Archive for December, 2012

Before I die, I want to …

Before I die, I want to …

By Candy Chang, Special to CNN
December 23, 2012

Editor’s note: Candy Chang, a TED Fellow, is an artist, designer, and urban planner who explores making cities more comfortable and contemplative places. See more at TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading,” which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

(CNN) — On a quiet August day I lost someone I loved very much. Her name was Joan and she was a mother to me for 15 years. Her death was sudden and unexpected, and there were still so many things she wanted to do: Learn to play the piano, live in Paris, see the Pacific Ocean.

I spent a long time full of grief, and then I felt gratitude for the time we had together. I thought about death a lot, which brought clarity to my life, the people I want to be with, and the things I want to do. But I struggled to maintain this perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you.

Candy Chang

Candy Chang

I wondered if other people felt the same way. Over the past few years I’ve tried ways to share more with my neighbors in public space, using simple tools like stickers, stencils, and chalk. This time I wanted to know what was important to the people around me and I wanted a daily reminder to restore perspective.

So with help from old and new friends, I transformed the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard and stenciled it with a grid of the fill-in-the-blank sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.


It was all an experiment and I didn’t know what to expect. By the next day the wall was entirely filled out and it kept growing: Before I die I want to … sing for millions, see my daughter graduate, eat all the candy and sushi in the world, straddle the International Date Line, be someone’s cavalry, live off the grid, build a school, hold her one more time, abandon all insecurities, be completely myself …


People’s responses made me laugh out loud, tear up, and they consoled me during my own tough times. This neglected space became a constructive one where we understood our neighbors in new and enlightening ways. It also showed us we are not alone in our hopes, fears and struggles as we try to lead fulfilling lives.

Chang invited public to fill in the blanks.
Chang invited public to fill in the blanks.

After receiving requests from passionate people around the world, my Civic Center colleagues and I created a toolkit and project site to help people make a wall with their community. You can also download all files for free to remix or create your own stencils.

Now over 75 Before I Die walls have been created in over 10 languages and in over 25 countries, including Kazakhstan, Argentina, China, Denmark, and South Africa. Each wall is unique and reflects the people of that community, and each wall is a tribute to living an examined life. And by using a few simple tools like chalkboard paint and chalk, this project shows you don’t need a big budget to make a big impact.

Death is something we’re often discouraged to talk about or even think about: Don’t go there. It’s too sad. You don’t need to think about it until you’re older. However, regularly contemplating death—as Stoicism and other philosophies encourage—is a powerful and healthy tool to put daily stresses in their place, re-appreciate the present, and remember what matters most to you.

Thinking about death clarifies your life. In our age of increasing distractions, it’s important to find ways to step back, pause, and reflect on our experiences so we make the most of our brief and tender lives. It’s not our experiences that define us but what we make of our experiences that defines us as we grow and change.


Our public spaces are as profound as we allow them to be. Our streets, parks, plazas, and subways are for everyone, yet take a quick look at the messages on display and it seems like we only care about sexy beers and fruity shampoos. How can our public spaces nourish our well-being and better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals?

Every passerby is another person full of longing, anxiety, fear, wonder, and wisdom, and there is great power in knowing you are not alone. With more ways to share in public space, the people around us can not only help us make better places, they can help us become our best selves.

Fried Garlic

Fried garlic is used in noodle soups and variety of other dishes.

Traditionally, people would mince garlic and fry it in a pan. You would have to stir the garlic constantly to keep it from burning and uneven browning and take it out at the right time. Then, you would have to wash the pan. Slow and a hassle when compared to the joy of microwave.



Benefits of Frozen Lemon

Amazing frozen

All it is… a frozen lemon

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.


How can you use the whole lemon without waste?

Simple.. place the lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it)and sprinkle it on top of your foods.

Sprinkle it to your whisky, wine, vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, noodles,spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes.

All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste,

something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore.

Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles.

What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes?

Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting.

But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier.

It’s also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body.

So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That’s the lemon secret! Better late than NEVER! The surprising benefits of lemon!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. {{{it could maybe help}}}

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors.

This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressantcombats stress andnervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas…

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells.

And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Dog and Child Moment

Dog and Child Moment

*The dog is so gentle & keeps trying to engage the child. What a beautiful animal!

Sweet Mama Dog Interacting with a Beautiful Child with Down Syndrome

Shit Burger : Japanese researchers

Shit Burger: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Soon we will eat, the.?

