This morning I was working on something, and made an interesting metaphorical observation.
The cutting discs used on this rotary tool are very brittle. You can break them with your fingers. However, mounted on a spindle and spun at thousands of RPM, those same fragile discs can cut through steel.
So the next time you’re feeling weak or useless, consider that you may simply not be getting utilized properly, and that your true potential awaits.
Brock and Bowdy were doing what toddlers do: being stupid. In the process of trying to climb their dresser via the drawers, they tipped it over, pinning Brock. Luckily Bowdy was able to free his twin brother, but these incidents are common. Ikea recently recalled several dressers for the same problem that led to fatalities. If you know or care for seniors, you need to senior-proof their living spaces, too. (more…)
Oh, they absolutely do! My home is fully strapped (to close drawers AND strapped to the wall), bracketed, and/or gated because I have two small kids who are way more adventurous than smart. I'm just furious at whatever parent or "caregiver" would put these video kids in this situation - for attention? to prove something we already knew? Gross.
How would you feel if the price of groceries suddenly went up five times from their current value? Would your shopping habits change?
One non-profit organization found the answer in a creative and eye-opening video campaign.
Tipping Point Community teamed up with a San Francisco Bay Area grocery store in the affluent Nob Hill district to raise their prices five times that of their regular retailer prices for an important campaign.
Shoppers were shocked, and some even refused to buy the food at the drastic markups, which included a $24.40 gallon of milk (normally $4.88), $50 for a $10 bowl of fresh soup, and $25 for a $5 container of tea.
This dramatic increase was done to mark the differences between the median income of that area and the income of someone at the poverty line. San Francisco's median income is around $121,000 after taxes — nearly five times that of the poverty line income, at just over $24,000 per year for a family of four.
By increasing the prices, Tipping Point hoped to get food prices to be seen from the point of view from someone at the poverty line, where fresh food is incredibly hard to afford and is often replaced in budgets by essentials such as rent, utilities, and other necessary expenses.
In impoverished areas of America, families may not even have grocery stores to begin with, and are trapped in so-called 'food deserts'. Poverty-line families often resort to highly processed or fast food as cheap sources of sustenance. These high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sugar foods lead to a form of malnourishment known as obesity — an epidemic that is spreading across America rapidly.
Tipping Point's video has clearly brought that to light, as does their website, where you can see how expensive everything from books to rent would be if your income and budget were that of the poverty line.
This incredibly powerful campaign is a promotion for the non-profit, who aims to collect donations to provide training, education, and support for impoverished families in the Bay Area.
After watching the video, hopefully you'll see why those families need that level of support.
The 55-year-old is regarded as the world’s best ham slicer in the world, and he charges accordingly for his services – a reported $4,000 to slice a leg of ham.
Floren, as he likes to be called, has sliced ham for a number of celebrities, including President Barack Obama, Robert De Niro, or David Beckham, and for his majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain. He has performed his jamon-slicing art at the Oscars, Hollywood private parties and at casinos in Las Vegas and Macau. Throughout the year, he follows the Formula 1 circuit, cutting ham for VIPs in the paddocks and lounges of the top racing teams.
Slicing machines are apparently out of the question, as far as jamon enthusiasts are concerned, as heat generated by the friction can alter the taste of the ham and melt the fat, thus ruining the whole experience. But while professional ham slicers are present at any decent cocktail party or event in Spain, they usually make around $250 per ham leg. That’s not nearly enough for them to make a living, which is why most of them have multiple jobs. Florencio Sanchidrián, on the other hand, charges around $4,000 for cutting a leg of ham, a process that takes him around an hour and a half to complete.
“I think it is quite wrong for a ham cutter speak English,” he says.
Here is the full story, and for the pointer I thank the estimable Chug.
Neuroscientist Elseline Hoekzema and colleagues have studied brain plasticity — that is, the way the adult brain changes — for years. But it wasn’t until one of her colleagues was trying to become pregnant that the team started pondering questions of how pregnancy and motherhood change a woman’s brain.
What they found was that pregnancy reshapes the brain for at least two years afterward, with strongest effects in regions of the brain that are involved in social processing and those that respond to their child’s face. Those changes, the scientists say, may prepare a woman for the social demands of motherhood.