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A little shopping

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A few things from a stop at a local grocery store. The carrots are Nantes carrots, and though large, they are very tender (and tasty). I was delighted to see Russian red garlic already available. It’s grown locally and is seasonal. It has enormous cloves that are not so pungent as (say) garlic from Gilroy, the so-called “Garlic Capital of the World.” 

I was pleased that the turmeric root was just loose in a bin, so I could pick out the ones that appealed to me. (My usual market sells them already bagged, and every bag and two or three useless runts: withered roots not worth touching.) The ginger root is good, but soon I hope we’ll see the locally raised ginger root, which is superbly fresh.

The ruler is just for scale, so you can see how large the garlic and carrots are. 

I also got about a dozen large jalapeños and around eight red Fresno peppers. Those I am going to ferment, with some red onion and thinly sliced Russian red garlic — and maybe some sliced carrot and ginger as well. I think I’ll have enough for a couple of liters, which should hold me for a while.

Written by Leisureguy

27 April 2022 at 3:07 pm

The Mostly Untold Story Of How The Sports Bra Conquered The World And Tore Its Inventors Apart

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David Davis has a fascinating article in Defector:

The recent appearance on the Today Show of the three women who invented the sports bra was your typical morning-show fare: three-and-a-half-minutes of relentless cheer.

“Learn how three friends transformed the way women exercise forever,” the host gushed in the tease, before she Zoom-interviewed Lisa Lindahl, Polly Palmer Smith, and Hinda Miller from their respective homes.

And why not? The sports bra was a true innovation. In the wake of the passage of Title IX in June of 1972, the invention made it easier for millions of girls and women to play sports, and created a unique category of sportswear apparel that today is a multi-billion dollar industry. As Runner’s World magazine headlined its 2018 feature story: “The Greatest Invention in Running—EVER—Is the Sports Bra.”

Most media coverage the three women have received about their game-changing creation echoes this effusive, downright reverential tone. “Women Supporting Women: The Inspiring Story Behind One of the 20th Century’s Least-Appreciated Innovations,” is the headline of one representative example.

In her illuminating new book Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, author Danielle Friedman detailed how the inventors overcame a “seemingly endless series of challenges” in bringing the sports bra to the marketplace, including the financing, legal and patent hurdles typical for any start-up, as well as the anachronistic attitudes of the male bankers and sporting-goods store owners they dealt with.

But never once did these or other contemporary accounts address what was perhaps the most significant barrier that the entrepreneurs faced: intra-office feuding that nearly undermined their nascent business, with accusations of betrayal and backstabbing that linger to this day. By the time they sold their company in 1990, Lisa Lindahl and Hinda Miller were so fed up with each other that they didn’t speak for more than a decade.

Erasing the strife from the creation story of the Jogbra, as it was called, has sanitized and simplified the narrative. Female empowerment in the post–Title IX era has become the default storyline—why ruin a plucky underdog yarn with dollops of angst and conflict? Why portray complicated, real women and their divergent drives and opinions when you can stick to the facile script and produce what Lisa describes as a “fluffy piece” about three bosom buddies?

In an era when  . . .

Continue reading.

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27 April 2022 at 12:01 pm

Ravel’s Bolero, performed by Wiener Cello Ensemble 5+1 on one cello

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27 April 2022 at 11:34 am

Posted in Daily life, Music, Video

Grooming Dept Ousia and a great shave with the RazoRock BBS stainless razor — and a new supply of Hydrating Gel

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Ousia (the “O” obscured by the razor) is a fantastic soap: the Kairos formula plus lamb fat and emu oil:

Water, Stearic Acid, Lamb Tallow, Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Cupuaçu Butter, Isostearic Acid, Shea Butter, Tucuma Butter, Illipe Butter, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Betaine, Fragrance, Lauryl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin, Beta-Sitosterol, Rice Bran Wax, Daikon Seed Extract, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Trehalose, Emu Oil, Tamanu Oil, Argan Oil, Xylitol, Allantoin, Sodium Lactate, Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherols, Marshmallow Root Extract, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Extract, Sea Buckthorn Extract, Sacha Inchi Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate.

The lather is wonderfully dense and slick — and fragrant: “Fennel, Crystallized Mandarin, Ginger, Immortelle, Tobacco, Vanilla, and Vetiver.” My stainless steel RazoRock BBS — itself a marvel — did a superb job. I think I have the Standard version, which so far as I can tell is the Baby Smooth in stainless — certainly has the same feel. The BBS, at US$70, is an excellent buy, IMO. 

Three passes left my face perfectly smooth and undamaged, and a splash of 4711 with a dab of Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel finished the job. Although I got a new bottle, I still have enough left in the old bottle (after 45 weeks of use) to finish out this week. I use a squirt or two with any aftershave that is a simple splash — that is, I don’t use it with aftershave balms or milks or with witch-hazel-based aftershave splashes like Van Yulay. Still, I would guess I use Hydrating Gel for more than 90% of my shaves — I really like aftershave splashes — so you can see that one bottle lasts a long time.

But my tub of Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave, which I’ve also used for 45 weeks, has (I would guess) 10 or 12 more weeks of use remaining. I’ll note when I finally use the last of the tub. 

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Editors’ Blend, “a rich and smooth blend of black teas: Ceylon adds depth and a brisk sparkling finish, Yunnan provides smoothness and sweetness and Keemun ties it together.”

Written by Leisureguy

27 April 2022 at 9:56 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

An informative video on fermenting cabbage

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I picked up some new ideas from this video. I definitely will be making the version with ginger and carrots.

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27 April 2022 at 8:24 am

“Happy birthday” in various styles

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27 April 2022 at 3:46 am

Posted in Humor, Music, Video

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