Blog Post #403:  I’m going to live forever!!!  (or, maybe just a little longer) – with COFFEE!!!

Blog Post #403:  I’m going to live forever!!!  (or, maybe just a little longer)!!!

Taken from: https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/10/health/coffee-leads-to-longer-life-studies-reaffirm/index.html

Okay, I like coffee!!  My normal day has at least three cups of coffee.  It is 11:00 as I write this and I have had two cups and ready for a third cup soon.  I drink my coffee black – no cream, no sugar. I have been known (at Starbucks in particular) to add a few shakes of nutmeg, cinnamon, or vanilla.  But mostly just black coffee.

I am not really a fan of the overpriced Starbucks coffee, but as my wife thinks she likes it, I have had it some.  (But not the oversweet lattes or other mixes]

I do remember my two worst coffee experiences.  One was driving back to South Dakota on Interstate 90 about 10:45 at night and getting a little sleepy.  Knowing that fast food places along the interstate would be closing soon, I pulled into a Wendy’s as they were getting ready to close.  I paid full price for maybe the worst cup of coffee I have had. This coffee had to have been on the burner for hours (maybe since their dinner hour) and was burnt – but I still consumed it (thinking the caffeine would be good for my drive).

My second (maybe not all that bad) was my first trip through a Dunkin Donut in Connecticut shortly after we moved there.  We were taking a short drive to see some historical places (and quilt shops) and I ordered a regular coffee. Little did I know then – that a ‘regular coffee’ in Dunkin Donuts is about 3/4ths full and the rest was with cream AND sugar.  YUCK!!! Since then I have known to ask for BLACK COFFEE with NO cream, NO sugar. (and, unlike the ‘on-the-burner-too-long’ coffee), I didn’t drink this and eventually threw it out.

The article had two major research studies on coffee consumption and life longevity.  One study with 520,000 people “found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of mortality.”.  By-the-way, the wording on that is also significant. It didn’t just say “it could lower your risk of mortality” – but said it could SIGNIFICANTLY lower that risk.  

The second study was with 185,000 people generally of non-white backgrounds (African-American, Latino, and others).  It showed that “People who drank two to four cups a day had an 18% lower risk of death compared with people who did not drink coffee.”  WOW – I am at 18% lower risk of death because of my drinking coffee. Hey – now I can cut out my exercise and start to eat sweets and junk food – as long as I wash it down with coffee!!!  [Okay, the articles did NOT say that!!!]

The articles also suggested more than just longevity – but lower chances of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney diseases (and more).

So, how about we meet up sometime – and I’ll buy you a coffee (and, of course, one for me- Black)!!!

What do you think?

Are you a coffee addict?

Bruce

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Blog Post #402:  And … then I was attacked by killer mosquitos!!!

Blog Post #402:  And … then I was attacked by killer mosquitos!!!

Taken from: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others-10255934/

Okay – are you more prone to mosquito bites – or not.

In my household, my wife tends to get many more mosquitos bites than I do.  So, as this article from the Smithsonian Magazine asks “Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?

Let’s look at their findings:

Blood type:  Type O blood people get bitten about twice as much as Type A blood types.  I also learned from this section that “about 85 percent of people secrete a chemical signal through their skin that indicates which blood type they have, […] and mosquitoes are also more attracted to “those that do secrete this signal.”  (Both my wife and I are type O)

Skin Bacteria:  It seems as mosquitos like people with a large number of few types of bacteria.  This section also suggested that ankles and feet have more robust colonies of bacteria and thus attract more mosquito bites in those areas.  (Hint to self – make sure you wash your ankles and feet with that antibacterial soap!!!)

Beer:  The article states: “a single 12-ounce bottle of beer can make you more attractive to the insects” (it also says the researchers aren’t quite sure why that is).

Pregnancy:  Pregnant women are about twice as likely to be bitten.  They have more carbon dioxide in their exhaled air and higher body temperatures – both good attractions for mosquitos.  (Neither my wife nor I am pregnant (thank goodness!!!) so… no effect on that for us)

Colors of clothing: “wearing colors that stand out (black, dark blue or red) may make you easier to find.”  (And, I thought pink, orange, lime green might be colors that stand out)

Genetics: “As a whole, underlying genetic factors are estimated to account for 85 percent of the variability between people in their attractiveness to mosquitoes” (and you really can’t change your genetic makeup)

And … lastly (not from this article) – Researchers found that over time mosquitoes are becoming more resistant to bug sprays!!  Researchers are trying out other scents and chemicals.

