East of the Sun, West of the Moon


That’s better

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 5:13 pm

The youngest kid appears to be allergic to corn, so we’ve been stripping it out of our diet, in all the usual forms: Corn, pop-corn, corn-starch, corn-syrup, corn-whateveryounameit. The stuff seems to be in just about everything, usually as a cheap(er) replacement of something else, so most of the time we’ve had to move from some store-brand to the more expensive name-brand, to avoid it.

Today I read about someone turning corn into something slightly different:

He operates 90,000 feet of hissing pipes and dozens of enormous churning vats, an industrial jungle with a single, remarkable purpose: “Essentially,” plant manager Bill Suehr says, “we’ve got corn coming in at one end and plastic coming out the other.”

The end products โ€” which include T-shirts, forks and coffins โ€” look, feel and perform like traditional polyester and plastic made from a petroleum base. But the manufacturing process consumes 50 percent less fossil fuel, even after accounting for the fuel needed to plant and harvest the corn.

I’m looking forward to seeing these corn-products that we won’t have to hide from A!

Now playing: Billy Joel – Honesty

New Royalty

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 2:00 pm

Princess Mรกxima and crown prince Willem-Alexander are the proud parents to another daughter (Dutch article).


Update:: An English article courtesy of Scotsman.com news.

Calendar Check

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 12:33 pm

Enjoy your birthday, Josh. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now playing: Richie Sambora – Father Time


Daily Wrap (3)

Filed under: News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 10:36 pm

Yahoo’s social networking program is now in public beta:

The wait is over. You don’t need an invitation anymore to sign up for Yahoo! 360หš. Our beta is now open to one and all. So, if anyone’s been bugging you for an invite, tell them they can visit 360.yahoo.com to sign up and get started. Spread the word.

Unusual methods for unusual situations:

For 15 years, Somers has been making keys to open cars and safes. But on Thursday, he did something he had never done before.
He made a duplicate key to a pick-up truck using an X-ray of a man’s stomach.

An appropriate bond set relative to the crime?

A Columbus judge made sure a woman accused of running two brothels won’t be bailed out of jail. He set bond at $1 billion.

I guess it depends on how you define excessive in the eighth amendment:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

But, erm, IANAL. ๐Ÿ™‚


Now listening to: Nelly Furtado – Folklore



Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 10:01 pm

Party’s over, guests are gone, beer bottle is empty, N is gone for about a week… time to relax!

Now playing: Lou Bega – The Trumpet


Filed under: Software — Erwin @ 11:04 am

There we go… Andrea’s homebrew blog now has an RSS (0.92) feed written by yours truly. There certainly was some self-interest there, as I didn’t see myself keep up with it without one, but it was an entertaining side-project either way. I might even put together a proper RSS 2.0 feed and an Atom feed, later on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Awake yet? (2)

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 9:40 am

Birthday breakfast is over, N is now 9 years old, which is one sure way to make M and me feel old, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I made 6 mugs of coffee instead of the usual 2, expecting two coffee-drinking grandparents to join me, but I was the only one, so I guess I’ll kill it off by myself; can’t let it go to waste, after all! *bounces against the walls and ceilings*

This afternoon a birthday party with some of his friends from school and the neighbourhood, so I’m sincerely wondering how much work I’ll get accomplished today. We’ll see…


Daily Wrap (2)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News,Technology — Erwin @ 10:00 pm

A blonde moment overheard in NY:

Girl #1: What was that called again?
Girl #2: What?
Girl #1: You know…it’s pudding with rice in it?
Girl #2: You mean rice pudding?

Thank goodness, they didn’t sneak it in (thank you, CNET):

A key U.S. Senate panel on Thursday decided not to intervene in a long-simmering dispute over the “broadcast flag,” a form of copy prevention technology for digital TV broadcasts.

At a meeting reserved for voting on spending bills, not one member of the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed an amendment authorizing federal regulators to mandate the broadcast flag.

It would appear that Russia is on a diet (link courtesy of BBC News):

Russia’s population decline is accelerating, according to the country’s official statistics agency.

According to their calculations, the decline is equivalent to 100 people dying in Russia every hour.

An amusing pair of solutions in the article, though:

Many solutions to the problem have been proposed, ranging from family-friendly tax breaks to legalising polygamy.

Uncle Sam is interested in high school and college kids (link courtesy of The Register):

By combining commercial data with information already accessible to the government, the DoD hopes to assemble “a single central facility within the Department of Defense to compile, process and distribute files of individuals who meet age and minimum school requirements for military service.”

Next stop, the draft?


Would you want to know?

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 4:32 pm

In health news reports (thanks to CNN):

A subtle change in a memory-making brain region seems to predict who will get Alzheimer’s disease nine years before symptoms appear, scientists reported Sunday.

And further down in the article:

Also, there are serious ethical questions about how soon people should know that Alzheimer’s is approaching when nothing yet can be done to forestall the disease.

Maybe not, but it would give you a chance to get your affairs in order, prepare your friends and next to kin for what may happen sooner or later, and perhaps prepare yourself in other ways to try and reduce the impact of the disease.

Very few of us are alone in this world, after all, and Alzheimer’s affects everyone around you.

Three more days…

Filed under: General — Erwin @ 10:06 am

… until I can demand my money back from Amazon, after foolishly ordering something from this crook who was apparently finally shut down on June 13. In the meantime they’re going to have a lot of fun refunding a lot of people. ๐Ÿ™

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