I hope you enjoyed the first day of your Advent calendars today, everybody!

I know you're all itching for my year in review. Itching to an extent that even calamine lotion can't salve the irritation. You might want to hang onto the bottle until the weekend. I will say that most of my music choices won't surprise anybody, though I seem to be continuing my tilt back towards indie-r waters...


Hasbro: delighting 80s children decades on:


(still time for Christmas!)


It seems almost churlish to criticise Albert Adria’s Natura. It’s filled with beautiful and breathtaking pictures, huge double spreads showing off the cutting edge of dessert design. Oodles of new techniques and old ones polished up to insane new levels (some of the things they do with gelatin here are just mind-boggling). Even though most of the book is beyond me, it’s given me lots of new ideas already, and I’ve only had it two days.

There is, however, a slight annoyance. While the book is gorgeous, it comes at the expense of practicality. None of the desserts featured in the book have a recipe accompanying them on the page; instead there’s a CD with a Flash application which contains the details (along with swoosh-y animations). You can print individual recipes out, but the program seems to use bitmapped fonts, resulting in a rather 1990s ink-jet feeling to the printout. Especially annoying when you’re printing on a colour laser.

I can understand that the book is supposed to be a showcase of the desserts themselves and letting them stand alone, but the Alinea book is no less beautiful whilst still containing exhaustive directions alongside their photography. There’s so little information in Natura itself (aside from a scant twenty pages in the back about a few techniques) that the book is almost secondary to the CD. Which is a little disappointing considering that it’s one of the most expensive books I’ve ever bought.

Having said all that, it’s not going anywhere. I just wish the physical side of it was more useful than the virtual one.

This Is The Legacy of Anonymous

2009: Bring back The Reynolds Girls!

Five-and-dimed...or a lack of sixpences

Well, perhaps Woolworths can take some solace that their name lasted longer than their American parent (which became Foot Locker many years ago).

Comedians: ready your pick’n’mix jokes!

Starting 2009 By Looking Back


Oh yes.

Yay Christmas Comics!

Not only Phonogram: Pull Shapes, but a new series of Blue Monday! Hurrah!

Was This Included In November 4th?

The War On Christmas: Over?

Thoughts on <em>Supertrain</em>


So Close

The new RDU terminal is shiny. Really shiny. It even feels like a real airport now, and what’s more, a real airport with seats that have USB and normal powerpoints to plug all your stuff into. It’s a geek-paradise! Except…I can’t seem to connect to a wireless network. There’s something called ‘testwlan’ which requires a password and an elusive T-Mobile signal that crops up every five minutes, but I’m not hopeful on getting a connection. Which is sad, as I meant to email Nikki a goodbye note, seeing as how she’s been working all day and had to miss the yumminess, the sourness, Stacie’s death-dealing, and a discussion on what exactly ‘breakfast’ means.

Bonnie on a chat to me sometime during the night of the November 2004 election:

they should’ve had gotten Obama out more. just stick him everywhere

I think they got that covered this time around.