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my blanket has a hole

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Send help.
11th Jan 2008, 18:58   | tags:,,comments (4)

iRex Iliad

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omg. this thing is AWESOME. It's can only be WITCHCRAFT!

Proper review and better pictures to come, these ones really do no justice at all to the incredible display on this thing. SD card included for scale. ePaper ftw!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to READ. Without, hopefully, much discomfort.
11th Jan 2008, 11:46   | tags:,comments (25)

damn damn damn damn

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I was in, and everything. Maybe not in that actual house, but certainly near enough for the dog to hear the courier arrive, but by the time I got to the door, UPSGuy was gone. My clock read 13:04, although UPS tracking says the not-in scan was done at 12:57...
10th Jan 2008, 13:38   comments (10)

puzzle box

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took me all day christmas day to open this.
9th Jan 2008, 17:22   | tags:,comments (13)

new baby

1. tittydragons (f4)
2. a place for living (f4)
3. new hat (f4)
4. boots (f2)
5. lemmy (f2)

thanks to Salome and headless for lovely bendy lensy christmas present.
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spotted

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3rd Jan 2008, 19:54   | tags:comments (14)

christmas meals

crocodile gumbo, kangaroo salad, wildebeest tagine, reindeer and chips, impala sandwich. recipes available on request.
29th Dec 2007, 14:33   | tags:comments (12)

Tefal QuickCup Kettle Review

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What the Tefal QuickCup is: a device for producing a stream of hot water, near-instantly.

What it's not: a complete replacement for your kettle.

So, big thing full of cold water, press button, spout spits out hot, filtered water. Hot, not boiling, at around 85°C. This is absolutely perfect for in-mug drinks (herbal tea, instant coffee, teabag tea, etc), and will save a not inconsiderable amount of energy from your normal day-to-day beverage making - not only because it doesn't heat the water all the way to boiling, but because you only heat the exact amount oyu need. Here, we did try to only boil what was needed, but it's impossible to get right, and there's always half a mug's worth left over. Five or six hot drinks made in a day (probably more), and those extra half-mugs add up to a heck of a lot of energy. Press and release the red button, and the QuickCup dispenses roughly 3/4 of a mug's worth of hot water. Press and hold and it'll keep pumping it out until you let go. The quantity of water released on a single press can, I'm told, be adjusted to requirements, but I can't be arsed.

Proper Tea aficionados will insist you need to use on-the-point-of-boiling water for a proper cuppa. This isn't true. I've tried it. There is no way I would have the QuickCup in my house if it didn't make a decent brew. Warm the pot, warm the mugs, and this machine will make a fine cup of teapot tea. Drop a filter into a mug, it'll make a good mug of loose tea too. I'm not a big coffee man, but I'm pretty sure that 85 is exactly the temperature you should be pouring onto fresh coffee too.

What you can't do with the Tefal QuickCup is make gravy, jelly, or anything else which requires actually boiling water. So we still have a kettle, but it's not plugged in and it doesn't get used much at all - and then exclusively for cooking-related stuff, not beverages. I'd imagine if making tea in a pot for more than four, one would need a proper kettle, but that's not too common round here. Two or three teas and a coffee is the usual max order.

My wishlist for Tefal QuickCup Version 2: Bigger reservoir of water, two sliding controls - output temperature in C, and amount of water dispensed in ml. Temperature should go up to at least 95°C. I don't mind waiting a few seconds more for hotter water if that's what it takes. 3 seconds from button to water is good, but I can live with 6. :)

Oh, and for anyone reading the reviews on amazon - mine doesn't leak, it dispenses water accurately into the container below it and yes, it makes noise. But then so did my kettle. This makes a different noise to a kettle (more like a coffee machine), but it's not very loud and it's certainly bearable. Pretty much every device in my kitchen makes noise, most of them more than the QuickCup, so nyar.

Should you buy one? Do you drink a lot of hot drinks and want to save some energy? (kettle use makes up something insane like 5% of all domestic 'leccy use) Answer is probably yes, but you'll probably need to keep your current kettle as well, for those time you just can't do without boiling water. I recommend this product, I like the things it does and I like the energy saving a great deal, but I also want them to make a slightly better version.
21st Dec 2007, 09:21   | tags:,,comments (27)