Tag: How Do You Make That?

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When one has celiac disease and several other food allergies, one finds oneself cooking at home quite often. Are there restaurants that have foods I can eat? Sure there are. I could go to Morton’s Steakhouse every night and have a steak. But that gets expensive after awhile. Boring, too. Oh, I’m definitely a fan […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: How to Make Your Very Own Chanukiah

 

A couple of years ago I was inspired by @iwe to construct a chanukiah (menorah for Chanukah) for our front yard, and I did a post this past year on our finished product (since my husband and I made it—well, he mostly made it!) I thought for this topic it would be fun to tell you how we put it together and came out with a product about which we are rightly proud.

When I first told my husband I wanted to make a Chanukiah, he grumbled. He assumed that he’d be stuck with all the work, as I adoringly watched him make it as knitted in my favorite chair. Not true! I told him that I wanted to be involved in the whole process from beginning to end, to which he said he needed a model or design to work from. Oh sure, there are lots of patterns of menorahs on the internet.

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A recent comment by Ricochet member extraordinaire James Lileks discussed an article from Forbes which stated “Frank Gehry, the world’s most famous architect, recently said that “98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure [crap]. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else.”*

The Forbes article continues with “insulated architects are “increasingly incapable … of creating artful, harmonious work that resonates with a broad swath of the general population, …this has been a problem for over forty years, and that things are even worse today.” The article also shows a pretty “Katrina cottage” vs. another modern monstrosity in New Orleans. As we have little power over what’s chosen by politicians, we can (still) choose our residence to reflect both our needs and wants.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How Do You Make That Hose?

 

http://hbd-ther.knowledge4you.ca/wp-content/uploads/industrial-hose_product-image.pngYou likely use things made with the help of my maternal grandfather’s patent every day. From cars to jet airliners, from garden hoses to welding torches, reinforced hose is used. You need an inner layer that stands up to whatever flows through the hose, you need a reinforcing layer to keep the hose from bulging and bursting under pressure, and you need an outer coating to protect the hose from the external environment. So, how do you make that? Therein lies a tale.

F. Merrill Galloway was my maternal grandfather. Born in 1908, he went home at 95. He worked his entire adult life until the Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) or mini-strokes ended his ability to work in his late 80s. He worked with both his hands and his mind, from his garden, to clocks, to rebuilding a violin from broken pieces in a cigar box. Then there was the work that paid the bills and in which he took enormous pride.

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On Valentine’s Day, enjoy some sweetly spiced red tomato jam. Really, tomatoes are a fruit. In a jam, they offer a good balance of sweetness and acidity that is less cloyingly sweet than other red fruit jams. I use a spiced tomato jam/butter recipe from Allrecipes.com. There is, of course, a tale in how I […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How Does He Make That? Watching a Cigar Roller

 

Nicaragua, the Undiscovered Luxury Beach Destination for Billionaires and CelebritiesThis past December, a conversation with a local cigar lounge owner turned to his plans for 2019. He was planning to become the first cigar establishment in Arizona to be approved as a cigar manufacturer, to be legally selling cigars rolled on the premise.

A week ago, I stopped by and watched the roller at work. So, how do you roll a cigar? It turns out that the more important question is “how do you make a cigar?”

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, even measures of ingredients for barbecue. I know perfectly well that there is a difference between East and West North Carolina barbecue. Kansas City and Texas have more than multiple sports feuds between them. Bring it. Or tell us how you make a side dish, or dessert. Or tell […]

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General Description and Requirements

The sestina is one of the more difficult forms to master. There are at least two reasons for this. The first is the length of the poem. One might write a few sonnets per day. The sonnet only has 140 syllables when using the English Heroic Line of iambic pentameter. A sestina using the same line is 390 syllables long, almost three times the size. More difficult than the length, though, is the requirement for the use of end words. In a sonnet, such as the English sonnet, one should have fourteen different words that rhyme in pairs, so seven pairs of rhymed words. In the sestina’s thirty-nine lines, there are exactly six words. That is not saying six sets of rhymed words. There are only six words that end the thirty-nine lines.

Whereas rhymed poetry tends to have a rhyming pattern, such as the English sonnet’s ababcdcdefefgg pattern; the sestina instead uses a folding pattern. All stanzas are six lines, and the order of the end words in the first stanza determines the order in subsequent stanzas as such:
Stanza 1: 123456
Stanza 2: 615243
Stanza 3: 364125
Stanza 4: 532614
Stanza 5: 451362
Stanza 6: 246531.

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Some booze is best served in a saucer, in the garden, as slug bait. Other alcoholic beverages are best served at particular temperatures, in particular glassware, revealing their full palette of flavors. Then there is booze that could be better, and therein lies today’s tale.

Whilst serving deep in the heart of Texas, I happened upon Ranger Creek, a “brewstillery.” This neologism denotes a craft brewery that also has a license to distill alcohol. The brewery piece is a source of steady income, with quick conversion of ingredients into beer ready to be poured. The distillery side can be as efficient, or even more so, if you stick to un-aged clear spirits: vodka, gin, white whiskey, white rum, blanco tequila. 

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The GPS has three segments:

1. Space segment: The original requirement was for 24 satellites in circular orbits in three symmetrical planes (120 degrees apart) at 12-hour orbits. Today, the Air Force uses 31 satellites in six symmetrical planes at 55 degrees of inclination (the satellites go as far as 55 degrees north and south). The satellites contain synchronized atomic clocks (mainly rubidiums).

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We have plenty of days available this month for tips and tales of making. How do you make that? How do you make that? Subjects might vary from beer, to brains, to brats (sausage)? Long term contributors are welcome, and first time efforts are especially encouraged. For February, our theme is “How Do You Make That?”All you need do is […]

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We started February off with what may fairly be called Arahant’s General Theory of Creativity:

Mostly it was knowing a few techniques, having the right tools, and having a love for building and creating whatever it was.

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How do you build a brain? How should I know? I’ve never built a brain. But I did spend a whole lot of time once thinking about how to do it.

In the mid-nineties, I was working for a software company in Dallas that did software for insurance administration. I was rolling off of the second project I had done there, starting my new job as Research Manager. This was technically a division level job, but my division actually consisted of me, and a part-time admin that I shared with the core Development group. My mandate was to explore various new technologies, in the expectation that at least some of what I did would prove useful and could be integrated into a future product. The projects that I had done are significant, because they had led me directly to the first request I got, and thus into my quest for a brain.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group writing: Making ‘Sham’-poo

 

Way back in the day there was a tv show on PBS (one of the five channels we got) that was about a family living as if sometime in the 1800s. I don’t remember what it was called but it was something of a precursor to reality tv shows. The only episode I have any memory of featured the mother sneaking out and buying real shampoo. Like the rest of her family, she had been using the 1800s method of a baking soda wash and was thoroughly tired of her hair being terrible. For some reason, this stuck with me.

I grew up in a middle-class family, but my dad was convinced we were poor.* So we didn’t get much new or nice stuff and that included shampoos and soaps. One day a friend of my mother’s gave us a bunch of stuff she didn’t want or couldn’t use. In that bag was a set of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner. I think she hadn’t liked the scent. To 14-year-old me, after using nothing but Suave my whole life, this was luxury! The first time I used it, I was in heaven! It smelled so good and worked so well to clean and condition my hair! It was amazing!

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I thought it would be so easy to choose a topic for this as I typed on my keyboard on the desk that I designed and built for myself while surrounded by bookcases that I built. It’s not really that hard to build furniture. It is mostly knowing a few tricks to make the difference […]

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There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, managed by @vectorman. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with […]

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