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We can't keep "Nature's Path" pumpkin flax granola on the shelves at Trader Joe's. It gets bought as soon as it is stocked. Sometimes they open up the box and start eating it right there in the store. So you're not alone.

Pyracantha from ELECTRON BLUE (sign designer for Tysons Corner Virginia Trader Joe's)

Just totally by coincidence, I came home to my wife making Rice Krispie treats. I finished the last of the batch before bed -- I seriously have no control with Rice Krispie treats. You and your silly granola "addiction" have nothing on this.

Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Enjoy your Nature's Path Flax.

I'll be the guy enjoying the Capt. Crunch over there.

Didn't need Neal Stephenson to tell me about the method for eating them correctly, either. I figured the "consumption window" out all by myself.

Back on John Cusack for a minute, don't forget to see "The Road to Wellville".
It'll change the way you think about Dr. JH Kellogg for better or worse.

bc

Hi Jen,
thanks for the snap crackle & pop (corn) lesson.
I'll remember to get a few xtra boxes in when you visit, in case you raid the cupboard at night and there's none left for my break-fast when I rise.

But, you really got my attention going with Glass:
"estimates that it would take at least 10 million years for the glass at the bottom to grow just 5% thicker." - Is that give or take a million years. lol!

"ideal glass": "what you would produce if you could cool a liquid with geologic slowness while somehow preventing it from crystallizing." -
funny, we can make synthetic diamonds in a lab.
but you are right we cannot 'produce' geologic time

I still it is awesome when we say something is 9 billion light years away, that is the distance light would travel in 9 billion years, considering it takes less than three seconds to reach the moon from earth.
Always tempted to ask if anyobody sat there under a tree for 9 billion years counting, even Buddha didn't sit under a tree that long ... and he had a lot of patience

Yeah Matt, your wife obviously knows the way to a man's heart, did she make some for the kids too.
I guess if my woman could keep me in rice krispie treats, I would have to overlook all her other short comings - and marry her!

And if I found some by the bedside at night, I'd know I'm in for a treat. lol!

At great peril to my Twisted Physics Father of the Year award, I ate maybe 80% of the Treats. Each of my kids got a full dessert portion, but after everyone goes to bed in my house, I have about four waking hours to try to resist my passions. Sometimes I lose that fight.

Regarding the observation that glass in old stained glass windows is on average thicker at the bottom; a very plausible explanation given to me by an experienced stained glass window mechanic points out that glass when it is manufactured in the old way for this purpose; using flattened cylinders as you describe in your essay, guys blowing blowing the cylinders weren't trying to create perfectly even walls to their cylinders. The glass worker takes the clear pieces and cuts them to the pattern and then places them temporarily onto a nearly verticle easle where they can be see how they fit the pattern before they go to the next stage where colors, shading and linear elements (like lettering) can be added by a variety of other processes. Naturally, even on a subconcious level, anyone knows that things are more stable when wider at the base, but the worker is also aware that it will work whether the thicker edge is on the top or on the side, so there would be a natural bias for things to be placed in a more stable orientation if no other design considerations were over-riding the choice.

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