So, even after reading this article I’m not quite sure why the mosquitoes like my wife more than myself.  I am happy though!!!
Are you one of the bitten group?  Just wait for winter!!!

Bruce

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Blog Post #401:  “I want to die on MARS!!!”

Blog Post #401:  “I want to die on MARS!!!”

Taken from: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44952710

And

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/21/elon-musk-create-city-mars-million-inhabitants/

A recent (July 25th, 2018) announcement has revealed water on Mars.  The article says:

“Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars.  What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across. Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the Martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on the planet in the present day.”

“The result is exciting because scientists have long searched for signs of present-day liquid water on Mars, but these have come up empty or yielded ambiguous findings. “

WOW – water on Mars – even LIQUID water, not just ice.  Water is necessary to maintain life.

Now for the title of this post – “I want to die on Mars”.  That quote comes from Elon Musk – remember him – of SpaceX, Testa, the Boring Company, SolarCity, PayPal and IronMan fame.  (Okay, just kidding about IronMan, but supposedly he was a kind of Prototype for that character).

In a June 2017 (and repeated at SXSW and other venues since then – and found in the second article link above), Musk said:

“A city on Mars with a million inhabitants could be achievable within 50 years, the space entrepreneur Elon Musk has forecast, as he laid out plans to turn mankind into a multi-planetary species.

“The SpaceX founder warned that humans would need to venture away from Earth to avoid a ‘Doomsday event’ and our ‘eventual extinction.’

“But he said that a huge Martian city could be established this century, which would not just be an outpost, but a fully functioning society with ‘iron foundries and pizza joints.’

“Musk is already planning the first manned flight to Mars in 2023 and has said he wants to die on Mars, although he has stipulated ‘not on impact.’

“Under new plans released in the journal New Space, the billionaire said he hoped to build a ‘Mars Colonial Fleet’ of more than one thousand cargo ships which would depart ‘en masse’ could transport 200 passengers at a time, along with materials to build homes, industrial plants and shops.

So, water on Mars – and Musk planning a ‘Mars Colonial Fleet’ and saying ‘he wants to die on Mars’ might become a reality.  

So … who knows where this will lead!!!  Exciting in kind of a science fiction manner!!!

Do you want to die on Mars?

Bruce

 

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Blog Post #400:  Могу ли я иметь власть, пожалуйста (or in English, Can I have power please)

Blog Post #400:  Могу ли я иметь власть, пожалуйста (or in English, Can I have power please)

Taken from:  https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/russian-hacking-attacks-us-power-grid-sewage-explosions-a8462691.html

In this United Kingdom newspaper, the author suggests that Russian is hacking into the United States Power Grid.  

It says that a group disrupted the power grid in Ukraine last spring for less than six hours, but that they proved a point – that they could take down the power grid.

The article stated:

“Hackers could inflict huge damage to sewage and water treatment systems, industrial chemical production plants, or even transportation systems.

“Access to control systems could allow hackers to not simply shut down critical infrastructure, but cause physical damage – from causing explosions by overloading power plants, to flooding cities with sewage by reversing pumps.”

The United States Department of Homeland Security in their July 15th newsletter said:  
“Hackers taking down the U.S. electricity grid may sound like a plot ripped from a Bruce Willis action movie, but the Department of Homeland Security has recently disclosed new details about the extent to which Russia has infiltrated “critical infrastructure” like American power plants, water facilities and gas pipelines.

“This hacking is similar to the 2015 and 2016 attacks on Ukraine’s grid. While DHS has raised the number of the Russian utility-hacking incidents it detected from dozens to hundreds, it still maintains that this infiltration has not risen beyond scouting mode. Russia denies having any role in the hacking, yet the specter of Russian sabotage in the U.S. now seems more realistic than it used to.”  (source: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20180725-russians-hacked-into-america-s-electric-grid-here-s-why-securing-it-is-hard)

So, there seems to be instances where some hackers (supposedly with Russian credentials) have hacked into Ukraine and US infrastructure systems.  If hackers could shut the power grid off for a week, there could be major problems. (And, even if not Russians, what about other terrorist groups).

