Thursday, April 12, 2012

Let me count the ways ...

The Obamissariat

Everything, in 46 words.

In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of "hope and change." That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety, universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity.

Four years later, ...  [Victor David Hanson]

Wanna talk race crime?

So, there's a debate?

Cardboard Arcade

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

A 9 year old boy - who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store - is about to have the best day of his life.

Jodi Lou

Bloggo's First Day in Prison

Governor Blagojevich's (D-IL) first day in prison

Res Ipsa Loquitur


Fricken Elephants


My five-year old grandson is learning to read.  Yesterday he pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said, "Look at this! It's a frickin' elephant!"

I took a deep breath, then asked..."What did you call it?"

"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"

And so it does...

Tim W

SEIU Summer Camp

Thug Culture                                  

Res Ipsa Loquitur

My catharsis.  Now for some coffee and a cigarette

Mrs Browns Boys

Mrs. Brown's Boys

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Mrs Browns Boys S01E01 by mrbigjohncork

I'm Boiling Here

Perfect Gizmos and Gadgets
Induction Cooking

You know that we just had a kitchen redo.  Damn near everything was replaced.  The new cooktop is a GE Profile 30" Built-In Gas Cooktop, and we are very pleased with it. Why?  I guess because it looks nice and it works.  Each grate, of which there are three, weighs approximately 600 pounds.  We're talking Panzer tank sturdy here.  However, it's taking  longer to bring water to a boil.  Leastways it does seem so. Segue to Woot.

Last week I bought from  Woot  a  Regal Ware Induction Cooktop.  You may have seen it; $39 + $5 shipping.  Now, I know about induction cooking, but have never seen it in person, and don't know anyone who has one.  MoSup was perturbed.  Where are you going to keep it?  On the counter?  Well, I would, except she engineered this new kitchen and she hates having anything on the counters.  Anything.  So, I promised when not in use it would go into a drawer with the Bread Machine, Ice Cream MachineGeorge Foreman Grill,  and other crap that I like having at fingertip reach..  It came today, and I ran this test. 

Time required to bring one quart of water to a roiling boil.        
Regal Induction
9500 BTU Burner
20,000 BTU Burner
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5 Minutes 2 Seconds
  16 Minutes
 (never did come to a roil)

7 Minutes, 27 Seconds

Conclusion.  WTF? This is ridiculous, especially with the 20,000 BTU burner that will melt porcelain taking 2½ minutes longer than the magnet!  The only explanation I can summon is the grates.  Maybe these massive chunks of iron absorb a lot of the heat that ought go to the pan?  I'm sending this to GE for their comment.  But the Regal induction plate?  USA USA USA.  Full props, and my recommendation.