How to make soft-serve Lasco Ice Dream Ice Cream in 15 minutes

Making Ice Cream is fun.

Especially if you’re making it from scratch (Deer, 2014, May 28). Making ice cream at home has suddenly become popular again thanks to Lasco Ice Dream (Gordon, 2016, January 24), a product that is basically powdered ice cream mix to which you add water.

Currently a $110 Lasco Ice Dream weighs 130 g and sells in two (2) flavours:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

However, as any ice cream maker known, once you have these two base flavours, especially vanilla, you can add other flavours and colourings (Deer, 2016, January 24) and make other exciting variations on the product. I even came up with my own variation (Deer, 2016, March 19) which I dubbed Glow-In-The-Dark Foska Oats, Guinness Lasco Wray and Nephew Rum Ice Cream.

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But one problems the product has it that the consistency of the product isn’t guaranteed, as it doesn’t taste like soft-serve ice cream you can get elsewhere. Also, if you were to go into business and buy bulk Lasco Ice Dream to sell to the public, using syrups to add flavours, you’d need away to refrigerate the product, which is an added cost.

To this end, I’ve written this article to demonstrate how you can make instant self-serve ice cream in less than 15 minutes that requires no refrigeration.

How to make self-serve Lasco Ice Dream ice cream in 15 minutes

The missing magical ingredient appears to be dry ice as demonstrated in the video below:

Simply mix the Lasco Ice Dream like normal adding whatever additional ingredients you like to have to give it that special flavour and texture. Then take the dry ice, crush it with a mallet and slowly add it by the spoonful while mixing the Lasco Ice Dream mixture. Increasing the mixing speed until the ice cream has the fluffy consistence of soft self-serve ice cream.

The Dry Ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide, transitions from solid to gas in a process call sublimation (Cole, 2016, 21 July). This process produce bubbles in the mixture which escapes, giving the ice cream that wonderful fluffy airy texture in less than 15 minutes. Best of all, for a vendor, this is all done while the customer waits and the dry ice can be store in an igloo that’s opened only when dry ice is needed.

Truly, homemade instant self-serve ice cream has never tasted this good and it improves on a product that promises homemade goodness in every spoonful.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2014, May 28). How to make Glow-In-The Dark Ice Cream from Scratch using the US$25.95 Zoku Ice Cream Bowl. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-make-glow-in-dark-ice-cream-from.html
  2. Gordon, T. (2016, January 24). Lasco Enters Market With Powdered Ice Cream. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20160124/lasco-enters-market-powdered-ice-cream
  3. Deer, L. (2016, January 24). How JA$130 Lasco Ice Dream dessert mix will revolutionize the Jamaican Ice Cream market. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/01/Lasco-Ice-Dream-dessert.html
  4. Deer, L. (2016, March 19). How to make Glow-In-The-Dark  Foska Oats, Guinness Lasco Wray and Nephew Rum Ice Cream. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/03/Glow-In-The-Dark-Foska-Oats-Guinness-Lasco-Wray-Nephew-Rum-Ice-Cream.html
  5. Cole, B. (2016, 21 July). Here’s How to Make Perfect, Fluffy Soft Serve—with Dry Ice. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2016/07/heres-make-perfect-fluffy-soft-serve-dry-ice/
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Why French approach to ADHD points to Sugars and Food Additives

I came across an interesting statistic as it relates to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) in France as compared to the USA. According to these stats, the percentage of school children with ADHD in each of these countries varies wildly:

  • 9% in US of A
  • 0.5% in France

ADHD, according to the DSM-3 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is hyperactivity (WebMD, 2015) in children ages 6 to 12 in which they show the following traits:

  • Inability to sit still
  • Act inappropriately in public settings
  • Inability to focus on doing one task at a time

Children who grow up to be adults often suffer from ADHD, as there is no cure, only medication, counselling and treatment. Many become impulsive adults, often very boisterous and easily angered.

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They may have a habit of making impulsive decisions and coming to conclusion based on flimsy evidence. They often have a difficult time sticking with one job and may even have a habit of travelling often. Many may become womanizers, having difficulty being satisfied with just one partner.

