Sunday, March 18, 2018

Food robots

I love these videos. I find them soothing.

At the time I was pre-teen, Wonder Bread ran advertisements bragging that no human hands touched their bread in production. That caused us to act like gorillas making bread for we were literalists and everything was funny.

I like making bread. It's like arts and crafts. Then you eat it. Yesterday I made pita bread and I ate one just now and it's so excellent I cannot even believe it. Good as it is store-bought, my homemade is better although mine are not perfect. Each one is not uniform. Each one has a different amount of dough, rolled out imperfectly to different size circle with different thickness, each one fried a different length of time at varying heat as the pan gets hotter, and after all that the taste and texture is qualitatively better than store-bought

I love seeing the live dough grow right before my eyes. I love the feel of the dough in my hands. I like feeling it change, feeling the gluten molecules form at hand. I like shaping it.  I like how it stretches and sticks to itself to from a skin that becomes a balloon. And watching them puff up like balloons is fun. Flour tortillas do the same thing, although one is yeast and the other is chemical leavening. I have my own video of this if you care to see it. Pita bread puffing.

YouTube [robots making food]
* Robot Kitchen -- Behold the Future. (they're arms)
* Robotic pizza restaurant opens in California
* Burger Making Robot (an arm)
* Could this Robot Chef change the Future of Cooking? (Well, could it?)
* These robotic arms put a five-star chef in your kitchen
* Salad Making Robot Proves Food-Handling Tech
* Robotic Chef-RoboKiosk Cooking an Egg Sandwich
* This Robotic Chef Does All the Cooking For You (All of it? An arm.)
* Restaurant in China hires robots as waiters (human form mobile robots)
* Self-driving robots making food deliveries (looks like floor-cleaning robot)
* I made a robot that serves me soup
* Flippy the Burger Flipping Robot at CalibBurger Pasadena (an arm)
* Robot that makes 400 hamburgers at the time could take (hamburger on conveyor)
* Robotic chef can cook Michelin star food in your kitchen by
* ABB Robotics -- Picking pancakes
* We Tried to Steal Food From a Delivery Robot (Small Vehicle)
* Burger Robot (arm)
* How Food-Bots Are Changing How We Eat (arm)
* Fast Food Company Develops Robots.
* Robots Cook Food and Shake Cocktails. What's Next? (robot with arms and fingers)
* Zume delivers made-to-order pizza with robots

Fine. As mentioned we've had mechanized mass food production for over 55 years that I know about. These robots are less impressive than that.

Here's 15 minutes of mechanized food production. There's always some human filling the bins. Some human delivering the ingredients. Some human to pick out the oddballs, to straighten the misaligned bit, to clean the machines, keep them oiled and serviced, some human as part of the packaging. Always some human supervising the other humans. Some ape making my bread.

Crap. Not playable here. Plus, it's best muted.

Some food items really are the provenance of the industrialized world. Like cornflakes.

A few days ago I made cornflakes. How hard can it be? Turns out, you really do need industrial equipment to form those particular flakes in that particular thickness and uniform size. It's not extravagant equipment, just something with high pressure rollers with steam and dry heat. Other cereals need high pressure extruders with heat. The rest is measuring and packaging.

But even there, my cornflakes tasted better, cornier, because my corn kernels were milled right here at home so the cornmeal was not exposed to air longer than just a few minutes, then frozen.  Mass produced uses cornmeal by 100LB sackfuls transported from some other warehouse. Their machines can use a lot less water than my available methods. Theirs is better than mine and mine take too much time and energy to make. Mine taste better than theirs. But they win. They wouldn't exist with industrialization first. They exist because some industrialist thought, what can we make these machines do? They are glorious. But there is always something significant sacrificed.

Flat Earther

I didn't know these people actually existed. But they do.

Yesterday I bookmarked a news aggregating site called Censored News that consolidates stories from a variety of other sites, most I already read, but one of them is named The Daily Sheeple that has this video of a Flat Earther explaining himself. It's just something weird that I found interesting, and that's all. The way the guy is so sure of himself and so entirely wrong that there will be no correcting him. I thought it was satire at first until I read comments to it at Sheeple and on YouTube where other people put forward the most insanely demented arguments.

