Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fwd: Good news about Chocolate!

Wow I am quite pleased at this recent news, I would hate to think that I, your Library Moose, was providing addiction fixes.  Sure wouldn't want to be arrested by the Police for distributing controlled substances, Moose don't look good in jail stripes or heavens forbide those hideous orange prison jumpsuits!


Yahoo! News


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Can't quit chocolate? Don't fret, it's no addiction

By Michael Kahn1 hour, 49 minutes ago

Resistance is futile. The more we try to fight off a craving for chocolate, the more our desire for it grows, a British researcher said on Tuesday.

But chocoholics can take heart that such sweets are not addictive despite the fact many people consider themselves as having no control over their urges to eat the sweets, said Peter Rogers, a psychologist at the University of Bristol .

"Food behavior can look like addictive behavior in extreme situations but chocolate does not fit these criteria," Rogers told a meeting sponsored by the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Many people point to certain compounds found in chocolate -- such as phenylethylamine -- that produce a buzz when they reach the brain as evidence chocolate is addictive, Rogers said.

But many of these compounds also exist in higher concentrations in other foods with less appeal, such as avocados or cheese, and do not cause addiction despite what many chocoholics believe, he said.

Instead, a social attitude that chocolate is "naughty but nice" may actually drive people to see chocolate as a forbidden pleasure and desire it even more, Rogers said.

"In other words, chocolate is a highly desirable food, but which according to social norms should be eaten with restraint," he said. "However, attempting to resist the desire to eat chocolate only causes thoughts about chocolate to become more prominent, consequently heightening the desire."

Other studies have suggested that dark chocolate contains more of the beneficial compounds linked with heart health, though experts note that the high sugar and fat content of most chocolate candy might cancel out some of the benefits.

But even health benefits do not make dark chocolate as popular as milk chocolate and chocolate covered confectionary, Rogers said further research has shown.

And the fact these favored choices contain lower amounts of the so-called psychoactive compounds found in dark chocolate provides more evidence chocolate is not addictive, he said.

"It is therefore far more plausible to suggest that a liking for chocolate, and its effects on mood, are due mainly to its principal constituents, sugar and fat, and their related orosensory and nutritional effects," he said in a statement.

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Where I live.

According to the current poll on my blog, you my adoring public, would like to know more about my library. Here is a nice photo of the outside of the Burbank Central Library where I reside in the Technical Services Department. I have lived at the library since December 1998...hey I wonder if everyone will be throwing me a 10 year anniversary party next year! What do you think, should I have a party?

Owner's post about Flickr for his class.

Hi, this is the Library Moose's owner, and I need to post concerning Flickr. I currently have a Flickr account that displays my ties and I will also plug my Library Moose's Flickr account that has various moose photos.

Both Flickr accounts are also listed below and to the left under Library Moose Links and other Moose related items are found under Food Favorites. Check back for new links as new Library Moose favorites are discovered.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Moose Juice, sounds good to me!

I, yes I do read books, was looking over the new children's books when I spotted the "Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook" by Georgeanne Brennan and couldn't resist taking a look because the cover said that inside was a recipe for "moose juice". Of course I first recoiled in horror, how could mankind squeeze us noble moose into juice for their selfish consumption....ah, but then I calmed down and remembered one lesson that I've learned living in the library, that is never judge a book by its cover. Sure enough, the good Dr. Seuss had in his wisdom, intended moose juice to be enjoyed by moose! Now a good refreshing beverage is always something to look forward to and moose juice is an excellent example. Below is the recipe -

Moose Juice
¾ cup orange juice
½ cup orange sherbet
½ banana sliced
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whipped cream

Directions for Moose Juice
combine the orange juice, sherbet, banana, vanilla extract in a blender. Puree until smooth.
Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.
makes one serving.

And to show that this moose has literary interest, here is the appropriate Dr. Seuss excerpt from the cookbook....

