Monday, February 25, 2008

From soft to hard

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Friday, February 22, 2008


5 Things I Didn’t Know about Poop

by David - February 21, 2008 - 3:22 AM

I have poop on the brain today. Someone gave my 6-month old son Jack a copy of Everyone Poops even though we’re nowhere near that stage yet. Still, it’s a fascinating book, and got me thinking about how little I know about poop. While the following facts aren’t found in Gomi’s book, they’re still pretty nifty.

1. Bird poop is white because birds can’t pee. Their kidneys work like ours do, but instead of producing urine, birds excrete a white paste. The paste, along with what comes out of the intestines, unites and is excreted through the bird’s cloaca, a multi-purpose hole which means sewer in Latin. And, yes, by multi-purpose, I mean they even mate through it.

2. Many dogs eat poop. This I know because, sadly, my dog used to eat his own poop on occasion. What I didn’t know was that eating poop has a name: coprophagy, and is, of course, more popular with dung beetles than dogs. If your dog eats his/her own feces, one way to discourage the behavior (other than immediately cleaning up after your dog) is to douse the poop with hot sauce or vinegar.

3. The reason why some poops float is because they have a lot of gas in them. Rather than coming out as flatulence, the gas gets stuck in the poop and forces it to the surface of the water. If there’s a lot of fat in your diet, likewise your poop might float.

4. Cavemen were better equipped to chew and digest many plants and vegetables. They had larger molars and longer digestive tracts better at handling foods rich in indigestible cellulose, like, er, corn, for instance. Evolution has worked against our ability to chew and digest corn, which is why when some kernels get swallowed whole they appear in poop.

5. The word poop comes from the Middle English word poupen or popen, which used to be the root of the word we now call a fart. Clearly poop has onomatopoeic origins.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

JAWBONE Bluetooth headset

Check out this commercial for the Jawbone Bluetooth headset. It claims to eliminate outside noise from your phone call. How it does so is the interesting part.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Monday, February 4, 2008


Man by Calvin Klein was launched in October of 2007 and proposed as a new classic for the modern Calvin Klein man, aged from 25 to 40. The name itself is programmatic and unambiguous, like an English translation of L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent. Simple, brief, to the point. You are going to smell the essence of masculinity if you are to take your cue from the name of the fragrance. Admittedly most people are a little more jaded than that and will probably just barely register that it is a cologne (in the American sense of a perfume for men) as opposed to a feminine fragrance. The packaging is sleek, modernist, with an architectural sense of proportions and looks good. It is unusually large and slim at the same time, built like a wall more than a bottle. The surfaces are extremely shiny, mirror-like making you think of high-shine paint, black lacquer, or patent leather shoes. Another contrast intervenes with the white edges of the bottle...
The fragrance was created by perfumers Jacques Cavallier and Harry Fremont from Firmenich in collaboration with consultant Ann Gottlieb. All these people are old hands at marketing successful mainstream fragrances. Man offers therefore a mainstream palatability but without coming across as depersonalized. It plays the distinctiveness card, but in a well reined in manner. The fragrance bears a typical masculine fresh aromatic, woody and spicy signature around the linear heart of the scent which itself is dark, fruity, and sweet enough to feel feminine. This rich amber-fruity accord is made even more seductive thanks to just the right amount of citrus-y counterpoint, which never clarifies the scent but on the contrary helps to deepen the dark fruity sensation. Metallic overtones add a Yang factor to the cologne at the same time that it lets its lush feminine side -- one is tempted to even say "feminine core" -- express itself rather unimpeded. It would not be surprising to learn that Gottlieb applied the same gender-bending intuition to this perfume as she did for Covet last year, which she wanted to be a "fougère on estrogen". There is, it seems, a tinge of honeydew melon, the abstract fruity accord is vaguely plummy and sour with nuances of sour candies. As the scent dries down a little undercurrent of vivifying green freshness peaks through (spearmint) which adds to the pleasant complexity of the composition. The scent teeters on the edge of too-mainstream but without falling into the cauldron marked "bland masculine scents".
The addition of a significant and unexpected fruity facet to the scent is what makes it distinctive as a men's perfume. The fact that dark fruity feminine perfumes are not as commonly available as so-called "pink" ones aimed at younger women might be a reason to encourage women to do so some cross-dressing.
More generally speaking, it is a rich, sensual amber scent that is very enjoyable to wear, with a little addictive quality like some slightly gourmand perfumes can be as they trigger comforting sensations in us.
One will have gathered by now that the new man depicted by this composition is more of a metrosexual than a macho. Calvin Klein Man could almost be characterized as a unisex perfume, were it not for a typical discreet masculine olfactory signature that is like the silken paisley robe of a man that a woman can fairly easily borrow.
Notes are: top notes of rosemary, mandarin, bergamote and violet leaf. Heart notes of bay, nutmeg, incense and spearmint. Base notes of cypress wood, gaiac wood, sandalwood, amber wood and musk.

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