25 July 2008

Food Detectives with Ted Allen

I just saw an add on the Food Network tonight, they have a new show premiering Tuesdays at 9pm - Food Detectives with Ted Allen (it appears they're having a sneak preview Sunday at 11pm). You might remember Ted Allen as the foodie on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Popular Science Magazine provides the science. From what I've seen, it looks like a cross between Myth Busters and Good Eats (You can watch a trailer here). I'm looking forward to the first episode!


19 July 2008

Captain Planet

My post about the platypus t-shirt reminded me of the cartoon "Captain Planet and the Planeteers", as 5 kids from around the world would combine their powers to summon Captain Planet (with an awesome green mullet). Throughout the series they mainly fight villains that pollute the earth and give tips on how you can save the planet at the end of episodes.

I found the first Captain Planet episode over on Youtube and in it the villain starts drilling for oil in a wildlife sanctuary which looks to be in Alaska, given the wildlife. Despite being made in 1990, this sounds a lot like President Bush's desire to look for oil in Alaska. I'm sure most of the environmental issues dealt with in Captain Planet are still issues today, 10 years later.

(This is part 1/3, the other parts can be found here)

I remember watching episodes in school for teaching purposes, I hope they're still being used in some aspect today. Internet searches seem to indicate that Boomerang still airs episodes, but I don't get fancy cable channels like that, so here's hoping for a DVD box set. Although for younger kids, I still think Its a Big Big World is a wonderful introduction to science and exploration.


18 July 2008

Organ Embroidery

Sublime Stitching has a new pattern set called Vital Organs. You can stitch up intestines, brains, even a uterus.
(Now to work on my embroidery skills...)


17 July 2008

Platypus Tee

The genome of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) was published in May of this year and made quite the stir in the news (here and here for example) as it seems they've found genes shared by reptiles, birds, and mammals. I just saw this tee over at Snorgtees.com - a tribute to the platypus genome and crime fighting cartoons.