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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #175 on: March 26, 2020, 03:11:47 am »
Almost there... (this was a rush build).

I found these elastic Velcro straps with buckle. This is a heavy respirator mask, so it needs a strong strap that can be adjusted. The elastic is big plus






Paint and the filter cartridge will be taped in the cavity. The respirator is somewhat uncomfortable due to the weight, but as expected fits very well and airtight. The filter is remarkably easy to breath through, even though I wrapped the accordéon filter with another layer of the 3M filter (to keep the accordéon clean)

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #176 on: March 26, 2020, 03:20:47 am »
At this time of year we harvest a lot of back-yard food and I preserve/freeze it for future use. This year we built a wire cage over our fig trees because we got tired of competing with birds, rats and possums for our fruit. That has coincided with a bumper crop, and we are harvesting masses of the little beggars. I am running out of fig-preserving ideas... I have bottled (canned) masses of 'dessert' figs (poached in booze and honey), have bottled about 6 kilos of jam and just finished packing 3.5 kilos of fig paste. (Should see us through the next few apocalypses.) Anyone know any other great recipes for figs?

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #177 on: March 26, 2020, 03:28:52 am »
At this time of year we harvest a lot of back-yard food and I preserve/freeze it for future use. This year we built a wire cage over our fig trees because we got tired of competing with birds, rats and possums for our fruit. That has coincided with a bumper crop, and we are harvesting masses of the little beggars. I am running out of fig-preserving ideas... I have bottled (canned) masses of 'dessert' figs (poached in booze and honey), have bottled about 6 kilos of jam and just finished packing 3.5 kilos of fig paste. (Should see us through the next few apocalypses.) Anyone know any other great recipes for figs?

Air dry them in the airing cupboard/pressing them & make "fig Rolls"/making booze.
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #178 on: March 26, 2020, 03:34:44 am »
....competing with birds, rats and possums for our fruit. That has coincided with a bumper crop, and we are harvesting masses of the little beggars.....

soooo.... harvesting masses of birds, rats, and possums?   or figs?

If you have not already done so, might I suggest Dried Figs?

https://www.wikihow.com/Dry-Figs
https://www.amodernhomestead.com/dehydrate-fresh-figs/
https://nourishingjoy.com/how-to-dehydrate-fresh-figs/

We used to dehydrate any kind of fruit, for snacks and trail/camping food, as well as meat.
Home-made beef jerky takes a long time but it is really good, and both meat and fruit if properly done will keep almost indefinitely.
As long as birds, rats, and possums don't get to it :-)

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #179 on: March 26, 2020, 04:34:01 pm »
I'd see if you could make a variety of sauces with figs. BBQ, Ketchup, balsamic fig dressing/marinade, etc.

could also use them in cakes and cookies.

I'd bet you could make a good quickbread like a banana bread by just swapping figs instead of bananas. I could also imagine using them instead of molasses in molasses cookies. maybe chopped and put in pancakes, or rendered into a syrup for pancakes. and once you've done that you can make marshmallows and maybe even candy floss and hard candies.

maybe homemade fig icecream.
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #180 on: March 26, 2020, 05:28:29 pm »
At this time of year we harvest a lot of back-yard food and I preserve/freeze it for future use. This year we built a wire cage over our fig trees because we got tired of competing with birds, rats and possums for our fruit. That has coincided with a bumper crop, and we are harvesting masses of the little beggars. I am running out of fig-preserving ideas... I have bottled (canned) masses of 'dessert' figs (poached in booze and honey), have bottled about 6 kilos of jam and just finished packing 3.5 kilos of fig paste. (Should see us through the next few apocalypses.) Anyone know any other great recipes for figs?



Just a thought, have  you tried deep frying them?
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« Reply #181 on: March 26, 2020, 06:27:19 pm »
Just a thought, have  you tried deep frying them?
Wrong thread  ;)

... or microwaving them?  :o
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #182 on: March 26, 2020, 06:50:45 pm »
Just a thought, have  you tried deep frying them?
Wrong thread  ;)

... or microwaving them?  :o

Sounds like Robinson Crusoe's menu. Steak of coconut, coconut stroganoff, flambée coconut, coconut enchiladas, pasta with coconut, coconut croquettes...

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #183 on: March 26, 2020, 11:24:04 pm »
I'd see if you could make a variety of sauces with figs. BBQ, Ketchup, balsamic fig dressing/marinade, etc.

could also use them in cakes and cookies.

