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DuPont poisoned you for decades


DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee.

"They get into human blood. And they are also in every one of you. Your loved ones, your fellow citizens."

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Goodbye Jeff.




Jef Raskin, as captured by his son, Aza (used under CC-by, copyright Aza Raskin)
From Backus, Turing to Woz and Gates, nerds worship and adore many. I myself prefer conventional demi-gods like Gandi, Mill or Russell. Jeff Raskin is one of the few nerds I adore. After reading "The Humane Interface", I realised Raskin was ahead of his time. His real legacy is in his message: "understanding the needs of the user". His vision of the computer as a cheap appliance for the masses was originally put forward in an essay "Computers by the Millions" sometime in the late 70's. Raskin would later design and build the information applicance and the canon cat. But it is for his contributions to the Apple Macintosh project that he will be best remembered for.

"Raskin also had other interests. He conducted the San Francisco Chamber Opera Society and played three instruments. His artwork was displayed at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He received a patent for airplane wing construction. He was an accomplished archer, target shooter and an occasional race car driver." -- from [Wikipedia - Jeff Raskin]


Mestizo


mes ti zo (me(s-te-'zo-) pronunciation
n., pl. -zos or -zoes.

A person of mixed racial ancestry, especially of mixed European and Native American ancestry.
From peak.sfu: "Brazilian anthropologist Roberto Damatta states that "In a mestizo society, the darker people are always stigmatized. The higher you get in Brazilian society, the whiter it is. Ever since the last Brazilian emperor married a blond Austrian woman, the aristocracy has always been very white and very blond."

According to South Asian feminist Amita Handa, many South Asian women grew up constantly being told to avoid sunlight for the fear of growing darker. Growing darker, of course, meant becoming less attractive. Those putting ads in the matrimonial section of the newspapers make mention to light skin in order to upgrade their chance of finding a suitable match. All of the actors in popular Indian movies and magazines are light skinned, interesting since most Indian women are darker than those in the movies. "
(Read the article "The colour bar of beauty"@ Peak.sfu.
I'm from south India, where most us are dark skinned. I'm particulary aware of the "Stigma" of being dark skinned. When I was young, I used to be the butt of so many jokes, mostly from an aunt, who was bloody dark skinned too. Pretty Ironic.


Woz Wonderbook


The "Woz Wonderbook" was a compilation of notes from Steve Wozniak's filing cabinet that served as the first documentation and technical support manual for the Apple II computer ........ .Read about the wonderbook and the book itself in PDF @ DigiBarn




Federer and Agassi at the "unique" Burj Al Arab Tennis court in Dubai, which used to be a Helipad.(Slideshow at Foxnews)


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