Inside my cracked shell (about me)


I have to confess, I am pretty cool. But aside from this obvious fact, there are a few things that might be worth mentioning:

1) I love to cook

I ‘learned to cook’ at a young-ish age as a survival technique. Of course, I could have simply ingested the normal fare for lunch, but I am too picky for that. So, instead of starving to death, I learned to cook. Um, well, I learned to make grilled cheese. But after getting the basics down (don’t set anything on fire), I found I really enjoyed the process as much as the product. And I think I’m really good at it. Being good at cooking also helped me not starve at lunch-time when competing for food with my 7 siblings.

2) I have 7 siblings

In case I say things like ‘My sister, the nurse’, and ‘My sister, the teacher’, or ‘My sister who is basically a veterinarian’, don’t assume I am lying. Don’t, for instance, say ‘No one person can be a nurse, teacher and veterinarian at the same time! this guy is bogus’. You would be correct, of course, but not only because ‘the customer is always right’. One person with all of these occupations at one time would be very unlikely. I have in fact several sisters, and several brothers. While this is also unlikely, it is quite true.

3) I once worked in Fast Food

Ssh, don’t tell. I kind of think this one little dirty secret helps me understand the prepared food industry from more the inside perspective. Most people in the food service industry are really trying to do the right thing, but how food is done is a complex issue. No, I don’t think fast food is any healthier for the good intentions, but I also do not vilify the worker bees.

4) I grew up on a farm

If some initial reports are to be trusted (an initial report), young people are moving back out to farms. Back out to farms? Hm, well, yes, but these kids had not moved in from the farms, their parents or grandparents had. Anyway, the point is that lots of young people are leaving the shiny buildings and manicured lawns of the cities for the green pastures of the country. My life, however, has been focused on bending quite the other way around. I was moved to a farm when I was quite young, and I am struggling against the raging flood, trying desperately to live in the comfort of an urban (or at least sub-urban) setting. It’s not that I dislike the country, but I’m really lazy, and keeping up with a farm, or even a large chunk of property, is a lot of work.

5) I am lazy

This has been the motivation, so to speak, for many of my greatest achievements.

6) According to the movie Babe, pork is a nice sweet meat

But according to me: Sheep are tasty. This revelation is related to the last two things about me, I am lazy, and I grew up on a farm. That raised sheep. Which means that I had to wake up no later than 8 AM -during the summer!- to feed sheep. OK, it was only 2 days a week, or something like that, but as a mere child, this task was horrible. I greatly disliked every moment of being awake prior to 10 AM. But for something I didn’t want to do? That was not cool. The end result of this labor, was a tasty product known as LAMB. Now, it is possible that my enjoyment of lamb is due partly to the pain of rasing them, but I feel very objective when I tell you that lamb is the best meat you can get. It’s red (healthy and delicious), and can be made into a variety of incredible dishes. So, I’m sorry,  Babe, but lamb is far superior to pork. (I am truly grateful I did not have to raise pigs…)


3 responses to “Inside my cracked shell (about me)

  • Tonny Wildeman

    Hello Wolf(?),

    On this blog you’ve commented about the refrigerator that Einstein invented and that you’ve done some calculations on it. I’m living in Curacao and would like to build a couple of these refrigerators for my home. The electric bill is $0,56 a kWh, so you could imagine when the airco and the fridge are running on the ever so shining sun in Curacao, that it becomes a huge cost saver.

    I would like to ask you, if you could give me a copy of your ‘research’ into this invention, or at least give me some good pointers to how to perform the calculations on this incredible piece of engineering.

    Thanks in advance,
    Tonny Wildeman

    • soakednuts

      Hey Tonny,

      My ‘research’ was limited to calculating the thermodynamic efficiency of a Carnot cycle based on info about a Einstein refrigerator. After looking into it online, I can tell you the basic materials needed are ammonia, butane, water, and a bunch of pipes. A student at Georgia Tech claims he made ice using the design and these materials, so it could work ( ). The design can be found with the original US patent application here:
      which should give you the instructions necessary to build one of your own. As far as I can tell, this patent is now public domain in the US, but that may not be an issue anyway.
      It does appear as though solar energy could be used to drive the refrigerator, but you may have to be clever in running the pipes to make that work.

      For the Thermodynamic equations for the Carnot (most ideal) engine, check out:

      • Tonny Wildeman

        Hey Wolf,

        Thanks for the swift response. The picture of the georgia tech guy with his build, is actually a nice one to use as a construction plan. I’m going to check out the Carnot theorem.

        Thanks for the help!

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