November 26th, 2003

gromit

Random goofy toy...

This may or may not be a really cool toy, we'll see.

Flexible Mini-Tripod
  • Small, lightweight design
  • Only 4" long, less than 2 oz.
  • Legs are individually adjustable and flexible
  • Holds compact 35mm and digital cameras

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I got it by redeeming some points for doing polls for some random company (Harris PollOnline). So it's basically free.

If it works it'll be an awesome addition to my general wandering about town kit. I could see getting a lot of use out of it for night time and other tricky photography. These folks are also the ones that hooked me up with the Simpsons, season 1 on DVD (granted those were the result of like 3-4 years of doing polls with them), so I'm reasonably confident that they aren't foisting total crap on people.
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Cooking Big Bird (well A big bird)

Well, I have started defrosting ye olde turkey.

It looks like it'll take about 30 minutes / lb which means about 12 hours for this behemoth (23.92 lbs, the biggest damn bird I could find). I started around 6pm so it should be thawed by 6am-ish. Assuming it takes about 4.5-5 hours to cook this monster that will give me time to prep it and throw it in the oven around 7am which will hopefully equal a finished fowl by around noon-ish and we're supposedly going to eat around 1pm. Factoring in some delays etc... I figure I have about 1.5 hours of wiggle room to deal with anything that might come up.

I was originally going to attempt to do the turkey brining and roasting a la Good Eats, but I'm not 100% sure that I could pull it off and I'm not sure how salty it would or would not be (and salt is a health concern for some members of my family... even if the don't admit it). I know it's not supposed to be salty, but when I'm trying out something complicated-ish I prefer to try it out on a small scale before attempting it for the entire family. That's what I did when I tried the standing rib roast a couple of years back, I cooked a small one for P and I and once I knew I could handle that I tackled the big roasts for the entire family.

This year I think I might try the brined turkey as a secondary Christmas item (so if people don't like it there are lots of other things to eat) after trying it out for myself once (and hey then I get lots of leftovers ;)
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    Ramones - Pet Cemetary