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Polenta and lemon syrup cake

Ingredients

75ml rice bran oil

175g self-raising flour

1½ tsp baking powder

50g ground almonds

50g polenta

finely grated zest 2 lemons

140g golden caster sugar

2 large eggs

225g natural yogurt

Lemon Syrup

85g caster sugar

juice 2 lemon (about 5 tbsp)

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan. Lightly oil a 20cm round x 5cm deep cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. For the cake, put the flour, baking powder, ground almonds and polenta in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and sugar, then make a dip in the centre. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then stir in the yogurt. Tip this mixture along with the oil into the dip (see step-by-step number 1), then briefly and gently stir with a large metal spoon so everything is just combined, without overmixing.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the top (step 2). Bake for 40 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil for the final 5-10 mins if it starts to brown too quickly.
  3. While the cake cooks, make the lemon syrup. Tip the caster sugar into a small saucepan with the lemon juice and 75ml water. Heat over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat, boil for 4 mins until slightly reduced and syrupy, then remove from the heat.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool briefly in the tin. While it is still warm, turn it out of the tin, peel off the lining paper and sit the cake on a wire rack set over a baking tray or similar. Use a skewer to make lots of small holes all over the top of the cake (step 3). Slowly spoon over half the lemon syrup (step 4) and let it soak in. Spoon over the rest in the same way, brushing the edges and sides of the cake too with the last of the syrup.

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Lemon semolina cake

Ingredients Nutrition

125g unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

2/3 cup semolina

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1/2 cup milk

Lemon syrup

1 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice, strained

1 small lemon, thinly sliced

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 20cm round (base) springform cake pan. Line base and side with 2 layers of baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, lemon rind and sugar on high speed until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating between each addition. Stir in semolina, flour and milk.
  3. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, make lemon syrup: Place sugar, lemon juice and 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Add lemon slices. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  5. Transfer lemon slices to a plate. Pour half the syrup over cake. Stand for 15 minutes. Turn out on to a plate. Arrange lemon slices over cake. Serve with remaining syrup.

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Golden syrup and brown sugar sin

Ingredients

225g Butter

225g Sugar (light muscovado adds depth but caster is fine)

450g Golden Syrup

450g Self Raising Flour

2 Large Eggs

300 ml milk (whole or semi-skimmed)

4 tbsp Golden Syrup

30cm x 23cm x 4cm baking tin or foil tray bake

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/fan (or 160/C – gas mark 3). Grease the tin and line the base with baking paper leaving a little to cover the bottom corners and sides. Press into place.
  2. Place butter, syrup and sugar into a large pan and heat gently until the ingredients are just melted together, stirring occassionally. Leave to cool for 10 minutes (it helps if you place the pan away from the hob during this time since it will remain warm).
  3. Beat the eggs with the milk. Add the flour and milk/egg mixture to the cooled syrup mixture in the pan and beat steadily with a wooden spoon until all the lumps have gone. This may take a few minutes so you will need a little patience. Pour the mixture into the tin.
  4. Bake for around 50 minutes. The cake will be well risen and springy, but still very moist. After a few minutes cooling time, pierce the cake all over with a skewer and spoon the extra golden syrup over the top. Leave to cool completely in the tin.

This Toaster Is Actually a Dead Person

This is Anne Lindeboom. She was born in 1920 and died in 1984. Now, she is a toaster. Or better said, her ashes are.

The toaster was created by Dutch artist Wieke Somers. She uses a prototype printing machine to create these objects, mixing dead people ashes and epoxy, which get melted in layers following a 3D model.

via This Toaster Is Actually a Dead Person.

Control Bionics – About Us

Its 29 days ago today. I am watching Australian Story on ABC.

I hear about a man who has changed his life to pursue an ambition to give people with locked in syndrome a voice. Goose bumps. I pick up my phone and tweet:

#peterford on #australianstory what an amazing man, amazing work

Then a short while later offer my time and expertise to what I see an a meaningful cause:

@NeuroSwitch if an #IndustrialDesign contribution is required am happy to put my hand up probono

Peter Ford and I start talking, first on twitter (DM) and then by email. Then a few days later we talk on the phone.

