250g of self raising flour 10 large dates Handful of dried cranberries Handful of sultanas 125ml water 1 very ripe banana (more recommended) 250ml milk 100ml olive oil Splash of vanilla essence
The dates and cranberries were liquidised in 125ml of water until thick and smooth. The date mixture was added to the flour along with the rice milk, oil and bananas. The sultanas and a splash of vanilla essence were chucked in and mixed. The entire contents of the bowl were poured into a loaf tin and baked at 190C/380F for about 40 mins.
The loaf was then cooled for 20 minutes before being sliced and eaten. Results
Conclusions Surprisingly moist for a cake with no eggs, and quite sweet, despite there being no sugar. However, quite dense for a cake of this kind. Would require additional bananas to truly excel.
I just got hooked up to the wonder of print your own stamps, owing to the fact that I am selling a load of old stuff on ebay. It seems that the Royal Mail are using a QR type system to recognise that the letter is paid for. This is great - and also I never need to go to the crappy post office ever again! Well, until I need to renew my car tax. Or can you do that online too? No wonder they're screwed.
Classic quote - "we want sheep to speak English, we want cows to speak English, we want goats to speak English, rather than us learning to speak cow, sheep and goat". Well, yes when you put it that way, I suppose we do.
From the press release:
We demonstrate autonomous management of free-ranging livestock by manipulating individual as well as group behavior using intelligent sensor and actuator boxes without producing any noticeable signs of stress to the animals. Whereas herding is the classical method of animal control, wire fences are used today in most developed countries. Although wire fencing is effective for animal control, it is costly to build and maintain and does not foster flexible management, which is a key for spatially and temporally dynamic plants and animals. Autonomous animal management presents two challenges: first, algorithms must be developed for calculating desired trajectories for the animal’s movement that satisfy both plant as well as animal ecology. Second, hardware is required that is robust, reliable and safe for the animals to wear for extended periods without human intervention.
This video depicts preliminary research into autonomous gathering of cows by melding electronics with animal behavior to accomplish control of cattle using a group of four mature crossbred beef cows on the Jornada Experimental Range (JER) operated by the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (ARS-JER).