Archive for November, 2007

Using all that you can

November 26th, 2007

Well, the greatest holiday of the year has come and gone and what do we have to show for it? Heaps and heaps of food. Sure, we all know how to make the turkey last, making all manner of turkey recipes for weeks to come but what about the bones? The carcass. You make stock of course!

Give 1 Get 1 – Today!

November 11th, 2007

I just wanted to a take a moment and post a reminder about the OLPC Give 1 Get 1 program. From today until November 26th you can buy one of these great machines. Basically, for $400 plus shipping, which was about $25 for me, you by two laptops. One is mailed to you and the other one is donated. I’ve posted about this program before but since today is the first day anyone in the US or Canada can just buy one I thought it worth repeating.

I have already ordered mine which they said should arrive in time for the holidays. There is a note on the site mentioning that if you buy late in the program you may not receive it in time. This is a gift for me though.. so no worries there. I’ve been a big fan of this project since I first heard about it and was quite thrilled when they announced Give 1 Get 1. If I could afford it I’d buy more as they seem to be more powerful when you have a few of them together.

Waiting in Line for Leopard

November 9th, 2007

For the first time I went to the Apple store to wait in on of their much publicized lines. It was the release of Leopard and I wanted to be there to a get a T-shirt. To be sure I got the software as soon as I legally could I had already pre-ordered online and by the time the store release rolled around at 6 PM I had already installed my copy of leopard on my laptop and my iMac but, as an email Apple sent out mentioned, they were giving away limited edition T-Shirts to the first 500 people at each store…. and I wanted one.

I work fairly close to the only Apple store in our state so that Friday I working at the office until about 6pm and headed down to the mall. I was expecting a small line to have formed leading up to 6pm and by the time I got there and got parked at around 6:10-6:15 I figured the line would have subsided and I’d be able to walk in, grab a shirt and head home. I was wrong… the line had about 300 people in it and was growing fast when I arrived, not to mention the already packed Apple store.

Book Review: The River Cottage Year

November 1st, 2007

As mentioned in a previous post, I bought two of Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall’s books, The River Cottage Year and The River Cottage Meat Book. While I finish reading about raising my own meat I thought I ought to post some of my thoughts about The River Cottage year.

The book is pretty good, it’s well written quite concise. It’s a bit more of a cook book then I was expecting though. Basically it’s broken up into 12 chapters, once for each month and Hugh talks a little bit at the beginning of each chapter about what he is doing at this time of year for his farm, usually about 2 pages worth. From there it’s all recipes though the book does have a pretty good listing of what is in season and when. This list is helpful though by no means comprehensive. The book even tells you that the list is for where Hugh lives and will not be the same in every part of the world. For me, here in the north east of the United States, we’re something like 10 degree’s farther south then he is which I suppose suggests that some of our items will come into season faster then they would for him? I don’t know, it’s hard for me to be sure.