Friday, March 12, 2010

Hold The MSG,

Pass The HVP

Crap! This stuff is even in my Natures Path organic cereal.

You probably know about the recall of processed foods containing Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein due to salmonella contaminated manufacturing equipment. (LIST) But the big news is learning that this is just MSG by another name.

It turns out
that the amino acid in HVP that is responsible for "enhancing" the taste of foods is glutamic acid. In its crystalline form, glutamic acid is more commonly known as monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

The FDA considers
it misleading to put a "No MSG" label on foods containing glutamic acid, but the substance appears without calling attention to itself in food additives such as hydrolyzed plant protein, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured protein, autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed oat flour.

What's worse, in my naturalistic world, is this stuff is in my organic cereal! It's called "Organic Barley Malt Extract", but it's just another name for MSG. (Source)

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque of Istanbul, (formerly Constantinople).

I have never been
to Turkey, but after seeing this picture, I want to go see the giants play volley ball using that net strung between the minarets. It could be some sort of antenna, now that I look more closely. You can see a high resolution image, HERE. (At first I thought it was a clothesline.)

Potato Pen

A disposable pen made from non GMO potatoes.

There I was,
reading about the latest biodegradable plastic building materials when I saw this picture of a pen made out of potatoes.

I had to find out more, so I went to the pens' website. It is a really slick graphically designed page/presentation. It's the kind of website that I might design if I was selling futuristic bio-friendly products. See for yourself, HERE.

Pluto Platter

Walter Frederic Morrison plays with his platter.*

According to this recent story in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wham-O, the toy manufacturer founded in a Pasadena, Calif. garage in 1948, will soon be producing Frisbees, Hula Hoops and other products made from recycled plastics (such as margarine tubs, yogurt containers and milk jugs) and sawdust reclaimed from sawmills.

The company’s new owner, Kyle Aguilar, is bringing new energy to Wham-O and recently acquired Sprig Toys Inc., a Colorado-based company that makes ”eco-friendly” preschool toys out of what it calls “Sprigwood” — the recycled plastic and sawdust mix. According to the Chronicle article, Sprigwood “feels like a slightly heavier plastic with visible flecks of wood and emits the scent of cedar.” (Source; SPI)

*Walter's father invented sealed beam headlights.

The Viola

John inspects the viola "corpus" in beam of sunlight.

The 'book', and the viola are progressing wonderfully.
I will do some more design development on Sunday.

Lulu's Thursday

Trying out a possible drummer at the Blues Jam. 3/11/10

The band will
be playing Saturday as a trio. John, Mark, and myself. It will be our first official 'gig' as a trio. We are looking forward to seeing how people like our new shirts, (ha, ha). I hope to get a good recording and possibly a video of this performance. If I do, you will see it here first.

Heaven All Around

View from 2nd floor stairs, A-building. 3/12/10

We had rain
today, then just around sunset, the clouds blew east and the raindrops refracted the suns last rays, creating a happy display of color. I was out on the 2nd floor landing, taking pictures of a migrating flock of birds, and, fortuitously, am able to share this cheerful, rainbow image with you.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;
Over The Rainbow - Connie Talbot


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