January 2016 archive

Bluberries at Inverness

Blueberries harvested at Inverness. Normally blueberries would be considered a weed. However, when they are in season, it is possible to take advantage of the fruits which have an extremely high antioxidant content (1,2). At present, they are worth $31.90 per kg at the supermarket. (1) Best Berries | NutritionFacts.org. 2016. Accessed January 23. (See Link). …

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Just one of those days.

Quote of the day

“We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are” Quote Investigator

Internet in Australia

Richard Piper, 21st January 2016.
Like Mr Turnbull, I grew up in the 70s at Sydney Grammar School. The world relied on pen and paper. A form of scholarship that the modern generation has not had the privilege to experience. The years have passed, and I am getting old. I look at the past with perhaps unreasonable fondness. We can learn from the past, but the future is what we can change. In the future, it will be almost impossible to work without rapid Internet access. I can remember in 1983 at the University of New South Wales I did my first thesis on PDP 11 UNIX machine. At this time, the Internet TCPIP did not exist, although you could send an email. When I was studying in Canada in 1993, the use of a web browser was something novel …

Taralga New South Wales

Yes, they are sheep walking down the main street of Taralga.  I wonder how Willoughby Council would react to this.    

Gore Hill Oval at lunch time.

At lunch time the park is busy with people resting, walking and even doing strenuous exercise.

Harbour walk Milsons Point and Luna Park

A 3 kilometre walk along the harbour Foreshore starting at Milsons Point.

Why the Islamic world needs a new ‘golden age’

“The Muslim world’s past contributions to science and education were extraordinary. The Islamic “golden age” – during which scholarship and learning flourished across the Muslim world – lasted many centuries, and included the establishment of the world’s first universities. Today, however, Muslim-majority countries lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of education …

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Germs Guns and Steel by Jared Diamond.

“History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves … Far more Native Americans and other non-European peoples were killed by Eurasian germs than by Eurasian guns and steel weapons. (1)” Guns, Germs and Steel is a book of fundamental importance in terms of …

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Working toward a healthy and sustainable diet

In a recent review in the journal, Frontiers in Nutrition, Ruini et al. state that there is a “strong correlation between the environmental impact of food and their nutritional characteristics. Specifically, it has been demonstrated that the foods whose consumption should be moderated for health reasons are also those that have a greater impact in …

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