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The peripheral drift illusion refers to an anomalous motion illusion that can be observed in peripheral vision. The peripheral drift illusion is enhanced by stepwise luminance profiles, and by fragmented and curved edges.

The peripheral drift illusion refers to an anomalous motion illusion that can be observed in peripheral vision. The peripheral drift illusion is enhanced by stepwise luminance profiles, and by fragmented and curved edges.

anti-maydan:

IT’S AMAZING!! THANK YOU SERBIA!!!

Saffron production video from Discovery TV

Exfoliating orange loofah - small batch gourmet soap

Blend of orange, satsuma, bergamot, patchouli, sandalwood, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla and petitgrain essential oils in glycerine soap base, with slices of organic loofah. What I love about this soap:

- refreshing zesty aroma;

- exfoliating properties;

- convenience; 

- esthetics;

- refreshed and revitalized skin.

hqcreations:

EPIC FAIL: Epsom Salt Soap Bar…

It seems like salt bars are all the rage of soapers these days. I wanted to try making some with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) instead of table salt (sodium chloride) since it is so great for treating muscle soreness. I saved a batch of CP soap from my goats milk soap experiment, mixed in the Epsom salt, then poured the mixture in a silicone mold.

All initial research pointed to the fact that this would be a failure, but no one really clearly documented why or how. I really wanted to know. So, here’s what I discovered.

1) Epsom salt grains are bigger, making the soap very crumbly and difficult to unmold and handle.

2) The soap…did not soap. Seriously, something affected the saponification process. The soap did not lather at all.

3) Instead of lathering, the soap slakes off this thick waxy greasy substance. I could not find clear scientific documentation on this, but I conjecture that the Mg molecules turned the soap molecules into what we know as “soap scum.” Still uncertain what the sulfate component affected.

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There you have it guys. I took one or the team. This soap is unusable and I can’t even rebatch this experiment, but at least now I know….

If anyone has scientific insights…please share because I’m babbling~

Calcium and magnesium ions are what contribute to hard water, and hard water reduces the suds that we typically expect of soap. 

Unforgettably delicious cake - a result of my baking experiment this morning. Layers of pecan sponge cake, whipping cream, toasted pecans, and tumbled caramel crumble - great taste, interesting texture, easy to make.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
– Lao Tzu

Beautiful intoxicating aroma of Stargazer lily (Lilium) reminds me of hot summer days by the Adriatic sea. Lys Mediterranee by Edouard Flecheir captures the essence of summer air, sea salt, flowers, earth, sky, and lily. This is a sultry and sensuous perfume amplified to pure perfection with gorgeous lily scent. It’s one of the best floral scents available.

Brandied Cinnamon Pumpkin Soap - handmade cold process soap made with organic Shea and pumpkin seed butter, grape seed oil,  cinnamon and essential oils.

Homemade birthday layered mousse cake. Layers: German chocolate sponge, bitter-sweet chocolate ganache, cappuccino, whipped cream, blackberries/strawberries/chocolate shavings.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
– Douglas Adams
OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout
This brew is as black as the darkest night with completely impenetrable black body. A concentrated smokey aroma of coffee, earth, tar and chocolate with some satisfying sweetness, and a cloying tangy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. 
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Grigori Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it - A sincere friend is not born instantly.

OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout

This brew is as black as the darkest night with completely impenetrable black body. A concentrated smokey aroma of coffee, earth, tar and chocolate with some satisfying sweetness, and a cloying tangy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. 

Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Grigori Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it - A sincere friend is not born instantly.

Marc de Bourgogne Eau de Vie Brandy

Eau-de-Vie de Marc de Bougogne is one of 30 appellations for French Eaux_de_vie. It specifically covers spirits produced within the Burgundy wine region. Marc is grape pomace - the residual skins and seeds left behind after processing. Under the Eau-de-Vie de Marc de Bourgone appellation, only this dry residue may be fermented, absent of grape juice. When dry grape pomace (skin and seeds, without juice) is fermented into an eau-de-vie, it falls under the Eau-de_Vie Marc de Bourgogne appellation. Neither of these appellations specifies which grape varieties may be used as the base; any variety is permitted under a Burgundy appellation law is allowed. 

