Lost

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Sep 122006
 

People “in the know”, who are both familiar with my likes and personality, and who watch television, have said to me

Paul, you would really like Lost. You should watch it.

Now, I typically trust the opinions of these people; one of ’em is a very talented writer and the others usually hit the nail on the head in regards to what I might enjoy.
So, I see that Lost is available on the iTunes store. Apple wants $1.99 an episode, for 320×240 DRM’ed video that I’ll only be able to watch on my laptop. Seems like a lot when I can get the DVDs for $42.87 (that’s season 1; season 3 is $35.99) on Amazon.
But I digress. I’m in the process of downloading Season 1 of Lost. This isn’t the first time I’ve had these episodes on my computer; about a year ago, before S2 started, I watched the first 3 or 4 episodes. It’s good writing, so far as I remember, and as long as it doesn’t start getting stupid like JJ Abrams’ other show, I think I may stick with it. However, it appears that ABC is again pulling their “starts at 5 minutes after the hour” shit, so I’ll likely never watch it off of TV, instead opting to download it. iTunes generally has the episodes pretty soon after they air, or should I desire, I know there are places that exist in a moral grey area that I could use to acquire the episodes as well.

PS: note the ambiguity in some of what I wrote above. Curious, no?

Whee, Cafe Press!

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Sep 112006
 

So I was having a conversation with one of my employees this morning, and somehow things got a little philosophical:

devlogic: the truth is never a lame excuse.
employee: I’m gonna get a bumper sticker that says that
devlogic: I should cafe press it and make megabucks
employee: HA

devlogic: http://www.cafepress.com/truthnotlame

So there you go. If you want a bumper sticker or rectangular magnet (suitable for putting on a car door, tailgate, or refrigerator), hit up my new Café Press store.

Hollandaise Sauce

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Sep 082006
 

So I made some Hollandaise sauce the other day. Aside from a bit of stiffness in my wrist from all the whisking, it’s not actually that hard. I used the Good Eats recipe (from the episode Hitting the Sauce; try Google or GEFP for the actual details). Having done it the “easy” way, I’m curious as to how difficult it is to make the sauce in the traditional manner, with melted clarified butter instead of chilled knobs of butter. The traditional way is a bit more work (I hate clarifying butter, because it’s such a pain in the ass when I try to get the solids separated out), but I think the texture will probably be a bit less “thick” on the tongue, and both more and less rich at the same time, if that makes sense.

Of course, at about 3,000,000 weight watchers points per serving, it’s not something I’m likely to enjoy again for a very long time, but it’ll go in my bag of tricks for the next special occasion that’s at breakfast-time.

Sep 022006
 

This morning, after breakfast, I asked Heather to marry me. She said yes, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the homemade Hollandaise talking. Well, actually, she said “of course I will”, which I interpreted as “yes”. So everybody keep the first weekend or two of October 2007 open (we’re shooting for the 6th, but who knows with catering halls), because there’s sure to be a fun event around then involving a nice ceremony and some tasty vittles. Heather says there’s going to be at least one pretty dress as well.

Holy crap, I’m the happiest man in the world right now.

OK, I’ve been corrected. Even though I heard “pretty dress” the first time, it’s now been updated to “a beautiful dress”.

Further updates will either be at heatherandpaul.devlogic.org or heatherandpaul.org (we haven’t decided yet).
Oops: it’s paulandheather.devlogic.org. You’d think I’d be able to remember the hostname for a site that’s on a computer in my apartment, wouldn’t you?
Oops 2: it also apparently paulandheather.org. Boy, I’m just one for the typos, aren’t I?

*For those interested, I made Eggs Benedict from scratch. Very tasty, and it turns out that Hollandaise sauce isn’t anywhere nearly as hard to make as people say.