Maxent 42X3 42″ HDTV Plasma Monitor Review

December 31, 2005

Maxent MX-42X3I really, really tried to like the Philips 32″ LCD, but when all was said and done, the black levels (or more precisely, the lack thereof) did me in.

So I bit the bullet, and went to a 42″ Plasma.

Wow, am I ever glad I did.

LCDs have a lot going for them, and I have no doubt that over time they’re going to be a better bet in most applications than plasma is today, but for this application, and this time, the difference between the plasma and the LCD are like night and day for me.
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Drink Coffee & Lose Weight?

March 3, 2005

Apparently coffee can help you lose weight, at least according to this article from

They studied 10 older (65-80 yr) and 10 younger (19-26 yr) men who were moderate consumers of caffeine. Caffeine ingestion resulted in similar increases in both the old and young men for plasma caffeine levels; thus both young and old absorb caffeine equally well. Metabolic rate or energy expenditure increased similarly by 11% in young and 9.5% in the older men. According to the scientists, “older and younger men show a similar thermogenic response to caffeine ingestion, whereas older men show a smaller increase in fatty acid availability after a caffeine challenge. These metabolic differences are not related to alterations in norepinephrine kinetics or fat oxidation.” (8) A recent study presented at the International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in Las Vegas showed that a functional coffee beverage that also contained bitter orange, hydroxycitric acid, and chromium produced a significant increase (up to 30%) in metabolic rate. (9) This particular study is the first presented on ‘functional coffee’ (i.e. coffee with added nutraceuticals).

I’m now scared to imagine how fat I might be if I didn’t drink coffee by the gallon…