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Shopping Day, 2020

It's March 10th, 2020; more importantly, it's Tuesday.

Tuesday is shopping day, and like other residents of my neighbourhood I use my computer or mobile device to access the website of our neighbourhood's co-operative online grocery store. We usually wouldn't order anything through the internet - there's really no alternative to touching the vegetables to see if they're fresh and to checking the expiry dates on milk products to make sure that you don't get swindled. But this…


Added by Alon Elkin on March 24, 2010 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Storing Excess Power for a Rainy Day

Out planet is full to the brim with energy we can utilize. Life, sunshine, rainfall, geological forces and wind are but a few, and we're constantly learning cheaper and more efficient ways to harness these energies to fuel up our power grid. The most promising energy resource for my country is solar energy. Solar water boilers have been widely used here since the 1960s, and the rooftops of rural homes are slowly being covered with photoelectic panels.

Here's the problem, though: solar…


Added by Alon Elkin on March 24, 2010 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

December 2020 - A Very Oily Hanukkah

Today is the last evening of Hanukkah. Christmas is less than a week away, and the Christian areas of Jerusalem are already decorated with shining Christmas lights. My family is out today, like many others, to see festive lights of a different kind. Religious Jews are obliged at the evenings of Hanukkah to light a Menorah - a vessel of 9 candles - at their windowsill. More observant Jews do not use wax candles for this purpose, but instead…


Added by Alon Elkin on March 23, 2010 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Food Insecurity among West Bank Bedouins

Thanks to the Zionist ethos, which centred around building a Jewish economy based on farming, agricultural surplus in Israel is reasonably high, and according to the CIA factbook, except for grain, Israel is agriculturally self-reliant. White bread, milk and vegetables are subsidized by the government. Living in a rather poor city, I can testify that basic nutrition, comprised of white bread and fresh vegetables, is available to most if not all city dwellers, although being fed through… Continue

Added by Alon Elkin on March 23, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

Ten years into a ridiculously optimistic future

I wake up early in the morning when the first rays of sunshine touch my eyes. It's a typical Jerusalem morning - dusty, warm, and smells of dry earth and pine trees. I don't have to be early for work, but I prefer to cycle when it's nice and cool; the latest water bills are quite hefty, and with these new February heat-waves, being outside when the sun is high is a needless waste of sweat.

I drink a cup of coffee in the kitchen as I check my news feeds, and then quietly make sandwiches… Continue

Added by Alon Elkin on March 23, 2010 at 7:50am — 5 Comments

Re-Arranging the Furniture to Save Electricity

My girlfriend and I live in a single room in a shared flat. The apartment design is somewhat strange, due to its chaning hands and purpose in the 50 years since its building. We have identified two problematic centres in our flat which seriously increase our power consumption. One is in our room.

Our room is L-shaped, and is roughly divided in two: the I and the _ (floorplan and photographs will be posted at a lated date. One of these parts is windowless, and the other has a… Continue

Added by Alon Elkin on March 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
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FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
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