I'd bet you could make a good quickbread like a banana bread by just swapping figs instead of bananas. I could also imagine using them instead of molasses in molasses cookies. maybe chopped and put in pancakes, or rendered into a syrup for pancakes. and once you've done that you can make marshmallows and maybe even candy floss and hard candies.

maybe homemade fig icecream.


I do have a really simple banana bread recipe (That I created myself  ::) ) I will give the switch over a go - thanks!

We have dried them in the past - but my daughter has the drier at the moment and they are in quarantine because they looked after a friend's (nurse) kids in an emergency situation, so they are not allowed near us for a while...

I made a fig Mustardo, which was OK, but not nearly as good as the rhubarb chutney or the damson plum chutney...

We have gone off eating the rats, possums and birds, ever since the bats and pangolins incident  :o

Fig marshmallows... hmmm - might have to look into that one! Fig lollies (candy) might be too detrimental to the waistline, but I will think about that for a bit... The fig paste is very treacle-tasting but so much work that I am a bit over long cooking processes.

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #184 on: March 26, 2020, 11:46:35 pm »
I reckon you should go for the Fig wine. There are plently of recipes out there (maybe someone on the The Brewers' Guild could help you out.?)

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #185 on: March 27, 2020, 02:56:03 am »
I can only eat one fresh fig at any one sitting - find that they are way too sweet! But small, dried figs seem to lose a lot of that sweetness in the drying process. The main issue after eating is picking the bloody seeds out of your teeth! :D

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #186 on: March 27, 2020, 06:03:07 am »
The statistics are in in Austin, 139 cases from 98 during the wekend. A bit slower (I had anticipated over 200 by now). But one statistic is surprising. The overwhelming majority of cases are happening between age 20 and 39 for both sexes. This age group must not be protecting themselves very well. There is a very sharp drop of cases for people 19 or younger as well as people 50 or over.  Also more severe cases of COVID are being observed in young people, even children.

Is it because this is a college town? All classes are closed, though. Must be the spread of the virus among the student population just before campuses closed. This group of people are now the biggest threat.

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #187 on: March 27, 2020, 01:51:01 pm »
So science is pointing the finger at the humble Pangolin as a possible cause for Covid-19
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52048195

The Pangolin is the most trafficked illegal species for a fucked up Chinese trade for alternative medicine.
Who suddenly decided in China Tiger Penis, Pangolin parts were an effective solution to ailments?
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #188 on: March 28, 2020, 03:13:37 am »
I do hope it was the Pangolin that was responsible - maybe then they will not become instinct due to being eaten...

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« Reply #189 on: March 28, 2020, 03:22:03 am »
I do hope it was the Pangolin that was responsible - maybe then they will not become instinct due to being eaten...

They do quite a trade in wolf, too.

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #190 on: March 28, 2020, 04:31:04 am »
SNIP
Who suddenly decided in China Tiger Penis, Pangolin parts were an effective solution to ailments?...

You forgot to mention the illegal, yet still highly trafficked, rhinoceros horn.  :P
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #191 on: March 28, 2020, 08:09:43 am »
RE: traffic in animals as medicine...

I am waiting breathlessly for "the little blue pill" to go generic.
Once the pharma mill starts cranking out viagra at ~ $2 a pop suddenly rhino horn, bear gall or spleen or god knows what else
will start to be safe again...

I swear to Bog, between "dragon bone" and pangolin in "chinese medicine" and (gawd help me) mercury in backcountry ayuverdic medicine it a miracle anyone survives...

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meanwhile, back to figs, how are the other fuits coming?

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #192 on: March 28, 2020, 08:31:15 am »
It had to happen, I have just heard in my corner shop the first conspiracy theory.

Covid is man made and has been released on purpose to intentionally wipe out the aged population and sick in order to help save the planet from global warming and its effects.

One thing for sure, pollution is down globally, but come on......... Them Ruskies I bet, or Trump ::)

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #193 on: March 28, 2020, 08:48:58 am »
It had to happen, I have just heard in my corner shop the first conspiracy theory.

Covid is man made and has been released on purpose to intentionally wipe out the aged population and sick in order to help save the planet from global warming and its effects.

One thing for sure, pollution is down globally, but come on......... Them Ruskies I bet, or Trump ::)
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #194 on: March 28, 2020, 09:20:23 am »
Bert's species cant help now, they are probably extinct, been eaten or ground up for medicine.

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #195 on: March 28, 2020, 01:36:01 pm »
It had to happen, I have just heard in my corner shop the first conspiracy theory.

