Economist article


#1

@soylent: We’re featured in the latest @TheEconomist issue as the magazine dives deep into the food tech space. http://plk.tn/1ErVxuq #Soylent

This article says founder Rob doesn’t have a fridge and consumes 80% Soylent. How does he follow the recommendations to chill or ice Soylent?


#2

Well, he might prefer it room temp. I do.


#3

Or maybe Rob has a personal stash of 1.3…


#4

The article only mentioned 1.3; probably it was written before 1.4 was released.


#5

Even so, it has been said that Soylent should be kept chilled because that inhibits breeding of micro-organisms. I wonder if Rob actually does have some sort of fridge, despite what the article says.


#6

Depends on how quickly you drink it of course… if you always finish off the full pitcher in a day or less, it’s probably not a concern.


#7

Or make a glass/bottle/meal at a time, drinking it right away. That is what I do with my soylents.


#8

Oh right… I always forget that’s even possible! LOL


#9

If I recall correctly Rob freezes his denim jeans in the freezer instead of washing them. I remember that because I was thinking “Should I really consume something designed by someone who freezes their blue jeans?”


#10

Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear @rob’s take on the new taste/texture of 1.4 compare to 1.3? I wonder if anyone at RL had the negative reflex we’ve seen on a few people around here?


#11

Believe it or not that is one of the recommend ways to clean blue jeans.

I suspect the writer either misunderstood or is exaggerating for effect. I’m sure Rob has some sort of fridge like device.


#12

After I moved in to my own place I got rid of the fridge. It is a terrible machine: large, heavy, noisy, inefficient, expensive, constantly breaking. I like peace and quiet and the compressor and ice machine kept interrupting me when I was reading or working so I finally had enough and got rid of it.

I make soylent one or two servings at a time and drink it immediately. This way there is no pitcher to wash, but the taste and texture aren’t as good. I kind of like this as it makes me more critical when I test new blends. For the record, I am a big fan of 1.4, no oil bottles makes single servings much easier to measure and less messy. It took me a few days to get used to the taste but now I find I prefer it. Either way, we have improvements planned for future versions.

I feel largely the same way about washing machines as I do about refrigerators, but I no longer freeze my clothes. I think I found a better way to get rid of the microbes.


#13

Anything you can share with us? Glad to see you on the forums.


#14

We’ve been using enzymes in our washing machine instead of detergent most of the time for quite a while. Curious if your solutions are similar…?


#15

lol… that would involve refrigeration! :smile:


#16

@rob, you are en electrical engineer right. Why dont you invent a mini (portable) fridge something that is easy enough to carry around and be put on a desk? :smile:

It helps for soylent consumption too.


#17

I would guess that he is spraying himself with beneficial microbes that negate body odor. I remember reading something about that in his blog at one stage


#18

Ah… I guess I’m just lucky in that I’ve never had any body odor. Have never even needed deodorant no matter what I do, even extreme levels of activity… I’ll barely smell if at all. Ooooh maybe it’s my superpower! I can be smells-like-nothing-man! LOL


#19

I used to have no body odor… Then I moved to Oregon. That bacteria sure loves warm moist air…

Something more on topic, though, my BO is more pleasant since switching to Soylent. I smell… optimal.


#20

I worked for a while on a mini fridge with no moving parts using the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effect#Peltier_effect

It ended being really inefficient though. The United States already spends an insane amount of energy on refrigeration. I wondered what life would be like without it. And so far so good.

Still, it’s nice to have a cold beer. I’m more interested in having a device like this http://www.v-tex-technology.co.uk/#