July 2014, The Morpher Helmet, Gourmet Veggie Snack

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Meet The Morpher

More and more Americans, and people all over the world, are choosing to ride bikes as their primary mode of transportation. This is of course no surprise to you Eugenians. Sadly though, less than half of Americans wear helmets, which are proven to save lives. Enter Jeff Woolf. Years ago Woolf was struck by a car while riding his bike in London and owes his life to the helmet he was wearing. Somewhere along the way Woolf realized that the reason many cyclists do not wear helmets may be due to their size, and the hassle involved with storing them. Twenty years after his accident, Woolf has invented a helmet that collapses into the size of a text book 3.5 centimeters (1.4 inches) thick. It's called the Morpher, and it will fit in a laptop bag easily. We can expect to see these distributed at kiosks in metropolitan areas, just like bicycles are. It's being manufactured by Strategic Sports LTD, and MorpherHelmet.com com boasts: "Even as a prototype, Morpher has already won three International Innovation Awards..." So it seems it may be some time before we see them here in Eugene but I think it will be a nice addition to the quirky can-do atmosphere surrounding cycling here. Speaking of which, you can see some of the snazzy pedal powered machines on my brand new blog: BikesOfEugene.tumblr.com. I have such an appreciation for new and extremely useful inventions, I can't wait to see how the world embraces this one.

Keith Fox

Gourmet Veggie Snack

I have a confession; this hot weather makes me lazy in the kitchen! Who wants to add more heat to the house or the stomach? Here is a picturesque salad, or snack platter, depending on if you decide to share, or have it as an easy meal. It's based on an old favorite appetizer, but with some added crunch.

    You will need:
    • Cucumber
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Basil
    • Fresh mozzarella, in brine
    • Balsamic Vinegar
    • Salt and pepper


      • Directions:
      • 1) start by thinly slicing cucumber, and laying it out in as evenly as possible.
      • Lightly salt cucumber
      • 3) Use serrated knife to slice 2 tomatoes as thinly as possible.
      • 4) Lightly salt this second layer.
      • 5) Chop handful of fresh basil leaves.
      • 6) Slice or shred mozzarella, depending on its form and how sharp your knife is.
      • 7) Layer last two ingredients over tomatoes
      • 8) Lightly drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, and viola! No heat, very little mess, and rather impressive!
      • -Trillium Starchild