thinking about the world differently . . .
March 9th, 2016

Pun gallery: Don’t Ignore Teleportation, It Can Get Us Somewhere

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

February 25th, 2016

Pun gallery: The Aussie local area network – the LAN down under

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

February 11th, 2016

Pun semi-groaner: A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner” (I added “semin-groaner” class for this one!) Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

January 28th, 2016

Pun groaner: to make holy water just boil the hell out of it

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

January 14th, 2016

Pun gallery: I didn’t like my beard but it grew on me

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

January 1st, 2016

Scary future – Climate Change

Happy New Year 2016!!

Just when the world relaxed into the post-Paris Climate Summit sleepiness, the evidence and research begins to come out.

This one is titled “Sorry, You Can’t Have Fries With That: 10 Foods That May Disappear Thanks to Climate Change" [click] is about some foods that will begin to disappear as the climate changes and growing conditions for crops begin to shift to the detriment of these crops.

What can you do? Educate yourself in the ways that small actions can help delay the changes, in perhaps reverse (nah, probably too optimistic! Just go for delay…) climate changes.

You can shift your food habits from meat at most meals to focusing on vegetables, and use meat only as flavoring. It works, it is fun, and it is healthy to boot, not just for you, but the planet!

Michael Pollan coined a great phrase, his three rules for eating: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” [click] He has great books you can get at the library, read, study, and live by.

Did you notice the word “mostly” in his rules for food? It means that you don’t have to panic about becoming a vegetarian or vegan!

Just start shifting slowly. Instead of 3 bacon strips with breakfast, have just 2 for the next 2 weeks. Then cut another one. Etc… Instead of finishing the whole 8 oz. of burger, leave a forkful on the plate for the next 2 weeks. Then another forkful. Etc…

You won’t feel hungry doing those minor changes, but if you do, get a carrot, maybe a small tomato.

Your body (and the planet!) will thank you. Before too long, you will be following Michael Pollan’s advice – no pain, no weight gain.

But Pollan is just one of many many resources. Start reading.

December 31st, 2015

Pun gallery: Broken pencils are pointless

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

December 17th, 2015

Pun gallery: I am reading a book about gravity and can’t put it down…

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

December 3rd, 2015

Pun gallery: I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

I happen to love puns. Always have, even when my primary languages were not English. I am even known to have made a number of cross-lingual puns… You all know that some pun can light up your day, others can make the groans emanate from nearly everyone present within earshot.

So I’ll be publishing an occasional post with a chosen pun. My classification will be “Pun gallery” or “Pun groaner”. Maybe I should even consider the terminology “Pun” and “Pan” as the British use it (as in “toilet”)

If you like a pun, please let me know by commenting below. If you not like a pun, please let me know by commenting below.

August 28th, 2014

Let’s talk about manual dexterity

This guy is amazing. If I tried it, I’d probably cut off half my fingers…

July 26th, 2013

The Common Ingredient

What do jet fuel, electrical transformers and breakfast cereal have in common?

BHT.

BHT is short for butylated hydroxytoluene and it is an organic compound that is used as an antioxidant additive in jet fuels, electrical transformer oil, and breakfast cereal.

Found this list of 25 Craziest Food Additives on a website listing all sorts of “List of of 25” items, many quite astonishing!

June 23rd, 2013

Oh, No, More Paula Deen!

Like a bad dinner with too much butter that comes back to haunt you, so does Paula Deen. I wrote before about her in my blog (here, here, and here.)

But as Roseanne Roseannadanna said: If it is not one thing it’s another!

Watch the Genius of Gilda Radner do her bit including the memorable phrase right here:

Watch on Youtube directly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd_syuD-N_k

 
So, back to Deen. She managed to make waves again, this time by admitting in court to having used racial slurs on her show. Oy! The Food Network, Deen’s latest TV home, announced Friday (6/21/2013) that they will not renew her contract. She did make an apology, but the ax has fallen.

My cartoon Guru, Mr. Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga FreePress, published the following great cartoon on the topic:

Clay Bennett Commenting on Paula Deen's Racial Slurs Admission

Clay Bennett Commenting on Paula Deen’s Racial Slurs Admission

And so melts the Empire all to hell like a stick of butter in a hot skillet…

March 30th, 2013

Drowsy?