Leaving aside questions of ethics and aesthetics, experts ask: Is it safe for your health? In theory – is safe, experts say. In any case, you must first prepare the meat, and heat treatment would kill any destructive pathogen. “Turd is not necessary – emphasizes Douglas Powell of Kansas State University (USA). – But if you still do it together, do not forget to fry. ”

“Well, my dear, – said Sobakevich – if I did it myself, but I’ll tell you straight in the eye, the filth that I’m not going there. I stuck to the frog even though the sugar, will not take it into his mouth, and oysters, too, will not take: I know what looks like an oyster. ”

Japanese researchers have isolated the nutrients from sewage bacteria and recombine them. The final product consists of 63% from protein, 25% from carbohydrate and 9% of the minerals. In a mixture of soy protein is added to flavor and color – in order to “meat” was a natural color.

That’s Mitsuyuki Ikeda of Okayamskoy laboratory approached the request of Tokyo Sewege do something useful with the contents of sewage 13,000,000th metropolis to do with that – you know – have almost nowhere to go.

Mr. Powell said that with the abstract point of view is the same as eating vegetables that were fertilized with manure. And from an environmental perspective it’s even better than beef because cattle – a source of greenhouse gases.

The only problem is (we believe the time): shit burger is worth 10-20 times more expensive than what you propose in your favorite eatery. Psychological barrier? Nonsense! You eat what you serve in the eatery …



“Healthy urine goes from clear to pale yellow, dark yellow to amber,” says consultant urologist Tim Terry. This depends on hydration levels, but if you’re somewhere in the yellow team, you can breathe easy.

“Some antiseptics and anaesthetics give urine a green tinge,” says Terry. This is thanks to methylene blue, a dye which kidneys sometimes struggle with. Nothing too much to worry about though.
“This is a sign of liver dysfunction,” warns Terry. If your urine is this colour and you notice that your stools are white, it could be obstructive jaundice. Put down that beer – it’s GP time.

Muddy-looking pee means kidney problems. “This can be a sign of serious renal disease, even a fistula,” says Terry. That’s when your bowel leaks into your bladder. Taxi to casualty now.

This is really bad. Blood in your urine can mean a haemorrhage or cancer. “In anyone over 40 we assume it’s bladder cancer, unless proven other wise,” says Terry. Get yourself to the doctor, pronto.

Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

By Diane Driscoll September 17, 2010 11:00 AM


Why Sex Makes Us Women Moan

According to Lady Hillingdon in her 1912 journal entry, when doing the deed women are supposed to “lie back and think of England.” Husbands will have their way. And sex? Downgrade it to a wifely duty with no pleasure in it for us. Tsk tsk. And yet, women moaned and moaned and moaned…throughout every age.

On second thought, not so ladylike and more like the phrase “a whore in the bedroom”. But if women are supposed to be so coy about their libidos, why are we the only ones doing all the moaning, screaming, panting and yelling when the guys we are with are, for the most part, keeping mum?

It’s called FCV (Female Copulatory Vocalization) and it’s a conundrum to a lot of scientists. For most of history and still even today, sex has been considered private, sometimes “dirty”, and yet here we women are announcing our sexual pleasure for all the world (or at least our neighbors) to hear. And guess what? Female primates do it too. Now, in the minds of scientists, in terms of evolution, this doesn’t make sense for early woman or for female primates who share this trait with us. Say you’re said early human or a primate, like a baboon, who has sex on the ground and not in a tree…and there the female is getting busy and moaning up a storm. A loud and clear signal for predators that now is a good time to come and eat us…so why wasn’t this trait naturally selected out? A female baboon’s FCV call can be heard, even by the human ear, from 328 yards away. You go, baboon girl. And you’d think that would lead to a lot of dead early humans and primates, and scientists would agree.  Apparently the more promiscuous the species is, the more complex the FCV. Sadly us more monogomous humans have a relatively mundane FCV comparatively. But if you ask any red blooded human male, most likely he’d say what we’re doing is doing the trick.

So let’s agree we’re not so coy after all. We loves us some heart pumping, mind blowing, orgasm reaching, pelvic pumping sex just like men and we’re not afraid to let you know, even at risk of death by predator. So then what is the reasoning behind all that vocalization? A few theories come to mind…that it helps the male come to the ejaculatory phase…? Nah, most scientists cross this one out because in nature, turns out the primate males need no urging to ejaculate and it happens pretty quickly. I’m sure you’ve encountered this with a few human male counterparts too. No, what most scientist think is that it’s a call to other males, “Here I am…ready and willing, come have sex with me.” Women are broadcasting, whether we know it or not, that we want sex…we want to orgasm…we can have your babies. Nice strong babies that can be the survivors of the species. Because during orgasm, that’s when our FCVs intensify in volume and rate.

