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Is the Instant Pot Trend Finally Slowing Down?

Bettina Makalintal finally finds words for why I don't want an Instant Pot:

It turns out that the whole “set it and forget it” style chafes at my preference to taste, meddle, and stir. Plus, a cutting board and an eight-quart Instant Pot is a big ask of my counter space.

You'll cook more (i already do, it's fun to cook fresh veg with friends)! You'll eat more healthy (i already eat more veggies and beans and less meat)! Meal prep is easier (it already is easy to make a big batch of beans or sauce or a braise that'll last days)! I really am of the opinion that a large dutch oven is more useful and fun than the Instant Pot for most folks.

You could Date Me

dark laughter what am i thinking publishing something like this

Wrote a quick summary of 2022 Camping near Newport

Went camping for a few days with some dear friends, and learned that I still love it. Learned that I can probably sleep better in my hammock than my tent, though I am quite anxious of only traveling with a hammock since tree selection is always the hard part…

My monthly "i could sell all my shit and move to wazuka and learn to grow tea" was triggered today

Interning with Kyoto Obubu Tea Farm is a thing I still feel called towards. For the last few years as my Tea Practice has developed I feel drawn to Sencha Tea and dream of Opening a Tea Shop, and of helping to support this village where the tea I love is produced.

It doesn't seem like it would be easy, especially if I wanted to stay or put down roots.

I Spent a weekend in Vancouver, BC

I just got back from a weekend in Vancouver, BC that could've/should've/would've had some fast electric cars in it but had a rental bike and a trolley bus instead.

New page for My Watercolor Paintings

Hey Smell This, my bad bad not good art. I have a little water color pallette and "go bag" that fits in Marra's bags, I will be carrying it when I go out on longer rides. 30 minutes of sitting in the sun Meditating, 30 minutes of sitting in the sun sketching, some hours of watercolor work later when I get to my destination… that seems like a good life. In the meantime, I practice at home with screenshots and old photos I have taken as studies.

If for some inexplicable reason you only want to see my watercolor art, you can subscribe here, and I'll update this page when I have things worth sharing more.

New Page: Plotter Art & new work: 茶 - have a cup of Tea

I've made a page cataloging my AxiDraw plotter prints -> Plotter Art. Last night I printed four copies of my latest experiment "have a cup of tea" there with some close up shots and overviews as well. I am really happy with using vsketch as a plotter programming environment and want to spend more time doing even "un-generative" things like this with manual positioning and the like to emulate other art forms.

That page will be updated regularly with my work and has a feed to go with it if you're so inclined to see when I post new art on the page:

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