Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day weekend salamagundi

Today we have a salmagundi of a post, with interesting tidbits from hither and yon to ease you into a copacetic Labor Day weekend.
First up, for your viewing consideration: Anne Berry's soulful portraits of primates, as profiled in Slate. To me these are mesmerizing and deeply moving.
As reported in the Las Cruces Sun-News,  historian Frank Parrish says an anonymous New Mexico man has produced a rare photo—once part of the estate of Sherriff Pat Garrett—that seems to be the second known image of Billy the Kid. Parrish can positively identify the fellow on the left as Dan Dedrick, a pal of Billy. Forensic analysis of the image is pending.
The only verified photo of Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney), given to his friend Dan Dedrick.
If America wants to be a nation of waddlers instead of walkers, it will keep consuming the foodstuffs shown in Food Matters' gallery of the "30 worst foods in America." This Baskin-Robbins oreo shake weighs in with a whole day's worth of calories and three days worth of saturated fat. I took their nutrition quiz and only got 4 correct. Dang! Does it count if I was leaning toward most of the right answers? Oh well, I learned something at least.
One thing we're strong on at Daedalus is books on optimal nutrition and delicious healthy heating. Click here to sample our menu!

Gabriele Galimberte's "Delicatessen with love" photo project presents dishes made by grandmothers all over the world.
Even if you are careful about what you eat, you may unintentionally be sabotaging yourself. As reported by Salon: "a nonprofit organization called the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) ...  has raised $40 million to test their hypothesis.... They contend that easily digested carbohydrates—such as the sugars that are added to low-fat yogurt to replace the fat that has been removed—drive weight gain by promoting insulin resistance. This hormonal change, in turn, signals the body to convert more sugar into fat and to hold on to more of the fat found in food." Sad but probably true—just like the dismal info that using artificial sweeteners tricks your body into craving sugar!
In music news, Paul McCartney released "New," the first single from an album of the same title coming in October. It will be Sir James Paul's first collection of original solo material since 2007. Until then, we guarantee his two-CD set Wings Over America to be plenty entertaining!


10 comments:

  1. At last, a no-fat salmagundi!
    Saw the list of "Worst Foods". Happy that I am unfamiliar with all but the canned peaches, which may be sugary, but it's better than the ice cream I would have had!
    Have you heard about the cronut burger? Some Beezelbub created this caloric monstrosity to tempt the grease-loving public. No wonder we have an obesity problem in this country!
    I'm surprised that not one of Starbucks' foamy confections made the list. They have as much in common with coffee as a whipped cream sundae.

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    1. Gio-
      Thanks for mentioning the Starbucks "coffee" drinks. They're more like pieces of cake in a blender:) They're shamefully good but certainly don't qualify as coffee!!

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  2. Just read the Top 30 Worst Foods in America (Beware) list. The amount of sodium in the On the Border Firecracker Stuffed Jalapenos with Chili con Queso is heart stopping.

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  3. You roused me out of my slumber!! I've been uber-unplugged of late. There's soooo much in here of note but I think you've stumbled upon genius, JP. "A Nation Of Waddlers" is an amazing title for a book or documentary. Just sayin'.

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    1. I just got back from the beach a few weeks ago. I know I have a few extra avoirdupois, but the parade of gigantic stomachs were turning mine. Fast food and restaurant food are destroying our civilization! And then I read in the New Yorker this week that the Chinese are eating bear paws as a delicacy. What is wrong with them!!!

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    2. Bear paws have been a delicacy since Confucius wrote. I vaguely recall a reference in his--or maybe Mencius's--work.
      It isn't the worst thing on their menu. A gourmet once offered a taste of duck embryo, which I gratefully declined.

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  4. Re: The Billy the Kid picture looks like a match to me!
    This reminds me--about a year ago, there was a hair that would be tested for Van Gogh's DNA. Whatever happened to that? The tests must be finished by now! (I recall that the painting did not look like a Van Gogh to me, but I'd like to find out the result.)

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    1. The short answer is no, it was not Vincent’s hair. The long answer (and I do mean long) is here.

      p.s. I think that supposed Billy the Kid photo is just a very early promotional shot of the group Wham.

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    2. Thanks, RPS! You've come through again, as usual!

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