I know a few people who do this just to be argumentative. One in particular. I think he likes to see people exhaust themselves trying to put him straight. And when he's sincerely trying to internalize new good information, he's even worse, because each statement is contradictory line for line as he tries to force fit it with his existing beliefs. "So that's like this, (no it is not) and that's like this, (no it's not) and that's just like this, (no, it is not. I said what I said, not what you just said that I said. It has nothing to do with what you already have muddling my discussion.) So just keep trucking without acknowledging his nonsense.

Where would you even start?

You don't. 

But if you did, where would you start? 

I'd say don't even contradict. Don't argue. Just speak another language altogether. Start at the beginning with the ancients, the ones  with good eyesight who noticed ships disappearing on the horizon hull first then sail, and conversely reappearing on their seaways sail first, as mountains do as you approach them had you ever traveled. They marveled as they observed stars moving overhead in concert meaning we rotated around them for stars are fixed from our perspective in time, and traveling again, they saw different stars in northern and southern hemispheres. 

This guy talks funny. 

If you can hang in there and listen he clears up something that had me confused for a very long time. How did Eratosthenes measure the shadow of two vertical sticks between two places separated by great distance without instant communication? From Greece he couldn't call a guy by telephone in Egypt and ask how long is the shadow. Instead, he already knew that in Egypt there was no shadow on the stick, or on the obelisk or whatever is sticking straight up, when the sun is at zenith on the day of equinox. So he didn't need that measurement, he didn't need two clocks to tell both observers it's noon, he had only to measure the shadow of his own stick calculated with the height of the stick on that same day, this year, next year, any year. And he had to know the distance between locations. But he didn't need to measure that either, he could simply ask professional travelers, caravan drivers, the truckers of his day. That solved a mystery that bugged me for decades. Just by listening to a guy who talks a bit funny.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Incestuous Swamp and Why Rosenstien should be removed ASAP

This is from the Conservative Tree House.   McCabe Fired  Sundance is really doing the heavy lifting.  However,  the more amazing and interesting thing is in the comment section. 

I'll post a link to the comment because it got buried in the zillions of comments.  Here Link

And to be extra diligent, here is a copy of his comment.  

 Read this and 'splain why Rosenstein shouldn't be removed.  The swamp is INCESTOUS. What a bunch of snakes.  I'm of the mind we shouldn't just drain the swamp.....we should nuke it and salt the earth after.


Meet Lisa H Barsoomian

Lisa H Barsoomian a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law she’s a protege of James Comey and Robert Muller

Barsoomian with her boss R Craig Lawrence represented Bill Clinton in 1998 Lawrence also represented
Robert Muller three times
James Comey five times
Barack Obama 45 times
Kathleen Sebelius 56 times
Bill Clinton 40 times and
Hillary Clinton 17 times
between 1998 and 2017

Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times
You may be saying to yourself, okay who cares, who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman.

Apparently someone does.
Someone out there cares so much that they’ve purged all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals court dockets

Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been purged of all information pertaining to Barsoomian.

Historically this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.

Additionally Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community

And although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov.
The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health.

This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.

It’s a cover, so big deal right, I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter.
I mean with Trump and his
recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports,
the border wall,
everything coming out of California,
the Uniparty unrelenting opposition to President Trump,
the Clapper leaks,
the Comey leaks,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix,
and last but not least Muller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians

Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention
she is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE
That’s why.
Barsoomian’s loyalties are tainted.
How could this not have influenced Rosenstein?

This clearly violates the appearance of impropriety attorney’s rules?
Both owe their careers as US attorneys to Muller, Obama, Bush, and the Clintons.
impartiality? that’s impossible.

Rod Rosenstein has no business involving himself in the Hillary Clinton-DNC funded Steel dossier, and the ongoing Russia investigation.

Much less the selection of his mentor and his wife’s mentor Robert Muller as Special Counsel.
The rules of ethics, funny, required his refusal.

Snow Days At Last.. Happy St Pats to everyone.

Finally!!! We get snow.  It has been a long dry spell for us up here in the mountains.   The snow started yesterday and it is again snowing today.  

Yesterday sunrise...sort of.  See the itty bitty sun?

Needless to say we won't be sitting on the deck for awhile.  What to do when you are housebound?
Why....Bake something of course!    Turn on the music and read a book while waiting for the baked goods.

