Miscellaneous

Devices from Costner’s Waterworld may help clean BP oil mess

I thought it was a joke at first, but they are totally serious about this. Watch the video of Costner testifying before the Senate below:


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This is brilliant!

via 37signals

How to check if the meat is ready

I am definitely not a good cook. I survived almost five years of college with mostly fried eggs, cold sandwiches and fast food. But about a year ago with the “encouragement” from Rali, my girlfriend, I started cooking, mostly meat dishes and only on special occasion (read: when I want to eat steak). Since Rali doesn’t eat red meat, I end up cooking mainly for myself. Cooking steak isn’t easy, especially if you are as picky as I am when it comes to how you cook it. I found this useful guide last week and tried it during the weekend. The medium turns out pretty close to what I would have expected. Of course all of that conclusion is based on one try, my left hand, I already know about how long it takes to cook to medium and so on… But the guide is neat anyway.

Open the palm of your hand. Relax the hand. Take the index finger of your other hand and push on the fleshy area between the thumb and the base of the palm. Make sure your hand is relaxed. This is what raw meat feels like. (Check this out the next time you have a raw steak to cook.)

Now gently press the tip of your pinky and your thumb together. Again feel the fleshy area below the thumb. It should feel quite firm. This is what well done meat feels like when you press on it.

Press the tip of your ring finger and your thumb together. The flesh beneath the thumb should give a little more. This is what meat cooked to a medium doneness feels like.

Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area below the thumb should give quite a bit. This is what meat cooked to rare feels like.

via Simply Recipes

Gulf oil leaks could gush for years

Watch video of the failed attempt to close the leaking pipe.

From National Geographic:

“We don’t have any idea how to stop this,” expert says.

Last week the joint federal-industry task force charged with managing the spill tried unsuccessfully to lower a 93-ton containment dome (pictures) over one of three ruptures in the rig’s downed pipe.

If the oil can’t be stopped, the underground reservoir may continue bleeding until it’s dry, Simmons suggested.

The most recent estimates are that the leaking wellhead has been spewing 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons, or 795,000 liters) of oil a day.

And the oil is still flowing robustly, which suggests that the reserve “would take years to deplete,” said David Rensink, incoming president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Learn your personality type through your blog

Typealyzer is a tool that looks at the content of your blog to calculate your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. According to it, I am an extrovert, which I think is pretty accurate.

ESTJ – The Guardians

The organizing and efficient type. They are especially attuned to setting goals and managing available resources to get the job done. Once they have made up their mind on something, it can be quite difficult to convince otherwise. They listen to hard facts and can have a hard time accepting new or innovative ways of doing things.

The Guardians are often happy working in highly structured work environments where everyone knows the rules of the job. They respect authority and are loyal team players.

Brigg Myers brain activity diagram

Thanks, Kim.

Use hair to soak up oil spills

Matter of Trust, a non profit organization created by Lisa Craig Gautier and Patrice Olivier Gautier, started the mat & boom program which collects hair clippings to create mats that can soak petroleum oil. Here is a bit of how it all started:

Phil McCrory, a hair stylist from Alabama, first discovered how hair can help. He was shampooing an oily head of hair while watching TV coverage on the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He noticed the fur on the Alaskan otters completely soaked with oil and it just occured to him. “We shampoo because hair collects oil.” He began testing how much petroleum oil he could collect with the hair clipping from the floor of his salon. Phil then invented the hairmat which is made from purchased hair and felted in China

I think it is a very interesting approach to solve the huge problem that we currently face at the Gulf of Mexico. Please check this out to see how you can help.

Via a comment made by Rob Shell on FlowingData.

Most recalled tv ads

Most recalled ads
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I remember watching the Apple’s ad and thinking it was funny. Most of us are somewhat tired of the “I am a Mac, I am a PC” ads, but from time to time, Apple makes one that’s worth watching.

One of Microsoft’s “I am a PC” ads made it to the list. These ads remind me how old school and traditional Microsoft is. I am still not sure if it is a good thing or not.

via Nielsen Wire

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