Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Christmas is coming — drink up and maybe we won't notice
"Rate of absorption of alcohol depends on several factors. It is quickest, for example, when alcohol is drunk on an empty stomach and the concentration of alcohol is 20-30%. Thus, sherry, with an alcohol concentration of about 20% increases the levels of alcohol in blood more rapidly than beer (3-8%), while spirits (40%) delay gastric emptying and inhibit absorption. Drinks aerated with carbon dioxide—for example, whisky and soda, and champagne—get into the system quicker. " — British Medical Journal.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The 5 train arriving
By charging $16 for cars and $32 for trucks entering the Central Business District, imposing a surcharge on taxi medallions and charging higher curbside parking within the district, New York City could totally eliminate fares for subways and buses, says a preliminary report by Nurture New York's Nature, an advocacy group. The report says that the fees would reduce traffic in the district by 25 percent and 10 percent citywide, resulting in $4 billion in annual savings through increased productivity.