June 10th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 06-09-2010

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  • 22:23:17: Onions, mushrooms, bacon, Red Leicester cheese, merlot, pinot noir, 2 big cans of Ro-tel: major cooking will occur in next few days.
  • 22:24:33: Choir practice was intense. I CAN'T sight read Baroque anything like that fast. Can get either the Latin or the notes but not both.

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

The Consuming Passion: Pots & Mapping

Another All-Clad pot was inevitable.   OK, not inevitable, but irresistible.   This one is the 2 quart straight-sided saute pan, with lid.   The 4 quart was nice, but...heavier.  Much.  Or it felt like much to me.   So I went for the 2 quart.  The interior diameter is a little less than the big iron frying pan, but still plenty large enough for what I often want to brown but don't want to have to hold (or clean out) the big old iron one.

The citrus squeezer thingie, maybe not so inevitable except I was tired of squeezing the juice out of limes with a pair of offset pliers.   R- is this moment trying it out (I already have) and it works a treat--is easier, doesn't puncture the lime's hide (which pliers do rather easily) and gets more juice out.

Then other other indulgence--a GPS.    I had resisted GPS for years (not that I thought it didn't work, but out of sheer "I can navigate on my own, thanks very much" but increasingly nature databases want citizen scientists (that would be me) to give the coordinates of what they're reporting.  My latest report, of a moth not on the county list (in fact, not within several counties, if I'm reading the site right)  was accepted, but then came the request for coordinates.   So after indulging in the cookware, I headed for REI, where I explained my need for a tough little GPS for the field that would give me coordinates of finds...and since I didn't demand that it link to my computer with bluetooth or even a USB cable...it was the cheapest, too.  

I tried it out in the parking lot near the ice rink, and again in a friend's house, and found it easy to use.   After driving home, I took it out to the spot where I found the moth and after a little hunt for satellites, it told me where we were.   I took it back in the house to write down the numbers, and it tossed up a message "Weak GPS Signal" right on top of the numbers I was trying to copy (I think maybe being inside a house with a steel roof just might have something to do with that...) so I had to go back outside and scribble (barely legibly) the numbers on the little screen.  

A hint for GPS makers would be to make the coordinates BIGGER.   As in, big enough to see easily.   And ensure that the warning of weak signal does not cover them up.

However, it's clearly a tough little critter and I expect to start making more professional-looking reports soon.