This is the future that awaits the ADHD child; one where their lives are lived on a whim.

So assuming that children are the same the world over, why does France have such a low incidence of ADHD than America?

French CFTMEA vs American DSM-3 – Psychotherapy or family counselling preferred to Pharmaceuticals

The truth be told, the view of ADHD differs among child psychologists in the USA and France.

In the USA, child psychiatrists treat ADHD with drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, as according to DSM-3, ADHD is a biological disorder with biological causes. The French, on the other hand, use psychotherapy or family counselling as according to their CFTMEA (Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent), ADHD is a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes.

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According to Sociologist Manuel Vallee, the French Federation of Psychiatry developed CFTMEA in resistance to the influence of DSM-3. This is because DSM-3 merely recommends medication, instead of seeking underlying social and psychological causes for the problems that the children are facing, which are usually due to their adjustment to the changes cause by puberty.

CFTMEA, developed in 1983, and updated in 1988 and 2000, does not have as broad a definition of ADHD as the Americans DSM-3, which often sees normal childhood behaviour during puberty as being an indication of an illness.

DSM-3 does not list possible underlying social and psychological causes of ADHD. It’s merely a handbook to prescribe medication for any behaviour that it judges as being out of an accepted norm.

The  testosterone-fuelled (Nicholson, 2009) teenagers may merely be acting out due to the stresses of dealing with the change of puberty as well as their aggressive peers, community, parents at home (Tremblay, Schaal, Boulerice, Arseneault, Soussignan, Paquette, Laurant, 1998) at the same time.

Thus under the French system, fewer children have been diagnosed with ADHD than under the American system, because many of them do not have ADHD. In fact, the way in which the French raise their children, as explained in Pamela Druckerman recent book, Bringing up Bébé (Zeveloff, 2016, June 13), suggests why the way in which French children are raised may also explain why so many of them are not diagnosed with ADHD.

In fact, parents do not give their children as much freedom and are not obsessive over everything they do, giving them a high level of autonomy. They also raise their kids so that they are more patient and are taught to work hard for what they want instead of expecting handouts from people in authority.

Those that are diagnosed are given psychotherapy or family counselling. Additionally, the French look for underlying psychological and social causes of the child’s behaviour. One such consideration is the recommendation that children not allowed to eat foods that contain foods with food additives i.e. artificial colors, certain preservatives and/or allergens.

French CFTMEA considers Foods as Chemicals – How Sugars and Food Additives may be causing ADHD

This as the French believe that diet can be used to control childhood behaviour, especially as many of these food additives i.e. artificial colors, certain preservatives and/or allergens, being added in excess to make food taste better, may be having a detrimental effect on young children.

After all, albeit all foods, natural or GM (Genetically Modified) are chemicals, technically speaking, food additives are chemicals added to enhance foods taste and appearance.

For that reason, they are in excess when added to food and may have unseen effects on the brain chemistry of babies, young children and even older adults. Sweetners, such a sugar as well as food additives, in excess, can thus be considered a drug to which children can become addicted.

One of the most addictive foods, which enhances the taste of Food, is sugar. In excess, sugar and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are known to cause obesity, cancer and even Alzheimer’s Disease (Deer, 2015, May 3) due to the building up of amyloid-β plaques in the brain.

The DSM-3 forces American psychologists to focus on pharmaceutical treatments instead of the possibility that food additives may be the cause of ADHD. Then again, the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Beverage industry are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), suggesting that they may prone to the influence of special interest groups in both industries to make sure their business that thrive.

To this end, the DSM-3 may have been deliberately written to make sure American psychiatrist prescribe drugs for ADHD to keep the Pharmaceutical industry going and to ignore possible dietary considerations that may be causing ADHD and other psychological disorder in children.

Millennials opposed to Sugar and Food additives – Change for the ADHD over-medicated

However, there is hope for those American kids being diagnosed with ADHD and being over-medicated with Ritalin and Adderall!

