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Jet lag and movie review

Ugh jet lag, you bastard! I was asleep by 9 pm last night and wide awake at 5:30 am this morning watching Friends in the dark on the sofa. And now I feel like it's bed time and it's only 3 pm. My body may be in San Francisco but its clock is still in Berlin.

I really wish I'd gotten more of a chance to blog from Berlin but I didn't happen upon enough internet cafes at the right times to do so. Many of my thoughts and observations now seem "outdated" somehow, though I plan on summarizing a lot of them with some pictures in the next few days. In the meantime, a movie review:

On the plane to Europe I saw Bridget Jones' Diary, which I enjoyed, but only because it was a modern-day remake of Pride & Prejudice (as you know, one of my top ten favorites ever). Well, it wasn't exactly a remake, and I'm not sure it was supposed to be (though I'm also not sure how it couldn't have been), what with the main love interest's name being Darcy, and Darcy being played by Colin Firth (of BBC Mr. Darcy fame). And of course, she doesn't like him and he doesn't like her. And he's a bit prideful. And she instead falls for someone else (her boss) who is superficially more likable but in reality a cad. And the cad-like boss and Mr. Darcy were friends but now hate each other due to something that occurred, etc. etc. etc. Just like Miss Austen laid it out for us nearly two hundred years ago. And yet, it was still entertaining, especially seen when cooped up on a plane for twelve hours.

Returned from Germany

I'm back safe and sound. Much to tell, later. Now to bed.

Hello from rainz Berlin and

Hello from rainz Berlin and the Wizards of OS conference (where I'm typing on a QWERTZ keyboard and can't locate the Y). After 20 hours of travelling we arrived safelz to our hotel and promptlz fell asleep. Now we've seen some sights, eaten something I don't know the name of, and successfullz registered for the conference and ordered coffee and Coke. Quite a vacation we're having here. I'm all readz for mz presentation tonight at 8pm and can't wait until it's overwith. Then I've nothing to do but hang out and enjoz the citz. And trz to learn a little more German. Not as manz people seem to speak English over here as we'd hoped so we're flailing about a bit. I'll report more on everzthing later, for now just wanted to report we've made it here.

Off to Germany

I've made a couple more tweaks to the style sheet and hopefully that fixes the design for the remaining folks that were having trouble. If not, well I'll look into when I return because...

I'm off to Berlin today for the Wizards of OS conference and my panel on P2P Journalism. Thanks to all who wrote in with tips on places to visit, I'll do my darndest to see everything you've suggested. I'll try to update a bit from Berlin but it might not happen, and I won't have access to email while I'm away, so don't expect any quick replies. I'll be back on the 19th with tales of my German adventure.

More feedback equals more changes

More thanks is due to those folks that wrote in about the Mac IE 5.1 problem. I've now added a class with "background:#69A52D;" to the image. Hopefully that fixed it. If it didn't, well you might just want to use the lo-fi megnut '96 with which the navigation will be visible.

I added a tiny bit of content, not as much as I'd hoped to add today, but things have been hectic here at HQ.

Dreaming of being a chef

For a long time I've dreamt of being a patissiere/baker/pastry chef, and lately I've been considering it more seriously. Of all the things I spend time doing, cooking and baking is perhaps my favorite. I lose myself in the kitchen and hours can pass while I'm happily dicing and sifting and I won't notice. It's also one of the rare times when my mind shuts off and I live in the moment. The constant monologue that churns through my brain is silenced and I focus on scrubbing potatoes or picking herbs from my window box. I'm not sure if cooking would retain its magic for me if it were my job, but I'd be willing to try it out. My summer job at a pie shop was one of my favorite jobs ever. So I'd like to do this Career Discovery: An Introduction to Professional Baking and Pastry run by the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Except that it costs $795 and I can't afford that. I'll stick to baking tarte tatins at home for the time being.

Thanks for the feedback

Thanks to everyone who's sent in email regarding the new design, I really appreciate your help. It seems there's a problem with Mac IE 5.1 (5.0 and 5.5 seem to be fine). For some reason the green background of the <div> isn't appearing in the nav bar. Anyone know why? I'm stumped. Aside from that, it seems like it works in the broswers which support CSS. And for those of you using browsers that don't fully support CSS, I strongly encourage you to upgrade to a version that does, if at all possible. (Not only to view this site, but to improve your online experience in general.)

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

Ingredients

Filling
5 to 6 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices (if you use sweet apples instead, squeeze in approx. 1/2 t. of lemon juice to cut down the sweetness)
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. lightly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Topping
3/4 cup plus 2 T. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 T. old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup plus 3 T. granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 3 T. lightly packed brown sugar
12 T. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and slightly softened

A new megnut design

thumbnail of new megnut design, click to see larger versionBehold a nearly-complete new megnut design! Finally. I can't say that I'm super happy with it, but I needed to give up on perfection and satisfaction and hunker down to get something done. The other sections aren't really fleshed out yet, I'll be adding content as I have the time. Cooking does have one recipe though, and for those ladies that attended a certain "ladies brunch" last weekend, you'll recognize this crisp.

