f.lux: software to make your life better

f.lux adjusts your display based on time of day to avoid getting too much of the wrong light spectrum. Using an ultra-bright cool temperature display late at night not only disrupts sleep patterns, but is hard on your eyes β€”Β and with f.lux (OS X, Windows, and Linux binaries available) running, you’ll be gradually slipped into warmer colors as the night goes on.

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The only caveat I have about using f.lux is that if you forget it’s running in the evening while you’re editing photos or video, you can get some unintended results. Thankfully, there is also an Alfred workflow I use to smack a hotkey and “snooze” f.lux for a while or enable/disable it entirely.

Alfred is for OS X and a fantastic utility for automation, I don’t know if there is a similar widget for non-Mac environments or not.


There’s a Massive US Salmonella Outbreak Amid the FDA Shutdown

The Republican Shutdown is putting more lives of Americans in jeopardy by shutting off Government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration in the midst of a salmonella outbreak. How much longer must we be held hostage by these teahadis while they play a losing game of chicken?
via Gizmodo β€” There's a Massive US Salmonella Outbreak Amid the FDA Shutdown

Unfit for consumption, but many will never know before it's too late. Especially considering those most vulnerable are the ones adamant about washing chicken poultry in the sink before cooking it.


You gonna eat that?

Who should set standards for food safety and enforce them? Consumers, or shareholders?

The Washington Post reported on Monday that documents and interviews showed that a plan to allow hog plants to replace federal USDA inspectors with their own private employees had produced β€œserious lapses that included failing to remove fecal matter from meat” in three of the five plants that had participated in a pilot program for more than a decade.

The best part is, pork is just the beginning:

A similar plan for chicken and turkey plants is expected to be finalized later this year.

It’s a splendid idea, really. Who better to protect us from contaminated food than the people that produce the contaminated food, right? Must we settle for tiny little chunks of fecal matter in our tenderloin or cutlets? With no more nosey inspectors and wasted tax dollars on that flavorless and shitless slurry! All those freeloading neutral third-party commies and thugs are finally going to be out of the way of bringing us what we want: real letter-graded meat.