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The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable
The New York Times ^ | MAY 28, 2014 | Farhad Manjoo

Posted on 06/01/2014 8:29:30 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable

I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS.

Soylent is a drink mix invented by a group of engineers who harbor ambitions of shaking up the global food business. Robert Rhinehart, the 25-year-old co-founder and chief executive of the firm selling the drink, hit upon the idea when he found himself spending too much time and money searching for nutritious meals while he was working on a wireless-tech start-up in San Francisco. Using a process Mr. Rhinehart calls “scientific,” the firm claims to have mixed a cornucopia of supplements to form a technologically novel food that offers the complete set of nutrients the human body needs for survival.

You can live on Soylent alone, Mr. Rhinehart claims, though in practice he said customers would most likely use it to replace just their “staple meals,” by which he meant most of the junk you eat every day to fill yourself up. Mr. Rhinehart argued that Soylent, which costs about $3 per serving, is cheaper, easier to prepare and more nutritious than much of the food that makes up the typical American officer worker’s diet today.

About a week and a half ago, I began drinking Soylent every day. I can’t recommend that you do the same. For a purported breakthrough with such grand plans for reshaping the food industry, I found Soylent to be a punishingly boring, joyless product. From the plain white packaging to the purposefully bland, barely sweet flavor to the motel-carpet beige hue of the drink itself, everything about Soylent screams function, not fun.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Food; Miscellaneous; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bonappetit; bravenewworld; cookbook; food; newworldorder; nutrition; soylent; soylentgreen; toserveman; weirdscience
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1 posted on 06/01/2014 8:29:31 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More links for reference ...

“Taste Test: Could Soylent Replace Food?”

http://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/personaltech/100000002907606/soylent-taste-test.html?smid=tw-nytimes

Soylent website:

http://soylent.me/


2 posted on 06/01/2014 8:30:54 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
People! Soylent green is made out of people!!!!
3 posted on 06/01/2014 8:31:17 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Add some flavoring it could be big for weightless I guess


4 posted on 06/01/2014 8:33:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

It supposedly tastes a lot like custard.

That’s not a bad flavour, if you had to eat something.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 8:36:01 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: DogByte6RER
I remember back in the 'sixties reading about some well-meaning guy who had created a plentiful food made from ocean plankton that was cheap and nutritious and could feed the world.

And that was the last I ever heard of it.

6 posted on 06/01/2014 8:36:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Jonty30

Could be worse I guess


7 posted on 06/01/2014 8:37:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Could it work for emergency military rations, if you had access to a secure water supply?


8 posted on 06/01/2014 8:38:44 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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to serve man photo: TO SERVE MAN ed2f_to_serve_man_journal.jpg Surely the website http://soylent.me/ translates into this ...
9 posted on 06/01/2014 8:39:13 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: GeronL

Yup, they could have named their product so that it rhymed with “toilet.”


10 posted on 06/01/2014 8:39:22 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yeah, flesh. Burgers and steaks and ribs oh my ....


11 posted on 06/01/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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12 posted on 06/01/2014 9:02:08 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DogByte6RER

Unfortunate choice for a product name.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 9:05:02 PM PDT by lurk
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To: DogByte6RER

Yes, yes - to serve man, of course, but are the portions of man really enough to maintain weight?

Will they start to serve women as well at some point, and will the calories per portion be different?

Will the portions of women they serve taste better than the portions of men? As it is now, word on the block is that women taste like fish - at least certain times of month.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 9:25:40 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It may be “fish Flour”. Raw uncleaned fish ground, dried and processed into a flour like substance.

It was killed when the FDA demanded all the fish be cleaned before processing.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 10:32:23 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It was the same guy who invented the 100 mpg carburetor. First big oil killed him and then big ag killed him.


17 posted on 06/01/2014 10:35:57 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Soon, "the grateful dead" will be more than just the name of a crap band...)
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To: mojito

Its made out of veterans


18 posted on 06/01/2014 10:40:45 PM PDT by woofie
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To: clintonh8r

Just like Einstein, the mafia
Killed him cause he knew to much.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 10:41:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mojito

Charlton— where you been, bro?

I want a case of them green square chips from the body grinding plant, OK?


20 posted on 06/01/2014 11:12:45 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Some of that yummie “Bonita” powder found in hundreds of oriental foods. Dried cuttlefish, dried shrimp. Soup stock of bonita dried and powdered standard fare in Japan.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 11:16:05 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: GeronL

Ordered some a few weeks ago - Eagerly awaiting the first shipment to arrive.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 11:32:45 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: DogByte6RER
"...he found himself spending too much time and money searching for nutritious meals..."

You have got to be kidding me. Chop up some kale and spinach, crumble some goat cheese on it and toss with some dressing. How long did that take?

23 posted on 06/02/2014 4:05:40 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Cool Guy

FReepmail me @ how it goes, ok?
I’m going to run this by a nutritional expert I know in the meantime and get back with you on her thoughts @ this.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 4:07:33 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: mojito

YOU’RE EATING PEOPLE!!!!


25 posted on 06/02/2014 4:08:47 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS."

I stopped reading at that point. The author clearly doesn't know what he's talking about. MS-DOS was a clear improvement over anything before it. It used common English words in its instructions, it was insensitive to upper and lower case, it was cheap ($35, as I recall), and every new version was an improvement over the previous release. It was anything but 'joyless'. It certainly was crude in comparison to todays graphical operating systems, but it was a vast improvement over its predecessors.

26 posted on 06/02/2014 4:14:49 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He had to stop when government determined that whales were dying of starvation.


27 posted on 06/02/2014 4:47:10 AM PDT by Portcall24 (aer)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
That sounds like it. Thanks!
28 posted on 06/02/2014 5:24:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: DogByte6RER

That name has got to be the second worst image decision since AT&T adopted the Death Star as its corporate logo.


29 posted on 06/02/2014 5:55:39 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
And that was the last I ever heard of it.

When the plan became known they designated plankton an endangered species, and that was that.

;-)

30 posted on 06/02/2014 7:14:38 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: DogByte6RER
The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable

It will be if you can afford nice furniture.

31 posted on 06/02/2014 7:21:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Moltke; Ruy Dias de Bivar
Actually, as Ruy Dias de Bivar pointed out, it was Fish Flour.

The FDA nixed it.

32 posted on 06/02/2014 7:31:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Cool Guy

give us a full report. The idea of giving up food entirely is stupid, but if it can help me lose some weight, who knows.


33 posted on 06/02/2014 10:15:24 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks - but if it had been plankton the EPA would’ve nixed it most likely...


34 posted on 06/02/2014 2:44:36 PM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: BenLurkin
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35 posted on 06/02/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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