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August 18, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: The smaller your fork, the more you'll eat

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Who knew?

Christopher Shea's "Week in Ideas" feature in the August 13, 2011 Wall Street Journal noted the results of a study to be published soon in the Journal of Consumer Research, whose conclusion is that people who use smaller forks leave significantly less food on their plates than those who eat with larger forks.

Wrote Shea, "Over the course of two lunches and dinners at an Italian restaurant, researchers assigned diners to either 'large fork' or 'small fork' tables: The forks were either 20% larger or smaller than the standard fork.


"The researchers weighed the plates before they went out to diners and when they came back. After controlling for factors such as lunch versus dinner, whether alcohol was consumed, and initial plate weight, people with small forks left less on their plates (4.4 ounces) than people with big forks (7.9 ounces). And the larger the portion size, the greater the gap.

"The researchers theorize that since physiological satiation lags behind consumption, diners look for cues regarding consumption. Diners with small forks think they're making little progress with each bite, so they start shoveling it in. Hunger apparently plays a role: The researchers didn't find the same effect when they studied random college students who hadn't planned a meal."

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The abstract of the upcoming paper follows.

The Influence of Bite-Size on Quantity of Food Consumed: A Field Study

While research has extensively investigated how portion sizes can influence the quantity of food consumed, relatively little work has been done to explore how bite size influences overall consumption. This research seeks to address this concern. In a field study, we collected data in a restaurant and manipulated bite size by providing diners with small or large forks. We found that diners consumed more from smaller rather than larger forks. Utilizing motivation literature, which tie in to the unique factors present in a restaurant consumption setting (e.g. diners have a well-defined goal of hunger satiation because of which they invest effort by visiting a specific restaurant, choosing from a menu, paying money), we present our rationale for the pattern of results. Moreover, in a controlled lab study we demonstrate that when these factors are absent the pattern of results is reversed.

The photos are of a giant fork sculpture in Lake Leman, Switzerland,

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a 1995 creation by artists Georges Favre and Jean-Pierre Zaugg.



August 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Japanese Paper Clips


From the website:


Japanische Papierklammern mit bester Funktion: Wie ein Zange greift die äußere Hülle beim Auf- und Abschieben über die haltgebende Innenklammer.

So hält sie den Inhalt zuverlässig sowie beschädigungsfrei fest und macht die Schiebeklammer einfach bedienbar.

Die kleine Klammer hält 2 bis 30 Blatt, die große 4 bis 50 Blatt (80g/m²).

Maße: B 1,3 x T 0,5 x H 1 cm / B 1,9 x T 1 x H 1,5 cm (eine Klammer)

Gewicht: 10/25 g

Material: Edelstahl



Small or Large, set of 10: €7–€10.

[via Fancy]


You say your German is rusty so how about a translation?

Why the heck not, I've got nothing better to do.

Here's what Google Translate made of it:

Japanese paper clips with the best performance: How a pliers, the outer shell takes to establish and hold is pushing on the inner bracket. So she keeps contents in place reliably and without damage, making the sliding clamp easy to use. The small clamp holds 2 to 30 sheets, the big 4 to 50 sheets (80 g / m²).
Dimensions: W 1.3 x D 0.5 x H 1 cm / W 1.9 x D 1 x H 1.5 cm (one clip)
Weight: 10 / 25 g
Material: Stainless Steel

August 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How to make Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go work with OS X 10.7 Lion


If you spend hours online twittering back and forth with Virgin's customer service people, you'll be told that though the useful USB stick works with Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard (OS Xs 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6 respectively), it doesn't work with Lion.

This dismayed me since I thought my new Air would be even more useful knowing I could get online at adequate speeds no matter where I was, regardless of WiFi being available or not.

So I figured I'd just wait a few weeks and maybe Virgin or someone would figure out a way to make the device work with Lion.

I'd noticed that online communities* were starting to voice frustration with the same problem I was having, Lion only having been out since July 20, less than a month.

I figured I had nothing to lose by asking Paul Biba, head honcho of Teleread, if he had any tips or advice for me.

After all, he's the person who pointed me to Virgin BB2Go back in February of this year, leading to my purchasing it and posting about my most excellent experience on March 2.

Paul emailed me back, "Here's something you could try.  Lion boots directly into 64-bit mode and a number of programs don't work in that mode.  Try booting into 32-bit mode and see if your modem works.  Here's how to do it: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3773

Believe it or not, it worked!

So simple: turn off the computer, then hold down the 3 and 2 keys during startup. 

It was like a miracle: I put the Virgin stick into a USB port after doing that and all of a sudden the red Broadband2Go box appeared on the screen reading "Connecting" and voilà, a few seconds later I was online via Sprint's 3G network.

True, the speeds (below)


aren't comparable to what I'm used to here at home but the wonder isn't that it's so comparatively slow, it's that it works at all.


Thank you, Paul.

*It is indeed true that forum discussant Alistair wrote on July 27, "I've read another thread where I need to hold down 3 + 2 during restart as Virgin dongles are 32-bit?"

But when I read that, I wasn't sure exactly what he meant: was I supposed to hold down three keys — 3,+ and 2 — or just the 3 and 2, and would this possibly blow up my machine or cause a kernel panic (whatever that is, I do know it's not about having a bunch of unpopped old maids after you make popcorn, I'm not that stupid... but I digress) or otherwise make my Air a fancy paperweight?

Plus Alistair's preceding paragraph, "I've found network preferences in system preferences but how do I ensure it's not been reset? The wifi works fine..." made me nervous: that stuff about network preferences and system preferences and resets and wifi possibly not working made me realize there were a zillion things I could mess up with my TechnoDolt™ knowledge base guiding me through this, and that it would be best to cool my jets for the time being rather than going where I have no business going.

Which I was doing until Paul broke the logjam.

August 18, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Tube-squeezing toothbrush


Designed by Catherine Werdel who wrote, "Thanks to the tube-squeezing toothbrush 'auf den letzten Drücker,' it is easy to get out even the rest of the toothpaste."

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[via Fancy]

August 18, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

David Lynch's "Eraserhead" in 60 seconds — in clay

From Open Culture: "David Lynch spent five years working on his surrealist film  'Eraserhead,'  and when it finally hit cinemas in 1977, critics panned the film. (Variety called it a 'sickening bad-taste exercise.') Then, adding insult to injury, the film was rejected by the Cannes Film Festival."

"Time has certainly been kinder to 'Eraserhead.' Over the years, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and John Waters have counted themselves as major fans of the film. Charles Bukowski claimed that his love affair with cable television started when he first tuned in and started watching 'Eraserhead.' Rock bands have named themselves after the film. And now the latest honor: Lee Hardcastle has remade the film in claymation, and the plot unfolds in pretty much 60 seconds flat."


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Heat-sensitive iPhone 4 backing



"Colors range from black when cold through red, yellow, and green


before arriving at a deep blue (hot)."




[via Fancy]

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Verbally: iPad text-to-speech — "200 words make up 80% of daily conversations in English"


Long story short: "When his aunt lost the ability to talk, Ajay Godhwani built a text-to-speech app for the iPad that makes it easy to express complex thoughts."


Full story here.


The app is free, the way we like it.

August 18, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Whale Tissue Box


Painted wood.



[via Svpply]

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