From the monthly archives:

September 2007

A Normal Diet

September 24, 2007

Recently, I decided to cut all caffeine, refined sugars, refined flours and alcohol from my diet. This is for many reasons, but mainly because I don’t feel good when I eat foods containing those things, nor do I feel good when I drink too much caffeine. Cutting out alcohol? That is because I am trying to give my liver a break, even though I don’t drink more than one glass of wine a week or less.

Although they are supportive, I’ve heard several jokes recently from friends and family that I’ve restricted my already "restrictive" diet (vegan) even more. Even though I laugh along with them, it still pains me on many levels that they just don’t "get it".

Instead of going on a full-blown rant, I am linking to a blog post that says everything I want to say and more concerning what we put into our bodies and why I am so "restrictive" about what I put into mine. That said, here is the post: What is a “normal” diet? Consumers and food industry pundits have it all backwards.

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Photo Friday: The Beach

September 21, 2007

Photo Friday: The Beach

Photographed at Belmont Shore Beach in Long Beach, California.

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WIRED NextFest 2007

September 18, 2007

To celebrate my birthday (which was Monday, September 17), Kevin and I met my mother and step-father at the LA Convention Center last Saturday for the 4th annual WIRED NextFest.

What is the WIRED NextFest? Basically, it’s like taking all the cool stuff you see in WIRED magazine and being able to pick it up and test it out. They described it as "a new world’s fair". There were a total of 160 exhibits from scientists, researchers, and inventors around the globe. And those exibits ranged from innovations in communication, design, entertainment and exploration, to health, play, robots, transportation, security, and green living.

To say that we had fun was an understatement. There was SO much stuff to see and play with, it was a little overwhelming. At first, we didn’t know where to start! We ended up roaming from one section to another, but I’m sure that we missed some stuff along the way.

Since I can’t really share every single exibit we visited, I’ll share my two favorites.

Archouse with Greenlight

WIRED NextFest - Archouse with Greenlight

A not-quite-full-sized (okay, it was small) house, that you could walk through. It was decluttered and tastefully decorated with the newest and greatest eco-living furniture and accessories. A hanging lamp that grows plants? Check! A solar-powered curtain with light show? Check! Also included was a roof with grass growing on it, as well as several self-watering flower pots. Mmmm.. Off the grid goodness.

Light Harp

WIRED NextFest - Light Harp

As you entered the pavilion, this interactive harp was playing. To make music, you can use your fingers, arms, legs (or whatever) to break the red laser beams stretching from the top steel pipe to the lower steep pipe. All the electronics needed to power the Light Harp are embedded in the steel piping. Touching different points on the beams will make higher or lower sounds, and quick moves increase volume, while slow touches produce gentle music. So cool!

There you have it. If you want to see more, I may someday post a photo of two of the bazillion we took. 😉 Or you could just go to next year’s NextFest.. See you there?

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