August 7th, 2006

Housewife's Lament

Geek Housekeeping scribbles:

Mythbusters on the 5-second rule. My conclusions from same: "If it's dry, you shouldn't die. If it's wet, don't bet."
Duplicate the Mythbusters' 5-second-rule surface-culture explorations in your own kitchen! (You may not want to eat there again!)

Kitchen science: using ice cubes to cool very hot crock pot stews to a temperature where they'll be safer when refrigerated.
Also, split up very hot things-to-be-chilled into smaller portions, to avoid them remaining at temperatures where Things Like to Grow for very long. Recommended: food handler's card training, much in the same way that most computer-geeks have accumulated enough general machine knowledge to pass an A+ course, even if they have never gone for that.

Cookbooks and recipes are the reusable code of the cooking world. Someone else figured out that this hack works. It will probably work for you, perhaps with a little tweaking. Keep to the standards until you're comfortable customizing it.
The crockpot is a wonderful method of doing a batch job while cooking. is a wonderful place for kitchen geekery. Take note of the recipes -- they're very easy to follow if you're used to following graphic diagrams. Flow is left to right and top to bottom, like typical English-language writing.

For the love of gods, under-salt while cooking and bring the shaker, rather than over-salting.

Do not thermally shock your cookware -- if it's hot and needs to be washed, get the sink started running *hot* water, rather than dunking it in COLD.
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My work schedule, the one I have linked in my sidebar links list? Still not current.

This week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at work. Wednesday is for writing, and Saturday/Sunday? Mine. (And Darkside's, should he choose to accept it.)

To do: more banging on database. Data was corrupted. We hit with hammer and fix.
running, bomb tech


Notes for customizing my style (requirements list):
Must have userpics on all entries viewed in main journal/calendar pages. Historical & main date v. similar.
Must have not only day, but day of week.
Calendar view should show tags.

Need to write up requirements list for the vaporware that I promised Grandma Cinderella that I'd talk to the Guru about: namely, stuff by time of day.
Also need to whip together CI JOAN, the end-of-the-month FUN version! Tik-Tok. Stuff by weekday. CI MONTH, perhaps? W00t!

Woke up at noon on Sunday feeling groggy and ill. Set thermostat a degree or two lower. Woke up an hour later feeling refreshed. I must be careful with this.
running, bomb tech

Loved 'cause I'm technical

Today, I got waylaid for about four computer-related issues:
  1. How to open up the EVIL sheets on a monitor room computer.

  2. Is there a thing that will let us look at these things from this range of dates? And could you talk to the Guru?

  3. My telnet won't turn colors like theirs do! (This was from the Leftover Leftovers Guy, who sees me as a Highly Enlightened Guru, even though I'm so very not.)

  4. OMG THE SPREADSHEET HAS HOLES IN IT! (This one, I patched, then locked with my name as the password, as anyone unlocking it to "fix" it has no business doing so and will probably ruin it; standard is "The password is the name of the person who will wallop you if you fuck up anything while you have it unlocked, so you have no business unlocking it.")