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How to Make a Homemade Whey Protein Shake aka How to make Whey Protein

Ever wonder what the nursery rhyme means when Little Miss Muffett is eating her curds and whey? Well, a lot of the hardcore lifters and exercise folks out there should know; they’re drinking copious amounts of it after all their workouts.

The basics behind a protein shake is that they help your muscles heal and grow after you’ve been working out; it also is claimed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. So, it’s usually a good idea to have this after your workout routine.

Whey protein is actually surprisingly easy to make, a lot cheaper than the stuff you buy in the stores, and the leftover ingredients can be made to make fun things like cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 quart or liter of milk (you can add more or less depending on how much you want to make… just adjust the ratios)
  • a saucepan
  • vinegar or lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons)
  • strainer
  • paper towels or a cheese cloth
  • Any flavoring or spices you want

1) Get your milk and start to boil it on a medium to low heat. Keep a close eye on it because you don’t want it to get too hot.

2) When you start to notice a bunch of bubbles around the rim of the sauce pan add the vinegar or lemon juice and stir it around. The mixture should separate pretty quickly into curds and whey. If it doesn’t just add a little more vinegar or lemon juice until it does. The curds are the solid looking things and the whey is the liquid.

3) Get a strainer (cover it in paper towels or cheese cloth if you want to keep the curds and make it into cheese). Separate the curds from the whey. Let the whey cool down in the fridge for a while and then add any ingredients. Some suggestions for flavoring: Nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, chocolate… just test it out and see what works for you. The taste might be different for some people if it is, just dilute it with something else like water, or juice.

This is the same stuff you’ll buy in the store except it’s not dehydrated and probably won’t have any weird additives that’ll give you a gorilla back. Enjoy!

*Editors note: According to this blog post, “Whey is the fluid by product of cheese manufacture. It is produced in far greater volume than cheese, the ration of whey to cheese being about 10:1. For numerous reasons, whey is underutilized and not more than half of the United States production used. The rest, amounting to billion of pounds represents a waste disposable problem.

Considering the growing rate of cheese production and the ever-tightening constraints in the disposal of processing plant effluents, the problem of what to do with whey is one of major proportions. Whey comprises about 5% lactose, 2% other milk components and 93% water.”

So, a majority of the liquid is water and 2% of it is probably the proteins you would normally get from a whey protein shake. Still makes an easy drink, but it’s definitely not as strong as the concentrated form you can get at the store. According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…), “whey protein can be simply processed by drying…” There are other more complicated ways as well. Anyone have any ideas on the best way to make a concentrated form of this?

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How to make Homemade Eggnog! And some resources about it.

For all of you freaks out there who like eggnog as much as I do, here are some sweet resources for you.

Believe it or not there is a person out there more obsessed with this strange drink than I am. They have a whole website dedicated to this beverage.

NPR does a good show on eggnog and how to make it and some other treats and then goes on to say why homemade eggnog is the bomb and the store bought stuff is plain ol’ nasty.

Allrecipes.com as always has a great list of recipes for eggnog related things.

Learn how to make homemade cheese, butter, curds, and whey.

Or how to make homemade soda.

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How to do Facebook Tricks and Easter Eggs (Including Magic Circles, Pirate Talk, emoticons, and Greasemonkey Scripts)

Magic Circles

Apparently, some programmers at Facebook are fans of the Nintendo game Contra and the famous 30 lives cheat.

To get this trick to work go to the main page of facebook and then hit: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A and enter. Now when you scroll up or down little magic circles will appear on the screen. To make it go away just hit refresh. Pretty pointless, but fun 🙂

Pirate English and Upside Down English

Another trick is to change Facebook into Pirate English. Click on settings at the top right of your screen. Then click on Language and kind of toward the bottom is an option for “English (Pirate)”. Now you’ll be trolling facebook like a true matey, yarrr!

A good prank to play on a friend is to set the English to Upside Down. It will cause serious confusion.

Boost

For those of you with Mozilla Firefox, you can get the extension Boost. This allows you to have a customized theme, or even request your own. There are also features like “one click pokes” and “rollover pictures” which enlarges any picture you rollover.

Greasemonkey

Another Firefox extension is Greasemonkey. Install the extension and then install a script for Facebook. Most will change the color or theme for your facebook page. Some examples are here and here. And here’s a post on 20 Greasemonkey Scripts that will Improve your facebook experience. And a list of 25 Greasemonkey Facebook Scripts.

Facebook Chat Emoticons and Bold Script

Here’s a complete list of the emoticons that can be used in Facebook Chat:

smile frown tongue grin gasp wink glasses sunglasses grumpy unsure cry devil angel kiss heart kiki squint confused upset pacman colonthree robot putnam
🙂 😦 😛 😀 :O 😉 8) 8| 😡 :\ 😥 3:) O:) :-* ^_^ -_- O.o >:o :v :3 :|] :putnam:

Also to get bold writing in Facebook chat just type anything you want between stars. For example, *bold*.

Facebook Lite

For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, check out facebook lite. It’s basically just a stripped down version of facebook that is a lllloooot faster.

Know of any other facebook tricks? Or a some Skype Secrets?

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Graffiti Art Stencil Collections, Tutorials, and Resources. Silk Screens Too.

