* It has the "has the whole world gone mad?" vibe: A cake that you bake upside down and serve right-side-up ? HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE MAD?!
* I worked in a bakery at Safeway. I didn't actually do any baking; I washed dishes, swept floors, sliced bread, and stole fitful moments alone in the freezer with boxed chocolate chip cookie dough. One of the few good looking things that came out of the bakery was the pineapple upside-down cake. I was intrigued by the moment of turnover-revalation, and made every effort to be there when it happened; the gooey pan weeping glistening sugary tears onto the cored pineapples and browned cake below. As I boxed them, my face would alight with their radiant beauty, maraschino cherries delightfully centered in the golden fruit. Those sweet cakes, how they made the time in that bakery pass, how oblivious I became to the shouting, the bugs, the occasional dismemberment.. even the tower of dishes seemed to sway gracefully over the sink; even the sweaty floors seemed to soften like a field of alfalfa under the bleach of my mop. Later, when I'd walk home in the hot darkness, the sounds of crickets and cicadas were like a faraway crooning, the sound of pineapples baking in brown sugar.
Pour off 2/3 of a cup of liquid from the can of pineapple slices into a bowl or measuring cup.
Melt the butter in a pan. Since we had a pyrex baking pan, I put the butter in the pan and the pan in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Stir in the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of the pineapple liquid from the can. Coat the bottom of the pan evenly.
Next, add an appropriate amount of pineapple slices. Five fit into my pan.
Next, add the maraschino cherries. Don't they look perky?
Now, set that pan aside.
Take the flour, baking power, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and put them in a bowl & combine them.
Next, put your shortening into the mixer and beat it a bit. 30 seconds, 45 seconds, who's counting. Add the sugar. Beat 'till combined. Next, add egg (after cracking it) and vanilla (after sniffing it) and beat for about a minute. Then, alternate between adding the dry flour/baking powder/salt mixture and the cup of pineapple liquid. I was advised/admonished to stop the mixer to add the dry ingredients (taking care to scrape down the bowl) to add the liquid while the mixer was on.
Finally, when all is mixed (don't let it mix too long or the flour will toughen up and you'll wind up making a pineapple-upside-down-bagel-cake), pour/spatula the mixture into the cake pan and spread it evenly.
Bake this fine thing in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
After it's done, take it out! Don't let any strangers near it!
Let it rest for 5 minutes, then flip it over and BEHOLD! Scrape any gooey stuff from the pan onto the cake. I scraped along the side of the pan with a butterknife to help ensure the cake was separated from the pan -prior- to flipping it over.
Optionally serve with ice cream / rice dream.
Eat, enjoy, then nap.
A beautiful weekend; went for a jog with my dad saturday morning, and then we all went to OMSI and walked around Oaks' Bottom wildlife sanctuary. Sunday I took my parents out for mothers day brunch and then michelle & I planted flowers & vegetables.
Now it's hot. Frickin' hot. My desktop is going to catch on fire at any moment. No breeze. Sweat pooling. It's usually not this hot yet. I don't know what the high was today, but in trying to find out I found this:
Trojan Implosion Countdown Under Way Huge Tower Set To Collapse Early Sunday
RAINIER, Ore. -- Preparations continue this week for the big implosion of the Trojan Nuclear Plant cooling tower.
The massive 499-foot tower will implode at 7 a.m. Sunday. Nearby I-5 will be closed from several minutes before the blast until several minutes afterward. It will be visible from Kalama, Wash. for those who get there before the closure. However, highway officers and Port officers want most people to watch it on television.
Demolition experts are putting 2,500 pounds of dynamite into hundreds of pre-drilled holes.
The tower has been a Northwest landmark for more than three decades. It was closed in 1993.
Experts say there is no danger of radiation release. The cooling tower is not where nuclear energy was produced. That happened in the nearby, and much smaller, dome-shaped reactor building.
Been exchanging emails w/ ——— @ ——— for a bit, he's interested in hiring and i'm interested something new.
——— liked me, but I don't want to (a) relocate or (b) do the 80 mile commute..
Downloaded the OpenSolaris ISOs & burned 'em. Had some problems getting it to boot on my test box, kept getting a "consconfig : no screen found". My video card is an old 512k ISA card, I wouldn't think it would matter, but perhaps it just got confuzed while probing it; it didn't expect hardware that old, or only knew to probe for PCI video. I was able to get into the installer on michelle's old E-machine w/ integrated video, so I'm pretty sure I just need to put in a slightly more modern video card.
I'd really like to start playing with ZFS in particular and Solaris 10 in general. if ZFS is as gr00vy as it's claimed, it would be hard for me justify to spend time futzing linux w/ LVM and ext3. I could put Xen on my big 1r0n server, and run a Solaris 10 image and a linux image side by side, and let the solaris image be the file server... mmm..
I bought a 4-port SATA card and two 250gb drives. Gonna move barcelona:/export/archive from the 100% full 2-disk 60gb raid5 array to a 25% full 250gb RAID1(0) array. But first I will try the card in the test box to see if it works under Solaris 10 ..!
gack. spamassassin is catching SIGSEGV and dying.. gurgle..
grsec: From 172.16.16.5: signal 11 sent to /jsi/soe/dist/linux/debian-3.0/i686/perl-modules/1.0/bin/spamd[spamd:7591] uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0, parent /sbin/init[init:1] uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0 grsec: From 172.16.16.5: denied resource overstep by requesting 4096 for RLIMIT_CORE against limit 0 for /jsi/soe/dist/linux/debian-3.0/i686/perl-modules/1.0/bin/spamd[spamd:7591] uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0, parent /sbin/init[init:1] uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0foo.
Beautiful day today! Took the day off. Went for a bike ride, first of the year. Took a break at the half-way point, at the park by the sellwood bridge. Laid on the grass and watched the river, the dogs, the grass, the cute little green bugs that like to walk around on my pale skin. They get trapped in the forest of my massively hairy, ape-like arms. I am gentle with them, for they are not for long in this world (at least on my timeline.)
Had another conversation w/ ——— this morning, w/ the manager of the group. Not crazy about relocating.
Dinner was pok pok. Mmmm, tasty pork
My second electronics project, the digital counter, is coming along nicely. howstuffworks.com had a "how digital clocks work" page -- a decade counter, a BCD -> 7 segment display driver, and a 555 timer IC to deliver pulses. Built one counter on my existing breadboard, but ran out of space and got another one, a little nicer (& bigger) than the one from radio shack.
I drained a 9v battery pretty quickly getting it working, got some 7805 voltage regulators and hooked it up to a wall wart.. the 7805 gets frickin hot! I could smell it cooking. I added 3 1000 ohm resistors in parallel to the source supply and it's running a little cooler now... at least there's no smell :)
I need to figure out how to make a switch (mercury or something) to deliver a clean pulse. there is a circuit called a monostable multivibrator that can do this. a 555 can be configured as a monostable multivibrator. yay! now i just have to breadboard it, and then figure out how to lay it out on the circuit board. There will be quite a few wires :) maybe I should try to etch a PCB, or have a PCB made for me.. would certainly be cleaner. The whole layout & mounting will be tricky!
I got new glasses today. Damn, I'm smoov..
.. I do have a big head, don't I ...