Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saleh Stevens Air Circulation Considerations

Air circulation is absolutely vital in an effort to keep cool during the summer. Something that is often overlooked is the need to air movement over your skin. When you skin has air moving across it, your skin feels noticeably cooler. This principal is what a "swamp cooler" uses to keep your home feeling cooler.

What is a swamp cooler?

A swamp cooler is nothing more than humid air being forced into your home. There is no actual "cooling" happening, just the feeling that water does to your skin. Without the water a swamp cooler would still feel cool, but the moist air is what makes the biggest difference.

What about a fan?

Fans are great ways to move the air around your home and keep you cool in the process! Whether you have a ceiling fan, a box fan, or a fan that rotates, the principal of circulation still works the same.

If you're looking to stay cool in the summer while keeping your electricity bill down, try turning up the A/C and turning on a fan!

At What Point Do Power Tools Become Necessary, Saleh Stevens?

A lot of tasks require the extra edge that power tools give. They save time, are generally neater, and usually have many uses. The questions is, "when would a power tool become unnecessary?"

The answer is dependent on the task in front of you: Are you sawing a great, big log in half? That would take several hours to cut with a large, specialized, two-man hand saw. A chainsaw can do it in minutes with one man. Are you attempting to build a birdhouse? Here as well, a hand saw, a hammer, and sand paper are needed and several hours would be dedicated to building this birdhouse. Again, the power tool equivalents would make the time fly by, leaving only varnishing or painting if you care to do those things.

"But wait! Weren't you going to tell me when you shouldn't use power tools?"

Nope. Power tools are awesome and should always be used because they're convenient, time-saving, super machines. There is no trade off. Technology has advanced and the greater technology should be used to achieve a desired outcome.

OK, fine.The only thing I can think of that wouldn't apply to this is if you are mad and want to break something in half (such as a bat when you strike out or your pencil when you fail a test). This is not only satisfying but necessitates the further use of power tools to replace the object you just broke.

A Saleh Stevens Sushi Primer

Yesterday was my 7 year anniversary. My wife loves sushi so we decided to go to Omakase Sushi. If you don't know, Omakase is a Japanese word that means essentially, "you choose".

Sushi is the Japanese art of wrapping fish in seaweed. The Japanese have been doing this for a long time, and in the last 50 years it has become popular across the world and especially in the united states.

The idea is that the chef gets to choose what he serves you. This is especially important if the chef chooses his own fish. Here in Los Angeles, that happens sometimes, but it's not common.

In most great Japanese sushi restaurants, the sushi chef spends each morning at the fish market with his supplier looking over tuna and other speciality sushi grade fish.

Most tuna used in Sushi is aged before being frozen, you wouldn't know it, but straight out of the water tuna doesn't have much flavor! 2-6 days later they freeze it to about -2 degrees and then slice and package it for transport.

I don't know how I got off topic, but we really loved the sushi and Omakase, Happy Anniversary!