Hopefully this design will work for everyone (or nearly so). I haven't seen it on a Mac, so feedback is welcomed. It will not look very good on anything below Netscape 6.1 on Windows. It's all CSS these days. Anyway, I'm sure something's broken, messed-up, or misspelled. Email me if you're inclined and I'll do my best to fix it up. Now to eat some dinner!

Post-dinner update: I've added an image so you can see what it's supposed to look like. If you're seeing something different than the pop-up (click on screenshot above, warning large pop-up 703x655), please let me know. Thanks!

Interview with the Trotts

Ben and Mena were interviewed about their new "personal publishing system" Movable Type over at Write the Web. Woo hoo!

Maybe small dogs aren't so bad

I think Heather started something with those small dogs of hers. I've never been much of a dog person, especially not a small dog person. I always pictured myself (if I ever pictured myself) with something that could go running with me, something big and sturdy. But meeting Heather's pups started to change that. And now, seeing pictures of Dos Pesos, I think I might be hooked on little dogs! They just look so cute! Of course, my 20+ lbs cat might think so too, as in "so cute I'm going to eat you for an afternoon snack." For the time-being, I think we'll remain a one-pet household.

Any Berlin suggestions for me

Have you been to Berlin? Any tips? Must-sees? Must-avoids? I'll be departing for the land of bier and wienersnitzel next week and your advice is appreciated. Danke.

Some things to tell you about

Here are some things I could tell you about if I felt like it: Amores Perros was an interesting movie; SwissAir went kaputt (then revived, sort of) and I had to buy a new plane ticket to go to Germany next week; I learned, by watching the Food Network, that I'm not using enough flour when I make pasta from scratch and that I need to spend more time kneading the dough, up to ten minutes of kneading is required to get perfect pasta; two homeless men turned the entry way of my building into a bar this morning and hung out drinking and talking and smoking; I've driven across the Golden Gate Bridge four times since September 11 and everytime I reach the other side I'm relieved the terrorists didn't blow it up while I was on it.

Date mistakes

Did anyone notice that I thought yesterday was Tuesday? My date stamp below (since changed) said "tuesday, october 03". I really am out of it, and so are you for not catching it. Usually megnut readers are quick to correct me about these types of things. (Wait a second, did I write it on Tuesday? Did I get the date wrong? I can't remember now.)

Fall already?

October? Already? But the leaves are still green! It never feels like fall here in San Francisco because the leaves don't change, and the weather finally gets good in October. Just last Sunday I got a tan on my back sitting in the sun in the park at a picnic. It was lovely.

Why do I feel a compulsion to mention I don't have much to say these days when it's obvious to anyone who reads this site? I do not know. But I feel I must tell you I don't have much to say these days. I'm doing a lot of thinking but not a lot of writing, at least, not yet.

That is all.

On seeing the photos of the September 11th hijackers

My first thought upon seeing the FBI photos of the hijackers was disbelief, these are the people that did this horrible crime? They look so normal. They look like people I've worked with. I can picture myself walking over to Saeed's cube to ask if he's finished up the JavaScript widget. Even now, I don't think I'd look twice if any of these guys got on a plane with me, and that may be the most terrifiying realization I've had: that terrorists look just like you and me. [via Dave]

The clarity of the war

An opinion piece from The Independent (UK) This is still a war that has few clear enemies and still fewer clear aims:

But if America's war aims have narrowed, they are not very much clearer than they were when Mr Bush first declared his war on terrorism. This lack of clarity will have to be remedied if Mr Bush does not want to see the tiny fissures that are emerging in his grand coalition widening into more dangerous splits.

Speaking at Seybold on content management

Tomorrow I'll be at Seybold talking about Managing Your Content from 9:00-10:30 AM. If you're at the conference, please stop by and say hi, even if you already know how to manage your content.

The blog twinning project

And for something off-topic for a change, from the "creative juices run dry department": you can "twin" a blog over at the The Blog Twinning Project by matching one weblog with another based on the similarities between them. At least that's how I understand it. But for some reason I'm getting twinned to Jason, and we all know our weblogs aren't very similar in style. I fear that people are twinning us for some other reason. And speaking of silly twinning reasons, earlier today I was second most twinned with Meg of Notsosoft. Huh, is that because her name is Meg too? People people people!

Happy b-day

Happy birthday Mr. Crankypants, you numbers dork you!

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