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A series of cabbage and meat low-carb recipes from

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Blue Cheese Cabbage Stir-Fry. A few observations: Just use 1 head of cabbage. It will be 1.5-2 lbs, and it doesn’t make much difference how much there is. I used shallots.

The ground beef was available onl in 1-lb packages (and 1.3 lbs is odd measure), so I bought a packaage of sweet Italian sausage links: 1 lb, 5 links. I used one of those links in addition. I think 1.5 lbs is a more logical target.

The blue cheese melted slowly, and I poured in the cup of heavy cream before it was done, but no problem: cooked well. I tried this time a good blue cheese (Pt. Reyes), but I think the house crumbled blue cheese would work as well, and it’s what I’ll use next time—and there definitely will be a next ti: extremely tasty.

I used 1-1.5 tsp ground black pepper. Tastes better than 1/4 tsp.

Two ounces of butter was more than I wanted to use, so I went with about 1.5 oz. Again, the amount is not critical, and you could just use the amount that seems right to you, on the generous side.

I think next time I’ll use chopped or quartered domestic white mushrooms. They seemed as if they would fit. I would also stir in 2 Tbsp amontillado or cream sherry right at the end.

In all the recipes in this series, I skip onion powser and instead use chopped shallots or scallions or leeks or onions. Others in this series:

Asian Cabbage Stir Fy.

Indian Cabbage Stir Fry.

Italian Cabbage Stir Fry.

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole.

All these recipes are low-carb, so don’t eat with rice, potatoes, bread, breadsticks, or any other carb. This is the meal. You’ll get your energy calories—the calories you burn doing the day’s activities—primarily from fat rather than from carbohydrate. Protein remains unchanged. You simply replace the calories you formerly got from carbs (which you now don’t eat) with calories from fat, which makes your meals a bit richer in fat than when you were also eating caarbs. Total calories remain about the same or even drop somewhat: high-fat meals tend to digest slowly and thus increase satiation over time, so you tend not to feel so hungry.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 December 2016 at 5:55 pm

New life for the gasoline engine: Get rid of the camshaft

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From a long list of gadgets in Popular Science;

Koenigsegg FreeValve: New Life For The Gas Engine

For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has relied on the ungainly camshaft. This spinning rod with variable lobes sits atop the engine, where it opens and closes intake and exhaust valves during the combustion cycle. But the camshaft has a limited range of motion, so its control over the valves is imprecise. This is the root of engine inefficiency. In April, Swedish supercar-maker Koenigsegg debuted the world’s first camless engine—the FreeValve—on a Chinese Qoros concept car. FreeValve forgoes the camshaft for electro-hydraulic-pneumatic actuators. They attach right to intake and exhaust valves, so engineers can control combustion within each cylinder. The design gets more power—imagine a four-cylinder getting 250 horsepower, sans turbo—and greater fuel economy out of otherwise standard engines. Cams, may you rest in peace.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 December 2016 at 4:03 pm

Posted in Techie toys, Technology

On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle

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Maggie McKee interviews Janet Conrad at Quanta:

Even for a particle physicist, Janet Conrad thinks small. Early in her career, when her peers were fanning out in search of the top quark, now known to be the heaviest elementary particle, she broke ranks to seek out the neutrino, the lightest.

In part, she did this to avoid working as part of a large collaboration, demonstrating an independent streak shared by the particles she studies. Neutrinos eschew the strong and electromagnetic forces, maintaining only the most tenuous of ties to the rest of the universe through the weak force and gravity. This aloofness makes neutrinos hard to study, but it also allows them to serve as potential indicators of forces or particles entirely new to physics, according to Conrad, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “If there’s a force out there we haven’t seen, it must be because it is very, very weak — very quiet. So looking at a place where things are only whispering is a good idea.”

In fact, neutrinos have already hinted at the existence of a new type of whispery particle. Neutrinos come in three flavors, morphing from one flavor to another by means of some quantum jujitsu. In 1995, the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) at Los Alamos National Laboratory suggested that these oscillations involve more than the three flavors “we knew and loved,” Conrad said. Could there be another, more elusive type of “sterile” neutrino that can’t feel even the weak force? Conrad has been trying to find out ever since, and she expects to get the latest result from a long-running follow-up experiment called MiniBooNE within a year.

Still, even MiniBooNE is unlikely to settle the question, especially since a number of other experiments have found no signs of sterile neutrinos. So Conrad is designing what she hopes will be a decisive test using — naturally — a small particle accelerator called a cyclotron rather than a behemoth like the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. “I feel like my field just keeps deciding to get at our problems by growing, and I think that there’s going to be a point at which that’s not sustainable,” Conrad said. “When the great meteor hits, I want to be a small, fuzzy mammal. That’s my plan: small, fuzzy mammal.”

Quanta Magazine spoke with Conrad about her hunt for sterile neutrinos, her penchant for anthropomorphizing particles, and her work on the latest Ghostbusters reboot. An edited and condensed version of the interview follows.

QUANTA MAGAZINE: What would it mean for physics if sterile neutrinos exist?

JANET CONRAD: The Standard Model of particle physics has done very well in predicting what’s going on, but there’s a great deal it can’t explain — for example, dark matter. Right now we’re desperately looking for clues as to what the larger theory would be. We have been working on ideas, and in many of these “grand unified theories,” you actually get sterile neutrinos falling out of the theory. If we were to discover that there were these extra neutrinos, it would be huge. It would really be a major clue to what the larger theory would be.

You’ve been looking for neutrinos your entire career. Was that always the plan?

I started out thinking I was going to be an astronomer. I went to Swarthmore College and discovered that astronomy is cold and dark. I was lucky enough to get hired to work in a particle physics lab. I worked for the Harvard Cyclotron, which was at that time treating eye cancers. But in the evenings physicists would bring their detectors down and calibrate them using the same accelerator. I was really interested in what they were doing and got a position the next summer at Fermilab. It was such a good fit for me. I just think the idea of creating these tiny little universes is so wondrous. Every collision is a little world. And the detectors are really big and fun to work on — I like to climb around stuff. I liked the juxtaposition of the scales; this incredibly tiny little world you create and this enormous detector you see it in.

And how did you get into neutrino research in particular? . . .

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 December 2016 at 9:48 am

Posted in Science

Mostly French shave—Creed GIT, Plisson—and the Maggard V3A

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SOTD 2016-12-08

The other day The Wife commented that she really liked the fragrance I was wearing—Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, as it happened—and I am as alert as the next guy to things that please the Significant Other. So I expect you might be seeing Creed a little more often.

Certainly it will be no hardship for me. The Creed GIT shaving soap is top-notch, and with the Plisson synthetic shown I easily created a wonderful lather with the Green Irish Tweed fragrance.

Top Notes: French verbena, Florentine iris
Middle Notes: Violet leaves [I have no idea what violet leaves smell like – LG]
Base Notes: Sandalwood from Mysore, ambergris

That’s from Creed’s description, but they fail to list soap ingredients. I note the price is now $125 for a tub of soap, which IMO is way too much. (I purchased my tub of soap a few years back, directly from Creed, and it was just under half that price: $62.) I doubt that I’ll replace this in the event that I use it up.

The V3A is quite a good razor. It has a fair amount of blade feel, but it is very efficient and not uncomfortable. I would particularly recommend that men with a heavy beard give it a try. The head alone is $10, as you see at the link. I quite easily got a BBS result with no problems at all.

A splash of Creed’s GIT EDT as an aftershave, and the day is looking good.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 December 2016 at 8:54 am

Posted in Shaving

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