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Does anyone know if beer yeasts can be used in breadmaking? Not necessarily as a replacement - I'm thinking more as an augmentation. After all, many good beers are bottle conditioned - would there be any harm in introducing what would be considered dregs there? ('Course, I suppose I already know the answer - I'll try it anyway, unless there's some ZOMG NO YOU'LL CROSS THE STREAMS reason. And maybe even if then =:) Anyway, another batch of dough's currently sitting on the sofa, happily swelling away - this time, primarily spelt, with a bit of wheat and malted barley, which apparently took up much less water than the wheat/oats first time around, so I've wound up with rather more - time to go experimenting with chapati and pizza bases, I think.

For ysengrin: felt teddy bear skulls.

Ten Sundance shorts available for free through the iTunes Store, temporarily - grab them while you can. ^_^

On the future iPhone Must Have list: Vector Tanks, looking absolutely delicious in the developer's video.

Want a TF-themed short story for $10? Look here for details. ^_^

An interesting little presentation from SL, courtesy of Nature, on the vision of the Great Cormorant.

Also in SL, today, Kim Stanley Robinson. "When we asked Stan what he wanted his avatar to look like, he suggested something interesting and non-human, like a rock or a tree. In brainstorming about it, Argent Bury came up with the idea of a coyote, to commemorate the use of the Native American legend in Robinson's Mars trilogy."

Mind you, that av pales in comparison to this Arctic wuf schnee located.. isn't he beautiful?

Some minor, welcome 3D news from Autodesk: Mudbox, Toxik, and ImageModeler will be coming to OS X in February and March.

A quick tribute to mascot handlers, courtesy of Woot.com. ^_^

An interesting creative challenge: Furry x 60. All submissions - music, sound art, poetry, etc - are exactly sixty seconds long, and due by June 2009. I may give that a go.

Hm. One Japanese word for "donkey" is apparently a compound of the words for "rabbit" and "horse". ^_^

Now, who was it who mentioned they were going to be giving latex pillowcases a try? I could do with a bit of a change.. and the duvet cover, especially, though I'm a bit worried about surprise nighttime burns with something like that. ^_^; Shiny is good, smooth is good, blindingly saturated hues are good.. =:)

I can't find anything similar for Panasonic Lumix cameras, but if you've got a non-ancient Canon, the CHDK project, which rabitguy noticed, offers replacement firmware that enables a number of nifty additional functions for supported cameras, not least of which being RAW support.

For anyone needing speed in their laptop drive, some comparison figures between an Intel SSD and a MacBook's stock Toshiba HD might make enlightening reading. It's a fairly extreme difference. (And price =:)

Courtesy of roohbear, Pete the Meat Puppet. Quite.. odd.

Aha! AjaxLife does seem to work under OS X after all - one bit of information that was missing from the minimal documentation is that you need to be in "server", and run it using "mono bin/release/AjaxLife.exe" (plus whatever options), rather than being in the executable's directory and running it from there. With the latter, it'll almost work, but missing the login fields at the bottom of the window, complaining about missing part of a path instead. It's also necessary to get Mono's search path set up correctly - in this case, using "export MONO_PATH=path_to_dependencies", where the path is that of the dependencies directory in "server". Not that that stopped me from just timing out after all that, on trying to log in..

And it appears AjaxLife's maintainer has returned. ^_^

Oy, the fun of board bring-up! Nothing better than wondering what's wrong with your code than to ultimately discover it's performing perfectly - it's the radio's oscillator that's doing a pancake impression. Still, that did give me the opportunity to note the co-worker's problem was the same issue - the very first SPI reset and legitimate transaction was locked up, so the display was never getting any love. Since then, I've mostly been getting down and dirty with the keyboard (again.. and I thought that'd been laid to rest a few months ago, but the circuitry there's changed completely with the latest board revision), involving getting one of the new boards all wired up, exposing all the relevant lines. And that's involved importing the layout as individual layers into Potatoshop, so I can play with each layer's opacity, identify what traces lead where, and identify precisely where a given signal can most easily be accessed, preferably avoiding the need to apply grabbers to the CPU - they work, but they're fiddly to apply, and if it's a choice between soldering onto one of a load of pins, all a hair's breadth apart, and finding the right via, I'll go for the latter every time. ^_^

Also started to play with the new handheld spectrum analyser - up to 9GHz, 1MB sample buffer, bandwidth down to 30kHz. Fairly hideous UI, but a very slick bit of kit otherwise.

Huh. Seems GreatestJournal, one-time migration target, is closing at the end of the month.

Rather a nifty window that appeared on randompics recently: the rainbow of the Palais des congrès, in Montreal.

Clearly, fleetfur has to get a MacBook Pro now. =:) (Though, sadly - if understandably - the squirrel design apparently sold out upon appearing on Wired's site)

I imagine everyone's heard, but still, it bears repeating: the wretched policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is on the chopping block.
Do you bake with sour dough at all? If not, would you be interested? DH has some that he's had for about a year now and I suspect we could split.

It seems that, often, the things I buy tend to be the competing products that DON'T see all the homebrew action. Netgear router that won't take a new firmware (it runs linux, but so far as I'm aware, no-one knows the boot loader on it), Nokia N82 (strangely not as busy as the iPhone scene) and Nikon camera (so same problem as yourself there).
Oooh! I'd love that, yes! Supposedly, this recipe will develop something of that character, assuming I can remember to not wash out the dough storage container with the last loaf, but obviously, a mature starter would be a fantastic boon to that end.

The latest batch turned out very nicely - sauteed two cloves of garlic in a little oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes (nummy things, ne? Hafta remember to pick up another jar sometime soon), and added that plus a good sprinkling of basil and herbes de provence to the water. Only problem is, it smells horribly good while baking - makes it difficult to concentrate on anything else. =:)

Hee! It's a bit frustrating that way, ne? Hyzenthlay's got a Samsung UJ-846 as its internal DVD-R, which wasn't cracked for region-free operation for a good year or two, whilst many others, especially Pioneer's wares, all but come with instructions for such in the user guide. Similarly, my old 3Com router (quite a nice unit overall, with a surprisingly good UI, though cursed with a tiresome obligation to reset itself on changing things like port mappings. Definite minus point for the PSU frying itself a year after purchase, though - it's now on a cheapy universal supply from Maplin, or would be, if I weren't using Be's supplied router, a Thompson. Quite a reasonable UI, and with a few extra bits of information available on the line condition) doesn't seem to have any homebrew action available. Still, it does its job well, which is what counts most.

Hmm. How to get you some of our starter? We don't often get to meets and I don't really know who you are. I doubt the Royal Mail would be too pleased at the idea of transporting live bacteria.

Ah, now. Garlic and herb bread :) We did that a couple of weeks ago for our burgers, except we didn't saute the garlic. We were quite happy to simply crush it straight in. Then formed the dough into balls and baked it on a baking sheet before slicing them and inserting the burger. (And when you have more burger than bread, it's a Good Thing.

The bone I have to pick with my current router is the lack of a decent firewall. Yes, it runs linux and so I can do iptables, but the WebUI seems geared to NAT firewalling (you want this port forwarded to which computer?) and it looks like, if I want to keep any changes I make outside of that, I have to roll them into my own firmware.