1) Spring ahead, fall . . . . . down?
Today is one of the most dangerous days of the year – and it’s all because of daylight saving time.Even though it starts on Sunday, experts say the most acute effects occur on the first Monday after clocks spring forward. In other words, today. Heart attacks are more likely in the first week after daylight time starts. There are way more traffic accidents. Workplace accidents are more common -- and more severe -- on the Monday after switching. Suicides go up. At the very least there’s more cyberloafing – sleepily surfing the web instead of actually being productive at work. (Okay, that's not really going to hurt anybody, unless you're an air traffic controller.) ANYWAY – be careful out there, especially on the road . . .because even if you think you’re okay, everybody else is driving around in a daze. The solution might be to stay on daylight time all year round, so we wouldn't have to go through these painful transistions. Why not? Here in the Northwest, we can use all the extra daylight we can get. Read more here, if you can stay awake.
2) Finally! A way to analyze your own urine, with your phone!
If you’re super diligent about your health, or maybe a little bit of a hypochondriac, here’s an app for you . . it’s called UCheck, and it lets you take a urine sample with your smartphone. I know what you’re thinking . . . hey, won’t that wreck my phone when I dip it in the cup? Actually, it turns out you pee into a cup, put a color-coded urinalysis strip into the cup, take of photo of the results, and then the app does its thing.
Uchek can detect up to 25 diseases, including diabetes and urinary tract infections. It can also measure levels of glucose, proteins, ketones, and more. So basically the app just analyzes the test strip, but they claim it can interpret the results way more accurately than humans can. The app will cost you 99 cents BUT a packet of strips and a color-coded user guide is $20. And that's where they get you -- the dang test strips. It's like razors and razor blades. They suck you in with a good price on the razor and then you're spending a fortune on blades. More on Ucheck here.
3) As if Safeco Field didn't already have the fanciest cuisine in the major leagues
Here’s kind of a nice amenity to look forward to when Safeco Field reopens for M’s baseball next month. According to Eater Seattle, Anu Apte, the woman who owns and runs Rob Roy, a swanky cocktail bar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, is going to create the cocktail menu for Edgar Martinez's new bar just off left field. Edgar’s Cantina will feature Edgar’s own mezcal, El Zacatecano, in its margaritas, as well as some original drinks created just for the venue . . . .and you’ll be able to stand in the bar, drink these fancy cocktails, and watch the action. Apparently there’s more to stadium cuisine than just garlic fries and beer . . . .Read more here.
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