Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mindless Eating

The 200 Daily Food Decisions We Overlook Environment and Behavior
Wansink B. Sobal
Published 2007
Vol 39 (1) 106
Journal of Mindless Eating.

In my ever changing efforts to control weight. This article came to my attention from my local Weight Watcher's Center.  (In case you are wondering, I am close to loosing 40 pounds. Thank you Weight Watchers !)

The research shows that bartenders with 6 or more years of tending bar. They 'over-poured' alcohol a "shot" (1.5 oz, or 44.3 cc) more than 20% of the time.  This is even after 60 minutes of practicing the technique of a consistent pour.  

So the next time you order a 'bartender' drink, just remember that your estimates of the calories you are 'drinking' may be UNDER estimated.

 Photo from Google Images

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Learning to Solder

Here is a cute 5 minute video on a Sales/Marketing Vice President learning to solder.  

For those of you who have NOT soldered a PCB by hand this is a REAL art and it takes some skill.

Solder Practice Kit $ 11.00 USD from Jameco

Check out the soldering instructions this guy was given.

Treasure Island, Ca

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grace Cathedral San Francisco 2014

This is a sample of the photos that I took at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

These are the multicolored ribbons that were hung from the ceiling of this church.  Each ribbon was 40 to 50 feet long, and the various colors were from the stained glass windows.  The prayer labyrinth is also famous at this church..  A prayer labyrinth is to represent the circuitous route that life sends us around.  When viewed from the top, this maze leads you into a single path. Starting point is the perimeter of the circle 50 feet diameter ending in the center of the circle.

There was a group of Japanese Women Tourist who 'walked' the entire Prayer Labyrinth, but you could tell that they did not understand the religious meaning. They even "high-fived" each other when they reached the center. (Sigh...)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bay Bridge Lights

Bay Bridge LED Light Show

Last week I visited the San Francisco Exploratorium's special event called "Wearable Technologies".  This event had over 1,000 people in the Galleries, and Studios.

For those of you who are NOT familiar with the Exploratorium, this is the "Science" museum, where visitors are encouraged to "touch" the exhibits. YES!  This special event was put on my the "After Dark"group where Wearable Technologies are best seen in a "dimly" lighted room.

Friday, December 6, 2013

CDC Report on Very High Lead Levels

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia issued a report on Very High Lead Level still found in the Occupational exposure to LEAD (Pb).  This is a heavy metal that is absorbed through a variety of routes, inhalation, ingestion, skin absorption and even oral exposure.  This most recent study measured blood lead levels in a variety of industries, like manufacturing, construction, mining, and even non-occupational exposure, such as sport target shooting. (A sport I have participated in !) Another interesting fact is that Home Remodeling, Renovations, Painting, and using "Alternative Medicines" containing Pb were the most common non-occupational exposure to Pb. (ie, Ayurvedic medicines)

For the link to this report please see the following link:

Ex- Industrial Indemnity Loss Control Reunion

On a much more lighter subject. This past week was the Reunion of some Northern California Industrial Indemnity Loss Control Managers and Representatives.  The most "senior"  was Len Kruwell, Loss Control Manager in San Francisco,  Dave Wilcox, Loss Control Manager in Stockton.  The others attending were John McCullough Loss Control Walnut Creek, Chorliss Heildback (Schaffer) Loss Control Stockton and the yours truly.  

Industrial Indemnity's Loss Control Department

There were funny stories shared, and good times remembered.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Earthquake Where ?

Hint- it is NOT in California !

This is being reported as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake in  Nelsonville, Ohio.

Yes, this is approximately 1 hour outside of Columbus, Ohio.  This is NOT a joke ! I have listed the link below from the US Geological Society (USGS) website.

This earthquake in NOT making the local news in either the SF Bay Area, or Hawaii.  The Loma Preta Earthquake that caused part of the SF/Oakland Bay bridge to collapse was a 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake


City of Foster City Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I will post photos of this event.  As of 1 hour prior to the event it is currently predicted to rain on this ceremony.

More photos and information to follow.