Recent research is showing that Vitamin D may help drastically reduce cancer among women (and men?).
A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-per-cent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn’t take it, a drop so large — twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking — it almost looks like a typographical error.
The sun advice [of avoiding the sun or using heavy sunscreen] has been misguided information “of just breathtaking proportions,” said John Cannell, head of the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit, California-based organization.
“Fifteen hundred Americans die every year from [skin cancers]. Fifteen hundred Americans die every day from the serious cancers.”
Fascinating turn of events on where the bees have gone.
Reshma’s theory: they all ended up in Dan’s apartment.
I learned that your iPod headphones may be a low-quality microphone today. I plugged my headphones into my desktop’s microphone line-in jack, and talked to Roh over gtalk. I had to have the headphones practically in my mouth, but it worked. There a few sites discussing this:
Earphones and microphones are constructed on a very similiar concept, just that earphones are optimised for hearing, and microphones are optimised for recording.
Some guy even made a completely unnecessary video.
Yes, Roh, you were right. I concede. And make my previous-disbelief-turned-appreciation public for the world.
Shirts for sale. My favorite quote from the site:
Wow, you’ve only been running your blog for six months and you already have 63 visitors?
It’s funny because it’s true!
A great map showing where Wal-Mart’s products come from.
Try out this really addictive Flash game, called Desktop Tower Defense. Even better than flOw.
From the Washington Post. Joshua Bell, the world-famous concert violinist and former child prodigy, donned jeans, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap, and played in a Washington DC Metro station for almost an hour. Total take? $32.
In the three-quarters of an hour that Joshua Bell played, seven people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance, at least for a minute. Twenty-seven gave money, most of them on the run — for a total of $32 and change. That leaves the 1,070 people who hurried by, oblivious, many only three feet away, few even turning to look.
Another interesting tidbit from the article, about Bell’s violin.
Bell bought it a few years ago. He had to sell his own Strad and borrow much of the rest. The price tag was reported to be about $3.5 million.
I bought Joshua Bell’s Gershwin Fantasy many years ago, and am a fan.
DontDateHimGirl is a community site where users (women) can post guys that should be avoided. Includes pictures and comments. Sample comment:
Otis is a liar and a cheater.He is from over north nobels square. He will do anything to get what he wants. He will say that he cares about you and that you are very special and will treat you well, But there is an alternative motive to this logic. He will take you for all that you have. He will nickel and dime you until you wont have anything. He looks good and drives a nice car with rims on it but he is nasty.
A bit old, but pretty cool if you haven’t seen it. Josh Kinberg’s bike will shoot out messages on the sidewalk as he’s riding it. I wonder if it’s smart enough to vary based on his riding speed?
Turns out he’s in trouble with the law.
For months, hackers–most likely in China and Russia, according to security watchers–have been surreptitiously installing keylogging software on WoW players’ Windows computers, hijacking their accounts and selling off their often valuable in-game assets.
From CNet. WoW = World of Warcraft.