So, is it time for solar power systems (like Tesla’s Powerwall) or other generators or infrastructure protection backups?

What do you think?

 

Bruce

 

 

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Blog Post #399 Garbage Everywhere – part II – Dominican Republic

Blog Post #399:  Garbage everywhere – part II – Dominican Republic

Taken from:  http://time.com/5346735/dominican-republic-garbage-wave/

The Garbage Problem – part II

In recent news, the lovely sand beaches of the Dominican Republic have been inundated by garbage.  This article says:

“Waves of garbage have transformed the Dominican Republic’s golden sand beaches, blanketing the shoreline with vast heaps of refuse, the New York Times reports.

“Plastic water bottles, styrofoam containers and bags gathered on Montesinos Beach in the capital, Santo Domingo, as far as the eye could see. Hundreds of city workers and volunteers joined the effort to combat the trash that washed up after several days of heavy rain.

“Sixty tons of waste have reportedly been collected since last week.

“It happens pretty much all the time if there is a strong rainfall or a storm,” Cyrill Gutsch, the founder of activist organization Parley for the Oceans, told the Times.

“Gutsch stressed that the toll wrecked on the Dominican Republic’s coastline is only a small symptom of a much larger global problem.

“Everybody uses the rivers and the beaches as dump sites,” he said. The majority of that waste does not come back to shore but gets swept out into the “patches” of waste accumulating in the ocean, where it degrades into possibly toxic particles.

So – more garbage.  This time washing up on beaches (but some of it going out to sea and adding to the ocean garbage patches.  

I know I’m in the United States and I watch my trash fairly closely.  I don’t throw things out of car windows, I use trash containers when I see them and have been known to pick up trash and carry it in my pants pockets until I find a trash container.

This is the only planet we have – let’s take care of it!!!

What do you think?

Bruce

(Texas has a slogan which can be viewed two ways “Don’t mess with Texas” can be used with trash – or politically to leave Texas alone.)

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Blog Post #398 Garbage Everywhere!!!

Blog Post #398:  Garbage everywhere!!!

Taken from:  http://garbagepatch.net/greatpacificoceangarbagepatchfacts/

Okay, folks, I’m going to talk “trash” today.  Not the ‘trash talk’ of athletes harassing their opponents, but trash as in plastic!

This article has these statistics about “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

(quoting from the article):

  • 7 million tons of weight
  • Twice the size of Texas
  • Up to 9 feet deep
  • In the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, there is 6 times more plastic than plankton, which the main food for many  ocean animals
  • By estimation, 80% of the plastic originates from land; floating in rivers to the ocean or blown by the wind into the ocean
  • The remaining 20% of the plastic originates from oil platforms and ships
  • According to scientists, it is the largest plastic dump on earth; so plastic patches are larger than waste dumps on land
  • Trash patches consist of 80 percent out of plastic
  • Scientific research from the Scrips Institution of Oceanography in California U.S. shows that 5 to 10% of the fish contain small pieces of plastic.

WOW – twice the size of Texas (living in Texas, I know it is a huge state); seven million tons; up to nine feet deep – truly amazing – and totally wrong for the planet!!!

A great majority of this is plastic.  Paper would eventually decompose, but plastic doesn’t.  And, the article states it is estimated to double in size in the next ten years.

Another item in the article was that about 7% of the plastic in the United States is recycled (or 93% ends up as trash – in landfills and possibly swept out to sea!

This was an eye-opener for me.  I need to be pickier about putting plastic into the recycle bin!

What do you think?

Bruce

 

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Blog Post #397:  I WANT TO BE THE FIRST PASSENGER!!!!

Blog Post #397:  I WANT TO BE THE FIRST PASSENGER!!!!

Taken from:  https://www.mystatesman.com/news/transportation/wear-cap-metro-shuttles-could-hint-austin-transit-future/r9plT7iB5Uv5GYuObL2YhM/

This is coming MUCH closer to home!!!  

The public transportation authority in Austin is Cap Metro.  I took Cap Metro busses or the Cap Metro train from Leander to the University of Texas campus all but two times during my working days at UT (University of Texas).  

