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Food shelf life recommendations
Topic: Health and Wellness 5:34 pm EST, Feb  6, 2007

This one is the most comprehensive list I've found.

Elonka :)

Food shelf life recommendations

Storage Life of Groceries
Topic: Health and Wellness 5:32 pm EST, Feb  6, 2007

Food Shelf-Life Recommendations

Spam of course is listed as "indefinite." ;)

Storage Life of Groceries

Red Cross: Food and water in an emergency
Topic: Health and Wellness 4:30 pm EST, Feb  6, 2007

I actually ran across this PDF by accident while searching for something else, but it's got a lot of great info so I'm meme-ing it.

My original intent was to find a list of expiration date recommendations. I'm currently going through my kitchen cabinets, throwing out a lot of old foodstuff (including leftover supplies from Y2K, heh). In most cases I'm guided by expiration dates on the container, but in some cases I'm faced with a packet of food (like pasta or rice or tea), and I'm honestly not sure how long these things can be kept around. The Red Cross pamphlet here has some good tips. Mostly it's "rotate every six months," but there are some foods which can evidently be stored "indefinitely" as long as they're packed properly.

Elonka :)

Red Cross: Food and water in an emergency

You're Becoming A What?: The Story of an American Buddhist Nun
Topic: Health and Wellness 4:56 pm EDT, Oct 24, 2005

You're Becoming A What?: The Story of An American Buddhist Nun
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

You're Becoming A What?: The Story of an American Buddhist Nun

How Pregnancy Happens - Flash Animation
Topic: Health and Wellness 12:49 pm EDT, Oct  3, 2005

Cute little sex-ed segment, with humor and attitude.

Caution: Not Safe For Work

How Pregnancy Happens - Flash Animation

Myers-Briggs / Jung Personality Test
Topic: Health and Wellness 12:36 pm EDT, Sep 29, 2005

Sometimes I'm an INTJ. Today (at least with the short test on this site) I'm an INTP:

Introverted (I) 54.05% Extroverted (E) 45.95%
Intuitive (N) 68.42% Sensing (S) 31.58%
Thinking (T) 58.82% Feeling (F) 41.18%
Perceiving (P) 53.85% Judging (J) 46.15%

Elonka :)

Myers-Briggs / Jung Personality Test

Overcode's War
Topic: Health and Wellness 10:46 pm EDT, Sep 17, 2005

This is a weblog of my current battle against stage IV (metastatic) melanoma. I'm John Hall, a 24 year old hacker/geek/pilot . . .
One of my main purposes in blogging this is to alarm people into getting suspicious moles checked out by a doctor immediately. If you are even remotely concerned about anything on your skin, please make an appointment with a doctor today. You definitely won't regret it.

And remember that there is still a very good chance that I will recover from this. Melanoma is bad news, but it is not a death sentence. (Update: my case is currently in a partial remission.) (Update: no, actually it's not.) I have a strong feeling that this will be a monumental hassle but that I'll make it through in the end. Either way, though, I want to make as much noise about the experience as possible so that others can learn from my mistakes.

Overcode is a guy who's probably like a lot of you reading this. He's in his early 20s, is highly intelligent, very computer-literate, attends Georgia Tech University, and has been to Def Con a couple times.

Up until recently, he led an active lifestyle -- competing in marathons, flying a small plane, and hanging out with friends. In late 2004 though, it was discovered that an unusual mole on his shoulder was actually a signal that he had developed cancer.

His condition has had its ups and downs over the last several months. Overcode has a gift for writing though, and has documented the entire journey thus far, including his emotions throughout the diagnosis process, and pictures of his CAT scans. The folks at the site have been kind enough to host this information (since he's a fellow Georgia Tech student), and it's a fascinating and alarming read.

I don't know Overcode personally (he's a friend of a friend), but I offer him my best wishes for a recovery.

Overcode's War

2002 National Survey on Sexual Behavior in the U.S.
Topic: Health and Wellness 2:36 pm EDT, Sep 16, 2005

This report is intended to provide reliable national estimates of some basic statistics on certain types of sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction for men and women 15-44 years of age, based on data collected in the United States in 2002.
 . . .
The data are from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), and are based on 12,571 in-person interviews with men and women 15-44 years of age.

Always interesting to get some hard data on the subject of sex. :)

2002 National Survey on Sexual Behavior in the U.S.

Urban Legend check: Is Guinness a Good Source of Iron?
Topic: Health and Wellness 2:15 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2005

Iron content of various foods/drinks

1 pint of guinness 0.3mg

The RDA (recommended daily allowance) of iron for men is 11mg and 14mg for women.

In a word: No. Though if someone really wants to drink 30 pints a day to get their RDA, that's up to them. ;)

Urban Legend check: Is Guinness a Good Source of Iron?

Newsday: Study finds link between fries and breast cancer
Topic: Health and Wellness 11:51 am EDT, Aug 18, 2005

A study examining the role childhood diet plays in breast cancer has found an association between eating French fries regularly during the preschool years and developing breast cancer as an adult.

Each weekly serving of French fries girls consumed between ages 3 and 5 increased their risk of developing breast cancer as adults by 27 percent, according to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.
 . . .
The finding of a correlation between French fries and breast cancer does not necessarily point to a cause-and-effect relationship between the two, however.

Michels speculated the French fries may be implicated in breast cancer because they are prepared in fats that are high in harmful trans-fatty acids and saturated fat.

It's important to note that this is a stand-alone study, and has not been verified by any other research groups. But I still think it's interesting data.

Newsday: Study finds link between fries and breast cancer

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