Saturday, January 7, 2023

CES 2023: Valencell "cuffless" blood pressure monitor

Oopsies!  Looks a bit on the high side.

engadget, 1/6/2023
Valencell has been making optical heart-rate sensors for years, but at CES 2023 it unveiled a new fingertip monitor that offers “cuffless” blood pressure monitoring. Instead of an unwieldy inflating sleeve, this fingertip clip uses photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors to measure blood flow patterns. This information is combined with algorithms and the user’s age, weight, gender and height to create a blood pressure measurement, without the need for calibration. We might have seen similar technology in earlier stages of development, but Valencell’s technique of combining data makes for the most compelling device yet. Valencell plans to eventually offer the blood pressure monitor to clinics and hospitals, alongside an over-the-counter version for personal use, pending FDA approval.

L’Oréal Hapta, assistive lipstick applicator.  (1/7/2023)

CES 2023: L’Oréal Hapta, assistive lipstick applicator


engadget, 1/6/2023
Rather than showing up to CES with a viral beauty gadget, L’Oréal debuted an assistive lipstick applicator that will be useful to millions. The cosmetics company worked with utensil maker Verily, which produces stabilizing and leveling cutlery for people with limited hand and arm mobility, to create Hapta. The result is a sturdy grip-and-gimbal system that lets those with limited finger dexterity or strength more independently apply lipstick. Though there are some quirks the company needs to iron out before releasing the Hapta in December, it’s impressive that this is both a finished product and has a relatively affordable suggested retail price of $150 to $200.

CES 2023: Withings U-Scan, the first hands-free home urine lab


Wired, 1/6/2023

Pee with confidence
Wrist-based fitness trackers have their place, but they can’t tell you if you’re drinking enough water or eating enough vegetables. The Withings U-Scan can. This small, unobtrusive pebble sits inside your toilet and uses a selection of interchangeable cartridges to measure the basic biomarkers in your urine. Each cartridge measures a different marker, and each one requires a separate paid subscription to use. The U-Scan will debut with two cartridge types—one for general wellness markers like pH and ketone levels, and one that will monitor hormone levels to track a female’s monthly cycle. The device goes on sale later this year in Europe for £500 (around $594), plus those monthly subscriptions. Of course, unlike a wrist-based fitness tracker, the U-Scan works on the assumption that you mostly pee at home. But nowadays, that seems like a reasonably safe bet.

Asus 3D laptop.  (1/6/2023)

UPDATE: Kix just keep gettin' harder to find. Again. Two years later.

It appears from Woodman's shelves that the original version of Kix is the most popular.

Photo by Retiring Guy

myrecipes, 2/13/2018

Katie is weird.
This morning, I ate a bowl of Kix. And then I ate another one. And then another little half bowl after that. Earlier I had stopped at the grocery store specifically to buy a box of Kix, and when the man on the other side of the glass doors told me they weren’t open yet, I sat down on the spot and waited the remaining fifteen minutes. I had to have my Kix.

1/23/2021 update starts here

Or not.  In fact, it now looks as though Trix just keep getting harder to find.

Original 6/13/2016 post starts here

With apologies to Paul Revere & the Raiders

Photo be Retiring Guy

General Mills' Kix, billed as the first ready-to-eat, puffed-corn cereal, was introduced in 1937, four years before Cheerios.  The latter brand quickly became king of the cereal aisle.  

Trix, artificially colored Kix, made its appearance in 1954.

Kix is also the first cereal to be made with the puffing gun.

Related reading:
The most popular breakfast cereals in America today.  (Washington Post, 3/18/2015)

Other cereal aisle posts:

General Mills limited edition dessert fest.  (11/30)
Kellogg's Family Size Cosmic Brownies.  (11/6)
Hocus Pocus 2.  (10/17)
General Mills Limited Edition L.O.L. Surprise Birthday Cake Cereal.  (10/12)And after a few minutes in milk, it looks like a bowl of barf.  (7/15)
Retiring Guy arrives late to Cheerios 80th birthday party.  (7/13)
Wheaties 100 Years of Champions limited edition collector series.  (4/27)

Limited Edition Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Apple Jacks Mashup,  (10/3)

This box wants to party with you.  (6/4)
Blueberry Cheerios.  (5/16)
Snap, crackle and redpop.  (2/26)
Kellogg's Honey Oat Frosted Flakes.  (2/19)
Kellogg's All Bran fights for shelf space.  (1/22)
Cheerios adds to its long list of flavors. (12/31)
General Mills offers two flavors of Dippin' Dots.  (11/28)
Kellogg's vanilla latte Frosted Mini-Wheats.  (10/1)
Nutter Butter.  (6/24)
Still a little bit of shelf space provided for boxes of Big Biscuit Shredded Wheat.  (4/3)
Chocolate Frosted Flakes.  (3/30)
It's just peachy, part 2 (with probiotics).  (3/26)
It's just peachy (Cheerios).  (3/25)
Snap, Crackle and Pop shrug off competition from Fancy Friends Cereal Treats.  (2/23)
Lucky Charms wants you to have a daily dose of yellow 5 and blue 1.  (3/9)
The takeover of Mom.  (3/1)
Hoopla over rainbow marshmallows added to Lucky Charms.  (2/22)
Kellogg's Donut Shop in your choice of flavors.  (2/14)
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the shredded wheat go down.  (2/6)
General Mills offers yet another flavor of Cheerios -- chocolate and peanut butter.  (1/30)
I suspect this special edition Cocoa Puffs isn't exactly flying off the shelves.  (1/16)
What's really going on with this General Mills blend.  (1/10)
Giant size bargains to kick off the new year.  (1/3)

