And some food-related yumminess. The other night, I made some fried bananas with half-assed mock devonshire cream (I didn’t have enough of the ingredients for mock devonshire cream, so I threw enough bits together so it tasted good); but these grilled chocolate banana boats look really good. (via SlashFood).
Because it’s summer, and alcohol tends to dehydrate me more than make me enjoy it, I’m probably going to try my hand at these mocktails later this week too. Ah, plans.
The internet hasn’t been doing its job for a couple of days, but I think I’m back.
I took a fish class last night, and got some ideas on cooking halibut, salmon, and scallops — yum. Also found out why steak from the midwest US generally seems to taste better than what one can get in the grocery store — because apparently the cattle from the midwest wander around less on the flat grazing land, as opposed to California’s more hilly land. Or something. Actually I’m really not sure why, but I know that the steak in the surf and turf meal tasted absolutely amazing.
Today I had to wake up at 5AM, so am a bit tired now. But I did make a reasonable facsimile of oreo cookie filling, which I’m trying to figure out how to use. It seems like a modified buttercream frosting; except make sure not to use too much vanilla or you ruin the oreo-style flavor.
Today’s linkdump is a bit small.
Normally I’m not one to praise Microsoft, but their research arm (which is doing a decent competitive effort towards seizing the title of the new Bell Labs in terms of software) along with the University of Washington came up with an amazing photo viewer that finds similar pictures to ones you feed it and uses them to find 3-d paths through scenery and let you fly around and view objects from all sides. It’s much more interesting in the video.
So we’re pushing 10-gigabit ethernet to a single computer, and the median (not even the average!) download speed in the US is a paltry 2.3 megabits per second. The Communications Workers of America aren’t the only ones who should be outraged. And the cable companies are whining about having to supply bandwidth to people who actually *use* it!
Today I made pound cake for the second time, from a bundt recipe. It’s apparently Elvis’s favorite pound cake — and it is quite good, but without a bundt or tube pan, I’m having trouble getting the outer portion done at the same time as the inner portion.
Having said that, it’s quite light and fluffy, and goes very well with Devonshire or Yuzu creams (or both!)
Today in the weird world:
Extra-wide contact lenses — with a wider colored-iris bit to give one that anime look. I’ve been fascinated by eye-changing contact lenses, but haven’t ever been able to wear contacts the few times I’ve tried. (via Neatorama)
Pilobolus — a dance group that works entirely in shadow. Embedded youtube after the link; it’s worth the watch.
When bureaucracy strikes — an absence request form that wants to know why you’ll be out, but only if your issue is on the list…
Airlines aren’t on my list of great companies, but I have to admit the new series of commercials for United are really impressively well done and even (dare I say it) beautiful. Have a gander at one or two. (via SuperPunch).
Today was picnicking, making things with wood, errand-running, industry-disgrace-purchasing, and some actual relaxing and getting-housey-stuff-done-ing. So only one link, although its awesomeness makes up for it being the only one.
I missed a post yesterday, but I have an excuse — I was pooped. I went to a class at Extraordinary Desserts, and learned how to make a few of the things they serve there. It was lots of fun, and tonight I tried a couple of the recipes. They’re all about combining building blocks in interesting and fun ways, so two of the blocks I tried tonight were yuzu curd (like lemon curd, but with yuzu juice, so it’s got a hint of saltiness from the yuzu) and mock devonshire cream. I also tried a pound cake recipe I found, but I now understand why bundt recipes are different from not-bundt recipes. It might have turned out OK though — I’m going to bring them to work tomorrow and see how they match up with stuff.
If this leads to Ikea selling solar panels, things could get interesting. I realize it’s difficult to do safely, but I love the idea of someone being able to go get a package or two, set up a solar panel someplace sunny, and just plug it in and start contributing power to the grid. (via Gizmodo)
And of course,
Calvin and Jobs — a beautiful mashup of Calvin and Hobbes with everyone’s favorite designer CEO.