Weird Thing in the Coffee Bag

I bought some rather expensive Hawaiian Estate coffee the other day. I keep my coffee in the freezer to maintain freshness. As I was dumping it out of the bag into the air-tight freezer container, I saw a weird plastic thing inside the bag. It is pictured below.


At first I thought it was an airvent. However it was glued to the inside of the bag with no opening in the mylar bag.

Then I speculated that it was a dessicator, something like those little bags of silica to trap the moisture. It wasn't one of those. It was a button, and the white center part was porous like a cigarette butt.

I was curious enough to email the customer satisfaction email on their website, but I have gotten no response. I should have phoned the 1-800 number.

Update: I did get a response. You can read it by clicking on: http://cosmologicalcabbage.blogspot.com/2009/09/thing-in-coffee-bag-explained.html

After a little bit of cogitation, my imagination ran away with me, and my thinking went like this. Suppose they were boosting the caffeine content, and the little button was like an IV drip to slowly release more caffeine into the coffee.

Then it struck me that what I had thought of was a viable invention. There have to be some applications where you would slowly release additives into the food. A good example would be vitamins. Some foods have a vitamin content that degrades with time. Suppose you had a little button like that to time-release additional vitamins into the food.

When you start seeing these things in the supermarket, remember that you read it here first.

Office of the Chief Technology Officer

So what does the office of the chief technology officer in the tropics look like? These pics will give you some idea of the sandbox. I keep my Bat cave dark, with the blinds drawn.

I have a bluetooth dongle taped to the wall. You can see it in the first pic. I send around files to each of the devices in my office via bluetooth. My keyboard is a rubber flexible keyboard.


I also have my P5 multi-sensor glove. The blue curved tower behind the second screen is the sensor array for the glove, pictured below.

I also have my webcam and biometrics login. Strewn around my desk are various RFID toys. Then you see a USB serial modem dongle. There are various cards, representing various card payment technologies that we use.

Atop the clamp on my desk, I have a GPRS modem that connects my SMS toolbox to the cell phone infrastructure on the island. The computer on the floor is a development box for an ACK/NAK server. The box perched on the edge is my SMPP toy that integrates payment technologies with SMS.

It also acts as a modem server for testing my payment widget ideas. I have to do a lot of admin stuff, but I am happiest when I close the door to my office, crank the Guns 'N Roses tunes and spooge code to make new things.

The neatest thing on my desk, are the Sergio Tacchini sunglasses. It reminds me everyday that I am in the tropics.

Cat Carrier Invention

In response to my inventions blog entries, a reader sent me a clever invention -- a cat carrier. Brilliant !

Clever Invention Found -- Folding Fork

In my usual invention pontificaitons on this blog, I profile my Eureka moments of inventions that are needed, or ideas that strike me that could have commercial potential.

However this blog entry is the opposite. I have found an incredibly clever invention -- a folding plastic fork.

The other day, I opened a styrofoam container of instant Chinese noodles. I haven't eaten them in a while. As I pulled back the foil, there was an ingenious plastic fork provided to eat the noodles. The fork folded to fit inside the package.

You unfolded the fork, and snapped the plastic hinge support in place. Here are the pics:





This struck me as particularly ingenious and I wish that I invented it.

Notes and News

This pic is appropriate for today. The mangos are in season everywhere. It is also our brand name for various consumer financial products. And we are in the ripening stage both figuratively and actually in the business sense, in the seasonal sense and in the personal sense.

First of all, Tropical Storm Danny is a miss. It is now 370 miles to the northeast of Nassau and headed for Halifax, where it has no chance being a hurricane -- just a bad storm.

However Danny is causing some rain as I type this.

On the business sense, talks are firming up for the export of some of our financial products to the US mainland and other places in the Caribbean Basin and Latin America. We have a huge meeting tomorrow.

And the exciting bit for me, is that I have been invited to be one of the keynote speakers of the Bahamas Technology Expo in December. I also give a workshop on advanced web techniques. I am excited about this.

New Food Invention -- Roasted Toasted Capers

I accidentally came upon another food invention last Sunday. Regular readers of my blog will remember that my first novel food invention profiled here was sea grape syrup for pancakes. This new discovery came by accident as well.

I was roasting a chicken, and on a whim, I threw a handful of capers on the chicken in the roasting pan. After the chicken was thoroughly cooked, the capers on top were toasted and roasted. They were like little nuts. One rolled off. I tasted it and it was delicious. It was a flavourful, salty crunchy nugget of taste. I took another and another off the chicken. They were addictive.

I could see these things being added to Bits & Bites or in those Indian snacks or Japanese rice snack bits. They were a tasty toothsome morsel. And when see these things appearing in specialty food shops, remember that you read it here first.

