Vintage Vittles: Spam Fiesta Peach Cups

Vintage Vittles is like a time machine. In your kitchen. It seeks to go back and try strange and likely disgusting things our ancestors (read: grandparents) ate, all in as historically accurate of a way as possible.

A New Year

It’s January already? Really? It’s also a new decade? As hard as it is to believe, a new year and a new decade really are upon us. In some circles resolutions are considered ridiculous, but I’ve always found January to be a perfect time to find things to improve upon.

Here in the United States, the weather is less than ideal and springtime seems entirely too far away. The holidays are over and my mind wants something new to focus on. The solution? Self-improvement!

Science of the Small

What is nanotechnology, and why do people study it?

The definition fed to us from dictionaries and the like is the rather bland and unhelpful: any science where at least one of the dimensions is less than 100 nanometres (nm), where 1 nm is equal to 10 to the minus 9 metres long (0.000000001 metres). For reference, the length of the bond between the two atoms in a hydrogen molecule is about one-tenth of a nanometre. The cells that make up your body are on the order of 1000 nm. So when I talk about the science of the small, hopefully you appreciate exactly how small I mean.

But that description is hardly sexy, and it tells us little. When asked by laymen, what is nanotechnology, I respond simply by saying it involves molecular machines, the design and construction of devices and systems that are built up from just a few molecules apiece. Easier to understand, though I can’t pretend this isn’t a very crude description. Still, it gets the point across.

Child vs. Wild: Boulder City

Learn how to survive in the wilds of Boulder City, Nevada. Protect yourself against coyote attacks, find food, locate water and more. Adventurer Justin demonstrates the proper methods for extreme desert survival.

Review: Naked Came the Manatee

TITLE: Naked Came the Manatee

AUTHOR: Brian Antoni, Dave Barry, Edna Buchanan, Tananarive Due, John Dufresne, James W. Hall, Vicki Hendricks, Carl Hiaasen, Carolina Hospital, Elmore Leonard, Paul Levine, Evelyn Mayorson, Les Standiford

PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books


GENRE: Humorous mystery

COST: $12.95

Off the coast of Miami, a manatee named Booger collides with a pair of would-be criminals and fouls up their delivery of a severed head that looks alarmingly like Fidel Castro. From there, however, things only get weirder, as twelve other Florida writers construct this mystery round-robin style...

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