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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:27 am on January 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bartlett, , , Carbon dioxide, , , the Fantastic Story Magazine   

    Global Warming 

    A couple of cherry and plum trees in Brooklyn Botanic Garden blossomed prematurely. I took these pictures last Saturday, January 6th.

    This reminded me of the article that I’ve seen in the Fantastic Story Magazine for Winter 1953, in fact the same magazine from which I liberated the masthead of my website.



    Dr. Bartlett’s company is still in business and “this theory about the more carbon dioxide the warmer” is still around too.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:53 pm on August 8, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Carbon dioxide, Cream soda, , , espresso equipment, , Root beer, serious espresso equipment, Soda Club, , Soda gun, Sodastream, , ,   

    The Ultimate DIY 

    These days I own some very serious espresso equipment. I am pretty much set with espresso. But one thing is still missing from my kitchen, and that’s a commercial soda fountain.

    I do not own a car, which is one of the reasons why I have time and money to purchase the abovementioned espresso equipment. Not having a car, I hate lugging soda bottles from the store , hate  running out of soda, hate having to drink warm soda because I forgot to put a few bottles into the fridge.  The solution is rather simple – build my own soda fountain. 

    Indeed there are people crazy enough to put together soda fountains from parts bought on eBay.  I might have a better espresso machine, but this guy, for example, has a bar style soda gun right in his kitchen:

    This setup is pretty sweet as well :

    If you read the explanation from the link above, building your own from eBay parts is a long and messy process, although the price will stay under $1000. There’s a company that sells prereconfigured units, but that costs about 3K. Also all of the soda machines take up a lot of cabinet space, and some require a separate ice cube maker.

    I don’t have the time, space or money to attempt a project like this now. But there’s a low rent / low tech alternative called Soda Club.  You have to chill bottles with water and then carbonate them in a small tabletop unit. I don’t know looks kind of similar to the iSi syphon and thus lame. Maybe I’ll try it.

     
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