Friday, November 1, 2013

Today's Modern Food: It's Not What You Think. Supermarket Secrets. Sistine Chapel. Coast Guard. Diabetes.


For "Foodie Friday":

Today's Modern Food: It's not what you think - Part 1 of 2

"This video examines the truth about our Nation's food supply. The food we buy today is the product of a business who's more concerned about their own profits than their customers health and the government regulators are looking out for the interests of the businesses rather than the American people's well being."

Today's Modern Food: It's not what you think - Part 2 of 2


Supermarket Secrets

"How do you make healthy choices at the supermarket? Food journalist Michael Pollan helps us navigate the grocery store to find fresh, whole foods." 1-1/2 minute video:



On This Day:

Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public, Nov 1, 1512:

"The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo's finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

The interior of the Sistine Chapel showing the ceiling in relation to the other frescoes.

To reach the chapel's ceiling, Michelangelo designed his own scaffold, a flat wooden platform on brackets built out from holes in the wall near the top of the windows, rather than being built up from the floor.  Mancinelli speculates that this was in order to cut the cost of timber. According to Michelangelo's pupil and biographer Ascanio Condivi, the brackets and frame that supported the steps and flooring were all put in place at the beginning of the work and a lightweight screen, possibly cloth, was suspended beneath them to catch plaster drips, dust and splashes of paint.

Contrary to popular belief, he painted in a standing position, not lying on his back. According to Vasari, "The work was carried out in extremely uncomfortable conditions, from his having to work with his head tilted upwards". 

The painting technique employed was fresco, in which the paint is applied to damp plaster.  Because he was painting fresca, the plaster was laid in a new section every day, called a giornata.  At the beginning of each session, the edges would be scraped away and a new area laid down.

The Sistine Chapel is 40.5 metres long and 14 metres wide. The ceiling rises to 20 metres above the main floor of the chapel. The vault is of quite a complex design and it is unlikely that it was originally intended to have such elaborate decoration."


FDR puts Coast Guard under control of the Navy, Nov 1, 1941:

"On this day in 1941, President Roosevelt announces that the U.S. Coast Guard will now be under the direction of the U.S. Navy, a transition of authority usually reserved only for wartime.

The Coast Guard's mission is to enforce all laws applicable to the waters within U.S. territory, including laws and regulations promoting personal safety and protection of property. It provides support and aid to all vessels within U.S. territorial waters. It is charged with inspecting sailing vessels and their equipment for violations of safety regulations, as well as lighthouses, buoys, navigation equipment, and radio beacons. The Guard operates and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations, which also employs aircraft.  Women have served in the Guard since 1973."



Jay had wanted me to take him to a 7.45am doctor's appointment in Conroe, but it doesn't get light until just before 8.00am, and I don't drive in the dark, especially when it is raining.  A neighbor took him, and when he returned, Misty and I had a walk down there when we picked him up to do the rest of his errands. One place that he needed to go doesn't open until 10.00am.

It was still raining when we left, and the road from the subdivision was flooded, but not enough to make us turn around and go the long way round to the freeway. The van being high up, made it through in first gear, to keep the revs up.  It was too cool to run the AC, but we had to, to keep the moisture off the inside of the van's windows.

The doctor told Jay that he was in the first stages of diabetes, so maybe he will think about what he eats and drinks, finally.  He eats an awful lot of sweet baked goods, candy, and sugary stuff.  Beer generally contains no sugar, but what it lacks in sugar is offset by a large amount of carbohydrates, which turn into sugar.

At first, Jay was interested in seeing what foods would be good for him, and said that he was going to try to control it with diet.  But later, with all the displays of Halloween candy, he said he wanted to die happy and bought cookies and a lot of candy.  He can't say 'no' to himself.

At one thrift shop, he bought a keyboard with no cord, so at another thrift shop, which has a lot of cords, he hunted down a cord that fit it, tried it out, and it works.  Not bad for a $16.50 total investment.

At first, we had to carry brollies (umbrellas) into each store, but then it turned into a nice day.  

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