So Design can contribute to the area of work: In many ways – all ways that have to be proposed. So I go into the ‘mobilities’ class and say – hey wat about mobility for people with Motor Neuron Disease – what can you do in that space?

Then the Social esign types – what can you do?

The answer is lots of course – looking forward to getting a few willing souls who can pick up and run into tis space. Fingers crossed.

More … http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-guide/monday-february-25-20130220-2eq2w.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/it-business/robotics-helping-the-disabled-to-gain-freedom/story-e6frganx-1226464251342

Control Bionics makes NeuroSwitch G5 Liberator, a fifth generation computer-human-interface (CHI) system that is designed to enable people with severe disabilities to communicate with their loved ones, carers, friends and the world at large with text, text-to-speech (TTS), instant messaging (IM), emails and the internet; and to control their own entertainment media (music, videos and online services) as well as expanding their own creativity with word processing, music and video editing, and design programs.

via Control Bionics – About Us.

The Measured Man – Mark Bowden – The Atlantic

I read this last year and said to myself – but of course! Read this and see how the world changes before your very eyes.

Ja mata ne!

Larry is a mild, gentle soul, someone generally more interested in talking about you than about himself. He does not go out of his way to get your attention, and nothing about him is remotely annoying or evangelical. But if you show an interest in his project and start asking questions—look out. Beneath the calm and the deference, Larry is an intellectual pitchman of the first order. His quest to know burns with the pure intellectual passion of a precocious 10-year-old. He visibly shudders with pleasure at a good, hard question; his shoulders subtly rise and square, and his forehead leans into the task. Because Larry is on a mission. He’s out to change the world and, along the way, defeat at least one incurable disease: his own.

via The Measured Man – Mark Bowden – The Atlantic.

Pigs Will Fly | the can do community blog – PWF

Take a look at this Blog – Pigs will Fly. Let me know if you want the the blog owner Gail to come by and chat with you lot.

Be The Change Australia is the auspicing body for the new Jump Up program for Primary school children and a Wake Up event for the young and young at heart – new initiatives in Australia. The workshop ‘tester’ will showcase ‘new tools of transformation’ so we can see how we might be able to use them in our endeavours to create a thriving, just and sustainable world.

via Pigs Will Fly | the can do community blog – PWF.

Enspektos, LLC | Delivering Digital Health Marketing Communications Innovation

Interesting group – I am going to go back and look this people up.

We help you use digital technologies to persuade patients, providers, caregivers and others to take action around health and wellness.

via Enspektos, LLC | Delivering Digital Health Marketing Communications Innovation.

Aging in Place: It’s about keeping people in their homes – Chico Enterprise Record

The aging population is growing daily and a movement known as “Aging in Place” is addressing concerns to this end.

According to information on http://quickfacts.cesus.gov, between 2000 and 2010 the number of people 65 and older in the U.S. increased from 35 million to 40 million. In 2009, 80 percent of some 23 million households headed by people 65 and older were owner-occupied.

A workshop Wednesday at Chico State University featured five speakers who shared their expertise on the subject “Housing and Home Modification Needs of Older Adults.”

The thinking is that people are happier and save money if they can stay in their homes, rather than move to assisted living facilities or nursing homes.

The Aging in Place philosophy affects how homes are built and policies regarding housing and accessibility.

via Aging in Place: It’s about keeping people in their homes – Chico Enterprise Record.

Report: Ready for ageing? – UK Parliament

The page also has some useful videos. Plus this one – an interview with Lord Filkin.

The report from the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change warns that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared for ageing. The Committee says that longer lives can be a great benefit, but there has been a collective failure to address the implications and without urgent action this great boon could turn into a series of miserable crises.

The report covers a broad range of policy areas, providing a comprehensive analysis of the potential impact of an ageing population on public services.

You can find links to videos of Lord Filkin, the Committee Chairman, addressing some of the key themes that emerged in the report below.

via Report: Ready for ageing? – UK Parliament.

