Dangers of Random Googling

Posted 2009.06.12 21.18 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Just when you thought it was safe to surf the web… pow!  You learn something you didn’t need to know. And now that it’s wedged into my brain and I can’t get it out, it’s my job to share the joy with everyone else.

I was randomly following Wiki links and came upon a page about sugar and candy, where I learned this wonderful little gem:

Other ingredients commonly found in candy that are not vegetarian or vegan friendly include: carmine, which is a dye made from the cochineal; and confectioner’s glaze, which may contain wings or other insect parts.

This is the sort of thing that I guess wouldn’t go well on the label of a bag of goodies.  Wings and other Insect Parts. (And yes, incase you’re wondering, the cochineal is also a bug.)

Yum!  Can I have some more?

What’s a Hobby?

Posted 2009.06.12 8.06 in Hobbies by Stephanie

To me, there is a fairly simple way to define a hobby.  It is perhaps not exactly what the dictionary says, but according to the Encyclopedia Stephanie, there are a few criteria which must be met, for an activity to be classified as a hobby:

  • It should have little or no practical value.
  • It must not be related to work or school.
  • It must be a money-sink.

Let’s look at these points one at a time.

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