Lately, I have been going through a box of rather old Bon Appetite magazines that have been hanging around for quite some time------>hoarder!  Tearing out the interesting recipes and converting a big stack of mags into a small folder of clippings.  Bye Bye Bon Appetite.   So...I found a recipe for a Banana Cake with cream cheese-sour cream icing.    Experimented with it on the Dumbplumber as the taste tester. He gives a thumbs up.   It is a keeper....the recipe and the husband.

Now that today is St Patrick's day we are going to have a Corned Beef dinner....(as if we need an excuse)  With cake for dessert.    Today is also the celebratory day of  St Gertrude of Nivelles (patron saint of cats).  

So...have Corned Beef. Drink some adult beverages.  Pet your cats or feed the strays outside. They need love too.

Enjoy the day.

Just in case anyone is interested.  Here is how I cook and serve my corned beef.. Roasted Corned Beef with Mustard Brown Sugar Glaze.     I sure wish I could take beautiful photos like Chip.!

banana oatmeal pancakes

Mute sound.

I bought dates and figs from the regular store online and they delivered a version that is chopped and nearly dehydrated like raisins. I don't even know what to do with the stupid things. They're not even good for snacks. They indistinguishable. It makes me want to go straight to Trader Joe's and get top versions of the real things. 

In high school I invented a late-night snack. One large pancake smeared with strawberry preserves and folded in half. Pretty good for a teenager. Well ahead of my peers. I made one night after night. I thought pancakes must come from a boxed mix, the product of top scientists and advanced production too far beyond the home cook. No box of pancake mix then no pancakes for me. And it didn't occur to me the strawberry preserves could be anything, peanut butter, chocolate, fruit, berries, honey, any kind of syrup, other flavors of preserves, anything sweet.  I didn't know I could make my own mix from flour or oats or cornmeal or beans processed in a coffee mill or any combination of those, with sugar and baking powder. I was raised to depend on processed food. 

But now I am free. I have slipped the surly bonds of those hoax pantry items.

Seven pancakes, really? I'd rather have two. With an egg and some bacon.

Zahhak: The Legend Of The Serpent King

cat owners

Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!

Check out all the fake news propaganda sites intensely interested in this, and their various angles expressed in their headlines. There just aren't any unbiased news sources anymore. 

"... I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."
Why did he wait for 24 hours before McCabe retired?

To draw out all the worst of the operatives intent of protecting McCabe. Tricky, eh?

McCabe: My firing is part of an effort to undermine the Mueller probe. The Hill.

Adam Housley, Fox News Senior Correspondent:
I am told yesterday McCabe felt the heat and went to try and save his last two days and even told some he would take people down with him if he is fired. So ... let's see what comes of this. I know this ... a ton of agents ... a ton ... were watching this very closely.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I never eat food*

...due to profound food allergies, so I don't usually post recipes. But while reading A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain I found a recipe I simply could not pass up. Top notch writing, and the food sounds divine, to wit:

Take a lot of water and add to it a lot of coarse Indian-meal and about
a quarter of a lot of salt. Mix well together, knead into the form of
a "pone," and let the pone stand awhile--not on its edge, but the other
way. Rake away a place among the embers, lay it there, and cover it an
inch deep with hot ashes. When it is done, remove it; blow off all the
ashes but one layer; butter that one and eat.
N.B.--No household should ever be without this talisman. It has been
noticed that tramps never return for another ash-cake.

That's my kind of eats right there, simple, wholesome, high fiber, plenty of carbon - and butter. Mmm, butter...

His pie recipe and description of German coffee are also excellent.  Makes me thankful that I avoid the stuff.

*Not true, I exaggerate a bit. But not by much.

Water use rights..or wrongs.

Reading this article about Who Owns the Water written by The Guardian, a UK newspaper, it dawns on most articles they only post one side of the argument.  Slanted and biased articles as always.

They posit that because the water is running "through"  private property that the water or the right to float down the river or the right to fish in the river belongs to everyone and people  should have the ability to freely use the water as a recreational resource.

Well, they may be correct in that ALL the water flowing through our property, or past our property does not belong to us, the land owners.  However, some of that water actually does belong to us in that we have certain water rights to use, for irrigation or consumption some of that water.  The rest just passes by down stream to flow through/past the next guy's property.  That water doesn't belong to me.   OK. 

