Monday, November 27, 2006
Turkey: Turkeys are actually easy to cook.
1. remove turkey from whatever packaging it came in.
2. Remove neck and other icky pieces from inside it and toss them
3. use a nice turkey roasting dish
4. rub the entire turkey with butter, shake some salt & pepper over it
5. toss about 6 bay leaves into the turkey cavity
6. put it in the oven at about 350
7. set a timer for 45 minutes
8. when the timer goes off, pull out the turkey. use tongs to flip it (easier than using those crazy turkey forks) and re-butter the entire bird
9. put it back in, re-set the time
10. when the breast & wings start getting very crispy, cover them in aluminum foil
11. cook, flipping & re-buttering every 45 minutes, until it's at 165F in the breast
Gravy: create a roux by putting 2 tablespoons of butter into a pan, and adding some flour. stir it around & mash it up. add some chicken stock and turkey juice. if you need to thicken it, make more roux in a new pan, then move the gravy to that new pan & stir well.
Timeline: the hard part of making a thanksgiving dinner is time management. Here's mine:
1. start the turkey
2. cook some veggies that can be microwaved at the end (sweet potatos, green beans)
3. prepare some biscuit dough that can sit in a fridge
4. make some mashed potatos, leave them sitting over a double boiler on low with a lid on them
5. when the turkey is done, pop the biscuits in the oven
6. make gravy, have someone warm veggies in microwave
7. when gravy and biscuits are done, serve
Friday, November 17, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
I spent the next several hours testing pushes for every single page on the site that echoed back user input. On a site like amazon, you can imagine what that was like- I seem to recall that a lot of my time was frantically deleting pages from my pager because it kept running out of space for stored messages. Thankfully I worked with some great people, I remember farming out a lot of the testing to Jason, who was still really a newbie at that time. This is one of my starkest memories: we had the slashdot article on this open, and would reload over and over again reading the comments as more vulnerable sites were found, more exploits related to this came to light. The comments are still an interesting read today.
It took a few days for me to wrap my head around what this bug was, at the time I was just trying to test with the sample input we had, without totally following the complete theory of what we were doing. To be fair, I doubt anyone that understood that. I can talk a lot now about filtering vs escaping, why I love <plaintext>, and so on, but that day was more about survival mode. Lots of fun, though, and another insane amazon experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Originally uploaded by wck.
Yesterday I went trick or treating with Ana and Kate -it was really warm! It was the first time I'd gone trick or treating with them, I mostly held Ana while she played with the glow-stick attached to her jacket.
With the recent warm spell, my cosmos FINALLY bloomed. Or... one bud did. Took long enough. I took a picture of a cosmos in New Hampshire a few weeks ago, I'll post that shortly.