I was reading some stories (don’t ask my where anymore – might have been on reddit or Lifehacker) about silicone sponges to replace (the often gross) disposable sponges we used in the kitchen. Sounded like a great idea – something that you don’t need to throw away, that doesn’t become a bacterial warzone, durable.. but after trying it out I’ll be going back to the disposables.
This blog post “I Tried It: Goodbye Gross Disposables, Hello Silicone Sponge summarizes it nicely…
- Wastes more soap/water – it just rinses off the sponge. It does the same with the bad bugs, but well…
- Scrubbing is just a no go. No matter how much you try, it’s just not firm enough!
- Breaks easily – the first sponge had several holes quickly enough. Might be because of the cheapo ones we got to try it out, though.
“Why did you become a vegetarian?” – It’s one of those questions I get asked fairly frequently, when it comes to food choices / eating habits. I recently had the question again, at work – I’ve changed jobs recently, and it came up during a discussion. I guess it’s a good question, as not everyone has the same reasons.
(Bit of a backstory: I come from a rural home, so I’m no stranger to the ‘meet your meat’ kind of thing – I’ve fed, petted, played, and (helped) kill animals that were bred for their meat. Can’t say I enjoyed the latter part, but it was a part of life.)
My original reasons were very.. eh.. selfish: I’m lazy.
As my girlfriend was living with me (at my parents house) during a sabbatical year she was taking, and combined with the odd hours I was working (two shifts), she cooked for the two of us. Already being a vegetarian, she cooked a veggy meal – but in no way opposed if I would want to cook a piece of meat. But, as I said: I’m lazy. It also opened up my palate to the wonderful world of vegetarian food, meat replacements, spices, …
After nearly a year of not eating meat, I noticed – the first time round when I got served a piece of meat – that it disagreed with me. It tasted off. The texture was wrong.
Fast forward 10 years, and I’m now a nearly 100% vegetarian. My only vice is the once-a-year (or so) seafood pizza. I’ve stopped eating meat, poultry and fish, and cannot say that I miss it. Even more so, the smell of fried meat is something that nauseates me. Strange but true.
These last few years, I’m actually quite happy that I don’t eat meat anymore…
- The food scandals going round (meat being sold of such quality that is way below what is allowed for consumption)
- Horrible treatment of animals. (and I’m always cynically amused by the fact people don’t realise just how bad animals are treated)
- Waste of water with growing all the foods required to feed the proverbial 1kg of meat. In a world where water is becoming scarcer and scarcer
- Pollution due to the transport of cattle all over the place (note: if you don’t watch where your vegetables come from, you’re likely just as bad of)
Will I ever become a vegan? Probably not. I’m too fond of cheese!
I was using the rather nice Table Of Contents+ WordPress plugin to auto-generate tables of content on certain posts/pages, but that has since been abandoned. Luckely Steven A. Zahm took over development, and presto, we have the Easy Table of Contents plugin. You can peruse the sourcecode on GitHub.
I recently found out that Windows has this nice feature where, after suspending your laptop, it’ll go to hibernate after a while to preserve battery. Seems like a really cool feature, saves your battery too, so I wanted it on my linux installation. I’m using Fedora 27 right now.
To … Continue reading
I’ve always liked the Ambilight technology Philips builds into some of their TV’s. I just don’t like the price that they ask for it… so I looked around if there was no way to build that yourself. There is, using a Raspberry Pi, some … Continue reading
I’ve been a user of Dropbox for ages, I’ve tried Owncloud, I’ve tried Box, and probably numerous others that I’ve forgotten about, but in the past year I’ve migrated over to Syncthing, and I haven’t looked back. Opensource software, well designed protocol, complete ownership of your data, I could go on… but this post by gbolo explains it perfectly!
Syncthing – Why you should be using it
I own a TP-Link Archer C5 router, version 1.2 – which is identical to the TP-Link Archer C7, version 2.0, save for some limitations which are introduced through software. These limitations include a 300Mbps cap on 2.4GHz (450Mbps for the C7) and a 876Mbps cap on 5GHz (1300Mbps … Continue reading
I still have an Asus Transformer TF101 tablet in use – running MarshMallow – but after a Play Services upgrade, in which Google inserted some NEON instructions (which the TF101 does not support) , a lot of “Play Services has stopped working” popups showed up – making … Continue reading
I’m playing part-time webmaster for the choir I sing in, and as such, am getting up close and personal with WooCommerce. Quite a nifty shopping cart, but it does require a lot of tweaks to really make it work to your liking – unless you’re willing … Continue reading
I got a Yubikey 4 half a year ago (during Red Hat Summit 2016), but until now I didn’t do much with it. Time to change that ;)