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  1. Zeno Marx

    things that don't make sense

    for anything that doesn't make sense... Why is the plastic on cookies tougher, more puncture resistant, and heavier gauge than most garbage bags? I just got back from Aldi with their knock-off chewy chocolate chip cookies, and that plastic is tough as nails. You could put pounds of broken...
  2. Zeno Marx

    cracked shank repair techniques

    Has anyone ever tried pushing the needle of a fine syringe into a crack and squirting Elmer's into the crack, then clamping it? I'm thinking from the unseen part of the shank where it butts against the stem. Or pushing a sewing needle into the crack, like making a pilot hole, and then pumping...
  3. Zeno Marx

    when you get a wild hair...

    ...and want something that you cannot quickly find. My wild hairs are often accompanied with the desire for something I previously had no interest in wanting, so the sudden fixation is joined with fickleness. I haven't had the pipe buying thirst for a long time. I watch. I'm a lookie-loo...
  4. Zeno Marx

    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali, another massive Ken Burns doc started last night. Seems PBS has been catching a lot of heat for backing Burns to the point they can't afford to put money into other documentarians, thus also not having enough creator diversity. So much so that PBS hired a director, or maybe team...
  5. Zeno Marx

    pipes you'd like to see, or see more of

    Your dream shapes. Or, pipes you've seen, but have never seen another like it. I think of this many ways. For one, Castello's 55 has been such an interesting, and great, take on the standard pot that other makers couldn't resist doing the 55 as well. So, we don't have to rely on Castello to...
  6. Zeno Marx

    peanut sauce and rice noodles

    This is very quick and easily modified. I do this entire thing in one small pot and a small Tupperware container for the sauce. If you do this all at once, it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes to make the entire dish. Serves two people. 1 part of a rice noodles packet (you decide on your...
  7. Zeno Marx

    cool stuff you want just because

    This comes from mostly just the consumer in me. And nostalgia. What cool things are on your radar that you don't necessarily need, would definitely use though, and that you basically want just because you think they're cool for whatever reason? These are all bags, but I have a whole host of...
  8. Zeno Marx

    videos to recommend and watch

    I'm not Jewish, nor do I have a fascination with Jewish culture. It's a coincidence that I start this thread with two Jewish videos. I'm not a good traveler. While I know things like this are no substitute for being there, they aren't without value. I find these relaxing and can easily fall...
  9. Zeno Marx

    food related documentaries

    I run into good and interesting food documentaries from time to time. I watched one the other night by DW, which is a German operation, that also broadcasts the daily European news on my local PBS secondary channel. Nice to get a different perspective like that. This is about Quinoa, goji...
  10. Zeno Marx

    bizarre behavior in space

    I just watched a clip of Amazon's Bezos in space. They were only up there for a couple minutes. Maybe 3-4 minutes? Yet, they spent time posing for pictures, flashing words they'd written on their palms before blast off, hugging each other as they were weightless, etc. I don't get it. I...
  11. Zeno Marx

    cast iron

    Can anyone identify the maker of this cast iron skillet? I'm hoping someone is familiar with that logo cast into the helper handle nearest in this photo. Nevermind, I figured it out. It's a $200+ Le Creuset frying pan. I was impressed with how smooth the casting is compared to something like...
  12. Zeno Marx

    water bottles

    It blows my mind how much people spend on water bottles. And that they go through trends, so it has become "a thing" to keep up with the trends. Or having one for each season? It's one thing to spend $30 on a water bottle once, but then for it to become a habit? Or maybe it is a hobby? And...
  13. Zeno Marx

    steam rice rolls

    steam rice rolls. I don't think I've ever seen them on a menu. Cool the way they're made, but if the texture is at all egg whitey, I might not like them. anyone had them? how are they? I watched another video where someone hacked a way to make them at home, with polyester fabric and a...
  14. Zeno Marx

    cord, rope, twine, string, you name it

    I learned a lesson today. I washed some paracord in hot water and bleach in the washing machine, and it shrunk by maybe 50%. Someone gave me a ball of it, but it was filthy and a little moldy. It's hard as a rock because of the extreme shrinking. So strange. I had no idea it didn't like hot...
  15. Zeno Marx

    water

    Not looking to get political, though it can't be totally avoided. I didn't know how thirsty almond growth is. These are from Bill Maher last night, and I haven't bothered to check them. He doesn't usually fudge the numbers, though. I do not live in the West. 9.8 gallons of water to grow 1LB...
  16. Zeno Marx

    bespoke stuff

    You can have pajamas and other clothing made with your pets face on them. Pillows with favorite photographs. Wallpaper with your own design. Only makes sense that you can have rugs made like this as well. On my feed this morning, I ran into a mother who had her son's artwork made into a rug...
  17. Zeno Marx

    keep track of tobacco prices?

    When I used to jar up my bulk tobacco, I would include the price per ounce on my labels. I got lazy about it a couple big purchases ago and didn't do it. Does anyone keep track of what their favorite tobaccos cost and how much they go up each year? I'm curious about Stokkebye in particular...
  18. Zeno Marx

    help identifying pipe maker, please

    Google, P&C, Smokingpipes...I couldn't find a stem marker like this. Anyone help me with this? I'm more curious than anything. Thanks.
  19. Zeno Marx

    I know a guy who argues over facts

    Do you know anyone like this? Have one of these in your circle? Fighting about facts, my mother calls it. We do it all the time. Argue over something that's actually one thing or another. -Pete Campbell In the Campbell bedroom Trudy has just gotten out of the shower wrapped in a towel. Pete...
  20. Zeno Marx

    I wanna be heard...NOW - phone etiquette

    Am I nuts in remembering that back in the rotary and touch-tone days that when someone called and didn't get an answer, they didn't keep calling and calling and calling? I feel like people DEMAND to be heard, and RIGHT NOW, these days. If you don't answer, they call your partner's phone or...
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