Satisfy your craving for chocolate.  (12/22)
Pumpkin Spice runs amok.  (11/7)
Danger lurks.  (11/2)
Dan G. wets himself over Special K Blueberry with Lemon Clusters.  (9/20)
Limited Edition Mocha Crunch.  (7/16)
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes with Marshmallows.  (2/1)
A marriage between General Mills and Girls Scouts of America.  (1/19)

Tiny Toast.  (6/21)

Joseph Constable (1928-1945) Warren High School class of 1945

1945 Warren Dragon yearbook

Source: Press Conneccts

Joseph's high school activities:
Football (3); German Club (2, 3)

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Joseph as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at .

Eleanora spent the first 40 years of the 1900s establishing a rather mediocre record.  She peaked at #486 in 1916.  In 2021, she made her first appearance, barely registering on the chart, since 1939.

Other members of the class of 1945 (31):



Roger Nuhfer.  (12/15)

Myron Sorenson.  (9/8)
Paul Dickerson.  (9/2)
Robert Uhr.  (7/16)

Glenn Slocum.  (4/9)
Violet Bimber Kavinski.  (1/25)

Richard Peterson.  (1/4)
Ruth Peterson Bennett.  (11/5)
Jean Park Johnson.  (10/23)
Marion Cook Klakamp.  (3/30)
Raymon Billstone.  (1/29)

Barbara Coe Sly.  (9/20)
Richard Olney.  (7/4)
Robert Scalise.  (3/21)
Doris Dinsmoor Lyle.  (2/6)

Mary Ann Masterson.  (9/28)
Clara Gelotte Wooster.  (7/19)
Dorothy Smith Bowser.  (6/30) 
Charles "Lindy" McConnell.  (2/14) 

Ruth Campbell Freeman.  (2/3)
Dixie Eaton Weldon. (1/25) 

Dorothy Kavinski Wycoff.  (12/21)
Robert Hammerbeck.  (12/14)

Keeping tabs on authors in LINKcat: Fay Weldon


Source:  LINKcat

New York Times, 1/4/2023
By turns elusive and confessional, Ms. Weldon liked to say she divided her life into two segments. The first, which she termed “mildly scandalous” and “delinquent,” lasted until her early 30s and was covered in her autobiography, “Auto da Fay” (2002). 
The second period, spanning five decades, was more earnest, taken up primarily with delineating the fragile bonds between callous men and wounded women and the bitter contests between women. All became the grist for her dark satire, laced with wry, aphoristic asides on the human condition.

Related posts:
Roger Angell.  (5/24)
Melissa Bank.  (8/7)
Raymond Briggs.  (8/20)
Thomas Cahill. (11/16)
Philip K. Dick.  (11/20)
Bruce Duffy,  (3/13)
Todd Gitlin.  (2/8)
Rebecca Godfrey.  (11/11)
Ron Goulart.  (2/7)
Doris Grumbach.  (11/10)
Robert Hicks.  (3/8)
Thomas Hoving.  (12/19)
Maureen Howard.  (3/19)
Hilary Mantel.  (9/26)
Nancy Mitford.  (4/4)
P. J. O'Rourke.  (2/24)
Julie Powell.  (11/5)
Thomas Pynchon.  (12/17)
Dennis Smith.  (1/27)
Susie Steiner.  (7/27)
Larry Woiwode.  (5/19)

F. Lee Bailey.  (6/11)
Kim Chernin.  (1/10)
Angelo Codevilla.  (10/10)
Stephen Dunn.  (6/29)
James R. Flynn.  (1/30)
Larry Flynt.  (2/12)
Lucinda Franks.  (5/11)
Joseph Galloway.  (8/25)
Norman Golb.  (2/22)
Charles Grodin.  (5/20)
Maria Guarnascheilli, book editor.  (2/18)
James Gunn.  (2/21)
Tony Hendra.  (3/7)
Donald Kagan.  (8/20)
Hans Kung.  (4/9)
Lyn Macdonald.  (5/15)
Janet Malcolm.  (6/18)
Peter Manso,  (4/10)
Ved Mehta.  (1/12)
Marie Mongan.  (3/22)
Deborah Rhode.  (1/28)
James Ridgeway.  (2/16)
David Swensen.  (5/13)
Bryan Sykes.  (1/14)
Athan Theoharis.  (6/14/)
Ed Ward.  (5/16)
Michael Thomas.  (8/19)
Adam Zagajewski.  (3/27)

