Folks used to sit on the porch shootin’ the breeze. For many now, the porch is a cubicle and the breeze is digital. These are a few of the stories floating around our cyber porch today.
UPDATE June 18-- Dr. Oz Gets Scolding from Sen. McCaskill
Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight. Oz appeared before the Senate's consumer protection panel and was scolded by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he made about weight-loss aids on his TV show, "The Dr. Oz Show."
Think Your Commute Is Tough? The collective noun for a lot of ducks can be flock, raft, team, paddling, and several others. This video shows a commuter in Asia caught in a tidal wave of ducks.
June 17 Cyber Porch News
*** Slimed No More? Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers. Lean Finely Textured Beef is still controversial--and a major lawsuit is looming. We continue to think Shakespeare had this issue sorted out--it's all in the name, as this blog explains: Would Finely Textured Beef by Any Other Name Taste the Same?
*** Banana Benders: A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers say.
*** How Do You Say "Hold the Anchovies" in App-Speak? Domino’s Pizza launches a new voice ordering feature in its iPhone and Android apps that features a voice speech recognition, speech synthesis, and natural language understanding technology. The company says the feature will provide “a human-like, conversational customer service experience that allows users to speak an order and quickly add items to their cart.” The food industry is changing rapidly from 3-D printing to new forms of delivery. But this blog explains that it has been evolving for a long time, and a pizza app back in 1975 might have needed to know the phrase "hold the embalming fluid."
from dan gogerty (photos from ars/usda)