Java Jive (The Story Continued)

Another coffee study. This one by the University of Nottingham, alleges coffee could aid in weight loss. Because it helps the body burn brown fat. Which in turn could help prevent diabetes.

Don’t get me wrong. This is just another in a long series of studies on the beneficial/harmful effects of coffee consumption. It wasn’t that long ago, coffee was theorized to prevent alzheimers. Since I love coffee, I hope the positive effects are true.

Java, Cup of Joe, whatever you call it, what you add to it, is what makes it calorie-laden, fat-infused and unhealthy.  Of course, what ever turns out to be true, all good things should be consumed in moderation.

“Could I get a coffee refill, please?  No cream or sugar, just black.”

Around the Water Cooler

A cool Saturday morning.  Saturday’s are good days for housecleaning, and catching up on any other things that need to be done.

Since I am retired, there is no longer any water cooler gossip.  There are several topics, deserving discussion this morning.

A man in India is suing his parents, for them giving him birth, without his permission.  He claims to be an “Anti natalist” which by definition would mean he’s against birth.  I wonder if his parents now regret giving him birth?

B-I-N-G-O, and Bingo was his name-O.  When did bingo become a contact sport?  A Canadian nursing home is on lockdown after a bingo game turned into an all-out brawl.

There is actually a Northern Alabama semi-pro baseball team named, the  “Trash Pandas.”  This name selected from others, in a contest to name the team.  Toledo Mud Hens, Birmingham Biscuits, step aside.

Whatever happened to the criminal, known as the “Renegade cat shaver?” Animal cruelty is certainly not funny.  In many cases it’s smoke from the deeper fires of psychosis.

Remakes of movies and TV shows, I sometimes find amusing.  Especially the ones, that weren’t that good the first time around.  The latest proposed remake–“Beverly Hills 90210.”  My remake suggestion, “Beverly Hillbillies 90210.”  A two-for-one special.

 

Good Luck

In just 24 hours, it has gone from winter to spring. Pardon me, if I’m not jumping for joy. Maybe it’s too warm, too early–potential for storms?

It would be nearly impossible, not to know about a particular sporting event, happening this very evening. I don’t have a favorite team in the contest–although I reside 180 miles from New Orleans.

In the interest of good sportsmanship and fair play, may the best team win. It’s a shame Howard Cosell’s not still around to pontificate, with his polysyllabic palaver.  “Tonight these gridiron gladiators, from both the east and west coasts; these two leviathans, battle for football supremacy.”

Polar Vortex 2019

Not to be confused with Polar Vortices from preceding years.  This one means business.  More significant because it’s here, right now.  The other ones are past history.

Polar Vortex 2019, pushing all Super Bowl LIII hype aside.  Chill factors of 50 below zero expected in Minnesota.  Serious cold, that requires precautions be taken.

Swimming pools are currently filled to capacity in Australia.  It is mid-summer in the Southern Hemisphere.  They are having a heat wave with daytime temperatures of one-hundred degrees.

Which do I prefer?  Something between these two extremes.  I don’t do well in either extreme.  I worked outside in the Upper Midwest for almost 30 years.  Not accustomed to these conditions anymore.

 

 

 

They’re Only Dollar Stores?

In response to Tanvi Misra’s 12-20-18 “Citylab” article, entitled: “Dollar Store Backlash.”

In some parts of the country there are NIMBY movements against the proliferation of Dollar Stores. Why are such stores perceived as threats?

They follow economic misery. ‘The retail meltdown…higher-end retailers in malls and shopping centers have shuttered, or consolidated. Compact low-budget Dollar Stores have easily slipped into vacant spaces left behind.’

Wages at these retail outlets tend to be lower. And there are fewer employees.

Dollar store products–especially convenience food items can cost more than at Costco or Wal-Mart.

Local retailers could be driven out of business. The same things were said about Wal-Mart stores.

Economically disadvantaged Dollar Store shoppers are discouraged from healthy eating.

Implications are that Dollar Stores contribute to “food deserts” and encourage racial disparity.

I suspect some of the areas petitioning against new Dollar Stores are the same areas that discouraged new Wal-Marts.

For an occasional can of beans, chicken broth, tomato puree to finish a recipe–my five minutes away Dollar Store, is better than Wal-Mart, thirty minutes away.

Close down my nearby Dollar General? NIMBY–not in my backyard.

One Hit Wonder Day–the Day After

Yesterday was the official “One Hit Wonder” day. There are days to commemorate nearly everything. National Potato Day, Stamp Collectors Day–you name it, there’s a day for it.

Since I go back a bit further than most folks, here’s my offering. Little Willie, by the Sweet. From the “bubblegum era” this had to be one of the most irritating songs ever made. “Little Willie” refused to be pushed around. “Little Willie” wouldn’t go home.

That was the entire “Little Willie” story in a nutshell. Like a slap to the face with an octopus–just like the guy alleged to have been slapped by a seal, in a recent news story. Wonder what the guy did to provoke the seal?

Penny For Your Thoughts

You didn’t have to say it. You were thinking it.

Scientists at MIT developed a wearable electronic device purported to “hear” inner speech. It’s officially called the “Alter Ego” headset.  Billed as an “intelligence enhancement” device.

Electrodes pick up neuro-muscular signals in the jaw, triggered by internal verbalizations–saying words in ‘your head’–but were undetectable to the human eye.

…The signals were sent to a computer that used neural networks to distinguish words…

So far, the system has been used to do fun things like navigating a Roku, asking for the time and reporting your opponent’s moves in chess to get optional countermoves via the computer in utter silence.

…Motivation was to build an IA device–intelligence augmentation device, said MIT grad student and lead author, Arnav Kapur in a statement.

Pardon me for being skeptical.  The “what if” part–what if this were to get in the wrong hands, for the wrong reasons?  It didn’t seem like much of a stretch.  Detected non-verbalized communications are called “subvocalizations.” I would prefer to keep my subvocalizations to myself.

I don’t know about any of you, but I could use more intelligence.  I suppose that if both parties in a conversation were equipped equally, there wouldn’t be much need to communicate out loud.  Your significant other wouldn’t ask, “A penny for your thoughts?” Because they would already know.

Should we watch what we say and think at this point?  Only clean words and thoughts?  Not that we shouldn’t strive for that, anyway.

 

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