Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snopes Takes on Sucralose (Splenda)

As with any artificial sweetener, there is a significant number of people who believe Splenda is horrible for you or even deadly.

Snopes seems to believe (with factual basis)  this fear is mostly hooey.

I think I might be one of those rare people who has a problem processing many of the sugar substitutes. I seem to notice sucralose affecting my body in ways that make it preferable to avoid it.

Real sugar is, of course, a demon sent from hell to delight us all.

I wonder if anyone has written a book with a sensible way to "get off" sugar the way people "get off" heroin? Because the addiction is probably nearly as strong and, in the long run, nearly as harmful.

I believe I'm supposed to consider Splenda the equivalent of a methadone clinic. As the methadone clinic is to the heroin addict, sugar substitutes are to the sugar junkie. I think that's the selling point.

Actually, when I read even the non-alarmist articles like this, it makes me want to avoid the things altogether. Every one of the four "principal artificial sweeteners" has a dark side to it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(virile man)

(work it, work it)

(I like collections)

Pat O'Malley

Pat O'Malley's photography is new to me.

I had such a good time checking out his Tumblr just now.

I reblogged a slew of my favorites from his Tumblr, which are topmost (right now, anyway) at The Visual Virgin.

O'Malley's sensibility is clearly limber. I appreciate the range, the playful sense of experimentation, the sense of humor, and the strange inversions of classical ideas of beauty in his work. Also, the photographer works with some very interesting palettes.

William Forsythe: In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Published on Oct 29, 2012

Marta Romagna (Principal La Scala) Roberto Bolle (Principal La Scala and ABT) Zenaida Yanowsky (Principal Royal Ballet)
In the Middle Somewhat Elevated
cor. William Forsythe

Uploaded on Jul 22, 2006

Svetlana Zakharova and Andre Merkuriev of the Mariinsky performing the pas de deux from In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Choreographed by Forsythe.

Sylvie Guillem in an extract from William 
Forsythe's "In the Middle Somewhat Elevated.