula for the spring gardening season. Whit, we owe you an email. Thanks for those links. Evan, we'll see you this week we hope. Shouts out to our peops in England and the goats and dogs and cats of Wales. Peace.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
I'm going to be teaching a ten-week reading/writing workshop on
Saturdays (3-5 pm) beginning March 5. The class will be organized
around a comprehensive view of Robert Duncan's life and career, with
special attention to Duncan's recently published critical work on
Modernism, The H.D. Book. We'll do writing around Duncan's own
writing, with attention to his influences and peers and students
(Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Helen Adam, Jack Spicer, Charles Olson,
Michael Palmer, etc.) and we'll listen to recordings of RD's lectures
and readings. Students will also bring their own work and projects to
share with the class. Fee is $300 for 10 weeks. (payment by
installment is possible.) If you have questions or if you'd like to
reserve a spot, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used in a wide range of consumer products, including Reynolds Wrap and cling wrap for most grocery stores, as well as bottles, packaged food trays and cooking oil bottles. PVC is also used for plumbing materials, as well as medical tubing and bags.
Reason to Avoid: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) contains phthalates, which are known to disrupt hormones -- especially testosterone. Congress has banned the use of these chemicals in toys because of research that indicates developmental and reproductive damage. Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen. Additionally, the manufacture and incineration of phthalates releases dioxin, a known carcinogen and hormone disruptor.
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Polystyrene (PS) is one of the most widely used plastics. There are two forms of polystyrene -- inflated and non-inflated. The most recognizable inflated polystyrene is Styrofoam®, a Dow Chemical Company trademarked product. Non-inflated polystyrene is used to make cups, bowls, plates, trays, cutlery, take-out containers, meat trays and egg cartons, as well as packaging for shipping.
Reason to Avoid: This type of plastic can leach styrene into food, especially when heated. Styrene is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
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The #7 designation - a catch-all for plastics that don't fit in any other categories - are often polycarbonates (PC). Polycarbonates are used in many brands of plastic baby bottles, "sippy" cups for kids, reusable water bottles and dental sealants. Also used in the inner lining of food cans.
Reason to Avoid: Polycarbonate plastic is the only plastic that is made with bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been found to mimic the hormone estrogen and disrupt the body's endocrine system. Public health advocates say it poses a particular risk to fetuses, infants and children. The National Toxicology Program issued a report last year that includes concerns about BPA's effects on the brain, prostate gland, mammary gland, and behavior in fetuses, infants and children.
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Used in disposable containers for most bottled water, bottled soft drinks, juice, mouthwash, ketchup, peanut butter, jelly and pickles. Also used in microwavable trays. This plastic is fine for single use. Avoid reusing #1 water and soda bottles because the plastic is porous and these bottles absorb flavors and bacteria that can't be cleaned out.
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High Density Polyethylene (HDPE / #2) is a cloudy or opaque plastic used for jugs of milk, water, juice, shampoo and detergent, as well as cereal-box liners. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE / #4) is used for cling wraps and food storage bags, garbage and grocery bags, squeeze bottles, and coatings for milk cartons and hot-beverage cups.These plastics are generally good choices as they transmit no known chemicals into food and are generally recyclable.
It was too icy to make it to French class this morning, so we opted for baking instead. Here's an easy recipe for a ginger coconut cookie:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup grated coconut
3 tbspn honey
3 tbspn milk
2 tbspn ground fresh ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Amy Goodman did a great interview with Noam Chomsky this morning on Democracy Now. Here's the link:
Sunday, 23 January 2011
King Bee, Early Stones
Thomas picked up some old Rolling Stones CDs at the library which we are enjoying despite the creepiness of Keith Richards' new memoir. Those were the days when we thought Keith Richards was god. Turns out he's just an asshole.
Meanwhile, with a kid in the house, one says "those were the days" all the time. The Beast draws boa constrictors on the walls with blue markers. It's exhilarating.
In Sunnyside it's practically below zero weather and the sun is shining in a cold glaring way. We try to finish the copy edits of the Duncan biography, but can't make the time. UCal maybe is ready to drop the contract because of our stay-at-home-mom timeline. A book on RD came the other day and footnoted us as a key player in the "emerging Duncan industry". We were horrified. That which we love is not an industry. If only Eros ruled over the houses of industry and academia. But then the houses of industry and academia would not need to be. Tell it at the AWP, dweebs.
In NYC there's a city council bill to take the fluoride out of the water. There's too much of it, it's not properly regulated, and it's not good for kids or people with kidney problems.
Speaking of kidney problems, does anyone have a CRF cat? Our Harry is in stage 2 chronic renal failure and we'd like to know what the best diet is: low protein or high protein? There seems to be some disagreement on this. Our vet prescribes k/d diet: low phosphorus, low protein, but should we supplement with chicken gizzards? We're hydrating him, moderately, 50 ml a day.
And back to the water in Sunnyside, it's not only chlorine, it's also lead. Yes, lead, which causes brain damage in babies. We need a good filtration system. Suggestions welcome. We'll be back soon with more news of this and that. Next weekend we're in Buffalo to give a Saturday Night Reading for Just Buffalo. Peace out people. And eat the industrialists.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
thanks to the moms for sending good breastfeeding thoughts. again we hear news, via the queens west la leche league list-serv, of a mom being ridiculed by an nyc ob/gyn for nursing her 17 month old daughter. (it's a gruesome tale that includes harassment and barbs like "what are you, a housewife?".) and this is in a world where the world health organization recommends at least two years of breastfeeding for children. the world f*ing health organization! we've even heard tales of pediatricians telling moms to quit breatfeeding at the one year mark, as if there's an exact science to a child's nutritional needs and bond with mom. (our first breast doctor said "you're not going to be one of those moms who nurses for four years, are you?") so, this all makes us very weary of the world. we know from our own experience that a kid's cues are the best cues. they learn how to walk and talk of their own volition, so why not let them wean the same way? and yes, i've met the kids who breastfed til they were four. they're well adjusted and have good relationships with their parents.
another mom-gripe note. what is the deal with baby-wipes and desitin? they contain parabens. google parabens and health and you'll see why i ask. parabens and your body are not friends. we've found the 7th Generation baby wipes okay, an have switched from desitin to A&D which is basically cod liver oil and vaseline. what are the recs for holistic diaper cream? we'd like suggestions.
meanwhile, we started swimming at the YMCA today. the beast has a blast in the pool. more on this developing story soon. peace out people, and feast from the boob, not from the cow carton.
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