Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Hack Week video

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Teams from around the world have been posting video on the Idea Pool website.

Here’s a video filmed and edited by Nat Friedman, and I’m featured at 1:46 into the video (at the end).

Yes, I was very, very tired making sure that the site was ready to launch and also traveling back to Europe. Shortly after arriving in Nuremberg, we were on Digg for several hours, so instead of taking a nap, I drank a lot of Red Bull and Afri-Cola so I could watch the website withstand “the Digg effect” (which used to be called “the Slashdot effect”, but we haven’t been on Slashdot yet. *hint*) and also take a lot of pictures.

Nat did a great job filming and editing the “from-the-trenches” Hack Week video; it’s quite funny.

Not quite Neverland: Peter Pan peanut butter’s special ingredient

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Recent news reveals that Peter Pan peanut butter somehow has salmonella.

How did this happen?

Wikipedia’s article on salmonellosis lists the ways that salmonella is typically spread.

The type of salmonella usually associated with infections in humans is called Non-Typhoidal Salmonella. It is usually contracted by ingesting raw or undercooked eggs, or from animals such as:

  • Chickens and cattles, if the meat is prepared incorrectly or becomes infected with the bacteria somehow.
  • Infected eggs and milk, as well as egg products, when not prepared, handled, or refrigerated correctly.
  • Reptiles such as turtles, lizards, and snakes, as they can carry the bacteria on their skin.

Another, rarer form of salmonella is called Typhoidal Salmonella. It is carried by humans only and is usually contracted through direct contact with the fecal matter of an infected person. This kind of salmonella infection can lead to typhoid fever. It therefore mainly occurs in developing and undeveloped countries that do not have appropriate systems for handling human waste.

If I remember clearly, peanut butter is supposed to be made of peanuts, often with salt and sometimes a bit of sugar. That’s it. What, exactly, is ConAgra doing to the stuff to enable salmonella to invade peanut butter jars that have been sent across the entire country?

So far, this peanut butter induced sickness has affected more than 300 people — and that’s just what has been reported! It must be more than one or two individuals not washing their hands.

What else is in your other processed foods that you may not know about?

Awesome fitness news from around the Web…

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

A few recent newsy items recently seen:

Drink a lot of coffee and play your Wii and you’ll be happy, healthy, and fit.

(…or it may at least counteract playing Rayman Raving Rabbids while drinking beer.)


Friday, August 26th, 2005

Recently, I discovered a few good food resources on the ‘Net.

* Slashfood: Sure, it’s named after Slashdot, but it has less trolls, better HTML, and is about food instead of geek concerns.
* Belly Bytes: Nice food information in easy to read tidbits.
* Eat Feed: One of the best independent podcasts out there. It’s a bit like NPR in style, but covers a lot of interesting food topics.

Of course, there are the old stand-by sites, too:

* AllRecipes: Recipes, lots of them
* Epicurious: Even more recipes
* Food Network: A wonderful resource, if you ever watch any shows (like Good Eats with Alton Brown), as the site has recipes and resources galore.

Also, I’d like to share a little tip I have discovered recently: *Get an iron skillet*. We just got one and it is absolutely wonderful. It turns every good meal into an delectable delight. Everything cooked in a cast iron skillet is instantly transformed into something even better. (I bet it could even take a mediocre meal and magically mogrify it into some kind of great feast.)

Lunch adventures: the search for the missing restaurant

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

While Rodney and I were walking all around Kendall square trying to solve a lunchtime mystery for two consecutive days (without any clues — other than Google Maps pointing us to a field), I thought, “I should blog about this.” (Evidently, Rodney thought the same thing.)

We were searching for the highly rated Aceituna Cafe in the sultry summer afternoon. It turned out that those ratings were totally bogus, as they were incredibly overinflated. The place was also not cheap (standard lunch fare ran around $7 to $9 for a typical dish, even for vegetarian food). In addition, our “Mediterranean Experience” included tacky ambiance, American pop music from the 80’s, and food from non-Mediterranean lands (mostly consisting of stuff from the Middle East).

Rodney beat me to the story — you can read more of the details on his blog post.

For once, we had hoped to find something:
# Good
# Cheap
# In the Kendall Square area

(Usually, it’s a game of pick one two of three. Jose’s foodtruck is typically my favorite, but I like to mix things up and go somewhere new from time to time.)

New website theme and stuff!

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

I changed the style of my website. It’s a little broken right now (in single post view and with the comments just a bit), but mostly works. That stuff will get fixed later. (:

It’s now time to go get some food and hang out with Tuomas, Jakub, and Ken (who just set up his own ‘blog).

GNOME Summit

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

This past week has been interesting. Both Tuomas and Jimmac have been around, so it has been great hanging out with them. Also, the GNOME Summit was great!

There were a ton of interesting talks at the conference. Of note, the Celestia (check out the screenshots) and Gnoetry speedsessions were both amazing and had everyone captivated. The seeminly never-ending GNOME marketing talk kept going on and on because everyone was interested and there was so many things to discuss. Also, I think part of the appeal was because Luis did such a great job with his note taking; using Tomboy (a really neat note app) was such a great way to keep track of everything.

While at the crazy Stata Center, I met Steven Garrity in person; we hung out a good bit at the show, had lunch, and talked about good things like Firefox, F-Spot, the GNOME desktop, and a bit specifically about Firefox’s widgets.

A whole bunch of us roamed around the wacky building where the summit was being held and took lots of pictures too.