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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. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
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*