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The Lounge "Affordable Care" work around Aug 29 2016
12:56 (UTC)

Man, am I glad that I live in Canada.

The Lounge no idea on what to eat to lose weight plus no one in my household likes veggies, what can I do?? Aug 16 2016
12:05 (UTC)

Well, you're on the right track.  Too bad your partner is a man-child who is afraid of veggies.

Here's some "sneaky veggies" recipes that I use.

Everyone, even meat lovers, likes mashed potato.  Replace half the potato with cauliflower.  You can boil them together in the same pot.  Cauliflower doesn't absorb milk and butter like potato does, so you'll also have to cut back on those.  You wind up with something that looks and tastes just like mashed potato, but has half the calories and twice the vitamins and fiber.

Then, if that recipe is a success, try a roasted cauliflower.  There's a bunch of good recipes out there, like this one: rlic-cauliflower/ It's tasty, and if you've already broken the ice with the mashed cauliflower potatoes, he may be willing to try this one.

I personally love sweet potatoes.  I've got my own recipes, but they call for things like Garam Masala.  Start out with some basic recipes.  Anything that calls for sliced sweet potatoes, not mashed.  He'll likely reject mashed sweet potatoes out of hand, but if it looks like an orange french fry he may try it.

Soup.  Low calorie, easy to make, tremendously variable, and you can add as many veggies as you like.  Ditto for stews.  A good soup or stew should be about 3/4 veggies and 1/4 meat.

Slow cooker Beer Stew:  Get a cheap cut of beef, something like a blade steak.  Since we're cooking it in a slowcooker, it doesn't matter how cheap and tough the cut is, but you don't want it too fatty. Trim most of the fat and cut it into cubes.  Throw it into the slowcooker.  Finely chop up an onion and a stalk of celery (also very fine). Toss them in.  Peel and chop some carrots and potato (abut 3 of each).  Add any other veggies that you would like.  Add about 1/4 cup of barley (pot barley or pearl barley, it doesn't matter) and some salt and stir everything together in the slowcooker.  Pour a beer over it.  Cook it as per the slowcooker directions (usually 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low).  Don't worry if you go over, it's almost impossible to overcook it.  I like to put everything except the beer in the removable slowcooker liner, then cover and refrigerate overnight.  Then in the morning I add the beer and turn the slow cooker on low and let it cook while I go to work.  When I get home it's done.

Tell me, what picky man-child who refuses to touch vegetables would turn down something called beer stew?

I've got other tips, but they're mostly aimed at sneaking veggies into foods so that children will eat their veggies without noticing.  Tips like boiling spinach and carrot, running then trough the blender, then freezing them into an ice cube tray and tossing a cube or two into just about everything.  Tips like this are aimed mostly at getting children at eat healthier, and not so much at dieters.

Edit: I just noticed the word "partner" instead of boyfriend or husband. If you're in a same sex relationship then my apologies for using the term man-child and he.

The Lounge Best place to hide a key? Jun 14 2016
12:20 (UTC)

My kids were always losing their keys, so I installed a numbered keypad.  It worked great!  At one point (until they gave the code away to a friend and I had to change it) I had it programmed to 9111, to basically to get the kids used to dialing 911 in case of an emergency.

I don't recommend the cheap, 2 numbers on every button system.  I installed that in the detached garage (so that the kids could get their bikes), and the batteries died at least once a year, plus the numbers wore off the buttons, which made it easy to guess the combination (hmm, the wear pattern indicates that they only press these 2 buttons, so the combination is easy to guess).

I had great success with the Schlange Plymouth line of products.  The number pad lights up, it's a solid, hefty lock, the numbers don't wear after 8 years of use, and in those 8 years I've only had to change the 9-volt battery once.  I think their Camelot line of products is the same quality as the Plymouth, just with a slightly different form factor.

The Lounge Favorite quotes Jun 10 2016
12:02 (UTC)

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"  David Farragut, battle of Mobile Bay, American Civil War

"They're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us.  The bastards can't get away this time!" Lewis "Chesty" Puller, US Marine, on having his position overrun during the Korean war.

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread Jun 06 2016
18:05 (UTC)

*sigh* hello car repair bill.  Goodbye greenhouse plans.

The Lounge Billing woes-to split or not to split Jun 06 2016
18:04 (UTC)

Ah, the glories of roommates.  I'm glad that I'm finished that part of my life.

At least with kids you get to boss them around as much as you want.  Teaching a child how to clean themselves is much easier than teaching a roommate. 

