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Via huskyteer, I recently encountered a webcomic new to me, easily worth passing along: Dracula, a furry adaptation of the classic.

In light of the curious nervousness from some progressive quarters, following the recent California Supreme Court decision, dakhun made some excellent points over here.

Anyone who's been watching the recent seasons of Doctor Who will know Stephen Moffat's name - the writer responsible for some of the most (deservedly!) acclaimed episodes, including The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, and Blink, has been appointed as lead writer for the show, taking over from RTD in 2009. "My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven."

Oh, gods.. that was the best pizza I've had in ages. Marks & Spencer mushroom & maple bacon, gently defrosted first (it recommended[1] it was best cooked from chilled, rather than frozen), and a few shiitake sliced on, some garlic powder, herbes de provence, three quartered artichoke hearts, two oak smoked slices of bacon, and a few thinly cut segments of sundried tomato, into the microwave on convection oven mode for fourteen mins at 170C, then another four at 200C. It could've done with slightly longer, or a minute or so of 900W microwave power, but that just meant it wasn't as hot as it might be - the base and toppings were all perfect, with the base as tasty as you could want, and the toppings all in harmony.. well, there went the intention to have half today and half tomorrow. ^_^;

[1] Not in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe sense.

And at long last, I've finally been able to contribute to rabbiteering. ^_^ The coworker brought along his Minolta A200s, so I'm now able to bring one along on my lunchtime amblings along the nearby pathway, in an attempt to capture a little of the life of this warren. Most of the (many =:) pics were simply pleasant to look at, but this one stood out as worth sharing. ^_^

That pizza sounds lovely yet also terribly, terribly expensive!
I'm going to have to see if it's repeatable sometime. Thankfully, I have another of the same in the freezer. =:9

Not cheap, but not quite as bad as it might be - they were running a "buy one, get one half price", and shiitake aren't too bad, given they're quite a potent flavor, so you only need to use them fairly sparingly, compared to the usual white buttons. Even the artichokes worked out affordable, given they crammed them into the 99p can.

I'm definitely going to be trying that oven in convection mode for pizza again - I suspect that's as much of the success as anything, with much of the heat coming from directly below. Maybe. I'm still learning all the secrets of this kitchen - it's insanely well equipped. ^_^ (The owners did take the espresso maker with them, but they noted it was something they treasure - a very high end model that even ground the beans on demand. They were kind enough to demonstrate when I visited them soon after seeing the place with the agent - and indeed, it was a superb cappuccino)

I just love having space in a kitchen again. The fittings are secondary to all that. Just having the space to get ingredients laid out, cut and chopped as necessary, without having to stack everything.. it's perfectly possible to work wonders even then, but it's not a source of contentment.

'Course, what I should do is try making my own pizza dough. ^_^ Not sure I'll try the hand-tossing, though.. I'd like to keep it off the floor, preferably. Or ceiling. =:)

My own diet pretty much just requires space for a microwave and a cutlery draw. *pats my fat tummy*
Girl In The Fireplace = fav ep.
Definitely a favorite. As flawed as it was (I wasn't really convinced by the romance, but still poignant), the sheer style carried it magnificently.

If I had my DVD-Rs with me, I'd watch The Doctor Dances again. Seems like it'd be quite fitting for the occasion. ^_^ And following the gap caused by Eurovision (yay!) comes his contribution to this season, too..
When I started watching the show, that was the first one I saw. I was hooked, and recently I picked up the soundtrack because of that one.
I've watched it at least two dozen times, and I still can't get through watching it without breaking down and sobbing at the end...
That's a lovely photo! And sounds like a lovely pizza too - planning one of those myself before the week is out. (I make the dough in my breadmaker, which is cheaty but good.)

Edited at 2008-05-21 09:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^ Like any wildlife photo, really a matter of chance, but I'm no less happy to have caught such a natural moment.

Ooh, what recipe do you use? Have you tried any sourdough pizza bases? They do work surprisingly well, but I'm completely inexperienced in what's actually required to make sourdough a success; given it's barely found outside San Francisco, I fear it's a delicate matter, much like lambics only ever seem to pop out from yon Belgian lands.

Furry Dracula, that's a good idea.

When one has such a tasty pizza, it's damn near impossible to "save the rest".

I love bunny prongs [legs].
Photo: "That was my impression of a stiltwalker." *bows*
It definitely looks promising! The artist's got a keen grip on what might even be analog art skills, or just a good digital impersonation of ink washing (a lot less messy!).

I did consider the idea of saving the rest, to be sure, but it was just calling out (well, more a matter of yelling) to be finished off. Thankfully, I have another of those pizzas in the freezer, so I'll be most interested to see if the experience is repeatable. I'll even split it with you.

It's the ears, you know. We's quite proud of our ears. =:D

I think I'll have to post another bunny pic or two, as and when particularly worthwhile shots crop up. So much of it's just luck, of course - keep taking frames, and see what comes out. I wish I could accurately focus with it, but the automatic mode seems to work reasonably well, if I use the digital zoom on top, to narrow the field of view right down, so it doesn't get distracted by some brush in the near-mid distance.

BTW, I do hope you saw the Bunny comic on Indiana Jones. ^_^

Just had some damn good cherry pie fillet steak.. Waitrose aren't the cheapest, but I've been downright impressed with how good everything from them has been, this most certainly included. Barely did anything to it, either - just left it to fry away gently in a tiny bit of butter for eight or ten minutes, adding a little seasoning right before the end. (Ketjap manis, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder) So tender, so tasty.. that plus some gnocchi, asparagus, and broccoli, with a sauce based on instant mushroom soup with three shiitake sliced in, and a Dunkerton's Black Fox cider (fiendishly good, if rather carbonated - a real cider flavor, with complexity missing entirely from even Weston's Scrumpy).

"I'll even split it with you."
Will it keep that long? *rimshot*

"We's quite proud of our ears. =:D"
And rightly so. Long, fuzzy and nomable... We -are- still talking about ears, right?

"So much of it's just luck, of course..."
Quite. I researched and selected a new digital camera for Pee & Em and I must say I'm rather impressed. It's the best I could find for the lowest price. It paid for itself on the first use. Anyway, I've tried a couple times to capture lightning with it: it works perfectly well, but you get a ratio of 10:1 brightly lit sky/lightning. It only has a manual exposure of 15 seconds, which is probably the most obvious flaw I could find.

"Bunny comic on Indiana Jones."
*Giggle* Somewhat less formidable now.

Agent Cooper reminds me of James Stewart's character, Elwood P. Down, in Harvey. Unashamedly pleasant, easy-going, friendly: innocent.

Eating a fillet is like eating a meaty cloud. Salt and a garlic-butter & parsley is the staple base for eating one. Doesn't need much. So tender, so juicy.. *drool*

A real cider flavour in a commerical cider, now that is something rare.