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1RLForm and function

With a bead of water, I can observe approximately 50x. It’s possible to increase that magnification (thank you Star Trek) with several tiered lenses. 3 weeks ago

1RLThe micro-universe

In order to see a blood cell, I will need to make a microscope that can observe +400x.

After some testing with electronics parts and water lenses, I might have a solution for building my own device. 3 weeks ago

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1RLSlow going but steady

Now is probably not the best time to launch a small business. And yet I have.

Taxes are due soon.
More birthdays than I care to count.
March break and business travel plans.
Registration, training, certification, renewals.

With any luck, moving forward with each of these things will mean that I can pitch the outdated and afford to get rid of the junk.

Isn’t that the way. Come sping, it’s cleaning time. 4 weeks ago

1RLThe Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Some of the subject matter is jarring and yet I found myself unable to put the book down for long.

It is by no means a peaceful book. It’s charm, rather, resides in an intellectual complexity and provokes a sense of humanizing it’s characters. Some more than others. 4 weeks ago


A family favorite! With it’s familiar frozen dinner comfort and convenience combined with the flavour of home cooking. I present to you… Double baked pasta with cream.

1 package of pasta, cook and put aside (leftover is perfect)
1 portion of shredded cheese, to taste (recommend asiago or mozzarella)
1 chicken breast, diced and lightly cooked (or extra firm tofu panfried, or meat alternative)
1 jar of Alfredo sauce (recipe pending)
1 tsp parsley, oregano, and basil
1 portion of parmesan
1 dash of salt
1 egg

1/2c sugar snap peas
1tbsp butter
1tbsp olive oil
1/4c diced shallots
2tbsp roasted garlic

Preheat oven or toaster oven at 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked and strained pasta, then cheese, seasoning and stir. Pour sauce and break egg over top of mixture, stirring until pasta is evenly coated. Transfer to a glass casserole dish. Bake for 20mins. For a crispy top layer, garnish with extra cheese and bake for 30mins.

Serves 6. Freezes for up to 1 month. Microwaves in 2mins on high heat, from frozen.

Inspired by :
http://grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com/grandmas_kitchen_table/blog-along-groups-hazans-30-minute-pasta/ 4 weeks ago

1RLProtein : Mushroom Addition

This was the WORST idea to try in my living space.

The whole system functions off a releasing of spores. For people living in mildewy surroundings, DO NOT TRY THIS. They smell. Spores will attempt to grow anywhere there is moisture, including hydroponic sponges, recently watered plant pots, and damp wood or clothing anywhere. Somehow they sprouted in our empty closet. Worst of all, I have no idea how to neutralize the spores and our living space now wreaks of the produce isle.

Seemed like a great idea at the time. Maybe outdoors is a better idea…

The product attached worked fine; a lovely four cups of fresh mushrooms in two weeks. That’s not what I used. I tried the old used-coffee-grounds + mushroom starter. There is more than enough spent coffee grounds here and I caution to dump them in the compost. This DIY worked on EVERYTHING except where I wanted them to grow.

...The mushroom growing kit attached was kept in our kitchen, fuss-free. No special grow light. No extra fertilizer. Just water, open and keep it from direct sunlight, and tada. It was wonderful.

grumble grouch hurmph4 weeks ago

1RL 4 weeks ago


I am grief stricken to hear about your sudden trauma.

In February 2010, a man speeding through a redlight at an intersection hit the passenger side of our family car where I had been sitting, causing injury that would later return me to the hospital.

December 2013, I was rushed multiple times to hospital from complications to that accident.

This wasn’t the first time I had been in a car accident. An occupational therapist in 2003, regimented a workout routine of yoga.

Yoga has done wonders for my physiotherapy. Best of all, it can be self-directed and it’s free.

Please ask an occupational therapist if this is right for you.

I wish you a fast and steady recovery :) 4 weeks ago


The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist and get it biopsied.

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1RLCheck List of Spending

Keep receipts of 1year of spending > isolate expenses > reduce excessive spending = food > switch majority meat consumption to majority vegan > find vegan alternatives > follow vegan expenses > compare to previous year’s expenses > adjust accordingly

Month 1 > basic needs, medical, secondary needs, services, housing
No adjustment = $0
Month 2 > basic needs + extra, medical + alternatives, housing = -$358
Month 3 > basic needs reduced, medical + complications, housing, property damage, legal expenses, entertainment -$987
Month 4 > basic needs reduced + renewable, create additional source of income, savings plan, secondary expenses, housing +$70
Month 5, etc

Vegan Friendly Cuisine:
a) tea
b) fruit + seed smoothies
c) laboratory protein testing > bean curd, fermentation, soluble isolates, micro-flora, etc
(continue later) 2 months ago

1RLFinal Sale

“Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”
- Bob Dylan, musician 2 months ago

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1RL 5 months ago


Localized pain means just that.
Pain in the direct area of the mole.


Running +5mins
Jogging +10mins
Walking +20mins
Dancing +30mins
Rowing +40mins
Pilattes, bidaily

Fruit smoothies (pineapple, oranges, apples, blueberries, strawberries, etc)
Ketogenic diet (Tiramisu, eggnog, poutine, seeds, hemp hearts, vegan cheese, ice cream, oils, coconut, molasses, meat, spice cookies, stuffing; high protein + fat)

Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, sage, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, savoury, psyllium, basil, fennel, licorice, dill, parsley, coriander, chives.

NO EAT list
Lemon, nuts, garlic, onion, dairy,

Lost 5 pant sizes and my abs are showing in 1 week of workout + Ketogenic diet! (Plus I get to eat a gallon of Tiramisu. Can we say win win?) 2 months ago

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