Archive for the 'science' Category

Tom Clancy mushroom book recycling

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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I feel this is for the better really. It stops someone else reading this rubbish.

Space food

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here’s the raw avocado soup, a rawfood recipe:

It looks, and probably tastes, like the green gunk they have in science fiction films. Well, it’s not too bad, but I felt quite hungry afterwards.

Update: I realized that I forgot the olive oil …

Dacorum Steam Rally 2010

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

We went to the Dacorum Steam Rally again on Sunday.

Previously …

Hand blender

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A Breville hand blender, to replace the one which I stole from Erin many years ago. Essential for soups.

Toaster

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever owned a toaster before.

Richard’s first chilli of the year test

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

We are growing the cayenne variety of chilli peppers. Here is my scientific test of the first pepper from this season.

Clouds over Chip

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

I think these photos show cirrus clouds being pulled along in a jet stream, a very unusual and beautiful cloud formation.











Helicopters

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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New toy

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A petrol lawnmower, from Chipperfield Garden Machinery:

Ballooning in Chip

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Dry ice

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Nani kore?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Cooking Issues blog

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


My not-so-new but favourite blog is Cooking Issues, which is the French Culinary Institute‘s tech blog.

Some interesting articles to start with:

My new desk

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Wikipedia: Treadmill desk

Making soap

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Monty Don’s guide to making soap

  1. Soap is simpler to make than you might have thought. You’ll need olive oil, organic palm or coconut oil, and beeswax pellets.
  2. Heat the ingredients together on the stove to about 54 degrees centigrade stirring regularly.
  3. Now for the tricky bit. Soap is produced when the oils which are acidic are mixed with lye.
  4. Lye is sodium hydroxide or caustic soda, a powerful alkali. When powdered lye is added to water it heats up, add the hot lye water to the melted oils, taking great care to avoid splashes as these will burn, and stir until the mixture thickens.

  5. After this is done, you can add any colourings, fragrance and softening oils – for example, honey and sweet almond oil.
  6. Pour the raw soap into a mould for setting and curing which is a maturing process needed before the soap is ready and safe to use.
  7. Finally turn the soap out of the mould and cut to the desired shape.

Cold!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Image from NASA’s Terra satellite, huge version here.

Steam fair

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

At the Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group fair in Potten End:

BMW Isetta “bubble car”:

Fedora conference, Berlin

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

(Photo by Nicu)

Visit to the Kings Langley wind turbine

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Yesterday I visited Beaufort Court a.k.a. the Kings Langley wind turbine, which is sited on the old Ovaltine chicken farm …

Solar powered train:

Chotto-chicken:

Bletchley Park

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I went to Bletchley Park today (Wikipedia page), home of the code-breaking efforts during World War II.

On my own!

They are starting to preserve the original nissen huts and later brick buildings like this one …

The rebuilt Colossus, arguably the first digital computer:

Captured Japanese codebooks:

They have their own Harrier:

and at the end of the day there was a fly-past by a WWII Hurricane:

I’ll have to take N-sama next time!