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January 2, 2011

Ritz Cracker Ice Cream


"It just had to be done."


Ritz Cracker Ice Cream



480g half and half

105g sugar

180g crumbled Ritz crackers

200g sour cream



1. Combine the sugar and the half and half and the sugar and bring to a boil.

2. Pour over the crumbled Ritz crackers and then stir in the sour cream.

3. Puree in a blender and strain.  

4. Freeze in a Pacojet canister or chill and then process in an ice cream maker.


"Eating this is like eating pie crust ice cream. It captures all of the best qualities of Ritz crackers and loses that slightly oily flavor that they sometimes have. I can imagine eating this with a fresh fruit compote as a kind of inverted pie and à la mode. Even without gilding the lily, it's simply delicious."

"I eat it alone in the kitchen by the spoonful, I suppose I could break out some cheese or fruit but that's just not how I roll."


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Mirror Vase









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Radio Shack, Russian-Style







Wrote James Grahame on Retro Thing, "We've written about the alternate universe of Soviet electronics before, but Paul Colella recently sent in a link to a catalog of electronic goodies from the USSR that makes my teeth tingle. The Katalog Tovarov Narodnogo Potrebleniya 1981 paraded the latest and greatest technology. Being able to afford it was another matter."






"He says, 'Our friends over at English-Russia have posted some 1980's Soviet goods pr0n. Most of the stuff looks like American goods from the 1970s but of particular coolness are the electronics. I'd love to get my hands on the portable organ/synth and what I think is some type of mixer.'"

[via Richard Kashdan, English Russia and NNM]

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Carbon Dioxide Monitor



I thought on first glance it was a super-expensive carbon monoxide monitor (an inexpensive version of which should be in your bedroom) but no, it's a carbon dioxide analyzer.

Carbon dioxide is what's in your exhaled breath, but it's hard to see how knowing how much is in the ambient air around you will improve the quality of your life to the tune of $462.

But maybe I'm missing something.

From the website: "To maintain that healthy living, studying or working environment, we should all keep checking the amount of carbon [sic] in the air. When this monitor tells you the CO2 levels are over 1000ppm then it is time to switch on the ventilation and circuit some oxygen into the room."



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BehindTheMedspeak: What should you do with medications that have reached their "discard by" dates?


I've been meaning to address this topic for a long time (years) but have been unable to find much information beyond the standard advice (discard them properly, preferably by returning them to a pharmacy for environmentally-friendly disposal).

OK, no one would argue with that course of action, certainly not me.

But does the medicine do a stagecoach turn and revert to a pumpkin, as it were, on its discard date?

No, it doesn't.

In fact, the discard date is always conservative, meaning that the drugs in a container (assuming they were stored properly in the dark in a closed medicine chest or cupboard) will retain their efficacy and potency for a significant period of time beyond their expiration date.

How long, joe?

Assuming the discard date is one year from the day dispensed — pretty much the rule in the U.S. — I'd say you could count on six more months at pretty much full potency.

Even after that the drugs will only gradually lose their strength, at a rate dependent on their origin (natural or synthetic), class, molecular structure and method of storage.

Still, as a rule I'd still advise discarding drugs as directed on the label, but I also am realistic and aware that for many people it's not easy to pay for their medications.

The advice herein is primarily for those who find themselves in a money and/or access crunch and at a loss as to how to proceed.

As a rule of thumb it would seem to me that keeping medications in the refrigerator would prolong their life span.

However, if there is even the smallest possibility that a child might open that refrigerator, far better to keep the medications in a protected location.

As to putting drugs in the freezer: I wouldn't do it.


Because freezing and then thawing might somehow introduce moisture into the container, causing degradation and loss of potency.

Anyhow, the outline above is pretty much how I deal with "discard by" dates.

You might well disagree.

In fact, I hope you do, and I'd be delighted to learn more about this curiously unaddressed — at least in the medical and pharmacological literature I've consulted – subject.

Note that I'm not talking about expiration dates, which are usually two to five years after the date of production and apply to unopened containers.

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Ladder Ruler


From the website:



How much time do you use a ruler in a day?

It stays still for a long time throughout its life.

This is our suggestion how the ruler can be used when it's idle.


Ladder Ruler is not only a functional ruler but also an elaborate miniature of a ladder.

You can lean the Ladder Ruler against a wall or display it on your desk just like a real ladder.


The Ladder Ruler adds a little fun to your work space both in use and out of use.

Silver or Black aluminum.




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Gift card abitrage — Episode 2: What's it actually worth?


Episode 1 last Wednesday raised the topic of disposing of (and/or acquiring) gift cards for the best possible price.

A recent post on My Money Blog drilled down on the topic, comparing and contrasting four sites (Cardpool, Plastic Jungle, GiftCards.com and GiftCardRescue), with the typical price paid by each for a $100 gift card from four different stores summarized in the graphic up top.

[via Jennifer Saranow Schultz and the New York Times]

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Decision Maker

Picture 1

From the website: "When someone asks you a question, just press the white button and a light will randomly circle around, landing on the perfect answer."


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