Interesting – temps finally declining in Southeast New England

So we went from 60’s and 70’s to 50’s and low 60’s. Fortunately the dining room is our main heat generator – direct southern exposure. So it keeps the house around 65F without turning the heat on.

If I can make it to December and not turn the heat on so much the better. It’ll deny National Grid a whole bunch of revenue.

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Language Progress

So I’ve been studying if you can call it that two languages on Duolingo.

I’m at level 7 in Spanish and level 2 in Italian. Many similarities between the two languages. As I mentioned earlier Italian seems to lean more toward modern Latin, whereas Spanish has that plus influence of Arabic and other language and culture.

On Languages

So on Duolingo I’m studying two languages. What can I say, I want to get to the point where I’m one of those five language people. So right now I’m about 35% into the Spanish lessons, and just begun Italian. Now this is colored by me having taken Spanish in high school and growing up Italian-American so I heard a lot of the more colorful Italian spoken. To the point where I was at a local Italian store and the girl behind the counter called an indecisive woman a pain in the ass in Italian. I started laughing when I heard it. Because it flash translated for me.

But one thing I note – Italian seems to curve more towards Latin than Spanish does. But as I’ve said before Spanish has a Latin root – but Italian is just updated Latin whereas Spanish got influenced by Arabic and a few other languages.

Once I get some proficiency with those I’d like to study Portuguese. Now that would bring me to four languages but then there’s French. Now French – I can pick up a lot of what’s said there too. If there’s one thing about all the Latin root languages that’s hard to get – the object-verb stuff changes quite a bit from English. English flattens everything out – we don’t have masculine and feminine objects per se.

Wow the scam artist David Avocado Wolfe

His real name of course is David Steven Wolfe. Same artist, con-artist just an all around despicable human being.

I’m listening to a Thinking Atheist podcast about him – Wolfe is a con-artist no doubt – he’s being the Nutri-Bullet blender – he’s also a flat earth believer, something I’ve written of before. Fucker has never heard of spacecraft and space stations I suppose.

Pseudo science – however marijuana does in fact have some benefits. Mainly appetite enhancement, and does prevent some cancers. But he thinks it is a wonder drug.

So in essence Wolfe makes money off of ignorance.

Doings on Halloween

So we schlepped down to Newport, RI through horrendous traffic on I-95 in both the north and south directions. Being we left at 5PM might have lots to do with it since it’s prime rush hour and the angle of the sun at certain spots on that highway is a bit intense. But come on half an hour to go 6 miles?

As we got further south the speed picked up, then on RI Route 4 I could drop the hammer and had the car up to speed. Made Newport about 20 minutes after that.

So we all marched to the tower of Newport. If you haven’t seen it:

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There were about a dozen of us – the Knights of a certain books fame. All holding candles trying to keep them lit whilst Doctor Love said the benediction. It was nice. I even shined the laser up into the sky.

Now the tower – goes back to the 16th or 17th century. Yeah I know.

Then back to the remodeled Maison DNA shop – very nice remodel on it – it now occupies the entire 1st floor of 64 Spring Street in Newport.

All in all not so bad, got a little wax on me from the candle but nothing I couldn’t handle.

Precision Cooking

I’ve written of it before. And I’ve gone one step further beyond Sous Vide etc. Now I’m into automation of temperature control.

So I’d been looking for a temperature controlled electric kettle. Problem was that I didn’t want to pay close to $100 for one. So I found one on Amazon for $41 – the price was right.
Here’s the control panel.
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The munged looking 200F is my quick edit to brush out a cat hair. Yeah if you have a cat you know my grief  – cat hair at the most inopportune moments.

Sunday Dinner

So for this Sunday’s dinner I prepared the following:

Salmon filets, seasoned on both sides with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Into a pan with Kerry Gold Herbed Butter and some avocado oil. The trick is to watch the color change – once the fish goes from deep orange to lighter orange – it’s cooked. You can actually see the line that divides cooked from uncooked. Hell, I like salmon either way. But got them up to a nice temp.

Also did some asparagus – instead of using the broiler I did it in a non-stick pan. Got some olive oil to temperature, sliced up the garlic, peppers and in they went to saute for a bit. Then the trimmed asparagus went in. Tossed until the asparagus was tender.

And then the starch – the purple sweet potatoes. Sprayed with butter spray and then salt and pepper on the outside. They take 1-2 hours at 350F and they’re wrapped in aluminum foil. I gotta say it, creamy texture, and not as cloyingly sweet as standard sweet potatoes.

Noticed the purple sweet potatoes  at Trader Joe’s when we did the weekly grocery run. What was interesting is that truly purple potatoes are usually available locally in the spring.

That grocery run is 30 miles as the crow flies, first out to Market Basket in South Attleboro, MA and then down to Coventry, RI to hit BJ’s Club, then back on I-95 to hit Trader Joe’s in Warwick. I gotta say it, two favorite stores are Market Basket and Trader Joe’s. The people who work at both are great. And they know us. For example, at the Market Basket every week we get a case of Essentia water – the one that states it’s 9.5pH but which I’ve tested at the same as tap water at 7pH. Anyhow one of the girls there runs up to us and hands us $6 worth of coupons for the water. Cool! And Keyron and I  – we can make a cashier crack the hell up. We’re both witty people.

We also hit Whole Foods on North Main St. in Providence. I can see where some prices have in fact gone down, but not on what we wanted. Well we went for Goat Milk – and I have to admit it doesn’t taste bad. Nutritionally it appears to be the same as cows milk, and at $4.99 for a quart it isn’t cheap.