Having traveled to Europe and Japan many times, I've grown to appreciate bidets. They are fantastic and it's horrible that they aren't commonplace in the US. I have added one more bidet to the US and it is available at a low price Amazon. It doesn't have warm water jet like a Japanese toilet, but you'll get used to it.
How did people do their business in Medieval Europe? This fascinating piece on Modern History has the poop scoop. There are all sorts of things in here I was unaware of, like how human urine was collected and used in manufacturing and the fact that many towns had a Shit Street (where everyone took their… READ THE REST
I spent the first two weeks of my quarantine shitting in a portapotty in the parking lot of my building. It wasn't great — but hey, at least it was always stocked with hand sanitizer. The contractors I'd hired to renovate my bathroom were not so good on timeliness or communication before the pandemic started. And… READ THE REST
From Nature.com (emphasis added): Here, we describe easily deployable hardware and software for the long-term analysis of a user's excreta through data collection and models of human health. The 'smart' toilet, which is self-contained and operates autonomously by leveraging pressure and motion sensors, analyses the user's urine using a standard-of-care colorimetric assay that traces red–green–blue… READ THE REST
The difficulties of pandemic life have brought some unexpected consequences over the past year. With some transportation options closed and everyone mostly stuck in their houses, people got stir crazy for an alternative — and bicycle sales surged nationwide. Unfortunately, that wave of new bike riders brought an all too expected result: a corresponding surge in… READ THE REST
An extra power bank or charging hub that keeps your smartphone or tablet powered up in a pinch is always a great idea. But those batteries will only handle the needs of your small electronics. They aren't really built for those heavy-duty power tasks that you might encounter. You know…like when your car battery is… READ THE REST
If you're in the market for a laptop, it's tough out there. Between companies producing incredibly similar models with only slight tweaks and variations and shoppers starved for reliable sources of information to make sense of it all, you practically have to be a computer science major to untangle what's what. And when shoppers get confused… READ THE REST