yesterday's technology tomorrow
Wednesday, July 30, 2003Baking, cooking, coding
A lack of posts in the last week is mainly due to a fairly busy week focused on otherthings.
Blog Change Bot has been going really well with over 400 subscribers within the first week which is well beyond expectations. As mentioned previously we made it into Daypop's Top 40 and also Top 10 at Blogdex.
Having spent the last few years designing and developing internet based systems some of which have been well used but most have been lightly if at all used. I believe this is because we have been building systems and "hoping they will come" and no one has shown up....much like a party at 10pm :-).
So its been REALLY and I mean REALLY motivating to see all the very kind words people have blogged about this latest creation. I can totally see why people build things for free to get recognition and use of cool useful tools.
Being a month of creativity, I've also created a new web service for work and have been doing some good cooking. A few weeks ago, Epicure had an article on pies with a good, no, make that fool proof, recipe for pastry. I've been using it a couple of times a week for apple pies, pasties, meat pies etc. Never having been much of a pastry (as opposed to dough) maker its been very fulfilling to get my pastry working right every time. I've also finally got my yorkshire puddings rising!!!! The secret has been to stand the eggs and milk in warm water to before making the batter.
So its been a pastry and yorkshire pudding week after some yummy leek soup on the weekend from loobylu and big-p and little aj (even if claire did try to poison us with her so called 'chives").
I've just watched a short video on pizza from I Carusi and have found the recipe for their dough so I'll give that a go this week.
As readers of Oskar's blog would know, his sleeping patterns have taking a turn for the worse recently so we've been trying some advice on putting him back to bed in the middle of the night....the first night we put him back to bed 74 times between 7:30 and 8:30pm and then 40+ times been 4:30 and 6:00. Last night was much better with 17 times around 7pm and then 12ish times around 4am so hopefully things are on the mend and we'll be sleeping better again.
Finally....my love for running is back. After a few weeks of faster running on my longs runs I ran the fastest 10km I have done for a few years in the middle of a long run on the weekend so things are looking flash for the 1/2 marathon in 7 weeks.
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