Ceiling fan on repaintd ceiling

image: Anne's repainted office ceiling

|| 21 February 2019

Cleaning: The new household rules

After you have Marie-Kondoed everything, the experts have some advice for cleaning.

The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

NEXT NOUVELLES: Sunday, 3 March

The desktop computer I use for designing the website must be disconnected and covered for the remainder of the work on the office. Unfortunately, my laptop does not handle the web design software well. Things should be back to normal by 3 March. — Anne


|| 17 February 2019

Ultraprocessed Foods And Early Death

It's worse than just likely to make us fat. More medical evidence is telling us that ultraprocessed foods can cause our early death. Oh dear !

A recent study in France calculated an associated 14% higher risk of early death for each 10% increase in the proportion of ultraprocessed foods consumed.

You can read more about the ultraprocessed foods study in this CNN article.

In the USA we are being alerted to studies about the dangers of ultraprocessed fried potatoes and fried chicken.

Eating fried potatoes linked to higher risk of death

People who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of an early death compared to those who avoid them, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found.

And one serving of fried chicken a day linked to 13% higher risk of death.

A regular serving of fried chicken or fish is associated with a higher risk of death from any cause except cancer, according to a new study done in postmenopausal women in the United States.

Skip the food with chemicals. Bake your potatoes. Roast your chicken. Bon appétit.


|| 10 February 2019

They’re Overeating. Don’t Look !

Once again I am painting. Specifically I trying to paint the ceiling in my office which offers difficulties. When the wallboard was installed over the original plaster in the 1971 remodel of this house, the ceiling was not primed. And it was given only one coat of white paint that decades ago turned a rusty brown. Then, sometime before I bought the house there was a roof leak.

In any case, I seem to be spending a great part of my time taping up long strips of floor to ceiling plastic to protect the wood paneling. I am a good painter, but a messy one.

As usual, while taping and moving furniture and perching on a ladder and painting, I am listing to an audiobook.

My choice for this project is The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson.

I have read several other books by the author and found them entertaining and thought-provoking. In this book we are promised an analysis of networks that existed in past eras. In the first ten chapters we have had little history, but a plethora of quotes about networks. Information which most of us already know.

One item of interest, however, relates to Chic & Slim.

In the original Chic & Slim I advise you to “socialize with slim people, you will pick up their good eating habits.”

In The Square and the Tower, the author reports on a study that found that people seeing other people overeating were more likely themselves to overeat. This was true even if the overeater was a stranger at the next table in the restaurant.

So, if they are overeating, don’t look !