The Lounge Natural mosquito/tick repellents May 30 2016
17:01 (UTC)

Diatomaceous earth, as well as chalk, salt, and chilli/cayenne pepper, are supposed to work against ants and other crawling insects, but not against leaping insects like ticks and fleas.  Or flying insects like mosquitoes. 

The Lounge New here! How to Counter Balance & Increase Digest foods to control Insulin Diabetes!! May 30 2016
16:56 (UTC)

If you're in a nursing home then they should have access to a nutritionist, who should be much better at helping you than some random people on the internet.

But speaking as a random person on the internet, fiber slows digestion and will cause sugars to be absorbed more slowly over time.  Being gluten free will make sources of fiber more difficult to find, but not impossible.  This is where the culinary staff and nutritionist should come in handy.

My mom has type II diabetes, and swears by combining her carbs with protein.  The theory is that since the protein doesn't affect your blood sugar, you'll consume less carbs by filling up on protein.  So don't eat an apple, eat apple slices with peanut butter.  Stir your fruit into unsweetened yogurt.

And of course veggies, with some exceptions, have very few carbs.  Your meals should be veggie-centric, at least half your plate should be veggies (but count potato and corn as carbs, not veggies).

The Lounge The Call Of The Naked Pink Monkey May 30 2016
16:33 (UTC)

I've done both in my lifetime.  I've been the pink monkey and the business suit.

When I was only responsible for myself, I could walk barefoot.  When I was responsible for others (when I had kids) I had to put on my loafers.   Sure barefoot may be more fun, but loafers are better when you start hitting the rough patches.  If your path turns to gravel and sharp stones, the loafers will get you across while having bare feet will just cut you up and hurt you.

But a strange thing happened to me.  I did the equivalent of taking the brewers job.  Over time I became better and better at my craft, and got more and more responsibilities.  I switched to another company and got more pay, then another for still more.  After enough years I became so good at my craft that I started making more money than I could spend.  Now I could start saving up for a day when I can kick off those loafers and walk barefoot again, and that day is almost in sight.

I've become so good at my craft that I could probably get a job just about anywhere in the world.  I can afford to scale back my responsibilities and take a lower paying or part-time job if that pleases me.  Or I can keep the loafers on and save up to the point where I can afford to kick them off entirely.

So my advice?  Take the brewers job.  It'll be hard for the first few years, but if you're at all good at it then eventually you'll gain the experience and start making more and more money.  You won't have to put on the loafers, they'll just start appearing around your feet.  And then one day you'll look down and ask yourself "how did those get there?"

Loafers are meant to protect your feet, but it sounds like your current ones are ill-fitting and are hurting you.  Perhaps it's time that you tried on a new pair.

The Lounge Roots remake yea or nea May 30 2016
16:00 (UTC)

The original was a classic.  I have no problem with someone doing a remake of a film (or song) that was originally not well received.  In that case they're probably trying to improve something, make it better, introduce it to a wider audience.  But when they do a re-make of a classic it almost always strictly a cash grab that will cheapen the original.

Who here saw Total Recall (2012)?  Was it better or worse than the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger version?  They had a bigger budget, and a way better special effects team.  Shouldn't it be a better movie?

How many times does Spiderman need to be rebooted?

And yes, I saw the original 1958 version of "The Fly".  Way before Mystery Science Theater 3000 came out me and my friends were into campy old 1950's horror and 1960's kung-fu movies.  I've seen every movie by Bruce Lee, as well as many by Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Lei, and Dragon Lee.

Casablanca was filmed in 1942, and is still consistently one of the top 10 films ever made.  Any re-make could never be as good.  The Godfather, Star Wars, etc all came out in the 70's.  Sure, sound production, digital film, computer special effects, etc are all better now, but is anyone conceited enough to think that they could make it better today?

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 24 2016
14:35 (UTC)

The pop bottle garden looked a bit like this, but instead of hanging the bottles horizontal, they hung them at a 20 degree angle, with the mouth of the bottle pointed downward and the cap perforated.  That way they only needed to water the top bottle, and it would trickle down from bottle to bottle until it reached the bottom, where they had a plastic tub to collect the water that made it all the way through so that they could send it back up to the top again.  Other than that all you need is some string or wire and a frame to hang it from.

And since it was hydroponics, they used colored stones for the substrate.  Like you would find in an aquarium.  It looked very pretty hung in the window.


The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 24 2016
14:22 (UTC)
Original Post by peanutbutterandjenny:

See... I need to learn more about this PVC planting business. The online pictures seem pretty amazing, but I don't know where to start. Are you using an online tutorial?

