Tea from Turds?

A reader commented on my story about Kopi Luwak, a coffee brewed from beans collected from the droppings of a wild animal, that there is a tea in China brewed from the dung of tea-eating insects.

Leslie, the reader, said it was called Poo-poo Pu-erh. I couldn’t find much info on this online, but this article describes an interesting encounter with this rare beverage.

I welcome anyone with more information on this tea to please comment; and for those of you disgusted by the very thought, well… let’s just try not to forget that honey is made from bee puke.

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iPod Battery Settlement – Appeal Dismissed

A few weeks ago I mentioned my disappointment that Apple had appealed the settlement of the class action suit for iPod owners whose batteries did not live up to initial claims. While I am still disappointed with Apple for appealing the settlement I am quite happy to say the appeal has been dismissed.

When I checked the settlement administration website today I found this message:

Update December 22, 2005

On December 20, 2005, the appeal filed by individual objectors to the Settlement was dismissed and the Settlement is now Final. This means Apple and the Settlement Administrator can move forward with claims administration and claims fulfillment.

Deadlines relating to claim submissions have not changed. Class members should comply with the claim filing deadlines identified by the Settlement. For Generation 3 iPods, the claim form submission must be postmarked within two years of the original product purchase date. The deadline for submitting Generation 1 and Generation 2 iPod claims expired on 9/30/05.

While it’s still a little unclear how Apple will go about replacing the defective batteries I am glad to see we’re back on track to get this suit settled.

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Red Dwarf – Series 7 on DVD

Red Dwarf Series 7Not in time for Christmas, but Red Dwarf Series 7 is due out on DVD January 10, 2006! (in the US)

While I remember following Red Dwarf on public television I’m fairly certain I had lost touch by the time these episodes would have made it to the states. Nevertheless I can hardly wait for the next installment. Season six ended on a cliffhanger and, while the final two seasons are oft considered inferior to the first six, I am still anxious to see what season seven will bring.

reddwarf.co.uk has the complete episode listing for series 7 along with a ton of other great resources about the series.

Series 8 (due in the US May 10, 2006) marks the final year of Red Dwarf and it will be sad to not have any more to look forward to, but with a series this good I’ll be watching and rewatching Red Dwarf for a long time to come.

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Do Your Decorations Meet Industry Standards?

Holiday Decorations SpecWhen decorating this year make sure you meet all standards and regulations! This is a key factor in reducing friction with in-laws and maximizing holiday cheer.

Thankfully, the folks at Winzler & Kelly have graciously provided this detailed PDF on how to accurately arrange and decorate for the holidays. Proper runway specifications appropriate for sleigh landings are also included.

Thanks to Tom for sending this to me.


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Bar Monkey Relay Assembly

Relay Kit CompleteSo Alan has made some good progress on the Bar Monkey. The relays are mostly complete (a few nights soldering between grading finals) and the next step is testing them out.

According to Alan the relays were fairly straight forward. The only big challenge was figuring out the orientation of the IC chips. Thankfully they mount in sockets so it’s fairly easy to switch them around.

Check out my Bar Monkey Gallery for some pictures of the relay in various states of assembly.

Check back often for updates on the project!

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