Category Archives: Geek Stuff

Nutrients in tea

I am trying to find out more on the nutrients in tea, since I drink quite a lot of it, and I am running into a confusing issue. My tea bags weigh in at ~2.2 g per bag.  From one source, I am seeing that would be about 22 mg of potassium per gram of tea.  So, 2.2 g per bag would be ~50 mg of potassium per bag.  I have always thought it was supposed to be 1 bag per cup. My tea bag box says 1 serving makes 8 fluid ounces per bag.  I stretch it a bit and use one bag for ~ 14 ounces of boiling water in my travel mug. But, I figure that I will get all 50 mg in my cup.

Then I come to a site like this that presents the nutrition information for tea in fluid measures. Here they are saying 100 ml of brewed tea has 88 mg of potassium. Does that mean they used 2 tea bags to brew 100 ml of tea? 1 cup of brewed tea is 240 ml and it has 211 mg of K. (K is the atomic abbreviation for Potassium). Did they use 4 teabags to brew a cup of tea?

So, if the tea bag has a finite amount of K and water shouldn’t be adding anything to the mix, why does a cup of tea have so much more K than the bag.

And it isn’t just this site. Most of the sites I have seen seem to have a lot more K  per cup than in the bag.  No, actually, they seem to be all over the place.


Why @PayPal is wrong regarding @Regretsy, according to their own policies. « greengeekgirl.

After reading the story of the Regretsy nightmare with PayPal, I would like to find some alternative to PayPal to handle my on-line micro-finance needs.  I am especially alarmed at the idea that PayPal can freeze my account for 6 months on the whim of an employee.  If I ever decide to put a “Donate” button on my web page, it won’t be with PayPal.



blekko | spam free search.

I have gotten tired of all the nonsense hits I am getting on Google, so I am trying out another search engine -blekko. I made it my default Firefox search engine.

It seems on Google that if you inquire about a subject then you must want to be buying it. No, if I ask about “bookbinding” I want to learn about “bookbinding” not buy “bookbinding”equipment or books.

Where will you go today

I just heard about ‘Shopping Walls‘. Basically, if you see something you want to buy, you take a smartphone picture of the code box next to a picture of item and you will be automatically routed to a web site where you can quickly seal the deal and get the item mailed to your home.

Now if I was of a nefarious bent of mind I would cover the little code box with a code box of my own and direct this person, who is about to  disseminate credit card/account information and who expects to provide this information, to a dummy website of my own design that will collect the sensitive information. I might even relay the information through to the store so that the buyer does not notice that anything untoward may have happened.

(I don’t have a smart phone so I have no idea what they are doing.)


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