October 3rd, 2017

green leaves

Cool tech that got lost somehow

https://youtu.be/Aav0z64SnB4

I'm not sure why the site-embed isn't working, but there's a good video link in the historythings link at the bottom.

The Rolligon!

This is amazing. I'm not sure whether there's a practical use for them, but it's sad if there isn't.

https://www.constructionequipment.com/company/rolligon-corporation

There is a Rolligon company. They make a bunch of interesting-looking construction equipment, but none with huge soft tires. I'm not sure what the legalities would be of just making toy versions. Or what it would take to get permission and make the toys for safe. It seems like a missed commercial opportunity.

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/157801/what-is-a-rolligon-and-why-do-people-travel-using-it

Heinlein quotes about Rolligons on the moon-- he may have just picked up the name, or invented it. I would assume the Rolligon would give a soft ride on the earth, and softer on the moon.

http://historythings.com/the-original-go-anywhere-vehicle-the-rolligon/

More about Rolligons. The idea of squishy rollers were invented by Alaskan villagers-- they used inflated sealskins. The trucks were actually used in Alaska.

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Very tasty and simple tuna-tomato thing

I cooked a thing I'm happy with-- stovetop cooked (on high gas) 1 lb. tuna belly (other tuna would probably be as good), and a medium large tomato.

I started with olive oil and a some Penzy's Ozark seasoning (salt, Tellicherry black pepper, spices and herbs, granulated garlic and paprika), cooked the tomato part way, added the tuna and cooked (with some stirring) till it was cooked through.

I mixed up some Mexican sour cream (not that much different from the usual, maybe milder) and fresh dill, and kept it on the side so there'd be some contrast of temperature.

I thought the sour cream and dill would be a big deal, but not so much. The tuna/tomato thing was really nice-- it would be plausible as a restaurant dish. (Go ahead, tell me this is a completely standard recipe I didn't know about.)

There are a couple of drawbacks on the restaurant side-- it isn't very pretty, with the rather beige tuna and the squelched tomato. On the other hand, there's an orange broth that looks pretty good.

It's also sort of intermediate between a plate entree and a soup. It might made sense to have a higher proportion of tomato and serve it as a soup. Or possibly add some dark mushrooms for the contrast, and I think the taste would work.

Anyway, it's tasty and quick. It's low carb, should you be doing that. I actually tried to figure out a starch to go with it, and nothing was obvious. I think any of the usual things-- potatoes, pasta, or rice-- would go with it well enough.

As stated, the sour cream with dill wasn't that important if you want it to be dairy-free. You could garnish it with dill. I'd also put some parmesan cheese in, but it didn't seem to make much difference. Possibly a version with a lot of parmesan (baked?) would work.

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Finding good tie-dyed t-shirts

Pictures of t-shirts

Let's see if this works. I've got some tie-dyed t-shirts which are in such bad condition they aren't worth keeping.

I posted this to facebook, and got some good recommendations for tie-dye which is being done currently. I'm reposting here partly in the hope for more recommendations, and partly so that I can find this again.

http://www.hippieshop.com/cgi-bin/gold/category.cgi

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeddasHandDye

https://www.facebook.com/KozmicHues

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