Ben Bova.  (12/17)
Clive Cussler.  (2/29)
Betty Dodson  (11/11)
Pete Hamill.  (8/6)
Shere Hite. (9/13)
A, E, Hotchner.  (2/18)
Roger Kahn.  (2/15)
Randall Kenan.  (9/29)
John Le Carre. (12/23/2020)
Johanna Lindsey.  (1/15)
Barry Lopez.  (12/29)
Alison Lurie.  (12/7)
Charlers Portis.  (2/19)
Julia Reed.  (9/8)
John Rothchild.  (1/22)
Gail Sheehy.  (9/3)
Jill Paton Walsh.  (11/29)
Charles Webb.  (6/30)

Warren Adler.  (4/23)
Kate Braverman.  (10/28)
Stephen Dixon.  (11/12)
Dan Jenkins.  (3/10)
Judith Krantz.  (6/27)
Paule Marshall.  (8/27)
Martin Mayer.  (8/3)
Wright Morris.  (7/25)
Toni Morrison.  (8/12)
Anthony Price.  (6/17)
John Simon.  (12/1)
Sol Stein.  (9/30)
Brad Watson.  (8/2)
Lonnie Wheeler.  (7/15)
Herman Wouk.  (5/20)

Neal Thompson.  (6/17)

Kit Reed.  (10/1)

E. M. Nathanson.  (4/10)




The rise and fall of the American shopping mall (Warren Pennsylvania edition)

The Warren Mall opened in October 1979.  At the time the city's population was 12,200, down from its 1940 peak of 14,891, while Warren County was treading water at 47,500, down slightly from its 1970 peak of 47,682.  Due to its small market size, the area arrived late to the shopping mall party.

By the late 2010s, the mall had been in a more than decade-long state of decline, with a vacancy rate approaching 80%.  In 2006, the opening of a Walmart Supercenter and Lowe's home improvement store less than a mile from the mall accelerated its loss of tenants, a few of whom moved into storefronts at a strip shopping center built within the same development.

The death knell for the mall was the closing of its last anchor, the Bon Ton, in 2018, the result of a bankruptcy filing.   Its other two anchors, Penney's and KMart, had already departed.  

Photos by Retiring Guy (2016 and 2018)

During visits with family in Warren, I'd made occasionally trip to the mall.   A death watch, to be sure.  I always encountered very little foot traffic there.  

By 2018, the decision was made to demolish about half of the mall's original structure, eliminating the enclosed mall and creating an open-air plan with a redesign of the remaining storefronts.

Even with the addition of Dunham.s Sports, I'm not convinced that the mall has a viable future.  Since the mall first opened in 1969,  the city of Warren's population has decreased 23%, to 9,404  The county's population has also declined, to 38,587, a 19% drop.

Day 61 of Robert C. Cahaly's self-imposed exile

Not a peep from him on Twitter since November 8.

Cahaly is the dude responsible for a host of fantasy polls released in the final days leading up to the midterm elections.

Here's his 2022 midterm report card.

Check it out!

FiveThirtyEight reports Trafalgar poll with a straight face.  (1/6/2023)

December 2022

November 2022
And then there were those Trafalgar fantasy polls.  (11/21/2022)
Since Election Day, we have been listening to 'The Sounds of Silence" by Robert C. Cahaly.  (11/16/2022)
Looking forward to Trafalgar's first fantasy poll of the 2024 GOP presidential campaign shit show.  (11/16/2022)
Senate race in Arizona.  (11/15/21022)
Senate race in Colorado.  (11/14/2022)
Senate race in Nevada.  (11/15/2022)
Senate race in Vermont.  (11/11/2022)

Around Town Middleton: Vin Santo restaurant reopening date postponed again

 The week of November 16th came and went, and Vin Santo remains closed.

The current message explains that the restaurant will not be able to open before the holidays and to call back during the 1st or 2nd week in January for more information.

Photo by Retiring Guy

1/17/2022 update starts here

Favorite special occasion restaurant

Photo by Retiring Guy


Our last visit took place on June 5, 2020, a delayed 34th anniversary celebration.  After struggling through the summer, Vin Santo closed in September.  Another Covid casualty.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Vin Santo menu (pasta)

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

August 2020

December 2019
Roman Candle survives the cut, even without the availability of convenient parking.  (12/12)
The Monona side of town.  (12/6)

November 2019
Bike rack at Sauk Trail Elementary School.  (11/8)
Not everybody's on board in the Meadows neighborhood.  (11/4)
October 2019
Matching car and garage door.  (10/11)

September 2019
Around Town Middleton: Bees love ornamental onion plants.   (9/4) 

August 2019
60-year-old resident arrested for armed robbery.  (8/21)
Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot .  (8/2)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24)
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2)
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12)

February 2018