This Jerusalem Post article gives the following tips:

1. Get water inside your body first thing after waking up. By that time, you have let your body dehydrate for several hours. IT IS TIME to drink some water.

2. Berries for the afternoon doldrums. They are filled with all sorts of good nutrients, and a big one is fiber. This latter one tends to even out the sugar level in your blood, so you don’t have the ups and downs so many people experience in the afternoons. You get a steady even level of energy.

3. Get a hit of lentils. Rich in nutrients, these legumes, are easy to prepare, very inexpensive, and have lots of needed nutrients. Add them to salads and other dishes.

4. Go Nuts. Well, go after nuts and seeds. They are an excellent source of “the good fats” and have fiber galore. It does not take much nuts or seeds to add significant benefits to a regular food plan, so you need not “get ON a diet of nuts” or off it. I personally love to much on peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

5. Greek yoghurt. That one was new on me. I always enjoyed the creamy full taste, but as a quick energizer? Never thought of it. Well, protein galore without the sugar hits of the stuff you find in the supermarket dairy shelves. If you want to sweeten it, crush a few berries in there and go for it.

All of these are inexpensive uplifters. Sure nuts cost a lot per pound, but you need just a small handful, so the pound will last and last. So all this will be good for your wallet, leave room in your pants (your ass will not grow with empty calories), make your body happy, give you long years of life, fix all the other world’s problems in a flash! (I DID get carried away somewhat in that last sentence… :grin:)

March 16th, 2013

It’s a design issue…

Prof. Barry Kudrowitz of the University of Minnesota is a product design teacher. Along with  Bill Fienup, a Chicago-based mechanical engineer, they designed the ultimate solution to a HUGE problem: The Oreo cookie.

Think: It is hard to separate without messing your face, fingers, lips, and the separation of creamy inside is never perfect or complete, so the manual solutions are truly rough at the edges, requiring the refined hand of professorial and engineering touches.

Enter the Oreo Separator Machine – the OROBOT. 

The process is simple: Airpressure separates the top cookie from the cream, shooting it directly into the expecting open mouth. Meanwhile, the cream is heated slightly, liquefying it. A high pressure airstream then jets it into the expcetant, open mouth. An additional blast of air then shoots the bottom cookie, now clean of cream, directly into the mouth of the eater.

Done!

This was reported in the Pioneer Press, retrieved 3/16.2013

Watch the video below:

 

December 29th, 2012

Year End Crunch

What a crunch for year end… My own version of “fiscal cliff” 😀

Here is how:

Slice a bagel in two. If you can find a bagel with a fairly closed middle hole, use it.

Remove the bread material from the bagel halves to create a bowl-like “cavity”.

Knead the breading to make a plug to close the hole in one of the halves.

Place both halves cut side up on a cookie sheet with some foil and bake in a 300F oven for 3 minutes.

Spread one teaspoon of shredded mozzarella on each bagel, and return to the oven foespecially try to melt the cheese around the plug. Let it toast/bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Place bagels on a work surface for assembly.

Now you have two toasted “bowls” and one is more like a bowl.

Crack an egg into the bagel bowl. I like to spice the egg with za’atar, some pimenton (smokey paprika), oregano and rosemary. Just a pinch or so.

Place the bagel bowl on the cookie sheet and back into the oven, at 350F for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, assemble the other half bagel: some rosemary and oregon at the bottom. A layer of thinly sliced tomato, a pinch of parmesan, a layer of thinly sliced celery, a layer of jalapeno thinly sliced, another layer of tomato slices. Top with thinly sliced swiss cheese.

If you prep these ingredients in advance, the assembly will take 5-8 minutes. Add the assmbled bagel to the cookie sheet. Continue baking for about 2-5 mins.

Depending on how you like your egg: runny will be about 12 minutes, more solid will take 15 minutes total time.

Since the egg already baked 5-8 minutes, you can add more time to finish off the whole thing to a glorious nice breakfast.

Bagel with CRUNCH for a festive Yearend Breakfast

Bagel with CRUNCH for a festive Yearend Breakfast

Oh yeah, the CRUNCH: provided by toasting the bagels first and also by the celery.

Enjoy. But: don’t forget to think of the people who cannot enjoy such a sunmptuous meal, or any meal on that day! Give thanks to those who work hard to bring the ingredients to your kitchen. Try to think for a short time about the systemic causes for hunger and poverty.

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