Petition | Fair Go Coles! – Up the price of generic brand milk to a sustainable rate of return for all. | Change.org

We spoke on Friday about how milk was being used to shake things up so at the other end the power structure would be changed. What do you think? Let me hear you in the comments section.

“Right now, many Australian dairy farmers are at the crossroads, contemplating whether it’s worthwhile staying in business or not. This is not a decision many of them wish to take, but the discounting of milk to a dollar a litre, started by Coles in January last year, is decimating the industry and unless the supermarket price wars cease the Australian dairy industry will be nothing more than a pile of ashes. Since discounting began in January 2011, over 50 dairies in QLD alone have shut down and left the industry. Farmers and their families are being pushed to the brink, emotionally and physically as they strive to run their businesses. The closing of our dairy farms won’t just affect our dairy farmers; it will affect a large number of regional and urban towns with job losses in all the businesses our dairy farmers support.”

via Petition | Fair Go Coles! – Up the price of generic brand milk to a sustainable rate of return for all. | Change.org.

We’re Screwed: 11,000 Years’ Worth of Climate Data Prove It – Climate Desk – The Atlantic

Days ago #JohnThackara said “we are Toast” – Atlantic cays “We’re screwed”. So thats it then.

Back in 1999 Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann released the climate change movement’s most potent symbol: The “hockey stick,” a line graph of global temperature over the last 1,500 years that shows an unmistakable, massive uptick in the twentieth century when humans began to dump large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It’s among the most compelling bits of proof out there that human beings are behind global warming, and as such has become a target on Mann’s back for climate denialists looking to draw a bead on scientists.

Now it’s gotten a makeover: A study published in Science reconstructs global temperatures further back than ever before — a full 11,300 years. The new analysis finds that the only problem with Mann’s hockey stick was that its handle was about 9,000 years too short.

via We’re Screwed: 11,000 Years’ Worth of Climate Data Prove It – Climate Desk – The Atlantic.

Mid march

Thinking about how design can work for the benefit of those in need is noble, worth doing and a change from the normal way of looking at design- as making something pretty for consumption.

If you draw your life force from engaging ethically with society – seeing yourself as a global citizen – then you must craft design to follow your emotions.

Who’s Behind Fake Electronic-Medical Records Company Extormity? – Health Blog – WSJ

Very clever …

Reading Eric Topol and keep coming across gems like this.

Donnell says he and his colleagues, attempting to sell their own EMR system, kept “running into a brick wall” because doctors were burned by — or had heard horror stories about — systems that altered their work flow, generated turmoil and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They hit on the notion of creating a fake company “that is the embodiment of all the bad actors,” he says. And they decided to keep it anonymous so if it flopped, they could have “plausible deniability,” he says.

Within a few weeks health-care blogs had picked up on the site and within a month Extormity.com had 40,000 visitors, Donnell says — many of whom were spending eight to ten minutes on the site sifting through fake announcements such as one saying for security reasons, Extormity was storing patient records on recycled Chuck Mangione and REO Speedwagon 8-track tapes. Another announced the creation of a loan program, called the Extormity Indentured Servitude Program, to help physicians afford its system.

via Who’s Behind Fake Electronic-Medical Records Company Extormity? – Health Blog – WSJ.

#DigitalHealth #CDoM #mHealth Daily

#DigitalHealth #CDoM #mHealth Daily.

An interesting platform for gathering tweets – I am sure it does a lot more.

Control Bionics – About Us

Control Bionics makes NeuroSwitch G5 Liberator, a fifth generation computer-human-interface (CHI) system that is designed to enable people with severe disabilities to communicate with their loved ones, carers, friends and the world at large with text, text-to-speech (TTS), instant messaging (IM), emails and the internet; and to control their own entertainment media (music, videos and online services) as well as expanding their own creativity with word processing, music and video editing, and design programs.

via Control Bionics – About Us.

Patient has 75 per cent of his SKULL replaced with 3D-printed implant in groundbreaking operation | Mail Online

Patient has 75 per cent of his SKULL replaced with 3D-printed implant in groundbreaking operation | Mail Online.

 

Oh this is really awesome.