July 15th, 2010


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I hath tweeted:

  • 10:05 I need: a few beta testers! And a new default icon... Hmm. #
  • 17:56 Velcro!!! I just came back and found a bunch of ttttttttttttts inserted into my open page of code. Someone was napping on my laptop again... #
  • 19:16 I wrote another story today! Horrah! #
  • 20:05 My databases are all down??? Time for a drink... #
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I'm going to dislocate a shoulder patting myself on the back over this Sketch Fest site. It's not much to look at, but I am disproportionately pleased with the clean and efficient coding and functionality. Compared to the gazillion-page sites I usually build, this is very zen.

It gives me hope for the other things I'm working on.

I sat down and wrote a story yesterday afternoon. I like it. Gritty, short and ironic, just the way I like.

I just finished a load of laundry and put cranberry sourdough muffins in the oven. Once those are done, I have drafting to do (dooooo it) and then will safety-check some more EMG-Zine pages.

Are You Sure?

Well, That was a Disaster...

Well, I said to no one, stepping away from the oven. That was a disaster.

So, I make good pizza. Really good pizza. From scratch, using sourdough. I'm very comfortable making sourdough pizza. But today, it went terribly, terribly wrong.

First, I decided to try a different recipe. This one would be ready in half an hour, instead of several hours, as the dough only needed to rest, not rise. Okay, that sounds good!

It kneads about right, feels nice and silky. Okay, I can do this! No need to break open the box of macaroni.

I set it to rest and assemble ingredients.

My pizzas are, unless made for an event, leftover pizzas - whatever's in the fridge on a pizza. My sauce today is leftover past sauce (spicy red pepper, mm!), and I have salami for a meat. Veggies - hm... let's try avocado! I love avocado, and figure it's worth a try. And a half a tomato leftover, and most of a little can of black olives. Tasty!

The timer goes off - dough is ready!

But... hmm. It's very sticky. It tears instead of stretching. I have doubts. I should have listened to those doubts!

I have a spanking new pizza stone - I have heard such wonderful things about how they bake pizzas that I had to try one.

But this means I can't assemble my pizza on a cookie sheet. Hmm! I have a pizza paddle - I sprinkle cornmeal on it and make my pizza.

Avocados? I think, as I spread them out. Was this a good idea?

I sprinkle on the cheese and take the paddle to the oven. Opening the door, I tilt the paddle to shake the pizza loose and watch the cheese try to break for escape.

Hm, I say.

I get a spatula and test an edge.

The pizza crust is completely glued to the wooden paddle. I consider the box of macaroni again.

I get a bigger spatula.

With scraping and cursing and careful tilting and a heartfelt plea not to lose my toppings, I scratch the pizza in mostly one piece onto the 450 degree baking stone. The far edge is completely wrinkled. There are bits of rapidly melting shredded cheese gleefully becoming one with the baking stone. My carefully composed toppings all tried to make a break for the downhill side, so the near side of the pizza is almost bare.


I'll let you know how the story ends in another ten minutes, but I'm not hopeful.

Fortunately, I have a box of macaroni and cheese.

Ugly Slab of Mostly Pizza

Ugliest. Pizza. Ever.

There were spots where the dough tore through, and the crust in general was a little thin and tough (where it wasn't folded up on itself). The avocados were good, but a little mild for the sauce and salami. The baking quality was fine. I ate three slices, so it couldn't have been too awful.

Presentation: F-
Taste: B
Texture: D+
Modifiers: I was hungry.

Overall score: C-

Passed, but not with flying colors. I think I might like the pizza stone, but I will never, ever use even a marginally sticky crust on it. I may experiment with baking parchments.

Project Statuses

In order of current importance:

EMG-Zine - security fixes. Most of these are done, but I want to inspect a few minor pages for further flaws and continue to delete the prior-to-this-version webpages that are still lingering on the server. (They don't attach to any databases, but they do clutter things up.) The next step are major menu/page build changes, but... that might come later.

Portrait Adoption - security fixes. The major ones are made, but again, just want to make sure that I haven't left any holes, page by laborious page.

Fantasy Art Shop - Plan to get back to this and finish it next week! The artist end of things is pretty much together.

Commission-Control - security fixes first, then I finally figured out how to structure everything. Building the Sketch Fest site gave me a bunch of ideas here, and honestly, I don't think that it will take much time after that. I might even finish this next week, too, depending on other workload.

Personal Pages - Need to double-check the existing packages for security flaws, but they don't insert into the database, so there shouldn't be problems. Then, I need to write up the public information for them and put them out for sale.

And because that's not enough, I've got the seeds of another project boiling away in my brain...