Why is sugar so supposably bad for you?

August 30, 2010

Sweet Baby Grammar Jesus cries every time you use the word “supposably” and so do I.  The word is “supposedly.”  “Supposably” actually does mean “capable of being supposed or conjectured,” but that is not the way people tend to use it, and it is not the way you used it in your question.  You used it to mean “purportedly” or “allegedly.”  Walk on the safe side of the street, people.  Use “supposedly.”  Trust me.

Oh, and sugar is bad for you because it is evil.

NOTE: May 2011 – The New York Times article “Is Sugar Toxic?” by Gary Taubes is an excellent article to read as well.

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What should I get for a Lego fanatic that has way too many Legos?

August 21, 2010

Your fanatic probably already has a brick separator (There is a $5.95 one that is not as complete as the $8.95 one), but if she doesn’t, buy her at least two, as they are worth their weight in gold to any Lego fan.  They also make a good gift to Lego fanatic parents, as well.  For a more advanced Lego fan (older than 8 or so), Brick Journal (Vol. 1 or Vol. 2) is a wonderful magazine.  I personally found The Unofficial Lego Builder’s Guide very helpful (but I am far from an expert).

For younger children(4-10, maybe?), Cool Cars and Trucks by Sean Kenney is a great read.  It is worth watching the author’s videos on Amazon and looking at his site, as he has achieved the very rare “Lego Certified Professional” title (there are only 11 in the world!).  I really loved The Lego Book from DK, and my son loves it, too.  It’s a beautiful slip-covered book (more for grown-ups, but has tons of pictures) about the history of Lego, with a second book just about minifigures.  Also, a nice photobook of your fanatic’s creations is a thoughtful gift, too.


Green tea?

August 18, 2010

UPDATE (7/2013): TeaGschwender that was next to the Rockefeller Center Lego store closed at least a year ago, maybe more.  Sorry, I don’t often go back and re-read my old posts, but when I do, I try to correct what I see as incorrect or outdated info.  BTW: my favorite green tea right now is Clouds and Mist green tea, which is from China (there are many different brands of it).  I had a hard time finding a Chinese green tea I liked because I like the leaves steamed as opposed to roasted, so I like a Sen Cha style of tea.

ORIGINAL POST: I just tried a new green tea I loved – the Japan Kabusecha Organic from TeaGschwendner. It was a recommendation from a very knowledgeable salesperson at the Rockefeller Center store (next to the Lego store). He recommended I brew it at 140-150 degrees F, and he was absolutely right. This tea is so subtle and delicate, yet intensely flavorful.

Another tea entry is here.


Marker on dry-erase board won’t erase?

August 5, 2010

Densely scribble over it again and again with a dry erase marker, then wipe it with a dry (preferably textured) towel or dry erase board eraser.  You’re welcome.


Where can my kid get a good ab workout?

August 3, 2010

Union Square Park Playground – the big silver orb.  This blog post has great pictures of it.  The object is to climb to the top of the orb, and the worse you are at it, the more of a work out you’ll get.  My kid took about 10 or 12 tries to get up it, and he woke up with sore abs this morning, so the workout component was inadvertent, but effective.  It took me about 25 tries to get up it, and my abs are a little sore, but my lower lats and traps are barking (I had to pull myself up a lot more than he did, and I obviously weigh more).  Also, during my 25 tries, I was breathing fairly heavily, so there was a good cardio component there, too, I’m sure.

NOTE: One of the major complaints of this playground is that the silver orb gets ridiculously hot in the sun, and the complainers are right.  Recently, there was a shade put up over the orb and it really helps.  I was there yesterday, in full sun, at around 2 p.m. and it had to be around 90 degrees, and there was definitely enough shade on the orb.


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