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  1. The Plot Thickens! Went to the town compost center and got six garbage bins of free compost. 6 x 60 gallons. Tilted into my plot. Too much compost! the plot is now 7 inches thicker. It will be a good tomato year! dcarch
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    Cooking with light

    It is possible that you can still find 100 w halogen bulbs now. There are all kinds of converter/adapter bulb bases you may be able to find to use these bulbs. Keeping in mind that 100 W equivalent LED bulbs are nowhere near 100 Watts. Cooking with light may be a bright idea, but with all manufacturers worldwide already stop making and selling halogen bulbs, how much it will cost you to replace one of the six halogen bulbs in Brava if one burns out? $1,000? dcarch
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    Cooking with light

    For me, another problem with this is the fact that it does not have a glass door for you to see how is the cooking going. This lack may kill the sales of the "cooking by light" "Innovation". Small electric ovens all have glass doors, 100%. dcarch
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    Cooking with light

    My oven has 50 different temperature cooking zones, each cooking at different temps too. Drives me nuts. :-) dcarch
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    Cooking with light

    I don't understand this thing. So it cooks with "light", Don't all electric toasters cook with light (IR)? It appears that this Brava oven uses halogen light bulbs as the heat source. Do you remember that the instruction for handling halogen bulbs is never touch with your fingers. The grease on your fingers can carbonize on the quartz envelop and cause the bulb to self-destruct. What would happen with all the grease splatter on the Brava's heating halogen bulbs? Using intense IR may get the outside of food charred faster, (that's how a broiler works) but the heat can't travel any faster to the interior of food. So you will end up with cooked exterior, raw uncooked interior, just like what they show in one of the pictures. What about dark colored food will cook faster? The CTO of Brava says, "---One, it's just far more powerful, and two, it's far more precise in controlling the elements." No, sorry, it is no more powerful than all the other electric ovens, 15 Amps. No, sure, controlling the heating elements is good, but controlling the temperature of food is what cooks want. dcarch.
  6. Time to fill up your refrigerator and freezer. dcarch
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    Click and Grow

    Is it soup yet? dcarch
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    Click and Grow

    What makes things simple in using COB LED chips is that they do have these chips for 110V AC or 220VAC power. No more DC drivers/power supplies needed. Yes, they do need to be properly heatsinked, but then the ballast for MH is massive. decarch
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    Click and Grow

    COB LED high power chips are very inexpensive. They are very very bright. I built a few for seedlings. I don't use my 3 400W MH lamps anymore. MH bulbs are expensive and they don't maintain brightness very long. dcarch
  10. True in a way, but --- Once the surface temperature gets to, let's say, 130F, this temperature will travel at the same speed to the center of food. Thermal conductivity is a constant regardless of heat source. dcarch.
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    Click and Grow

    Another reason for leggy plants: In the outdoor environment, plants develop sturdy stems to resist wind. Wind is mostly lacking indoors. Commercial greenhouse growers use electric fans to develop thick stem seedlings. dcarch
  12. Possibly the cover/lid was partially open by mistake? dcarch
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    Food funnies

    It has been a while since i posted a cartoon. dcarch
  14. Try "privacy film" , Just cut it up and apply. Very important to have. A friend's daughter had her nose sewn back. Another time, saw a NY Times reporter ran into a glass wall trying to catch his bus. Instead of the bus, he needed an ambulance. dcarch
  15. Temporarily, use colored masking tape. For permanent, search eBay or Amazon, "adhesive backed distraction marks". Come in many designs, from flowers , butterflies, to abstract art. dcarch
  16. It's beginning to look very good. The contemporary aesthetic design is very elegant without being pretentious. BTW, I am sure you have planned to have distraction marks on those glass doors and wall. I know of more than one serious injuries of people walking thru them. Distraction marks on glass doors and walls are require by law here in the USA in public spaces. dcarch
  17. My easy method, fail safe. Buy one orange, taste it. If it's good buy more. dcarch
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    Dinner 2018

    Before you accuse me of name-dropping, please hear me out. I don’t know anyone famous; I am not friends with anyone powerful; have no connections with anyone wealthy. I just have this bad habit of habitually running into interesting or strange people serendipitously. I was still in college, a friend had a family emergency and couldn’t attend a fancy high profile golf outing which he paid over $1,000 for. He gave me the invitation. There were many recognizable faces at the outing. In my foursome, there was Bryant Gumbel, and a famous baseball legend. I had no idea who he was, because I was not a baseball fan. At dinner time, Prescott Bush, father of then president George HW Bush, was the keynote speaker. Just as he was wrapping up his speech, someone went to the salad table and collected a large plate full of broccoli and handed it to Bush at the podium, “Mr. Bush, I hope you don’t hate broccoli like President Bush.” Prescott put one tiny piece of broccoli in his mouth, made a strange shriek and threw the whole plate down into a trash can nearby. That cracked everyone up. I often tried to play with ideas to create broccoli recipes for broccoli haters. On this sad occasion of our beloved president George HW Bush’s passing , I made this bacon flavored broccoli with SV hanger steak dish to honor him and thank him for his contributions to the world. RIP, President Bush. dcarch
  19. No problem. Have a couple of tennis balls to cover those corners when you have children visiting. Those corners are at children's eye level. (not my picture, From Google image) dcarch
  20. That and kids run right into those hostile corners! Otherwise a beautiful and functional design. dcarch
  21. It is very easy to silence an air compressor. Manufacturers do it all the time big time everyday everywhere. So silent that you can't hear it working just a few feet away. Think refrigerator. There is a powerful, reliable, ultra quiet compressor in there. As a matter of fact there are people who salvage the compressor from a broken refrigerator or air conditioner and use that as a air compressor. Search youtube. dcarch
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    Dinner 2018

    Speaking of citrus fruits and Chinese vegetables, may be you can tell us something about Pomelo rind? I understand it is a vegetable in some parts of China. dcarch
  23. May not be true. With fluid dynamics (air is a fluid) there is static pressure and dynamic pressure in the hose. In general, static pressure (PSI) will mostly the same regardless of the distance of the hose. but if the diameter of the hose is too small and the hose is too long, dynamic pressure (related to CFM) will suffer. An option is to have a large air tank and smaller motor/compressor. The compressor will be quieter, but operate longer. Or an active noise canceling system (expensive), or an active noise canceling earphone (much cheaper, some with Bluetooth wireless music). dcarch
  24. Why not get a 50-foot hose and have the compressor in another room or closet? dcarch
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    Dinner 2018

    As I remember, those times I visited China, (very long time ago) I never saw limes or lemons sold. Perhaps the Chinese never used lemon on sea foods. dcarch
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