Back in 2006 there was news of the development of eyeglasses with flat lenses that can change their focusing power at the flick of a
switch, allowing the wearer to change their focus from the horizon to
something a few inches away in a split second.
Haven't heard of anyone owning a pair of these yet though.
Now we hear of Google Glass which is Google's attempt make wearable computing mainstream, and it's effectively a smart pair of
glasses with an integrated heads-up display and a battery hidden inside
the frame. Surf the web through your glasses!
The May issue of Consumer Reports has lots and lots of interesting pieces of advice for 101 different things ranging from food to tech cars and appliances. I can't link the stories because Consumer Reports does not flesh out their website unless you are a subscriber. Here are a few I found interesting:
"Never wash or rinse raw chicken in the sink. You'll splash germs around the kitchen and risk food poisoning." My question is "where do you wash raw chicken?" In the basement?
"Vacuum filters need replacing twice a year or so. That will ensure adequate suction." I'm embarrassed to admit I did not know vacuum cleaners even had filters. Bags, yes.
"Your lawnmower will cut better if after each use you turn it on its side and rinse underneath." Whoa! I've cut grass for years and was always told to tip the handle down and raise up the deck, never turn it on the side because the gas/oil will run into parts of the engine you don't want it to go.
Microfiber clothes do the best job of cleaning and dusting, even delicate camera lenses.
"No matter how fancy they look, dried plums are prunes. Don't pay extra for clever packaging.
Pet insurance generally costs more than it pays out.
Don't use cooking sprays on nonstick pans. They cause build up and actually cause food to stick.
"We haven't tested a deer or squirrel repellent that works well."
A very funny piece on 15 Mid Century Modern Homes that Will Kill Your Children. If you watch any HGTV at all, you'll come across some of these architectural styles and the praises from people who own them. They are not meant for children. The floating stairs example of perfect.
President Obama and his official people as well as many newspeople went to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan yesterday. Head of The Associated Press' staff at the White House , Julie Pace, took this photo of the helicopters flying to that city.