Happy Bare Sticks Day. Wow, this spring will be 20 years since the divorce and I'm still a bachelor.
A case against home cooking. Although I love to cook, the hours I keep seven days a week keeps me away from the stove. I live on Dave's Market's hot bar, which provides a huge and changing variety of meals to go. Wash the containers and reuse them and you have an endless supply of healthy meals. And the cooking is fantastic. A single guy's Nirvana.
Anyone who’s ever cooked pasta knows that salting the water (preferably before it starts to boil) is a key first step. Olive Garden no longer salts their water so they can get an extended warranty on their pots.
Dinosaur of the week: Meet Deinocheirus, a 36-foot-long herbivore/piscivore discovered in full in Mongolia. It’s eight-foot-long arms have confused scientists since the 1950’s, but now we know what they were used for.
Reheated pasta has the same number of calories as freshly boiled pasta, but cooling the food down and then reheating it appears to turn it into a more resistant starch, reducing the rise in blood glucose by 50%.
Try out You’re Getting Old. Among other things I learned that the moon has orbited the earth 669 times since I was born.
I love the concept of the Simple English Wikipedia, which presents regular wiki-like articles in simple layman’s terms. The rules for posting include using basic English vocabulary and shorter sentences, but still conveying useful and educational information. For example here’s the entry on aposematism. And here’s the regular wiki entry.
Sargassumfish (that's her at the bottom left) lay what's called an "egg veil", a jelly-like ribbon that may be an inch thick, four inches wide and more than 30 times the length of the mom. Embedded in this veil are roughly half a million eggs. Mine laid one this morning and it can be seen here as a swirl of gelatin floating above her.
Here's an essay I did on this incredible fish back in 2009. And a video of one of mine swimming (scroll to the bottom, but read the rest if you want). And another of the fish that laid the veil today: