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January 20, 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: Is it safe to store food near a microwave oven?


Long story short: Yes.

C. Claiborne Ray addressed the question in her January 6, 2009 New York Times Science section "Q&A" column , which follows.


Microwaves and Leaks

Is it healthy to store foods near a microwave oven? I worry that cooking oil, spices or canned foods may be receiving unhealthy doses of microwave emissions.

A. If the foods you are storing near your microwave oven are not somehow visibly changed, as if cooked, then they are not being affected by your microwave, which is shielded against leaks of microwave energy while operating and is designed to shut off when the door opens.

“Microwaves cause water molecules in food to vibrate, producing heat that cooks the food,” according to a fact sheet from the United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The microwave energy is changed to heat as it is absorbed by food, and does not make food ‘radioactive’ or ‘contaminated.’ ”

A microwave with a leaky seal or door may conceivably cook adjacent foods, but that would be rare.

“There is little cause for concern about excess microwaves leaking from ovens unless the door hinges, latch or seals are damaged,” the fact sheet says. “In F.D.A.’s experience, most ovens tested show little or no detectable microwave leakage.”

A federal standard limits the amount of microwaves that can leak from an oven throughout its lifetime to five milliwatts of microwave radiation per square centimeter at approximately two inches from the oven’s surface, far below the level known to harm people.

Some early worries about microwaves, like possible damage to pacemakers, have largely been resolved, the agency says; modern pacemakers are shielded against electrical interference.


The graphic up top, which accompanied the Times column, is by Victoria Roberts.

January 20, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Rolex Time Sand


Is that why they call it the Oyster?

"Rolex Time Sand is packed in 30 kg bags. Each bag's content equals 30 days flowing in a standard hourglass. On the 18 pallets pictured [below]


there are 972 bags with a total weight of 29.160 kg. They last for 81 years — our generous estimation of an average lifetime. The image [below]


pictures the artist's lifetime already consumed: 39 years."

[via ARTMARCOVICI  and J-Walk Blog]

January 20, 2009 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

TypePad Follies — Week II



Constant readers will have been following with amusement my travails since last week Monday, when TypePad suddenly dropped an entirely new — "and improved" — compose system on me backstage.

It was all I could do to make my way through the old minefield of features that did stuff I never asked for or couldn't figure out.

The new one's supercharged with much more in the way of options like "Rich Text" (is that what I don't produce?), "Edit HTML," and all manner of other stuff that's the TechnoDolt™ equivalent of seeing sausage made.

In other words I want no part of it.

While I continue to try to stay afloat, I thought you'd enjoy some feedback (top) on other problems related to the "Upgrade."

I will say this: I'm so enraged about all the extra work and trouble and time it now takes to produce bookofjoe that I'm open to anything — and I mean anything, including a different host, ads both banner and text, Twittering, posting from my iPod touch, and auctioning off a kidney.

Well, maybe not that.

Stay tuned.

Oh, yeah — my response to the latest communiqué from TypePad (top)?

You don't want to know.

January 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Noodle Eater Hair Guard


Beyond sublime.

[via Sava's Place, Foolish Gadgets and J-Walk Blog]

January 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: World's first live-Tweeted surgery

From eagle-eyed bookofjoe correspondent-at-large (that's only because we can't get him back in his cage) Ray Earhart comes this item about Operation Fail Whale, out of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

"Surgeons at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital made history during a recent robotic procedure to remove a patient’s cancerous growth as the operating doctors provided live updates via Twitter to a group of 450 medical professional attending a conference in Las Vegas. Doctors James Peabody and Raj Laungani tweeted throughout the procedure under the hospital’s account (@HenryFordNews). The hospital signed up for Twitter back in 2007, but the account sat unused until late 2008 when the manager of the medical center’s web services department decided to expand beyond YouTube and podcasting as a way to help promote robotic surgery technology."

As you read these words my crack tech support team is preparing for the world's first live-Tweeted anesthetic.

Stay tuned.

January 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Stanislav Katz reinvents the traffic light


Requires just two LED colors because yellow results from the green and red lit up together.

[via Industrial Design  and Milena]

January 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

911 Writer's Block


This interesting website would instantly get ten times better if it deep-sixed the audio voice-over.

As it is, it's so annoying you can't be bothered to stick around long enough to find out what it has to offer.


Unless you're pretty much brain-dead like my crack research team.

[via Milena]

January 20, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wall Cleat — 'For mooring the many ropes of technology'


Designed by Karl Zahn.

[via oboiler and Milena]

January 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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