We see the emerging opportunity to ‘snackify’ beverages and ‘drinkify’ snacks as the next frontier in food and beverage convenience.

Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo CEO

This is pretty sick though.  We are moving ever closer to the society envisioned by WALL-E.  Liquified food.  Dumb, fat humans marching towards our extinction with a 40 oz. Slurpee and a straw.  Terrific.

(via adamiss and evangotlib)

I’ll plagiarize Michael Pollan here…“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

This is all part of our stockholder enslavement. Food companies need to grow. And they’re genius marketers. So of course our waistlines will grow in parallel with food company revenues. For the sake of our health, we must consciously fight a consumption-obsessed environment so heavily armed against us. Conscientiousness is the new black.

80% of all fire fatalities occur in single family homes. There has never been a fire in the history of the US that has claimed more than one life in single family homes with working sprinkler systems combined with working smoke detectors. 2,895 people died in fires in 2007.

Workplaces are required by law to have sprinkler systems. But not homes. And that’s where the majority of deaths occur.

Why? Home builders oppose it.


photo: Joel Sternfeld

From my post over at The Future Well:

Public Health 2.0: It won’t come from Public Health 1.0:

Google is working on a much, much more important initiative that, if successful, could be one of the greatest contributions to public health the world has ever seen– data-driven, crash-proof “brains on wheels“– self-driving cars that aware of the road, of other cars, and of passengers. Imagine a world where the highways are as safe as the skies (45,000 planes take off and land every day in America).

This is Public Health 2.0– data-driven, technology-enabled, real world solutions that take an active risky everyday behavior and turn it into a passive, nearly error-proof experience. Public Health innovation won’t come from your local woefully underfunded and understaffed public health department. Public health revolutions will come from tech companies that have almost zero connections to medical care.

photo by Nicolai Howalt

A WOMAN who hopes to become the fattest woman in the world is now 30,000 calories closer to her 453.5kg (1000lb) goal with a festive feast that could have fed dozens of people.

Donna Simpson, who weights 292kg, sat in a reinforced metal chair, chowed down on the world’s biggest Christmas dinner as she ate for two straight hours.

The single mother-of-two, from New Jersey in the US, tucked into two 11kg (25lb) turkeys, two maple-glazed hams, 6.8kg (15lbs) of potatoes – 4.5kg (10lbs) roast, 2.3kg (5lbs) mashed, five loaves of bread, 2.3kg of herb stuffing, three litres of gravy, three litres of cranberry dressing and an astonishing 9kg (20lbs) of vegetables.

After polishing off her enormous main course, she still had room for dessert and ate a “salad” made of marshmallow, cream cheese, whipped cream and cookies.

Your health insurance premiums hard at work. But this is really sad. I wonder what psychiatrists would diagnose her with?

I’m not the world’s best gift giver when it comes to purchasing things for others. So I try to give gifts that aren’t physical things, but experiences. So this year I decided to create a website for my family (powered by tumblr) and invited my extended family to be authors. If you’re interested, it’s here

The social internet creates a bit of a problem. Your profile is all about you, the individual (granted, Facebook has “groups”). We’d go on a family vacation and the digital photos would remain on the computers of the people who took those photos. They’d share some on Facebook (although I don’t because Facebook is in my opinion painfully ugly), but there wasn’t a single, dedicated, beautifully designed place on the internet for The Parkinson Family to call our own. 

So I made one. And now my whole family is scanning in old pics of our great grandparents, pics of us as children, writing old family stories, and embedding YouTube videos of my grandfather telling stories, etc..

And since Tumblr makes multi-author blogging so easy, much of my family can do it (except gramps). The only problem is…damn these photos are embarrassing (that’s me in 1986).