There are two issues here—moving it up and down and locking it into place once positioned. I don't think you want hydraulics or a motor holding it in place once it is at the right height. Besides, I don't think you are going to find hydraulic or electric solutions capable of holding it in position at your price… » 9/26/14 3:43pm Friday 3:43pm

In the intervening five years since I posted in this thread, I've actually used a variety of meat slicers, both the cheap consumer ones and commercial units. I can't recommend either at this point for serious cooks. The commercial ones are a bit of a chore to clean, but the real killer is that they generally will… » 9/25/14 9:38am Thursday 9:38am

Mine has a rinse cycle, but it takes me less than 10 minutes to rinse and load the dishwasher, so on a water consumption basis, I'm guessing rinsing before loading wins. And from a loading time perspective, I'm not sure it makes much difference, since much of that 10 minutes is stuff I'd have to do anyway (throw away… » 9/24/14 12:51pm 9/24/14 12:51pm

If I select the link on the main page, I get a 404 saying I need to be a member of the blog. I note that if I delete the "/+ericlimer" off the url, it works fine... Dunno whether the glitch is specific to me or broader. » 9/24/14 11:01am 9/24/14 11:01am

Your two statements are contradictory—diminishing returns does not mean no return (i.e., "just branding"). Admitting that spending more may get you more means this is just a question of whether that diminishing return is worth it to you. What may not be worth $50, $100, or $500 to you may well be worth it to someone… » 9/24/14 7:47am 9/24/14 7:47am

I would not have thought inventing citations or misinterpreting a citation is plagiarism—they may be falsification and poor work, but it isn't appropriating another's work product, which is what I thought plagiarism was intended to encompass... Has the term been genericized to include all citation sins? » 9/23/14 5:11pm 9/23/14 5:11pm

I'm not sure that link says what you think. While the article states "[a]nts have less of a sweet tooth and more of a preference for salty snacks," that doesn't mean that ants are not attracted to sugar—they could be attracted to sugar and even more attracted to salt. In fact, the last line of the article states… » 9/23/14 11:22am 9/23/14 11:22am

At their core, biscuits, dowels and even dominos all fall into the class of loose tenon joinery. Biscuits are engineered specifically for this type of application, so the cutters are purpose build with plywood cabinetry in mind—very easy set up, just pick the right biscuit for the job, mark and start cutting. Most… » 9/22/14 9:31am 9/22/14 9:31am

I've never been a huge fan of condos b/c of the fees. You really want to make sure you figure the fees into your financial calculations. You also want to make sure the condo's finances are solid—you don't want to buy a huge liability because the former condo owners' collectively didn't plan for maintenance of the… » 9/19/14 12:39pm 9/19/14 12:39pm

When I was in college in the early 80s and listening to a lot of punk/alt rock, I always felt my dislike of U2 stuck out like a sore thumb—I'd agree with my contemporaries about 99% of music, but vehemently disagree about U2. It has taken over 30 years, but I'm feeling vindicated. » 9/18/14 10:35am 9/18/14 10:35am

As a self-classified introvert, I'm always a little chagrined to see introversion addressed as some kind of defect, with extroversion being set up as the norm. As much as I'm guessing you will react that your chart doesn't do that, I'd counter by asking if there is there a "happify" chart telling extroverts what they… » 9/15/14 12:30pm 9/15/14 12:30pm