Garbage Collection

Trying to eat up all the odds and ends that have collected in the kitchen and pantry leads to a weird food day.

  • Slightly out of date yogurt. (If you thought those cultures were active before the expiration, you should see the Zumba dance-off they have beginning at 12:01am the day after expiration!)
  • The fruit formerly known as Banana.
  • The last of the stale-ish pita crisps with jalapeno mint jelly.
  • That frozen dinner even Matt won’t eat.
  • The last of the jalapeno olives.
  • The last of the Castelvetrano olives.
  • The last of the cracked olives.
  • Enough vodka to retroactively make martinis with said olives.  Wish I’d thought of that before I ate the olives.
  • I wonder if I could finish the last of the pickles?
  • Nope.

On the menu tomorrow:

  • Try to finish off the last of the jalapeno mint jelly by slathering it onto the last of the bread-and-butter pickle chips.
  • More out of date yogurt.
  • Is that coat of mold part of the cheese or something that came later?
  • Something made with vegetable stock.
  • Something made with frozen blueberries.
  • Hey, is blueberry soup a thing?  I’ll find out tomorrow.
  • Last of about 4 or 5 different kinds of frozen vegetables, each with less than a single serving left in the bag.
  • Archeological expedition to the bottom of the chest freezer in the garage. Send a rescue party if I’m not back by Sunday.
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The Carrotastrophe

Warning: Contains carrots!So I’m steaming some frozen vegetables for lunch and I happen to notice some warnings on the bag.  Apparently I’m supposed to make sure that whatever wattage my microwave oven is, the carrots get to an internal temperature of 165 F because cooking times may vary.

Just how contaminated is the food supply that CARROTS, something I’m fond of eating raw, have to be cooked thoroughly to avoid food poisoning?  There’s nothing on the package label saying “Warning: Processed in a facility that also processes wheat, nuts and weapons grade salmonella.”  What are we doing now, just slaughtering livestock in the fields among the crops?

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Travelex rant

Travelex Cash Passport cardWow, so Travelex managed to screw me pretty royally.  Pretty fitting considering I’m in the UK where they know a little something about royalty.  This is a pure rant so if you aren’t interested, I highly recommend the Solar roadways post instead.  Like it says in the masthead, “because if I don’t write, I’ll explode.”  Sometimes I do these just for me and this is one of those times.  However, if you travel internationally, be warned.

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Tebo, Sam, and the whitewashing of hate

I don’t watch sports.  Whatever media attention Michael Sam received never entered my sphere of awareness.  On the other hand, the backlash to it is all over my social media and news feeds.  Note I didn’t say the reaction to it, but specifically the protests.  Had it not been for these I would never have known.  Yet when I stop to read what its all about, all I see from my vantage point is the very people who have invaded my techie world complaining about all the media attention over Sam’s announcement.  From this side of my monitor the complaints about the media attention are the media attention.

One such arrived from a friend who I love and respect who posted a link to a Matt Walsh post.  From that post:

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Solar Roadways is funding – and why you should care

20140508113108-Sandpoint_1Scott and Julie Brusaw of Idaho came up with the brilliant idea of embedding solar cells into roadways.  Even with the meager conversion rates of today’s solar cells and even in the more Northern regions where the incident solar angle limits the amount of usable energy received, in this usage photocells are cost effective and capable of  generating more power than we use, assuming the majority of roads were paved with these.  This is one of those ideas that is so good and in retrospect so obvious that you have to wonder why nobody thought of it before.  Then if you look closer and discover that Scott and Julie have been working on this for over a decade you might wonder how it’s been around so long and you are still driving over potholes where asphalt used to be.  That’s a really good question.  I believe we can help them resolve that one last issue by kicking in a few dollars to their Indiegogo campaign and this post is to help explain why it’s important to do this with private funding.

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American slavery – it’s a thing

After an informal analysis of the health insurance system in the USA, I’ve come to the conclusion that while Lincoln may have freed the slaves, we haven’t actually abolished slavery here.  In fact, it is alive and well, enshrined in law, and the Affordable Care Act is one of the few things that seeks to address that situation.  Bear with me, I’ll connect the dots.

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The Peter Principle

My wife and I were watching TV this evening when I paused the show for a bio-break.  Unbeknownst to my wife, one of our cats pushed his way in whilst I was in the bathroom.  From her vantage point in the living room, this is what she heard:

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