So. We don't own the river, per se.  However, we do own the land on either side of the river. We personally own the banks and the land that extends under the water to the MIDDLE of the river.   It is our right to keep people from trespassing on our property and have the right to keep people from damaging our property.  You may have the right to fish, boat, swim IN the water. You have no right to use my land to do it or damage my land either.

View of the river  mentioned  below our deck in Fall

Fly fishing is a big deal in this area.  People come from all over to fish.  It is a good tourist draw and a source of money for the hotels, restaurants, lodges and guides.  They also come from all over to recreational boating and kayaking on the waterways and lakes.  Sounds mean to prohibit someone from having access to fish or for boating doesn't it? isn't mean, it is self preservation by the land owners.

THESE are the real problems and why we don't want you on "our" rivers.

People abuse the access to the river by driving their vehicles over private land, over crop and pasture land. Getting stuck in the soft earth. Leave gates open so that the cattle can escape and create havoc on other people's properties and crops. Creating big ruts that erode the land and banks.  They leave garbage.  They must think that nature is an amusement park and there are people paid to pick up their trash.  They build illegal campfires and damage trees trying to get firewood.

The boats go by at excessive speeds.  Lots of fun for the boaters. They create big wakes washing back and forth between the stream banks causing erosion.  Over and over until the bank collapse. Boaters who decide to randomly get off their boats to take a nature relief break (shit and piss) trample the fragile embankments and habitat.  They leave their (literal) crap everywhere. Garbage again.

Noise. Most fishermen are quietly standing while fishing, however, once  the fishing is over....the drinking and partying can commence!

Look...I have no problem with people enjoying the great outdoors, boating, fishing, kayaking, camping.  It is what WE love to do. It is something that everyone should be doing.  Connecting with nature and getting out of their stilted urban environments.

It isn't the majority of people who are the abusers of the property.  Most serious fishermen and nature loving kayakers are respectful.  It is the ignorant and disrespectful general public that is the problem.  The damage that they do makes it so that we must protect ourselves.  Many of the ranchers  and private owners, have boat access for people they know and for guides that they know are responsible users.

Open to the general public for everyone?  Are you nuts??  Do you want to get shot???

Falcon Heavy boosters land together

You've undoubtedly seen this already but it's too awesome to not at least mention.

Also this.

Live and learn. 

Young people are awesome. They blow me away. I'm humbled.

Next thing they'll be talking about living on Mars. 

Oh, wait.

Have you ever noticed how science fiction prepares us for these things? Everything does start with imagination. Some things are so outrageous, so out there, they must be described as fiction yet they point to the direction of fact. 

A lot of people get their present day political beliefs through their fascination and their embrace of Star Trek. The series describes a society in which nobody has want of anything. Everyone is self actuated. Everyone fits. Everyone is fulfilled. There is no money. The progressives I know flatter themselves with name "progressive." They like the idea of seeing themselves forefront. They have no idea the term originates in the past and is actually outdated. They still like the term.

Science fiction has prepared us for the idea of travel to Mars and now there is serious talk about it. It's not a joke anymore. Carl Sagan wrote in the original Cosmos about Robert Goddard being infatuated with building a rocket to Mars but he knew his idea would be laughed at so he talked about the moon instead. And here we are planning for Mars.

Asimov wrote quite a lot about robots with human appearance. He called them robots not androids. In one of his robot books, I forget which one, at the time I was reading one science fiction each night after work so they all blend together forty years later, Mars is colonized by a few wealthy families with staffs of robots that run their section of the planet. Asimov describes how the remoteness between families affects their human behavior. How their intense isolation from each other makes them all into separate Howard Hughes type personalities, intense germaphobes averse to human contact more at ease with robots than with other people and difficult to self-govern the planet. 

In one fascinating scene, in my opinion brilliant writing, two household robots are in the same room facing each other and a person is murdered between them. This is extraordinary on a planet with so few people. Both robots see the same thing. Both describe what they see with extreme precision. The only difference between them is their angle of observation, and they both apply supremely precise machine logic, and they reach opposite conclusions. They're stalemated. How did Asimov even think of that? I marveled. 

Devin Nunes on Ending the House Intel Probe

This is finally getting really interesting. I hate it when the interviewer rushes the guy along. I realize they must, but pffffft. It's really a crap style.