Friday, March 14, 2014

Vindication! Scientific Evidence Supports Five-Second Rule!

Let’s face it, we’ve all, at some point in our lives, called on the five-second rule to provide some form of justification for picking food up off the floor and consuming it. Now, according to a new study from Aston University across the big pond in lovely Birmingham, England, there is some truth to the Five-Second Rule after all (I say lovely, but in all honesty, I’ve never been there so I’m just guessing).

Anyway, according to this new study, there is apparently validity to the Five-Second Rule. A team of students led by Anthony Hilton, a microbiology professor at the school, studied the transfer of nasty things like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus from different indoor floor types to various foods. According to the study, each test lasted anywhere from 3 to 30 seconds. The results showed two things:
  • Time is a significant factor in the transfer of bacteria from a floor surface to a piece of food.
  • The type of flooring the food has been dropped on has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces and most likely to transfer from laminate or tiled surfaces to moist foods making contact for more than 5 seconds.
According to Professor Hilton, We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.”

Check out more here.

Of course, on another note, I read today that WebMD claims that your kitchen sink may be dirtier than your toilet. So, I think I've just ruled out the Five-Second Rule for anything that falls in the kitchen sink.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Is Someone Cooking Bacon?

I found any interesting little tidbit the other day while flipping through my RSS feeds. Someone had posted a couple of tips about cooking bacon. Now, let me just say up front that I may be a little bias on this topic because I LOVE bacon. Just the aroma of bacon alone can make me drool down the front of my shirt. I especially love the hardwood-smoked thick-sliced bacon. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dust Collecting to Pac Man Fever

I started out this morning, as I always do, with my usual thirty minute routine on the TreadClimber in my basement. I popped my earbuds on and set my iPod to play randomly selected songs. As I was burning off calories, imagine my surprise when my iPod decided to play an old song from Buckner and Garcia called Pac Man Fever. Let’s face it, as far as songs go, Pac Man Fever really wasn’t all that good. But, it was a novelty, and quite nostalgic. Now, I never had much chance to play Pac Man in the arcades. Most of my best Pac Man playing was on my old Atari 2600. This got me to thinking about video games in general.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"The Saint" Returns to Print

I was browsing through Amazon's ebook selection last week, and was thrilled to find that The Saint is returning to print on March 18th. I've been a big fan of The Saint for almost fifteen years, reading what text I could find since the books have been out of print since the late 1980s. Now, I just want to point out that this is not Val Kilmer's interpretation of The Saint that we're talking about. I won't even begin to talk about how much the original Saint was SO unlike Val Kilmer's version. We aren't even really talking about Roger Moore's version either. These are the original books written by Leslie Charteris, and features The Saint in all his original adventurous, outlawish escapades as the "Robin Hood of Modern Crime". 

The new print run will be starting with the second book (an issue with printing rights) and printing all 35 books written by Charteris. If you like the old noir, swashbuckling adventure that comes with literature from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, you'll love The Saint. If you were a fan of the Val Kilmer movie, you may be in for a shock.

Either way, this series is an awesome read.

I've listed a few of my favorites below.

The Saint in New York
The Saint Overboard
The Saint Meets His Match
The Saint's Getaway

Monday, March 3, 2014

Artwork for New Book Revealed

As I announced last week, the artwork for my next book has been completed. I thought I would take a moment this morning to post it on my blog for the world to see. So, with out further ado, here is the cover artwork for my next book, Die, Share Crop! Die!

You can click on the image to see a larger view. I don't have a release date yet for the new book. There are still a few other items that need to be completed prior to release, but M Street Publishing is hoping to release the book in early April.