Wednesday, January 28, 2015

OK, Coke got me...

Coca-Cola is always coming out with new products.  Sometimes they make mistakes that turn out to be brilliant blunders.  Sometimes, they just make duds.  Sometimes you don't know it's Coke at all.  And, sometimes they make a winner.

Coca-Cola Life could be a winner.  I only found the new beverage by accident at a nearby Target.  The odd color caught my attention, so I got a 2L bottle to try it out.  It is a drink that about matches the taste of Coke, but having only 63% of the original caleries (90 vs. 143 calories of Coke Classic).  They acheive this improvement by using cane sugar and Stevia instead of corn syrup.  Some people claim cane sugar has a better taste than corn syrup.  (I'm one of those people.)

I think the timing for this improvement is very important, as medical field is just now beginning to understand that sugar is the real culprit in heart disease.  Even though there is still substantial sugar in Coca-Cola Life, there is less than Coke Classic.  Not only that, Stevia has been showing promising results that suggest it might help lower blood pressure.  (If someone is taking blood pressure medication, this may have unintentional compounding effects with their medication.  Moderate risk of interaction between Stevia and a few mediations has been asserted.)

For myself, although I find the name a little awkward, I like Coca-Cola Life.  It pretty much tastes like Coke Classic.  There is a slight difference, but certainly much less difference seen from diet drinks.  It certainly doesn't have the annoying aftertaste that I experience with every other sugar substitute. I'm on the lookout for more packaging options, such as those tiny cans that seem to popular these days.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowy day, ugh

Today is the first really bad snowy day for Eastern Massachusetts this winter (2014-2015).  It's not the fun and somewhat enjoyable light flurry.  The snow is the annoying wet kind.  It pelts you almost as harshly as rain, and gets you almost as wet.  The snow is also annoying because it really puts a damper on the weekend (today is Saturday). Although snow is just as annoying on weekdays, at least there is can be used as an excuse to work-from-home.  On the weekend, you're just stuck at home.  Ugh.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

No matter how close I got, I couldn't make the #Fiat fill the frame of a photo. I'm #literally standing 3 feet away to take this shoot. #BostonAutoShow



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#chrysler300 ...got tired waiting for the boothbabe to get outta, the way.



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Europeans finally starting to figure out cup holders, kinda. #PorscheBoxster 2015



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#LincolnMKC @ #BostonAutoShow



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#LincolnMKC @ #BostonAutoShow, but no #matthewmcconaughey



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Bigger Engine #Corvette #BostonAutoShow



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#Corvette @ #BostonAutoShow



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Spaceships at #BostonAutoShow



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#BostonAutoShow Mmmmm



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#Dogde emblem



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