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Organic Caffeinated Vegetables: A Business Plan
Topic: Home and Garden 6:23 pm EST, Mar  7, 2009

100g caffeine


Upside Down Tomato Planter


ORGANIC TOMACCO. But with caffeine instead of Nicotine.

I have secured the grounds output of one coffee shop indefinitely. It is 50+ pounds a week. I will therefore have 2500+ pounds of well composted coffee come next year's planting season (figure some loss during composting, but I can get more coffee shops on board). It is about 2% nitrogen, not a bad fertilizer.

I find myself wondering if that much coffee grounds could caffeinate my vegetables.

So here is the plan:

1) Collect and accumulate grounds. I need them for compost/fertilizer no matter what.

2) Put 100g caffeine in the soil of one topsy turvy upside down tomato plant. They give you seeds but I think I'll use grape tomatoes.

3) Grow plant. Pick tomatoes.

4) Buy chemicals to extract caffeine from grape tomatoes. I did the extraction from tea/coffee in college, so the only tricky part will be getting the chemicals without getting raided by the DEA as a meth cooker.

If the grape tomatoes have significant amounts of caffeine in them:

5) Extract caffeine from grounds, then from well-composted grounds, to determine levels.

6) Spread grounds all in one concentrated area for growing caffeinated vegetables.

7) Extract caffeine from vegetables when they grow, to determine and verify caffeine levels. Label veggies as to caffeine content.

8) ????

9) PROFIT! Charge a premium for all naturally caffeinated, organic vegetables. Tomatoes. I might try some other plants in case those don't take it up well.

This is just about the stupidest, funnest business plan I can think of, so I will implement it immediately.

Organic Caffeinated Vegetables: A Business Plan

In the Time of Trees - Photo Essays - TIME
Topic: Home and Garden 9:45 am EDT, Apr 24, 2008

Magnum Photographer Stuart Franklin has spent a decade exploring the beauty of trees and the unique place they occupy in man's world

From the archive:

In 1995, Steve Sillett received a Ph.D. in botany from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. Soon afterward, he took his present job, at Humboldt, and began to explore the old-growth redwood canopy.

No scientist had been there before.

The tallest redwoods were regarded as inaccessible towers, shrouded in foliage and almost impossible to climb, since the lowest branches on a redwood can be twenty-five stories above the ground. From the moment he entered redwood space, Steve Sillett began to see things that no one had imagined. The general opinion among biologists at the time -- this was just eight years ago -- was that the redwood canopy was a so-called "redwood desert" that contained not much more than the branches of redwood trees.

Instead, Sillett discovered a lost world above Northern California.

In the Time of Trees - Photo Essays - TIME

How to Eat Chocolate
Topic: Home and Garden 9:11 pm EST, Nov 25, 2007

We suggest bringing the truffles to a cool room temperature in order to taste the “true” flavors of the spice, flower, root, herb or liqueur. Vosges products are all natural and use organic ingredients as often as possible.

First... read the story. Each Vosges exotic truffle comes with a story. This sets the stage. It allows you to paint the picture through your imagination, to conjure up the expectations as to how the chocolate will taste and the where you will transcend.

See... there should be a glossy shine to the truffle, this shows a good temper: a tight bond between the cocoa butter and the cacao mass.

Lick... the spice on top of the truffle. We always like to do this on the spice truffles because it gives us a hint of that is to come, a teaser.

Snap... quality chocolate should always be dry to the touch. If the chocolate is stored at ideal conditions, between 63-65 degrees Fahrenheit, when you take a bite you should hear a crisp, ringing snap breaking through the outside to reach the creamy ganache inside.

Taste... we always like to taste the truffle in two bites. In the first bite you are just getting to know the truffle and in the second, you delve deeper, searching out the flavors and nuances. You become immersed into the experience of the chocolate, your mouth and the sensation. The taste should have a long, lingering finish that is layered with its perfumed notes.

MMMMMM Chocolate

How to Eat Chocolate

BBC NEWS | Magazine | You say potato...
Topic: Home and Garden 9:49 pm EDT, Jun 16, 2007

Urban gardeners will this weekend be tending their humble crops. Few will have studied gardening, instead picking up useful skills as children. Why do we value such domestic knowledge less than a formal education?

gardening is good for the soul
the article talks about gardening as "woman's work" -- i remember helping my grandfather in the garden and I know my father created my childhood garden so I don't have that stereotype -- but I do know that i discovered growing plants is rewarding. A garden is a place of peace, tranquility, creativity and patience. Gardening reminds us to be patient and humble. Nature is in charge and she demands respect but there is growth and life and fertility from death (compost).

BBC NEWS | Magazine | You say potato...

(in Polish) Information about Rodryg Dunin's Granowko estate
Topic: Home and Garden 7:01 pm EST, Jan  3, 2006

własność Rodryga hrabiego Dunina. - Majętność ta, dawniejsza siedziba Nieżychowskich, od roku 1898 znajduje się w rękach obecnego właściciela. - D..wygodny i przestworny, zbudowany został w pierwszej połowie zeszłego wieku przez .esnego właściciela Nepomucena Nieżychowskiego.

One of the things that I find frustrating about researching my heritage, is all the different ways that names can be spelled. For example, I've done many searches on my great-grandfather's name "Rodryg Dunin", but it was only today that someone (from Poland) showed me this site, with an actual picture of his home. The name is listed as "Rodryga hrabiego Dunina", which (I think) is the possessive form, so a rough translation would be "belonging to Count Rodryg Dunin".

In any case, I'm delighted to see this image. It was one of those "OMG" moments for me.

More Google searches to do now....

Elonka :)

does that make you secretly a countess Elonka? ;-)

(in Polish) Information about Rodryg Dunin's Granowko estate

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