Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group, in conjunction with PVAXX Research & Development Ltd, have devised a novel way to recycle discarded mobile telephones — bury them and watch them transform into the flower of your choice.
I think over the next few days I’ll tranfer some of my old fidlet.com pages into posts — otherwise I think that they will forever float in cyberspace limbo. I shall start with my tribute to Ultima IV:
For those of you not familiar with the masterpiece that is Ultima IV: it is a computer role-playing game that came out in the mid 80’s, produced by the Origin software company (now owned by Electronic Arts). Although primitive by today’s standards, it was revolutionary at the time: instead of the traditional where you fight some big bad evil at the end, your ultimate quest was a moral one.
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After being terrified by Supersize Me (an excellent documentary, by the way), I decided to make myself a super healthy soup for lunch yesterday from one of my favorite cookbooks — The Unplugged Kitchen. It turned out to be very delicious. I include the recipe here for your enjoyment:
1⁄2 c lentils, washed
1 1⁄2 qts spring water (I use vegetable broth for extra flavor)
1 large, ripe tomato, peeled and chopped, or 4 canned tomatoes, chopped
1⁄4 lb, about 4 c loosely packed, chopped borage leaves, 1 bunch Swiss chard leaves (without ribs), or 1 bunch chopped stem spinach (I chose the spinach)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a little for drizzling
Rinse and pick over lentils. Transfer to soup pot and add water (or broth). Simmer briskly for 30–35 minutes, or until tender. Season with salt toward end of cooking (probably not necessary if you use broth).
Add tomato, greens, olive oil, salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Very simple. Very healthy. Very yummy.
I came across an interesting article on comfort and pleasure, whose claims included the following: Our affluent society abounds with comfort addicts. We have the means to immediately satisfy all of our desires (for food, physical comfort, etc.), and have thus become less tolerant of discomfort. Slight hunger, tiredness, etc., drives us to snack and buy gadgets that decrease any need for physical labor on our part. The unfortunate thing about such comfort addiction is that, given our reluctance to adventure far out of our narrow comfort range, we ultimately deny ourselves the level of pleasure derived from the final satisfaction of a desire that has built up in intensity due to the prolonging of discomfort (e.g., the inexplicable pleasure of eating a decadant meal after hours of hunger). While we all recognize that anticipation significantly intensifies pleasure, we rarely deliberately deny ourselves the immediate satisfaction of a desire…and we end up cheating ourselves out of the joys that make life delicious.
Putting on my jacket for the first time this fall, I shove my hands in my pockets to discover a remnant piece of paper stuffed in there from last winter. I pull the paper out, expecting an old Publix reciept or something equally dull, only to discover an old shopping list during one of my frequent but short-lived phases of trying to eat well and and healthfully. This list included ingredients from the deliciously simple and natural recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks: The Unplugged Kitchen, by Viana La Place. How delightful! I think I’ll use this forgotten treasure of a shopping list next time I grocery shop. For those of you who are curious, I give you this list here.
I came upon an article regarding Hardee’s new Monster Thickburger: 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat. Gah. From what I can tell, it looks like bun, mayonaisse, bacon, cheese, hunk of meat, cheese, another hunk of meat, cheese, bacon, and bun. Hey…take away the measely bun and at least it’s low-carb.
A list of human universals. Fascinating.