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posted by martyb on Friday May 30 2014, @09:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the needs-a-spoonful-of-sugar? dept.

Some soylentils have an interest in the Soylent food product, which claims to be complete, scientifically-based nutrition. Now Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times has spent a week and a half living off of it, and found it disappointing:

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.

Read the rest at the NYT: The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable.

 
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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by khchung on Friday May 30 2014, @09:50AM

    by khchung (457) on Friday May 30 2014, @09:50AM (#49080)

    I RTFA and you won't find any more substance in than the summary.

    Duh, a product designed for simplicity and efficiency isn't exciting, say what?

    Mr. Manjoo must be the kind of people that find technical documents boring, science papers lacking in flair, and financial reports in need of some spicing up. Next, he will complain about bottled water being too plain, and printing papers too white.

    For people who still thinks Manjoo is sincere in testing the product, note that he didn't try to mix in different flavorings into his Soylent, nor did he mention taking a break from Soylent and eat with friends when he craved for the dining experience. Both of which a normal Soylent customer would do when getting bored with eating Soylent.

    Duh! When you force yourself to keep doing one thing just so you can write an article to "report" on it, of course it would felt like a chore!

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by romlok on Friday May 30 2014, @10:06AM

    by romlok (1241) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:06AM (#49086)

    Are you sure you RTFA?

    note that he didn't try to mix in different flavorings into his Soylent

    FTFA, emphasis mine:

    Soylent's instructions suggested adding peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings to the drink. I did, but still, Soylent tasted pretty much the same from day to day - like gritty, thinned-down pancake batter, inoffensive and dull.

    nor did he mention taking a break from Soylent and eat with friends when he craved for the dining experience

    FTFA:

    During the last week and a half, I consumed Soylent for most, but not all, of my meals. There were a couple of days when more than 90 percent of my calories came from the powder.

    • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:32AM

      by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:32AM (#49088) Journal

      yep, those instructions sound terrible, how about some good flavours? bet he didn't actually try fruit, that would likely be decent, even mixed with cement fruit is good.

      • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Saturday May 31 2014, @08:00AM

        by Magic Oddball (3847) on Saturday May 31 2014, @08:00AM (#49492) Journal

        According to the article, fruit was on the 'recommended' list he tried: "peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings."

        I had to take bland, thick 'liquid' nutrition (which is extremely close in ingredients to Soylent) as a kid, and can attest that flavoring it is extremely difficult at best; it tends to either be untouched by a flavoring, or become nasty, sometimes gag-inducingly so. If you were to mix original gritty Metamucil, oatmeal, Bisquick, and heavy (liquid) whipping cream together, you might get a good approximation of it just for the challenge. You might want to have a quick-acting nausea pill nearby, though... ;-)

        That said, Farhad Manjoo is such an ignorant, smug little twat that I stopped reading the tech section at the last two sites he wrote for. Given they both hired him just when they switched over to printing a lot of trollish clickbait (like that article) and ads disguised as reviews, his presence at the NYT is probably a very bad sign.

    • (Score: 2) by khchung on Friday May 30 2014, @11:21AM

      by khchung (457) on Friday May 30 2014, @11:21AM (#49095)

      Soylent's instructions suggested adding peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings to the drink. I did, but still, Soylent tasted pretty much the same from day to day - like gritty, thinned-down pancake batter, inoffensive and dull.

      I honestly missed that, even though I can remember reading it when seeing it in your reply. I guess it must be the effect of reading a "but", which cause people to mentally write-off whatever was said before that (something I heard from almost every communication class).

      OTOH, how *could* it still taste "pretty much the same" if he tried to add different flavorings?

      However, the second part. Yes, I did notice he wasn't doing a All-Soylent test, but obviously he had set a quota for himself and forced himself to went through it, even through meals where he wanted something else. "Feel like a chore" was HIS words, how would any normal customer keep eating Soylent when feeling like going through a chore?

      • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:04PM

        by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:04PM (#49328) Journal

        hey, that's interesting about the 'but'...but...

  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday May 30 2014, @01:43PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday May 30 2014, @01:43PM (#49142) Homepage Journal

    Agreed. The "most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS" in his very first sentence really gave him away. DOS joyless? Compared to making spreadsheets by hand on paper, or typing with a typewriter? The man is either an idiot or... I don't know, maybe he just thinks his readers are morons, but that was sa really stupid sentence for him to write.

    This would be excellent for taking along on a camping or hiking trip in case of emergency.

    I do, however, take issue with its cost. Making breakfast costs me far less than $3. Hell, I used to get biscuit and gravy and a burrito at McDonalds every morning on my way to work, the cost was $2.16. A dozen frozen burgers or chicken breasts is less than $10 at WalMart.

    Unless you're comparing the price to a Whopper, large fries and coke, or to dining in a nice sit-down restaurant, that's a hell of a lot more money than I now spend on real food.

    It might sound like a bargain in New York City, where I understand everything is stupidly expensive.

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Friday May 30 2014, @03:51PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 30 2014, @03:51PM (#49189) Journal

      That's what i like about the linux command line... it's a better DOS than DOS (although DR-DOS was a better DOS than MS-DOS).

      And rice cakes with peanut butter and honey is even cheaper for breakfast... mmmm... styrofoam.... (Homer drool)

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    • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:10PM

      by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:10PM (#49330) Journal

      ha, ms-dos joyless? maybe now, but back then, shit I was enthralled, never really got the hang of cp/m (or the version they used on Amstrads) and manually flicking switches or wiring up a programmed board, now that was joyless as it was unlikely to ever work right first time ;) my breakfast is far cheaper than that too, currently I'm doing a discount energy drink or two, 20-40c a day when bought in a pack of 24.

      • (Score: 1) by jmc23 on Saturday May 31 2014, @01:44AM

        by jmc23 (4142) on Saturday May 31 2014, @01:44AM (#49388)

        um, yeah, energy drink sounds real nutrional.

        2 eggs and potatoes, 50c.

        • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:27AM

          by EvilJim (2501) on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:27AM (#49484) Journal

          don't forget gas or electric cost :) I'm still trying to decide if it's more nutritional than the nothing I was having previously.