Friday, November 04, 2011

yoga mats and shoe soles ? in my McRib ?

http://blog.beaumontenterprise.com/hottopics/2011/11/01/mcrib-sandwiches-contain-same-ingredient-as-yoga-mats-shoe-soles/

McRib sandwiches contain same ingredient as yoga mats, shoe solesNovember 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm by Francisca Ortega
McRib. Yum. Photo by Tammy McKinley/The Enterprise

Attention: Your McRib sandwich is probably not good for your heart. It has 980 mg of sodium and 10 grams of saturated fat. But then we already knew that it wasn’t exactly health food.
According to Time’s healthland blog, that’s not all it has: The sandwich contains 70 other ingredients. And some of those ingredients, such as azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80 are kinda gross.
From the story:
These components are in small enough quantities to be innocuous. But it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a “respiratory sensitizer” that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.
Something tells me this news isn’t going to stop people from eating the sandwich.

Monday, October 31, 2011

now THAT's a teapot - maybe a distant cousin of origami

see the post here:


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The Teapot Redefined 2011 


The Teapot Redefined 2011
October 25th - November 15th
Please join us for an opening reception to meet the artists and view their work on Thursday, November 3rd from 6-8pm at Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave, Cambridge MA 02138. RSVP to mobiliaart@verizon.net or by phone at 617-876-2109.
The teapot is an enduring symbol of hospitality throughout the world, and exploring the sculptural teapot form has been a source of inspiration for artisans throughout history. For The Teapot Redefined, we have invited a variety of artists working in diverse media such as paper, horsehair, metal, beads, ceramic and textiles to add their own unique interpretation of the teapot form. 


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Kate Anderson
Beth Blankenship
Rebecca Brown-Thompson
Ann Coddington
Emily Dvorin
Yael Friedman
Emily Garfield
Louise Hill
Jan Huling
Anna King
Al Krueger
Kathlyn Leighton
Jennifer Maestre
Donna Rhae Marder
Brooke Marks-Swanson
Dorothy McGuinness
Leah Meleski
Ellen Moon
Merrill Morrison
Sylvie Rosenthal
Lois Russell
Amanda Salm
Leslie Sills
Teresa Sullivan
Andrea Uravitch
Mallory Weston


-- Scroll down to view a selection of works in the exhibition -- 

Kate Anderson
Kate Anderson
Jim Dine Teapot 
Knotted waxed linen
12.5"h x 7"w x 2.75"d
Beth Blankenship
Beth Blankenship
Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time
the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company 

Glass beads, Nymo beading thread, wool felt
Rebecca Brown-Thompson
Rebecca Brown-Thompson
Bondage to Tea 
Felt, beading, metal, macaw feather
Emily Dvorin
Emily Dvorin
T-E-A 
Metal form, suede, cable ties
5" x 7" x 4.5"
Emily Dvorin
Emily Dvorin
Who's calling the kettle black? 
Plastic gutter screening, cable ties
7" x 15" x 11"
Yael Friedman
Yael Friedman
Teapot 
Kinder Egg toys
Louise Hill
Louise Hill
Witch's Brew 
5.75" x 8" x 4.5"
Wood, beads, Swarovski crystals, epoxy resin, sculpting clay, copper sheeting, wire, fabric
Louise Hill
Louise Hill
Witch's Brew (detail) 
5.75" x 8" x 4.5"
Wood, beads, Swarovski crystals, epoxy resin, sculpting clay, copper sheeting, wire, fabric
Jan Huling
Jan Huling
Pretty Pot 
Ceramic, metal, wood, wire, glass beads, ball chain, rhinestones
Anna King
Anna King
Peerie Pot 
4" x 5" x 3.5"
Leather, bound with waxed silk, and garnished with a few sequins
Kathlyn Leighton
Kathlyn Leighton
Comic Capers 
Wire armature soft form figures wired to a molded felt teapot – worked with bead embroidery and fabric.
10" length x 11" width x 11" height
Kathlyn Leighton
Kathlyn Leighton
Comic Capers (detail) 
Wire armature soft form figures wired to a molded felt teapot – worked with bead embroidery and fabric.
10" length x 11" width x 11" height
Jennifer Maestre
Jennifer Maestre
Teapot 
Pencils, epoxy
5 x 6.5 x 4 inches
Donna Rhae Marder
Donna Rhae Marder
Wired Teapot 
8" h x 11"w x 6"d
Crocheted wire
Brooke Marks-Swanson
Brooke Marks-Swanson
Teapot 

Ellen Moon
Ellen Moon
Wood Dragon 
Wire, cotton, glass beads, stainless steel wire, crewel embroidery
7.25" high x 12.5" wide x 6" deep
Ellen Moon
Ellen Moon
Wood Dragon (detail) 
Wire, cotton, glass beads, stainless steel wire, crewel embroidery
7.25" high x 12.5" wide x 6" deep
Merrill Morrison
Merrill Morrison
Antiqui-Tea 
Dark gold C-lon Nylon Thread, Japanese Glass Beads
6"H x 12"W x 3"D
Kyoko Okubo
Kyoko Okubo
The Teapot in the Woods 
Washi paper sculpture
Teapot: 5.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Cups: 1.5" x 4" x 2.25" diameter each
Kyoko Okubo
Kyoko Okubo
The Teapot in the Woods (detail) 
Washi paper sculpture
5.5" x 7.5" x 4"
Sylvie Rosenthal
Sylvie Rosenthal
Stacked House Teapot 
Poplar and paint
11" x 7" x 6"
Sylvie Rosenthal
Sylvie Rosenthal
Stool Stack Wave Teapot 
8.5" x 8.5" x 4.5"
Poplar and paint
Lois Russell
Lois Russell
Chit Chat 
Twined Waxed Linen Thread
Amanda Salm
Amanda Salm
eyeT 
Twined horsehair
5.25"H x 10"W x 4"D
Leslie Sills
Leslie Sills
Spring Song Tea 
Ceramic
Teresa Sullivan
Teresa Sullivan
Teapot 
Glass beads and thread
9"Lx5"Wx4"H
Mallory Weston
Mallory Weston
Icosidodecahedron 
Copper, Enamel, Cotton
L 12"x W 6"x H 7"
Andrea Uravitch
Andrea Uravitch
Lizard Teapot 
Clay, Wonderflex, handmade paper, fiber, wire, and a branch
6.5" x 14" x 5.5" 
For additional information about the exhibit, or to view more images, please contact Mobilia Gallery by phone at
617-876-2109 or by email at mobiliaart@verizon.net
MOBILIA GALLERY



Mobilia Gallery
358 Huron Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-876-2109
mobilia-gallery.com

article on haggling in Forbes ? (!!) and wearable electronics

http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2011/10/28/how-to-haggle-for-everything/

and wearable electronics (wireless of course):
http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethwoyke/2011/10/28/att-plans-to-sell-health-tracking-clothing/