Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Unrecipe of the Week

April 19, 2012

I love to cook. I am confident and intuitive in the kitchen, and I don’t need to rely on a recipe to make a wonderful meal. Except when I want to hard boil eggs.

Go ahead and Google “how to make a hard-boiled egg” and you will get many different answers, ranging from 9-17 minutes. Some add vinegar or salt to the water, others don’t. After a little trial and error, here is my  fool-proof method:

Fool-Proof Hard Boiled Eggs:

Place large eggs in a small pot, and cover them with cold water. Set the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down so the water is gently simmering,and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.

When the eggs are done, run cold water into the pot (with the cooking water still in it) to start the cooling process. Peel and enjoy!

WikiHow has an interesting way of telling if the eggs are done or not: Whirl the egg on a table or countertop. If the egg spins quickly and evenly, it is hard-boiled. If it spins slowly and wobbles off to one side, it is soft-boiled.

photo: Glasshouse Images

What’s the Buzz?

April 6, 2012

Here are a few things that people were buzzing about this week:

Beyonce’s tumblr :

Beyonce unveiled her tumblr page entitled “Beyonce/ I am” and took the photo blogging world by a storm. Although the site is professionally done, it is filled with personal photos.

Check it out for a look inside the superstar’s life.

Google’s Project Glass:

Google’s new Project Glass, features “augmented reality glasses” that will be able to function much like your smart phone, via a pair of high tech glasses.

The project is well into it’s concept phase, and it is speculated that they could be released as soon as late 2012, and retail for somewhere between $250-600.

Check out the video on their site, to see a hypothetical day in the life of a Google Glasses user.

My Left Foot

April 5, 2012

I have an ugly little secret. Don’t tell anyone, but I have a bunion on my left foot. A really, really ugly bunion.

It’s been there for years.  For a long time, I considered it a badge of courage; a medal for enduring pounding runs, and teetering high heels. It came about during the late ‘90s, when pointy toes were all the rage, and grew larger as heels grew higher.

Despite slathering my feet with Vaseline every morning before I go to the gym, I have callouses in that area, as well as the occasional blister. Not pretty.

The bunion rarely hurts, so I just ignore it and hope it goes away.  Recently, I started experiencing some pain elsewhere on my foot, and when I looked at the slightly swollen area on the top of my foot, the red welts from uncomfortable shoes, and the big old lump sticking out of one side, I knew something needed to be done before sandal season.

As usual, rather than consult a real professional, I consulted Google. According to various websites of varying degrees of credibility, many bunions come from the toes being compressed for long periods of time. (Those stilettos really are to blame!) Most doctors recommend a simple surgery to reset the bones to their original locale.

In my opinion, no surgery is “simple” and I set out to find a home remedy.

If compression caused the problem, than it only seems natural that stretching the toes apart should reverse the damage, right?

While perusing the local Duane Reade the other day, I found my ally, by the name of

“Goodnight Bunion.”

“Goodnight Bunion” is a medieval looking contraption that hooks onto your big toe to “gently realign tight tendons and muscles in your foot while you sleep as an alternative to surgery.”

For a fully refundable $9.99, my foot problems are on the way out.

The first night, B tried to help me figure out how to put it on. She ultimately consulted her Holy Grail, YOUTUBE, where she found a video tutorial entitled “How to put on Goodnight Bunion.” Yes, it’s that complicated.

Once strapped into the thing, it is nearly impossible to walk. Sleeping with a big plastic thing on your foot is also challenging, unless you sleep flat on your back. Otherwise, the shin of your other leg gets very bruised, thus distracting you from the discomfort of your bunion.

The first 2 nights I had to take it off after only a couple of hours. It seems that one of the side effects of Goodnight Bunion, is Good Morning Arch Cramps!

Alas, enduring pain is the price of beauty, and I am determined to self heal my gnarly foot.

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