Sunday, August 30, 2009

Invention Idea #6

My office kitchen fridge has an incredible profusion of soda cans. (As an aside, I don't understand why: If you want it cold, just buy it from the machine right before you drink it. If you brought it from home to save money, you should be buying it in 2L bottles, not cans.)

Many cans are unlabeled, but some have a name scrawled on them, or some tape, or a business card stuck under the tab. However, these solutions have a couple problems. First, they only provide identification, not security. Second, some of these are kind of time-consuming. The tape, for instance, can't take less than 60-90 precious seconds during which you could be reading some hilarious emails forwarded from the secretary.

Thus my invention, which I call "Club Soda". You slip it on, snap it shut and club it with a tiny key. It would be personalized with your name via a tag or engraving or something. Security and identification in under 10 seconds. MSRP $4.99.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Garden Notes

One harvest of 3 so far.  This week.

Notes for next year:

  • Plant only about 4 tomato plants, not 6.

  • Same for the jalapeños.

  • MORE green peppers. Or maybe they were just shaded by the tomatoes?

  • Plant the tall things in the back. Which is to say, the tomatoes.

  • Tomato cages have very little resistance to bending from being overloaded. Stake them.

  • The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook has a trillion good ways to use all the results. (By the time I re-read this next year, I should know if they are actually yummy.)

  • I will also know if making my own crushed tomatoes worked.

  • Add snap peas, basil, cilantro and possibly watermelons.