But, now, one of my my favorite topics in this blog is happening HERE in the Austin area – Autonomous shuttle busses in downtown Austin.  

There will be two weeks of testing – without passengers – and then the transportation authority will be making decisions on whether to go with the service, what routes, what funding and more.  

There are similar vehicles already in service – such as a shuttle on the University of Michigan’s campus; and one in operation in Las Vegas.  (The article mentions that the Las Vegas shuttle had an accident within hours of first operation – where a delivery truck backed into the shuttle – and that driver was cited in the accident)

This article from the Austin Statesman says:

“This Austin shuttle fling, small scale as it will be, nonetheless could have outsized influence on the mass transit debate playing out quietly between Capital Metro’s leadership and ardent supporters of building light rail here.”

My bias, of course, is that Cap Metro roll out autonomous vehicles all over the place!!!  Maybe even like a Uber or Lyft shuttle to take a person to the Cap Metro transportation center.  

To me, public transportation has great advantages.  Commuting about 45 minutes to UT, was much easier riding public transportation.  No road rage, I didn’t have to buy gas, tires and have regular maintenance on my car.  Cap Metro included free WiFi – so I could do some last revisions on my lectures and assignments on the bus going to campus.  AND … the service was free (underwritten by the University of Texas to get cars off campus and to alleviate parking problems!!)

So, unless I become a Cap Metro employee for two weeks and ride on the autonomous shuttle, I’ll have to wait until decisions are made.  

I’m excited!!!

Bruce

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Blog Post #396: The FBI wants to analyze your tattoos!!!

Blog Post #396: The FBI wants to analyze your tattoos!!!

Taken from:  https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/fbi-wants-app-can-recognize-meaning-your-tattoos and https://www.ranker.com/list/gang-tattoo-meanings/katia-kleyman

The EFF – Electronic Frontier Foundation describes itself as: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.”

And “Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.” (from:  https://www.eff.org/about)

The article today from the EFF, says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is trying to gather a database of tattoos.  

This article describes the FBI’s work as this:

“Our investigation found that NIST was targeting people who shared common beliefs, with a heavy emphasis on religious imagery.  NIST researchers, we discovered, had also bypassed basic oversight measures. Despite rigid requirements designed to protect prisoners who might be used as subjects in government research, the researchers failed to seek sign-off from the in-house watchdog before embarking on the project.”  (NIST – is the National Institute of Standards and Technology. A side comment: I’ve been to NIST for training on being a Baldrige National Excellence program Evaluator.)

The concept is simple – keep a national database of tattoos.  As part of their work, they used prisoners (many of whom would already have tattoos) and to identify them.  Then they can work on relationships between people with the same or similar tattoos.

Many gangs use tattoos as membership requirements. From some other research, the Crips, , Latin Kings (out of Chicago), Hell’s Angels, Bloods, even Ku Klux Klan

The EFF article continues with this:

“Most biometric technology, such as face, iris, or fingerprint recognition, is designed to establish the identity of otherwise unknown suspects or victims. Tattoo recognition is different in that not only can tattoos be used for identification, they can also reveal further information about the individual.”  (Like politics, religious beliefs, gang membership and more).

The article does suggest that while such tattoos may suggest gang membership (and more), it isn’t a perfect match.  Say a man walks away from a gang in his early 20’s – moves to a new city, starts a new life, maybe even change his name – but the tattoo may still link him to a gang – even if he has started a new life.  To the EFF, a database of tattoos might cross the delicate balance between civil liberties and potential acts of violence.

At least four of my nieces do have tattoos (and I’m not sure of many of the rest of the extended family have tattoos).  For them is generally is a simple rose or flower tattooed on their legs as a type of fashion statement. But what if a gang takes a simple rose as their gang insignia?  Would that indicate this sweet nieces (and others) are gang members? Would they be in the FBI’s database of tattoos as potential gang members?

Others that I know who have served in the military (particularly the Marines) may also tattoos on their arms (frequently with USMC)

As a person without a tattoo, but not opposed to one, it does raise the concept of gang membership.  

What do you think?

Do you have a tattoo?  Do you think the FBI is stepping across a civil liberty line by keeping a database of tattoos.  

