Category Archives: Rants & Raves

Go Walk, You Couch Potatoes – Stop Paying Electric Bills!

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The future of energy is amazing.

If I walked 3-4 miles a day on my treadmill ever single day, hmmm, I wonder how many electrical appliances I could power up???

Food for thought.

Some in Paris, France are doing it. Here’s the interesting link from my Tumblr webpage:

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Cheesecake Factory “Food Porn”

A sign for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is pictured in Glendale

This a RANT:

A Cheesecake Factory pasta dish with more than 3,000 calories – or more than an entire day of the recommended calorie intake for an average adult – is #1 on this year’s Xtreme Eating list of the most unhealthy dishes at U.S. chain restaurants. Their Bistro Shrimp Pasta, made with a butter and cream sauce and topped with fried shrimp, has 3,120 calories and about 89gr of saturated fat with 1,090mg of sodium. Yikes!!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer-focused nonprofit group promoting healthier eating, compiles an annual list of “food porn” to alert consumers to menu items with eye-popping levels of calories, saturated fat, sugar and/or sodium. “This Pasta’s like eating three orders of Olive Garden’s Lasagna Classico plus an order of tiramisu for dinner!” CSPI said.

The 2013 list of restaurants in the hot seat was released last Wednesday.

CSPI for years has used the “bad awards” to raise awareness and drum up support for calorie disclosure on restaurant menus – something larger chains soon will be required to do under the U.S. health reform law.

As some of you may know, Cheesecake Factory is known for its ample portions and wide selection of decadent cheesecakes – many which, shockingly enough, weigh in at around 1,000 calories a slice. Ouch.

Other Xtreme Eating winners for 2013 include:

Johnny Rockets: A single Bacon Cheddar Double Hamburger comes in at 1,770 calories, 50gr of saturated fat and 2,380mg of sodium. For comparison, THREE Quarter Pounders with Cheese from McDonald’s have 1,570 calories total.

Smoothie King: Their 40-ouncePeanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie has 1,460 calories and 22 tsp of added sugar plus 29 tsp of naturally occurring sugar!

Maggiano’s Little Italy: One slice of their Chocolate Zuccotto Cake weighs nearly one pound and has 1,820 calories and 62gr of saturated fat – or the equivalent of 15 Hostess Ho Hos!!!

Better hit the gym after eating any of these selections! 🙂

“Print” A House, Or An Entire Neighborhood. Oh My.

This is definitely a RAVE:

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Contour Crafting:

A University of Southern California professor devised a layered fabrication method he calls Contour Crafting that he believes could be used to print entire buildings.

Professor Khoshnevis isn’t the first person to suggest 3-D printing structures like this, but his method is novel in that it would also add plumbing, electrical wiring, and other infrastructure as the structure is built, layer by layer, from the ground up. The technology could be used for rapidly-deployable emergency housing, he says, but could someday also be used to generate luxury, built-to-spec homes.

Amazing!

Sexy Men NEVER Go Out Of Style

This is a definite RAVE:

What a hunk.  Momma mia!!  I say that this is definitely erotic romance book material.  *smile*

 

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Captivating Picture Of Black & White

This is a RAVE:  😀

 

When I looked closely at these two women and the way they were arched, it reminded me of a heart shape. Lovely.

 

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It’s About Time. Cool!

This is a RAVE:

This is a pretty cool concept–and futuristic-looking too, don’t you agree?

Get Your Wrist-Watch On Your Nails! No More Hunting Around For Your Watch Cause It’s On Your Finger Instead!!

There are many different types of futuristic watches with strange shapes and designs but none so unique as this. You may not have ever seen a watch that can be worn on the thumb, but times are going to change thanks to Timex.

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Sneaky Hyundai Marketing Scheme–For Shame!

This is definitely a RANT.

Well, well, well.

I just got word yesterday that due to Hyundai’s deliberately inflating the gas mileage on their new Elantras(They “claim” they made a mistake. Ha! Mistake my left foot!), I will be receiving $27.32 every year for as long as I own the car.

Not a lot of money, but heck, it’s better than nothin’. I think I’ll have a glass of homemade Sangria in celebration. Anyone wanting the recipe, let me know. Cheers!

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