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May 20, 2019

Experts' Expert: How to be a better flosser

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Heidi Mitchell of the Wall Street Journal interviewed Dr. Denis F. Kinane, professor of pathology and periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Dental Medicine, about the fine points of flossing, summarized below.

1. Brush before flossing — but if you can only do one or the other, brushing is a better use of your time.

2. If you floss only once a day, you'll get more benefit in terms of decay prevention by doing so before bed. 

3. The biggest mistake people make when flossing is sawing back and forth — floss motion should be down and up.

4. Move the floss so as to use a fresh segment for each tooth — this avoids reintroducing plaque from already flossed teeth.

5. Waxed or unwaxed doesn't matter in terms of efficacy.

6. Ribbon and string both work — ribbon reaches more of the tooth surface.

7. Rinsing, even with mouthwash, simply can't reach areas between teeth and under the gum line like floss.

May 20, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

We get email: just in from Flautist

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This morning I sent her photos of my car, in response to an email I received from her Saturday (below)

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in reference to my ability to park anywhere I like for as long as I want (so far never invoked) using my MEDICAL EXAMINER tag (below).

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I suggested she print out a copy

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and stick it on her car to see if she might gain the same capability.

No slouch, she one-upped me by creating the tag pictured up top and below

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for herself.

You can too!

May 20, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Elephant Building

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From Atlas Obscura:

This Bangkok high-rise looks like a rudimentary LEGO elephant.  

Elephants have played a central role in Thai society for many centuries.

So when someone decided to build a high-rise in the shape of an elephant in Bangkok's business district, well, it seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Bangkok is home to more than 80 completed skyscrapers, a number surpassed by only a few other cities in the world.

So for a high-rise building to get noticed, it has to be a little special.

And in Thailand, few things are considered more special than elephants.

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Such was the thinking of engineer and real estate mogul Arun Chaisaree and architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu when they decided to collaborate on a new building in the Chatuchak District of the Thai capital.

Chaisaree, in particular, was well versed in all things elephant, having previously opened his own museum to exhibit his collection of more than 2,000 elephant-shaped art objects.

The Elephant Building, also known as the Chang Building, was completed in 1997.

It consists of three towers (A, B, and C) joined across the top by a horizontal band of residential suites.

Two of the towers form the legs of the "elephant," while the third represents its trunk.

The towers contain 32 floors, reaching a total height of 335 feet.

Further details add to the overall elephant effect.

The tusks on either side of the trunk contain the offices of the building's management company.

Its eyes are two huge circular windows.

Its ears are multi-story balconies and its tail, which runs down the "rear" of the building, is formed by 20 stories of smoked-glass enclosed rooms.

Reaction to the Elephant Building has been mixed, especially internationally.

CNN soon added it to its list of the world's 25 great skyscrapers, arguing that "at the time of its completion it was cutting edge, offering high-tech offices, a shopping plaza, and a floor of luxury residential suites."

Architectural Digest, meanwhile, has since listed it among the "31 Ugliest Skyscrapers in the World," noting that "While playful in design, the structure does little to push the integrity of Thai architecture."

Still, it's hard to hold a grudge against a blocky beast of a building.

Especially when it's a record holder, in this case the largest elephant-shaped structure in the world.

This record was once held by Lucy the Elephant, a six-story elephant built in 1882 in Margate City, New Jersey.

And while the Elephant Building is nowhere near as realistic as Lucy, it's certainly much, much bigger.

The Elephant Building is located in the Chatuchak District in the northern part of Bangkok, Thailand. It can be seen from various parts of the city, but some of the best views are had from along the Vibhavadi Rangsit Expressway when coming into Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

May 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tornados and Hurricanes in the U.S. since 2004

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[via the Washington Post]

May 20, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Minimalist Scale

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From the website:

Make your life easier with the Eva Solo Digital Kitchen Scale.

This black scale will quickly measure ingredients placed on the scale.

The slim design allows you to easily store the scale in a drawer or cabinet.

The weight is displayed for 30 seconds so you have time to see it.

The kitchen scale weighs in 1 g intervals from 2 g to 5 kg and can be set to all international units of measurement: g, oz, lb, or ml.

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$69.

May 20, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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