Bruce

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Blog Post #395: Faster, faster, faster – 5G for People

Blog Post #395: Faster, faster, faster – 5G for people:

Taken from:  https://www.gemalto.com/mobile/inspired/5G

Cell phones / mobile phones / mobile networks are getting faster!!

I remember in college plugging my computer terminal into acoustic couplers to connect to a network (the network  / computer was in St. Paul Minnesota).  

I remember my first home computer.  I had to dial into my local network – all of three blocks away from our house (and boy was that ever slow).

I remember being on a business trip to Jacksonville Florida and wanting to get on the computer so much, I became a customer of AOL – American Online.  You could get a free disk almost anyplace – Walmart, convenience store, and then find a phone line and dialing in.
From that same trip, I remember how hard it was to get away from AOL!!!  I used the internet on their free trial for two nights and took four months to stop being billed for services (that I didn’t use or want)  and harassed!!!

And … moving up in speed and home connection quickly after that.  3G was a ‘big deal’; then came 4G and now 5G. As I understand it 5G is not just a speed update, it is a specialized speed update and not available in all places.  

This second recent article (July 20 2018) talks about AT&T installing 5G networks in more places.  The article says Dallas and Waco Texas, and Atlanta Georgia were three locations first and now to Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. (see:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/att-5g-rollout/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=1sig&utm_campaign=One%20Signal)

The main article states:
The next (5th) generation wireless network will address the evolution beyond the mobile internet to massive IoT (Internet of Things) for the horizon 2019/2020. The main evolution compared with today’s 4G and 4.5G (LTE advanced) is that beyond data speed improvements, new IoT and critical communication use cases will require new types of improved performance. For example “low latency” is what provides real-time interactivity for services using the cloud: this is key to the success of self-driving cars for example.   Also, low power consumption is what will allow connected objects to operate for months or years without the need for human assistance.


So, what is the big deal with 5G?

This seems to mean such deep connectivity for improved performance.

 

Let’s take an example – driverless (autonomous) vehicles.  So, let’s say that in ten years almost all cars will be autonomous cars (as well as trucks, etc.)  If that is true, won’t connectivity be a problem? You are approaching a busy intersection – two lanes turn left, two lanes turn right and three lanes continue straight.  Your car knows your destination, but all the other cars are also seeking their destinations – millions of bits of information being exchanged in real time. If there are two hundred cars in this area at this second (microsecond) all using GPS and autonomous vehicles, won’t traffic slow down because the math to determine the direction, velocity and other conditions of all the other cars that could be in your path is going up to a ‘cloud’ / satellite server in the sky.    (in effect this is the IoT – internet of things – so you car’s computer can ‘talk’ to other cars, to stop signs, to signal lights, to weather conditions and more)

 

  • The article goes on to state: 5G Specifications:
  • Up to 10Gbps data rate  – > 10 to 100x improvement over 4G and 4.5G networks
  • 1-millisecond latency
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • Up to 100x number of connected devices per unit area (compared with 4G LTE)
  • 99.999% availability
  • 100% coverage
  • 90% reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to 10-year battery life for low power IoT devices

So, as compared to present standards up to 100 times as fast, much quicker connection (i.e. low latency), bigger bandwidth (more can get through at the same time), almost perfect availability and lower energy usage!!!

 

BUT … it is a new network and won’t use run on top of the existing networks – so …. The rolling out of new 5G compatible networks to cities (the second article from AT&T).

 

What do you think?

(Same content on:  http://drbrucewhite.com )

Bruce

 

Taken from:  https://www.gemalto.com/mobile/inspired/5G

Cell phones / mobile phones / mobile networks are getting faster!!

I remember in college plugging my computer terminal into acoustic couplers to connect to a network (someplace – I think it was in St. Paul Minnesota).  

I remember my first home computer.  I had to dial in to my local network – all of three blocks away from our house (and boy was that ever slow).

I remember being on a business trip to Jacksonville Florida and wanting to get on the computer so much, I became a customer of AOL – American Online.  You could get a free disk almost anyplace – Walmart, convenience store, and then find a phone line and dialing in.
From that same trip, I remember how hard it was to get away from AOL!!!  I used the internet on their free trial for two nights and took four months to stop being billed for services (that I didn’t use or want)  and harassed!!!

