Quantum Computing - A long and winding road?

Quantum Computing - A long and winding road?

It's a bit like self driving cars. An idea that won't really happen on a commercial scale for another 30 years. Maybe longer.

Sure, many great companies are working on quantum computers. And good for them. But there is still a very long way to go.

Rumor has it that some of these early players, like IBM, are looking to sell their quantum computing divisions.

Is the first phase of the party over?

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Complete dinner in one package

Complete dinner in one package

This is fast, easy and healthy. Anybody can cook it. Everybody will love it.

Rip off a huge piece of aluminum foil and lightly coat it with fine olive oil.

Place a chunk of wild salmon on the foil with skin down. Grind on some fresh pepper.

Add some slices of onion, carrots and sweet potato. Add lots of chopped fresh garlic and some chopped fresh sage or parsley or your favorite fresh herb.

Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over everything. Add a small sprinkle of salt and grind on some fresh pepper.

Now fold the aluminum foil into a leak-proof package, but add a spash of chardonney and chicken stock and a tablespoon of butter just before you seal the package.

Then bake on a tray in the oven at 350F.

To serve just place on a plate, open the package and eat. Smell the aromatic flavors as the package opens!

This lends itself to countless variations. You could use different fish, shrimp, clams, oysters, chicken, lamb or beef. And the vegetables and herbs can be almost anything - the last time I did this I used Coriander as the herb with Bok Choy and Orange Peppers as the vegetables. Experiment and enjoy!

This is an individual product, so if you're a young guy trying to impress your girlfriend with your "cooking skills" make one for each of you. Trust me it will do the job!

Tech note: If you use chicken it's best to remove the skin. Otherwise you'll get a greasy broth. Beef is fine, but because of the slow cooking method there's no need to buy an expensive cut. You could also try this with lamb chops, pork chops or veal chops. For lamb I would of course use Rosemary as the herb.

Versatility note: Just to show the versatility. Suppose you like lamb curry. Make this dish with lamb cubes, then add some fresh sliced ginger, some curry powder and a splash of yogurt. Bingo.. you have an amazing lamb curry.

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Heat Pumps - Heating and Cooling All-In-One

Heat Pumps - Heating and Cooling All-In-One

Heat pumps are interesting. They are a/c systems that can run in reverse. Meaning they can cool in summer and heat in winter. And they don't need ductwork, so you can put them anywhere you like.

An outdoor compressor drives several indoor units connected through small pipes - which eliminates the huge cost of installing ductwork. They cool great, and in heating mode they can reduce or even eliminate the use of oil and gas furnaces.

And they come with a remote control. So just point and click to get what you want.. heat or cool anytime.

They are perfect for retrofit situations in older buildings. Most people initially install them for a/c in summer but then are thrilled that the same unit can also provide heat in winter.

How do you get one? Contact your local HVAC contractor. Chances are heat pumps are a massive part of their business. If not find a different contractor.

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Manhole Covers

Manhole Covers

You walk on them. You drive over them. You never think about them.

But Manhaole Covers have a life and history of their own.

I walked Manhattan and photographed a few. Some are rare. And almost all are made in India.

Here's a list of NYC Manhole Cover Abbreviations. Who knew?

Here's one I photographed in Manhattan's West Village and it's not even listed. That makes it rare.

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

My mother is dead. She died years ago.

Her life was not easy, she survived WW2 to become a homemaker and a part time glove machinist.

After the war she had me and my two sisters. And she worked hard to give us the best she could.

But this is true for all mothers.

So Mother's Day gives us a time to remember and reflect. To remember the sacrifice they made for us.

Enjoy Mother's day. And say thank you. That's all mothers really want on this day. Or on any day.

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Circumcision

Circumcision

Most Jewish people are very serious about circumcision. I think it's true to say that all Jewish males are circumcised.

It's a religious tradition, but often justified as essential for health reasons. Why not just say it's an important religious tradition?

When it comes to Christians the situation is even more interesting.

I have an old friend, we're both Christian, we're the same age and as children we lived in the same town and went to the same school. He's circumcised and I'm not. So what drove the decision in this case? It's clearly not religion. And if it's back to health reasons then that's bogus. I'm 72 and never had any health issues down in that area.

Guess it's time to check other religions.

Hinduism discourages non-medical circumcision.

Islam say circumcision is not symbolic of being part of the Muslim community, but most Muslims circumcise their sons.

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How Russia Rescued the Ruble

How Russia Rescued the Ruble

Just after the invasion of Ukraine the Russian Ruble tumbled about 50% when measured against a reference currency such as the US Dollar.

Such a plunge in currency value is a nightmare for any country, because it basically points to the destruction of its economy.

And it's impossible to reverse, right? Wrong. Russia not onlt reversed it but did it fast, so now the Ruble is as strong as ever.

How did Russia do this?

Europe buys oil and gas from Russia, a lot of it. They pay Russia in US dollars, to the tune of about $720 million per day.

Russia simply demanded payment in Rubles, causing Europe to go into the FX market to buy Rubles.

That drove up the value of the Ruble, so now it's strong and back at pre-invasion levels.

And Europe is still paying Russia.

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Omelette a la Ken

Omelette a la Ken

Get an organic pasture raised egg and let it sit to come to room temperature. Then beat in a bowl and add a splash of 1% fat milk, add a grind of fresh pepper and a small pinch of salt.

Get a good French soft cheese such as Camambert or Brie. Leave it out to come to room temperature. Then cut a few small slices.

Spray your frying pan with oil, pour in the egg, add the cheese and cook over medium heat. It should "bubble".

Once the bottom is sealed turn the top over with a spatula. Turn the heat off. Serve with toast.

Sounds complex, but it's not. Do it once and it will become fast and automatic.

As with all cooking, much of the secret is in the quality of the ingredients.

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Poached Wild Salmon

Poached Wild Salmon

This is healthy and tasty.

Grab a chunk of wild salmon. Lightly butter a casserole dish and place the salmon in the dish skin down.

Chop and add your favorite fresh herbs.

Chop and add fresh garlic. Put a few knobs of butter on the top. Grind on some fresh pepper. Add a small pinch of salt. Sprinkle on a small amount of Paprika.

Add some chicken stock and a good white wine.

Cover and cook in the oven at 350F.

Serve alone or with saute spinach or whatever you want.

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Fried Onions - With a Twist

Fried Onions - With a Twist

Grab your favorite onion, peel it and slice into chunks.

Dry well with a paper towel.

Now sprikle it with fresh pepper, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and then add a few cloves.

Saute over medium to high heat in a great olive oil.

Toss frequently with a spatula. Wait until some pieces are seared and then stop.

Serve with whatever. This side dish goes with almost anything.

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