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The Ultimate Homemade Pizza Oven Experience

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  This is my second time this month posting a foodie story, I am getting fat and hungry just writing about it! Almost 20 years ago I left my native home country for the USA. On my first night in the temporary home the company had reserved for me and family, I ordered a pizza over the phone from the worst place of all: Papa John's.  My Italian is native, my German was excellent, my Russian was passable for family members; even my sign language was effective enough, my English was nonexistent. Nonetheless, I figured how it shouldn't have been that hard, even with such a limited knowledge of the local language to order a pizza... I will wait for the word "credit card" I got the numbers down... easy peasy! You know they say that you make the worst decisions when you are very young and that some bigger decisions you make later on are going to define who you become in life. This was a defining moment for me, no doubts. 📱  Hello, may I order <pizza name off a newspaper

Coaching: Making Home Pasta.

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If you have been following this blog for some time you know about my cook-o-therapy philosophy  and judging from the comments on Discord I know that a ton of you are aware of my research project and pasta experiment to collect data for the project. This post, is not about either of those things, although pretty close to the essence of my cook-o-therapy post in terms of pleasing the mind and the tummy at once.  It all started when my colleagues Yuli and Sonia asked if I could share my knowledge in making homemade pasta. My team has a lovely "teach others" routine where we learn from one another with fun and dedication. Doing it remotely, as COVID keeps giving to the human race, makes it even more challenging and desirable at the same time. So this post is to coordinate the upcoming making of pasta together so that by the time we do it, people know what to do/expect. If any of the readers want to do it via the verb of the year, post in the comments or on Discord and I will g

Emulating nature in inventing new materials

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 Creating a new material is something that per individual, nowadays happens probably one per lifetime. Most recently I received an RFI that requires among the other challenging things a new material in order to be called a revolution and not an evolution of something that already exists. I have been chasing for the last several years two types of materials one purely organic and plant-based and another exclusively synthetic, silicon-based that reacts homogeneously to electrical stimulation. This recent RFI request reinvigorated my stereotypical inventor stubbornness in pursuing the quest for either of those new materials. So I start reading up again on things that could be of use to try new creative approaches to the problem at hand and I discovered the achievement of the team Proteus . It's a material that is almost impossible to cut! The team sees Proteus as an ideal option for protective gear and construction materials. It could provide a barrier against tools and accidental da