In the US of A, the tide is slowly turning against the Food and Beverage Industry and their excessive use of food additives such as sugar. Already among Americans, there is a trend away from consuming beverages that contain excess sugar, creating a market for GraceKennedy Juices such as Aloe Vera (Deer, 2016, January 3) to enter the American Market.

So perhaps in time, a similar shift away from the prescription of pharmaceuticals for ADHD and a move towards psychotherapy or family counselling may soon be coming…….

References:

  1. Tremblay R.E., Schaal B., Boulerice B., Arseneault L., Soussignan R.G., Paquette D., Laurant D. (1998). Testosterone, physical aggression, dominance, and physical development in early adolescence. Int J Behav Dev 22:753–777.
  2. WebMd. (2015). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Topic Overview. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/tc/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-topic-overview
  3. Nicholson, C. (2009, December 6). Testosterone Promotes Aggression Automatically. Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/testosterone-promotes-agression-aut-12-06-09/
  4. Deer, L. (2015, May 3). University of Queensland’s Ultrasound reversal of Alzheimer’s – Neurotoxic amyloid-β plaques Removal with MicroBubbles. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/05/University-Queensland-Ultrasound-Alzheimer-amyloid-plaques-MicroBubbles.html
  5. Deer, L., (2016, January 3). How Gracekennedy Aloe Vera sinkle Bibles the Americans Health Food market in 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/gracekennedy-aloe-vera-american-health-drinks/
  6. Zeveloff, J. (2016, June 13). French parenting tricks. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/french-parenting-tricks-2016-6

 

 

 

How the US$375 Vivo X7 and X7 Plus makes 16 Megapixel Selfies Possible

The US$375 Vivo X7, which is another Chinese branded unlocked smartphone, had being going more than one million strong (George, 2016, July 5) since open sales began Thursday July 7th 2016. The 5.2″ smartphone is only bested in specs by its brother, the Vivo X7 Plus, which went on sale on Friday July 15th 2016 in China.

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Both the X7 and X7 Plus are dual­-SIM devices with a standard fingerprint reader in the home button to protect all those party pics and nude photos of your ex-girlfriend. However, 1 million registrations to buy the Vivo X7 means that these dated Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphones must be doing something interesting to buck the trend of declining Android Tablet and Phablet sales (Deer, 2016, July 14) worldwide.

So what’s so special about the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus?

Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus – Funtouch OS on Android 5.1 Lollipop

Well, again, it couples be a meeting of great specs as well as the price being right.

The Vivo X7 sports a 5.2­inch FullHD AMOLED display (George, 2016, June 30). It weighs in at 151g and has a very slim profile with dimensions of 147.3 x 71.8 x 7.2mm and weighs.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop which is rather dated, has a Funtouch OS layer that floats on a Snapdragon 652 chipset. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage means that this is an impressively powerful beast.

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The Vivo X7 Plus has a bigger 5.7­inch FullHD AMOLED display and has the same in terms of memory and processor, but with phablet-sized dimensions. However what makes these smartphones stand out is the odd configuration of the Front and Rear-Facing Cameras.

Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus – Selfie-Camera for the self-obsessed Millennial

Normally the Rear-Facing Camera has more Megapixels and the Front-Facing Camera has less.

The twin towers of the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus flip this idea on its head by both smartphones having a 16 Megapixel front-facing selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

The Rear-Facing Camera is the only difference as follows:

  • 13 Megapixel for the Vivo X7
  • 16 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 Plus

The 13 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 has an aperture of f/2.2 while the 16 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 Plus uses a Sony IMX298 sensor. Phase detection autofocus and an LED flash are also another similarity.

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They also have 4G connectivity with Cat.7 LTE, Wi­Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1 to connect with other devices and Bluetooth Mesh Networks. The battery specs are also impressive and are another difference between the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus:

  • 3,000mAh power pack for the Vivo X7
  • 4,000mAh power pack for the Vivo X7 Plus

A GPS Receiver and AK4376 32­bit DAC on the Snapdragon 652 chipset complete the specs. On paper, one can finally see why the sales are so hot; this is a very powerful selfie-snapper that’s bucking the Camera trend, placing emphasis on selfies rather than casual photography (Deer, 2016, February 21).

