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An idiot by any other name would still smell like an idiot.

Meet Peter Levine. Peter is Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, he serves as principal assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life. (emphasis mine)

Peter is in charge of getting these dead-beat soldiers to pay back their enlistment bonus for extending their tour in Iraq. You see, if you didn’t complete the six-year enlistment contract because of injuries sustained in combat, you violated your contract. Yes, it is true. if you didn’t complete the six-year enlistment contract because of injuries sustained in combat, you violated your contract.

Forgiving those debts would encourage other soldiers not to complete their contract.

As you can tell, Peter is a real hard-ass.  If you are caught up in this crap, call your Senator now.

3-D printing reminds me I was born a long, long time ago.

I always thought a food replicator like on Star Trek would really be cool. I didn’t question how it worked. I just liked it.

It’s a New Year!

And I know how printers work. I think.

But printing food? There are some places you would be burned at the stake for being a witch if you “printed” a pizza.

Pizza – and it looks good.
A Veggie Burger





These come from Natural Machines in Barcelona. The printer (A Foodini) is a connected device, meaning it’s connected to the Internet. It has a built-in touch screen on the front that provides the user interface for printing food. Once the user chooses the recipe they want to print (from the on board touchscreen, or from a user’s tablet, laptop, etc.), Foodini will instruct what food to put in each capsule, and then printing can begin.

Foodini is the first real food 3D printer that prints a wide range of foods, both savory and sweet. It uses real food. Fresh food. That’s different than all other 3D printers. Foodini, was built to be a food appliance. Meaning, it’s made from food-grade/safe materials.

There are other food printers, but they focus on a small amount of printable ingredients . . . chocolate only or sugar only, for example. With the open capsule model, you aren’t limited to the number of ingredients used. This allows us to accommodate for a wide range of tastes.

The Foodini

Also unique is the physical design of the product. The machine is sleek, and most of the technical moving parts are cleverly hidden from view. People will be proud to have Foodini on a kitchen counter, both from the physical design as well as the functionality. This is very different from most 3D printers on the market. And with room for up to 5 food capsules, consumers don’t have to manually change out the food capsules for different ingredients when printing.

Guess we will have to get one. Right after the neighbors we are trying to keep up with get theirs.