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September 18, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: View your own ECG on your Treo or Palm


What's this?

Maybe it's time to buy a PDA — eh?

ActiveECG™ lets you use a PDA to view a person's ECG in real time, then record it, print it out and store it for later computer analysis.


Very, very impressive for $699 here (Treo or Palm not included).

One nice step in the direction of letting me put everything I need to deliver a safe anesthetic into my backpack.

It would be nice to have equipment I could count on no matter what instead of using machines that others may or may not have kept up to speed.

Sometimes you don't find out about stuff until midway through a case and that can cause quite a kerfuffle.

[via AW]

September 18, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Flashing 'Dancing Queen' Disco Bracelet


Sure, it's marketed as a "Rudolph Flashing Nose" for kids ages 3 and up but we know better.

From the website:

    Wear the nose that made Rudolph a legend!

    Our bright–red reindeer nose slips comfortably on little heads, flashing automatically when elastic band is pulled snugly.

    Great for parties, dress–up, play and joining in reindeer games!

    Battery included.


You read what it said: "Great for parties, dress–up, play and joining in reindeer games!"

What else, pray tell, is there?

Nice price: $2.99 here.

September 18, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Was the invention of cooking the single greatest technological advance in human history?


Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, believes that to be the case.

Julie Powell interviewed Wrangham for a story she wrote for last Wednesday's New York Times Dining section about her recent attempt to eliminate cooking from her life and eat only raw, uncooked and unprocessed foods.

She found it essentially impossible because of the enormous amount of time she spent daily gathering food and eating it.

Wrangham pointed out that "chimpanzees in the wild spend 50% to 60% of their time eating, whereas humans spend only 5%–6%."

He believes the difference lies in the invention and spread of cooking, "the set of technologies that enable humans to efficiently transform food into softer, more easily digestible and less perishable forms."

Powell instantly understood Wrangham's point after her own experience of spending the bulk of her waking life juicing, dehydrating, and consuming massive amounts of raw foodstuffs in an effort to absorb sufficient nutrients from the unprocessed materials.

She wrote in the Times, "In his 2003 paper in the Journal of Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 'Cooking as a Biological Trait,' Professor Wrangham writes that just to maintain the minimum necessary caloric intake, a raw foodist must eat 11 to 12 pounds of food every day."

Wrangham's theory is that the invention of cooking, widening the available range of digestible, nutritious foodstuffs, freed pre–humans to spend the time and brain power to do other things that led to becoming their eventually becoming human.

Powell noted with some amusement the irony of how it has come to pass that many people now believe that cooking is harmful, even poison.

As I always say to vegetarians, only because your ancestors were the fiercest of hunters and killers did they survive long and successfully enough to give rise to the offspring that eventually begat you.

Every single human being who walks this planet descends from a long line of blood–on–the–lips, take–no–prisoners carnivores.

It's good to remember your roots every now and then.

September 18, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Cheapest Talking Watch


Hard to believe but technology and Moore's Law somehow combine to bring us a watch that tells you the time for peanuts.

Quartz movement, LCD display and alarm.

$5 here (Battery included).

September 18, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's Most Expensive Cookbook


It's by Ferran Adrià of El Bulli Restaurant in Roses, Spain, two hours north of Barcelona on the Costa Brava.

Many believe El Bulli to be the single best restaurant in the world.

The book (above), entitled "El Bulli 1998–2002," contains details of the development, philosophy and techniques behind the recipes along with many color photographs.

But wait — there's more.

Along with the main volume in the boxed set you get a detailed User's Guide and an interactive CD containing each recipe.

The cookbook, published last month, measures 13" x 10" x 2.5", weighs 9.7 pounds and contains 496 pages.

The book retails for $350 but amazon sells it for $220.50.

Just make sure you bring your computer to the kitchen to get the full flavor.

September 18, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Bed Rail Supports — End unexpected 'midnight surprises'


The website's description is priceless:

    Crash! — the box springs fell through the bed frame again.

    These sturdy steel supports end such "midnight surprises" by sliding easily over your bed frame's sides to firmly support any weight up to a half–ton.

    Won't squeak or slide.

Two different styles, for wood or metal frames.


$5.49 for a set of 6 here.

"If this van is rockin' don't bother knockin'" bumper sticker not included.

September 18, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Toronto man smashes record for watching TV


The Globe and Mail reported Friday that one Suresh Joachim has shattered the world record for the longest continuous period of watching TV.

He ended his epochal viewing session yesterday shortly after 7 a.m. with a grand total of 69 hours and 48 minutes straight of TV watching, shattering the previous Guinness–certified record of 50 hours and 7 minutes with plenty of room to spare.

He performed his entire feat in the lobby of WABC–TV in Toronto as part of the Guinness World Record Breaker Week on "Live With Regis and Kelly."

He sat on a brown leather couch and watched nothing but ABC.

Mr. Joachim, originally from Sri Lanka, is no stranger to world records: this is his 16th, including the longest duration balancing on one foot (76 hours and 40 minutes) and bowling (100 hours).

Asked why he does it, he told The Globe and Mail, "To raise awareness of suffering children."

September 18, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

4–in–1 Tape Measure



From the website:

    Calculate and record dimensions on the spot

    This versatile tool combines a 16' tape measure, project calculator, LED and notepad in one so you can figure costs and project specs instantly and efficiently.

    A perfect gift for home–improvement buffs.

• 16–foot tape measure with a locking blade for ease of use

• Auto flip–up calculator allows you to instantly calculate and convert measurements

• Super–bright LED provides instant light and never needs replacement

• Standard–sized notepad makes it easy to jot down project details or measurements

Uses 2 lithium batteries (included).

$20 here (Hammer not included).

I would've added a small retractable pen on a cord but you know how I am....

September 18, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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