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Eric Honaker
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Artist and Computer Nerd
Artist and Computer Nerd

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This snatch of nerdy parody came to my head unbidden today.

After "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette

It's like meeting the man of my dreams
And boning his beautiful wife.
Isn't it Byronic?
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The Bakening

I made my first cake from scratch this past weekend for my birthday party. I also made Italian meringue buttercream. It was a fun experience overall.

The cake was a tad overbaked because I used 9" pans instead of 8" and did not shorten the bake time enough. Still quite tasty.

I used the vanilla cake and buttercream recipes from +How To Cake It's "cakebook."
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1/22/18
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Ah, winter. The season when the fingerprint recognition on my phone stops working because of the eczema cracking. :P
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I'm a fan of several kinds of fried foods. But I hadn't been frying anything in a while because a) too much oil, b) too messy or c) deep fryers are obnoxious to clean.

So I put an air fryer on my wishlist. Why not, right? Well, the family got me one for my birthday.

I already like it. We had a decent success with gluten-free fried pickles, and complete success with frozen veggie fries.

I'm gonna need to do some chicken wings soon.
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Last week, in a nut shell.
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I might consider taking up religion again just to pray against this.
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I can haz bread!

I decided to try making bread from scratch for the first time (not counting using a bread machine.) I went with a brioche recipe from +Alex French Guy Cooking, which seemed fairly straightforward. I also got to use my dough hook on my KitchenAid for the first time.

Everything went pretty smoothly. I think maybe I needed a couple more minutes of kneading, because the end product was just a tad brittle. But it tasted great, it toasts beautifully, and everyone has enjoyed it.

For next time, I plan to do a couple of things differently:

1. Use bread flour. We'll see if that makes a difference.
2. try a braid method I saw which amounts to making an asterisk and braiding from the middle instead of all from one end.

All in all, though, it was a great first experience making bread. Definitely have to do that again.
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Aptronym of the Day: Avenged Sevenfold's drummer is named Wackerman.
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I can't decide if I'm geeky enough to wear one of these for work.

I'm not really what you'd call a Trekker, though I did like the first three series quite a bit.

H/T to +Elisabeth Schabus
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At Twin Cities Go Club this week, I actually won two games! Those were my first real-board wins against someone I wasn't teaching.

Now, to be clear, I was playing a stronger player and got handicap stones. But I've played him with handicap stones before and never won.

First game I won by one point, not counting komi. We never discussed what komi to use. The default in a handicap game is .5 to avoid ties, so that makes it a half-point win.

The second time I actually made him resign, which was great. I was actually in a really sketchy position, but I made a forcing move and he defended in the wrong direction so I took a BIG piece of his territory and saved 8 stones, which made it a 20-point swing or so. He resigned after that.

Then I played a teaching game with another stronger player. I didn't really get close to winning that one, but I learned some good stuff. And got a bit of praise and approval for some of my reads and attacks, which was great.

Very stoked.
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