I attended a tutorial put on by a local gardening group.  They were total unwashed hippies, but man, they knew a lot about hydroponics.  They make vertical hydroponic gardens out of plastic 2 liter coke bottles, with water dripping from one bottle to the next.  They used PVC piping, they used traditional ceder window boxes.  They used just about everything you can think of.  And because it was all vertical, they grew a lot of stuff in a very small area.  At the end of the presentation they even gave away most of their plants.

The Lounge Natural mosquito/tick repellents May 24 2016
13:45 (UTC)

But isn't that just exchanging one type of infestation for another?  Wouldn't your yard be overrun by cats?  

Can you call the Orkin man and say "Help, I have an infestation of cats"?  Does PCO even spray for cats?

Hmm, apparently, pest control for cats does exist

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 17 2016
16:49 (UTC)

I've got apple and pear trees myself.  I also have a herb garden and a berry garden. 

Once I get my greenhouse built I hope to be able to grow some tomatoes, peppers, and other non-root crops.  Right now I have to start them indoors and usually finish them indoors as well, which limits me to container gardening.

The Lounge Science is Sexy, Quantum is Magic May 17 2016
13:52 (UTC)

Durable memory metal.  Memory metal (or shape memory or shape shifting metal) is a lightweight, flexible metal that under certain conditions (typically heat, but also electricity) will spring back to its original conformation, no matter how deformed it gets.  You may have seen it in some eyeglass frames, where they crumple up the glasses, then run some hot water over it and the glasses spring back into shape (I had a set like that myself).

Unfortunately, they wear out over time.  There's only so many times that you can have it spring back into shape before it suffers from metal fatigue and stops working.

But not any more.  Dr. Manfred Wuttig has accidentally invented a memory metal that doesn't wear out.  They were playing around in a lab and some impurities (specifically a titanium/copper alloy) got into the metal.  Surprisingly, that made it more durable.  Instead of wearing out after dozens or hundreds of transformations, it hasn't worn out after 10 million.

The applications are staggering.  Springs that only straighten out at certain temperatures (windows that open and close automatically based on temperature).  But what I really want is a car made out of the stuff.  Got in an accident?  No problem.  Zap the car with some electricity and it will re-form itself.  Fender-benders and dents will be a thing of the past.  Even an entire crumple zone can be straightened out.

The Lounge 2016 Gardening Thread May 17 2016
11:01 (UTC)

This is finally the year that I finally get around to building my greenhouse.  Food prices are just crazy around here.  $2.60/lb for apples, $3.00 for a head of lettuce.  Broccoli and cauliflower approaching or surpassing $5.00/head.  Outrageous!

Of course this is also the year that I rebuild my fence, replace my retaining wall, reshingle my shed, replace my front steps, plus a ton of painting, so we'll see what actually gets done.

The climate here is so cold and short (it snowed 3 inches last week) that to grow anything other than root crops you need a greenhouse, or at the very minimum coldframes.

My tulips have just poked up their heads and I can see the buds forming.  My flower garden has a patch around late June early July when nothing flowers, and last year I discovered that Columbines fill out that hole quite nicely, so I'll be on the hunt for them once the gardening centers open.

The Lounge Agent Carter May 16 2016
14:09 (UTC)


The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 12 2016
11:07 (UTC)

Sadly, they're not changing what's inside the can, just the appearance.  There's probably some kind of metaphor there.

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 11 2016
18:06 (UTC)

So Budweiser has renamed itself to America until the Nov elections.  Apparently they want to remind you that "America is in your hands" .

And of course, Trump takes credit.

The Lounge A flamboyant thread w/ razzle dazzle about the 2016 presidential primary elections May 06 2016
18:27 (UTC)

Here's something that, surprisingly, I hadn't really considered before.  The environmental impact of building the border wall.  Basically, the wall will stop wildlife from crossing the border a lot more effectively that it will stop people from crossing.  Some species mate on only one side of the border, and will become severely affected.  Many others will be cut off from the only reliable water source in a harsh desert terrain.

And it will negatively impact American farmers as well. It will cut ranchers off from water sources, such as the Rio Grande.  It won't affect Mexican farmers though, as it will be built on the American side of the river.

In Nogales, the wall was built in such a way that it restricted water flow, and downtown Nogales  was flooded.  As a matter of fact, in 2011 a 40 foot section of the Nogales wall was swept away by flooding.

In Texas, the wall was built about a mile north of the Rio Grande.  Several American homes were located between the river and the wall, effectively stranding them and walling them out of their own country.

Which brings up another issue.  Trump states that he will get funding to build the wall, but who's going to pay to maintain it?  We're talking about 2,000 miles (3,200 KM) of fence.  The annual maintenance costs will be astounding!

And if it does work, and all undocumented workers are ejected, then you can expect your food costs to double, and then double again.