Friday, May 5, 2017

This 'n' That

I tried Coca-Cola "Life", the one with the green label, and it's not awful. It took me a long time to get to it. The green label greatly bothers my inner Sheldon Cooper. I know it's silly but it goes against my sense of the way things are supposed to be. Coke labels are supposed to be red. The silver Diet Coke label and the black Coke Zero label don't bother me but green is just a color too far. Another thing is stevia. I assumed as soon as I saw the green label that stevia had something to do with it. I had tried it in the little packets before and didn't like it. It's supposed to be "natural" but it has a bitter artificial taste so I had no interest in trying the green label Coke. But then I saw in a commercial that it's sweetened with cane sugar and stevia. So, okay, worth a try.

As I said, it's not awful but it's not great either. I can't decide if it tastes more of less like "the real thing" than Coke Zero. I haven't had a "real" Coke in a fairly long time so it's hard to say. I think I like it slightly better than Coke Zero but it does still have a bit of that wrongness about it that artificially sweetened drinks have. I would be interested in trying a Cherry Coke "Life". That should have a colorful label. Maybe they could come out with it right before Christmas time.

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Speaking of Sheldon Cooper, I just heard that there is going to be a Big Bang Theory prequel series about Sheldon as a child. I don't really have an opinion about it yet but I do think it's interesting that Sheldon's mother will be played by Zoe Perry who is the real life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon's mother in The Big Bang Theory. And the young actor who will play Sheldon looks enough like grown-up Sheldon to be believable.

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I discovered Kenga Rex on Twitter. If you want to spend hours looking at collections of wonderful photographs this is the site for it. It uses a slide show format, which is one of my top pet peeves of the Internet but this is not too terrible. The photos load reasonably quickly and they are so beautiful and amazing that it's worth the relatively small annoyance.

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Oooo! I must get the PlantNet app. (I forget where I first saw this.) At a glance, the website doesn't look especially well organized but the app might be more useful. There are of course other plant identification apps. Everything seems to be focused on useful or desirable plants but what I really want most is to identify all the interesting little "weeds" that grow all over my place.

1 comment:

  1. To me, stevia tastes slightly of licorice. On some things it's not so bad (some berries, it is OK on), but on oatmeal it's kind of awful and it's not so great in tea. I'm glad my body still apparently handles sugar OK so I can put a little golden syrup (my favorite way to sweeten tea) in some of the tea I drink.

    I can't tolerate any of the actually-artificial sweeteners; aspartame gives me migraines and all the sugar-alcohol ones (including Splenda) upset my stomach. So if I do ever develop type II diabetes, it will just be No Sweetening Ever.