Pistachio halva

Pistachio halva

The peripheral drift illusion refers to an anomalous motion illusion that can be observed in peripheral vision. The peripheral drift illusion is enhanced by stepwise luminance profiles, and by fragmented and curved edges.

The peripheral drift illusion refers to an anomalous motion illusion that can be observed in peripheral vision. The peripheral drift illusion is enhanced by stepwise luminance profiles, and by fragmented and curved edges.

anti-maydan:

IT’S AMAZING!! THANK YOU SERBIA!!!

Saffron production video from Discovery TV

Exfoliating orange loofah - small batch gourmet soap

Blend of orange, satsuma, bergamot, patchouli, sandalwood, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla and petitgrain essential oils in glycerine soap base, with slices of organic loofah. What I love about this soap:

- refreshing zesty aroma;

- exfoliating properties;

- convenience; 

- esthetics;

- refreshed and revitalized skin.

hqcreations:

EPIC FAIL: Epsom Salt Soap Bar…

It seems like salt bars are all the rage of soapers these days. I wanted to try making some with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) instead of table salt (sodium chloride) since it is so great for treating muscle soreness. I saved a batch of CP soap from my goats milk soap experiment, mixed in the Epsom salt, then poured the mixture in a silicone mold.

All initial research pointed to the fact that this would be a failure, but no one really clearly documented why or how. I really wanted to know. So, here’s what I discovered.

1) Epsom salt grains are bigger, making the soap very crumbly and difficult to unmold and handle.

2) The soap…did not soap. Seriously, something affected the saponification process. The soap did not lather at all.

3) Instead of lathering, the soap slakes off this thick waxy greasy substance. I could not find clear scientific documentation on this, but I conjecture that the Mg molecules turned the soap molecules into what we know as “soap scum.” Still uncertain what the sulfate component affected.

===

There you have it guys. I took one or the team. This soap is unusable and I can’t even rebatch this experiment, but at least now I know….

If anyone has scientific insights…please share because I’m babbling~

Calcium and magnesium ions are what contribute to hard water, and hard water reduces the suds that we typically expect of soap. 

Unforgettably delicious cake - a result of my baking experiment this morning. Layers of pecan sponge cake, whipping cream, toasted pecans, and tumbled caramel crumble - great taste, interesting texture, easy to make.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
– Lao Tzu

Beautiful intoxicating aroma of Stargazer lily (Lilium) reminds me of hot summer days by the Adriatic sea. Lys Mediterranee by Edouard Flecheir captures the essence of summer air, sea salt, flowers, earth, sky, and lily. This is a sultry and sensuous perfume amplified to pure perfection with gorgeous lily scent. It’s one of the best floral scents available.

Brandied Cinnamon Pumpkin Soap - handmade cold process soap made with organic Shea and pumpkin seed butter, grape seed oil,  cinnamon and essential oils.

Homemade birthday layered mousse cake. Layers: German chocolate sponge, bitter-sweet chocolate ganache, cappuccino, whipped cream, blackberries/strawberries/chocolate shavings.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
– Douglas Adams
OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout
This brew is as black as the darkest night with completely impenetrable black body. A concentrated smokey aroma of coffee, earth, tar and chocolate with some satisfying sweetness, and a cloying tangy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. 
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Grigori Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it - A sincere friend is not born instantly.

OLD RASPUTIN Russian Imperial Stout

This brew is as black as the darkest night with completely impenetrable black body. A concentrated smokey aroma of coffee, earth, tar and chocolate with some satisfying sweetness, and a cloying tangy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. 

Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Grigori Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it - A sincere friend is not born instantly.

Marc de Bourgogne Eau de Vie Brandy

Eau-de-Vie de Marc de Bougogne is one of 30 appellations for French Eaux_de_vie. It specifically covers spirits produced within the Burgundy wine region. Marc is grape pomace - the residual skins and seeds left behind after processing. Under the Eau-de-Vie de Marc de Bourgone appellation, only this dry residue may be fermented, absent of grape juice. When dry grape pomace (skin and seeds, without juice) is fermented into an eau-de-vie, it falls under the Eau-de_Vie Marc de Bourgogne appellation. Neither of these appellations specifies which grape varieties may be used as the base; any variety is permitted under a Burgundy appellation law is allowed. 

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

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