Friday, August 28, 2015

Cento Eggplant Appetizer

4g fat, 3g sugars, 6g fiber, 1g protien.  2 servings per can, 140 calories per can.  Mostly veg,   Nutritionally probably good for me, but I'm not digging it although I do normally like eggplant.  It is a bit acidic, and I'm not fond of this style of tomato sauce.  The downside nutritionally is the sunflower oil, olive would be superior.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Avocado, Tomato, Salmon

2 roma tomatoes
1 advacado
1 can salmon
2 ounces of cream cheese
salt/seasoning mix

I think it was a bit much.  Next time I'll try canned chicken instead of salmon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Spiral Sandals

My latest sandal design.


Drill holes every 1/2" around sole, excluding toe area.
Spiral cord through holes.
Run long end through the spiral
Bring short end across base of the toes and pick up the last spiral before it goes down the core of the spiral.
Now you have two ends on opposite sides of the foot, and any number of places that you can pick up that cord between spirals.  Lace as desired.


It is really easy to change the lacing pattern, as you can pick up the straight cord between loops anywhere and as many/few times as you like. Very secure side-to-side. Secure against forward slip. By pulling up a large loop at the heel, I'm able to get a very high heel strap that I find difficult to secure with other lacing styles.


Foot slides back about an inch in steep conditions. With the pictured lacing pattern, the rear most loops get pulled under the foot which is uncomfortable. There is a lot of cord in contact with the ground, may have poor lifetime and need re-lacing.


With the three rows of lace all continuous with no knot until the ends, tension moves all around. This is a pro in that it improves fit, but a con in that the lacing is a bit unpredictable and if you're OCD about symmetry or how it looks you may have to fiddle with it a lot.

Possible design modifications: 

I'm working on alternate lacing patterns, especially around the heel. Might re-work the first row to skip the loops at the heel, as these will see the most ground contact and are pretty useless in most lacing patterns.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Soylent guy at it again

Chris is more eloquent than I:

In addition, I must say the soylent guy is way off in left field.  He thinks he's saving the world but doesn't think of the effects of how products are manufactured.  He has proposed soylent as the solution to wold hunger.  So we take crops from poor farmers, send them to a factory, process them, throw out the parts that don't belong in soylent, and ship them back, and this is more economically viable than letting the farmers eat their own produce as it comes out of the ground?  Maybe it has application in refugee camps, as golden rice does, but for the greater populace there are much more efficient ways to obtain your daily calories in a balanced and ecologically sound method.

The soylet guy has a new kick of getting off of A/C power and going to a small solar cell.  Some of his changes are sensical, but in order to ditch his clothes washer, he has started buying all his clothes from China, wearing them once, and then donating them.  Sure it may take less water than washing his clothes, but considerable energy is spent in textile manufacturing, if the clothes are colored then nasty chemicals are used in the dye process, if they're flame retardant cotton or shrink resistant wool those are more chemicals...  Then he takes his nasty dirty laundry and dumps it in the donation bin.  This is unsanitary, and just pushes off the washing burden onto someone else.  If he was to trash those dirty clothes instead, then he adds to the landfill problem, if he was to buy clothes of recyclable materials, recycling takes more energy than washing...