According to an article in Psychology Today, British primatologist Stuart Semple “recorded more than 550 copulation calls from seven different female baboons and…found that these complex vocalizations contained information related both to the female’s reproductive state (the vocalizations were more complex when females were closer to ovulation) and to the status of the male ‘inspiring’ any given vocalization (calls were longer and contained more distinct sonic units during matings with higher-ranked males). Thus, in these baboons at least, listening males could presumably gain information as to their likelihood of impregnating a calling female, as well as some sense of the rank of the male they’d find with her if they approached.” Does that mean we human females are also looking to trade up and will moan longer and louder with an alpha male?  And if so, imagine the noises Michelle Obama must be rockin’ the White House with now!

Of course, this brings to mind another interesting conundrum…why then do lesbians moan? Scientists? Lesbians?

Cinnamon Tea for Weight Loss

Cinnamon Tea for Weight Loss

By Maggie Lynn, eHow Contributor
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Cinnamon Tea for Weight Loss

Cinnamon tea is easy and inexpensive to make; all you need is water and cinnamon. It may also be a key to weight loss for some people. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon or place two cinnamon sticks in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for half an hour, sieve out the clumps of cinnamon, and enjoy. For the best results, drink this tea first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep at night.


  • There are many benefits to consuming cinnamon beyond weight loss. Adding cinnamon to your diet can lower the risk of diabetes and lower bad cholesterol. It can also calm an upset stomach and reduce the risk of ulcers. Cinnamon has a positive effect on memory and may help the brain function on a higher level. Sprinkle cinnamon on your breakfast toast or cereal in the morning and see if you perform better at work.


  • Cinnamon tea is also touted as a weight loss remedy when made with other ingredients. You may get better results with this recipe for Cinnamon and Honey Tea. Create a regular cinnamon tea and add 1 tablespoon of pure honey after the tea sits for half an hour so the boiling water does not destroy honey’s beneficial properties. It is recommended to drink all cinnamon teas both before bed and first thing in the morning.

    Honey can aid in better digestion. This natural sweetener keeps the blood sugar level constant so there is no “high” or “crash” as there is with sugar. Honey’s vitamins and minerals nourish the body and help keep bad cholesterol levels down.


  • Cinnamon is obtained from the bark of the cinnamon tree native to Sri Lanka. Ceylon cinnamon is sometimes referred to as “true cinnamon.” It is fine, crumbles easily, is less aromatic, and is made only from the inner bark of the tree.

    Cassia is regularly sold as cinnamon and is made from the entire bark of the tree. It is stronger and somewhat bitter compared to Ceylon. It contains a chemical called coumarin that can be toxic if taken in large quantities. Small amounts of cassia will not cause any problems. If large doses (about 1/2 teaspoon) are taken regularly, it may be unsafe. Avoid more than a sprinkle of cassia cinnamon if you are pregnant. Ceylon, “true cinnamon,” contains hardly any coumarin and is considered safe.

How to Make Home Made Face Masks for Oily Skin

How to Make Home Made Face Masks for Oily Skin

How to Make Home Made Face Masks for Oily Skin

Love how your face feels after a pricey facial mask treatment? Love that sensation but would love to have it at home, and cheaper? Then these face mask recipes are perfect for you. These recipes are specifically designed for oily skin types, these face mask recipes will be a treat to do for yourself or for a nice gift for a friend or relative.

Oily Skin Face Masks

Apple Oatmeal Face Mask
1/2 apple, cooked soft and mashed
1 Tablespoon honey
instant oatmeal to make a paste
Combine all the above ingredients and apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash face with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.

Strawberry Lemon Face Mask
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 egg whites
2 teaspoon honey
1 cup strawberries
Blend all the above ingredients and apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash face with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. This makes two masks so you can cut it in half or invite a friend over.
Strawberry Butter Mask
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 large strawberry, mashed
Beat both the above ingredients together and apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash face with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.

Lemon Butter Mask
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Beat both the above ingredients together and apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash face with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.

Egg White Mask
1 egg white
6 drops witch hazel
6 drops lemon juice
Whisk in a bowl the egg white until stiff peaks form, add the rest of ingredients listed above. Apply to the face and avoid your eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes, or let dry, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel.

How they help
These face masks help by the ingredients. Oatmeal will soothe and calm the skin while also absorbing oil, and the fruit acids in the fruit ingredients will exfoliate dry skin cells and leave you with a better hydrated glow. Honey contains anti-microbial properties to cleanse and refine your face. Butter is an excellent source of vitamin A, so it makes a great mask for dry or damaged (i.e. sunburned) skin. Any of these ingredients can help your desert air face with extra nutrients and hydration.


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