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Another Julia Child tribute

this one by Chris Lydon, who took her out to dinner, even!

Audacity 1.2.2 released

Audacity is an open-source audio editing tool. Cross-platform. Mac, Windows, Linux. I’ve been using it to digitize and process some of the 8-hours of recorded interviews (stories, legends) of my great-aunt when I was back east for her 90th birthday.

history of CD technology

One Off presents a history of CD technology, beginning with the proposal for sampling theorem (1841), to the introduction of the Audio CD player in the U.S. in 1983, and points beyond, including the invention and introduction of the DVD. Wikipedia on the Compact Disc (that is, the history and discussion of the compact disc, […]

13 years ago

On the Soviet August Coup: Not being able to find the NPR story that ran on morning edition 22 Aug 1991, I searched elsewhere for some of the description of Gorbachev’s house arrest in his dacha during the failed coup. (why am I searching for this? My niece was born that day.) Gorbachev in dacha […]

Zinfandel Aroma Wheel

The aroma wheel from the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. (Drank 7 Deadly Zins last night. Good.)


Gotta hand it to those Athenians for putting on a good games so far. I have a quibble with the way they named their venues. The equestrian events are being held at the Markopoulo stadium. They shoulda saved that name for the Olympic Aquatic Centre!

Olympics in HD

Doc M has HDTV. Doc M’s a swimmer. Guess what we’ve been watching? The HD schedule is about a half or a whole day behind “lo rez” TV…. and, they show the entire medal ceremony, too. I like the olive wreaths. Hands down, though, the best medal ceremonies going are the equestrian events. As an […]

olympic sole meuniere

The olympic sport I’ve been engaging in: sole muniere, with grrl & co. Both of us have studied New Testament Greek (grrl: “I started out with Classical, Honey!!”) and recited the Greek alphabet so we knew who was coming in when in the march of nations during opening ceremonies (we used to sing it to […]

Fear of food

I saw it quoted in part on Ken Layne’s site— this statement of Julia Child’s about fear of food. So I decided to type the whole section up. It’s from the end of the introduction to The Way to Cook (her 7th cookbook, 1998). Fear of food, indulgences, and small helpings. Because of the media […]

Rest in Peace, Julia

Julia Child died in her sleep just before her 92nd birthday. Julie Powell (of the Julie/Julia project, which introduced me to Julia, really), breaks her blog silence to pay tribute to Julia. Tonight, I think I’m going to have to break out either MTAOFC or The Way to Cook and make a Julia meal. In […]