So tell you relative in China to include the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus in the barrel (Deer, 2015, November 12) for Christmas 2016!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2015, November 12). How US$80 Amazon 6-inch Kindle Reader (2014) is on sale – Why pack US$50 Amazon Fire Kindle in a Jamaican Barrel. Retrieved from  http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/11/Amazon-Black-november-dealskindle-6inch-2014.html
  2. Deer, L. (2016, February 21). How the Photographers of St William Grant Park are beating smartphone Selfies. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/how-the-photographers-of-st-william-grant-park-are-beating-smartphone-selfies/
  3. George. (2016, June 30). vivo X7 and X7 Plus are now official: Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM, but Lollipop. Retrieved from  http://www.gsmarena.com/vivo_x7_and_x7_plus_are_now_official_snapdragon_652_and_4gb_ram_but_lollipop-news-19137.php
  4. George. (2016, July 5). vivo X7 scores 1,000,000 registrations, open sale kicks off in two days. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/vivo_x7_scores_1000000_registrations_open_sale_kicks_off_in_two_days-news-19210.php
  5. Deer, L. (2016, July 14). Why Google Android is Dying as Smartphone and Tablet Sales Fall. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/07/Google-Android-Dying.html

US$200 Sharp Aquos 507SH is a Blue Sapphire in Japan

Sharp, a company known for cash registers and components for other company’s devices, has stepped back into the smartphone ring with the Sharp Aquos 507SH.

An Android One device, the Sharp Aquos 507SH (Peter, 2016, July 6) runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and may get Android Nougat very soon, making it a solid alternative to the Nexus 5X. However, the Sharp Aquos 507SH, like the Nexus 5X, is a Japanese only deal.

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Expect a price of around US$200 for this device, making it of interest to Jamaicans with relatives with a Barrel (Deer, 2015, November 12) to spare in Japan!

So what, aside from its Android Nougat potential, makes the Sharp Aquos 507SH so special?

Sharp Aquos 507SH – Blue Sapphire in Japan

The 5” screen is made of 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 with rounded edges, a relief for pockets in an era of squarish smartphones. This protects an IGZO LCD with 720p resolution. Albeit it has such a large screen, overall it weighs in at 135g with dimensions of 142 x 71 x 8.8mm.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow rides on a Snapdragon 617 chipset supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is can be expanded on via the 32GB microSD Card slot. Still, I suspect that the Sharp Aquos 507SH  may have slow loading times for certain Apps, such as Facebook (Deer, 2016, February 13) and Messenger that demand a lot of the Processor and Memory.

Sharp Aquos 507SH Announced as Japan’s First Android One Smartphone

The 13 Megapixel Rear-Facing Camera shoots 1080p video and the 5 Megapixel front-facing camera takes great selfies. Also, it’s great on the beach as the dust and water resistant IP58 rating means it can take a dunkin’ under 1m underwater for longer than 30 minutes.

But the real surprise is the battery; at 3,010mAh with a Quick Charge option, I’m beginning to like this Android One Device even more. So despite the lacklustre specs, Sharp Aquos 507SH shines bright like a Blue Sapphire in Japan, Rihanna Style.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2015, November 12). How US$80 Amazon 6-inch Kindle Reader (2014) is on sale – Why pack US$50 Amazon Fire Kindle in a Jamaican Barrel. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/11/Amazon-Black-november-dealskindle-6inch-2014.html
  2. Deer, L. (2016, February 13). How to stop Facebook and Messenger from draining your battery. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-to-stop-facebook-and-messenger-from-draining-your-battery/
  3. (2016, July 6). Sharp Aquos 507SH is Japan’s first Android One phone. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/sharp_aquos_507sh_is_japans_first_android_one_phone-news-19231.php

Why CARDI’s Small Ruminants Programme needed to wean Jamaica of Mutton Imports

“This project …has facilitated the further rehabilitation of the Hounslow Demonstration and Training Centre as a pilot training site for the region, by improving the carrying capacity of the lands to support the Government’s expanded small ruminants… inclusive of locally improved goat and sheep breeding and establishing demo housing as part of the training programme,”

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J C Hutchinson during the launch of the Caribbean Small Ruminants Capacity Building Programme

Goats are now back on the menu or at least the National Farming Agenda, thanks to Mothers Enterprises, owners of the Mother’s Fast Food Establishment.

