Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2013-06 to 2013-06

Tetraplegia, Quadriplegia, Paraplegia

Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso.

paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost.

from Wikipedia Quadriplegia

A well-known Google employer, Meng, who collects photos of celebrities visiting Google. Check out his album with many celebrities. See: Meng's celebrity photos

when you look at photos of celebrities, they don't look so pretty as one'd remember in movies or tv. Many looked surprisingly haggard.

“What hast thou done, unnatural and unkind?” — Titus Andronicus: Act 5

United Kingdom slang: “bird” for “chick”

In United Kingdom, they call a girl “bird”, analogous to the US slang “chick”.

it's wrong to call a girl “bird”, because, “bird” is descendant of dinosaur. Dinosaur are not cuddly creatures.

The soybean (US) or soya bean (UK) (Glycine max) is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses. The plant is classed as an oilseed rather than a pulse by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and cheap source of protein for animal feeds and many prepackaged meals; soy vegetable oil is another product of processing the soybean crop. For example, soybean products such as textured vegetable protein (TVP) are ingredients in many meat and dairy analogues. Soybeans produce significantly more protein per acre than most other uses of land.

Traditional nonfermented food uses of soybeans include soy milk, and from the latter tofu and tofu skin. Fermented foods include soy sauce, fermented bean paste, natto, and tempeh, among others. The oil is used in many industrial applications. The main producers of soy are the United States (35%), Brazil (27%), Argentina (19%), China (6%) and India (4%). The beans contain significant amounts of phytic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and isoflavones.

Soy bean

A pulse (Latin “puls”, from Ancient Greek πόλτος poltos “porridge”), sometimes called a “grain legume”, is an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod. Pulses are used for food for humans and other animals. Included in the pulses are: dry beans like pinto beans, kidney beans and navy beans; dry peas; lentils; and others.

Pulse (legume)