Daily Archives: July 13, 2009

Incredibly cool, incredibly ugly Vibram Five Fingers shoes UPDATED

I’m gettin I got me a pair….no way my feet could be any uglier than they already are. I ordered a big ugly pair and three pairs of socks from the Kayak Shed.

Here’s another video.
UPDATE: added some of the five toed socks to my order, and it’s on the way! here! Well, they are pretty great so far. It does take about five minutes to put on a pair of the sox and the shoes. But that seems to be getting faster each time. I got the black KSO’s because they are the only ones that come in size 48, which I needed. The fit is good. It does feel quite a bit like barefoot. No rubbing problem so far and I have walked about two miles in them altogether. They are not as warm as regular shoe/socks, so far…I am going to do a little jogging today.

UPDATE: jogging went well. The socks are great, I think, for foot health. Planning a longer jog today.
UPDATE: jogged a mile or so. Semi-stumbled a couple of times, partly because of forefoot strike. Definitely felt like running barefoot, and like I could eventually go faster. Much lighter than my other running shoes.
UPDATE: did about 1.5 miles of jogging today. Less stumbling. I would say the lightness of the shoes is equal in effect to losing about 10-15 lbs of body weight. Running every other day. Still some tightness in the calves from changing to forefoot strike.
UPDATE: up to 2 miles; stumbling continues occasionally. Would not recommend newbies running on concrete because of the possibility of falling. On the other hand, my falls may have been related to uneven ground and “grass-grabbing.”
UPDATE: up to 2.5 miles. Feet are fine. Still a bit shy about these feet-shoes, but seeing the article in NY Times business section will perhaps help me get over that. I would say that the biggest issue besides the stumbling is how long it takes to put on the socks and the shoes.



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Miracle Whip I, Miracle Whip II, Mayonnaise, and Hellmans.

mayovsmiracle1Miracle Whip I was a low fat, low cal substitute for Hellman’s/Best Foods/Duke’s Mayonnaise, a commercially sold “sort of” mayonnaise.

Real mayonnaise is quite simple to make, but the issue of using raw eggs is an important one, as a nasty case of salmonella might result. One should either use pasteurized eggs or eggs from a proven local source, or coddle the eggs at 170 degrees before use. The basic idea is to vigorously whip olive oil into egg yolks, adding a touch of mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, vinegar and perhaps some lemon juice. Homemade mayonnaise will keep for only a few days.


* 2 egg yolks
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
* 1/8 teaspoon sugar
* Pinch cayenne pepper
* 4 to 5 teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar
* 1-1/2 cups olive or other salad oil
* 4 teaspoons hot water

Beat yolks, salt, mustard, sugar, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl until very thick and pale yellow. (Note: If using electric mixer, beat at medium speed.) Add about 1/4 cup oil, drop by drop, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and hot water. Add another 1/4 cup oil, a few drops at a time, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in another teaspoon each lemon juice and water. Add 1/2 cup oil in a very fine steady stream, beating constantly, then mix in remaining lemon juice and water; slowly beat in remaining oil. If you like, thin mayonnaise with a little additional hot water. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Do not keep longer than 1 week.

Supposedly, using a blender makes the process much simpler.
Commercial mayonnaise is generally more acidic, because of vinegar or lemon juice, and will keep for longer periods.

Miracle Whip was produced by a new machine which was able to emulsify the ingredients without using as much fat. It is sweeter and tangier than mayonnaise. In an apparent cost-saving move, the recipe was changed by Kraft in 2006 to what I call Miracle Whip II, by removing some of the soy oil and adding water. The new list of ingredients:
The flavor changed, and it became more watery and less stable, much to the dismay of MW’s many devotees.
Hellmans has also changed their recipe. Kraft’s Real Mayo may be the most authentic mayo at present.
Aioli is a simple sauce similar to mayonnaise but may be simply garlic and olive oil, with or without the egg and mustard.

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Global warming aka climate change…not cooling. UPDATED

From RealClimate.org

From RealClimate.org

Longterm trends are the important thing; a couple of very hot years, ironically, have been made the basis for the idea that the earth is cooling. The graph from RealClimate.org shows how ridiculous that is.
UPDATE: See comments for discussion.


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Young Republicans erect, oops… I mean elect hate-mongering MILF; shades of Sarah Palin.

Shades of Sarah Palin.
The Young Republicans have elected as their leader a sort of Sarah Palin clone named Audra Shay, who, at age 38, apparently qualifies as “young’ among Republicans. Shay has an uncommon sympathy for bigots and racist remarks, and a propensity for hate-mongering.

Her Facebook page, while scrubbed of all incriminating threads, still shows membership in not one but two Carrie Prejean [you remember homophobic Miss California] support groups, “Stop Barack Obama,” “I Support Joe the Plumber,” “Mark Sanford (A True Conservative)” and “Fire Anderson Cooper and David Gergen.” She’s also math-challenged: Her other group memberships include “1,000,000 strong against Janeane Garafalo” (actual membership, 3,853), “1,000,000 against the bias of the mainstream media” (actual membership, 956) and “10,000+ Praying for Rush” (actual membership, 25). These are the online conservative versions of counting the Million Man March.

The GOP’s goal seems to be getting erections rather than winning elections. It’s only a matter of time before Carrie Prejean rises to the top of the Republican Party. See also Frank Rich today, and BooMan23.


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