A moose is asleep
He is dreaming of moose drinks
A goose is asleep
He is dreaming of goose drinks
That’s well and good, when a moose dreams of moose juice
And nothing goes wrong when a goose dreams of goose juice
But it isn’t too good when a moose and a goose
Start dreaming they’re drinking the other one’s juice

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Flickr update.

Hi I just wanted to let all of my fans know that 2 new photos have been added to my Flickr account in the Moose Habitat folder. One is the new baseball photo shown a couple of posts ago and the other is an older Christmas photo from my 2002 habitat.

Amoosingly yours,

The Library Moose

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A bit slow a first, but...

My owner is finally beginning to show some smarts about being a guest poster on my blog and I appreciate his suggestion that all of his class visitor's will become subscribers and regular visitors and supporter of me, your friendly, neighborhood Library Moose. I promise that my moosings are much more amoosing than his are!

Owner's subscribed blogs.

Hi, this is the owner of the Library Moose, for my class I have need of posting about 5 blogs that I have subscribed to, so without any further delay, here they are....

  1. Information Wants to Be Free [one should always subscribe to one's instructor's blog!]
  2. Librarian in Black [sounded cool and I resemble the "tech-librarian by default" remark.
  3. Library Stuff [hey one always needs stuff!]
  4. Tame the Web [one could only hope, so any help is appreciated]
  5. Library Bytes [just liked the name of the blog]

In order to maintain my temporary use of his blog for class related posts, I would mention that The Library Moose blog is available for subscribing to too!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Baseball Fever, Catch it!

Baseball 2007
Originally uploaded by library.moose

Hi all, as you can see me and my herd are currently enjoying "pennant fever" as baseball heads down to the last couple of weeks of the season. All in all, we are quite disappointed that the Dodgers are just not getting the job done while the Angels will make the playoffs again this season. LA deserves a better team, don't you think?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sad news in the Moose family.

I am sure that you join me in sending my condolences and sympathy to my New Hampshire family over this recent senseless event. When will humans learn to drive carefully?

LITTLETON, N.H. -- One person was killed Sunday when a vehicle hit a moose and a tree in Littleton. State police said the car was headed south on Interstate 93 when it struck the moose Sunday morning. The car went off the road and hit a tree. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. No name was released. Driver Amy Perkins, 28, of Twin Mountain, N.H., was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital and treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press . All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Moosings in reply.

As a Moose, I am an animal of much proud lineage and heritage and I must protest this takeover by my owner of my blog! Does this blog state "owner of the Library Moose"? I don't think so, where does he get the nerve to force himself onto my blog? Just so everyone knows what I am up against in trying to maintain integrity of an honest Moose's efforts at an honest blog, I post a picture of said owner. Would you trust a man like this? I have my doubts as to whether or not he'll be true to his word and confine his blogging just to the course of his class, I guess time will tell.

The Owner speaks.

Hi, this post is by the Library Moose's owner, he is kind enough to share his blog with me so that I can participate in an online course that I am taking. From reading the moose's posts, he has stated that this blog is all his doing, I as the owner have fully participated in this blog's creation and need to make a few posts for my class over the next few weeks. I hope that this isn't too much of an incovenience to all.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New goodies today!

Hi, I your friendly neighborhood Library Moose, want to let you know that I've added a new poll [please vote] and a brand new Moose News section to my humble little blog. I hope that you will vote and enjoy catching up on the latest in Moose news!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Uncle Ralph on the campaign trail.

Uncle Ralph, shown here making a local stump speech, has been busy of late mingling with the public. He is trying to revive the Bull Moose party single handed and is working towards getting elected to his local City Council. Uncle Ralph has always been civic minded and with a mouth like that, naturally gifted in the gift of gab department too! More of Uncle Ralph's pictures are on my Flickr account.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Brief update.

Hi, just to let you know that the official Library Newsletter photograph of my 2007 Summertime habitat can be found on my Flickr site.

Have a enjoyable long Labor Day Holiday weekend!