They’ve stumbled upon yet another hit, this time the Champion Patty (Kelly, 2016, May 31) made with real Curry Goat. Their previous hit, the Pork Patty (Deer, 2015, December 12), is made with Pork sourced from CopperWood Pork, who have been on a drive via their Know Your Pork Campaign (Serju. 2016, May 18) to gain the support of Pork among Jamaicans.

Why CARDI's Small Ruminants Programme needed to wean Jamaica of Mutton Imports (2)

However, no such campaign exists for Mutton, the meat produced by goats and sheep farmers in Jamaica. To this end, the Caribbean Small Ruminants Capacity Building Programme (The Jamaica Observer, 2016, June 21) was launched on the week of Monday June 13th 2016 by CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) along with the joint input of the agriculture ministries of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The program, like the Latin American Small Ruminants Programme, gets its seed funding from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and the Government of New Zealand. The Caribbean Small Ruminants Capacity Building Programme has the following countries with a stake in Goat farming:

  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

So why is there a sudden interest in the production of Mutton and chevron by the Agriculture Ministries of these respective countries?

CARDI and Goats – Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago concerned about Mutton Imports

Clearly the production of Mutton to feed Caribbean people is a growing concern in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

We’re being swamped with meat imports, especially chicken (Deer, 2016 January 13) via Fast Food Establishments, with US Pork Producers (Jones, 2016, May 22) looking to come to Jamaica as well. But there is a growing this will result in the introduction of antibiotic-resistant superbacteria (Deer, 2016, July, 6) to the Caribbean food Industry and to the population.

This due to the farming practices of Americans who grow animals on large scale in cramped conditions and feed them on offal laced with antibiotics to fight disease and infection, all in a bid to keep prices low.

Hence the need for a pooled effort by the Farmers in the Caribbean Small Ruminants Capacity Building Programme to boost production so as to reduce the influx of imported mutton and chevron to a minimum.

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A part of the program involves doing research into developing standard farming methods at the Hounslow Animal Research Centre as well as training some eighty (80) participants to make products such as:

  • Shoes
  • Cheese from Goats milk
  • Leather clothing
  • Fertilizer from Goat droppings

Eventually, the Caribbean can become self-sufficient in the production of imported mutton and chevron. And yes, more Fast food companies using local mutton to make products like Mothers Enterprises making Curry Goat Patty and other goat related products.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2015, December 12). Why Mother’s Pork Patty a hit in 2016 as Pork is now Popular. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/why-mothers-pork-patty-a-hit-in-2016-as-pork-is-now-popular/
  2. Deer, L. (2016, January 13). How Min. of Agriculture Chicken Importation, Jamaica Broilers and Caribbean Broilers production to ease 2016. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/01/Ministry-Agriculture-Chicken-Importation-2016-Chicken-Shortage.html
  3. Serju. C. (2016, May 18). Know Your Pork – CB Moves to Educate Jamaicans about the Other White Meat. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20160518/know-your-pork-cb-moves-educate-jamaicans-about-other-white-meat
  4. Jones, R. (2016, May 22). Hogwash! – US Wants Cut Of Local Pork Market But Jamaican Pig Farmers Say No. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160522/hogwash-us-wants-cut-local-pork-market-jamaican-pig-farmers-say-no
  5. Kelly, D. (2016, May 31). Mother’s Strikes Again With The Curry Goat Patty. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160531/mothers-strikes-again-curry-goat-patty
  6. The Jamaica Observer. (2016, June 21). Regional programme launched to increase goat, sheep meat production. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Regional-programme-launched-to-increase-goat–sheep-meat-production-_64531
  7. Deer, L. (2016, July, 6). How US Pork Imports due to Jamaican Pork Shortage will introduce Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria to Jamaica. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/07/US-Pork-Imports-Antibiotic-Resistant-Superbacteria-Jamaican-Pork-Shortage.html