The Peeler. An innovation in food preparation technology that has improved our ability to remove skin of vegetables and fruits. The vegetable peeler is most popularly seen scraping the dirt stained skin off potatoes hence it is often simply referred to as ‘the potato peeler’. Interestingly, the peeler is often used to peel the skin off carrots and even fruits such as apples and pears.
A peeler is an essential to any kitchen draw. Although technically a speciality item it can often been found in the top draw aka. The cutlery draw due to its small size and regular use. Speciality items include mashers, spatulas and whisks and are generally kept second drawer.
My favourite and definitely the most used potato peeler is the straight peeler. The straight peeler doesn’t mess around. Its simple design consists of a blade parallel to the handle. The blade may pivot or be fixed. Either way if I was to bet my cats life on a potato peeler I would go all in on the straight peeler.
The Y Peeler gets its clever name from its Y-like shape. Its more modern design closely resembles a razor we would shave our face or legs with. Don’t try this. With the blade perpendicular to the handle one peels their potato just like they would shave their face. The design allows for care and precision but it will never compare to the classic straight peeler for me.
There are other types of peeler such as the industrial peeler but they make me sick. Putting the traditional handheld potato peeler out of work. They often use steam jets to abuse the vegetable. But that’s enough of that.. I’m getting emotional.
1885 was a big year for the potato peeler as it featured in Vincent van Gogh’s oil on canvas painting titled “The Potato Peeler“. The restricted palette of dark tones, coarse facture and blocky drawing really does the straight peeler justice. Since falling for the straight peeler my life ambition is to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to see this painting up close and immerse myself in my smell of the oil paints.
When I am typing this I should consider whether I am defaming anyone in anyway. Defamation is a communication to at least one person that lowers the reputation of an identifiable third person, where the communicator has no legal defence. So in simple terms I should not say things like “Luke Vanderzeil is shit at basketball because he can’t egan eat kebabs properly”. Luke Vanderzeil may get offended and decide to take legal action against me. I really hope he doesn’t.. because I’m a uni student and I spent all my money making that curry last night.
Can I be held responsible for defamation in my comments section?Something interesting to note is that you or I can be held responsible for any defamation that is in the comments section of our blogs. A easy solution to this is to make sure you have to approve comments before they go through. This way if the no good Luke Vanderzeil commented on this blog “Kenton is shit because he wears corduroy” then I can disapprove the comment. By the way Kenton is not shit and he pulls it off.
Can I be liable for defamatory content that I link to?
Yes. I am responsible for everything on my blog. I can technically liable if I link defamatory content such as this on my blog.
Can I be sued overseas?
Yes. Seeing that the internet is somewhat borderless I have to be careful of overseas laws as something that may not deemed defamation here may be deemed offensive somewhere else.
“I can say what I want? Freedom of speech and that…”
Freedom of speech is not a legal defence in Australia law.
The rise in social media has given the power to anyone or any organisation to be a blogger and share basically anything they want. One could use a blog as a personal diary, to document their learning or to review films and novels. This evolution of technology is a good thing… right? Yes and No. Mostly yes. But when you give that kind reach and power to an ass hole then all hell can break loose. It is easy to offend someone when you are posting your opinions to people all over the world who have different ideals of what is right and wrong. Although offending someone with a insensitive joke or an extensive troll might be the least of your worries as there are various legal issues that can arise when you blog like flog. The main issues you should watch out for are copyright, moral rights, trade marks, defamation and right of publicity. Not only could your blog get taken down if you don’t follow these laws.. you could actually get in some serious legal trouble. So don’t blog like flog. Follow the laws and be a good bloke.
If you want a closer look at what you can’t do take a look at this site.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” – Gandalf, The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
If you get sick of Gandalf quotes then I recommend visiting ‘The Purple Cynic‘ blog. Kenton has recently made an interesting post about exactly what transport ticket inspectors CAN and CANNOT actually do. Worth a read for sure.