It’s every new dad’s worst fear

We couldn’t face going back to the newly-decorated nursery with no baby in our arms, so we went to live with my parents for a few weeks. Our parents went to our house and completely emptied his room.

During that time, Hannah received bunches of flowers and cards with messages of support. While the odd person would drop off a bottle of beer for me, most of the time the focus was on her loss. Hannah and I were both struggling with our grief, but it was like my emotions were being overlooked… More here.

Good to understand the view from a father. This is something many people do not see as a huge loss either because they perceive a lack of bonding, but it surely is devastating.

Coffee makes you live longer

A ratio of 1 indicated no observable impact of coffee drinking, while a ratio of 0.5 would mean that coffee drinking subjects were half as likely to die as the non-drinkers.

​Since the ratios researchers assigned to the drinkers of 1-8 cups of coffee daily ranged from 0.94 – 0.860., they showed that coffee drinkers of any amount had a 6% – 14% lower risk of death… More here.

Any research that shows coffee as being good for you is fine by me, and completely correct.

The crazy world of watch pricing

It is not easy to justify the purchase of an expensive watch if you have any part of your brain that is reasonable. Passion is an expensive thing at times and is what drives the watch market.

I thought about this because I have been wearing a Seiko SRP775 over the past week and considering how it compares to the Tudor Black Bay GMT that I was wearing last week. The Seiko costs £269 where as the Tudor costs £2,2780 so what makes the latter worth 10 times more?

We can start by looking at the image below which came from theguidewatches.

The fact you can go out and buy a watch today and potentially make a profit of up to 95% tomorrow is crazy. It’s symptomatic of the way the watch industry convinces some of us that there is value in buying something that is difficult to attain, something that Rolex and Patek are pulling the strings on harder than most at this time.

It’s a man thing to be honest, that gene that causes us to want something more if we can’t have it. Phones, watches, women. You name it, we are like that.

And then I come back to the two watches that I am currently swapping between and the more I think about it, the more I lead towards the Seiko. The lume is brighter and lasts much longer. It looks great and is very versatile in terms of which straps it works with and it has a more interesting dial.

The Tudor is much more accurate in a big way, it kind of pops on the wrist and it is of course a Tudor. However, more than ever before I am starting to realise that the majority of the price of a watch is made up of the name on the dial and little else.

This will not change and nor should it, but it is still crazy to me…

“My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”

Journeying thousands of lightyears to honor their fallen peer, spacecraft traveled from all over the Milky Way to attend a ceremony celebrating the late Opportunity rover’s life, sources close to the deceased reported Wednesday. “We came as soon as we received the gamma-ray transmission informing us of Opportunity’s demise,” said Zorunder X, a sentient interstellar ship from Kepler-442b, who reportedly joined the hyper-ion motorcade of his fellow AIs, unmanned shuttlecraft, and alien-machine hybrids traveling to Mars to mourn the loss of NASA’s longest-serving planetary rover… More at The Onion.

Brilliant from The Onion.

Also, this tweet details the final transmission from NASA.

No thank you, Mr. Pecker

Well, that got my attention. But not in the way they likely hoped. Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can? (On that point, numerous people have contacted our investigation team about their similar experiences with AMI, and how they needed to capitulate because, for example, their livelihoods were at stake.) More here.

Likely a calculated move, but a good one.

Are you being fooled by food labels?

When individuals think they have consumed more calories than they have, their bodies respond as if they have actually consumed more.

In a 2011 study, milkshake was packaged in two different bottles. One was labelled ‘Sensishake’, claiming to be a low-calorie drink with 0 percent fat, no added sugar and 140 calories. The other was labelled ‘Indulgence’, and advertised as a rich treat with 620 calories. Both drinks had 380 calories.

The study measured the participants’ level of ghrelin, the ‘hunger hormone’, whose levels drop in the body after a big meal, signalling to your brain that you’re full… More here.

The deliberate way some food producers label their products is downright scandalous. After almost two years of trying to control my calories I still struggle to get through the jargon on many foods, particularly breakfast cereals.

9 body parts you don’t need

If you rest the back of your wrist on a table and connect your thumb to your pinky, you may see a band of muscle pop up on your wrist. That is a vestigial muscle called the palmaris longus. Amir said this muscle is there because it helped our ancestors climb trees. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the muscle likely also helped early humans with their grip. But we started walking on two feet about 3.2 million years ago, making the muscle useless… More here.

Fascinating article.