Saturday, December 4, 2010

This week's compendium

Here’s this week’s compendium. This week…

1. search engines Bing and yahoo!7 listed their top searches for 2010 [1]. Banal. Who’s Kim Kardashian?

2. Australia’s top-rating TV programs for 2010 were announced [2]. Banal.

3. Canada pipped Australia for top spot on the Country Brand Index 2010 [3a, 3b]. Don’t you dare gloat, Canadian friends.

4. gizmodo ran a fine piece on ‘Why Batteries Die’ [4]. Oh.

5. I read about a functional object [5]. It’s beautiful too. I want one.

6. after last Saturday’s Victorian election, activist Stephen Mayne’s likely to hold the Upper House balance of power [6]. With 1.06% of the primary vote! Good on him.

7. a fellow grumpy old doctor lamented the use of nouns as verbs [7]. I do too.

8. I saw an item about high salt levels in bought bread [8]. So bake your own.

9. I read that organically managed cows emit much less methane [9]. Look at all the other benefits, too.

10. I saw that from 1951 to 2009 Hobart’s MS incidence doubled [10]. The authors haven’t considered MRI scanning greatly improves MS diagnostic accuracy.

11. a report says the best diet for keeping weight off is a high protein/low GI one [11]. Interesting.

12. I loved this item about the ultimate clothes peg [12]. Good on you, EcoForce.

Finally, I wish you, dear Farmdoc’s Blog readers, a wonderful week.

1 comment:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

My dear Farmdoc, we Canadians would never gloat; we just feel intensely smug!
Thank you for noticing that better diagnosis increases numbers of diseases.
Social problems also appear to rise once we recognise them.
I love the pedal power kitchen but I believe the best for all our belarded couch potatoes(oops is that a noun taking on an adjectival use) is pedal powered TV.