11 January 2012


This is the kind of website I love to discover.  Bookshelf Porn is not about pornography, but rather is a "collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world".  Literally hundreds of photos, along with quotes and links to other websites.  Who knew that books could be displayed in so many creative and visually entertaining ways?  Do not miss the opportunity to browse through this design collection.  It may give you ideas for your own home.

Breaking news ~ the NYTimes reports on a study which concludes that marijuana smoke does not harm human lungs.  "The new research is one of the most extensive looks to date at whether long-term marijuana use causes pulmonary damage, and specifically whether its impact on the lungs is as harmful as smoking cigarettes.  The researchers followed more than 5,000 people over two decades and found that regularly smoking marijuana ~ the equivalent of up to a joint a day for over seven years ~ did not impair performance on a lung function test.  The test, a measure of pulmonary obstruction that looks at the amount of air a person can force out in one second after taking a deep breath, is typically worsened by smoking tobacco.

"In the near term, smoking marijuana irritates the airways and can cause coughing, and public health advocates stress that it causes impairment that reduces attention, lowers motivation and heightens the risk of accidents.  Over days or weeks, chronic use can lead to problems with learning and memory."

Dr. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at UCLA, said one reason marijuana may not be as harmful as tobacco smoke may be the fact that its active ingredient, THC, has anti-inflammatory effects.

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