For those of you using silk screens and interested in stencils, here’s a list of some resources.

Check out my previous post on Photoshop Resources and specifically the link for the stencil tutorial.

Now here are some collections:

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How to Make Homemade Soda (Rootbeer, Orange, Ginger, Cream…)

Homemade soda’s are not too hard to make. They just require a bit of time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sugar, Water, A bottle, A funnel, Flavoring (I recommend Vanilla extract), and Yeast (preferably Champagne Yeast if you can find it. You can get this at a homebrew shop, but if you can’t baker’s yeast will work as well), cheese cloth (optional)

1) Find a normal sized 500ml soda bottle. This is the small one, but you can double, or quadruple the ratios if you’re using a 1 or 2 Liter bottle.

2) Put a 1/4 cup of sugar into the bottle with a funnel.

3) Take 1 tablespoon of a flavoring of your choice and put it through the funnel.

4) Now put 1/16 of a teaspoon of yeast into the bottle. Careful to not put too much or too little. If you put too much it may taste like bread, and if you put too little it won’t carbonate very well.

5) Fill the bottle up with water leaving about an inch on top and then tilt the bottle up and down to mix everything together.

6) Store the bottle in a warm area for 24-48 hours. Careful if it’s very hot out because the bottle might explode. Test the pressure on the bottle by squeezing the sides. If it feels like a normal soda would, it’s done.

7) If you have a cheese cloth you can filter out the yeast. If not, you can just drink it as is. The yeast won’t kill you, it just looks weird.

8) Refrigerate to stop the yeast.

9) Enjoy!

Some Good Guides to Specific Sodas:

Root Beer Soda

Cream Soda

Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

Make your Own Syrups and Flavorings including sarsaparilla

Go here for a tutorial on how to make cheese, butter, curds, and whey!

And here for to learn how to make homemade eggnog.

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Photoshop Resources For Pros and Beginners

Over the years I’ve stumbled across some fantastic resources that have turned some pretty lame projects into some cool looking pieces of art. So, here’s a comprehensive list:

DeviantArt Photoshop Actions – Here you can look at and download photoshop actions which save an enormous amount of time for you. Download the action, open it in photoshop, open the picture you want to edit, and then hit play on the action. Sort it by popularity of all time, or the most recent additions. Some cool ones include a Polaroid effect and an old photo effect.

DeviantArt Photoshop Brushes – If you don’t have much experience with photoshop, these may seem a bit lame, but once you’ve gone through a few tutorials, you’ll realize that they’re invaluable. Just like the actions, there is a comprehensive list of photoshop brushes which you can download and install into photoshop.

Texture King – A great collection of free textures which are great for grunge tutorials and images.

Mayang’s Free Texture Library – Another great collection of free textures and images.

Google Advanced Image Search – Use google’s image search and change the usage rights option. You can then legally alter and reproduce the images that come up in the search depending on which option you choose.

Sock.xchng – A great collection of stock photos.

Tutorials

Stencil Tutorials – For those of you doing Graffiti and who are using silk screens, this tutorial will help you out.

60 of the Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorial and Resources – A great collection of resources and tutorials.

Smashing Magazine – Cool magazine that has many of the newest trends and tutorials for photoshop.

70 Excellent Photoshop Resources – The title says it all.

22 Professional Photshop Image Enhancing Tutorials – Make your photos look like the cover of a magazine.

35 Basic Photoshop Tutorials – A great start for beginners.

You suck at Photoshop – Video tutorials by a curmudgeon. These may make you feel bad, but they are a great resource.

And for fun: Models before and after photoshop. See what mass media does to distort our concepts of beauty. Roll over your mouse over each image to see before and after of each image.

For a post on Graffiti Art Stencil Collections and Tutorials go here.

Know of any others?

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How to ride a Streetcar in Germany

Rules to look like a local in Germany on a streetcar:

1) If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you must have a cell phone that is playing music. You will speak loudly and laugh at everyone you see.

2) If you are homeless, extremely aggressive, or drunk, you will sit next to the most innocent looking person on the tram and start to harass them.

3) If it is earlier then 10:00 am, you assume a glazed zombie look in your eyes and a severe frown.

4) If you are over the age of 60, please follow rule #3. Also, mumbling about “degenerate youths” and “foreigners” is acceptable.

6) If you are a university student, you must be reading something serious and look annoyed.

7) There is no smiling unless you are drunk, or under the age of 18.

8 ) If you are a tourist, you look around suspiciously whilst trying to ride the streetcar illegally. Inevitably, you will be caught and resort to your native tongue pleading that you are a tourist. This does not work.

9) If you are a ticket checker, you have a sadistic pleasure in demanding fines from tourists because this of course promotes the tourist industry in your wonderful city.

10) If you are a tram driver, you look to stop and start at unexpected times to make people fall over. Also, you never wait for a person running to catch the streetcar. Instead you wait until are an arms length away, and you close the door. You will then smile and wave while the helpless victim misses their 100 euro train ride and flight.

11) If you are under the age of 6, you must scream for as long as you can.

12) If you are sick, you will sneeze and cough on everyone within a 10 foot radius.

These are some rules for riding a streetcar in Germany.

Know of any others?

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