Friday, November 14, 2008

Lactose Intolerance Special Case

My right nose is Dutch Lady Strawberry lactose intolerant.

Why right nose? Because my left nose is just fine.

Why Dutch Lady? Because it never occurred with Marigold.

Why Strawberry? Because it never occurred with Chocolate.

Why lactose? Because it's milk, goddamnit!

Why intolerant? Because my right nose has been running for two days, non-stop. Someone help me catch him!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cacao? Who knew!

I've been so used to the spelling "cocoa" that I told my friend it's wrong to spell it as "cacao." But actually I was wrong. Even though cocoa is the most widespread spelling, the original spelling was cacao. Due to the widespread usage, both are used interchangeably and accepted as correct. However, linguists and chocolate experts would rather you stick to the more appropriate spelling according to the context of usage. Here's the breakdown:

Cacao: pronounced Ka-Kow. Refers to the tree, its pods and the beans inside.

Cocoa: pronounced Koh-Koh. Refers to two by-products of the cacao bean – cocoa powder and cocoa butter. Both are extracted from the bean when it is processed in the factory.

From: Cacao vs. Cocoa - Updating your Chocolate Vocabulary

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hierarchy of Needs

I have this subject called Human Factors, which is something like a sociology and psychology class. There is an interesting topic in it called the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Take a look:

Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid consisting of five levels: the first lower level is being associated with Physiological needs, while the top levels are termed growth needs associated with psychological needs. Deficiency needs must be met first. Once these are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth. The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are satisfied. Once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized. If a lower set of needs is no longer being met, the individual will temporarily re-prioritize those needs by focusing attention on the unfulfilled needs, but will not permanently regress to the lower level.

From the Wikipedia Article [4 November 2008, 14:55]