And … moving up in speed and home connection quickly after that.  3G was a ‘big deal’; then came 4G and now 5G. As I understand it 5G is not just a speed update, it is a specialized speed update and not available in all places.  

This second recent article (July 20 2018) talks about AT&T installing 5G networks in more places.  The article says Dallas and Waco Texas, and Atlanta Georgia were first and now to Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. (see:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/att-5g-rollout/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=1sig&utm_campaign=One%20Signal)

The main article states:
The next (5th) generation wireless network will address the evolution beyond mobile internet to massive IoT (Internet of Things) for the horizon 2019/2020. The main evolution compared with today’s 4G and 4.5G (LTE advanced) is that beyond data speed improvements, new IoT and critical communication use cases will require new types of improved performance. For example “low latency” is what provides real-time interactivity for services using the cloud: this is key to the success of self-driving cars for example.   Also, low power consumption is what will allow connected objects to operate for months or years without the need for human assistance.


So, what is the big deal with 5G?

This seems to mean such deep connectivity for improved performance.

Let’s take an example – driverless (autonomous) vehicles.  So, let’s say that in ten years almost all cars will be autonomous cars (as well as trucks, etc.)  If that is true, won’t connectivity be a problem? You are approaching a busy intersection – two lanes turn left, two lanes turn right and three lanes continue straight.  Your car knows your destination, but all the other cars are also seeking their destinations – millions of bits of information being exchanged in real time. If there are two hundred cars in this area at this second (microsecond) all using GPS and autonomous vehicles, won’t traffic slow down because the math to determine the direction, velocity and other conditions of all the other cars that could be in your path is going up to a ‘cloud’ / satellite server in the sky.    (in effect this is the IoT – internet of things – so your car’s computer can ‘talk’ to other cars, to stop signs, to signal lights, to weather conditions and more)

  • The article goes on to state: 5G Specifications:
  • Up to 10Gbps data rate  – > 10 to 100x improvement over 4G and 4.5G networks
  • 1-millisecond latency
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • Up to 100x number of connected devices per unit area (compared with 4G LTE)
  • 99.999% availability
  • 100% coverage
  • 90% reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to 10-year battery life for low power IoT devices

So, as compared to present standards up to 100 times as fast, much quicker connection (i.e. low latency), bigger bandwidth (more can get through at the same time), almost perfect availability and lower energy usage!!!

 

BUT … it is a new network and won’t use run on top of the existing networks – so …. The rolling out of new 5G compatible networks to cities (the second article from AT&T).

 

What do you think?

(Same content on:  http://drbrucewhite.com )

Bruce

 

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Blog Post #394 Pass the Ketchup (slices)!!!

Blog Post #394:  Pass the Ketchup (slices)!!!

Taken from:  https://www.today.com/food/no-more-mess-slices-ketchup-made-slice-sauce-t125972

I’ll admit it – I tend to be a ketchup user (and abuser).  French fries? Sure – but only with ketchup. Burgers? Sure – but only with ketchup.

I do know that many ketchups are made with high fructose corn syrup (generally something that I avoid), but hey – I like ketchup (or is it ‘catsup’)!

This article highlights a company that is making ketchup slices.  

It states:  “What eager burger-lover hasn’t ended up with a ketchup stain down the front of his or her shirt after a valiant attempt to coax the condiment out of its bottle?

Now, a new invention claims to have the solution to such messy food fiascos by turning liquid ketchup into edible slices.”

And more …

“The slice, which resembles a thin piece of fruit leather, is made from vine-ripened tomato puree, distilled vinegar, cane sugar, Kosher salt, onion and garlic powders and fruit pectin. While regular ketchup has 19 calories per tablespoon, each Slice of Sauce contains 30 calories and 5 grams of sugar.”

Doesn’t sound all that nutritious – but hey – I’m at a picnic and I ‘need’ ketchup!!

So … assuming this goes over, will we have mayonnaise slices, mustard slices, barbeque sauce slices, salsa slices?  Hmm … maybe we could put cheese slices too (but, they already exist – good old “American Cheese” slices).

But part of real ketchup is the mess – it oozes out of the bun and down your fingers!

My guess is that I would buy this once, use it once and pack the real ketchup in the picnic hamper.  How about you?

Bruce

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