Covid is man made and has been released on purpose to intentionally wipe out the aged population and sick in order to help save the planet from global warming and its effects.




If so, it's beginning to backfire. One reason the people from 20 to 39 or whatever might be getting more cases of the virus, to my mind, is that as I remember, that was the age range wherein I myself concocted the hubristic notion that since nothing had killed me yet, I was therefore extremely and preternaturally lucky, and therefore had nothing to really fear about anything.

As I recall, I got my arse kicked on several occasions during that time... (lol).

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« Reply #196 on: March 28, 2020, 01:53:20 pm »
Almost there... (this was a rush build).

I found these elastic Velcro straps with buckle. This is a heavy respirator mask, so it needs a strong strap that can be adjusted. The elastic is big plus






Paint and the filter cartridge will be taped in the cavity. The respirator is somewhat uncomfortable due to the weight, but as expected fits very well and airtight. The filter is remarkably easy to breath through, even though I wrapped the accordéon filter with another layer of the 3M filter (to keep the accordéon clean)




Model it for us, perhaps? it looks like a great design.

I meant to reply to this much earlier, but the folks have been coming up with myriad projects that for some reason had to be done IMMEDIATELY.

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #197 on: March 28, 2020, 03:10:34 pm »
Definitely not safe for work swearing but this guy sums it up.....

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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #198 on: March 28, 2020, 06:12:48 pm »
Almost there... (this was a rush build).

I found these elastic Velcro straps with buckle. This is a heavy respirator mask, so it needs a strong strap that can be adjusted. The elastic is big plus






Paint and the filter cartridge will be taped in the cavity. The respirator is somewhat uncomfortable due to the weight, but as expected fits very well and airtight. The filter is remarkably easy to breath through, even though I wrapped the accordéon filter with another layer of the 3M filter (to keep the accordéon clean)




Model it for us, perhaps? it looks like a great design.

I meant to reply to this much earlier, but the folks have been coming up with myriad projects that for some reason had to be done IMMEDIATELY.

Thank you! The respirator segment works very well and the cartridges are replaceable. And the mask behind the respirator works well with an airtight fit thanks to the steel ring formed to your nose and chin profile, but it has two caveats, being made from Sculpey: It's heavy, and it's tailored to your specific face. A 3rd minor issue is that the headband must be stretched across the back of the head, above the ears (similar to goggles), and not the neck or below the ears , because otherwise the elastic combined with gravity will pull the mask down, and it's impossible to for it to stay in place if you're sweating. The latter is just a matter of knowing *how* to wear the respirator (take off glasses place mask with one hand pull band with the other just above your ears), but I noticed the difference right away compared to the felt mask (which I made to wear during cold days, not for medical purposes.

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I'm seriously thinking on making masks for people who have no alternatives, but besides the obvious regulatory issues, I need to change the design so the mask segment is not so heavy and can adapt to more than one face. This is where 3D printing could come in handy. Now if I could only get a 3d printer....

I've seen article after article on the news about seamstresses all over the country volunteering to make masks because first responders as well as medical staff in the hardest hit areas like New York are running out of masks

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/business/coronavirus-masks-sewers.html
https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/local-group-of-seamstresses-got-together-to-make-masks-for-nurses-first-responders
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/seamstresses-make-masks-to-help-the-fight-against-covid-19

It sounds like a bad joke (my COVID Ridiculousness Thread) , but it's not, since the fashion industry is also getting involved, I have to see designers being impacted by this pandemic and being inspired in the long run to incorporate this as a necessary fashion article in the near future.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/style/coronavirus-masks-dov-charney-christian-siriano.html
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Re: Covid-19 facts, fallacies, and prepardness
« Reply #199 on: March 28, 2020, 06:50:19 pm »
It had to happen, I have just heard in my corner shop the first conspiracy theory.

Covid is man made and has been released on purpose to intentionally wipe out the aged population and sick in order to help save the planet from global warming and its effects.

One thing for sure, pollution is down globally, but come on......... Them Ruskies I bet, or Trump ::)
Some years ago, CityTV had a bumper segment called "Conspiracy guy." One of my favourites: "Platform shoes are a conspiracy by the Canada Pension Plan to save money because taller people tend to die younger."

Well you heard about Corona beer sales being down in USA, right? Seriously, some people are dumb. I could convince them that Mexican narcos paid the Chinese billions of dollars from the drug trade to develop a virus from Corona Beer, to get rid of old people because they oppose drug use in America. I bet someone is saying that already.