Month: October 2017

Precision Cooking

I’ve written of it before. And I’ve gone one step further beyond Sous Vide etc. Now I’m into automation of temperature control.

So I’d been looking for a temperature controlled electric kettle. Problem was that I didn’t want to pay close to $100 for one. So I found one on Amazon for $41 – the price was right.
Here’s the control panel.

The munged looking 200F is my quick edit to brush out a cat hair. Yeah if you have a cat you know my grief  – cat hair at the most inopportune moments.

Sunday Dinner

So for this Sunday’s dinner I prepared the following:

Salmon filets, seasoned on both sides with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Into a pan with Kerry Gold Herbed Butter and some avocado oil. The trick is to watch the color change – once the fish goes from deep orange to lighter orange – it’s cooked. You can actually see the line that divides cooked from uncooked. Hell, I like salmon either way. But got them up to a nice temp.

Also did some asparagus – instead of using the broiler I did it in a non-stick pan. Got some olive oil to temperature, sliced up the garlic, peppers and in they went to saute for a bit. Then the trimmed asparagus went in. Tossed until the asparagus was tender.

And then the starch – the purple sweet potatoes. Sprayed with butter spray and then salt and pepper on the outside. They take 1-2 hours at 350F and they’re wrapped in aluminum foil. I gotta say it, creamy texture, and not as cloyingly sweet as standard sweet potatoes.

Noticed the purple sweet potatoes  at Trader Joe’s when we did the weekly grocery run. What was interesting is that truly purple potatoes are usually available locally in the spring.

That grocery run is 30 miles as the crow flies, first out to Market Basket in South Attleboro, MA and then down to Coventry, RI to hit BJ’s Club, then back on I-95 to hit Trader Joe’s in Warwick. I gotta say it, two favorite stores are Market Basket and Trader Joe’s. The people who work at both are great. And they know us. For example, at the Market Basket every week we get a case of Essentia water – the one that states it’s 9.5pH but which I’ve tested at the same as tap water at 7pH. Anyhow one of the girls there runs up to us and hands us $6 worth of coupons for the water. Cool! And Keyron and I  – we can make a cashier crack the hell up. We’re both witty people.

We also hit Whole Foods on North Main St. in Providence. I can see where some prices have in fact gone down, but not on what we wanted. Well we went for Goat Milk – and I have to admit it doesn’t taste bad. Nutritionally it appears to be the same as cows milk, and at $4.99 for a quart it isn’t cheap.

New Old School stuff added to my library

First up is Connie with Funky Little Beat from 1985:

Then there’s Cybotron with Clear from 1983:

Next up there’s Strafe with Set It Off from 1984:

Next up Nocera with Summertime, Summertime from 1986:

And finally Freeez with IOU from 1983.

You’ve probably noticed a few things if you listened to all of this. The first is this is all from a period of 1983 to 1986 – that was the true rise of the synthesizer – analog and digital as well as drum machines. Having spun, created and done things with synthesizers I highly approve.

This entire music set was arrived at from wanting to replace the last track. That’s how Nocera, Strafe, Cybotron and Connie were suggested on YouTube.

The Catalan Independence Movement

I fully support the independence of Catalonia. The reason I say this is because I think I understand why the Spanish government is being so irrational about the whole thing, what with dissolving their legislative branch and police leader.

I’ll explain why Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is being this way. Catalonia represents a full quarter of the Spanish economy. Without it much of Spain would suffer. That’s why Rajoy and his administration are doing this.

That’s all you have to do, follow the money. It explains Spain, Gaza, Quebec, etc. Their host countries will pretty much never let them go because they’re too economically important to those host countries.

How opinions on cars change over 6+ years

So see this post. I wrote it back in 2011. Because the 2011 Focus hatchback was in fact a fun car to drive.

As you may have recently read I drove a 2017 – and hated it. You’d think the cars would have gotten better over time, but alas they took a step back when it comes to Ford.

I say this because the newer model sucks ass.

Playing with Light, coherent light that is

So I received the green 250mW LASER yesterday. Just doing some preliminary testing.

This image you can clearly see the beam. Pretty cool.



Now this one I was trying for persistence of vision with my phone’s camera. Came out pretty well. In addition to the double slit experiment I might try a spinning reflector – you can design circuitry to have the laser paint an image.


Lasing at 250mW and another car review

So today I got my green 250mW laser – pretty nice cat toy if you ask me. But I want to repeat the double slit experiment again. This time with 250mW of lasing power.

Second got to drive a 2016 Honda CR-V today. Nice little car – even if it does have a propensity to tip over. I did have it up to 100MPH though – nice! And that was in Eco mode too.

And if you hadn’t guessed by now I love getting cars up near the red line of the tachometer. But the Honda at 100MPH was only ticking about 3,500 on the tach. I’m pretty sure it’s a 4 cylinder engine too. Not bad.

Unseasonably warm in Providence

I can recall last year – turned the heat on beginning of October. But this year here we are late October and temperatures outdoor are 60’s and low to mid 70’s. 76F today in fact.

Now I’ve seen the long range forecasts – this trend is expected to continue into December/January. So if we get a one month long winter I’m all for it. Of course I don’t want the attendant water level rise that goes with it but hey, waterfront property and all.




Experimenting with Science

You know someone posted about Atheists having never done a scientific experiment that supports what they say.

I’m one that has. For instance the famous double slit experiment which demonstrates the wave duality of photons and electrons and it’s derivative string theory. I used a laser to do the experiment and I saw the interference pattern that demonstrate the wave nature of photons. It was interesting.

Plus I experiment with electrons too – in building electronic circuitry. Things like radio projects, computing, power supplies, etc. For instance one is a 5VDC power supply – from line current and voltage. Step it down, rectify it, smooth out the ripple and voila – if you really want it solid a voltage regulator works.

But you get the idea – not only can I talk the talk, but walk the walk.

The answer to how did something come from nothing

This video pretty much sums it up. There’s energy in empty space. Zero point and other types of energy exist too.

It’s all based on Quantum Physics. Some strange and wonderful things have come out of that field of study. It has pretty much exposed the innards of the universe.

And the video talks about vacuum energy, the Casimir effect etc. Really fascinating stuff. And it has the added benefit of being one more piece of evidence for the fact that no gods have ever existed.