The Last Word on Karla Homolka -- Karla's Secret Facebook Page

Okay, I'm done. I want this to be the last blog entry that I will ever write on Karla Homolka. This all started when a Bahamian newspaper printed stories that the infamous notorious Canadian sex killer may be in the Bahamas where I live. I printed it on this blog.

From there, the trail led to Guadeloupe where her husband Thierry Bordelais is from. And then I was in correspondence with several people who told me that Karla vacationed in Guadeloupe, but in fact, she has been living in Canada and studying law of all things at a college.

This next bit, I promised not to reveal to the original person who revealed it to me. However, several people came forward and gave me the same information. Yesterday, I recieved some correspondence which confirmed what the original person told me.

Do you want to communicate with Karla on Facebook? Sign up and make her your friend. Below is a screenshot of Karla's secret page on Facebook. Fill yer boots. I'm outta here on this one.



The rest of the posts on this blog as to Karla's whereabouts can be read by following this link:

http://cosmologicalcabbage.blogspot.com/search/label/Karla%20Homolka


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Ghetto Proms Part III

This is the third continuation of my ever popular series of pictures of ghetto proms.







Click on any of the labels below to see the rest of the series.

Significant Hotel Room

The previous blog entry (Friday), I posted some pics showing how Silver Sands was totally destroyed by the hurricanes.

Pictured above is the hotel door number plaque from North Building, Suite 101 of the Silver Sands Hotel. I unscrewed the plate off the door of the destroyed building a couple of weeks ago when I was in Freeport on business.

This has significance for me. That room was where I slept for the first time ever in the Bahamas. As a young man, I dreamed of making my way in life, and moving to the tropics.

Well, I am now living in the tropics, for better or worse. Tied up with this plaque are many memories of a time when I was forever young and the world was my oyster.

The Fury of Hurricanes

Hurricane Bill looks like it will pass right by us and give Bermuda a swat. This gets me to thinking about Hurricane Hannah last year, and past hurricanes.

On my very first time to the Bahamas in my life, I went to Freeport and used to stay at a property called Silver Sands. I went back there many times. Every single experience there was incredibly enjoyable.

Along came Hurricanes Frances and Jean which wreaked havoc on Grand Bahama. The category 3 and 4 hurricanes stalled over the island for days. The destruction was unbelievable.

Four years after those hurricanes, I went to visit the Silver Sands. It was never rebuilt after the storms. The destruction was total. Here are some pics:







La Licenciada Tetarelli

Someone came to my blog from a Spanish speaking country and typed in the search query "Tetarelli" for the blog. I had no idea what a Tetarelli was.

I googled it. My eyes were opened. Apparently Tetarelli is a very famous stripper in Latin America. Her biggest claim to fame is an online comparison between herself and Anna Kournikova.

Well, I have no interest in strippers or such. But I do like blog hits. I am putting this blog entry up as a La Brea tar pit. It will capture blog hits of horn dogs looking for pics of said stripper. It will boost my ranking with Google.

The web surfers will be surprised when they see my picture of Tetarelli.

I will let you know how this boosts my rankings and affects my hits.

Potcake XV -- Economics

Potcake is Nassau's indigent, itinerant street philosopher who sells hubcaps and posts epigrams written on pieces of cardboard boxes. He then hangs them on his mobile business ... er ... shopping cart with along with the found hubcaps that he sells. He does a rip-roaring business because in Nassau every single street is potholed and the jalopies are losing their hubcaps all of the time.


Yesterday, he also had an advertising banner blowing in the wind. It was fashioned out of plastic bags from the City Market grocery store at Harbour Bay.

Potcake's topic was economics. His sign read:

  • "Potcake Says: Anudder day, Anudder Dallor --Gone"

Of course he meant to say "Another" instead of "Anudder" and "Dollar" instead of "Dallor" but he isn't exactly a poster child for literacy. Then again, maybe he is is.

The rest of my collection of Potcake sayings can be seen by clicking HERE.

WARNING ***** GRAPHIC & VIOLENT *** Anti-Chinese Rant --- Eating Dogs

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have read my discourse on how the Chinese government tried to hack into our financial services computers.



You have also probably read my discourse on how I think that the Chinese are despicable the way that they steal intellectual property on a systematic level.


I despise the way they clone and copy cultural items without paying royalties. It is thievery of the worst kind.

But here is another. A colleague sent me pictures of Chinese and Asian systematic cruelty to dogs in the dog meat business.


There are 30 pictures here. They are quiet graphic.


WARNING: These pictures are incredibly graphic on how dogs are slaughtered for meat in China and Asia.

The Animal Cruelty is appalling.

If you cannot stand animal cruelty, please navigate away from this page:








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