May 24th, 2019


New Sensor

... for heat, but it responds to light and touch, intended for use in artificial skin.

This has great potential for cybernetic limbs, which are currently limited because they can't sense anything like flesh can.

The Physics of Chocolate

 I read this article about conching chocolate and how it changes the physical properties of the material.  It reminded me of something I read about historic recipes of the upper class in Britain, who at one time had servants stir batter for hours, but the labor force and skills were lost after the wars.  Someone tested out the recipes and found that, yes, the extended stirring time made a difference.  So I wonder if it has to do with a similar process.

Today's Adventures

We went up to visit my parents today. 

We took a crockpot cookbook to mark recipes in the car.  Didn't find one worth cooking, so that book will be dispensed elsewhere to free up the shelf space.  This is a good technique if you have lots of cookbooks.

My parents took us to Danville Gardens and bought us a ton of plants.  That's about 7 flats of pots, a few extra gallon pots that wouldn't fit in the boxes, and a tricolor beech sapling in an even bigger pot.  I also got a blue ceramic pot with a horse and rider marked on it in glaze-resist that looks rather like the Chalk Horse.  :D

Customarily I shop by looking at everything first, then deciding.  This is not optimum in a hot greenhouse.  Last year I only filled about half the cart before I conked out, which made Mom and Dad kind of sad.  So this year I tried a new strategy: I grabbed some of everything that looked halfway appealing.  I certainly crammed the cart full this time!  By the time I got to the back building with the multipacks, I managed to fit in a few, but I had neither cart space nor energy to continue -- didn't finish that building or get anywhere near outside, just said "Enough is plenty."  But the total bill was higher than I was really comfortable with, even though I wasn't paying.  Next year I may try a different approach.  I am really looking forward to planting all this stuff, though.  

For supper, we went to a Mexican restaurant.  Then we decided to visit El Oasis for dessert on the way home.  We got the blackberry and cheese ice cream, which was quite excellent.  They have a new spicy chocolate too.

Last, we picked up a few groceries on the ride home, but the main shopping will be another time.

I'm tired, but it's been a good day.  :D

Friday Yardening

Today was partly cloudy and steamy.  It rained briefly while we were plant shopping.

I had just enough time to regain a bit of energy at home, then go out for one round of planting.  I put two mother of thyme, one creeping thyme, and one other thyme in the Goddess garden, which completes that for the year.  \o/