If you see tags like these on a coat that you plan on wearing, take them off. Same for the gold and black stickers on ball caps or price tags or security dye tags.
I see these on the sleeves of people on the subway who appear to be otherwise able to dress themselves, and it’s all I can do to not “accidentally” snip them off.
Thanks Blackberry team! I was waiting this.
I saw The Battery last night as part of Zombie Appreciation Night at Toronto After Dark. This is dark and comedic, and one of the best zombie genre films I’ve seen in a long while. It focuses primarily on the relationship of these two men who don’t start out as friends, but teammates. They have nothing really in common other than a desire to survive.
Go to the film’s web page at The Battery and buy the DRM-free film for $5 (or more). I saw it last night, and decided I needed to own it.
There’s a solid soundtrack that is often tied to a prop set of headphones. It works really nicely, and the director stated during the Q&A following this screening that the idea to score the film through the headphones didn’t even occur to him until editing. I never would have guessed… it worked that well.
The soundtrack also features Toronto’s Rock Plaza Central (Yep Roc), and Chris Eaton from the band was in the theatre to play a bit of ‘Anthem for the Already Defeated,’ a song which worked really well in this genre film.
The story of an honest security guard and his exterminator side kick as they chase something… I’d say more, but wouldn’t want to spoil the film for anyone.
We Are What We Are Q&A with the film makers. From the festival’s synopsis;
USA – A critically acclaimed new horror thriller from award-winning filmmaker Jim Mickle (STAKELAND) about a cannabalistic family trying to keep their blood-thirsty habits a secret from their fellow townspeople.
Not at all a massacre of the chainsaw variety. Sorry on massacre for must of the film, a slow narrative build a really compelling story with sympathetic ‘bad’ people.
BluFit is the smart water bottle that helps you stay healthy by working with your phone to make sure you drink enough water. Studies show that nearly half of us are perpetually dehydrated leading to a variety of conditions, including decreased metabolism and brain activity. BluFit solves this by determining how much water you need, how much you’ve drank and by alerting you when it’s time to hydrate. This method ensures that your body is always operating at its best.
I suppose $60 is a fair price for something that’s Bluetooth enabled… but why the hell would you need a smart water bottle? Google returns plenty of links to how the “8 glasses of water” idea is a myth. For the most part, unless you’re eating a solid diet of dry crackers, you likely get most of your body’s required water from your diet. Some myths just won’t die.
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health has a good piece on the origins of the water requirements as a brief mention in an American dietary guide. From a footnote to a cure-all for everything wrong with the human body, including blaming caffeinated beverages from blocking water absorption.
Scientific endorsement of a minimal water requirement first appeared as a brief footnote in 1945, when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences in the US published its Dietary Guidelines. It recommended that, as the average male diet would consume 2,500 kilocalories (10,467 kilojoules), this diet would require 1 mL of water for each kilocalorie; consequently 2,500 mL of fluid should be ingested on a daily basis. This recommendation was repeated in the 1948 revision14 with no reference or authority cited in the calculation.
As a side-note, coffee and tea count as water, despite what you might have heard to the contrary; you’re taking in extra water with those beverages if you drink a lot of them, so it’s not the “diuretic effect” that makes you pee, it’s the “too much water effect” that does. The diuretic effect is, apparently, minimal.
While caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect — meaning that they may cause the need to urinate — they don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration.
The Week links to a nice selection of articles on the myth surrounding the obsessive water drinking among non-athletes.
Research suggests that drinking water when you start to feel thirsty is sufficient should you desire to continue existing.