March 11, 2011
How to get the freshest loaf — breaking the bread code
Excerpts from Paul Michael's February 21, 2011 Wise Bread post follow.
It turns out that there’s a simple visual code that can take you straight to the freshest loaf in seconds. And it's all contained in the twist ties or plastic clips around the top of the bread bag.
I often wondered why they used different colors on those tags and ties. As it turns out, they indicate when the loaf was baked. The standard is as follows:
An easy way to remember it, though, is to simply recall the alphabet. The colors run in alphabetical order, so the earlier they appear in the alphabet, the earlier in the week the bread was baked.
This whole system was set up to help the supermarkets and grocers identify which bread was new, which was getting old (so it can be put on sale), and which was out of date and needed to be removed from the shelves. As a general rule of thumb, you should only see two colors of tags on the shelves at any one time, or three maximum for those days when bread wasn't delivered. But that doesn't stop old bread from sneaking through.
So when you go to the store for your next loaf, make sure the color of the tag is the same as the day on which you are shopping. Blue for Monday, green for Tuesday, and so on. Please note that if it's Wednesday, you also want green. Sunday, you want yellow. For some reason, the system does not include those days. Some say it's because bakers did not used to bake on Wednesdays and Sundays.
In some rare instances, you may see bread tags that are one color regardless of the day on which they were baked. They may simply contain a date. In that case, here’s what you need to remember:
The date on the tag is the sell-by date, not the date it was baked.
Ahh, but what if there’s just a twist tie that’s always the same color? In that case, you should see a date somewhere on the bread bag. The same rule from above applies (it's the sell-by date).
Finally, you should know that some companies have created their own color codes.
Beauty Nose — Butterfly clip raises your nose's profile
From the website:
Not only does this beauty product look cute, it spreads that cuteness onto you too.
The Beauty Nose, in a pretty butterfly shape, is designed to firm and tighten your nose, giving you the high profile you've always desired.
Adjustable to two degrees of hardness, the clip puts gentle pressure on four nose bones in order to align your nose the way you want it.
When you clasp the Beauty Nose onto yourself every day for the recommended five minutes, it won't feel industrial or clinical.
The cute design helps you relax and enjoy making yourself more beautiful.
Polycarbonate and elastomer resin.
Made in Japan.
Cleaning out and trading in your old iPad
Q. I plan to get a new iPad later this month. How do I erase all my data on my old one before I sell it?
A. If you want to transfer content and settings from your old iPad to the new one when you get it, you should back up the data on the old iPad with iTunes first. To do so, connect it to the computer with its USB cable, and when the iPad icon shows up under the Devices list in iTunes, right-click (or control-click) on it and choose Back Up from the pop-up menu. This may take a few minutes.
Later, when you connect the new iPad to the computer for the first time, you can restore all the data in the backup file to it through iTunes as well. If you do not get the option to restore from a previous backup during the setup process, right-click on the iPad’s icon in iTunes and choose Restore from Backup from the menu. For specific instructions on creating and restoring iPad backups, check out Apple’s page on the topic.
An alternative way of erasing the data on the iPad is to restore it to its original factory settings through iTunes. To go this route, connect the tablet to the computer and click in the iPad icon when it appears on the left side of the iTunes window. Click the Summary button at the top of the iTunes window and then click the Restore button on screen. Confirm that you want to erase everything on the iPad and let iTunes get to work. When iTunes has restored the iPad to its original condition, unplug the tablet from the computer.
If you don’t care about backing up your data to transplant it on the new tablet (or do not want to use iTunes), skip the computer and tap the Settings icon on the iPad’s Home screen. On the Settings screen, tap General on the left side of the screen and then tap Reset at the bottom of the list. On the Reset screen, tap the “Erase All Content and Settings” button and confirm your decision. You may also want to make sure the iPad is plugged into a power source so that it doesn’t run out of battery power before the job is done.
If you are not using eBay or Craigslist to sell your used iPad, gadget buyback sites like Gazelle and BuyMyTronics are other options for selling preowned gear.
Egyptian Hoodie from the 7th Century
The child's tunic with hood is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
[via the Wall Street Journal]
Do dogs chase cats?
Audio Light Bulb
From the website:
This wireless illuminated speaker installs as easily as a light bulb.
It fits unobtrusively within a recessed can light receptacle, replacing a standard light bulb, for discreet audio and lighting.
Providing crisp audio, the full-range 10-watt speaker receives interference-free wireless audio signals up to 50 feet away from its transmitter, which docks with any iPod/iPhone equipped with a 30-pin connector.
The speaker has integrated LEDs that provide bright light similar to a 60-watt light bulb.
The included remote controls volume, play/pause, and light dimming to 50% of brightness.
Transmitter has an auxiliary port for connecting other audio inputs.
Includes two speakers; supports a total of eight speakers.
Transmitter: 3.5" L x 3.5"" W x 0.5" H.
Speaker: 3.5"Ø x 6"H.
[via The Green Head]
"Information wants to be free"
It's hard to look at the graphic above charting the decline and fall of disk storage prices over the past 30 years without thinking Stewart Brand had the right idea when "at the first Hackers' Conference in 1984... [he] told Steve Wozniak, 'On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.'"
Lickety Spoon — Does Gene Simmons know about this?
And if he finds out, will he sue?
"Soft food-safe silicone handle and stainless steel.